Scarlet Takes Manhattan, IV

You see, now I have “You Belong to the City” in my head. In fact, feel free to listen while you read!

As you may remember, Scarlet and Cassidy have had a tradition of playing hooky on a weekday in December and taking Manhattan. They started when she was in kindergarten and Des was two-years-old. They left while it was still dark and she wore her red, mini-me peacoat. The cuteness was overwhelming, and I waited up with bated breath to hear about their adventures. During the second year, I watched it all unfold with the Internet, and we all died of cuteness together.

Last year was Part III. That time they didn’t leave before dawn to arrive after dark. (well, dark is rather early, isn’t it?) Last year they stayed in a hotel in Times Square on the 16th floor or something like that. New tradition! #1 on her wish list? Jumping on the hotel bed. Big dreams, kid. Our adventures begin with Part 4 – and an evolution of cute coats Scarlet wore.

And at least the twenty-somethingth floor!

This year was an odd duck. I built a NJ trip based around photographing my friend’s newborn. Then, I could see Lindsay’s new squish again, play with Parker, see my little sister’s amazing son, Myles, go to Cliff’s ice cream (!!!), and go to my parent’s holiday party. Cassidy knew we were running out of time for his NYC trip, and the weather was supposed to be perfect on Monday, so he got an idea. He’d stay home. The three of us would go to NJ. Then we’d meet in upstate NY – and switch cars. He’d grab Scarlet and head to NYC, and I’d grab Des and head home. It all went according to plan!

And then the fun began.

In these cases, I like to let the pictures tell the stories. Des and I had a fairly quiet ride home, although he had to pee badly. We got Friendly’s drive-thru (a new one for us) and then he went to bed on time and I watched a Hallmark movie, or seven. I took him to school the next morning and went to work. (at home) I think I understood what it might be like to be a single parent with one kid. You’re sort of.. more in sync than otherwise? Or maybe less! I honestly don’t have a clue but it was fun.

Not as much fun as THIS:

As you may remember, Scarlet and Cassidy have a tradition of playing hooky on a weekday in December and taking Manhattan. Finish the Sentence Friday #FTSF

As you may remember, Scarlet and Cassidy have a tradition of playing hooky on a weekday in December and taking Manhattan. Finish the Sentence Friday #FTSF

VIDEO!

These are fun!!

Christmas is so magical in NYC!

As you may remember, Scarlet and Cassidy have a tradition of playing hooky on a weekday in December and taking Manhattan. Finish the Sentence Friday #FTSF

As you may remember, Scarlet and Cassidy have a tradition of playing hooky on a weekday in December and taking Manhattan. Finish the Sentence Friday #FTSF

As you may remember, Scarlet and Cassidy have a tradition of playing hooky on a weekday in December and taking Manhattan. Finish the Sentence Friday #FTSF

As you may remember, Scarlet and Cassidy have a tradition of playing hooky on a weekday in December and taking Manhattan. Finish the Sentence Friday #FTSF

Museum of Natural History!

As you may remember, Scarlet and Cassidy have a tradition of playing hooky on a weekday in December and taking Manhattan. Finish the Sentence Friday #FTSF

As you may remember, Scarlet and Cassidy have a tradition of playing hooky on a weekday in December and taking Manhattan. Finish the Sentence Friday #FTSF

Wait for it..

As you may remember, Scarlet and Cassidy have a tradition of playing hooky on a weekday in December and taking Manhattan. Finish the Sentence Friday #FTSF

And yes, her Madeline/Yes, Virginia/Sgt. Pepper coat kills me. And I bought it!

As you may remember, Scarlet and Cassidy have a tradition of playing hooky on a weekday in December and taking Manhattan. Finish the Sentence Friday #FTSF

As you may remember, Scarlet and Cassidy have a tradition of playing hooky on a weekday in December and taking Manhattan. Finish the Sentence Friday #FTSF

As you may remember, Scarlet and Cassidy have a tradition of playing hooky on a weekday in December and taking Manhattan. Finish the Sentence Friday #FTSF

As you may remember, Scarlet and Cassidy have a tradition of playing hooky on a weekday in December and taking Manhattan. Finish the Sentence Friday #FTSF

Frozen Hot Chocolate at Serendipity..3?

