10 Mother’s Day Easy Breakfast Ideas (For the hubby & kids to make!)

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Mother’s Day is (or should be!) a day for mom to sleep in and get breakfast-in-bed, but if the rest of your family is cooking-challenged they may need a push in the right direction.  And if these are a little beyond them, just pick up a box of “just add water” muffin mix and you’ll probably still enjoy the heck out of it ;)

My kids always want to bring me their sweet homemade cards, along with coffee (that they made!) and a piece of toast.  It is a very simple tradition in which I stay in bed for a very, very long time pretending to be asleep, while I smell charred toast waft down the hallway and hear my dear children argue about when is the exact right time to burst through the door.  It’s precious.

  1. Banana Nut Muffins with Streusel Topping and Chocolate Chips
  2. Easy Homemade Cinnamon Rolls
  3. Homemade Whole Wheat Pancakes
  4. Homemade Granola Bars with Fruit & Nuts
  5. Ham & Egg Breakfast Cups
  6. Christmas Morning Breakfast Casserole
  7. Night-Before Breakfast Casserole
  8. Apple Cinnamon Freezer Pancakes
  9. Microwave Bacon
  10. Homemade English Muffin Bread

Homemade Granola Bars Recipe w/ Fruit & Nuts

This homemade granola bars recipe is chock full of fruit and nuts and will keep you energized and satisfied well into the day!

Homemade Granola Bars Recipe w/Fruit & Nuts

Jamie here! This past week my husband not-so-casually hinted that he was tired of our eating the exact same trail-mix granola bars every day on his way to work – and would I be up to the challenge of making some homemade granola bars just for him.  I’ve been wanting to make my own granola bars forever, so I was happy to try!
In fact, he’s also been trying to lower his cholesterol, and oats, nuts and blueberries are all very good for that.  After researching several recipes and reader comments, this is the homemade granola bars recipe I ended up using.  These turned out SOOO good, and they’re super filling.  You can customize it to include your favorite dried fruits, and use coconut oil in place of butter.  It’s perfect as an on-the-go breakfast, but I enjoy slowly nibbling one while I sip my coffee as well.

I went to Aldi to pick up all my ingredients, and the ONLY thing I couldn’t find there was the wheat germ (which I located at Publix). I love wheat germ – my mom used to keep it in the fridge at all times, and we’d toss it on everything, even our ice cream! It just adds a great little extra crunch :)  While my I made my batch with half dried apricots, and half dried blueberries – you can use any fruit that floats your boat.  I bet dark chocolate chunks and dried cherries/rasberries would be heavenly!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 3 Cups Rolled Oats (NOT the instant kind)
  • 3/4 Cups Toasted Unsalted Sunflower Seeds
  • 1 Cup Sliced Almonds
  • 1/2 Cup Wheat Germ
  • 8 oz Honey
  • 3 Tbsp Coconut Oil or Butter
  • 1/3 Cup Finely Packed Brown Sugar
  • 3 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 6-8 oz Dried, Chopped Fruit

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350.  Spread the oats on a baking sheet and toast for 15 minutes, stirring around once or twice while baking.

Grease a 9×13 Glass baking dish with butter or coconut oil and set aside.

While the oats are toasting, heat coconut oil, honey, brown sugar, vanilla and salt on medium until the brown sugar is entirely dissolved.  Make sure not to overcook this (aka – boil it until it’s foamy) or your bars may be stuck together like concrete.

While that heats, mix remaining ingredients (Sunflower seeds, almonds, wheat germ) in a separate bowl.

Pull the now-toasted oats out of the oven and add to the nut mixture, then slowly pour in the melted honey & sugar syrup.

Stir in the dried fruit and mix well.  Spread evenly into the glass baking dish, and press down with the back of a spatula until even and flat.  (I used my own buttered palms, which works great too – but remember that stuff is a little hot!)

Bake for 30 minutes.  Let cool completely before cutting into squares.

IMPORTANT: Make SURE you let it cool for a couple hours before cutting, or it will crumble apart when you try!

Homemade Granola Bars Recipe w/ Fruit & Nuts

Homemade Granola Bars Recipe w/ Fruit & Nuts

Ingredients

  • 3 Cups Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats (NOT the instant kind)
  • 3/4 Cups Toasted Unsalted Sunflower Seeds
  • 1 Cup Sliced Almonds
  • 1/2 Cup Wheat Germ
  • 8 oz Honey
  • 1/3 Cup Finely Packed Brown Sugar
  • 3 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 3/4 tsp Salt
  • 6-8 oz Dried, Chopped Fruit

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Spread the oats on a baking sheet and toast for 15 minutes, stirring around once or twice while baking.
  2. Grease a 9x13 Glass baking dish with butter or coconut oil and set aside.
  3. While the oats are toasting, heat coconut oil, honey, brown sugar, vanilla and salt on medium until the brown sugar is entirely dissolved. Make sure not to overcook this (aka - boil it until it's foamy) or your bars may be stuck together like concrete.
  4. While that heats, mix remaining ingredients (Sunflower seeds, almonds, wheat germ) in a separate bowl.
  5. Pull the now-toasted oats out of the oven and add to the nut mixture, then slowly pour in the melted honey & sugar syrup.
  6. Stir in the dried fruit and mix well. Spread evenly into the glass baking dish, and press down with the back of a spatula until even and flat. (I used my own buttered palms, which works great too - but remember that stuff is a little hot!)
  7. Bake for 30 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting into squares.
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This recipe was adapted from this granola bars recipe from Alton Brown.

