The secret to a stress free day
One day last week, we awoke early and started to prepare a hearty breakfast, in anticipation of a busy day ahead.
I put the kettle on the stove, preheated the oven for some gluten free Joan’s bagels, started a pot of water to boil for sausages, and prepared a frittata. Once the sausages finished boiling for 20 minutes, my dear husband fired up the grill and took the sausages outside for grilling. The smells of the breakfast cooking wooed the children down to the kitchen.
Just then my husband came back into the house and declared that it was a beautiful day outside. Even though we each had a lot planned for the day, he suggested that we pack up the breakfast and take it to our favorite waterfront park for a picnic.
It didn’t take much to convince us. My son, who is always up for a photo opportunity, grabbed his camera. I reached for the picnic basket, another prepared bottled water in the cooler, another grabbed the frisbee. In no time at all, we were on our way.
If you are feeling overwhelmed, today, with an extensive to do list, why not take a break preferably near a lake or river? Walking by the water is simply relaxing. Whether you take all your children, just your sweetheart or invite a friend, carving time out from your busy schedule will do you wonders. We only spent a little more than an hour on our picnic, but each one of us was refreshed and ready to tackle our to do lists. Indeed, we will always have the special memory of this precious time together.
You can find the recipe for my scrumptious frittata here. I sprinkled leftover chopped broccoli over one half and diced ham over the other half.
The bagels are from Joan’s. The uncooked bagel dough comes frozen and all you have to do is defrost and bake for 22 minutes for wonderful fresh, hot gluten free bagels.
The sausages were Premio Italian Sweet sausage. We also brought cut up watermelon, coffee and roasted potatoes you can prepare following the recipe below.
- 2 lbs. russet potatoes, peeled and cut up
- ⅓ cup olive oil
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 tsp. salt
- Preheat oven to 450℉
- Toss potatoes in a baking dish with oil, garlic, and salt. Bake for 40 minutes until golden brown. Turn them over half way through, really getting under them and scraping them from the pan. This often results in thin little bits that get extra crispy. These crunchy bits are my kids' favorite part.
Our spontaneous picnic was a wonderful refreshment. Daily walks around the neighborhood are another favorite time out from our busy agendas. Where do you go to refocus your day? Leave a comment below.
“He leads me beside quiet waters, He refreshes my soul.” Psalm 23
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