Tuesday, August 10, 2010

What's for Breakfast, Mom?

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I get up at 3:00AM, weed the garden, work out, shower, slip on my dress, heels, and pearls, then tie on my stylish, ruffled apron as I head to the kitchen to whip up a batch of eggs benedict and maple-glazed French toast made from freshly baked baguettes. As I greet my six children, one by one, I motion with my gleaming spatula for them to take a seat at my perfectly set table, complete with neatly pressed linens and fresh flowers from my garden.

Yeah right! And then the alarm clock goes off and interrupts that little fantasy! In reality, I don't go to bed until 3:00AM and then I sleep as late as possible until the noise from my fighting kids makes me drag my butt out of bed. One of the little ones will ask me what's for breakfast. I'll make monosyllabic grunts as I gesture in the general direction of the Corn Flakes and the Apple Jacks, while shuffling toward my coffee maker.

Yep, that's pretty much my breakfast routine during the summer. And you know what? I'm ok with that. I know my kids are getting a decent breakfast with vitamins and minerals they need, it's something they can fix all on their own, and I know they're going to eat it because they like it.

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Myrnie said...

We've gotten into such a rut- oatmeal or toast. EVERY single day. Hey, the kids don't like surprises! (And I cook pancakes on the weekend....if I got a good nights' sleep :)

marythemom said...

Pick me! Pick me! I could really use $100. I'd probably even spend it on breakfast food (well, food in general for sure), as I have 3 teens and a middle schooler.

I never know what to have available for breakfast. I'm a night owl too so morning repast is not something I'm able to think about, let alone make.

Mary in TX

Rebecca said...

I'm in! :D
Thank you for letting us have the opportunity!

Glenda said...

My breakfast routine: Get up and stagger over to the fish tank. Give Ben and Blue (bettas) some food. Turn the light on for Fred (the frog); he has crickets in the tank with him for breakfast already. Follow the 8 cats into the kitchen, open the cabinet and get out a can of cat food. Distribute teaspoonfuls to various bowls strategically placed around the kitchen floor. Go get dressed. Stop at McDonald's on the way to work. :-)

Cookie said...

We usually eat cereal. Sometimes eggos and sometimes bagels. But living in Seattle, it's hard to find good bagels, so usually cereal.

Mommy La said...

I love to cook a big breakfast with the works. My husband and kids aren't big on breakfast. So usually we have a bowel of corn flakes every morning. They are my kids favorite cearel.

MaNiC MoMMy™ said...

Our breakfast morning routine is similar. Me: Did you eat anything? Them: No. Me: Go get some cereal. Them: OK.

Done and done.

I will take a Visa gift card please, and thank you! Steph

Lena said...

My son is very picky so he usually has Go-gurt, a protein shake, or a peanut butter sandwich. My daughter is not so picky so she'll eat anything but just loves bacon. Most days she'll have a waffle with peanut butter or boysenberry syrup or a bowl of cereal. I make an egg sandwich for myself and my husband every morning.

Kerri S. said...

Our breakfast is not so good during school time witch for us is next week...ugh.... most of the time my 8 year old daughter just takes the box of cereal with us to school and eats dry cereal or nothing. We are not morning people.

The Minears said...

Oh goodness, my breakfast routine is waking up at 5 to farm (no, I'm not addicted to Farmville, not at all...), my daughter wakes up at 6, and we eat something. Sometimes cereal, sometimes toast, I made biscuits the other day. In an ideal world I'd be at the gym at 6 and would eat breakfast afterwards. No, strike that, in an ideal world I wouldn't need to go to the gym and would have a maid cook breakfast every morning.

Anonymous said...

Well my 10 yr old has been learning to cook. So lately she will wake me up and ask me if I would like any eggs, sausage, toast. Usually the answer is no thank you it's too early to eat and she goes on about her way. Then she makes just enough that when I do wake up there will be enough for at least 1 breakfast burrito for me. How sweet!! Then on the weekends I get up and cook breakfast, biscuits and gravy are a hit EVERY weekend. Sasha-BCTX

WeaselMomma said...

For me the breakfast routine year round consists of staggering my way to the coffee pot & having 3 or 4 cups before anyone else wakes up.

For the kids, I simply point to the kitchen and say "You know where the food is'. They typically go for cereal, yogurt or fruit.

I'm happy if they bother to use utensils.

Megan said...

I am usually up before the kids, (yea, I am one of THOSE people). Actually I work from home so getting up early allows me to get a head start on the days work without the chaos of the kids. But as soon as they wake up, the first thing out of their mouth is "Can I have some cereal?" We are definitely cereal fans in this house!

Sharon W. said...

Stumble to the 3 min. coffee pot and start that and make peanut butter and red plum sandwiches for breakfast. Since I have no kids at home, it does work for me. Please pick me.

Anonymous said...

Lucky Charms...without milk though..Can't ruin the crunchy goodness of all those marhmellow charms!!

T.S. Timmons

Bekah said...

It sounds like life at my house! I MUST get to the coffee maker before anyone talks to me or they may regret talking to me.
The kids eat cold cereal every morning. On the weekends we have eggs or pancakes or something a little bit more substantial to vary from the cold cereal routine

Shannon said...

Cereal is large part of our breakfast also. The kids can fix it themselves and they let me sleep!

Ann Marie said...

Morning routine? what morning routine. Kids eat what he babysitter fixes them. Usually something WAY more nutritious then I could fix. I have a cup of Coffee at work.

Ann Marie in PA

Nicole said...

Usually a bowl or ceral or toast for this family. Altough I made some muffins over the weekend and that has been the choice for breakfast this week.
Nicole

LittleBirdies said...

My kids tend to eat dry cereal for breakfast. They usually wait for someone to take it out for them but sometimes get it themselves.
One of my kids has carnation breakfast (chocolate flavor) almost every morning.

Brandi said...

This Summer, our go to breakfast has been cold cereal. This is a treat for the kids, because we don't eat much cold cereal during the rest of the year. During the school year, we eat oatmeal, muffins, eggs, bacon, pancakes, waffles, etc.