As you may remember, Scarlet and Cassidy have a tradition of playing hooky on a weekday in December and taking Manhattan. Finish the Sentence Friday #FTSF

As you may remember, Scarlet and Cassidy have a tradition of playing hooky on a weekday in December and taking Manhattan. Finish the Sentence Friday #FTSF

As you may remember, Scarlet and Cassidy have a tradition of playing hooky on a weekday in December and taking Manhattan. Finish the Sentence Friday #FTSF

As you may remember, Scarlet and Cassidy have a tradition of playing hooky on a weekday in December and taking Manhattan. Finish the Sentence Friday #FTSF

WINDOWS!

As you may remember, Scarlet and Cassidy have a tradition of playing hooky on a weekday in December and taking Manhattan. Finish the Sentence Friday #FTSF

As you may remember, Scarlet and Cassidy have a tradition of playing hooky on a weekday in December and taking Manhattan. Finish the Sentence Friday #FTSF

As you may remember, Scarlet and Cassidy have a tradition of playing hooky on a weekday in December and taking Manhattan. Finish the Sentence Friday #FTSF

As you may remember, Scarlet and Cassidy have a tradition of playing hooky on a weekday in December and taking Manhattan. Finish the Sentence Friday #FTSF

As you may remember, Scarlet and Cassidy have a tradition of playing hooky on a weekday in December and taking Manhattan. Finish the Sentence Friday #FTSF

**All photos taken by Cassidy, or by random, friendly strangers in NYC.

This is me linking up, as one of my favorite things to do, with Finish The Sentence Friday. This week’s topic is “When it comes to belonging…” And there’s still time to write yours. Come link up with your spin on any of the matters: HERE.

Which city has your heart? I’m partial to San Francisco, Toronto, Anchorage, and many more.

As you may remember, Scarlet and Cassidy have a tradition of playing hooky on a weekday in December and taking Manhattan. Finish the Sentence Friday #FTSF

Weekday Breakfast Solutions With Mini Veggie Quiches

This post is a collaboration with the Mom It Forward Influencer Network.

Want an easy, delicious weekday breakfast solution for the family? Try my Mini Veggie Quiches #recipe. #ad #hellohandsome #pastureraised #handsomebrookfarm

I don’t know about you, but weekday winter mornings are NOT my strength.

In fact, that’s why I recently wrote a blog post about winter morning hacks! I wanted to spread joy and inspiration, because in New England, winters can feel difficult and endless. My last tip was to have something to look forward to every morning – like a little treat, a cup of coffee, or a special breakfast. And that’s where Handsome Brook Farm eggs come in!

veggie quiches

Eggs are my favorite breakfast item. They’re a great source of protein, and they contain beneficial vitamins and nutrients. The thing is – not all eggs are created equal – and egg labeling can be confusing. Certified pasture raised eggs means that the hens are raised on grassy pastures with room to roam free, forage, and get plenty of sunshine and fresh air. And studies show that these eggs are more nutritious than any other types of eggs. Handsome Brook Farm eggs are pasture raised, and contain two times more Omega 3’s, 38% more vitamin A, and 23% more vitamin E than conventionally raised eggs.

This makes them a super nutritious option at any meal.

Handsome Brook Farm eggs are pasture raised and organic, which is not the case with all pasture raised eggs, and you can definitely taste the difference between them and all other eggs. Buy them nationally online or locally at select retailers!

My recipe is quick, easy and nutritious – and designed (by me) to get my family out of the house on time, and happy. We love scrambled eggs, fried eggs, Eggs Benedict, eggs on toast, and these delicious Mini Veggie Quiches. They make us all happy.

Mini Veggie Quiches

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Mini Veggie Quiches

Ingredients

  1. 8 Handsome Brook Farms eggs
  2. 3/4 cup whole milk
  3. 1.5 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  4. 1 cup chopped broccoli
  5. 1/2 cup diced red peppers
  6. 1 dash each of salt and pepper

Instructions

  • 1. Preheat oven to 350° F
  • 2. Crack eggs into a large bowl and whisk in milk, salt and pepper, and cheese
  • 3. Add red peppers and broccoli
  • 4. Grease a muffin pan and spoon in mixture evenly
  • 5. Bake for 35-40 minutes until tops are puffy
  • 6. Remove them carefully and enjoy!

Notes

Quiches can be frozen or kept in the fridge for a delicious breakfast every day this week!

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We choose Handsome Brook Farm because they have built a revolutionary network of small family farms with smaller flocks – and this is so they can ensure that farmers get the fair wage they deserve, and hens have the space, attention, and love they need to produce the best quality eggs. You can taste the difference and it gives us a breakfast to get excited about!

So, what’s your favorite weekday morning recipe with eggs?