Food, Gratitude and Joy

Day 204 – A Year of Gratitude and Joy – Sunday Brunch

When I was a kid living on Air Force bases around the world, Sunday brunch at “the club” was a regular event. The club was the base officer’s club and no matter where you lived, brunch was after church, well attended, and featured a delicious variety of menu items. 

Officer’s Club brunch was always beautifully presented.

As I became an adult, I tried to keep that Sunday tradition alive, but eventually it fell by the wayside. It seemed the only time I had brunch at all was when we indulged ourselves while traveling. We’d sleep in a little on Sunday morning and hit a nearby restaurant for a big sit-down breakfast. But it simply wasn’t the same.

The classic American bacon and eggs is delicious, but not particularly special. (Photo courtesy:

Yesterday, I got up early and grabbed a quick English muffin. I planned on getting a few things done before the day got away from me. Later that morning, as I made my way through a fairly easy to-do list, my stomach reminded me that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” I asked Greg if he’d eaten. His negative response got us talking about food and before we knew it we were in the kitchen creating brunch.

I diced up some tomatoes, basil and mozarella. 

Getting everything ready ahead of time makes the cooking easy.

Greg grabbed some leftover cooked sausage out of the fridge and whipped (literally used a hand mixer to whip) up some eggs for a frittata.

Whipping the eggs adds height and fluffiness.

I sliced some Italian bread for toast and gave some thought to something fruity as we opted for wine instead of opening a bottle of bubbly for a traditional mimosa. Within 45 minutes we had a delightfully Italian-feeling brunch ready to eat. We set the table and tried to recapture those more formal brunches of our youth.

Brunch was decidedly breakfast-minded, but still created that Sunday brunch feeling.

It was a fun reminder of days gone by and a little poke at my mind to do this more often. It’s said “you can’t go back” but there may be a way to get that Sunday morning brunch festivity back into your weekend.

There’s a whole world out there just waiting to be explored. Eating meals with loved ones is universal; enjoy these celebrations every day. 

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