Gail said...

Breakfast of champions in my house is: Weekdays - grab a piece of cheese on the way out the door. Yougurt and ceral at work.

Weekends (if gdaughter is here) waffle with cream chees, and every square needs to have cream cheese in it. For me scrambled eggs with some sort of veggie or mushrooms. Yummy !!!

Jackie S. said...

Our breakfast routine is fixing the kids their cereal and trying to keep them awake to eat it so they don't tell me that it's soggy and they need a new bowl!

The Vrabecs said...

My 2 girls are not big breakfast eaters. I am lucky if I can get them to eat a little bit of cereal or some fruit and yogurt. Some morning we opt for dry cereal from a ziplock bag in the car. I know its the most important meal of the day but I can't seem to get them to eat in the mornings!

joanne lendaro said...

Breakfast-Ugh, not for me, but living in a house with 4 of the male species, what-ever it is, there must be a lot of it!! We go through a gallon of milk every two days! Okay, enough of the moaning and groaning here's my tip....

Bisquick pancakes the light and fluffy ones, BUT make enough for a small army. Pitch the (if there are any) uneaten ones in a baggie and hide in the freezer. Pull them out during the week and your family thinks you are amazing. It only takes a couple of minutes in the marvelous microwave!

Honestly...usually cereal just about every day, and I tons of it!

Anita said...

Well, mine isn't that great. It will get better soon, when school starts next week. Well, maybe more consistant.

Usually a bowl of cereal and maybe some yogurt. Some Saturday mornings we go to the local bakery and get fresh donuts. Some days I don't get to eat until 10 am. Usually the days I try to exercise.

Joy said...

My kids are cereal eaters! I only cook breakfast on weekends and even then the kids will have cereal while waiting for me to get enough coffee in my system to start cooking.

pednurse said...

My kids are old enough to fend for themselves for breakfast....I just make sure I have on hand: variety of cereal, PopTarts, toaster waffles, bread, & milk. Stuff they can do on their own without burning down the house. :)

MariaA said...

What's breakfast? Is that the meal I'd have to wake up even earlier just to eat??? lol, I'd rather sleep! But I do LOVE cereal for dinner!

Reader Melly said...

During the week it it cereal all the time.

Tech Mama said...

Our youngest (almost 2) is on a special high calorie diet, so usually I run through a list of high calorie options and see what gets an "uh-huh". Some days that's maple sausage with cut fruit and dry cereal. Others it's scrambled eggs (fried in butter w/ cream added instead of milk - boy they do get puffy that way!), and bites of my breakfast. Our daughter usually goes with cereal/oatmeal/toast accompanied by fruit, sausage or bacon (hey - if I'm making some for lil guy might as well nuke extra). I get to eat whatever he's emphatically refused (aka thrown at my head) or just a cup of cafe leche (half coffee with hot milk and lots of sweetner).

Bianka said...

My kids are young (6 and 3), the only things they want for breakfast are oatmeal and cereal. I'm not a morning person, I'm usually so tired that they get whichever one they want. Now on the weekend we eat really yummy stuff like pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, fruit, bagels...LOL

kl54 said...

Breakfast consists of either oatmeal with dried cherries and a spoonful of Nutella, or, Amaretto cheesecake yogurt with granola. Always served with a glass of pineapple juice.

The Mommy said...

Our breakfast is, if nothing else, routine. My kids all eat the exact same thing every day(the exception being that the fruit changes with the season). Waffles, instant oatmeal, and Nutrigrain-type cereal bars.

I do, however, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to have breakfast for dinner - pancakes, eggs, bacon, muffins, yummmmmm.

Queen of pink in a house of blue said...

It's like a restraunt here...oatmeal for one, waffles or cereal for another, bacon, bisquits and eggs for another!

I sure could use $100 for groceries in this house...we have 4 boys and a husband to feed!

Mandy F said...

My husband makes breakfast for my 4-year-old while I shower. She eats A LOT of cereal but also eggs, or toast with peanut butter. I usually just grab a bowl of cereal.
I would LOVE a $100 gift card. I would love to say that I will spend it on something sensible but I would probably be lying.:)

Rebekah Brandt said...

I just let the kids get cereal too! Occasionally I feel awake enough to make them oatmeal or pancakes. There are some Sundays though when my hubby is home that he will make a big breakfast before we head off to church!

Janet said...

If it's a work day the kids eat cereal or pop tarts. If it's a morning when I'm home or a weekend then it's pancakes, waffles or sausage and biscuits.

Sarah Crowley said...

Boring cereal every day in the summer. I redeem myself on Saturdays and make eggs or pancakes.

Jen said...

My kids breakfast routine is similar to yours!! (except I only have 2 kids) This summer has been great... I stay up until midnight or 1am and then when my kids get up around 7am they just go right downstairs, get themselves a bowl of cereal, turn the TV on and most importantly, let me sleep in! LOL

Anonymous said...

My son could live on cinnamon toast for breakfast every day. I love Special K cereal - even eat it for dinner sometimes if I've had a busy day.

Ali/IL

Carol P said...

I make a fruit smoothie every morning for the kids...

However on the weekends when my husband takes over, lately they've been getting waffle ice cream sandwiches. I think they like dad's breakfast best.

Carrie M. said...

Well this is where its nice having older kids...they get the little ones fed and dressed while I rush around getting ready for work. I really should set the alarm 30 minutes earlier but....

Donna said...

my kids? the 17 year old grabs a granola bar and a glass of milk....the 13 year old gourmet fixes herself some form of eggs, bacon, toast and/or grits....

me? coffee and a bowl of cereal!

Carla said...

breakfast routine consists of hearing "mom, I'm hungry!" and me offering all the food in the house & hearing "I don't like that!" Evetually every eats cheerios or oatmeal.

Anonymous said...

Well pretty much my kids make cereal or oatmeal and I hide on the couch until my coffee takes effect!
Elizabeth

Sunshine Brown said...

