One of my blends (blogging friends) sent me a link to an idea that I just absolutely LOVE! Have you ever heard of a Breakfast Bar?
For a short time we kept a sundae bar on the pass through counter at our house in Lake Jackson. Unfortunately, I had to cut it out because ingredients went mysteriously missing. Meghan ate the M & M’s, Ryan ate the Gummi Worms, the Parsnip ate the pecans and I’m not sure where the sprinkles went, but come time to make sundaes, the sprinkles were MIA.
Hot Chocolate Station
In the winter, I put out a hot cocoa bar of mix, marshmallows, a few flavored syrups and various sprinkling powders. Add some six inch cinnamon sticks for stirring and it makes a winter treat extra special. Now that the kids are older, it’s easier to keep ingredients stocked without too much fuss. Most of the people will even refill an item we get low on without being asked. That’s delightful! This happens to be a super fun extra at Thanksgiving as well, with the extended family together. Add a big pot of hot cider and perhaps a flavored coffee carafe and you have the recipe for a festive family drink station.
The Breakfast Bar
Back to the Breakfast Bar. I love this idea so much because it’s so healthy, it doesn’t matter if people snitch a bite between meals. Here is what I’m having for my Breakfast Bar:
- 1 Large crock Granola
- 1 Large crock Rolled Oats
- 1 Large crock Cereal (This changes when things are on sale or when there is a request)
- 1 Medium Crock Steel Cut Oats (These are primarily for me, but Jonathan and Paddy love them if I make them for them.)
This is where you can get creative and put out the things your family loves. These are meant to be toppers for the different breakfast selections. We include:
- Dried Cherries
- Dried Apricots
- Dried Cranberries
- Dried Blueberries
- Dried Strawberries
- Raisins and Sultanas
I think you get the point. All of these are so healthy, I don’t mind that Patrick snitches an apricot waiting for supper to be ready. Thanks to Christie at Three Pixie Lane for the photo.
Sometimes you can switch things up a bit. Make a Yogurt bar. All the same stuff, just put out a few tubs of different flavored yogurts, plain, vanilla, strawberry. Let everyone pick their toppings from your breakfast bar goodies.