Rediscover the Lost Art of the Lazy Sunday Morning

Slow down and reclaim your life this weekend by putting aside that never-ending to-do list that all parents have and rediscover the lost art of the lazy Sunday morning.

Life as a parent is a constant whirl of activity that can be exhausting. Weekends are a time to recharge your batteries so it’s important to slow the pace a bit to truly appreciate the moment. Life is about living and Sunday is the time to do that. There’s time enough for your chores the rest of the week. Ready to relax? Here is our advice on how to have a lazy Sunday.

Dress the part

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If you’re truly going to be lazy, you could just stay in your pyjamas all morning. What could be cozier than padding around in your flannel jammies and a pair of warm socks?

If you aren’t the pyjama-wearing type, then wear whatever you find is the most comfortable, whether that’s a pair of yoga pants and a favourite sweater or sweat pants and a baggy t-shirt.

Of course, comfort doesn’t mean looking like a bag lady. Even if you’re dressing casual, put together an outfit that looks good because looking good makes you feel good.

Make some coffee

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To jump-start your morning, make yourself a great cup of coffee. Never mind the coffee machine or the instant stuff. Take the time to make yourself a real cup of coffee by hand. A great way to do that is with a Melitta pour-over.

Simply place a brew cone on top of your mug, pop in the Melitta #2 filter, add your favorite finely ground coffee to taste and slowly pour boiling water over the grounds.

It’s a time-honoured technique that is a fast and inexpensive way to bring out coffee’s true flavour.

Instead of the usual milk and sugar, indulge a little with your coffee add-ins. Check out our Italian Hazelnut Caffe recipe below as an idea.

Get breakfast ready

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Let the family sleep in while you prepare them a great breakfast. Skip the toast and cereal and try something a little more tasty and nutritious.

We said this would be a lazy Sunday morning, but making breakfast from scratch doesn’t have to be hard work and even if does take a bit of effort, the reward is worth it.

How does a yogurt parfait with pomegranate-berry compote and pistachio granola sound? What about freshly-made pancakes topped by delicious maple syrup? They sound like a lot of work, but they’re not. We’ve got easy recipes below for you to try.

Turn the page

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Once breakfast is done, get your family to do the cleaning up so you can stake out a place to do a bit of reading. Make sure to turn off your smartphone and your tablet and read something on paper instead.

Get a big, fat weekend newspaper and take the time to read it from start to finish. Read it in whatever order you want, but take the time to explore what’s inside instead of skimming the headlines.

Finished with the paper? It’s time to read a book. Find a title that’s been sitting unread on your bookshelf for too long or reconnect with an old favourite, maybe something that you haven’t read in years and escape to another time and place.

Get outside for some fresh air

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After you’re done with your reading, it’s time to get a bit of exercise, but nothing too strenuous. It’s a lazy Sunday after all. Save the workouts for later in the week. Simply get outside to see what’s new in the neighbourhood.

Unplug your kids (and your significant other) from their screens and take them on a stroll along streets you don’t normally visit, head to the local nature park or explore a nearby market. Savour your time outside, soak up some of the sun’s rays and breathe in the fresh air.

Be sure to greet people you meet during your walk. Being social for real is a lot more satisfying than being social on social media.

Take a nap

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That fresh air and exercise feels good, but it can tire you out. Go home and take a nap. Not too long, though. You don’t want to mess up your sleep cycle. Something around 15 or 20 minutes should be perfect.

By the end of the perfect lazy Sunday, you won’t have accomplished anything on your parental chore list, but it will have been time well-spent and you’ll be ready to face the week ahead.

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RECIPES FOR A LAZY SUNDAY

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Italian Hazelnut Caffe

INGREDIENTS
1 egg white
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
5 oz of Melitta Hazelnut Creme coffee
2 tablespoons whipping cream

PREPARATION

  1. In a small, deep bowl, beat the egg white with an electric mixer at high speed until soft peaks form.
  2. Gently add the vanilla and continue to beat until stiff peaks are formed.
  3. Spoon the egg white into an 8-ounce mug.
  4. Add 5-ounce cup of Melitta Hazelnut Creme coffee.
  5. Whip the cream then spoon a dollop on top of the hot coffee.

Yogurt Parfait with Pomegranate-Berry Compote and Pistachio Granola

INGREDIENTS
Pomegranate-Berry Compote:
1/2 cup arils from POM Wonderful Pomegranates or 1/2 cup POM Fresh Arils
1/2 cup strawberries
sliced 1/2 cup raspberries
1/4 cup blueberries
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 tablespoon mint, chopped

Parfait:
1/4 cup POM Wonderful Fresh Arils
16 oz. nonfat yogurt
4 tablespoons granola
2 tablespoons pistachios honey, to taste
purple basil, for garnish
freshly torn mint, for garnish

PREPARATION

  1. Pomegranate-Berry Compote:  Prepare fresh pomegranate arils, if necessary. *Combine all berries and arils, then add honey and mint. Mix gently and let sit for 10 minutes before serving.
  2. Parfait: Start with a small layer of Pomegranate-Berry Compote.  Add a layer of yogurt, then add a layer of pistachio and granola. Continue layering until two-thirds of the glass has been filled. Sprinkle the top layer of granola and compote together. Drizzle with honey and add torn mint and purple basil for garnish.
  3. * To prepare fresh arils, score 1–2 large POM Wonderful Pomegranates and place in a bowl of water. Break open the pomegranates under water to free the arils (seed sacs). The arils will sink to the bottom of the bowl and the membrane will float to the top. Sieve and put the arils in a separate bowl. Reserve 3/4 cup of the arils from fruit and set aside. (Refrigerate or freeze remaining arils for another use.)

Easy Basic Pancakes – Martha Stewart

INGREDIENTS
1 cup all-purpose flour, (spooned and leveled)
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, or vegetable oil
1 large egg
1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Assorted toppings, such as butter, maple syrup, confectioners’ sugar, honey, jams, preserves, sweetened whipped cream, or chocolate syrup

PREPARATION

  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees; have a baking sheet or heatproof platter ready to keep cooked pancakes warm in the oven.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together milk, butter (or oil), and egg.
  4. Add dry ingredients to milk mixture; whisk until just moistened (do not overmix; a few small lumps are fine).
  5. Heat a large skillet (nonstick or cast-iron) or griddle over medium.
  6. Fold a sheet of paper towel in half, and moisten with oil; carefully rub skillet with oiled paper towel.
  7. For each pancake, spoon 2 to 3 tablespoons of batter onto skillet, using the back of the spoon to spread batter into a round (you should be able to fit 2 to 3 in a large skillet).
  8. Cook until surface of pancakes have some bubbles and a few have burst, 1 to 2 minutes.
  9. Flip carefully with a thin spatula, and cook until browned on the underside, 1 to 2 minutes more.
  10. Transfer to a baking sheet or platter; cover loosely with aluminum foil, and keep warm in oven.
  11. Continue with more oil and remaining batter. (You’ll have 12 to 15 pancakes.)
  12. Serve warm, with your favourite toppings.
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