A Compelling Case for Breakfast

How did your breakfast look this morning? Are you eating breakfast each day?

I spent a lot of years as a busy, somewhat frazzled, homeschooling mom of little ones. Seriously, I should have eaten breakfast.

A Compelling Case

When I look back on my years as a young mom, I realize that there were a few simple steps I could have taken to greatly improve how I felt each day. My morning routine was strict and included some quiet reading moments for myself in the morning, (when I could get up before everyone), then a healthy breakfast for the kids before cleaning up and starting our school lessons. I lived on coffee until around noon when we would break for lunch and the kids would scatter for about 1/2 an hour while I flipped laundry, cleaned up from lunch and glanced over the schedule for the rest of the day. I would wrangle everyone back to the table to complete our lessons, before heading out in the afternoons for sports practices, theater classes, etc. etc., where I would usually find a moment to grab a Starbucks and a book, while everyone was dropped at their respective after-school activity.

Aside from the few bites I would have grabbed at lunch, I was basically running on caffeine and adrenaline. READ THIS NOW: The aforementioned recipe does not make for the most patient mother on the planet. By the afternoons, I was exhausted.

I would learn later, that one simple step would improve my day exponentially: EAT BREAKFAST

After sleeping all night (hopefully), your body needs fuel to burn. I felt SO MUCH better after establishing this routine. My blood sugar levels were no longer on a roller coaster and I was more peaceful and not so anxious and antsy. It was amazing. And while I don’t ever recommend eating a sugary breakfast, there are LOADS of options to give you these same benefits.

My Fast, Go- To Breakfast

I like to eat for my goals, so at the moment, my go-to breakfast is loaded with protein and vegetable carbohydrates. I timed myself this morning and it took about 10 minutes to make, from start to finish.

Making the case for a good breakfast at Fresh Air and False Lashes I am currently upping my protein and veggie intake, so I have:

2 egg whites + 1 whole egg scrambled

1 handful of spinach, chopped roughly

1/4 cup of chopped onion

1/4 cup of chopped mushrooms

garlic

*I also will use any combination of leftover vegetables from last nights dinner if I have them. I just chop ’em up!*

Add the onions, mushrooms and garlic (or whatever vegetables you are using!) to a sauté pan with just a tad of olive oil or cooking spray, etc.

Making the Case for a good breakfast at Fresh Air and False Lashes

Cook for about 1 minute or so, until just beginning to soften. They smell amazing!

Making the case for a good breakfast at Fresh Air and False Lashes

Add in your handful of chopped spinach and cook for about 30 seconds until it begins to wilt.

Making the case for a good breakfast at fresh Air and False Lashes

Add in your chopped tomatoes and cook for just 20-30 seconds until just warm. Now, remove everything from the pan, and set aside on a side plate.

Next, add in a bit more olive oil or cooking spray if necessary, and scramble your eggs. Add a bit of salt and pepper or Mrs. Dash if you are watching your salt intake.

Lastly, pile the cooked eggs, on a plate and top with the sautéed vegetables. I add about 1/4 tsp of parmesan cheese and top with 1/4 tsp. of sriracha.  Making the case for a good breakfast

This is my go to each morning right now. It takes less than 10 minutes to make, is filled with nutrition and no fillers. And it’s delicious!

If a non-sugar ladened breakfast isn’t already part of your routine, I can’t recommend highly enough that you go ahead and make that change this year!

Here’s to improved energy levels, less anxiety and a happier you!

What do you like to eat for breakfast? Do you have a healthy “on-the-go” breakfast that you grab? I’d love to hear it!

Cheers!

Melissa

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Reviving the Cocktail Hour

At my house, we’ve become big believers in the cocktail hour. Our children are grown and only pop in here and there, so what used to be the big  family dinner time hustle, is now much more calm and laid back for us.  Instead of having to economize and really stretch a dollar on dinner as much as I did when the kids were young, now you will usually find me fixing something new or something a bit more complex for my husband and myself (and whichever of the kids might drop home for the evening.).

Enter: The Cocktail Hour

Cocktail hour- cranberry martini

 

My husband and I have really come to look forward to this in the evenings.  Its the time of day when the two of us can talk about our day, relax and just BE in a way that was, lets face it, pretty dang rare when you’ve got a young, growing family!

I love it! My husband usually likes an Old Fashioned or just a nice scotch straight up and I almost always have a cold gin martini (which I am constantly trying to perfect….I’ll keep you posted).

