I've never been a big breakfast eater. Mostly because I've always been a multiple snooze button pusher, and then never really had the time to eat because I was racing around trying not to be late. I'm pretty sure I didn't eat breakfast the entire time I was in college come to think of it. This habit has stayed with me since then, and it's still pretty rare that I eat breakfast unless I have something very, very handy to eat. My kids, however, don't agree.
My kids are definite breakfast eaters. They will have none of this mid morning snack thing and they want it the minute they wake up or else they'll pay me back with insane crabbiness. This, combined with my utter lack of breakfast sophistication, means I spend most mornings trying to think of something for them to eat because I've forgotten yet again to buy any specific breakfast items. Sometimes I do okay, sometimes they eat goldfish crackers and bananas.
But not this week. No, this week I have finally found What Works For Me. For Tot's birthday two weeks ago, we took her to IHOP for breakfast. She loves going out and eating and loves breakfast, so we thought we'd make a family outing out of it. We had a great time, and as I watched my kids inhale pancakes, I figured I could make a go out of it. So during my grocery shopping, I picked up some pancake mix and some precooked breakfast sausages.
Did you know how easy making pancakes is? I sure didn't! All youhave to do is add some water to the mix, stir, and then heat them up in a pan. SO EASY. Since I hate the things regardless of how easy they are to make, I never want them myself, but good heavens my kids can put them back. I don't give them syrup (like they need the extra sugar), and they still adore them. However, I'm not a fan of making a batch every morning and then having to clean up everything.
And this is where I found What Works For Me. What Works For Me this Wednesday, is making HUGE batches of pancakes on monday morning and refrigerating them all week. Then each morning, I just take a few out of the baggie, heat them up for 10 seconds, pour some orange juice, add a banana or other fruit, and my kids are in culinary heaven. If I heat up the breakfast sausages, then they think I am perfection come to life.
It takes almost no time at all, and at least I know that they are starting each morning with something not goldsfish crackers. And that Works For Me.
Ps - Sausages and Syrup are almost enough to make me a breakfast girl. YUM.