Our family of five rarely finds itself with a free Saturday morning. Between football practice, dance practice, dance competitions, recitals, basketball games, school projects, my husband running a small business, and me doing all the things at home, we go full steam. So when we do get a break, we cherish a Saturday morning ritual imagined in the early days of our marriage.
My husband Reggie has always been the king of breakfast. In those early days, when it was just the two of us, he would make a delicious all-American breakfast every Saturday morning. We had no kids. Our weekends were carefree. We would wake up late after a crazy work week, eat breakfast, and do a house project or two. It was simple, and it was a routine that we enjoyed together.
As our family grew and our children were still young, we all eagerly anticipated those Saturday mornings when daddy would get up and make his special breakfast of Daddy’s Famous Cheesy Eggs (named by the kids), Texas-sized French toast, crispy bacon, and fresh squeezed orange juice.
The boys and I would snuggle on the sofa and watch cartoons, while Livy, a toddler at the time, would make her way into the kitchen to be with her Daddy.
“Daddy, can I mix the eggs?” “I want to add the salt, Daddy.”
I savor that time watching my husband and daughter together. On occasion, the boys and I pitch in by squeezing the fresh-from-the-orchard oranges. Mostly though, I have the pleasure of simply relaxing and eating.
When we are fortunate enough for the uninterrupted time, this Saturday morning breakfast is the highlight of my week. I hope I always look up and find Reggie and Livy in the the kitchen together, bonding over cracked eggs, and I hope the boys and I are always hungry enough to join.
In our family, if you can cook, we love you. If you can eat, we love you even more.
Copy by Destiny Alfonso / Photography by Constance Mariena
Destiny Alfonso is a Phoenix-based home living and lifestyle blogger. Aside from her husband and three kids, one of her greatest loves is making, creating, and sharing beautiful things. Find more of her recipes at justdestinymag.com.
This story originally appeared in the Fall/Winter 2018 issue of The Inspired Home Journal, titled “Breakfast Buddies.”