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a creature of habit. and breakfast.

yogurt + cereal | photo by: Karen Covey

I have to admit, I’m a creature of habit. I think we all must be in certain ways. You have your favorite coffee mug in the morning and your favorite spot for curling up with a good book.

I’m no different. I have favorites too. I have my favorite blanket to keep me warm (and since I’m always cold, for me, this is every day). It’s a simple off-white blanket with no particular story or unique qualities about it except that’s really soft and comfortable, and not itchy in any way. Which in my option, is the most important quality in a blanket.

I have my favorite breakfast too. The no-cook version that’s ready in just minutes – a simple bowl of my favorite cereal and yogurt, plain Greek-style yogurt of course. If you know me, you know how much I love the stuff and how often I use it in my recipes. To quickly jazz it up a bit, I like to scrape out the seeds of 1/2 of a vanilla bean* and add it into the yogurt along with a splash of really good vanilla extract and a bit of honey. I know I could buy vanilla-flavored yogurt, or honey for that matter, but I like to make my own version. And the vanilla bean specks make me happy. They just do.

And it has to be eaten from a mug. Not just any mug, but one in particular. I know it’s crazy, but that’s just the way I like it.

vanilla bean | photo by: Cassandra Birocco

yogurt + cereal finished | photo by: Karen Covey

*To scrape out the seeds, simply cut the vanilla bean almost all the way through in half, lengthwise, and run a sharp knife along the inside of the bean, gathering up the black specks on the tip of the knife.

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