I used to be great about making breakfast in the morning . . . & I’m talking about more than pouring cold cereal in a bowl. It wasn’t that I was passionate about not allowing sugar coated cereal into the house or anything. To be honest, it was that I had a toddler who hadn’t mastered the spoon in the cereal thing yet & I just didn’t like to clean up the mess. It was far easier to clean up after pancakes, french toast, etc.
He has since mastered eating cereal & so has his younger sister, which made cold cereal a VERY easy thing to fall back on when the twins were born almost a year ago. And so, for a year, we’ve eaten almost nothing but cold cereal for breakfast every morning. Now I have TWO little ones who can’t do cold cereal with milk without a HUGE mess, I’ve been noticing how much that cold cereal is costing each time I go shopping, and I’m starting to spend more time in the kitchen making good meals again and I realized that my breakfast habits could use a change.
So, one of my goals for 2013 is to eat more homemade breakfasts than we do cereal. I’m being realistic here. After all, I do have 4 children with the oldest being 4 so things are busy. I am going to keep a couple of boxes of cereal on hand for those mornings when I just didn’t get up early enough or plan ahead the night before because I know they will happen. But the first week has gone very well for us. On the first day, my 3 year old complained because she wanted cereal but since then there have been no complaints.
Day 1 & 2: Slow Cooker oatmeal (Layer in crockpot: 2 cut up apples, 1/3 cup brown sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon, 2 cups oatmeal, pinch of salt, 1 tsp vanilla, 4 cups water. DO NOT STIR. Cook on low overnight.)
Day 3: English muffin breakfast sandwiches (scrambled eggs with bacon & cheese on a toasted English muffin)
Days 4 & 5: Lemon muffins – these were awesome! I only made half the recipe (the full recipe makes 40 muffins) and even then only cooked up half the batter. I’ll make the rest of them up tomorrow so we can enjoy them again!
Day 6: homemade peanut butter granola & yogurt; the kids LOVED the granola and I did too.
Day 7: Cheesy Sausage Spinach Breakfast Casserole — this one didn’t go over as well. The kids tasted it and said they liked it but only ate a few bites. I thought it was decent, but wouldn’t want leftovers again tomorrow. But the babies LOVED it and couldn’t get enough. I think they’ll be eating the leftovers!
There are still a lot of ideas to try out this year to come up with a perfect collection of breakfasts to make. Check out my growing collection over on Pinterest.