Planning breakfasts ahead of time can save you tons of money. and time. This past week while I have been without Danny's help, and while struggling with
morning all-day sickness and fatigue, I am so grateful for my fully stocked freezer and pantry of breakfast goods.
A peek in my freezer:
2 dozen breakfast burritos
2 dozen pieces of French toast
2 dozen pumpkin walnut muffins (do to their extreme healthiness, the children are limited to two each)
frozen bananas for healthy and not-so-healthy milkshakes
homemade Granola cereal
Quaker Oat Squares (these don't last long because my kids think they're cookies)
Corn Chex (boring but helpful with morning sickness)
Canned Peaches, Pears, Applesauce
Peanut Butter (for milkshakes if it's breakfast time)
In a matter of minutes I can feed the whole tribe without too much thought. Breakfast burritos take 1 1/2 minutes in the microwave. French toast takes a couple minutes in the toaster oven. Cereal is pretty much instant. And Oatmeal takes about five minutes to do a batch for all the kids and me. Peanut Butter-banana-vanilla yogurt-milkshakes take maybe 2 minutes to assemble and blend. These are my favorite to make for the kids. I just have to remember to wash the blender.
If I eat breakfast right away in the morning with the kids, I combat morning sickness and the grouchies. Then if I'm going to run errands I won't grab a breakfast from Burger King of McDonald's out of desperateness.
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P.S. I feel the need to explain that I do NOT give my children all these choices each morning. The only morning they get real choices is with cold cereal. Then they get two options- three if it's a particularly happy morning for me. Otherwise their choices are like: Do you want your breakfast burrito on a purple plate or a blue plate? Do you want butter, syrup, or butter AND syrup on your French toast? What color cup do you want your breakfast milkshake in? Do you want brown sugar and milk in your oatmeal or peaches and milk?