Cherry Saturday, February 24, 2018

February is Hot Breakfast Month.  I hate February but I love breakfast, so I’m torn.  It’s sort of like Reno.  I hated Reno except I could get breakfast any time of the day or night; Reno never closes and the casinos serve breakfast 24/7.  I think this idea should go national, not Reno, the 24/7 breakfast.  Eggs of any kind, pancakes, waffles . . . wait, that’s iHop.  Where was I?

 

 

February is Hot Breakfast Month.  Have one.

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93 thoughts on “Cherry Saturday, February 24, 2018

  1. Rereading Bet Me, again. It’s a favorite of mine. There are so many things about it that resonate with me. …but this time around, I noticed something I never noticed before (..and I would be hard pressed to believe that I am the first and only person to notice it, but…)

    I just want to know if you did it on purpose… Calvin and Dobbs?

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    1. Nope. It wasn’t until the final draft that I realized that Cal calculated risk and Min minimized it. Sometimes stuff happens.

      Nita’s last name is Dodd because “dod” means “dead” in . . . uh, I forget. Danish? Swedish? Usually the names just show up with the characters. I generally like odd names, so that contributes. Except for “Nick.” For some reason, “Nick” keeps showing up. I had to use it this time because of “Old Nick” as a term for the devil. I’m definitely retiring it after this one, though. I think this is my third.

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  2. Breakfast for dinner is always a treat. I made a strata earlier this week and let it sit in the refrigerator all day to soak up all that eggy goodness before baking it off. Hash and eggs also good. Hash baked in a biscuit dough also good. When the grandkids stay over there is whipped cream on the pancakes. That’s why breakfast is the best meal of the day.

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      1. I tweak the hash a little bit by adding chopped onion, grated cheddar cheese and a taste of Frank’s Red Hot Sauce and then spread over the biscuit dough, roll it up into a spiral and cut into slices and bake.

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        1. Here’s me thinking onion, cheese and sugar … Americans have strange tastes. Then I remembered you call scones biscuits, so no sugar. Hash-filled scones sound downright decadent.

          The problem I have with cooked breakfasts is that they take effort. I don’t believe in effort in the morning. Waking up’s hard enough.

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          1. It really depends on the breakfast. I can fry sunny-side up eggs in my sleep.
            Pancakes require a lot more concentration.

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      2. I use raw grated potatoes with minced green onions for my hash browns and melted butter mixed into the grated potatoes. Olive oil if I need a little more fat to get them to fry properly. Then I cook it with a cover on medium low heat to make sure the potatoes get cooked all the way through. Then the cover off when I am crisping them up. I make them in to cake shapes instead of stirring them into a mush. The flavor difference between hash browns made with cooked potatoes and raw potatoes is amazing.

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        1. May I come to your house for brekkie? You know how to do it. Most hash houses burn the outside and leave the inside raw. And I always have such hopes …

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          1. Most cafes in the use cooked potatoes and either grate them or dice them then saute them in some kind of fat: lard, bacon fat, vegetable oil, etc. They are almost never made from raw potato. Also, hash browns are different from hash here. Hash is made from a mixture of some kind of protein, potatoes and vegetables: e.g., corn-beef hash, beef hash, smoked salmon hash.

            Thea, if you ever get to Portland, OR let me know. I have enjoyed your comments so much over the years, I owe you one.

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  3. IHOP, Waffle House, my house… breakfast for supper became a thing once the teenagers of the house stopped getting up before noon. I missed breakfast, so now we have pancakes and sausage and bacon and as much maple syrup as anyone needs. Plus, they are awake enough to be funny.

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  4. Ooh. I love hotel breakfasts. So now I mix honey and cinnamon in my oatmeal. And I try for good toast, DAILY. It starts me off right.

    Btw, I’m at an all-day fest style thing where the headliner is Incubus. My mopes said, ‘Don’t go’ but I refused to listen. It’s good to be out again.

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  5. Ugh. I feel sick in the mornings. (Which I can’t publicly call “morning sickness” because then people will think I have sex.) The last thing I want is a hearty breakfast when my stomach is feeling…turbulent. However, trying to dissuade anyone of “no, I really don’t want breakfast, I’m NOT hungry, I’m serious, it’s not gonna end well” has never worked in my life and I don’t want to go into gory details as to why. So I just have to make nice and stuff my face to the gills because otherwise people will not shut up until I eat and eat and eat. And then uh….have to deal with the consequences. Thanks! I feel so much better now that I ate a hearty breakfast!

