Listened to the show Saturday and it was not bad. I don’t know about you, but I was pretty worn out as I listened, and it wasn’t a bad worn out, but I sure didn’t feel like doing much of anything at all. I love the holidays and the gatherings and the road trips and food and events and all, but it can be a lot and if you’re anything like me you need a stretch of nothing to just kind of gather yourself.
I got tired last year. Not bone tired, but soul tired. I’d chosen “release” as my word, and that I did. A daughter graduating from high school, a daughter leaving college and finding a teaching job and getting married, a son planning study abroad, the attending days of celebration and moving out, along with all the small things of which a regular person living a good life lets go. Let go of routine, let go of my breath which it seems I’d been holding a good while, and released the worries about what all that letting go can do to a person apart from leaving you standing there, numb, in the middle of the living room, and in tears once you do get yourself to the produce section.
Never have been a person daunted by much of anything, not for long anyway, and though I did hit a few bumps turning the corner into this year, here I am and here we are, and my word for 2016 is “Enough”: recognizing “Enough” when I have it; speaking “Enough” when I’ve had it, and believing, deep down for real, that I am just that — Enough — (an issue I’ve reckoned with for too many years).
And there you have it, my friends, my dear friends. Glad to be here with you in this New Year, glad to call you “friend,” glad to be up and drinking coffee and thinking about today and the snow on its way and how “forward” is my favorite direction. Blessings to you, of course, and the kind of challenges that make you grow, forgiveness ‘round every corner, and enough of all you need and are, each day. Let’s find each other along the way. Lookin’ forward to it.
Seems a breakfast recipe is a good way to begin, and who on the planet doesn’t love Tater Tots and cheese.
Breakfast Tater Tot Casserole
1lb breakfast sausage, browned and drained
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
4 eggs beaten, add pepper if you like
2 cups milk, mix with eggs
2 lbs Tater Tots
Preheat oven to 350. In a 9×13 pan layer the sausage first, then cheese. Pour egg mixture over meat and cheese. Cover pan with Tater Tot layer. Bake 45-50 minutes uncovered, and let it rest 5-10 minutes before serving. Serves about 8.
You can add some cooked, crumbled bacon to the meat layer, 6 strips or so works well. Simple.