Everyone’s different breakfasts

Kyle requested a breakfast egg thing this week with sausage, so I threw every veggie in the fridge at him along with it.

Here’s how I made this beauty:

  • 12 oz broccoli florets, cut into small pieces
  • 1 medium bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 onion, diced
  • 2 sausages, sliced into half moons
  • 8 eggs
  • 2 cups cheese, shredded
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup salsa
  • salt and pepper

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Combine everything in a large mixing bowl and stir.  Pour into a large greased casserole pan. Bake for 40-45 minutes (until eggs in the middle of the pan are set).


He was a very happy person come breakfast time.

The kids, meanwhile, were equally happy with their pumpkin apple pancakes.  They had strawberries on the side too, for probably the last time until next summer.  I told them blueberries were done-zo when we were shopping on Monday because the organic ones were $$$.  The good news is they like almost all fruit and understand that the arrival of Fall means new produce, like cuties, are back in season.  They love cuties.

And I love when our fruit basket looks like this.

Mama’s breakfast was more nourish bread with cashew butter.


Weirdest lunch award goes tooooo…the burger, cutie tangerine, and bell pepper plates!  Back story: Both kids had apple turnovers (made by P at school) before this so I was just looking to round out their meal before the puff pastry first course filled them up.

I ran out of coffee (sometimes I don’t bother making more if I have leftovers from the day before, which is fine if I only want one cup but sometimes I want two and then I’m screwed because making another pot for just one cup is more effort than is worth it) and decided to make this tea instead.  I have been out of Tazo chai tea for a couple of weeks and keep forgetting to get more.  I finally remembered to look for it when I was at Target the other day and (of course) they had every single kind of Tazo tea (on sale no less!) but not chai.  Doh!  My plan B involved this pumpkin spice chai which I’m not sure is even any different from the regular chai.  In examining the spices on the back, I don’t see anything that stands out.  Tazo is probably just capitalizing on the #basic pumpkin spice everything craze that hits stores every October.  Anyway, it was good and I’m fine to drink this until I can find the regular chai again because it doesn’t really taste any different to me.  Perhaps a little less strong in the caffeine department, but that’s a-ok with me.

Can everyone go write to Trader Joe’s and beg them to bottle this dressing for sale outside of this salad??  I love it so much, but no home-made version adequately replicates it.  I’ve already asked TJs to sell it but there needs to be more voices in the choir.  If you haven’t tried it, get to a store asap for this salad dressing alone.  I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Once again I ravaged the chips at the end of the meal.  I need to get a grip with these chips.

Mr. P was drumming his heart out to the Wicked soundtrack like a little music man while I was in the kitchen hoovering chips making dinner.  <3

Truly a family favorite.  I don’t know how many times I’ve made Danielle Walker’s curry chicken recipe but it’s so good we all love it.

Because I made the whole chicken earlier in the week, it was quick enough to assemble once things were chopped.

After V woke up I got the babes fed and then we packed up to go into Sac for an appointment with the ortho team.  We were supposed to go that morning but her doctor had an emergency surgery so we rebooked for that afternoon.  The traffic situation driving to and from Sac around 5 pm is less than ideal but I was just happy to not be on the receiving end of that emergency surgery.  I feel so bad for whoever needed the surgeon but the good news is they got the best MD ever.  Anyway, V got x-rays (posing on the machine like a pro!) and everything is looking good and so we peaced out to get back home before traffic got bananas.

Hooray for having dinner done!

Kyle’s got red onions, but I left those off everyone else’s.

I went back for seconds and so did Kyle so there weren’t any leftovers at all.  Kombucha instead of chocolate while watching The Handmaid’s Tale.  Super into it!

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Comments (6)

  1. Janice

    What TJ’s salad is it? Thanks!

  2. Elise (Post author)
  3. Lesq

    I have a question to ask you and I so value and respect your opinion. You cook such wholesome, yet fun and tasty meals. I try to do the same. Do you enjoy the process of cooking or do you just enjoy nourishing your family and watching them enjoy? Would you do the same just for you and Kyle if you were younger before children or after when they are grown and on their own? You haven’t addressed your opinion on eating out on a continuous basis versus a form of occasional entertainment. Eating out is definitely not as wholesome at a lot of places regarding salt levels, oils used and quality and variety of proteins and veggies. You seem to have been raised in a similar home as I with wholesome food and a mom that took pride in what she made and cooked family meals. You are doing the same. Just really interested in your opinion.

  4. Elise (Post author)

    Hmmmm…that’s an interesting question. And I imagine my answer now will change over time…and is different than it woul have been pre-kids. We ate out more frequently before we had kids – but that mostly meant whole foods’ hot bar because we were spoiled in NYC and LA and had good ones at our fingertips. We also had two incomes for most of that time…the first thing that made us not eat out as much after P was born was his allergies, of course. But I think that highlighted exactly what your point was – how eating out isn’t as wholesome – so even though we were “forced” into realizing it, we got there and I can’t go back to my pre-allergy mentality. The other MAJOR factor at play right now is income. We are doing fine, but I don’t have an income and kids are expensive, so if anything is going to give, it’s going to be dining out. Finally, to address your first question, I LOOOOOVE cooking. Sometimes it’s more of a chore, but when I have a new cookbook or new cooking tool I am SUPER inspired and my cooking mojo is bubbling over. Baking is therapeutic for me and cooking for my family is definitely how I show love. Also, when dining out, I sometimes think how I could make a dish better (which is a bummer when you are paying $$$$ for it). That’s more of a problem with living in Davis now, though, as opposed to LA or SF or NYC where restaurants are amazing. Who knows what will be working for our family down the road though…

  5. Suzan

    Finished the Handmaid’s Tale not too long ago – my husband and I were suuuuper into it and thought it was very well done, but it was really hard to watch. I was a little relieved when it was over because our nights got a lot more light-hearted again. How do you like it so far?

  6. Elise (Post author)

    We are WAY into it, but agree that it’s definitely heavy to watch right before bed. I feel like if I had watched it years ago it wouldn’t feel as close to a possibility as it feels now, which is what makes it so gripping in this political climate. I mean I really HOPE it’s far fetched, but…

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