I’ve been really enjoying my mornings at my new home.
I’ve always enjoyed the morning as my favorite time of day, but the coziness of my new apartment has been really, really nice.
Sometimes Dan and I are both home. When this happens we eat together at our table, though often we’ll make different things for ourselves. When Dan is gone to work and I have a morning off, I’ll tend to put in a bit more time to make something and enjoy it at my little window desk. There’s no real planning or stress, as was often the case in my past. Rather, the mornings just seem to seamlessly go where they want to go. Both situations – alone or together – are each lovely in their own way, though I must say having company will always win over.
It’s been fun to look over my past week (or two) of breakfasts. I’m realizing how much I like to keep things varied. I really don’t ever have two of the same breakfasts in a row. It’s just how I am! Definitely not a creature of habit, at least in the culinary department. I find I need a large balance of different things, even throughout a single day. That being said, it’s interesting to see the repetitions I do make. I very often have meals that are very similar – with the same base – but always with a different side or topping from what I had before. As they say in asia: same same but different!
Here’s a look at a past week of my breakfasts at home:
Homemade quick loaf with different sides
Gingerbread loaf + post pic peanut butter + berries
I definitely loved the gingerbread loaf I mentioned making here. It’s been such a nice christmasy way to start my day. It’s also one of those tastes that could go sweet or savory for me. Which, since Dan isn’t a fan of gingerbread and thus I had many slices to go through myself, it was nice to change things up.
Gingerbread loaf + ghee + scrambled eggs + berries
I made a big batch of cookieandkate’s pumpkin pancakes and added molasses and spices to follow along my gingerbread trend. Once again, rotated between sweet and savory toppings.
Gingerbread pumpkin pancakes + butter and maple syrup + turkey bacon
Gingerbread pumpkin pancakes + peanut butter + warmed frozen blueberries + banana
I had some leftover butternut squash from… who knows what it was… and I was determined to not let it go to waste. So my next pancake foray were butternut squash cakes! I’m pretty sure I first got the idea when I saw these babies, though made something a little closer to this recipe.
Butternut squash pancakes + butter + maple syrup + peanut butter + pear…. because I wanted it ALL
Avocado ‘n’ stuff
My favorite savory combination is toast plus avocado plus white cheddar cheese and sliced tomato. With lots of salt. I didn’t have any white cheddar on this particular day, but swiss made a nice substitute.
Local bakery english muffin + smashed avocado + swiss + tomato
Then I tried my hands at this nifty recipe for a 2 minute flourless english muffin. I still had more mashed butternut squash in my fridge, so I threw that in instead of the applesauce and it worked a charm! Gave it a nice little orange hue, too.
2 minute flourless english muffin + avocado + turkey bacon + fried egg
Easily grabbed baking
To be completely honest with you, as much as I love my creative recipes and making things from scratch, my favorite breakfast – simply for taste – is still a big ol’ piece of cafe baking. Made not by my own hands. I think this may still go back to all the years where I never even touched these kinds of things. And I think out of that category, anything with cheese is the winner. That still surprises me.
Cheese and chive scone warmed up + butter + berries
Even if I have lots of time in the morning, I’ll still choose to take a bagel or piece of baking out of the freezer. Convenient, quick and delicious.
4 cheese bagel toasted + butter + berries and pear
But when I haven’t been eating baking or craving pancakes, I’d have to say my most frequent craving in this past week has been hot oatmeal. That seems to be all I want. Usually its just a very standard banana and peanut butter combination, but this one morning I changed things up slightly with a delightful little combo. I still had a TINY bit of butternut squash to use (geez louise that went on forever) so I got creative and made some squash oats.
1/2 cup rolled oats + mashed butternut squash + mashed banana + cinnamon/cardamom/cloves/nutmeg + maple brown sugar + peanut butter + dried cranberries + coconut
And there’s a look at what some of my breakfasts have looked like lately! Linking up with What I Ate Wednesday.A Week of Breakfasts in my new home. Do you repeat or change it up? #pancakes #oats #eggs #avocado #mornings #breakfastisserved Click To Tweet
This is probably my last post before Christmas arrives, so I will take this opportunity to say, “Merry Christmas!!!” to all my lovely, wonderful, supportive readers. May you enjoy a time of holiday, in whatever capacity you celebrate, with those that you love, and may you remember all the things that matter most. And get some delicious breakfasts in you, too!!
What is your favorite breakfast?
Do you tend to have the same breakfast over and over or are you always switching it up?
Do you prefer convenience over creativity?
Not a hugely exciting week. But I did get a few nice things…