Monday, July 12, 2010

Weekend Recap + July 12 Menu Plan

One of the family traditions in Nathan's home growing up was to receive breakfast in bed on your birthday.  When Nathan told me this, I knew I wanted our family to adopt this tradition too.  There are few things in life better than being treated like royalty for an hour. :)

Since Nathan's birthday is coming up on Tuesday, I knew I needed to do his breakfast in bed this weekend.  So, Saturday morning we slept in and then I made his favorite breakfast--Chocolate and Toast.  It's one of the few things since Nathan's breakfast aversion that he'll actually eat besides cereal and biscuits, so I was honored to make it for him and serve it to him in bed.

In case you've never heard of Chocolate & Toast before, it's an extremely rich breakfast that will put you in a comatose state for the remainder of the morning.  It's even too sweet for me--which is saying a lot.  In case you should ever want to give it a try . . . 

Chocolate & Toast -- Mrs. Atwood (Nathan's mom)

  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 TBSP cocoa (unsweet)
  • 1 TBSP butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 c. milk
  • toast (the syrup makes enough for about 4 pieces of toast)

  1. Mix sugar & cocoa in a saucepan on medium heat.
  2. Add butter to pan and stir constantly.  
  3. As soon as butter melts, add 1/4 cup milk, and stir until syrup-like.
  4. Bring to a boil, and boil for 1 minute.
  5. Remove from heat.  Add in 1 tsp vanilla.  Stir.
  6. Break up toast into small, bite-sized pieces, and pour syrup over toast.
  7. Serve to your favorite person in bed . . . 

After his hearty breakfast, Nathan finished working on his project outdoors (remember those cheap landscaping bricks we bought a while back?).  I helped a little, but mostly enjoyed sitting out front in the rocking chair keeping him company. :) 

The finished project looks so good, and it is all to Nathan's credit--he did an amazing job planning and pulling this together so nicely.  It definitely adds some much-need curb appeal to the house, and will hopefully keep out quite a bit of weeds, too!


As you can see, we didn't really have anything separating our flower bed from the yard before


Brick barrier added to keep out the weeds, and to make it look a bit nicer!

Here's a close-up of the work.  Nathan first added landscaping pebbles, then sand to keep in all packed together, then we added the brick.

This week's menu is relatively short.  That's because Wednesday afternoon Nathan and I are headed to NYC for a few days to celebrate our 1-year anniversary and his birthday!  We are so excited for this trip, and have been planning it since January!  

Monday: I'll be out with a friend, so Nathan's on his own.  He'll more than likely grill himself a big juicy steak. :)
Tuesday: Spaghetti with SnoWhite's CrockPot Sauce, Garden Salad & Garlic Toast
Wednesday: Leave for NYC!

Don't forget to head over to I'm an Organizing Junkie for more great menu plan ideas!

We hope you have a blessed Monday!


  1. How sweet of you to care for Nathan like that! I love the tradition - Richard actually served me breakfast in bed on my birthday the first year we were married and that's how it began. A happy one, to be sure. The landscaping looks great!

  2. Happy Birthday Nathan! Have a safe trip to the NYC!


  3. yea for celebrations!!

    hope you have a fantastic time in NYC :)

    LOVE the brick too -- really nice touch.

    and, I just might have to try that chocolate toast -- pretty great dessert and breakfast all wrapped into one! Do you think bananas would go well with it?

  4. Happy Birthday Nathan! What a fun tradition. The toast reminds me of chocolate pancake.


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