I have been on this kick of trying to get ready for new baby and eventually weight loss. After all, being a mom and weight loss were the 2 big reasons I wanted to start my blog. I love being a mom and most of what goes along with it. Don’t get me wrong, there are days where I want to scream because the kids are driving me crazy or I don’t want to do the 6th load of laundry in a row. I suppose the good times wouldn’t seem so great if I didn’t have the hard minutes, hours or days to compare.
Today was a mix of both. I tossed and turned in bad last night due to the combination of kicks from the baby, leg cramps, hip pain and my sick husband snoring next to me. My alarm went off too early at 6:30am. At that point, J is almost ready to leave and both boys are already up. I am not a morning person so I was unable to ease into things today. I jump up, get dressed and start my day. J leaves, I get the boys dressed and out the door into the 6 degrees of cold weather we have. We are about a 1/2 mile from school when I glance back and notice that L is sitting there sans backpack.
At home, I packed his lunch and put his bag in a different spot away from the door than I usually do. L has been more independant lately and has been getting into the car by himself. When there was no backpack by the back door, I just assumed he grabbed it. It was my fault for not asking him. I checked his seat belt before we left to make sure he was buckled in correctly but didn’t notice the lack of backpack.
D and I got out of the car at school, and walked L into the building. Since driving L to school, I have noticed a cattiness to some of the moms in the vestibule at drop off. I have never been a fan of leaving the house in my pajamas, especially when I expect my kids to look presentable in public. I feel the need to lead by example, not “do as I say,not as I do.” There is a particular few moms who are all in their pjs and I can see their dirty looks, eye rolls and stares…daily. It may be the gigantic pregnant belly, it may be the fact that I am not in my pajamas, my hair isn’t a purple mohawk and hasn’t been in quite sometime so I don’t know what they could be looking at but I regularly get looks from them and these looks make me feel like I am back in high school. I will continue to hold the door even when they don’t acknowledge me. I will put a big smile on my face when I see them because they may need it more than I know but they will never see that it bothers me or makes me feel just a little bit smaller.
Feeling pretty crappy about myself, I inform L’s teacher that I would be back in a while with his backpack. I drive all the way home, pee, (of course because it has been a whole 20 minutes since last time)grab the backpack and go back to school. My sweet D was patient but you could tell he was restless. I drive home, again, listening to D tell me how he’s so hungry and wants McDonalds and that wasn’t going to happen! My saving grace was second breakfast!
SECOND BREAKFAST!! (at this point, my mood has significantly improved! Food has a tendency to do that these days) I always give the boys first breakfast but they are usually not super hungry at 7am. L gets a snack time at school and that is when he prefers to eat his breakfast. D and I drove home and pulled out a couple breakfast sandwiches I prepared on Sunday for the rest of the week. These little things are such lifesavers! Healthy, balanced and so delicious!! I flip on the toaster oven. (The one we have had since our wedding yet barely used. That one! Since my meal prepping, it is a fixture on our counter.) I heat up breakfast and D and I sit down to a hot, delicious meal! On days like these, it helps to eat something that isn’t complete junk for breakfast. I feel like it starts the morning(more importantly the second half of the morning) off right!
Toaster Oven Breakfast Sandwiches
Preheat oven to 350
1 C. Milk
10 Large Eggs
Pinch of Salt
Pinch of Pepper
1/3 Green Pepper, diced
1/3 Red Pepper, diced
10 Breakfast sausage patties
10 English muffins
10 slices of cheese, I chose colby jack
In a large bowl, combine milk, eggs, salt, pepper, and peppers. pour into a greased 13×9 inch pan. Cook in oven for 13-16 minutes. While the eggs are cooking, prepare your sausage patties over medium heat on the stove. They shrink in size but don’t worry, we will make them fit for the sandwich when they cool. Cook roughly 12-14 minutes flipping every so often to ensure they brown evenly or until the internal temp reaches 165 degrees and juices run clear.
Open your english muffins and lay the cheese slices on one side. When cool, slice the eggs into 10 equal parts. Place on top of the cheese. When the sausage is cool, slice in half and lay on top of the eggs. Cover the sandwich with the other end of the muffin and you are good to go!
When you are ready to eat, preheat toaster oven to 350 degrees. I usually put mine on a piece of foil for easy cleanup but you could also wrap them in foil for transportation after heating. It takes roughly 10-15 minutes to heat. As always, reheat food to 165 degrees.
Feel free to swap bacon or ham for the sausage. There endless possibilities to this sandwich. This is just the first one I tried!
Let me know what works for you! Do you like a particular combination? drop me a line so I can try it too!
Have a great day and if I could offer one piece of advice at drop off and pickup times: we are all parents just trying to get through life with these little versions of ourselves. I, for one, mostly don’t know what I’m doing but I’m doing my best. We all are and if we could show our kids that kindness and respect are so much better than dirty looks and whispers, maybe the future of this world won’t be so bad!
Have a great day!