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Ham & Egg Breakfast Cups Recipe {Perfect for Easter Ham leftovers!}

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Ham & Egg Breakfast Cups Recipe

Note: This yummy recipe is reposted from a previous date :)

We usually travel every Thanksgiving, so I don’t typically have any leftovers. However, I LOVE my mama’s baked ham so much I asked if she would send some home with us. Like most, my kids and hubby aren’t typically excited about eating leftovers.

I have found that if I prepare a dish that is totally different than the original, sometimes they don’t even realize we are having leftovers. So, instead of traditional dishes with leftover ham, I made ham and egg breakfast cups for breakfast. An easy meal, packed with protein!

You’ll need:

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Bunny Biscuits Recipe for Easter Morning!

 

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Jamie here, if you’re looking for a cute (and simple) Easter breakfast idea – you’ve got to try these Bunny Biscuits!  I know Easter is still a ways’ off, but it’s never too early to start pinning!

All you need is a regular can of biscuits to make a cutie-pie Easter morning treat for the kids.  Serve these bunny biscuits for dinner too – alongside your ham and all the other Easter fixings!

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Make-Ahead Breakfast Casserole

Make-Ahead Breakfast Casserole

If you’ve got family staying with you, or just have all the kids home from school and want to feed a small crowd something hearty and simple tomorrow morning, here’s a recipe I like to bring out around the holidays and I thought you might like it too!
★ The great thing about this, is you can pour it all in the dish and cover it before you go to bed, and then stick it in the oven while the coffee’s brewing in the morning!

Breakfast Casserole
  • 1 can crescent rolls (I used 2, in a giant roasting pan, for my little crowd)
  • 1 dozen eggs (or thereabouts…)
  • 2 c. shredded cheese (Got any stored in the freezer?  This would be a perfect use!)
  • 1 lb. cooked breakfast meat (Sausage, ham, bacon – whatever you have on hand.  One time I even used Bacon Bits.  It was not too bad actually.)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Salsa, chiles, mushroom, onions, etc if you like it fancy!

Directions:

  1. Grease a 9 x 13 inch casserole dish. 
  2. Flatten out your unbaked crescent rolls in the bottom for the “crust”.  (If you’re spreading it thickly, you might want to stick it in the oven for 5 minutes while you get the rest ready – that way you make sure it’s not doughy at the end.)
  3. Pour cooked meat evenly over “crust”.
  4. Pour beaten eggs over the meat.
  5. Pour cheese over layer of eggs.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 – 45 minutes or until set (this time varies depending on how many eggs you used).
  7. Cool 10 minutes before cutting into squares and serve!

Apple Cinnamon Freezer Pancakes

Apple Cinnamon Freezer Pancakes Recipe

Jamie here!  Today is National Pancake Day, so I thought it was a good time to remind you that pancakes are a great way to use up those apples and bananas that are starting to go soft!  You can make a big batch and freeze them for easy school morning breakfasts :)

I may have mentioned before to you that I am not a morning person.  My kids know this – and yet they still suffer under delusions that I might get a wild hair one morning, hop out of bed early and whip up a batch of pancakes before they leave for school.  The poor dears.

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10 Creative Uses for Coffee Filters!

10 creative uses for Coffe Filters

 

10 Creative Uses for Coffee Filters

Jamie here, being frugal often means being creative – making do with less, and making it into more!  I told my husband that if I could get a gold medal for only one thing – it would probably be the ability to “Make Do” when I don’t have something that I need. :)

Case in point – the Tinfoil Heart Pancake Molds I showed you recently!

Coffee Filters are one of those handy things that have lots of different uses – here are 10 of my favorite creative uses for coffee filters!

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Valentine Heart Pancakes – Using DIY Tinfoil Shapes (A Tutorial!)

I wanted to make something sweet for my family this Valentine’s Day – and I wanted that sweet thing to be chocolate chip pancakes before school.  But not just ANY chocolate chip pancakes: I wanted to make them in the shape of hearts.

Just one problem…. I don’t have any heart-shaped pancake molds or even metal cookie cutters to use.   I did have some plastic heart cookie cutters though, and I figured I could somehow MacGyver heart molds out of tin foil.   I set out to experiment and did a trial run with my all-too-willing preschooler.  Here’s how to make them!

Tutorial: Heart Pancake Molds from Tinfoil


1) Start with a plastic heart-shaped cookie cutter – even if you just have one, you can make several molds.  Do these a few days ahead, and you’ll be ready to cook up some love come Valentine’s morning!

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