If it’s nice outside, we sit out on the deck and watch the sun go down, but sometimes our best conversations happen just sitting in the kitchen at the breakfast nook, sipping our cocktails. It isn’t a long time……45 minutes….maybe an hour, but it’s nice. It’s like our time, carved out and special. Of course it doesn’t always happen. His schedule is all over the place, but when he comes home at a decent hour, we make a point of it. After that, its dinner, some TV, emails, texts and all the rest.

But The Cocktail Hour. That’s ours.

Speaking of cocktails, we are still on a quest to find new, Christmasy cocktails that we enjoy. Martini fans rejoice!  I have your Christmas cocktail. This is light and not too sweet. Definitely not as sweet as a cosmopolitan, but just as pretty and with a taste that is little more complex.

The Cranberry Martini

Cocktail hour- cranberry martini

Recipe:

1.5 oz vodka

1/2 oz orange liqueur

1/2 oz dry vermouth

2- 1.5 oz cranberry juice cocktail

Chilled martini glass and cranberries for garnish

Combine all liquid into a cocktail shaker with ice, and shake until frost forms on the shaker. Pour/strain into the chilled glass and garnish with cranberries.

Cocktail hour- cranberry martini

Let me know what you think. This is an easy one to adjust to your personal sweetness preference as well.

Do you have anything that you do routinely, to spend time with your husband or significant other?  (And maybe yours doesn’t revolve around alcohol, but hey- no judging).

I’d love to hear about it. As always, thanks for reading!

Cheers!

Melissa

 

Christmas Cocktails-Cranberry Moscow Mule

Looking for Christmas Cocktails to get you in the spirit? We have been making this festive twist on the moscow mule and we really love it. I’m not one for sugary drinks and this makes a very refreshing cocktail with just enough color and cranberry tartness to give you a little kick of holiday cheer!

Christmas Cocktails- Cranberry Moscow Mule

The recipe:

  • Raw Cranberries and lime slices
  • the juice of one lime
  • 1 TBS of Cranberry Juice Cocktail ( the cocktail kind not the straight juice)
  • 8 oz ginger beer
  • 1 shot of vodka

Add all the liquid ingredients into a separate glass and stir gently. Pour into a copper mug filled with crushed ice. Top with raw cranberries and lime slices and enjoy.

*I forgot the lime slices in my picture, so you’ll just have to imagine those. Damn me and my non visual self.*

There is something so cool and rustic about those tarnished copper mugs. They make me think of wearing one of those giant russian hats and tossing around the word “Petrushka”a lot.

But thats just me.

Do you have a “go to” Christmas cocktail? Do you like to try new drinks each Christmas? I’d love to hear about it!

Cheers!

Melissa

Saltine Toffee-(or as it is known in my house: Christmas Crack)

First of all, let me warn you that I am NOT a food blogger. Therefore, my cooking utensils are crap and my photography skills for such cooking escapades are nonexistent. And the lighting in my kitchen sucks. But if you are willing to bear with me, you and your closest, dearest friends shall be rewarded with the simple, delicious, chocolatey, buttery, salty, addictive goodness that *IS* Saltine Toffee (aka Christmas Crack).

Gather these pantry staples and place your oven at 425 degrees as you contemplate the people that you REALLY love and will be willing to share this with. Beware, your list will dramatically shorten after your first bite.

Saltine toffee, also known as Christmas Crack!

  1. Line a cookie sheet with foil and then with the crackers.

2. Bring brown sugar (light or dark) and butter to a boil in a medium saucepan and boil for 5 minutes.

.Saltine toffee, also known as Christmas Crack!

3.Pour this hot goodness over the layer of crackers in the pan. For the love of God resist the urge to grab one, as you will seriously have major burns. (Ask me how I know.) Place into the 425 degree oven and bake about 5 minutes until bubbly.Saltine toffee, also known as Christmas Crack!4.Remove the pan and sprinkle the chocolate chips over the mixture and as they begin to melt, spread them with a spatula (Or if you’re working in a kitchen with the supplies that one might find in a homeless shelter, as I am, – use the back of a spoon.)Saltine toffee, also known as Christmas Crack!

5. Place in refrigerator, pour a glass of wine and contemplate what the hell you’re REALLY doing with your life, until they are cool.

Then break apart and enjoy with, I don’t know… maybe like, one other person, that you realize by now, is really the only person you love. Maybe.

You’re Welcome.

Saltine toffee, also known as Christmas Crack!

Cheers!

Melissa

PS- This is not my recipe, and I don’t know where it originated or I would gladly give credit (and possibly my first-born) to the master of this simple delicacy.