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Breakfast just wasn’t the same today.

Each morning us Henricksons wake up and convene in Barb’s kitchen for breakfast. It’s a big family thing, and even though it happens on a daily basis it never loses its flare. Never. It always feels so special. The wives will get up a bit earlier to start prepping eggs and pancakes and toast and coffee (decaf, mind you), and then as the kids and Bill wake up they all trickle into the kitchen one by one. Some mornings we make a point to have everyone at the table, or at least in the same room at once. Those mornings are so nice. Other mornings everyone comes and goes as they please, grabs some food to go because they’re rushing to get somewhere. Either way, breakfast is a time when you’re always sure to see each and every family member’s face. And it’s always such a carefree time to shoot the breeze without worrying about what’s going on outside the houses. Well, aside from this morning, that is.

Everyone has their own favorite dish – their usual, or their “youjsh”. Haha! For instance, Benny will come into the kitchen and say “Morning, Margie. The youjsh please,” and I know that his usual is a half-dozen egg whites with cheddar and an English muffin. Teenie’s youjsh was always strawberry yogurt with granola and chocolate chips. Lester’s youjsh is Fruit Loops! Bill’s is usually an omelet with ham and cheese and onion. Over the years breakfast prep has just become second nature for me.

Today, with all that’s been going on lately, I figured I’d go out on a limb and try my hand at something different and special: breakfast frittatas. And to ensure that everyone in the fam is pleased, I made a bunch of different ones. Some are meatier than others, some have more veggies, I even made a tiny one with Fruit Loops for Lester! Sounds gross but that kid will eat anything if his favorite cereal is involved. So, I set my alarm super early, got up when it was still dark out, and started dicing up veggies. I just wanted everything to be ready and set out on the counter for when people started filing into the kitchen. You know, to surprise them with something different. At this point, we could all use ANYTHING to take our minds away from the harsh world outside these houses.

Well, it has been a pretty slow morning for breakfasttime at the Henrickons’. Barb came downstairs later than usual, grabbed a banana, made her tea, and retreated back up to her bedroom, all without a word. Ben and Cara Lynn did the same. The other kids are all so quiet. They were so cute sitting at the table eating their frittata, looking around at each other, wondering why Mother Margie was the only one prepping breakfast. They know something’s up. I mean, everyone’s coming after us. After ME. Those kids are smart and I’m sure they sense something.

Nicki won’t come out of her room. I’m sure she’s still chock-full of trauma from last night. I offered my night to her because I thought she’d need Bill to be there for her. Poor girl. I hope she’s gonna be alright.

You know? Just when it seems like everything is falling apart, things start to get better again. I just know it. It’s always been the case. This family always endures.

I don’t think anyone else is gonna show for breakfast, so I’m gonna head back to Barb’s to clean up and put those frittatas in the fridge. Looks like we’ll be eating those for a while! Ahh, cooking always makes me feel better during times like these. It’s a great therapeutic hobby of mine. Here, I’ll leave you with my recipe:


These are sure to put a smile on your face!

2 tbsp olive oil
2 cups spinach, diced
1 cups zucchini, diced
1 cups yellow squash, diced
½ cup onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
6 eggs
¼ cup milk
¼ cup cream cheese
½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
Salt and pepper
Rosemary, rosemary, rosemary!

Preheat oven to 400°F and dice all the vegetables. Coat a large oven-safe skillet with olive oil and cook all the veggies and garlic on the stove for a few minutes. Season with salt, pepper, and as much rosemary as you’d like. (I LOVE rosemary… never can have too much.) In a large bowl, beat together the eggs, milk, cream cheese, and cheddar until smooth. Add everything to the skillet of veggies and mix thoroughly. Once the eggs have firmed up a bit (don’t cook them completely), remove skillet from stove and put in oven for 8-10 minutes or until it browns a bit. Let cool for a minute and voila! A delicious breakfast for the whole family.




Reader Comments (44)

Chin up, Margene. You're a strong woman, and your internet supporters will back you no matter what you choose! I can't wait to try your recipe.
March 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria
Hi Margene,
I just want you to know how wonderful I think your show is. You are the most real character on prime-time t.v. I am overwhelmed with what has been happening on your last and final season. Although I not mormon or even a polygamist, your show is the only one I look forward to all week. That is the truth! I relate to a lot of your feelings and emotions that you go through each week. I feel like you are part of my family. The entire cast is brilliant! I am soooooo utterly devastated I will no longer have you on air to escape to. I just wanted to say that the last five years have been fascinating and eye-opening! Of all the characters on Big Love... you I will miss the most :( Good luck with all yur endeavors! (What will you do with yourself???? :) God Bless-Crystal
March 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCrystal15
Is it just me or does mental illness run in the Grant Family?
March 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGary Swanson
My favorite word out of the entire season, "whoremaster". I can't stop laughing! Thank you HBO! Best word ever!
March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLOL!
Margene - I'd be wlling to share my husband with you if you would come cook for us! :-) Seriously, one thing this show has made me think about is how wonderful it would be to always have someone else at home who could help with the housework, look after the kids, etc. Being a working mother with a 60 mile round trip daily commute is tough.
March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDulcie
Mmmmm, I love Frittatas! Thanks for the recipe, Margene!

