We love breakfast in our family, and so I make a point to cook a really yummy dish every Saturday and Sunday morning. Since the boys wake up early, we typically all cuddle in our bed as the sun rises and then have breakfast around 8am, still clad in pjs of course. It’s a time when we can relax, map out our day and enjoy some QT just the four of us. About a year ago I wanted to mix up the usual syrup kissed pancakes or scrambled eggs with sautéed spinach options, and so I came up with this open-faced breakfast sandwich that my husband immediately loved. Anything with prosciutto has to be divine, am I right? We coined it the “Home Run” breakfast because it’s so delicious and encompasses the ideal combination of protein, fiber and healthy fats. Paired with a serving of beautiful raspberries, strawberries and bluberries, it’s the perfect way to start the day.
While we eat this first thing in the morning, this open-faced brunch sandwich recipe would still work beautifully for a later morning meal. I hope you’ll give it a try and enjoy it as much as we do!
Home Run Breakfast (4 servings)
4 multigrain English muffins, sliced in half (*or slices of multigrain or seeded bread)
3 tablespoons of butter
8 thin slices of prosciutto
1 avocado, sliced
8 thin slices of cheddar cheese
Toast the English muffins (or bread) until golden brown. Lightly spread a little butter on each English muffin half, and top each piece with several slices of avocado; set aside. Next, over medium heat, cook the prosciutto in a skillet until its crispy (about 2 minutes per side). Once the prosciutto is done, lay the slices over the avocado/English muffin. Next, add a tablespoon of butter to the skillet, and once it has melted and coated the pan, crack the eggs one at a time. Depending upon how big your skillet is, you can cook 3-4 eggs at a time. Sprinkle each egg with salt and pepper and let them cook for about 2-4 minutes until the tops of the whites are set and firm but the yolk is still runny. Depending upon how well-done you like your sunny side-up eggs, you can flip them and cook for another 1-2 minutes. Next, using a spatula, gently remove the eggs from the pan and place one egg atop each prosciutto and avocado clad English muffin half. Place a slice of cheddar cheese atop each egg – the heat of the egg will met the cheese. Cook the remaining eggs, and eat immediately.
My daughter recently celebrated her 16th birthday, and invited 10 friends to share in the fun. Not everyone in her class was invited because we had limitations with the size of the venue. A few of the girls posted pictures of the party on Instagram, and one girl who wasn’t invited to the party, saw the picture and has been very upset ever since. She is not a close friend of my daughter, however she was so upset that she has skipped school, and can’t take her final exams. Her mother has also called me several times to discuss why her daughter wasn’t invited. I feel terrible that this girl’s feelings are hurt, and I’m not sure what to say to her mother, and this has now been going on for weeks. Do you have any advice on what I can say to her mom?
Mother of the B-Day Girl
This is a tough situation indeed! A tough situation on both sides – for your daughter and her classmate. For your daughter, it was her birthday party and so she decided who she wanted to include, which I’m sure was a hard decision given that she could only invite 10 friends. For your daughter’s classmate, it was disheartening because she wasn’t included and no one wants to be left out. However, as you and I both know, not everyone is invited to everything, be it a 16th birthday party or a ladies luncheon. That’s just life and we all experience being left out at one time or another! The important thing, is to use this as a teachable moment. So your daughter can understand how this girl is feeling, consider talking with her about a time she was left out, and ask how it made her feel. And for the future, if she is ever left out of a party, listen and validate her feelings, and teach her to be the bigger person. Suggest you two have a fun mother-daughter outing or she invite a friend to get together on the party day. As for what to say to the classmate’s mom: empathize with her daughter’s feelings of disappointment, and share that your daughter was only able to invite 10 friends (explain why, i.e., due to size of the venue). Something to chat over with your daughter – see if she and this classmate can meet for frozen yogurt or lunch one Saturday to get to know each other better – and if she’s open to the idea (I hope she is!), suggest that to the mom when you speak with her. Good luck!
Father’s Day is June 18th, and so if you haven’t already purchased a gift for your hubby, dad, or grandfather, now is the time! I’m planning a special surprise for my husband – I have to keep it a secret since he may be reading this 😉 – that I think he’s really going to enjoy. While the gifts that I’ve found are all tangible presents, experiences are another fabulous treat for the special guy (guys!) in your life – think a massage at a wonderful spa, round of golf at his favorite course, date night or day-date at a fun new restaurant, tickets to a concert or the theater, a day of wine tasting, etc. And if your husband is celebrating his first Father’s Day, how cute would a beautiful card and this book be as a gift from baby to Daddy. Guys can be tricky to buy for, however I hope that these ideas help in your search for the perfect Father’s Day gift!
While this platter would be a splurge, you would use it every holiday season, and could even lovingly pass it down to your children. Topped with appetizers for a party, or freshly baked Christmas cookies, this platter is on my wish list!