Saturday, January 30, 2010

A Hodge-Podge Saturday Morning

When I was little, Mom claimed Saturdays as her day to sleep in, which meant my brother and I spent the morning with Dad. It was awesome. We got to wear anything we wanted – stripes on plaid, Friday’s underwear, one blue and one green sock – and the only mandatory rules were to brush our teeth, wash our hands and flush the toilet. We didn’t even have to brush our hair!

Dressed and unkempt, we’d pile in the car and go to the bakery. Dad bought us whatever donut we wanted (as you can guess, anything with chocolate icing was OK with me). We’d eat our donuts while Dad drove the station wagon through the car wash, then we’d go home and watch cartoons.

When my girls were little, Saturday mornings were my day to sleep in, too. At least until Pee Wee’s Playhouse came on. The girls woke me up for that. But beforehand, they’d get up and “make” their own breakfast* and I let them wear whatever they wanted. As long as they brushed their teeth, washed their hands and flushed the toilet, they could watch cartoons all morning.

(*The night before, I’d place a box of cereal on the counter along with two bowls. I’d pour milk in two plastic cups and juice in two other cups, cover them in plastic wrap, and set them in the refrigerator. The next morning, the girls poured their own cereal and added the pre-measured milk. It was their first cooking lesson!)

As I write this, my hair isn’t combed and I don’t have any one thing I want to address in this morning's blog. So in the tradition of my hodge-podge Saturdays, I offer the following observations and a very tasty recipe:

1. You know how I said a few blogs ago that I was going to be more mindful and to not wish away moments? Well, tell me if this is cheating: I acknowledge that it’s 7 degrees outside, and while I don’t like it, I accept that there’s nothing I can do to change the weather. That’s staying present, right? But in defiance of the thermometer, I made a pretty spring-colored breakfast:

A raspberry-banana smoothie with chocolate soy and Greek yogurt and a cup of Spring Cherry green tea. And even though I shivered in front of my space heater, eating tropical fruit and thinking of cherry blossoms kept me warm in my mind.

That might be cheating a little, but it was a very good moment within a moment.

2. Cammy at Tippy Toe Diet posted a great blog yesterday about how jam packed the grocery stores get whenever the weather’s about to turn bad. What is it about predictions of snow and ice that cause people to suddenly need copious amounts of milk, bread and eggs? It’s like snow causes masses of people to crave French Toast!

3. Sometimes it takes more than will and intention to get me on the elliptical. That’s when I rely on my favorite workout shirt for motivation (you know, the pink one?). But when I put it on this morning, I realized it had already seen its last workout. It’s been washed too many times; shrunk up and threadbare. Goodbye, old shirt. Thank you for the great workouts.

4. Two things I love: Middle Eastern spices and simple recipes. My Moroccan Stew is inspired by two recipes, one from Weight Watchers and one from Taste Of Home. You can make it in a crock pot or on the stove.

1 C onion, chopped
2-3 garlic cloves, chopped or minced
1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into ½-inch chunks
2 C carrots, roughly chopped
1 C celery, chopped
2 C canned crushed tomatoes
1 C veggie broth
1 cinnamon stick (or ½ t ground cinnamon)
1-2 t cumin (depends on how much you like cumin)
½ t chili powder (you can also use red pepper flakes if you like it a little hotter)
15 oz canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed

Sauté onion and garlic in a pan coated with cooking spray until slightly browned. I also add a tablespoon or two of broth which prevents burning or drying. Throw the onions, garlic and everything else in a crock pot and cook on low for 6-8 hours or in a stock pot and simmer for an hour.

5. If you want to join Lynn’s Weigh on Facebook, click here. We’re a fun little group of losers…and I mean that in a good way.

Wear what you want, don’t worry about your hair, just enjoy your Saturday. See ya’ll Monday!

10 comments:

Sunny said...

Hodge Podge Saturdays: I love it! And I loved that you continued on the tradition with your girls! What a sweet memory! :)

We take turns; one wakes up early for/with the dogs one day, the other does it for the other day. On 3 day weekends, being older (yeah, I married a man 16 years younger than me)....I get to sleep in. Because my hubbster is such an angel.

I'm so sorry you live where SAD is a problem for you. You need to move out here to sunny so. California. We only have about 30 truly overcast days a year. ;)

Shelley said...

When my kids were little, we started "sleep downstairs night" on Fridays - my husband and the boys would make a bed of blankets and pillows on the floor in the family room, while I got the bed all to myself on Friday night. Saturday morning they woke up and ate together and yes, watched Pee Wee's Playhouse...while I got to sleep in! I guess all of us moms needed that by the end of the week.

I'm cracking up at you eating your cold smoothie because the other night I made smoothies for dessert and my husband and I ended up shivering, with blankets thrown over our legs while we ate them...but boy were they good! I did, however, turn down his suggestion for frozen yogurt last night as the wind chill was in the 20's!

Have a wonderful weekend, my friend!

Two of Me said...

Yeah, our saturdays are pretty much like that too...except on the days when my husband has to work (like today)...but I still haven't brushed me hair! - or gotten dressed for that matter). And the french toast? That was too funny!

Your smoothie sounds divine!

Best,
Two
http://drophalfofme.blogspot.com/

Lynn Haraldson-Bering said...

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Elisabeth said...

I am back this weekend for another visit to your blog, Lynn. This week has been a whirlwind, I never got time to write one blog entry, or to scan my blogroll.

I loved this post! Saturdays are made to be lazy, come-what-may days. To tell you the truth, I don't even recall what my daughter (and I) would do on Saturday mornings when she was little. I remember vividly rides to the Grove City outlets or to Pittsburgh when she was in middle and high school.

I also very much enjoyed your other recent entries. I especially love your writing style, and your great sense of humor.

debby said...

I LOVE days like this. I loved your story of you and your dad when you were little. We had Saturdays like that with my dad too.

For me, I have to make a day like this in the middle of the week, because I usually work on Saturday. But its just as good. And that stew sounds like just the thing on a chilly day!

Calorie Counting said...

You are right. It shouldn't matter so much what one does on a saturday. When you've worked so hard during the week, saturday is meant to be a lye-in day. In my house if we haven't got any where pre-planned, the kids are allowed to have a pyjamas day on saturday and they seem to love it too.

Nice smoothie recipe by the way. Its already included in my special folder.

One Mans Weight Loss said...

For me, Saturdays have always been a work day for me, career work and working out. I am a big sports fan, and Sunday tends to be the day I do the least and eat the worst.

This coming Sunday is going to be difficult for me. Superbowl Sunday means all my friends will be drinking beer and eating DELICIOUS, but so bad for you, food!

BTW... Glad to hear you kept the tradition up!

7 Minute Weight Loss said...

Sorry, I'm not a mum, so I don't really understand why you free your children only on Saturday? Is it because it's holiday?
Anyway, I'm shocked and surprised to see how you looked and how you look now!!

Annimal said...

I've made your moroccan chickpea soup about every week since you posted the recipe a couple months ago. It is fabulous.
Even my husband and kids eat it!! and they are the world's fussiest, eaters. (I use butternut squash instead of carrots)