    Breakfast for dinner is fine though. I just don’t enjoy having to eat anything before about 11. I wish I could make people understand that but it’s right up there with explaining to early birds that I feel sick in the morning and please don’t expect me to be cheerful and chatty and happy. Never works :p I’ve been trying to think of an early bird equivalent to explain to them how I feel about such things for years and am still pretty much stumped. The closest I can get to it is, “Hey, you know how you’re soooooo sleepy and tired at 7:30 pm and you go right to bed? Now imagine what it’s like to have to go to work for 8 hours when you feel like that AND THEN BE CHEERFUL AND SMILING.”

    (Can you tell I woke up at “go to work time” on a Saturday, having managed to not sleep well on a weekend? Why am I awake when I don’t have to be and don’t want to be but canNOT lose consciousness again?)

    As for other news, I am going to a show and then a knitting expo this weekend, so that should be fun. A friend of mine is going to meet me there, which is exciting.

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    1. I forget to eat in the mornings. Well, most of the time I miss morning because I stay up until dawn, but it’s usually not until I get dizzy around 3PM that I realize I haven’t eaten. (It’s 3PM. I just ate two hard-boiled eggs. Protein. Yay.) I’m looking for a healthy muffin recipe that will do the fiber thing without too much fat and sugar. I am capable of eating a muffin before noon.

      At midnight, however, I can plow through a MAJOR breakfast.

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          1. The ratio for muffins is 2 parts flour: 2 parts liquid: 1 part egg: 1 part fat. As 1 egg = 2 oz…
            4 oz flour
            4 oz buttermilk (or milk, or cream, or combo, etc)
            2 oz egg
            2 oz butter, melted (or you can have it softened and cream it together with the sugar first)
            And you can adjust and tweak as necessary. For every 4 oz flour, you should do 1 Tbsp baking powder (or 1/4 tsp baking soda). Sugar is basically to taste, though it does help with browning.

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          2. In this one, you make toasted oatmeal into flour, use bananas or applesauce for the oil, and then I forget. Since I don’t like oatmeal or fruit in their natural state, this could give me healthy things I usually don’t eat. I think the sweetener is honey although there might be a maple syrup alternative. Eggs is eggs. But there are also cocoa and pumpkin variations. Basically, I need a breakfast I can eat in my sleep, so I can make a real breakfast later.

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          3. I keep forgetting to check the blog on Saturday, but that’s okay because this weekend I still had hot breakfast (Dad revived the family tradition of Saturday pancakes)! 😀

            Toasting and grinding the oats for the muffins sounds like a lot of effort, but I guess you could do that part in bulk to have on hand when needed (or pick up some oat flour from the health food store). 🙂 That could be fun to try sometime, though, especially with pumpkin or zucchini…

            PS. I’ve found in my baking that sugar/honey/maple syrup is roughly a 1-1 equivalent for substitutions, though I often add a bit extra to taste — especially when using whole wheat or oat flour instead of white, it seems to take a little more sweetener to get the same level of sweetness. Molasses is also fun and I think less sugary, if you like the flavor of it (I usually mix molasses with honey/brown sugar when I use it), and I just learned last night that apparently dark corn syrup has less sugar content than refined sugar, go figure.

            Honestly I’ve never been sure whether/how honey/maple syrup and other substitute sweeteners ARE healthier than processed/refined sugar– do they actually have fewer calories, are they harder/easier to digest, do they just have other benefits that make up for their calories (like local honey helping with allergies…? I need to do some research, I guess. 🙂

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          4. Maple syrup is a little easier for diabetics to process, but as far as calories go, I think sugar is sugar.

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    2. Ugh, you have my sympathy on the feeling sick. I’m lucky I don’t, I just hardly ever have any appetite before 10am, no matter when I drag my sorry ass out of bed.

      It’s infuriating when people don’t believe you know your body. Have you tried telling them your body’s 3 hours behind theirs and you’ll enthusiastically scoff breakfast at 11am, because that’s like their 8am?

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      1. The closest I ever came to standard living times was the week plus I spent in Maui. It’s a big time difference so I’d wake up naturally at 6AM, go out walking, come back and scarf breakfast, and then teach all day.
        Of course by ten PM, I was done, but I felt very healthy. I also saw a lot more sun.

