Pop Told Me: Guess What?...... I love you!
Putting cursor on screen, to type, is often the very last thing I do when composing a post. Today it was the very first thing I wanted to do. I didn't need inspiration, recipes, or pretty photos to say what I wanted to say because this post is all about saying thank you to someone who has made it their mission to give extra my entire life. The awesome part is that I'm pretty sure they had no idea just how much all the little 'extra' things they've done throughout my life really meant. In fact, the ironic part, is that I feel quite guilty to only have recently realized this was the case. That someone who had made so many moments in my life so meaningful might not even know just how much that was true.
This is important to note because it gives you, and me, some insight into the sort of father he was destined to be. He wanted children and I WAS his child. As a parent he took his job very seriously, but as a father he made the most of every moment. Now my Pop, as we have referred to him here in the past, is a fairly private person; and I generally leave his photos and information involving him off the blog as a method of respect for this. But it's hard to keep all those great childhood stories and memories to myself, so every now and then, they slip.
Just a month back we were visiting some family and somehow it came up that my father had read about himself on my blog. In one of my posts I had referenced a little game my father and I played for years with each other's lunches.
This was a single example of just one thing my dad had done to give extra during my childhood, and I was quite upset to hear how shocked he was to read, on my site, how much it had meant to me. How had something I had told countless people about over the years not found it's importance to my own father's ears?
Since my father and I had such a bond over lunches (food in general, really) I thought it would be appropriate to make him sack lunches for work one week. Because he travels during the day, and his 'lunches' have to be on the go, I went with meal bars and a bag of chips; and handmade him some breakfast burritos to kick start his work day. My dad is always sending me texts saying "Guess What?....I love you!" and this was a chance to say it back in my own way.
*When I was a little girl my father, 'the ice cream man' as I referred to him, would bring home all sorts of surprises for me from the restaurants he serviced. I was spoiled with entire collections of Happy Meal toys, and various chain collectibles, so I was sure to include a happy meal toy in one of his lunches!
*One of my favorite mementos he'd bring home were napkins from a popular ice cream chain. We'd sit and enjoy our hand scooped ice cream sundaes at home, and pretend we were eating 'the good stuff' with the fancy napkins that had the smiling ice cream face. So I made sure to stop by that chain and get some paper bags with the logo to put his lunches in.
*As a little girl, my father taught me to play checkers, delicious checkers- our Hershey's Kisses checkers board gave Momma a panic attack on more than one occasion as I attempted to shove all the 'Kings and Queens' into my mouth in victory. One of his lunches had a few Kisses for good measure.
*One thing I remember distinctly about my dad, growing up, was how frequently he chewed gum. He chewed it during the work day, while traveling, and while doing invoices and inventory at home. So, on top of writing notes inside of wrapper seams, I also continued our doodle tradition with a pack of Extra gum, in each bag, and individual notes on the package for my father. I am certain every time he flips up the top of those packs of Extra gum, wherever he is, he will smile!
What Daughter Says: Being a parent goes beyond having children. I'm thankful for all of the 'extra' things my father has always been there for and done.
Extra Loaded Breakfast Burrito
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Yields 5 Large Breakfast Burritos (1 Week)
2 C Low Fat 1% Milk, Divided
1/2 C All-Purpose Flour
1/2 TSP Salt
4 OZ Sharp Cheddar Cheese (I use Cracker Barrel Sharp White Cheddar)
1/4 TSP Chipotle Powder
Pinch of Salt
6 Large 'Burrito' Flour Tortilla Shells
2 C Oven Cooked Tater Tots
1 16 OZ Carton of Egg Beaters (Egg White Preferred)
1/2 C Ground Turkey Sausage Crumbles, Cooked and Drained
1/4 C Medium Chorizo, Cooked
1/4 C Cooked, Cubed, Ham
6 Pieces Cooked, Crumbled, Thick Cut Bacon
1 C Cooked Vegetables of Your Choice (Peppers, Mushrooms, Onions, etc)
3/4 C Shredded Cheddar Cheese
2-3 TBS Butter or Margerine
1. To prepare cheese sauce combine 1/2 C milk and flour in saucepan and whisk. Stir in remaining milk, salt, and chipotle powder and bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to low and continue to stir about 2 minutes, or until texture is even. Remove from head and cheese in sections/cubes. Stir until cheese is fully melted.
2. Prepare vegetables in a skillet over medium heat with approximately 2 TBS butter. If preparing mushrooms these will need to be added before any peppers, onions, or tomatoes. Cook veggies until they reach desired level. Drain any excess moisture and add Egg Beaters. Scramble over medium heat until fully cooked. Certain vegetables may continue to lose moisture while cooking in egg mixture, drain before serving.
3. Arrange ingredients in light layers an inch and half in from right edge of tortilla, and an inch and a half in from top and bottom. I typically begin with a smear of cheese sauce, eggs, veggies and torn taters, meats, then cheese. Once you have filled your tortilla gently fold the top and bottom up over the toppings, followed by the right lip of tortilla. Holding the burrito at both ends, roll from right to left. Smear some extra cheese sauce 1/2 inch in from the left tortilla edge to help seal the burrito. Wrap in foil and store in fridge for up to 1 week, or frozen up to 2 months.