Episode 34: Breaking Up With Brunch

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Way back in episode five, we revealed the inconvenient truth about eating out with kids. Take all of that — dealing with the mess, feeling obligated to tip more to compensate for your children’s behavior, worrying about that any-second-now-meltdown, setting your money on fire because holy expensive to eat out — and let’s do it early in the day so that you can go home buzzed and have to CONTINUE PARENTING FOR HOURS.

Sound fun? We don’t think so either. But if you insist, we have some tips for how to survive brunch — or maybe even make it fun. Or at least easy and delicious.


Not Here For It

Bye-bye brunch

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Is it just us, or do you feel like crap after eating brunch out? Tired, over full, buzzed, and now that we’re parents, STILL ON DUTY. And all that after having spent lots of money to manage our kids while waiting on line (or is that just in NYC?) and sitting at a table where we attempt adult conversation.

No, thank you.

Also, FYI people: Brunch is a racket! Both Stacie and Meghan have worked at restaurants and we’re telling you that brunch food is the cheapest food that a restaurant can make. Even the champagne is the cheap stuff and cut with orange juice. But the prices that customers pay? So expensive.

We will give brunch one thing: at least the menu is packed with kid-friendly choices. Doesn’t that make you feel better, leaving the restaurant two mimosas down, with a kid hopped up on chocolate chip pancakes and six shots of pure maple syrup?

Sweet.


I feel like it’s so expensive to go out to brunch, even just two grownups or a group of friends. Then if you add kids to the mix, it’s like, goodby your paycheck. And why? To feel gross afterwards? No thank you.
— Meghan

So, Is It Really Over?

#Brunchgoals no more?

Listen: We’re not saying it’s completely over. We love breakfast food, too, and Meghan even loves day drinking. (Go figure!) All is not lost.

Even more than that, we love the idea of entertaining, and believe that it’s important for our souls and also for our kids to see us getting friends and family together over food.

SO, NO: BRUNCH IS NOT COMPLETELY CANCELLED.

But if you ask us, the only way to do brunch right is to host at home. And, yes, there is a way to do it easily. Hosting brunch can be simpler, easier, and even more affordable than going out for brunch. We promise, and even give all the ideas in this episode.

But quickly, before we do, we take a few minutes to deconstruct this (ahem) “Earth Mother” Brunch idea. You MUST look. Then you MUST listen. I know you’ll assume that we just hate, but it’s actually more complicated than that. And in the end, this post strangely speaks to how and why hosting brunch at home is a way better idea than going out.

Some other links that we mention in our conversation about how to host a simple, but delicious, affordable brunch at home:


What are your favorite easy brunch recipes (bonus points if they are make-ahead or good for pot lucks)?

Let us know on Facebook, where you can find us as @didntijustfeedyou. If you’re a listener and know the answer to the secret question, you can also join our Listeners’ Group to get exclusive tips, recipes, giveaways, and more!


 

The 100 Day Project

Spend 100 days fueling your creativity

Photo: Elise Cripe for Elise Joy.com

Photo: Elise Cripe for Elise Joy.com

Meghan has recently started the 100 Day Project and, as part of that, is committed to moving her body every day, whether taking a walk, going to her local YMCA or a bounce class, or doing yoga. She’ll be sharing some of her experience on her personal Instagram, @stirandscribble, but she also posed this question to Stacie — and we want to pose it to you too:

What can you do everyday for 100 days to fuel your creativity?

Stacie is going to try to read a little bit everyday, starting with a bestseller (to keep her engaged), then moving on to a historical fiction book to expand her reading horizons (have any good book suggestions?!).

Join us in doing something just for yourself over the next three months. Tell us what you plan to do for your #100dayproject on our Facebook page or, even better, in our Listeners’ Group, where we’ll have an extended conversation about it all. Yay for accountability!

You can also use this 100 Day Project tracker that Meghan is using, or follow the #100dayproject hashtag on Instagram to see what others are doing. It’s quite inspiring!


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And see what we’re cooking up this week

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This week we’ll be sharing a little bit of what we’re doing for the 100 Day Project and, in Meghan’s case, probably also all the Easter candy that she’s starting to collect (and eat?) in preparation for Easter Sunday. Follow Meghan at @stirandscribble and Stacie at @staciebillis .

And of course, together, we are @didntijustfeedyou. Follow along!