My breakfast consists of a granola bar. My 14 year old son will literally wat anything. Cereal, cold pizza, kibbles n bits.....He wakes up and eats like he's been fasting for 30 days!

Bonnie said...

Although I work outside the home and am up and at it pretty early, breakfast at my house is also, "grab yourself a bowl of cereal and be quiet!" With my first the focus was on what was nutritious. Now, after 21 years of parenting, it's whatever they'll eat in the morning!

Brooke said...

Generally, my kids get frozen pancakes warmed in the microwave topped with peanut butter. My 3 year old 'baby' isn't good about eating meals, so she generally gets a cup of dry cereal and a sippy of milk to eat on the couch while watching Martha Speaks... Something I thought I'd never do, lol. Oh well, she's kid #3... so you know how that goes.

Blended said...

my two oldest are getting to the age that they can pour their own cereal and what not with little to no help from dad or mom. Our three year old not so much. We go through a routine every morning where he first asks for all the junk food in the house and I tell him no over and over and tell him he can toast or cereal or eggs (whatever)...finally we comprimise on something he eats half of it and then asks for junk food again! lol...the other day he asked for spaghetti and I gave it to him...I mean it had carbs, veggies, meat, dairy basic food groups..!

leekbecker said...

We always have the same things for breakfast too, need some new ideas.

Anonymous said...

My kids loves Carnation instant breakfast. They get very upset if we are out and they want it every morning...that's fine by me cause I don't think there is an easier, faster breakfast. I hope it's as nutritious as the commercials say it is. At first, I was worried it wouldn't be filling enough and they would be hungry an hour later, but they usually don't get hungry til lunchtime or maybe need a late morning snack. If it weren't for Carnation, we would probably be late for school all the time.

Andi in WI

Knick Knack Paddy Whack, Throw This Mom a Bone said...

Umm..not much of a routine. We get up, we eat whatever sounds good..usually cinnamon raisin toast or cereal. We do cook fun b'fasts on the weekends though. :)

zig said...

there is cold cereal for breakfast, maybe on Saturday there will be cake.

Mami2jcn said...

I usually grab a yogurt or granola bar in the mornings.

mami2jcn at gmail dot com

Dawn said...

During the summer? It's usually 'every man for himself!'
Cold cereal, hot cereal or eggs are always available. I like to start with a couple pieces of fruit.
Sometimes on Sunday morning, hubby will cook up a feast of eggs, toast, bacon and juice, then drag the rest of us sluggards out of bed to eat, before heading off to church.

Paulette said...

For breakfast, it is what we can grab and eat in the car, like a granola bar!

Poshie320 said...

I am a big fan of peanut butter toast and orange juice. Its quick and easy since most of the time i am eating on the drive to work :)

Angie H. said...

Wow this really would help...
Our breakfast varies between cereal, pop tarts and left over pizza....

Ange H.

Amanda said...

I'm really fortunate that my kids get breakfast at daycare. They still want a cup of milk and dry cheerios when their little feet first hit the floor. But, I get that ready the night before.

Jacqui said...

It's either cereal or frozen waffles at our house. Maybe twice a year I'll actually cook a real breakfast.

pmerry said...

On the mornings where I don't have daycare kids coming, I put some chocolate chip eggos in the toaster for my seven year old, give them to her with some grape juice then dive back into bed for a while as she watches tv.

Bree said...

In our house I do get up at 3:30 A.M. I fix my husbands lunch and breakfast. Then move on to the kids.

KellyJMF said...

This week it's been reheated waffles every morning. I've been drinking ice coffee because I'm too tired to operate the coffee maker that early in the day. But I sure can pour.

kfabijanic at hotmail dot com

Catmeat said...

I hate to say that I don't make my son breakfast. He is 13 and makes a bowl of cereal on his own. Pick me Dawn. I could use a shoe shopping spree :)

KathyGTwins said...

Breakfast may be waffles, bagels, pancakes, oatmeal, cereal, yogurt and usually a vain attempt to get them to eat fruit. We make pancakes on the weekend and freeze them. If I'm up early we may make scones. This is followed by me urging them (that's putting it mildly) to quickly get ready for camp/school/church/etc.

Ruth Knotts said...

I'm terrible ..I eat a power bar everyday for breakfast before I work out. Those things aren't cheap!! i could sure use the $100 bucks!! LOL

Karen said...

I like to have fresh fruit - mangoes are really sweet right now.

Anonymous said...

Yogurt and Cheerios - the occasional frozen waffle thrown in - that is what they ask for every morning (you would think they would be bored with it by now - and i need stock in Cheerios) - Sunday's I might make some pancakes.

L Robinson
VA

Chris P said...

We're a cold cereal kind of family! An occasional bowl of oatmeal in the winter. An occasional pancake or egg bake breakfast on the weekends! I'm not much of a morning eater myself, so I keep NutriGrain bars and bring those to work.

April M said...

Breakfast at our house is generally frozen pancakes or waffles. If we are rushed, then it's cereal or a cereal bar. Thank goodness my kids are teens and can whip up their own breakfast if they want something out of the ordinary.

Anissa said...

Hmm routine...what's that? I usually sleep as late as possible and then throw a baggie of cereal in my lunch cooler w/ a small bottle of milk (those single serving ones they give kids in fast food places are the perfect size and I can reuse them a couple times before tossing). Then I eat at work. If I'm out of cereal (currently the only one I like is a Kirkland one w/ cornflakes, macademia nuts, & craisins), then I'll make a piece of toast (or a bagel) to eat on my walk to the bus.
My husband usually feeds the kids, and my son (4) is a huge breakfast eater and will eat pretty much any breakfast food we have.

JamieG said...

Breakfast at my house varies greatly based on what's around the house and who is eating. We tr to do one big family breakfast on the weekends, but during the week it's a fend for yourself kinda thing. The kids usually eat cereal and the adults eat whatever strikes their fancy...cold leftover pizza, toast, cereal, hot dogs...really anything goes.

