Set the Alarm

5 years ago

I love my job, I really do.  I love the kids that I work with , I am fortunate to work for a wonderful principle and with some great teachers.  I am lucky to be employed in this economy.  That being said I am dreading my return to work.


My holiday break has been busy and non stop.  Not just with housework, errands and family functions but with phone calls to the insurance company, helping my Uncle over the phone with my Grandma and other family details.  I know what you are thinking : Waa..poor you.  Normal people don't get a winter break to be off and at home with your kids.  OK, I feel your angst.  I do. What I mean here is can't I just have a week that goes off without a hitch? Without a car accident, haggling with insurance companies over 12 month old medical bills and stuff like that?  OK, I have it out, I feel better ;)


We did have fun though.  We shopped a bit, visited family and friends, traveled a bit and worked around the house doing things I needed to get done.


My kids and I spent 1 whole day doing something that they do not do often and I rarely do: watch TV.  All day.  That is NO exaggeration.  We had breakfast and for the next 8 hours we watched movies together, all 3 of us, wrapped up in blankets on the couch.  We took breaks to do the usual things like have snacks, etc.  We stopped to have dinner then continued our marathon after dinner until bedtime.  I don't think I have ever done this before and the funny this is my kids kept saying

"Are you sure you want to watch this Mom? Don't we need to DO something?  Get up, go outside...SOMETHING?" .


Somehow I think we needed this day.  We were all close together, getting along, quiet and relaxing.  I have pneumonia so it really helped me breathe better to be still and not talk.  We mostly watched cooking shows, Man V Food and a few new shows on Discovery Channel that I had never heard of.  Pawn Stars, Some animal show and one of the strangest things I have ever seen but it's like watching a train wreck: Hillbilly Handfishin'.  Yes, you read that right.  It is a show where people stand in rivers and stick their toes in mud holes in the water and LET fish nibble on them.  Then they reach down and snatch up the fish.  Really.  People pay to do this.  For fun. I mean, who in their right mind would stick their toes in some random hole that they can't see into and wait for a LARGE fish to bite down on them? Hello, Not me!


One positive to not having a car while off from work is that it kept us home (duh!).  See, until a few months ago we had rental coverage on my car.  Since we had never used it my husband decided to drop it to save about $20 a  month.  Good idea in theory...until you need it.  BUT, because we have the AllState safe driver discount this wreck is costing us absolutely nothing so I will quit complaining now.  I have a car to drive to work today so that's all that matters :)


So here I am , heading off to work.  Back to the world of make-up, schedules, doing my hair, making breakfasts at the crack O dawn and wearing pants with buttons.  Oh ,if only I could wear my yoga pants to school!


So last night, after I tucked my kids into bed, got our things ready for the morning and headed to bed my oldest son called to me from his room.  He should have been fast to sleep but he was still awake.  He wanted to know if I would make the 'Noodle Nest' for him for breakfast in the morning.  So he DID like it! Score one for Mommy's quick thinking!  What is Noodle Nest you may be asking yourself?


Well, whilst stuck in our house I decided to purge my pantries of clutter and old/out dated food.  I have a post on Saturday talking about this so I won't give too much away now but suffice it to say we all decided that for the rest of break we were going to get creative and use what we had before we went to the store again.  That was how Noodle Nest was conceived.  I mean, why not find a creative use for leftover spaghetti and use it for breakfast! It was like my kids own little food challenge and I was happy to oblige ;)


Noodle Nests....A Breakfast for Kids who are tired of Oatmeal, Cereal and Omelets


leftover spaghetti noodles, cold

2 TB butter

4 eggs

Parmesan cheese


Step one: Melt 1 TB of butter in a medium skillet over medium heat.  Add a small 'nest' of pasta, making a small hole in the center. Dust with salt and fresh pepper.  Allow the pasta to get a bit crunchy, trust's good.


Add either 1 broken egg or 1 beaten egg to the center.  My kids DO NOT like runny yolks so I whipped theirs a bit.  Egg will run down into the pasta a bit, that's OK, it holds it together.


When eggs seem to be cooking on the bottom give  the nest a careful flip to cook any egg that has not set yet.  Flip back over and dust with Parmesan cheese.  Breakfast complete!

This may seem like one of the more strange things you have ever seen me post but let me assure you: kids, like adults, get tired of eating the same old thing.  Maybe my kids are picky and maybe I offer them TOO much variety (I am a food blogger afterall...that's what I do!) But my kids loved these nests!  Not to mention, this will be a great breakfast for my oldest before swim meets.  I plan on adding diced ham for his and my youngest mentioned that he would like diced peppers and mushrooms in his.  Think of the pasta as a vessel to hold your endless possibilities!


Heather Tallman

Newspaper Columnist, Food Writer and creator of

Basilmomma: A Busy Mom That Likes to Cook

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