"whoever touches us, teaches us....."

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Going With the Flow

This lovely geographic is actually melting snow sliding down the window pane. Being that it is winter, this probably is an insignificant fact to most. But being that this is the deep South, that it was 70 degrees and sunny Friday, lightening and thunder yesterday; it has an impact of profound proportions to us Southerners. We don't know what to do. The women line up in the stores the day before and buy bread and milk. I have never known why...but bread and milk is what we fear running out of. As if no child ever survived on coke and cheez-its for a day or two. As I get older I find it harder to get out of my routine and to tolerate the unexpected; I just don't adjust to things not going my way.

A few days ago I had a call from my college son. He loves to cook and told me he had a craving for Eggs Benedict (which our family loves!). Of course he didn't have anything he needed, but proceeded to make it anyway. He had no English muffins, so used bagels instead. Having no ham, he grilled chicken a breast. And having no hollandaise makings, he made some runny melted cheese. He didn't exactly make Eggs Benedict, but he had something good. Yesterday, he rolled out of bed and put a few t-shirts and jeans in a bag, and hopped on a plane to Miami for spring break. He didn't pack for hours, didn't stress about clothes, didn't worry over how much cash he had, or what his hotel looked like...he will just adapt however he needs.

On this cold snowy day, all I could think about was Eggs Benedict. I was out of English Muffins as well as canadian bacon or ham. I had a stale french baguette though. I grilled thick slices of it, topped that off with bacon and thick slices of tomato, quick fried eggs instead of poached and topped it all off with a warm dose of hollandaise sauce (from Knorrs mix of course!)

To say it was Eggs Benedict isn't quite accurate. But to say it wasn't as good is far from the truth. It was warm and delicious and more than satisfied my craving. As I watched the snow melt off the windows, I realized that
I need to learn to be more flexible, to make do with what I have, and to know that my way isn't always the only way.
Lighten up and go with the flow as they say..... words I hope to make more a part of my life.

***for a different take on our snow day here in the South, check out this lovely post***


Day Traveler said...

As you know, I love snowy weather. Thank you for the kind note on my take.
Your son, like my sons, is content I'm sure with the barest of "things". It just doesn't take much to be off on an adventure or to have a party. Looking back, I was that way too once upon a time. No fear. :)
The Eggs Benedict looks delicious. It's amazing how something that appears so simple when you first look at it can be so indescribably good and satisfying.

citizen of the world said...

Some of the best meals are when you substitute nearly everything for something else.

And hasn't the weather ben weird?

Domestic Goddess (In Training) said...

Ok, you just made me totally crave Eggs Benedict. But, if I made it here from what I've got I would have to call it... uh... bread and water? Not quite the same.

WA said...

Wonderful post, Pat.

Roses and Lilacs said...

The photo of snow melting on the window is so pretty.

That sandwich with the tomato and hollandaise sounds so good. That's how all the new recipes get introduced. People improvising;) I have everything except the tomato.

Grace said...

nope, that's not eggs benedict at all, but i think it's something better. :)

Layla said...

Just wanted to thank you for stopping by my blog. :-)
There's a button on the right side of my blog that will take you to my "Online Design Consultation" page. I welcome you to check it out sometime...there's lots of examples there!
Thanks again,
The Lettered Cottage

goldensparks said...

Hello Friend.. Interesting post.. Nice blog.. Do keep up the good work.. Will drop by your site often.. Do find time to visit mine and post your comments.. take care mate.. Cheers!!!

simplycol.com said...

I too find that I am more comfortable in my routines these days. Thank goodness we both have young people in our lives to remind us of the joys of spontaneity.

Cocotte said...

Yummy photos! Thanks for stopping by my blog.

CountryDreaming said...

From the looks of your Eggs Supreme a la Francais Hollandaise creation, your talent for adaptability can lead to marvelous things.

sue said...

When the kids were small I would occasionally just "clean out the frig" and throw things together... coming up with "Mom's creation #1, #2, #3, etc." They've become some of my families favorites over the years.

This looks yummy.

Hrm... it is April now. *hint*