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          1. Every time I think of moving to someplace like London, New York or Boston, I think about the fact that I’m a hybrid, not just food powered, but solar too. Sitting in the garden in the sun to feel energised is very important for me.

            I love breakfast and even with toast on a working day, I can add a teeny piece of yesterday’s chicken or (mainly) veggies from supper and add flavour because it’s going in the lunch already.

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          2. I take one gel cap of vitamin D of 5000 units a day because earlier in my life I would take my children to the beach every day (I live along the coast) to the point where I developed skin problems. Also sun poisoning, my ankles would swell, so no more beach for me. If I look in the mirror with a handheld mirror of my back I can see the trajectory of brown/black spots in a semi-circle of where I was sitting at the time of day I was in the sun. Yes, I have been seeing a dermatologist for years, but when I went to see my primary and after she looked at my blood work I told her I try not to go out in the sun. She told me to start taking vitamin D and the next year my levels came up, she was happy. But now she if focused on my weight.

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        1. Hah, yeah, going to Hawaii, I finally have enough of a schedule to match the rest of the world…for about 24 hours and then I adjust, that is.

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      2. Yes, but they don’t listen.

        Mom and I did not have a good dinner on Saturday night and ah, took turns all night long, I’ll say. The next morning she’s up making a nice breakfast and asks if I want any before I leave and I was all, hell no! I don’t even get how she was ready to eat after 12 hours of unpleasantness. The last thing I wanted to do was bring more of THAT on. And I had to say this multiple times and in great gory detail to get her to temporarily stop. I have no doubt that if I had stayed in the house any longer she would have forced a breakfast upon me, because she can’t stop until I cave in. (“Boundaries” just don’t work in my family, because no is not a respected word.)

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    3. Jennifer – I feel your pain. I’m going to suggest the book, The Power of When by Michael Breus. It talks about cronotypes (classically, early bird vs. night owl). He switched it to 4 different mammals (lions, bears, wolves & dolphins). Check it out from the library and if it resonates, see if you can get the morning people in your life to read it. Perhaps they’ll have greater sympathy.

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        1. Let me know if it helps at all. I took his test and I’m a “dolphin” but definitely have “wolf” tendencies.

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      1. I’m a bear.

        Strangely enough, both my sister and I describe ourselves as bears because we’re light sensitive. Lots of light= lots of energy; low light means wake me when spring comes.

        No joke – I spent three days in Iceland in October and I told people if it had been 4 days, I would have needed to be loaded onto the plane because I had no energy.

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        1. Speaking about Iceland my husband and I were watching a crime/police series that takes place in Iceland along with subtitles (Trapped on Amazon) when all of sudden the characters broke out in English to direct a tourist, not broken English and I don’t think it was dubbed. And I’ve seen it happen again on other foreign series. Just saying how surprised we were. Is English taught as a second language overseas? And thinking like a tourist by the time it got to the 8th episode I was wondering when we see the Northern Lights. Didn’t happen maybe because of all the snow storms.

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          1. All the Nordic people I know have excellent English — both in person and in writing. (-: Also, Abba.

            I’m in Japan, and English is taught in the schools, but it’s not always taken very seriously. It’s treated more like a dead language in many cases, and something for elites. I’ve heard it’s much the same in Korea and China.

            Sometimes you meet someone who has very fluent English. And it doesn’t always mean they’ve lived in an English-speaking country for a year or more. I’ve met at least two people who managed to become fluent while living in Japan their whole lives. Directions are taught almost every year, so I imagine you could get a “Go straight. Go straight. Turn left. Here is the post office!”

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    4. Early or pleasant – not both.

      I said that to co workers for 20 years.

      The other thing I said was no coffee, no workee. So they knew to make sure there was coffee made when I got to the office.

      OTOH, they could leave and pick up their kids and I’d make sure the project was ready for them in the morning.

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  6. Every Sunday I make applewood-smoked bacon, eggs and raw potato hash browns and fruit (Half a grapefruit in winter, then strawberries or raspberries or pears). If we have company I will make bacon, fruit and butter-milk pancakes with maple syrup that has been aged in whiskey barrels. Or sometimes yeast-raised waffles instead of pancakes.

    Guess who worked their way through collage as a fry-cook at a truck stop?

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  7. I’m having a pancake phase. Last weekend it was pumpkin pancakes, and before I read this, I’d already decided to defrost some of my hoard of frozen blueberries (from last summer’s sales) for blueberry pancakes tomorrow. Mmmm. Pancakes. Blueberries.

