Slow Saturday Breakfast: Sautéed Onion & Kale Breakfast Scramble

Happy Monday! Hope everyone had a fantastic Mother’s Day yesterday. What a wonderful and so totally worthwhile holiday that one is…I mean really, does ANYONE work as hard and do as much for you as your mom?

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Judging from the outpouring of social media love I saw yesterday I would say the answer is no. I am clearly one of millions who thinks my own mother hung the moon, and as I’ve found with many things, I appreciate her more and more with each passing year. What is that old adage? With age comes wisdom? Something like that. It’s true though, as I get closer to considering becoming a mom myself, I wonder how in the heck my mom ever did it! When my sister and I were growing up my mother  kept our house spotless, did most of the yard work, did all the grocery shopping and laundry, had a home cooked meal on the table every single night, made sure neither of us ever wanted for anything including homemade, hand sewn Halloween costumes that she would whip up in the blink of an eye, attended all of our school and non-school events and shuttled us back and forth to whatever extra curricular activities or play dates were happening at the moment….oh yeah, and she worked FULL TIME! Superwoman, right?

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Proof of homemade costumes…this must have been the year Aladdin came out

My dad traveled for work 4-5 days a week when I was growing up so my mom was essentially a single parent, but she never missed a beat. Robert and I absolutely want children of our own someday but we’re not quite there yet. When I say we I really mean me, because if I’m being honest I sometimes find it overwhelming just to work full time, keep up our home and take care of Renly. If I can’t always find the time to walk my dog, how in the world am I going to throw children into the mix someday?!? Am I the only not yet parent who wonders this? To every working mom out there, I salute you! You are all superwomen! And to non-working moms, I salute you too because I can only imagine that being on call 24/7 is the hardest job of them all! I guess when the time is right for Robert and I, I can turn to my own superhero mom (and amazing mother and sister in law!) to help show me the ropes!

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Since I wasn’t able to be with my own mom, I spent yesterday celebrating the new mothers in my life, my in-laws! We had a wonderful day treating my mother-in-law, sister-in-law and brother-in-law’s mother (Did you catch all that…I know that was a lot of “in laws” to keep up with) to brunch. We took the boat to ELA’s, a seafood restaurant with yummy food and even better water views. Since I am a notorious planner I had already checked the menu out online.

I know, it’s a problem, I’m never going to change sorry  I’m working on it.

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I was glad I  checked it out because while delicious sounding, most of the options were pretty darn caloric. For example, Blueberry Stuffed French Toast – triple stacked cinnamon texas toast dusted with powdered sugar, stuffed with blueberries, cream cheese and walnuts, finished with whipped cream, fresh berries and syrup served with applewood smoked bacon strips.  Holy yum and holy heart attack, right? I decided I should make myself a healthy breakfast that would keep me from being ravenous at our 1:00 reservations and devouring all the stuffed french toast I could get my hands on.

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Lentil Sausage and Kale Soup

Happy Tuesday! They announced that school was cancelled last night due to forecasts of “freezing rain” this morning. It has rained most of the day, but it certainly doesn’t appear to be freezing and my drive to the gym this morning was perfectly safe and uneventful (thankfully). I guess the district would rather be safe than sorry and hey, I’m ALWAYS up for a (faux) snow day, especially when it’s announced the night before so I can prepare to sleep in appropriately Smile

I’m not the only one who was excited to have the day off, Renly also enjoys any and every excuse to sleep in. Especially if he is lucky enough to do it in our bed.

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In addition to cuddling with Renly since it’s too cold to play outside, I’ve spent my day at home packing, finishing laundry and preparing for the rest of the week. I also FINALLY uploaded our California pictures so those recaps will be coming soon! I leave tomorrow after work for the South Carolina Speech and Hearing Conference in Myrtle Beach. Although the prospect of a solo road trip is not the most heartening, I am excited to learn something new during the sessions and even MORE excited to catch up with my girlfriends from graduate school who will be in attendance. I will return from the conference late Friday evening only to turn around and leave again on Saturday for a wedding. Whew, I’m a little tired just thinking about all that driving!

Anytime I know I will be out of town for a few days, I go on a mission to empty our fridge to the best of my ability. This means I bought limited groceries this week and am making good use of our freezer contents. Robert tends to eat out when I am away unless I leave him leftovers. Since I hate the thought of him eating a sad fast food burger three nights in a row I decided to thaw out some lentil and sausage soup I made a few weeks ago. A few years ago Robert would have turned his nose up at the mere mention of lentils, probably because he wouldn’t have had a clue what they were. Thanks to his green food loving wife (ahem me) his tastes have broadened considerably and he raved about this soup when I made it. This recipe was a “throw everything in the fridge into a pot” experiment that turned out very very right. Fortunately, I jotted down the ingredients after tasting it, unfortunately, I didn’t take any step by step photos because I wasn’t sure it would be share-worthy. But I’m not sure you really need any pictures of diced onions or chopped carrots, those should be pretty self explanatory. If you REALLY need a visual for torn kale, Google image search has some nice options Winking smile

I DID take a picture of the final product…tada!

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