Allie K said...

Our breakfast routine usually includes some type of "FAST food" meaning you better eat it fast because we have to leave in 10 minutes.. usually they will eat cereal, poptarts, frozen pancakes, leftover pizza...
I wish I had it together more in the morning, but honestly I am NOT a morning person.

If everyone gets out of the house with something to eat I'm happy.

(tjaksv (at) yahoo (dot) com

Sue daisy said...

this is funny to me, but we have to have eggo waffles, 3 out of 4 have two eggo waffles, two have syrup, one has cinnamon and sugar, the fourth has instant breakfast and a kelloggs pop tart...

i was going to guess how many waffles we go through... 6 a day 7 days a week... that's 42 waffles... times 52 weeks... is...2184 waffles... geesh...
i could use 100.00

Tana said...

Our routine is usually quick too. My four children choose between pop tarts, waffles, streudels, toast, cereal, anything fast. If I cook they like pancakes, fried eggs(we call them dipping eggs because they like to dip their toast in the yolk), or hash browns...but cooking is limited to one or two mornings a week. :) It's nice to know there are so many moms out there in the same rut. :)

Steff said...

My kids get whatever they make themselves for breakfast. That generally means cereal. They are 9, 11, 13, and 15. They are quite capable of making their own breakfast. My 9 year old LOVES to make scrambled eggs. She can do it all by herself which is key. I figure I am raising independent self sufficient daughters- it has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that I am too tired (lazy) to make breakfast for them!!! :)

Rachel said...

right now i am eating my morning breakfast...and reading my morning blogs...oh yeah at work...real productive.

but todays breakfast was wheaties and cantalope. yummmmm

Anonymous said...

We have a dairy farm and the cows and heifers get "breakfast" long before we ever think about it for ourselves! Over the years my kids have gotten very good at pouring a bowl of cereal (why my oldest son eats it dry, without milk, I have NO clue!! - There should be a law, right? = Kid who lives and works on dairy farm MUST have milk on cereal!!) or they make toast, or waffles or pancakes (the variety that come out of the box in the freezer!). Breakfast is all about "easy" around here, and getting on with the many things that need to be done each day.
Ann, from America's Dairyland

Anonymous said...

My kids have had cereal most of the summer. I HATE getting creative that early and am happy that they can now fend for themselves!! Yet, it does not seem to stick with them long...they are hungry every hour and a half ALL day long! Love your blog Dawn!!
Jennifer L in TX

Jen said...

Breakfast? What's that? :innocent look: Seriously though, if I'm not making pancakes when I have the stuff to make it, then we usually have cereal during the summer months. During the fall and winter, I'll cook more things like oatmeal or eggs, bacon and the works... Sleep or no sleep, a person's got to eat. :P

The Morgan Family said...

during the school year I prescribe to the whole once a month cooking line of attack. I can do sausage, potato and egg breakfast burritos, individually wrapped in waxed paper that can be nuked. I also do large batches of muffins, pancakes, and french toast, flash freeze them and then pile them in a freezer bag so the kids can heat up what they want. A little work on one weekend and I'm set for really more than a month and I know they are getting good stuff.

Robin said...

I'm an egg whites & fruit girl but the kids eat anything from eggs with ham & cheese to cereal to frozen waffles with p.b. & syrup. Great....now I'm hungry for waffles with p.b & syrup...... :)

Think of all the waffles I could buy with $100!!

Nikki said...

I've tried the hot breakfast thing with my guys. They would much rather have cold cereal. So Cereal and milk and if I think they have to have something more, maybe a yogurt.

Kari in CO said...

I work days and my husband works nights. My kids are still sleeping when I leave. When they wake up, if daddy is still sleeping, they make breakfast themselves. I make it as easy as possible. I leave out the cereal box, bowls, spoons and bananas the night before. On the weekends, we have pancakes of the frozen variety. LOL During the school year, all 3 eat at school.

Christy Page said...

At our house its cereal or toast on school days, but on the weekends I usually make omelets, scrambled eggs, or pancakes.

Ben and Melissa James said...

Our bkfst routine? Get food in your mouth before you leave! Both my kids have to be out the door by 7:40 in the morning. One of mine is not a breakfast eater so I usually heat up a bkfst sandwich or french toast for her to eat in the car. It seems to work well and satisfy (with a cup of milk).

jennifernm said...

Because I hate mornings, I sleep until the last possible moment. Then I rush out the door - often without breakfast. If I'm lucky I remembered to grab a banana. I always have huge breakfasts on the weekends!

Bethany said...

I stay in bed as long as humanly possible and then eat a bowl of cereal while I sit in traffic on the highway. :)

Sami A said...

our kids go to daycare so, we give them a baggie of dry cereal to eat on the way to daycare and when they get there they have whatever she cooks them. On the weekends they get whatever cereal they want...usually the one with the most sugar because lets face it, by 7am they have destroyed their room, spilled the dogs water, punched each (repeatedly), and ran around like hooligans...whats a little sugar??

Sarah said...

Breakfast, what's that? :)

Megryansmom said...

What's for breakfast is always an adventure here. 5 little bowls line the counter with 5 little cups in front of them. Grab a box of some not too sugary cereal off the fridge and fill the bowls, add milk, fill the cups, snap on lids and feed the masses. $100 sure would buy a lot of cereal ;)

Rikki said...

I'm not a big breakfast person, so I skip it. BUT do love to eat a good bowl of cereal late at night(Raisen Bran Crunch is the best!)

Breanna said...

My breakfast routine is coffee, coffee, and more coffee. I keep all sorts of frozen breakfast options on hand and the kid is old enough to make them himself. Yeah!

Adrienne said...

My husband isn't much of a breakfast eater, but my son and i almost always have peanut butter and honey on whole wheat toast.

KarenKal said...

Dawn, I have it down. My kids know not to wake me up. They get their own breakfast, turn on the TV and wait till I get up. And they are only 6 and 4. HAH! That happens once in a great big moon. What drags me out of bed is them chasing each other around the house screaming. Then I get up.

