A Salute to Parenthood

 

Your wake-up call is before the crack of dawn,

Because your life is controlled by your cranky spawn.

You feed them, you dress them,

You just can’t impress them.

They aren’t very thankful, yet you love them the same,

Even if they always ask “Why?” and often complain.

 

You’re housekeeper and driver, tutor and cook,

You keep them in line with one smoldering look.

Tailor, Accountant, Doctor and Baker,

Even do-it-yourself Christmas wreath-maker.

 

Parenthood is a difficult, never-ending career,

Filling you halfway with love and another part fear.

But despite these complaints and your lack of rest,

Parenthood really is the best of the best.

 

No feeling can top watching your little tike grow,

Standing by his side while he learns to throw,

Or helping her up when she’s had a big fall,

Teaching them to be kind, proud, and stand tall.

 

Although Parenthood is a hearty sacrifice,

The payback truly is more than twice as nice.

Seeing the world from a child’s view is priceless,

Even if you’re constantly in diaper crisis.

 

So when Parenthood has you feeling overdrawn,

Wear a happy face and “keep on keepin’ on,”

Because today’s hurdle may be tomorrow’s success,

And the more love you have, the more you are blessed

How to Poach an Egg (Thus Making Every Lunch Infinitely Better)

  • Make sure your eggs are really fresh.
  • Add a small dash of vinegar to a pan of steadily boiling water.
  • Crack eggs individually into a ramekin or cup.
  • Create a gentle whirlpool in the water (hint: use a spatula handle) to help the egg white wrap around the yolk.
  • Slowly tip the egg into the water, white first. Leave to cook for three minutes.
  • Remove with a slotted spoon, cutting off any wispy edges using the edge of the spoon.
  • Drain onto kitchen paper – nobody wants eggy poaching water making their toast soggy or wilting their salad.

(these poaching instructions were found on bbgoodfood.com)

I’ve added this to just about every damn meal I can think of. Including this insanely delicious salad. All you need is:

  • baby arugula
  • one egg
  • bacon bits (optional)
  • sun-dried tomato spread (lower in calorie than the oil based chunks)
  • shredded parmesan
  • lemon juice
  • salt
  • pepper
  • smoked paprika

Prep salad by soaking it in lemon juice and tossing it with the bacon, parmesan, and salt & pepper. Create bed of tomato spread for egg to rest on. Poach egg using above instructions. Lay egg on tomato, then sprinkle with paprika. Viola!