Monday, May 2, 2011

It's the Most Important Meal of the Day

But sometimes we eat it at night.

When my siblings and I were growing up Mom made sure we had a good breakfast every morning.  Most days that was a hot breakfast.  We had eggs, or oatmeal, or malt-o-meal, or cream of wheat.  Sometimes we had rice with warm milk, a bit of sugar and cinnamon.  Sometimes we did have cereal, but it seems we had much more homemade goodness than my kids get.

One difference is that my mom did not have to be at work until nine.  So she could get us on the bus and then get ready for work.  I have to be to work as close to 7:30 as I can make it.  That means that we are all heading out the door at 7.  So breakfast is often not the healthiest meal of the day around here, and it also is not often made with love.  More often it is cold cereal, or cinnamon toast, sometimes it is even cereal bars or pop-tarts (I know...).  Occasionally I try to vary it with pbj sandwiches or quesadillas or muffins.

My kids have never been big fans of malt-o-meal, cream of wheat, or warm rice with milk.  Braedon likes oatmeal better than the other two.  They all like eggs, toast, English muffins, pancakes, French toast, bacon and sausage.  We make breakfast for supper about once a week around here.

Tonight I used a loaf of Texas Toast I found on the day-old rack for a buck.  (In the past I have also used a French baguette that I found in the same place for the same price.)  I cooked up the whole thing as French toast.  We ate a little less than half of it.  I chopped the rest into French toast sticks, flash froze them, then popped them into a freezer bag.  We will reheat them for a fun and easy breakfast later this week.  All for about $1.50 including the eggs, milk, vanilla, and cinnamon.


  1. Stacey,
    How nice that you give your family some of the comfort breakfast foods you loved as a child - for supper.

    We used to have a lot of breakfast foods for supper when my son was growing up - pancakes; french toast; scrambled eggs, and toast.

    And my mother worked when we kids were older, and she and us often prepared breakfast meals for the end of the day. They are comfort foods I think.

    Unfortunately many families these days have to get out the door so early it's difficult to think of hot breakfast. At our daycare center we provide a substantial "snack" - often hot, at 8:30, so the kids do get well fed. So things are different but still the children do enjoy a good start to their day.

    You sound like such a good Mom.

  2. That's awesome! We love breakfast for dinner. Thanks for linking up to the Frugal Tuesday Tip.

  3. We often have breakfast for dinner. My kids love that! We usally have "Sunday Family Brunch" and alot of times I will make extra of whatever we have had and the kids will eat it for breakfast through out the week.

  4. mmmm mmmmm breakfast for supper!! I also love that you shared a childhood memory here!!
    pancakes also freeze & toast well later :)

  5. Hi!
    I just checked in, hope all is well Stacey?