Sep 022014

We just started back to school here and unfortunately I came down with a humdinger of a bug and spent half of the first week barely able to get out of bed.

Thankfully, we’ve got mornings down to a great routine – and I am really lucky that my son is pretty easy. He gets up well in the morning and he’s very responsible. I don’t actually have to do too much.

However, he leaves for the bus at 7:09 AM which is fairly early. I wake him at about 6:05AM (that is when I get up too) and then we’re out the door by ten after 7. So we have to have a good morning routine. Here is how it normally goes down:

I get up and make his breakfast while he gets dressed. Then while he’s eating I go get dressed.

I then head out to make his lunch and he trades places with me in the bathroom and brushes his teeth and finishes getting cleaned up (yes, we share a bathroom – it’s a small house!)

One thing I do that helps get us out the door in the mornings, is I organize the items for his lunch at the beginning of the week. I buy large bags of pretzels or chips (YES, I give my child chips!) and divide them into smaller bags. I also bag cookies individually and remove outer packaging from other items. There is a drawer in my kitchen devoted to his lunch.

(sorry for the poor quality photos!)


and the other drawer holds the remaining bags.


This really helps me to move quickly in the morning, I just make a sandwich and add his drink (water) and he’s ready!

I give my own breakfast and lunch some starters as well – more on that later!

What tips do you have for smooth mornings?

Sep 012014

My son is a bit of a picky eater – not fussy – just knows what he likes and what he doesn’t like. And it’s not even that it’s very limited, it’s just — hmmm, not always very versatile. He kind of likes things plain. Not crazy about sauces or casseroles – likes his foods by themselves and rather plain.

Breakfast is one of the harder meals of the day. Not a cereal eater, not crazy about pancakes or waffles…..he’ll eat lunch foods for breakfast – and that’s fine. But I’m always trying to come up with something new for him to eat. For some reason I want him to have some variety and I guess I like a challenge. So despite everything I know about him – I decided to try some fortified biscuits.

(full recipe is at the end)

I started with leftover bulgar which I added to a standard bisquick recipe for biscuits


I also added some freshly chopped parsley


Then in went the milk


Stir to get it started…….


Then I added chopped red onion, chopped ham, and cheese (all I had was yellow american – please no insults!)


And dropped by large spoonfuls onto my favorite stone. (this is my favorite stone because of the built in handles – makes it so easy to handle!)

I originally had these in more of a ball shape but I decided to flatten slightly and add just the slightest curl of butter. Cuz, you know, well, it’s biscuits. and its butter. ‘nough said.


Cooked until golden brown.


And we looked and tasted. And it was good.


There was some batter left so I decided to add some feta and green pepper.


And left them rounded and no butter.


And they were light and fluffy and every bit as good. 🙂


Look at that little nugget of yumminess.


I ate two of them.


ok ok! It was three. But it was all for the sake of science – taste testing – health of my boy and all at stake ya know.

So the outcome is I now have a new favorite go-to biscuit and while my son ate one and a half – he declared them ‘good’ but that’s it.

So I’m still searching for breakfast ideas.



Bodacious Bulgar Breakfast Biscuits

  • 2  1/4 c Bisquick
  • 2/3 c milk
  • 1/2 c cooked bulgar (I would use more next time, it was hardly detectable)
  • Your additions:
    cheese, ham, onion, whatever you like!

Bake at about 400 until they are golden brown. Remove from oven and enjoy! These should freeze well.