Denise said...

hmm... you about summed up our breakfast routine! Or... "go get an apple" lol It will get better in the fall, I swear!

Garima said...

Breakfast routine = Coffee, Cereal and then having the fruit in the car..
its funny, since weekends are the only time, we can sit and eat proper b-fast!

Tara said...

The 6 year old twin wake up around 8am and come find me immediately. The first question out of my mouth is "what kind of cereal do you want?" That's what we have for breakfast every day of the year. It's simple, it's good and it's filling.

Lesan said...

It varies during the weekday: cereal or oatmeal, sometimes wheat biscuits, along with some fruit. Weekends, I have more time so omelettes or scrambled eggs, along with some fruit and turkey sausage. Once in a blue moon, I cook up the works!

Mamapajama said...

Weekdays I work, so it's up at 5:30, get the boys out of bed, throw cloths at them and ask what they want for breakfast. Usually bagels, but sometimes I might even make them eggs and toast, ocassionally cereal. They've gotten better about attempting to make their own breakfast, which I appreciate. For myself, I usually stop at Dunkin Donuts for an unsweetened tea w/ lemon and a wake up wrap.

Melanie Cruz said...

Ha! Your routine and mine sound about the same. If we have a hot breakfast it is for dinner. We have french toast, pancakes, all that stuff when I can have time to cook it at night. I don't like getting up early to cook breakfast. Like you said about cereal - you know they are getting something mostly healthy and they will eat it because they like it. Who's to argue?

Kris said...

If I'm lucky, my almost 3 year old daughter gets up before my husband leaves for work. I guess I should say SHE is lucky, because he makes real breakfast with eggs and such.
If I am in charge of breakfast she will have cereal :)

Betsey said...

Since we are empty nesters, we usually have either toast (his homemade bread) or cereal. Eggs on the weekends. And juice and coffee.

healingtouch said...

Wake up after pressing the snooze a couple of times (ok so I lie, it's more than a couple) Make it to the bathroom to potty...normal hygeine stuff. For breakfast its usually a delicious english muffin with egg and cheese on it and a large coffee...oh so good...thank you McD's ! Have a nice day !

kckarla said...

Breakfast consist of splitting a can of kitty heroin (aka fancy feast select...don't start it unless you can afford it!)for my two spoiled cats, a can of diet Pepsi, and a container of Activia. It isn't exactly healthy but it's better than nothing!

Missi said...

My breakfast eater is always up before me & he likes cereal or pop tarts. Easy for him to grab & munch while laying in the middle of the living room floor watching cartoons which he knows isn't allowed (the laying in the floor while eating) when mom gets up. My non breakfast eater usually will grab a small bowl of cereal minus the milk. She takes med's right now that she needs to take w/ food & no dairy. Or she'll grab an apple.

Anonymous said...

Usually cereal. Sometimes toast, yogurt, or frozen waffles, but my son has decided he doesn't like waffles anymore. Top it off with some o.j. Yeah, pretty boring! I like those peanut butter pop tarts you introduced us to a while ago, too. But we don't actually eat them for breakfast.

Becky

kellyH said...

we usually eat quick oats made in the micro with a little brown sugar & cinnamon. And some fruit on the side! easy, quick, cheap. :)

Photo Quilts said...

Since my kids wake up super early (usually while my husband is up getting ready for work) they usually pour themselves some cereal and have breakfast done and overwith before I even think about rolling out of bed :)

Dana said...

My normal breakfast routine usually consists of cereal since it's quick and easy before school (i'm a college kid), not to mention it's good, lol. On weekends or days I get to wake up late I love fried eggs and toast! :D

snippity1 said...

My kids, usually grab a bowl of cereal & go out the door to school. Then, as a family child care provider, breakfast is at 9. I serve a grain, a fruit (or veggie) and milk. I would love to win this gift card!

C Barnes said...

Since my daughter won't eat anything for breakfast unless it's prepared for her (and since breakfast is the most important meal of the day), we cycle between biscuits (mix, just add water) or muffins (mix, just add water) and pancakes (mix, just add water - see the pattern??). Luckily, there are usually enough of whatever we've made left over for the kids to have as a snack when they get home from school. If there's not enough time, it's a cereal morning. :)

Lisa said...

My 4 1/2 year old gets up really early, so we have set things up so he can get himself some yogurt, and then powdered donuts or cereal. When my 2 year old is awake and I've gotten him out of the crib, the oldest likes to get him cereal or powdered donuts too (he's lactose intolerant, so no yogurt for him!). If I get to eat, it's usually 2-3 hours later. Now, if it's a weekend I'll fix pancakes or biscuits and gravy.

Gwen said...

My breakfast routine is to keep sleeping while my husband fixes his own bowl of cereal. I love breakfast food, just not in the morning.

Shell said...

Cereal or bagel... that's all my kids will eat. BORING!

aerialsmama said...

Urgh breakfast routine, does my kids running in my room at 6 am and telling me they want a snack and me sending them out to fend for themselves cause at 6 am I am not awake count???

JillyBeanTM said...

We do eggs, bacon, and juice for breakfast. And by eggs, bacon, and juice, I mean PB&J sandwiches... it's close though! I mean, peanuts are protein like eggs, and fatty like bacon... and jelly is sort of a fruit so that's almost the same as juice. And then there's bread... which is just un-toasted toast. Plus PB&J is much quicker to make than a full breakfast.

Stacy said...

I'm pretty lax about breakfast. I don't mind making eggs or waffles if my kids want them, but usually it's cold cereal and a glass of milk or juice. I wrack my brain daily for lunch and dinner ideas, so it's nice not to stress too much about what to eat for breakfast...especially when I'm still half asleep!

Stacy T.

smarti said...

Cereal or peanut butter toast or fruit or snack size Twix. Yesterday it was Cheese Doodles. As you can see, I'm a health nut. HA!

sy said...

thanks for sharing your routine. i wake up around 11 everyday and gulp down bananas or apples before hurrying to work. shame..
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Kaitlin said...

