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Mornings at Home: A Week Of Breakfasts

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

Pancakes

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

Oatmeal

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. 

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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!!

Tell me,

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? 

22 COMMENTS

  1. Patrick@looneyforfood.com | 20th Dec 17

    Iā€™m so the opposite! I eat the same things almost daily! Big creature of habit

    • Cora | 24th Dec 17

      Nothing wrong with that if you love it!

  2. Sarah @ Bucket List Tummy | 20th Dec 17

    You are a master with the butternut squash! I never never thought to add it to oatmeal or pancakes, but now I have the idea in my head, if I ever have more squash to be used. I enjoy my bakery breakfasts too – look forward to them. Merry Christmas to you and your family!! Hope you have the coziest of mornings in your little breakfast nook at home šŸ™‚
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  3. Liz @ I Heart Vegetables | 20th Dec 17

    I used to be a HUGE Breakfast person but lately I haven’t really been super hungry so I usually just end up eating some granola until I have lunch!

  4. Emily Swanson | 20th Dec 17

    I seriously seriously love how varied your breakfasts are; you take so much of God’s bounty and turn it into yummy things like butternut squash cakes, oatmeal, yummy toasts, bagels, and soooo much more. It makes me HUNGRY! My favorite breakfast would probably be french toast or waffles or pancakes or a yogurt bowl. Every time I’ve had oatmeal lately, it hasn’t gone well with my stomach, sadly, but there are so many other options, I’m just going for those! MERRY CHRISTmas Cora! <3
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  5. Heather @ Polyglot Jot | 20th Dec 17

    So many yummy things…I wish I could come over for some gingerbread loaf! :-O I have been on a hot oatmeal kick and changing up the add-in’s. It’s my favorite wintery breakfast!
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    • Cora | 24th Dec 17

      I’m allll about the oatmeal right now. My mom just made us a batch for breakfast and we topped it with homemade maple syrup from my uncle’s farm. Umm….. spoiled!?!

  6. Kat | 20th Dec 17

    So many yummy breakfasts! I’ve actually been doing pre and post workout breakfasts lately, so nothing really worthy of the term “breakfast” lol Basically some homemade energy balls for pre-workout and then a smoothie post workout! My first real meal is typically lunch which normally has allllllll the goods šŸ™‚
    MERRY CHRISTMAS lovely! <3
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    • Cora | 24th Dec 17

      If your homemade energy balls were on offer…. I’d take them, too!

  7. Kaylee | 20th Dec 17

    I’m the same! Love variety in my meals but elsewhere in life I enjoy more of a routine. Funny how that works.

    Seriously I would eat all of these. Definitely eyeing that improvised squash english muffin, bowl of oatmeal and the gingerbread loaf. A girl after my own heart.

    Those slow mornings enjoying your breakfast and your company (whether it be Dan or your own self) sound fabulous. Please enjoy more on my behalf while I can’t right now with being out of my own kitchen from the holidays. Happy Christmas to you and your family Cora!! Enjoy the down time. šŸ™‚
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    • Cora | 24th Dec 17

      Haha. We are definitely a conundrum that’s for sure. Sending you lots of thoughts of cozy, homemade home-mornings your way <3

  8. chasetheredgrape | 20th Dec 17

    Merry Christmas lovely! I hope you have such a wonderful time full of love and smiles!
    I’m looking forward to these next 2 weeks with David at home and an opportunity to spend more time over breakfast and change things up a bit! Just seen a recipe for egg nog frech toast over on Laura (s2tt) site that I know I will be making for sure!

    • Cora | 24th Dec 17

      I’m so excited for your change of pace these next couple of weeks with David at home. Enjoy all that relaxing home morning time and just doing whatever the heck you please. <3

  9. Alyssa | 21st Dec 17

    girl all these breakfasts made me drool. I want those pancakes! just bookmarked that recipe šŸ™‚ bagels are the best, and that 4 cheese one sounds amazing. Thanks for the breakfast inspo!
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    • Cora | 24th Dec 17

      You and I could live off going out for breakfast together… with our equal love for all things bagels and baking and lattes. Mmmmmm. Merry Christmas, Lyss!

  10. Joyce @ The Hungry Caterpillar | 21st Dec 17

    I hope you have a very merry Christmas, too, Cora! These breakfasts are all beautiful. I tend to have the same few things for breakfast–cereal, eggs, toaster waffles, steel-cut oats–so you’re inspiring me to shake things up a bit!
    I’m glad you’re enjoying your cozy mornings and have someone there to share them with.
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    • Cora | 24th Dec 17

      Your breakfast stapes are pretty damn on point though. I could rotate between them all just fine!

  11. Susie @ Suzlyfe | 22nd Dec 17

    Your breakfasts are more impresive than my dinners (which are the meals I put the most thought into). I’m so glad you have these morning moments! Merry Christmas!
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  12. danielle | 22nd Dec 17

    wow, i could seriously take some notes for you my friend! your breakfast skills are on point. top notch! i love how you change it up and keep it interesting, and give detail to your plates. that is love. it’s self care and so important. and lovely to see.
    i’m not much of a breakfast person per say, but i do love my morning ritual of lemon or ACV water, detox tea, and some green powder drink. that’s about all i want till later on. i like brunch and lunch , basically i like to eat when i can order a drink. hahaha kidding!!! well, not really but ya know šŸ™‚

    happiest of holidays, merriest of christmas’s to you!!!

  13. Nicole @ Laughing My Abs Off | 28th Dec 17

    Such delish eats! I definitely prefer to switch things up, but I, like you, have been craving hot and filling oats like nothing else (it’s been SO cold in nyc), so I had my fave chocolate pb &j bowl of oats two days in a row hehe. But other than that, I’ve been switching it up. And I also made gingerbread for Christmas. I wrote a post of recent eats here if you’re curious. šŸ™‚

    http://www.laughingmyabsoff.com/ate-wednesday-winter-break-weekly-eats/
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  14. Colleen | 29th Dec 17

    Hey Cora! I tend to be in a routine for breakfasts — fresh fruit, yoghurt, home made granola on top for some crunch. I don’t always get a lot of dairy or fruit in my diet so found this was a good way to get at least some during the day. Lately I’ve been off on breakfasts so your blog gave me some new inspiration to try some new tastes. I have been doing some oatmeal but will add some new elements now. Thanks!

  15. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets | 7th Jan 18

    Breakfast is high up there on my list of food loves, and you’re making me want to buy English muffins. I did pick up a loaf of English Muffin Bread from Breadsmith today so that will certainly suffice in the meantime. Would you believe I’ve never had avocado toast? I do lots of avocado,cheese, and lettuce sandwiches though. šŸ™‚

    I miss having my morning time. One day…
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