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getting egged on the internet {& eggs in a basket}

By February 28, 2014 13 Comments

When my brother was the editor of the university paper, he wrote many a controversial piece. The one about cheerleaders incited such wrath that he received threatening phone calls, hate mail, and one day – he was egged. That’s how I felt this week as I read the comments to my Scary Mommy smoothie article on Facebook.


Apparently, my funny was not funny to hundreds of women who referred to me as a “parenting fail.” Complete with the use of the “F” word. I could only read a couple of comments and then had to shut the computer quickly, my whole body turning hot, my feelers mightily hurt – and will never return to that particular comment section again.

Brynne, upon hearing me recount the tale to my husband, stood with her hands on her hips and stomped her foot, “AHHH! You are a very good mommy! Just because you put glass…in…our…”

Yeah, we know. I learned quite a few lessons from this, the most important one being it takes a thick skin to be a writer. Thankfully, The Most Important Nine Minutes was much better received.

What to do when the internet eggs you?

You make Eggs in a Basket of course!DSC_0097It’s the easiest recipe there is.DSC_0099Warm up a skillet. You can drop some butter into the pan, if you like. I usually don’t. Use a biscuit cutter or a small glass cup to hole out the middle of a piece of bread. Lay the bread in the pan and crack that egg right into the middle.

If your pan is hot enough the egg won’t travel so far, but stick right there in the center. How do you like your eggs? Sunny side up? Flipped on both sides? Friend Lindsey sprinkles with cheese! Salt and pepper? Do it up.

DSC_0102Cope likes her eggs runny so she eats her egg in a basket like this, dipping the extra cut-out bread into the yolk.

DSC_0108The husband loves to squeeze Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce on his eggs in a basket.

And how could we make this even more interesting? How about some peppers?DSC_0010 DSC_0014Slice the peppers and lay them on a hot griddle!

DSC_0015Crack your eggies right into the basket.

DSC_0022I think I like this recipe because it’s just so pretty.

DSC_0020A sprinkle of salt and pepper.

DSC_0031Let ’em cook a minute or so. Again, so fast.

DSC_0044Can be eaten any time – breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Post-run snack. After school snack. Or at 10 p.m. during a final-exam study break.

Quick, tasty, and healthy, with all three essential macronutrients – carbohydrate, fat, and protein.

Eatcha Eggs!

I would be remiss if I didn’t say a public thank you to our lovely Downton Abbey Flock. I so appreciate that they don’t throw the eggs at me, but just lay them nicely in the corner.

IMG_5790I just found this picture…the first chicken we ever had.  And look at the small size of my babies! Sniff.

May you have a beautiful, egg-filled weekend! How do you like your eggs?



  • Nina says:

    I’m sorry you had that experience in the comments section. I loved the post! It was honest and refreshing and so nice to see someone who did NOT rush straight to the emergency room and followed their own gut for once that things were fine.

  • Heather Makechnie says:

    Plain and simple….. Someday I want to grow up and be just like Maisymak, my daughter-in-law. There are a million reasons, but just let me state the most salient on this post. I have never known a wiser, gentler, more centered mother. I marvel at her gracious, patient demeanor. One need only to spend five minutes with her four children to sense that their stable, respectful, engaging, joyful spirits have to be the result of extraordinary parenting. All who know her will tell you that her children are a reflection of her brilliant light. Our town and church communities both highly respect her. And I will eternally be blessed by having had the privilege of living my life with her companionship.
    Rather than to pan her article about the ground glass in the smoothie, one need to take note of the naked honesty with which she faces the horrible experience. Ask yourself, “Could I do that?” Not many of us could or would. Parenting is a daunting experience, pulling the best and worst from our souls. She has bared hers and made us the better for seeing what is inside.

  • Den says:

    Doesn’t take much these days to put some “outside” of moderation. Love your blog and photography! Keep them coming!

  • Christa says:

    Perhaps like the getting egged of old, the only people who are doing the egging are the ones with little to do. Ten minutes of verbal or literal egging makes a bored person feel accomplished. What a waste. Good eggs are hard to come by. Thanks for mine by the way. It was the best of birthday presents.

  • ELKE says:

    Your “Scary Mommy” article is what made me decide to follow you. Parenting is tough, and I think it is important to reach out to other mommies and say, “Hey, I messed up too, but here is what I did to fix it, this may work for you as well.” I feel there are to many parents buying into an ideal image of parenting, when quite frankly, parenting includes a lot more “trail and error” moments than “June Cleaver” moments. Parenting is a creative process, with some science as support. Parenting is about, creating learning experiences; mistakes happen. You owned up to your mistake and shared with us. True leadership qualities. Brava.

  • Kim says:

    Sorry you had such a rotten experience. Maybe all those leaving hateful comments could benefit from the age old “mom” advice – If you don’t have something nice to say, then don’t say anything!!!
    I’m going to try the eggs in pepper rings – that looks like a tasty breakfast!!!

  • Dana says:

    I love dipping my toast in runny eggs, but I have never tried the eggs in the basket. Why is that? So yummy. And I just hopped over to read your Scary Mommy post, and I don’t see any hater comments – I wonder if Jill removed them? But it sounds like they were pretty judgmental with less than stellar senses of humor. Each one of them should read your mother-in-law’s beautiful comment, and they would quickly retract their drivel.

  • We make the bread ones already (we call them toad-in-a-hole, even though that name belongs to a different dish), but now I’m going to try the pepper ones~ thanks!

  • Julia Tomiak says:

    I meant to come here so much earlier to give my words of support and encouragement. Looks like you’ve gotten some wonderful responses, and I can’t think of anything more to add. Except that I love how you took a potentially devastating situation and made it positive. Whenever I make these lovely eggs in a basket, I will think of your triumph. And smile. You are a great mother who inspires me every week to be a better one. And, my husband, the physician, also said going to the ER wouldn’t have done much. If I could give you a hug, I would, but it seems like you’ve bounced back pretty well.
    So awesome.

  • Jenny says:

    Eggs in a basket are our favorite speedy breakfast. Sometimes we call it egg toast. Love to keep the eggs runny, delicious!

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