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    1. I might have run a series of experiments to find the ideal ratio of blueberries to pancake (and also muffins). And then had the pancakes fall apart. It turns out that more than 3 1/2 cups of blueberries in a standard (2 c flour) recipe and the pancakes (and muffins) lose all structural integrity and become something else. Less than 2 cups and you don’t encounter enough blueberries/bite.

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      1. That’s so useful! Still, with blueberries I have ended up just keeping them separate and dropping them onto each separate pancake, then pressing them down gently. Disperses them just where I want them, and the only hassle is making sure they don’t disappear into the pan when I flip the pancakes.

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      2. That makes sense.
        Perhaps if you made two pancakes and just put the three cups of blueberries in between them, possibly spackled in with whipped cream or syrup . . .

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  8. Breakfast 24/7 — Yay! I live in an area with an abundance of excellent diners. It’s always breakfast time at the diner!

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  9. We returned home on Thursday night. So I made scones yesterday for breakfast and blueberry pancakes today. I’ll get back to my banana & granola routine soon, but part of coming home — especially when my daughter is visiting, as she is now — is making breakfast.

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  10. I wasn’t a big breakfast fan until I worked in a greasy spoon after I dropped out of college. The food wasn’t spectacular, but it really introduced me to the pleasures of sitting at the counter with a bunch of regulars and having a few refills on the decaf while exchanging a few insults with people you’ve come to know. And now I can flip eggs without using a spatula.

    I also have a huge appreciation of the places that do breakfast really well with high quality ingredients. It aint easy cranking out the good stuff when you start serving between 5:30 and 6 am.

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  11. I just ate a spring onion and tomato omelette. If I’m going to get through five hours of customer service on a Sunday, I need protein. Tomorrow is my day off, so I’ll make banana chocolate pancakes with peaches and honey.

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  12. The best thing about Reno (besides the Jimmy Beans Wool store) is that you can drive out of there and be at Lake Tahoe in less than an hour, and Lake Tahoe is one of my happy places.

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  13. But…don’t you live in Jersey now? I guess the wrong part for diners…I can’t go five minutes in South Jersey without passing a diner…

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    1. Oh, yes, I have a wonderful diner. But they won’t serve me pancakes at 3AM because they sleep at night.
      Reno never sleeps.

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        1. They have to be open 24/7? Maybe urban diners. Small town diner owners have to sleep.
          We had a great one in the little town I grew up in: The Teddy Bear. I put it in the Liz book (still not finished). Eileen and I got into a terrible fight over diners while we were writing The Unfortunate Miss Fortunes with Krissie because she wanted the diner there to serve martinis. We finally wrote the fight into the book, Xan saying no, and Maxine serving martinis anyway.

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      1. That’s a “piece of art” toaster. So cute. Looks well made, too. But what about the insides? Is is metal or has it been coated with that non-slip stuff?

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        1. Metal, I’m pretty sure. It’s out in the kitchen and I’m in bed. Will check later and get back to you.

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      2. Oh my gosh, I want the pastel green one. Except my inner 12 yo is snorting at SMEGabd I’m pretty sure it would take years before she got over it.

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        1. I know, I had that problem, too. What were they thinking.
          I don’t think the logo is on the back, if that helps.

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  14. I have nothing to add other than I agree, breakfast is the best, long live breakfast.

    We sadly don’t reallt have time for hot breakfasts during the week, which is why I insist on them for the weekends. And, I only have one day to be creative. On Saturdays I always make oatmeal and hard boiled eggs as it’s something my kids will for sure eat. Guarantees are trumping creativity at this life stage

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  15. I love to go out for breakfast, because everything is ready at the same time and the plates are hot. I always think I’m going to get pancakes or waffles, but somehow it always comes out two eggs over easy with rye toast. Sometimes hash. The best.

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    1. Since it’s always almost lunch by the time I drag my butt out the door, I do lunch and breakfast together: two poached eggs, whole wheat toast, bacon, french toast . . . basically I eat what Nita eats, but she eats it every day.

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  16. My toddler and my mother helped me make breakfast this morning (blueberry pancakes, fried potatoes, and fruit smoothie that used up all the questionable fruit hanging around). Husband woke up in time to eat the cold leftovers before church. I usually snarf a person bar in the car on my way to work, but this was much nicer!

