This past week, I was home alone, without my partner in crime, David. I must say, it was totally weird not having my companion with me. (Getting married a month after you graduate from college will do that to you!) Especially in the last few months, we’ve spent a lot of time together, so it was an adjustment to be without my man. I stayed busy though and I began to figure out what “meal planning for one” looks like.
Friends and family made the week much easier and of course, being the planner that I am, I had many things on my calendar. My mom came to Atlanta for a visit at the beginning of the week so I made a big batch of chunky lentil soup. I love this recipe, but after eating leftovers all week, I don’t want to see chunky lentils again for at least a few weeks. (I did freeze some for future solo dinners.) I also made a batch of super easy pumpkin bread, using Pamela’s Baking Mix. (I consumed the whole loaf, with the help of others, but you can put half in the freezer or freeze individual slices to save for later.)
I was a little nervous about the weekend sans my main source of entertainment. Surprisingly, it flew by with activities like power yoga, cleaning out my dresser, making granola (stay tuned for my delicious new recipe), football watching, wine tasting, and skyping with my sister-in-law and nephew in Japan. (I know…I lead a wild life.)
On Sunday morning, it was particularly unusual to be by myself in our home. Usually David and I make some kind of breakfast (hopefully David’s specialty: pancakes). Of course on Sunday morning there was no one to make me pancakes while I brewed coffee…
If you know me, you know that I love treats; I love any excuse to treat myself to a treat. So on Sunday morning, I treated myself to a morning outing to Starbuck’s with a detour by Kroger in search of gluten-free bagels, a pitiful replacement for homemade chocolate chip banana pancakes. The Kroger on Howell Mill has quite a decent selection of natural foods and gluten-free items. They don’t have Udi’s bagels which I’ve heard rave reviews about, so I went with Kinnikinnick cinnamon raisin bagels. They are dairy free, which makes me a little nervous but pickings were slim.
Let’s be honest, Folks: For me, unless it’s Bodo’s, a bagel is just a vehicle for cream cheese and homemade jam. My toasted Kinnikinnick bagel was not the easiest bread item to swallow, but it toasted well and did the job for my solo Sunday morning. (It’s no Sally’s Bakery cinnamon raisin English muffin, for sure.)
So I sat at our table, and enjoyed the quiet of the morning, missing David, but content with a day of rest, a good cup of coffee, and a lot of cream cheese.