Sep 022014
 
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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!)

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and the other drawer holds the remaining bags.

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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
 
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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

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I also added some freshly chopped parsley

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Then in went the milk

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Stir to get it started…….

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

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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.

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Cooked until golden brown.

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And we looked and tasted. And it was good.

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

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And left them rounded and no butter.

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

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Look at that little nugget of yumminess.

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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.

Anyone?

 

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.