with Amy Urquhart
I’m Amy and I’ve spent the last three years trying to strike that perfect balance between being a wife, mom and professional career woman. I’ve decided that I’ll never perfect the art of “having it all”, but this blog is a chronicle of my attempts to continue to do so. I’m a blogger (my personal blog about Canadian home life is Hearts into Home), gardener, college instructor, wife to Graham and mom to Nate. If you’re also a working mom who finds there just aren’t enough hours in the day, I hope you’ll enjoy this column!
Read her blog at Hearts into Home.
One year, my kids paraded into my room on my birthday, bearing gifts and breakfast. Granted, the toast had been nibbled on as the tray came up the stairs, the eggs were like concrete, and one of my children assured me that my coffee was “cold enough to drink” by dipping his entire hand into the cup and sloshing it around. They were so proud of their efforts, though, that I ate every bite while they opened my presents for me — and it was the best breakfast I ever had.
Mother’s Day is this Sunday. Here’s a morning menu that your kids can make themselves — with some grownup supervision, of course. Print it out and leave it on the counter where your partner and kids can see it. Maybe they’ll take the hint!
Line a greased muffin tin with thin slices of ham, add eggs and cheese and a sprinkling of spices, and bake them for an easy breakfast Mom can eat in bed. This recipe from Parents magazine is great — easy-to-follow but not run-of-the-mill.
Lowfat vanilla yogurt, a handful of frozen berries, and a sliced banana whirred together in a blender with a little ice and milk. Super easy, surprisingly health, and delicious. You can also use plain, non-fat yogurt sweetened with a little honey, as suggested in this recipe by Fitness.com.
Really Crispy Hash Browns
The folks at Simply Recipes have discovered the trick to making perfectly crispy hashbrowns. Try making these with shredded sweet potatoes for an extra nutritional boost, or serving them with sour cream and apple sauce.
Very Vanilla Latte
You can make frothy milk for your coffee treat, even if you don’t have a fancy-schmancy steamer (or a high-end espresso machine) at home. Heat about half a mug of milk in a microwave for about 30 seconds (make sure it doesn’t boil over). Add a few drops of vanilla. Place a whisk in the mug, standing straight up, and roll the handle between your hands, so that the whisk is turning like an egg beater, whipping air into the milk. The foam will be soft and dense — perfect for spooning on top of a cup of really strong coffee.
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