it's the little things.

This morning I was flipping through an old Ladies Home Journal that I borrowed heisted from somewhere because yes, as a matter of fact, I do want to know how Miranda Lambert got that smoking hot new body.   I flipped to a page celebrating married couples and the sweet traditions they develop over the years to help each other and show their love.

One couple, married for 50 years, stated that she's bad at directions so he always drives her to a new place the day before her appointment so that she can find it, and she is good at grammar and spelling so she always checks his emails and FB posts.  pffffft! Another couple reported that she makes little baggies of homemade muesli every Sunday for him to take to work and he...well...I forget what he does  But anyway, you get the point.

I started thinking about the hubs and our sweet traditions, but then I was interrupted by the hubs, who is home on the weekends, snoring loudly in front of a blaring TV.  And this annoyed me and redirected my train of thought towards all the little ways we annoy each other.  He is off on the weekends, for God's's annoying enough that he has nothing to do....can't he just do it quietly without the surround sound rocking the house to yet another three year old rerun of NCIS?

No, he can't.  He can't because if the hubs is home, the TV is on, or he gets lonely.  He will try to engage a person in conversation, yelling across the house and if that doesn't work, he'll resort to physical means such as hugging, tickling, anything for attention.

And Lord knows, I am not perfect.   The hubs gets annoyed that I'm not friendlier in the morning.   I am a morning person.  I'm  not playful, I'm not chatty.....I get up earlier than everyone else for the sole purpose of being by myself.  If someone gets up early and joins me, well, it just bloody pisses me off.

The hubs and I have a million little ways to annoy each other.  For instance, he eats his poached eggs whole. and runny. That's one whole egg, yolk and all, just breaking in his mouth, coating his tongue, sliding down his throat.  I'm getting a little queasy thinking about it.  I, on the other hand, do not care about malware or internet security and this is not only irresponsible, but it drives him insane.  Have I set up the security feature on my phone?  I don't know.  Would I like to learn how?  Must I?  Deep sigh.

And don't get me started on the air conditioning/heating.  I do not care for air conditioning.  If I wanted to live in air conditioning, I would move back to Florida.  I want my windows and doors open to the fresh air.  I want to walk in from  outside  without experiencing  a 20  degree temperature  drop that sends me running for my snorkel parka. The hubs, on the other hand, would prefer to not walk into a bread oven every day between September  and  April.

Yup, we've got a million little ways to annoy each other without even trying.  But we've learned to compromise, and that's how we show our love for each other.   He gives a  little, I give a  I  make him little  yogurt sundaes Saturday mornings for breakfast. I don't judge him when he wears sweatpants all weekend (even to fancy pants restaurants). He understands my almost freakish love of my puppies. I make him soup to take to work all week. He always runs to the store to pick up items I forgot. Sometimes  I pretend to be friendly in the morning.  Sometimes he eats his eggs like a normal person.

It really is the little things.

just sayin'.

 Eggs Benedict
1 cup grated potato
½ cup julienne onio
1 egg
3 tablespoons flour
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
4 eggs
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons lemon juice
4 tablespoons butter

Prep the ingredients: Preheat the oven to 200 degrees to keep the potato pancakes warm while you make the Eggs Benedict. Wash and dry the produce. Grate the potato, onion and red pepper.

Make the Hash Browns: In a bowl, mix the potato, onion and red pepper with egg and flour. In a 12-inch pan, heat 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil. Shape the hash browns into 4 inch circles. Fry on each side for 4 minutes until golden brown. Place in the oven to keep warm while you make the Eggs Benedict.

Make the Hollandaise Sauce: Melt the 4 tablespoons of butter in the microwave for 1 minute, make sure it has completely melted. In a blender, blend one egg yolk and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice for 10 seconds. Turn the blender on high and pour the butter steadily into the sauce. Place the blender in hot water to keep the sauce warm until serving.

Poach the Eggs: Fill a pot with enough water to cover the egg while cooking. Heat the water until the water is simmering. There will be small bubbles under the water, yet it has not started to boil. If the water starts to boil, reduce the heat till it is simmering. Add the white vinegar to the water. Crack your egg in a bowl. Using a slotted spoon, swirl the water in a circle. Once the water pace has slowed a little, pour the egg into the center of the swirling circle. Cook the egg for 4 to 5 minutes. Remove the egg with the slotted spoon and place on a paper towel to drain.

On a plate, layer the hash brown, poached egg and top with hollandaise sauce. Enjoy!


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