I always eat peanut butter toast. It's a boring routine!

Krystle (Krystle2002 at yahoo dot com) said...

The breakfast routine here, all depends on how much sleep i've gotten the night before. Usually its not much sleep, so breakfast is usually me telling my son he can have cereal, oatmeal (made in microwave), or frozen waffles. These are all things that require little effort on my part while i'm still trying to wake up.

dark_chocolate said...

As long as I add some yummy fruit to my flakes, I love cereal in the morning!

Zelda G said...

Actually, our breakfast in the morning sounds a lot like yours! At least in the summer. They are usually making waffles these days, and the 3 year old usually brings a yogurt tube to my bed for me to open for her!

Nicole said...

We're addicted to bagelfuls, esp since they're easy to eat on the run. We rarely get up and get ready in time to sit-down and eat.

Jenni said...

My children are like hobbits, they eat two breakfasts. The first one is at shortly after waking up and generally involves cold cereal. The second one, during the school year, is eaten at school after they arrive. Rumor has it that the school gives them things like sugary muffins and doughnuts. So I'm super thankful for cold cereal without a ton of junk in it!

HSUper Parents said...

My husband and I usually have a 1/2 a bagel each morning. I like it with jam and milk, while my hubby likes it with cream cheese and coffee. On the weekends, we enjoy Frosted Flakes.
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Denise ~ Paper Ponderings said...

Mine varies...some days I cook eggs and some days I snack on dry cereal and if I'm really lucky, some days there's milk and I can actually have a bowl!

Pam said...

My kids are old enough to make their own breakfast. My son gets up early and makes a frozen waffle. My girls sleep in and sometimes get up early enough to have some cereal for breakfast. Sometimes it ends up being breakfast for lunch. I eat a bowl of cereal while working on my blog, dishes and laundry.

Colleen said...

Breakfast? Consists of my seven year old getting up and making it for his three year old brother and autistic nine year old brother. I'm usually still asleep til after breakfast.

Tina said...

I run childcare from home...breakfast is usually around 8:30 for the kiddos...then I make myself an egg sandwich of some sort after that when they are playing. I like to sleep until the last possible moment before they all get here! :o)

Jess is a mess said...

coffee....coffee...toast for baby... coffee

disney2max said...

Thank goodness my 3 kids are now over 18 and fix their own breakfast! For me, I have a cup of coffee and frosted mini wheats!!

Anonymous said...

Love Kellogg's cereal. I eat a bran muffin every day made from bran cereal. Cereal is OUR breakfast food of choice! Chris in PA

Dar said...

Breakfast could be just about anything from cereal to a bowl of random fruit goodies or left over pizza lol.

Stormimay said...

Our breakfast is usually oatmeal, started in the rice maker the night before, crustless quiche made the night before but baked that morning, and juice. Breakfast I have down: it's healthy and filling and a great start for our day, with little effort. It's the lunches and snacks I really struggle with. And the house cleaning.
I could so really use that gift card. Thanks!

Kris Roach said...

On weekdays the kids eat cereal, grits and bacon, or toast...stuff they can fix themselves. On Saturdays we might have scrambled eggs or a breakfast casserole, or pancakes...something a little more special. Sundays we usually have a donut at church or pick up a mcmuffin on the way to church...that is our routine.

Dawn K. in Michigan said...

Now that the kids are old enough to fend for themselves (12 and 14), they will usually toast frozen waffles or get some cereal. In the winter they will even go as far as making some oatmeal.

graceunderautism said...

my kids love instant oatmeal so I always try and find high protein/low sugar options and make 2 packets each for them. With a side of fruit if they have time.

Vanessa said...

Instant Breakfast at home, Banana at work, yogurt a couple hours later...

dicity said...

I mostly eat a cooked breakfast every morning unless someone suggests going out to eat and I like that too.

Pick me, pick me.

dicity

Small Footprints said...

My family consists of just the two of us ... my hubby and myself. So our morning routine is to grab a cup of coffee and enjoy our backyard for a few minutes before starting our day (we work from home). And that's about it. We don't typically eat breakfast but sometimes on a weekend we make a brunch ... that's a lot of fun and relaxing when we have the time.

Bobbie-Jo said...

Kinda boring. Cereal every day. For the first day of school I am going to make them waffles.

Anna said...

During the weak, it's oatmeal or cereal. On the weekend, pancakes or eggs. But in any case, I'd love to win $100!

me said...

Usualy waffles. Ffrom the toaster. Once i become coherent enough to use the toaster safely.

dpinyan said...

No routine for me since kids are grown and gone and I am retired. I have whatever I want and whatever is at hand. I don't have to set a good example in this area anymore.

Donna said...

We don't have kids here anymore except the 3 grandkids every weekend. So during the week days I get up and drink my Diet Coke for breakfast. Sometimes I will eat toast. On the weekends with the little ones they just have to leave me alone for about 20 minutes and then whatever they want I make. Pancakes, Eggs, Omeletes, you name it.
We do live at the lake so some mornings when I have stayed up late I put out bowls, spoons, and cereal and let them fix their own.
But I won't do anything until I get my 12 oz. of diet coke drank :)

Ellie said...

Breakfast is banana, yogurt, and cereal or granola bar. For my kids, that is, cause I don't eat breakfast!

Kilian in tucson said...

Here's my morning routine:

1. Get up.

2. Sit on side of bed and groan.

3. Go to bathroom and put in teeth.

4. Stagger into kitchen and get breakfast supplies out of refrigerator.

5. Smear refried beans on tortilla.

6. Sprinkle grated cheese on beans.

7. Pour salsa on bean/cheese stuff.

8. Wrap in paper towel.

9. Lather, rinse, repeat.

10. Heat in microwave for 3.5 minutes.

11. Eat burritos with diet Pepsi and lime while reading book of the day, currently The Magicians by Lev Grossman - sort of a Harry Potter for adults.

11. Go to work.

Steph said...