You deserve so much better than this life. I was really hoping you'd leave when you realized Caralynn's love for her teacher was no different than you and Bill. You saw how wrong it was for Caralynn, so why not realize how wrong it was for you?
March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJan
I agree 100% with Crystal15! She said everything I wanted to say! I told my husband I haven't been so sad about a show ending since Family Ties! :-) Please keep us posted with what you're doing next because I love watching you! He's just not that into you was a trip and I've watched it a TON! :-)
March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKellyMomof3
Stay strong Margene! I'm totally trying that recipe!
March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMali
Ditto what Crystal said.

Please, Margie, will they at least consider a spin-off of one of the BL characters?

Use whatever influence you may have.

Sandi s
March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSan Stephen
I am totally trying your recipe!

Stay strong and know that all of us blog followers are in your corner, rooting for you and your family.
March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnthro Vixen
I want to see resolution of some of the Hendrickson's problems, but they seem to keep mounting. I fear something ominous is on the horizon, if there is no way to release all the tension. Take care, all of you.
March 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPatrice
Margie, you are such a sweet, kind a wonderful part of that family. Things are going haywire at this time, you have been so strong as a child of an alcoholic mother as you braved through that storm, then coming into a new family where you may have felt a difference with the fact of sharing a husband with two other women (which I could never do) but you have always been the positive, uplifting person for any and everyone around you. They can't seem to see it at times. I feel they are clouded by their minds, as well as their judgments. I don't think it's about judging of you, it's of everything that are unable to control.

Margie, keep being who you are, even if you don't feel you can go on, God is always there for you. Also understand that the children may not say much but as a child, they go by what they see more than what they are told.

Think about it, when they are little and they hear a bill is due, I don't know to many people that will sit down with their child and tell them what they intend to do to pay the bill, what they do is move into action. That action is what that kids actually sees without putting too much stock in your action. However, when they become an adult, they somehow remember what they saw when a bill was do and what Mom did to mitigate or resolve the problem.

Stay strong, keep the faith, and continue being the sweet, kind, wonderful role model I know you are.

March 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterroacarte
You and the wives need to put out a cookbook - but please scale down the on the serving amounts =)
March 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKay

March 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermary soilex
I think you and Nicki should run away with the kids and be lovers. (That's am exciting thought) hahaha I can't stand Bill
March 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPheonix
Frittatas with fruit loops could be pretty tasty. I once knew a kid who liked the taste of dog biscuits, so some fruit loops thrown into a batch of frittatas sounds completely sane and not at all gross. Sounds like there have been some tasty dishes around the house. Thanks for the recipe!
March 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLDS Books
margene, only an idiot would consider refrigerating frittatas. they're meant to be eaten when they're finished cooking. left-overs would be nasty beyond belief, but since you're the one who's doing it, it fits. you are nasty beyond belief. you're a slut, and the author of all the pain the family is enduring now. why you're not doing anything constructive is beyond me... except that, since you're a slut, you don't know any better. you support cara-lynne, in her 'romance' with her teacher - slutty!!! you've been trying to get ben into your pants for 5 years - slutty!!! bill wasn't there, and you were 'hot' so you grabbed whomever was available - super slutty!!!! and, while you were acting all self-righteous with nicki, she never did anything which would cause everyone else to be arrested, but guess what>? you certainly did!!!!!! you're a slut!!!!!!! and i hope, fervently, that you lose everything that's important to you - which would be bill (since you stated that you were more than willing to 'pay' the sisterwives for extra nights - which is just another example of your sluttiness) and your money.. actually, the money is the only thing you actually showed any attachment for - you obviously could take or leave the kids. just in case you're wondering, in case you've missed the point - i hate you with the burning of a thousand suns, and hope that your character winds up wtih only misery.
March 10, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteranon
Margene, you're lookin' real fine these days. Can I get your number? I'm a nice guy who isn't accused of stalking in at least 37 states.
March 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSteve
Re: anon's post.

Wow. Can we say "unhinged compound poster"??????

Margene - you put your heart out there, you're gonna get the crazies. Sorry you had that happen!
March 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWOW
Thanks for the fun. Your show has kept my wife and I entertained for the duration. I'm sorry that HBO has made the decision to cancel your show. It's not the first bad decision they've made and I'm sure it won't be the last. It seems like everytime HBO has a great show, instead of hiring fresh writers they take the show in a ridiculous direction and kill it. The same thing happened with the Sopranos.

My wife and i wish you and the rest of the cast and crew the best of everything.

I look forward to seeing you all in the future.

BTW, tell Bill that I still remember the first movie I ever saw him in. "Weird Science". LOL
March 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCharles Avent

I really whish you were a real person, and part of a real family, I woul LOOOVE watch your show daily. Daily.....

HBO, i know people get tired of doing the same thing, but I woul looove to have a daily of the show Big Love...

Now that you've killed Bill, I dont even know how you will come up with that. but, please, the ratings cant be that bad...

Love you Margie..
March 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterval
Margene, I would eat your breakfast any day.
March 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria
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