Does your kid think you are a short order cook?
Does your kid think you are a short order cook?
We interrupt our regularly scheduled program of Taco Tuesday recipe posts for an awesome breakfast sandwich recipe to celebrate National Pancake Day and National Hot Breakfast month with Krusteaz!
I think that there is something secretly programmed in toddlers and kids to love carbs and breakfast.
Serve them breakfast-y carbs and you have instant love.
I’ve well documented how much Autmn loves waffles, but really she loves pancakes too. And muffins. Oh man, she loves muffins. But, she isn’t yet a fan of French Toast?!?!?
Side story: this weekend, Price made a box of Krusteaz Wild Blueberry Muffins and Autumn eat 5 of them that day. I got up early with her and she had half a waffle, then he got up and made muffins for us, and she didn’t stop eating them ALL DAY LONG. This creature took over and she had to consume them all! Okay, not them all since the mix makes 12, but you get the point.
So we make a big deal out of breakfast and often do breakfast for dinner since it’s easy, affordable, and just plain delicious!
I have become quite amazing at making breakfast sandwiches. Yes, I will toot my own horn here. It’s true. I rock them. I make them all different ways with bread, bagels, waffles, english muffins, different meats, cheeses, and sauces. I mean, there are even all different ways to just prepare the egg for it… scrambled, over-medium, over-well, poached. Endless combinations!
So when I discovered today is National Pancake Day I knew that I would have to make a breakfast sandwich with pancakes. It’s also National Hot Breakfast Month. I seriously love whoever has created these fun holidays!
I used Perfect Pancake Pan to make uniform sized pancakes and eggs. I love it. Also, you don’t have to worry about messing up the flip since you flip the whole pan in 1 quick movement! Plus, it’s dishwasher safe so I really do love it. I can’t handle doing stuff by hand. I’ve honestly contemplated throwing things out just because of that.
I used sausage but you can easily use bacon, if you prefer that. Just cut your bacon slices in half to make them better fit on the sandwich. And you’re good to go!
I served these awesome breakfast sandwiches with some roasted potatoes and some clementines. I wanted to eat some strawberries with them but had forgotten I gave the last of them to the rabbit. woes me! ha!
Change things up! Stack up your breakfast and make it into a sandwich!
Makes 4 sandwiches, plus extra pancakes
Check out this Fun Infographic HERE!
Krusteaz wants you to enjoy Hot Breakfast Month with some fun Breakfast Night goodies!
· Two boxes of each of the following mixes: Buttermilk Pancake, Belgian Waffle, Blueberry Pancake, and Wild Blueberry Muffin
· Some fun kitchen items like a pancake spatula, a pancake griddle pan, a squeeze bottle for pancake art and an Krusteaz apron
· Breakfast Night inspiration including sample Breakfast Night recipes
The giveaway runs for a week, ending on February 16th at midnight. Open to US residents.
This is a sponsored post from Krusteaz, but all opinions are my own.
Post contains affiliate links.
I love giving homemade gifts for gifts at the holidays or other special occasions.
From homemade cocoa mixes to chex mix to cookies, I think that they are homemade gives such a wonderful touch. We even gave homemade Mixed Berry Jam as our wedding favor this year.
We decided to give out cookies to Spread Cookie Joy with friends and family. So much fun that everyone can enjoy!
I started by gathering up some great Krusteaz mixes to make a variety of cookies to gift. Baking with Krusteaz makes baking really easy, which is really important when you are baking with a toddler. You can download your own Krusteaz $1 off coupon here!
With the Oatmeal Scotchie Cookie Mix, I made 7 Layer Bars. The cookie mix makes for a fantastic base, instead of the typical graham cracker crumb base. Plus, this oatmeal cookie mix has butterscotch chips, which are in 7 Layer Bars, so it goes perfectly with the bars.
We even made sugar cookies, shortbread cookies with jam centers, and snickerdoodles with fantastic Krusteaz mixes. I used some of the remaining jars of jam we had from our wedding for the shortbread cookies. So fun! No matter what jam you use you can’t beat shortbread cookies.
Autumn loves to help in the kitchen when I am baking, which I love since it helps teach her how to count when we measure off ingredients. Or she will help turn on the mixer or decorate cakes or cookies. But this time she decided to give the Snickerdoodles an extra special touch as she shoved her finger in them as we were rolling them in cinnamon and sugar mixture. Some are more donut shaped than round. ha! But it gives them character and some extra toddler love.