I don't function in the morning at all. It's either Nutrigrain bars, dry cereal with cups of milk (preschoolers with bowls of milk is too much mess for me in the morning), or instant oatmeal and yogurt if I'm feeling super energetic. If the husband is home, I might make scrambled eggs and biscuits. Maybe. If he's lucky. lol

Jamie Lovely said...

Usually just fruit or yogurt. I'm boring :)

Mandy in CenTex said...

My morning breakfast routine is: A poptart for you...A poptart for you....a poptart for me.....get the dog some food. We all have our own flavor of poptarts we like and it is so easy when we are making a mad dash out the door already 10 minutes late.

Lisa said...

Breakfast? I know not of this thing. I get up and leave for work before anyone is awake and I do not usually eat breakfast during the week at all

DG said...

My morning routine always consist of fruit and drinking some water to meet my quota. If I have some time but need to be on the go to work I really do enjoy a mini whole wheat bagel and iced coffee. It depends on time and traffic I guess :)

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kirine said...

Cereal, oatmeal and once in a blue moon fruit smoothies for typical weekday breakfasts. Pancakes, omelets with bacon and sausage for the weekends.

Tiffany said...

We usually have something quick, either cereal, waffles, or some type of breakfast bar. Yesterday I walked in the kitchen and my 3 year old had fixed his own breakfast...he was eating ice cream out of the carton!

Jazzy said...

We usually do waffles, pancakes, yogurt or cereal. I am totally not a morning person.

Michelle said...

I'm not a morning person so whatever is easiest, cold cereal, frozen waffles (I do put them in the toaster), etc. I make a big breakfast on Sunday after church.

Amber said...

We usually go for easy, like cereal, fruit, milk. We love french toast, pancakes, and eggs too though. Usually on the weekends :)

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Lisa said...

ahhh morning! The time of day that comes about 2.5 hours after I fall asleep! Here is a typical morning conversation between Wyatt(4) and I:
(Wyatt) Can I pick my breffast? (Me) Yes do you want oatmeal??? (Wyatt) no I want fruity peddles(Pebbles)
(me)oh,how about eggs???
(Wyatt) i'd like fruity peddles
(me)Jelly toast and yogurt???mmmm sounds good!
(Wyatt)fruity peddles!fruity peddles!fruity peddles!
(me) go get a spoon.....
Then there is the rest of the kids and their odd breakfast choices:Ashlei(16)-Ramen noodles,Chris(10)-mustard and ketchup sandwiches and Alyssa(9)- sliced cucumbers and red peppers!

dgmommie said...

My breakfast routine is simple - kids fend for themselves. Once in a blue moon I'll get the notion to make something - pancakes, eggs, etc. - and get frustrated trying to make it all cook to be ready at the same time, take 30 minutes to make it all, only to have it wolved down in 5 minutes flat. So breakfast around these parts is cereal (milk is optional), pop-tarts, or toast.

Shannon said...

We don't really have a breakfast routine... breakfast at my house is usually a bowl of cereal or pop tarts!

Yeager Family said...

Oatmeal or Cheerios. We're boring. Nothing high in sugar. A 2 year old doesn't need that.

Kerry said...

More often than not, my kids have a bowl of dry cereal for breakfast. I do offer them milk to pour over the cereal, but they both like it dry. They then proceed to eat the cereal one piece at a time, which can take anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes. We usually run out of time and I end up dumping the cereal into a ziploc baggie. Then I have them hurry up and brush their teeth and get dressed before resuming their breakfast in the car on the way to wherever the heck it is we're going.

Kerry Morgan

Donna said...

My family eats cereal most of the time. My teens are getting to where they do not eat breakfast as often because they get up so late. My youngest and myself eat cereal EVERY morning!

Kerry said...

Hi Dawn,
I already commented once, but I had to come back after reading your other blog.
What do I feed my children for breakfast? Why, beerken, of course!! (couldn't resist - sorry!)

Kerry Morgan

Shasta said...

The girls normally eat cereal because that is what they like. Sometimes we will cook "breakfast" for supper.

Gift card? Would love one.... Could always use it on the girlies.

JC said...

We usually have cereal, Greek yogurt and soy milk for breakfast.

mommyrox said...

The husband goes for the Frosted Flakes and on Hockey mornings my 8 year old goes for the Brown Sugar Pop-Tart. I get 30 more minutes of sleep.

Anonymous said...

Wow! My routine starts at 5 in the morning, usually snoozing the alarm clock until 5:30. By then the dogs are wide awake and needing to get outside. I take them out, stay with them so they don't leave the yard, then go let the chickens out into their pen, feed them, and collect eggs. I bring the dogs back in, feed them and the cat and the fish, try to remember if I took my prescription, then dash through the shower, get dressed, pour cereal into a bowl, get dressed, head off to work, and stop at McDonald's because I forgot my bowl of cereal on the counter.

Denice said...

At our house its every man for himself at breakfast. Except on Sunday morning when my husband makes pancakes for everyone. :)

Beads By Lori and Sara said...

My usual breakfast consists of whatever I can shove in the toaster and eat in the car....I enjoy my sleep too much to get up early enough to cook! For my hubby's benefit, once every month or so, I make a MASSIVE batch of breakfast burritos and freeze them. He microwaves them and eats them in the car while he's driving.

Laura G said...

My morning routine is exactly like Joy #27... dry cereal for kids during week (they don't like the crunchiness to get mushy) and on weekends if I do cook, they eat cereal while waiting for me to consume enough coffee to safely operate the stove! I do envy those perky morning people, but then they wouldn't be all motivated at 1a.m. like I am!

Anonymous said...

Breakfast routine: Whatever is on the "kids' shelf" is what they can eat for breakfast. This consists of cereal, cereal bars, granola bars, sometimes mini coffeecakes. Once in awhile, I'll by a treat of Toaster Strudels. Of course, I always have Entemann's chocolate covered devil's food donuts in the freezer, but they are only allowed those once in awhile!!

