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St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast

16 Mar

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This post is super late, but if you’re last minute like me I hope it can be super inspiring.  As you know, I like to celebrate holidays with my kids by making them a special breakfast.  From holiday themed tableware to holiday themed food, I try to make it pretty special for them.  Last year, we celebrated St. Patrick’s day with a breakfast from “Lucky the Leprechaun” and a scavenger hunt for his pot of gold.

“Lucky” left them a bag of Lucky Charms cereal which could be eaten then or saved as a snack for later.

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I made them a Pot of Gold at the End of a Rainbow.  For the rainbow I used strawberries, cantaloupe, pineapple, green grapes, blueberries, and purple grapes.  I used powdered donuts for the clouds, a pancake cut to make a pot, and scrambled eggs for the gold.

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They also got milk which I colored green with a tiny bit of green food coloring and a paper straw with a couple of fruit loops to make a rainbow.

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In the center of the table were some gold coins and the first clue to begin the scavenger hunt for the pot of gold.

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Madison read the clues which had the girls scrambling room to room.

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Until at last, the pot of gold was in the fridge.  They were rewarded with skittles and little chocolate coins as a treat.

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I enjoy making my children smile with these little breakfast treats, but these special breakfasts are truly a treat because they don’t get to eat Lucky Charms, Fruit Loops, donuts, and candy on a regular basis…although they’d love to!  I started the Lucky Charms tradition years ago, but wanted to add another element with the fruit.  Looking back at it now, it was a lot, but they had fun and made memories and that’s all the matters to me.  Now I’m off to set up tomorrow’s special breakfast.

HAPPY ST. PATTY’S DAY!!!!

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Valentine’s Day Breakfast

2 Jan

Happy New Year everyone!  2014 is upon us.  Our next special holiday is Valentine’s Day which will be here before we know it!  Ever since my kids were very little, I’ve always made Valentine’s Day special for them.  I usually make them a special Valentine themed breakfast and include a little gift from the “Lovebug.”  Each Valentine’s Day, the “Lovebug” pays a visit to reward the girls for acting in loving ways throughout the year.  The girls really look forward to Valentine’s Day.  Last year, I cut pancakes into heart shapes using a tiny heart cookie cutter.  I sprinkled them with some powdered sugar.  I also trimmed the tops of strawberries to look like hearts and placed those on a skewer and served it along side the heart pancakes.  I served pink yogurt in a pretty glass and of course a cold glass of pink milk finished off this special breakfast.  The “Lovebug” left the girls a fun gift bag with inexpensive treats inside.  How do you make your Valentine’s Day special? I’d love some extra special ideas to implement this year. 

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I hope you enjoyed your special Valentine’s Day girls.  Mommy loves you!

XOXO!

Easy Christmas Breakfast

10 Dec

We have a little tradition in our family that my kids look forward to each holiday. It has become known by my girls as a “special breakfast”.  With Christmas around the corner I wanted to share the breakfast they woke up to last Christmas morning.  For this breakfast, I chose a turquoise and red color scheme and used paper plates for easy clean-up (and because I don’t own red plates).  I had some paper doilies on hand and used those as placemats.  The breakfast itself is super easy to put together and super cute. All you need is a box of Entenmann’s Pop’ems powdered donuts (any brand will do, but that is what I used).  Using three powdered donuts, stack them on top of one another on a plate to make a snowman.  Chocolate chips were used to make the eyes, a slice of the end of a baby carrot became the nose, and a small tube of black frosting was used to draw a smile.  For snow, I used shredded coconut.  I sprinkled the plate with some blue sugar crystals to add a little sparkle. I always like to serve fruit with breakfast, so I made a candy cane out of sliced strawberries and bananas.  Recycled Starbucks Frappuccino bottles make great milk bottles.  I topped mine with another donut which I bedazzled with blue sugar crystals and stuck a striped paper straw through the hole.  The kids absolutely loved this breakfast!  They’ve already asked if I can make it again this year.  We shall see…whatever I come up with this year, I can’t wait to see them smile on Christmas morning.  Happy Holidays all!  

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Easy Easter Breakfast

23 Mar

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Easter Sunday is next weekend so I thought I’d share how we celebrated last Easter.  I love taking breakfast a step further for the holidays and making it extra special for the kids, so last Easter the kids woke up to a sweet little breakfast treat inspired by a post I read on Thoughtfully Simple.  It was too easy and too cute not to do.  We had mini-pancakes which I served in a cupcake wrapper with a lollipop stick inside.  A few polka-dots on the lollipop stick made with a purple pen dressed it up a bit.  The kiddos also enjoyed strawberry yogurt with a tiny bit of pink sugar for added interest.  I also gave them a little milk bottle with orange juice and a striped paper straw.  The colors were perfect for spring and the kids really liked the extra effort I put in to make their breakfast a little more cuter than usual.

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After breakfast, the kids were off to search for their Easter Baskets from the Easter Bunny.  Last year was the first year I “hid” the baskets and it made it so much more fun.  I’ll be doing the scavenger hunt again this year.  The clues were hidden in plastic eggs and the kids had to follow the clues which eventually led them to their basket of goodies.

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I love creating memories with my girls and this one was super easy and brought a smile to their pretty little faces.  Love that!  Can’t wait to do it again this year.

Hope you enjoyed your Easter treats, girlies.  Mommy loves you.

Happy Easter!

XOXO,

Mommy

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