In my thoughts over the past few weeks I have really searched through and sorted out the things that are really important to me and the things that I can let go.
Breakfast kept coming to the top of the list, so I decided to make it work in a non-traditional way.
Sunday afternoons our boys take off for a few hours to hang out with friends leaving just me and my girl at home. She loves to be in the kitchen helping me as I cook dinner. I decided that this could be a good time for us to spend time together as well as a time for me to prepare breakfast for the week ahead.
I made up some simple menu choices that I could prepare ahead of time that I know my kids already love. I spent about an hour and a half preparing and baking.
For the labels I used washi tape. I was sure to sort the muffins by flavor because I have one that doesn't eat strawberries.
I made this sign and hung it on the cabinet using washi tape. It tells them clearly what they can have and how much. The big kids were really excited about this and one even called me the best Mom ever.
The great thing about this menu is that some things are portable and can be eaten in the car if we are in a pinch for time.
We also added toast to list as an alternate choice, which they can have with jam or jelly.
I plan to do this to some extent each week, but it will vary based on time. Some weekends are busier than others.
Some additional items I plan to rotate on our breakfast menu are breakfast casserole, french toast, sausage links, bacon, egg & cheese English muffins, cheese biscuits, ham rolls, cinnamon rolls, banana bread, orange rolls and fruit salad. I'll be on the look-out for more ideas as I go.
Our drink options are always milk, juice and water.
I am looking forward to doing this each week. I'm sure there will be times where we get into a slump and eat cereal for a week, but hey, it happens.
Next week I plan on adding a few homemade snacks for after school into the mix. Hopefully...
Sausage Balls Recipe
1 package maple sausage
2 Cups Pancake Mix (I use Aunt Jemima)
A few cups of Shredded Cheese (I don't measure, I just throw plenty in there)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix all ingredients together and roll into balls
Place balls into the holes of a well greased mini muffin tin
Bake for 10 minutes.
One batch usually makes around 36 balls. My family likes the sweet taste that these carry over the traditional sausage ball.
Have a great week!
God is good, all the time!