It is here, Saturday! Can I get a HOORAY? Well I am doing a happy dance, it’s my weekend to have my kiddos here and I am looking forward to having a carefree four day weekend with them, yes my kids had Friday off and also have Monday off. Fun times to be had. I wish you all a happy weekend, make some memories!
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My family was able to test out Honey Maid® Grahamfuls not that long ago and well the boxes didn’t last that long. You can choose from three varieties; Peanut Butter, Peanut Butter & Chocolate, or Banana Vanilla Creme. My kiddos much preferred the Peanut Butter & Chocolate ones, then they ate up the Peanut Butter ones last but not least the Banana Vanilla Creme was gobbled up.
Honey Maid® Grahamfuls are a wonderful addition to any lunchbox, made with real Honey Maid graham crackers and 100% whole grain while also containing real honey these are certainly Mom approved. At least this Mom approves of them for a wonderful addition to my kiddos cold lunch for school. There is no high fructose corn syrup or artificial flavors and also Honey Maid® Grahamfuls are a good source of calcium.
Each box of Honey Maid® Grahamfuls contains eight individually wrapped pouches and are available at your local grocery or superstores in the cookie and cracker aisle for a suggested retail value of $4.19 per box.
My three year old son is obsessed with the big bad wolf, if you ask him he will tell you he “isn’t scared of anything, not even the big bad wolf”. Then he will proceed to tell you that he will just punch him in the face. This kid has a mouth on him the size of Texas, no joke. Since he will be in preschool soon, hopefully, I am working on figuring out how to properly redirect his amazing imagination with a less mouthy touch. It’s. not. working. yet.
The other night I needed to cook dinner because the children need to eat. My daughter was at her Dad’s house so it was just the boys and me. It’s easy to cook dinner, most nights, when all three kids are home because Ki and Mister K usually do something fun together, but when Ki is gone that leaves Mister K near me either whining or trying to cause trouble. Some nights nothing works, and this was one of those nights.
I thought and thought about what would distract Mister K from his overtired whiny self and assist to keep him entertained while I cooked dinner. Then it dawned on me, the boy loves “helping”. Since he couldn’t help with what I was cooking for dinner on this particular night, I thought I would give him a pan, some water, a small amount of butter and some seasoning. This way he could make his own little creation to feel like he was helping me.
What Mister K came up with was…. a mixture of spicy seasoning, butter, milk and water. He called this mixture the “big bad wolf potion”. When you feed this to the big bad wolf he will run away and never ever come back again!
So there you have it, my three year old has figured out the secret remedy of keeping big bad wolves away… maybe he can sell it to the three little pigs.
My first born and only daughter is a fabulous cook, well baker. That girl can bake way better than me, it’s always a joke that if someone is going to make one of our family member’s birthday cakes that Miss Ki better do it for Mom will end up ruining it. It’s the fun joke around our home, and yes I can laugh at myself so it’s all in fun!
My second born is a stereotypical boy, has zero interest in the kitchen and that’s just fine by me. He excels in other areas, but my youngest child, a boy, loves baking, cooking and helping me in the kitchen whenever possible. I love that Monster K can calm his energy long enough to bake cupcakes, mix up scrambled eggs or even help with pancake batter mixing.
We have so much fun when his brother and sister are at school baking various things to enjoy as an after school treat when we picked up the other two from school. This particular day we made cupcakes and I chose a cool type of frosting so that Monster K could frost the cupcakes on his own.
The best part about cupcakes is the frosting and that is where this boy takes right after his Mama…
I must admit I take full advantage of looking like a “cool mom” most mornings when I wake up to cook the kids pancakes on a weekend or before school starts. The reason I look like the “cool mom” is because I take what some may say to be the lazier approach to making pancakes for three kids, or if on a weekend when my daughter has a friend over, four kids. I first make sure to purchase some of the Bisquick pancake mix, this time I chose the Bisquick Complete type of pancake mix, where you add just water.
Next I add the water, mix up the batter while heating up the skillet. I used to make normal sized pancakes for my three kids but then I never actually got to enjoy breakfast with them, it seemed I just became the short order cook always over heating at the stove. I am not that mom, I have zero desires in slaving over a hot stove. This is why I decided when we rock pancakes in our house, they are going to be over sized pancakes, no more 2-3 normal sized pancakes per kid, instead …
I pour that batter right into the skillet until it touches every side and each child gets a pancake about this size. I do try to make a slightly smaller version for my three year old, but then he started to realize his brother and sissy had bigger pancakes so now I give him the same sized pancake but understand he isn’t going to eat the whole thing.
The kids talk about my over size pancakes all of the time, for me it’s a time saver but for the kids? It makes me the “cool” mom. I really don’t care what the kids or anyone else wants to think of me as long as they eat their breakfast, the most important meal of the day, or so they say!
What shortcuts have you taken to make cooking take up less time so that you had more time to chat at the dinner/breakfast table?