I packaged them up in decorated bags and tied them off with some twine and attached a tag. The tags are so cute! They are tags that were customized from Zazzle! I had never ordered from Zazzle before but I’m hooked now with all the different products and creative designs that you can have personalized. Makes for a nice finishing touch on the cookie packages.
You can even package them in mason jars, which is super cute too! Just make sure you get wide mouth jars so you can easily get cookies in and out.
I hope that everyone has a great Christmas in 4 days!!!! (gah!!!)
Makes an 8×8 pan
The fun holiday baking pack is great for some fun, creative baking!
The baking pack contains 2 boxes of each of the following mixes: Shortbread, Gingerbread, Snickerdoodle, Butter Vanilla Sugar, and Oatmeal Scotchie. Plus, some fun holiday baking items like an apron, tote bag, cookie cutters, frosting decorating pen.
Be sure to enter HERE for your chance to win an awesome baking pack from Krusteaz!
Open to US residents
A BIG thanks to Krusteaz for providing me with all these fun mixes and goodies to help #SpreadCookieJoy. As always, all opinions are my own.
Autumn is growing at record speed. Okay, she is not, she is in fact she is still teeny tiny. But I can’t believe she is almost 2!! Sobs!!
I’ve loved every age so far, but right now this is so super cool as she is so active. We are starting to be able to participate in things together more as she can take instruction well and give it well too.
My new favorite activity together is baking!!!
Everyone has geared up for back to school activities, including fall baking, recently, but since my wee one is still so young, our focus has just been on the yummy fall baking.
While I love to bake from scratch, I have found that using a mix has really simplified things for us so that we can quickly and easily get started right after I pick her up from daycare.
I get home about 30-40 minutes before I pick Autumn up from daycare so I prep for our new baking adventures by taking out the Krusteaz mix, butter, and preheating the oven, grabbing the dog for a walk, dropping him off at home, and then I head over to get Autumn. On our walk home I tell her what we are making that night. She gets excited about using the mixer and using her hands to ‘play’ with the dough.
Last week we made yummy cookies using Krusteaz’s Brown Sugar Oatmeal Cookie Mix to make cookies. She helped with the mixer and by (sorta) rolling out the cookies.
And last night we made a toddler friendly version of Krusteaz’s Crispy Gold Star Day Cookies with their Meyer Lemon Cookie Mix. So good! And the perfect cookies to make with a toddler or young kids as they can use the cookie cutters to cut out the cookies and then decorate them with the sprinkles that came with the mix.
I started out by mixing the dough while Autumn was busy eating her dinner of lasagna, mango, and yogurt. Once she was done we were all ready to go!
I set her on the counter to help me cut out the cookies. It was the first time she used cookie cutters! She would grunt a bit as she push it down and then say ‘ah!’ when she was done, while she waited for me to pick it up to do it again and again.
We received the most adorable red aprons from Krusteaz, which would have been great to wear, but a certain toddler didn’t want to wear it. Something, something, screaming about her Minnie shirt. I, of course, wanted to protect the precious Minnie shirt, but she didn’t want it covered. #toddlerlyfe
We would then pat and roll out the dough again and again as we made more cookies. She certainly loved rolling out the dough.
Then I baked them. ‘Oven HOT mommy HOT!!!!” At least she gets that.
And how important it is to help with clean up!
We then decorated them the next morning, as the cookies need to cool before putting the glaze them and she goes to bed so early (6.30) so we just couldn’t fit it all in the night.
She did pretty well putting the glaze on them, but I think getting the sprinkles on the cookies was her favorite part!
We then brought them to daycare to share with her friends.
I hope you’ll bake up these! Be sure to grab a kid or two to for some fun help with the baking. You’ll love it, and so will they!
Makes 12-24 cookies, depending on cookie cutter size
For the Cookies
For the Glaze
Adapted from Krusteaz
And now the fun stuff… a GIVEAWAY!!!!
Be sure to enter for your chance to win the following goodies from Krusteaz!!!!
The giveaway runs for a week, ending on October 6th at midnight. Open to US residents.
This is a sponsored post from Krusteaz, but all opinions are my own.
Ugh, technology kills me at times. It really does.
As soon as I walk up to our IT guys I just apologize. I usually come bug them with a silly problem, which, thankfully, can be fixed quickly. But it feels so silly bugging them about it. Like I couldn’t get into a program last week and I went over to one of the guys asking for help. I sit back down and go to open the program and say ‘I’ve tried it open this like 4 times and it won’t and I keep getting a pop up…’ and that was when it opened up perfectly. He just shrugged his shoulders and walked away. Typical.