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        1. Well, the closet door is open if she’s bragging about here.

          I’m figuring autocorrect, but I can’t imagine what the original was.

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      1. Hmmm. Peanut bar, pinenut bar, but it could be pecan bar because of the ‘p’ and the ‘n’ at then beginning and end. Pecan goes across a swipy keyboard too.

        I thought of porridge bar but decided that it would be and oat bar and now I have “fruity oaty bar” in my head. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7idn3PcKBM You’re welcome.

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        1. I refuse to go watch that because then it will be stuck in my head too, not because it would trigger me to become a killing machine.

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  17. In the UK we had pancake day recently, I add sugar to my pancake mix, but this horrifies the ladies at work as they do the traditional sugar and lemon only after the pancakes are made.

    Though for the adventurous, My sister made a birthday cake that was green matcha pancakes stacked up and sandwiched with cream and strawberries delicious

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  18. In high school, I stopped eating breakfast, and thought I was doing fine without it. But in my twenties, my doctor gave me a copy of “The Woman Doctor’s Diet” (or something like), and it recommended an egg and an orange (and some melba toast, if you MUST have carbs). And I was at the end of my rope, so I did it. And discovered that I loved fried eggs! These days, I’ve given up on dieting so I eat a real piece of toast (or piece of baguette) with butter, and that egg. I could and do eat it every day, to the point where if I have something else (like pancakes), I feel like I missed something.

    Solution: pancakes AND a fried egg, subtract toast. Yum!

    One of my favorite dinners ever is rosti (hashed browns with a European name, I think), sage sausage patties and apple in some form — applesauce if I’m ambitious, but sliced apple with cinnamon if I’m not. (-: I think I know what’s for supper!

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  19. I like to make cornbread with lots of milk and melted butter in the batter, to which I have also added finely chopped chilli peppers, a heaping tablespoon of cumin seeds, and grated sharp cheddar cheese. I cook it in a pie plate at a high temperature so the top is really brown. I have coeliac’s disease and find that corn bread doesn’t need gluten to be delicious. While the corn bread is in the oven, I chop up lots of onions and fry them slowly in a mix of butter and olive oil and then, when they are caramelised, I scramble them with eggs, also on low heat so they make incredibly creamy eggs. Serve them with the spicy cornbread. Delicious!

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    1. I must try the eggs. My quick and dirty is onions, sliced tomatoes, mushrooms, and eggs, often with cheese, but I can see where doing the onion in butter first would be excellent.

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  20. My 9 year old loves to make muffins and pancakes. She’d prefer to do it from scratch but time and energy constraints mean prepacked mix more often than not.

    she has NO interest in cooking eggs. Or other meals.

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    1. There’s a whole orange muffin recipe (I have it in a book, but I’m sure it’s online somewhere, I’m too lazy to search) where you put dry ingredients in a bowl, blitz wet ingredients in a blender, mix wet into dry, and you’re ready to go. Honestly, it’s easier that a packet and way more satisfying. In fact, this is the method I use mostly for muffins now.

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  21. I found a pancake mix with 14 g of protein, so I make waffles for my kids on school mornings now. The next time I need a big treat, I’m getting a new waffle iron that dings when it’s ready. None of us wake up easily, but waffles help.

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  22. I also recently re-read BET ME. It is my favorite romance novel, and I read it every year. A dear friend and I do an erotica podcast and we needed a palette cleanser after a spate of some bad books. She picked one, and I picked one. I chose Min, Cal, and company to remind me that there are better things to do than rage at other fictional characters that were totally offensive poo heads. BET ME always makes feel hopeful; not just about love, but friendship. I love that the happy endings vary greatly.

    Without fail though, every time I read it, I want to eat like 800 chocolate iced Krispy Kreme donuts… and warm yeasty bread with loads of herb infused olive oil, and piccata, and sausage rolls, and wash it down with buckets of wine. All of which I would gladly eat for breakfast. #noshameinmybreafastfoodgame

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  23. I’d be eating hot breakfast everyday if I weren’t stumbling around and half asleep in the morning! Eggs and bacon and toast…yum…

    Perhaps I should get one of those breakfast stations that make toasts the English muffin, fries the egg and ham. Anyone have any experience with them?

    Hot breakfast – reminds me of Alice in “Maybe This Time,” “Princesses don’t eat hot breakfasts.” Hahahaha, I hope she grew out of that! Can’t wait for her story!

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