Speaking of that "kids' shelf", it's getting pretty empty, so I'd love a $100 gift card to replenish!!

Lori in WI

Amy H., PTO Treasurer said...

My kids are finally getting old enough where the big kids will feed my little man his breakfast - oh the bliss of a few extra minutes in bed!

Kendra Field-Bennett said...

Oh how I could use this! Anyhow, while I'm feeding our 8 month old and 2 year old their breakfast, my "big" boys (ages 5, 6, 7) pour themselves some cereal, grab a yogurt and a piece of fruit. It's hectic but seems to work for us.

kimbalaya said...

My breakfast routine is to sleep while my husband gets ready for work, then get up after he leaves to find out if the kids have had anything to eat. If they have, it was either yogurt or cereal. If they haven't, I tell them to get themselves some yogurt or cereal. Heh.

Amanda D. said...

I work nights, so every morning minute is precious. My oldest will make the breakfasts for him and his little brother. They wake me up when they are eating, so I can hear about their night with Daddy.

Shelley said...

I work nights. Everyone has to help themselves at breakfast time, while I sleep :) Cereal and toast are go to favorites.

Nancy said...

Cereal in a low cupboard so everyone can help themselves to breakfast when they are ready. Occasionally I will do a big spread - bacon, eggs, pancakes.

Bug said...

Breakfast around here usually involves a my kids running to the fridge to see what flavor of yogurt is left. Then a big debate over having toast with chocolate hazelnut spread or cereal with milk(because, you know, these are big decisions when you're just toddlers).

Yvonne said...

coffee first. computer second. yogurt/cottage cheese third or toast w/ melted cheese and lemon pepper or egg and green pepper or...

Michelle said...

My 3 year-old wants "toast with butter and cheese." My 5 year-old wants "bread with butter and cheese." My 20 month-old wants "cheeeee!" We also have cereal handy... Kix and Cheerios are favs.

Vivian M said...

Breakfast during the weekends is eggs and bacon and toast - but only because hubby makes it. During the week, it is cereal, oatmeal, waffles or whatever was leftover that my 5 year old wants to eat and can be prepared in a few minutes. :o)

mandyjane1 said...

1. grab milk for toddler and change diaper
2. make coffee
3. throw frozen pancake/waffle in toaster for toddler
4. hope to have a few moments to drink coffee while toddler eats!

Anonymous said...

Our breakfast routine, is pancakes, frozen waffle, or cereal. Follow that up with vitamins and OJ, then out the door we go.

Shilo Ray

Mami2jcn said...

My favorite breakfast food are bagels, but most days I just grab a yogurt or granola bar.

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Angel Jacklyn said...

I wish I could tell you I had a breakfast routine. If I had my chance, I would eat @ MCyD's everyday for breakfast! kytah00@yahoo.com

furygirl3132 said...

My breakfast routine is pretty much the same everyday. I give the little one a bottle of milk and then get the oldest either a Pop Tart, bagel, bowl of cereal, or Toaster Scramble and glass of milk. Then when they are all set, I will sneak in a small breakfast for myself before getting them ready for the day. Thanks so much for hosting this giveaway!

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Amber said...

breakfast? what breakfast? im usually unaware that my 6yo is even up until at least 10-11am. rather than wake mom, she just opens the pantry door and helps herself to a box of whatever cereal suits her that morning and carts the box off to her room to munch. she isnt a big eater, so munching suits her just fine. and if mom remembers to leave her a glass of milk in the fridge before going to bed the night before, she will grab a bowl out of the dishwasher and pour herself a bowl of cereal with milk.

Anonymous said...

Every morning my 4 year old comes into my room and says something like,"the timer says 7 two dots ee, is that the time to wake you up?" Eventually he gets to "eight two dots oo" and I get up. Our cereal box to person ration is to 1 so it takes a while to pick. My 4 year old is very helpful. "Put milk in my cereal and juice in my cup," he says, which is good because as alert as I am in the morning I might do it wrong. I pray over the cereal and ask God for guidance and a good day. Then we chow down.
If I win you can contact me at aPandaGirl at hotmail.com
Thanks, Amanda

Alice (fa11enan9e1) said...

Can't say I really have one! Just shower in the morning and grab food if I have time.

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Looney Lisa said...

Ugh! We have a lot of cereal and oatmeal. Sometimes toast. My kids totally go berserk (in a good way) if I put cinnamon sugar on it. You'd think I was a gourmet chef! Sometimes I make pancakes for dinner and then freeze the extras for a quick breakfast popped out of the toaster. Yummmm Gourmet Pancakes! :)

Becky said...

cereal, oatmeal, or scrambled eggs with bacon pieces. Usually apple jacks but they've been begging for trix lately. One of these days they'll learn to like milk in their cereal and I can start buying non-finger food cereal. I'm in, now! Yay!

Krissy said...

My 22 month daughter wakes me up, usually by yelling "Momma, Momma, wake up! Door open!" hehe I get her sippy cup of milk. I usually have a bowl of cereal and she usually eats cereal or yogurt. But sometimes it's mac n cheese or whatever catches her eye when she opens the fridge. When I am feeling really ambitious, I'll make pancakes and eggs.

Lesley said...

For us it's either cereal, frozen waffles, toast, or the rare egg sandwich...at least on week days. Weekends is when i go all out with the homemade breakfast casseroles, french toast, pancakes, etc. I love breakfast, and would really love that gift card too!! ;)

Missy said...

I usually eat at work. Sometimes a bagel with cream cheese, but sometimes a hot omelet from the cafe. My five-year old prefers to skip breakfast unless she can have pancakes.

gmissycat said...

MY BREAKFAST ROUTINE STRICTLY INVOLVES COFFEE. IF IT WEREN'T FOR COFFEE, I DON'T KNOW WHAT I'D DO! EMAIL ME @ gmissycat@yahoo.com

Deirdrea said...

Breakfast for us is usually either cereal or toaster waffles (which the youngest doesn't always toast). In the morning we all like our sleep WAY more then we like our breakfast.

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