Pancakes are the most requested weekend breakfast from my kids, which is really kind of ironic because my kids don’t like syrup on their pancakes. Ever. They are perfectly happy with chocolate chips in the batter and a little butter on top. Seriously. They think that every pancake should have chocolate chips in them. In fact, Greta will protest loudly when pancakes are served without chocolate. (Not that I blame her.)
Last week’s cold snap reminded me how much I love warm breakfasts. Truthfully any type of hot food was welcome during that freakishly freezing weather, but there is something so comforting and satisfying about a toasty bowl of oatmeal to start the day. Plus it keeps me full for the entire morning. That doesn’t mean I’ve moved on from my favorite morning baked goods, though. This Crock Pot Banana Bread Oatmeal is an delicious compromise and creates a tempting aroma that coaxes even the sleepiest of heads out of bed in the morning.
I’m almost embarrassed to admit that my kids eat more than their fair share of cold cereal for breakfast most mornings. I know they would enjoy more variety for breakfast, but when they refuse to get out of bed, and we’re struggling to get out the door, all aspirations of freshly baked goodness fly right out the window. So when I do break out the moves for a hot, homemade breakfast, the anticipation is palpable. Fancy pastry stuff has never been my bag, but this Easy Cherry Cream Cheese Danish is almost stupid-proof. Seriously.
My mom hosts a Christmas brunch every year. It’s not a huge affair, but she always pulls out all of the stops with a massive variety of delicious breakfast-y goodness. It’s one of my favorite celebrations of the season, and I always roll out her door completely stuffed but happy as a clam. Over the years, we’ve tried a variety of brunch cocktails to round out the meal, but none have ever stuck. So when Freixenet, the “black bottle bubbly”, asked us to sample their newest offering, Cordon Negro Sweet Cuvée, I knew my mom’s brunch would be the perfect testing ground.
Breakfast on long holiday weekends is something I really look forward to. After eating on the run during the week, I appreciate being able to take the time and savor this meal. And brunch with a Cheese, Bacon and Tomato Strata fits that bill perfectly. Add some fruit, coffee and a Bloody Mary bar, and you pretty much just wrapped up the best hostess award. People can sleep a little later, read the paper over a couple cups of coffee, and just relax. What a fabulous treat for out of town guests!
I initially made these No Bake Granola Bites for my daughter. Since she can’t eat a lot of commercially-produced granola products due to her peanut allergy, I wanted to create a kid-friendly snack with a good balance of protein, carbs and the perfect dose of chocolate for her never-ending sweet tooth. I even snuck in some ground flax seed to the ingredient list to amp up the nutritional value. I patted myself on the back thinking what a good mom I was for creating a special treat for my daughter. And then what happened?