Like most people, I love the weekends. I love sleeping in (just a little!) and having relaxing days when I can. Even on days where I have a lot of plans or errands to run, I always try to find an hour to relax in the morning.
One of the things I do to relax or feel like I am having a special morning is to have a nice breakfast. During the week, I eat breakfast at my desk and usually it is either yogurt or oatmeal. I try to keep it healthy, nutritious and something that can get me through my morning without a grumbling stomach. (Easier said than done on many mornings.)
On Saturday of this weekend, I finally dragged myself out of bed at 9am. I changed right into my workout clothes and got on the treadmill for 25 minutes. I had a busy day planned and knew I had to get at least a quick workout in first thing in the morning.
To my surprise, as I was on the treadmill SC was in the kitchen brewing coffee and coming up with a plan for breakfast. This was the biggest treat ever. We had a loaf of whole wheat bread that was going stale (it seemed to be stale from the day after we bought it – which was strange and a little annoying!) but it was going to be the perfect bread for French toast.
SC put cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla in the egg wash along with a splash of milk. After searing it in our plan, he put the toast in the oven to finish baking, and it allowed the egg wash to really soak into the toast. It was such a great breakfast and I felt even better eating it after being on the treadmill. This meal hit the spot:
I had a busy day on Saturday and was out of the house almost all day. I had a lunch with some of my very good friends and after our lunch they surprised me with the most beautiful birthday cake! We had originally planned to get together in January and they had secretly planned to celebrate my birthday then – but we had been derailed by Mother Nature (remember that blizzard from a couple of weeks ago?) So when we had rescheduled our lunch, they once again had planned to celebrate my special day. It was an amazing cake – I hated slicing into it because it was so perfect!
I got home as the sun was setting, and had no plans really for dinner. We hardly had any food in the house, and I was not all that hungry. I would have been fine with a piece of leftover pizza (from Friday night because we had no food in the house) or a bowl of cereal (thankfully we had milk). SC came to the rescue again and made an amazing dinner.
He defrosted some sausage (we had one in the freezer) and some ground pork from the last time I made a pork and beef bolognese. A can of ground tomatoes, carrots, celery and shallots went into this sauce along with a can of low sodium cannelloni beans. We used the pasta from Eataly and in less than an hour we had an amazing dinner.
Sunday morning means another opportunity to make a great breakfast and have a relaxing morning (as long as you can try to not think about all of the errands you still have to do). I made an egg and a piece of multigrain sour dough bread (I love these loaves of bread from Trader Joe’s – but one piece is too big for my toaster, so I always have to cut them in half).
This breakfast was great and fueled me for my upcoming day. Grocery shopping, cooking and laundry are on the agenda. I’m not quite sure how I will get everything done. But then again, I am never sure and somehow it all works out.
I hope you are all having a great weekend and taking some time to relax and enjoy.