Back Pocket Recipe: 7 Minute Egg

7 minute egg

I recently taught Cecilia how to make soft scrambled eggs using low heat and a lot of attention. It’s definitely worth the effort to get the creamy, almost curdless, scramble, but it takes a good amount of time to do them properly. Not ideal for a quick weekday morning breakfast or lunch. But if you have time to boil water, then you have time for a well-cooked egg to add some protein to any meal.

This is a true back pocket recipe. The sum total of the recipe is in the title. If you want a perfect boiled egg to top your salad, noodles, oatmeal or messy breakfast sandwich, you only need about seven minutes. Continue Reading

Scenes from Saturday + They’re Back!

The girls spent last week at the Cape attending Camp Grammie (& Poppy). According to them, they spent their days swimming, looking for sand dollars, staying up late, painting, eating ice cream at every meal, and making memories. Pretty much what girls their age should be doing in the summer. Grammie assured me there was some broccoli and even a little reading during the week, but no dreaded math facts.

With the girls away, it allowed Michelle and I to…. work more and watch Netflix on the couch a few hours earlier. I think the quiet almost shocked us into a state of indolence. Turns out, there is a rhythm to the house that you come to rely on to keep you on track when everyone is operating near the edge of exhaustion. Continue Reading

5 Steps to Start Running

Left, right, left, right.

This could be a very short post. Actually going out for a run isn’t difficult, but really getting into running, making it a lifestyle habit can take a commitment and if you’ve never done it or it’s been a long time, it can be intimidating. 

I joined a running group in the past year and it has a list of nearly 100 members, but only 20-25 regularly show up for the weekly runs. Why? A lot of people find ripping the band-aid off to get started overwhelming. Here are 5 steps to get started in running. It’s worth the effort. Running is one of the most beneficial exercises for both mind and body.  Continue Reading

Scenes from Saturday + Pool, Interrupted

We have yet to feel the impact of “No More Checks!” I have not placed that outdoor pizza oven order yet. Nor has Michelle selected the perfect piece of haute couture from Givenchy. Right now, we have only just adjusted the electronic routing numbers to funnel those potential retirement payments to various summer camps scattered about the greater Metrowest area.

For Cecilia, camp is old hat, but it’s been fun to watch Ally finally get to go off and be with the “big” kids. For the past year, I believe she’s been convinced that Cecilia visits a magic wonderland where they sip from chocolate fountains, eat snacks all day, run through rainbow-infused sprinklers, and do arts and crafts until their fingers cramp. Well, now she knows. Cecilia was only lying about the chocolate fountains.

After the first week, Ally’s happiest place on earth is camp, not Disneyland (too many terrifyingly large costumed characters). Just think, she hasn’t even gone to drama camp yet!  Continue Reading

Summer Exercise with Addison’s Disease

6 tips for summer exercising with Addison's disease

In just about a month, it will be three years since one very scary week in the hospital and my subsequent diagnosis (and relatively happy ending) with Addison’s disease. I’ve learned a whole lot about the disease, biology and how best to handle my own personal situation, but the biggest learning has been about how to continue to exercise safely.

I’m an active person. One of those strange breeds of human that truly enjoys sweating, exercising and pushing the limits of my heart rate monitor. It’s one of the things that makes me happiest. I believe it makes me a better person to be around. It’s also one of the things that was most threatened with the diagnosis. 

Three years on, I’ve learned a few best practices about how to exercise with Addison’s in a way that doesn’t put myself at further risk. In fact, exercising and continuing to workout is something that can help with many of the symptoms of the disease (bone density, chronic fatigue, irritability), as long as you do it safely. Continue Reading

5 Favorite Brewster Takeout Joints

5 Favorite Brewster Takeout Joints

I like the challenge of cooking on vacation. I like the different stove. The different equipment. The weird spices. The limited cupboard. I think just being in a different kitchen and a different place can spark your creativity. 

Of course, after a day in the sun or a day touring the sites, sometimes you don’t want to cook. You just want something easy. Or for someone to put a plate in front of your hungry face. 

We spend a lot of the summer weekends in Brewster on Cape Cod and we take plenty of advantage of all the local, fresh seafood to make some great meals, but sometimes vacation means taking a break from everything, including cooking dinners.  Continue Reading