Slow Saturday Breakfast: Eggs in Purgatory

Happy Monday! It’s nice to be back after a week long hiatus. Work is always especially busy for me the week before a holiday. On top of that we had plans almost every night this past week. A night with the girls, dinner with friends, putt putt for my nephew’s 8th birthday… slow down life! Luckily I get the luxury of the whole week off starting today! Renly and I are hopping in the car and heading to Tennessee in a few hours to spend Thanksgiving with my family. Robert has to work until Wednesday so he’ll be flying down then. I haven’t been home since my sister’s graduation in May so we are long overdue for a visit. I’m not sure what I’m more excited about…sleeping in all week, seeing my friends and family, or eating all my favorite foods I can only get at home (confession: probably the latter).

 Tomato Sauce and Spinach

So after a busy week and a chilly evening spent putt putting on Friday per my sweet nephew’s request, Saturday called for a hot breakfast. I also needed to have all of the ingredients on hand since I needed to clean out the fridge before we left town. Eggs in purgatory fit the bill, so much so that I cut my Saturday morning workout short so I could hurry home and scarf them down. I don’t usually go to the gym during the weekend so I only felt marginally guilty leaving. Although for the sake of complete disclosure I have been known to leave the gym early on a week day when hungry also. Who can work out on an empty stomach? Really. But back to the eggs…

 Eggs Poached

Eggs in purgatory is simple to make, slightly spicy and packed with veggies. Eggs are poached in a quick tomato sauce which transforms into the perfect “dip” for crusty bread. Mmm. It fits the bill for breakfast (hello, eggs) but can easily be made for lunch or dinner. Robert doesn’t love tomatoes so I usually reserve this recipe for times he isn’t home. He ran errands Saturday morning while I enjoyed this dish. And by enjoyed I mean I ate the entire thing….all of it….by myself. I did take a picture which I showed him when he returned and unfortunately for him he told me he thought it looked pretty good and that he’d like to try it. Sorry sweetie, next time.

Eggs Cheese Poaching Eggs and Toast

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Slow Saturday Breakfast: Apple Cinnamon Pecan Baked Oatmeal

Happy Monday! I had hoped to get this up yesterday but I got busy trying a yummy new appetizer recipe to take over to a friend’s house (I’ll share soon!). Then I got busy eating said recipe, stuffing my face with my friends delicious turkey chili, and doing plenty of wine drinking and laughing with the girls while the boys watched football. Somewhere in the midst of all that Robert and I found the time to take Renly to the park where he lifted his leg to potty for the first time ever! Robert literally whooped with joy which in turn got Renly very excited which in turn convinced Robert that Renly knew what he had just done. I’m pretty sure he was just feeding off of Robert’s excitement but it was pretty cute to watch the two of them jumping up and down and having their own personal potty party right there on the path. Talk about a Sunday Funday.

Renly and Robert
Proud Papa!

Hope everyone had a fun Halloween! How cute is Renly in his Halloween tie? It had candy corn all over it…precious. We had a blast at my sister in law’s and my cornbread was a hit! Neither Robert or I ate any Halloween candy Friday night (I know, who are we?) but sure enough my sweet tooth kicked in about the time we got home so we treated ourselves to ice cream and a scary movie on our couch. Pretty wild Friday night, huh? Don’t threaten us with a good time!

                    Renly Halloween Tie  Renly Tie

We woke up Saturday morning to a temperature that had dropped about 40 degrees over night! What! I knew that it was coming, but I think I still shed a tear or two when pulling out my gloves and hat to walk Renly, especially when I remembered that just the day before I walked him in a workout tank! Goodbye Summer, I’ll miss you until we meet again!

Chilly temperatures and midnight ice cream binges definitely called for a recovery breakfast on Saturday. I wanted something warm and hearty while still healthy. Breakfast also needed to have some staying power because Robert’s sister had quite the terrifying fun adventure planned for Saturday afternoon: Ziplining!

ziplining 2 ziplining 3

It was VERY cold, and extremely windy…not the most ideal conditions for being on a swaying platform 75 feet in the air. gulp. Despite the cold and the wind, we all survived had a great time, and the views were pretty incredible. The tallest platform is actually the highest point on all of Hilton Head Island! If you are ever in the area and into extreme entertainment, I would highly recommend it. If you aren’t into extreme entertainment but are into delicious breakfast, I would highly recommend my Apple Cinnamon Pecan Baked Oatmeal. See what I did there?

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A Hearty Halloween Treat: Sweet Heat Beef and Bean Chili

Happy Halloween! Thanksgiving and Christmas will always be my favorite holidays, but Halloween holds a special place in my heart. Growing up, Halloween was always a time spent with friends; fall festivals, costume parties, scary movies, trick or treating, and of course my dad carting my friends and I to haunted houses so we could scream our heads off and have an excuse to hold hands with the boys we liked. Not so sure my dad had knowledge of the hand holding, or maybe he just preferred not to acknowledge it Smile

Renly the Lion                                                    Renly the cowardly lion

 *side note* I do remember one particular year that my dad had to go into the haunted house to rescue one of my girlfriends who had decided that it was WAY too scary and had sat down on the floor crying hysterically and refused to budge. I’m not sure who was more traumatized, my friend, my dad who had to carry a 13-year-old cowgirl out or the poor “monsters” at the haunted house who tried (unsuccessfully) to help. That year wasn’t so fun but at least we can laugh about it now! Or at least I can, she and my dad may not find it so humorous.

 Ghost                                               My favorite porch decoration

This year, Robert and I are going to spend Halloween with our family at his sister’s house. My sister-in-law is a great hostess and can always be counted on for a fun holiday party. This year she is making chili for a big family style dinner before we take the kids trick or treating. She has asked me to bring cornbread which I quickly agreed to before realizing that I’ve never actually made cornbread before. Whoops. There are going to be about 50 people at her house so the pressure is on. I’ve found a recipe that I want to tweak slightly and attempt….keep your fingers crossed for me! Taste testing a brand new recipe on 50 mostly strangers isn’t intimidating AT ALL!

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