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A Mother’s Day meal that kids can make

Categories: Frugal Living, Hacking Life, Parenting


One year, my kids paraded into my room on my birthday, bearing gifts and breakfast. Granted, the toast had been nibbled on as the tray came up the stairs, the eggs were like concrete, and one of my children assured me that my coffee was “cold enough to drink” by dipping his entire hand into the cup and sloshing it around. They were so proud of their efforts, though, that I ate every bite while they opened my presents for me — and it was the best breakfast I ever had.

Mother’s Day is this Sunday. Here’s a morning menu that your kids can make themselves — with some grownup supervision, of course. Print it out and leave it on the counter where your partner and kids can see it. Maybe they’ll take the hint!

Ham-and-egg cups

Line a greased muffin tin with thin slices of ham, add eggs and cheese and a sprinkling of spices, and bake them for an easy breakfast Mom can eat in bed. This recipe from Parents magazine is great — easy-to-follow but not run-of-the-mill.

Banana-berry smoothie

Lowfat vanilla yogurt, a handful of frozen berries, and a sliced banana whirred together in a blender with a little ice and milk. Super easy, surprisingly health, and delicious. You can also use plain, non-fat yogurt sweetened with a little honey, as suggested in this recipe by

Really Crispy Hash Browns

The folks at Simply Recipes have discovered the trick to making perfectly crispy hashbrowns. Try making these with shredded sweet potatoes for an extra nutritional boost, or serving them with sour cream and apple sauce.

Very Vanilla Latte

You can make frothy milk for your coffee treat, even if you don’t have a fancy-schmancy steamer (or a high-end espresso machine) at home. Heat about half a mug of milk in a microwave for about 30 seconds (make sure it doesn’t boil over). Add a few drops of vanilla. Place a whisk in the mug, standing straight up, and roll the handle between your hands, so that the whisk is turning like an egg beater, whipping air into the milk. The foam will be soft and dense — perfect for spooning on top of a cup of really strong coffee.

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2 comments so far...

  • Hi Lylah,
    It seems you are not only one fine dedicated mother but you are an exceptional human being. I think, I am also pretty active and energetic but certainly you beat by by far.

    sagarmatha, adelaide, australia  |  May 8th, 2009 at 12:25 am

  • MMMM yumm! Happy Mother’s Day! I’ve had a gorgeous day with my four blessings, had ham and cheese croissants for brekkie, a leisurely day while hubby did the the ironing - oh yes he did! - topped off with Thai for dinner. Big kisses goodnight . Love that hashbrown recipe though… brekkie tomorrow maybe? Cheers from Australia

    Lisa  |  May 10th, 2009 at 6:13 am