Sometimes when we go away it's all about the food. We take ingredients to make some of our favorite special meals, we plan out menus complete with appetizers and desserts. We make time to create delicious food and memories together. And then sometimes we don't. We eat simply, we nibble throughout the day, and we make do with what we have.
On our recent trip to the mountains, it was all about simplicity. Even the kitchen was simple, outfitted with the very basic of dishes and utensils. There was a kettle and pretty plates and two mugs, the perfect shape for wrapping our hands around after a brisk walk.
Time was our friend and so we decided to have a leisurely brunch of pancakes, freshly whipped cream, peaches and eggs. And coffee, of course.
The pancakes came together quickly with the homemade mix.
The peaches came from a jar, sealed in the heat of summer and tasting of the sunshine that we will see again, soon, I hope.
And the cream, it was whipped by hand by my awesome husband. He's the kind of guy who believes that there is a solution to every problem. You just might have to work a little harder and dig a little deeper but the answer is always there. I flipped pancakes, set the table, and ground coffee while he whipped cream. It was worth it. Totally worth it.
Tips for creating your own special breakfast:
Work with what you have- use a big pot to mix up pancake batter if there's only one bowl.
Make it a good experience for everyone- let the toddler nibble on pancake while you bustle around making everything else. Especially when she's already been awake for several hours.
Enjoy the details- fresh coffee in mismatched mugs, tiny table crowded with good food, sunlight streaming in through windows that give an incredible view of the mountains.
Make it pretty- take a few extra minutes to plate the food or sprinkle cinnamon on your coffee.
A simple breakfast but made so much more enjoyable but slowing down, enjoying the whole process and savoring each bit.
What do you do to make meal time special?