Tuesday, November 12, 2013

the family breakfast

Today I am exhausted.  Had a rubbish night's sleep as B worked till the wee hours and I didn't go to bed till late.  Then the cat (grrrrr) woke me up around two and I lay awake for an hour till 3am wishing for sleep. Finally I got up and read a library book.  It was one that I read about on someone's blog recently (wish I could remember who) and I love it.

The Family Dinner by Laurie David, it has lots of ideas for meals and ways to connect with your family and friends over food.  As I was reading it I realised that if B wasn't going to be around for dinner, then sometimes we were going to need to make an effort at breakfast time.


So this morning, despite the general lack of energy I was feeling, we set the table prettily for our slow cooker porridge (recipe here).  We folded the napkins like envelopes (a suggestion from the book), wrote wee love notes for each other and slipped them inside.

The boys loved writing and reading their notes.  Actually I think we all did.  It was just a beautiful way to start the day.  We talked about the best and worst thing that happened yesterday. Mine were going to the movies with Pippa to see About Time (a lovely film) and struggling to take decent family photos in the glarey afternoon sun (sorry about that Hannah). Some interesting things about school came up that we might be needing to follow up on... hmmmm.

Little brother got the star plate for the second time this week.  Today for being an awesome dead bird disposal person!  Despite the three bells on his collar, our evil/lovely cat has a bad bird killing habit :o(  Not sure if I'd want to get a cat again.  Anyway I wanted to mention the red bowl too.  It's a new thing that's just for #2 to protect him from the badness that is cow's milk.  In the recent school holidays he accidentally ate big brothers weetbix... will do a post on it sometime later in the week.  Let's just say he's still very allergic.

These are my favourite cookbooks at the moment... what are yours?  
Any new suggestions always welcome.

14 comments:

  1. Grandpa1:22 PM

    Well done - what a good way to start the day.
    Hope you get a good nights sleep tonight.

    L & C Grandpa xx

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    1. Thanks! I had a sneaky afternoon nap before they came home and feel much better.

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  2. poppa4:20 PM

    You could try to have them sing you a lulaby and then put themselves to bed :o))

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  3. You were both awesome bird disposal people yesterday then??! Red bowl is a very clever idea to keep your boy safer. What a super mummy you are!

    Hope you get a better sleep tonight.

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    1. Oh yes I guess we both were! So many yucky cat killers about ;o)

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  4. Looks like a lovely idea and book :) hope you got some rest last night :)

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    1. Yes had a much better night thanks.

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  5. Dianne10:02 AM

    Oh my the 22nd isn't far away and you'll love the break. Try a warm milo drink if you can't sleep also I sometimes have the radio on very low so that I have to really concentrate to hear it and next thing it's morning.

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  6. I have heard good things about that Revive book you have. I am coveting The new Ripe Cookbook - hopefully I get it for Christmas.

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    1. Oh I'l have to look that one up :o) Thanks for the suggestion.

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  7. This is just beautiful and FANTASTIC! You guys are inspirational. Truly (I'm not just saying it. You inspire me)
    x

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    1. Awww thanks Simoney. I usually just post for myself (and rellies) but it's lovely if inspires other people to do cool things too. I get so much of my inspiration from other people's blogs.

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so lovely to hear from you xx