1. Our Breakfast Schedule
I am in the process of learning my spiritual gifts so this "favorite thing" makes perfect sense due to the fact that administration is one of my gifts! Last year we were flying by the seats of our pants when it came to breakfast. We never had enough of one thing so everyone ate different things for breakfast and frankly breakfast just seemed kind of dull! We want to start our kids day of with a great big OH YEAH...and their day was really starting off with more of an ugggg...blah...its another day...At the beginning of this year I decided to simplify my meal planning and try and make it something that I could remember and successfully achieve and something the kids would love, remember, get excited about and leave for school/start their day with a loud resounding OH YEAH!
Monday: Pancake Puffs and Eggs
Tuesday: Oats, Toast, Fruit
Wed: Oats, Toast, Fruit
Thurs: Oats, Toast Fruit
Friday: Friday Cereal and Eggs or Fruit
Pancake puffs (aka dutch babies) are these great egg/milk/flour pancakes that you bake and they seriously PUFF into a gargantuan sized baked pancake thing...great for the wow factor when they come out of the oven!!!! We sprinkle powdered sugar on them and eat them with maple syrup or yogurt. For our family this fun pancake is just a happy, yummy, fun way to start off the week. It gives the kiddos serious full bellies and did I mention they are SUPER fun to look at when they come out of the oven!
Oats, what can I say about oats. They are just the best all around good for you, fun to doctor up, never leave the table hungry staple breakfast! We like to add a variety of things to our oats...brown sugar, raisins, coconut, peanut butter, honey, chocolate chips, milk, butter, apple sauce, canned pears...you name it we love it!
Friday cereal is the end of the week, time for a special treat, you earned it kind of breakfast. It does not shout out nutrition thus the eggs, and fruit we serve with it, but the kids love it! We have 4 kids and 4 Fridays so they each have a Friday a month where they get to pick out the cereal . It usually happens that Brant takes the kiddo to the store on Thursday evening to pick out the "Friday Cereal". It is starting to become somewhat of a tradition and a big deal for the kids.
2. Rain Boots...
In my opinion all toddlers need rain boots even if it is not raining! They can put them on themselves which makes it easier to get out the door, they feel oh so proud of themselves, and there is nothing cuter than rain boots on the wrong feet!