I had a moment at home like that, which is exactly why this post is getting posted a week later than I planned! Bummer! I was getting warnings when I was trying to download the pictures off my SD card to edit them about copying them without properties. WHAT? Well, it still seemed to work as I could download them and edit them in. But then they won’t upload to WordPress. And I was literally trying to do this as I was packing up the car last week to go to Maine. After swearing like a sailor, I shut the laptop, swore some more, and just had to blow off posting last week for #WaffleWednesday. So annoying!!!!!!!
And guess what, I open up wordpress again to mess around with the post when we get back and all the photos I tried to load in where in. Just magically appearing now. Sigh…
Anyway, this is the closest I get to making a 30 minute meal.
I am no Rachel Ray. I really admire her idea of 30 minute meals and how she (and her team) have created some wonderful 30 minute meals. I’ve tried plenty. There are some that I can totally do in 30 minutes and then there are others that take 35-40 minutes. Sometimes I’m just slow.
But with this dinner you I bet you can whip it up in about 30 minutes. I swear!
Start off by preheating your waffle iron. The veggies are quick to chop and then you just dump in the a pot to soften. Add the meat to brown. Between breaking it up and it browning, mix the cornbread batter together and start to make the cornbread waffles. While they are baking up continue on with the chili by smooshing the chili to a side and cooking the tomato paste for minute. Then dump in the beans, canned tomatoes, and spices to wrap it up and let it do its thing until you are done making your cornbread waffles. Done and done!
The best thing about this is how the waffle iron makes the cornbread have a nice crisp texture. It’s like how the best part of lasagna is the crunchy edge pieces. The crisp cornbread texture is right on the money!
And the second best thing is smothering that waffle with quick, delicious chili. Such a good dinner.
Makes 6 servings
For the Chili
For the Cornbread Waffles
Optional Chili Toppings
While I received product from Krusteaz for recipe development, all opinions are my own
1o days until the wedding!!!!
HOLY SMOKES!!!! I’m excited and nervous. Not nervous about marriage, no I’m exited about that! I’m nervous about the ceremony and the reception. We have so much still to do and still to coordinate.
The jam favors need to get labeled, the gifts need to be packaged up, the centerpieces need some work. But it is getting there!
Thankfully, my dress is all done with. I had the final fitting last week. It needed a bit more of adjustment to fix two things but I hung around for that and was able to take my dress home that night. YAY!
On the other hand Price had his final fitting and they had to take his pants in another 3/4″ of an inch! Yep, he lost another 3/4″ since his first fitting in Mid March. He’s been working so hard and it’s really paying off by sticking doing another round of Whole30 (in April) and Whole30-ish foods since. Like right now, we are doing Whole30 most of the time with a daily cheat thing. It’s a good balance for us.
So making these Cherry Crisp Waffles the other day meant that we were really treated our selves. But let me tell you, it was worth it!!
The sweet, yet tart cherries were the perfect accompaniment to the sweet waffles. The honey flavor in the Honey Wheat waffles paired so nicely with the cherries and the cinnamon flavor in the crisp topping. I never used to be a fan of crisp toppings as I didn’t love the texture of the toasted oats but I’ve begun to change my tune as it really adds a fun crunch.
This just screams summer to me. Makes for a great brunch-y breakfast. Or even a dessert. Wouldn’t it be fun to change things up and do a real breakfast for dinner night and finish it off with one of these waffles.
As the recipe makes 6 waffles I called up Autumn’s daycare teacher, who lives than a block away, to offer them breakfast. Autumn and I delivered them before they headed off to church. Autumn of course didn’t want to wear pants for our walk over! HA!!
I hope that you enjoy these as much as we all did.
And 10 days!!!! AHHHHH!!!!!! YAAAA!!!! WOOOOHOOOO!!!!! EEEEE!!!!
Makes 6 waffles
Krusteaz has provided me with all sorts of fun mixes to create waffle recipes in a collaboration of their #BreakfastNight and my #WaffleWednesday. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Thanks for all of your comments. I appreciate them all.
My friend Dawn celebrated her birthday last week so I’m dedicating these waffles to her.
I really believe that we all need to give each other a break more often.
I had a rough week last week. Too busy. Too rough around the edges. Just too much.