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(Single) Mother's Day Breakfast in Bed

By Edited Nov 30, 2013 0 0

Eggs - (Single) Mother's Day Breakfast in Bed

Parenting is hard work.  There is no doubt about it.  Single parenting takes this to a whole new level.  Every day is full of things that need to be done and only one person to do it – you.  To top it off, the little rewards meant for parents rarely come your way, like breakfast in bed on Mother’s Day.  Unless the kids are teenagers, single moms are unlikely to receive this classic treat.  Rather than forego the Mother’s Day breakfast in bed tradition, why not try these ideas? 


The Coffee Essential

Coffee - (Single) Mother's Day Breakfast in Bed

These instructions are aimed at children who are already reading.  Simply print, then cut the relevant kids information and set it on the kitchen counter.  Just a little bit of prep work from you the day before means your kids can take over in the morning.  They will feel special, and so will you.  Both breakfast dishes are filling, so feel free to pick just one.  Coffee, however, is an essential, as long as your kids can handle it.

Most kids can push start on a coffee maker if you have filled the basket with grounds and the tank with water the night before.  The trouble lies in the pouring, and of course in mixing the milk and sugar together in the proportions you prefer.  If you think this is too advanced for your little one, try this:

Mom’s Instructions:

Buy a pre-mixed coffee, something that just requires water to be added.  Pour the desired amount of pre-mix powder into your favourite mug (hint: it is the one that says “World’s Greatest Mom” on it), and cover with plastic wrap.  Fill a cup with the right amount of water to mix with the coffee.  Cover this with plastic wrap, as well.  Set your mug, your cup, a teaspoon and the kids coffee instructions on a counter near the microwave.

Kids Coffee Instructions:

  1. Take the plastic wrap off the mug with the coffee grounds and off the cup with water.
  2. Slowly pour the water into the mug with the coffee grounds.  Use the spoon to stir this mixture together slowly. 
  3. Make sure you take the spoon out of the mug and rest it on the counter.  The spoon cannot go in the microwave!
  4. Place the mug in the microwave and set it for 90 seconds.  Close the microwave and start it.
  5. When the microwave beeps, open the door, but do not reach for the mug yet.  It is still a bit hot.  After a few seconds, grab the handle of the mug firmly.  Do not try to touch the rest of the mug – it will be too hot!  Set the coffee mug on the counter and give it a stir.
  6. Take the mug to mom, or if you are preparing food, set it on a tray to bring her all at once.

Pancakes and Bacon

Bacon - (Single) Mother's Day Breakfast in Bed

This recipe requires mom to do almost all of the work the night before, but it means the kids only need to heat it up and serve it on a tray.  As a bonus, you can easily prepare enough for them and leave it separate so you can get those few extra moments of relaxation before getting out of bed.

Mom’s Instructions:

Prepare a couple slices of bacon the way you normally would, either in the frying pan or the microwave.  When they are done, put them on a plate and set it aside while you prepare the pancakes.  A recipe for pancakes is included here, but you can also use ready-made ones from the grocery store.

Pancake Recipe:

2 tablespoons Sugar

½ teaspoon Salt

1½ teaspoons Baking powder

1½ cup Flour

1 cup Milk

1 large Egg

1 tablespoon Vegetable oil

Sift together all the dry ingredients for the advance mix.  In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, egg and oil.  Add the dry mix to the egg mixture and beat until the batter is smooth.

Heat a heavy pan on medium-high heat with some butter or oil until hot. Drop in about a half a cup of batter at a time. When the pancake starts to bubble on the one side, flip and cook through.  Remove, set aside on a warm plate, then continue with remaining batter.

Once you have got your pancakes and bacon cooked, arrange them on a plate.  You may want to use a plastic plate so that it is not too warm for little hands when it comes out of the microwave.  Cover the entire plate with plastic wrap and set in the fridge.  On a counter nearby, set out a serving tray and the kids instructions.  If you typically keep the syrup in a high cupboard, you may want to set this near the tray, as well.

Kids Pancakes and Bacon Instructions:

  1. Take mom’s plate of pancakes and bacon out of the fridge and set it on a counter.
  2. Remove the plastic wrap from the plate.  Then set the plate in the microwave for 90 seconds.  Close the microwave and start it.
  3. While the pancakes and bacon cook, put everything mom needs to eat on the tray.  She will need: a fork, a knife, a napkin and a bottle of syrup.
  4. When the microwave beeps, open it.  Wait 10 seconds for the plate to cool down a bit.  Then set the plate on the tray and then take the tray to mom.
  5. Do not forget to tell mom you love her.  Moms totally fall for that sort of thing, especially on Mother’s Day.

Croissant - (Single) Mother's Day Breakfast in Bed
Eggy Surprise

This recipe demands a little more work from the kids, but it is certainly doable for 10 year olds and up.  The combination may sound strange, but this is one top notch breakfast dish.

Mom’s Instructions:

Tear a croissant into large pieces.  Spread a little jam on each piece, and then place them in a microwaveable mug.  It does not need to look pretty.  Cover the mug with plastic wrap and set it in the fridge overnight.

Place a teaspoon of brown sugar in a small bowl on the counter and cover it with plastic wrap.  Next to this, leave one egg, a fork for beating and the kids instructions.

Kids Eggy Surprise Instructions:

  1. Take mom’s mug from the fridge (it’s the one with the torn croissant, or bread, in it).  Set this on the counter. 
  2. Gently crack the egg into the bowl with the sugar.  Mix slowly with the fork until it looks mixed.
  3. Slowly pour the egg mix into the mug with the croissant.  You do not need to mix it up; it will simply drip down.
  4. Cover the mug with plastic wrap.  This is very important because otherwise the egg will explode in the microwave!
  5. Place the mug in the microwave and set it for 80 seconds. 
  6. While the eggs cook, put everything mom needs to eat on the tray.  She will need: a fork, a knife, and a napkin.
  7. When the microwave beeps, open the door, but do not reach for the mug yet.  It is still a bit hot.  After a few seconds, grab the handle of the mug firmly.  Do not try to touch the rest of the mug – it will be too hot!
  8. Then set the mug on the tray and take the tray to mom.
  9. Do not forget to tell mom you love her.  Moms totally fall for that sort of thing, especially on Mother’s Day.

Although you need to put in some time beforehand, these unassuming breakfasts allow kids to feel they are treating you.  That is important for all kids, not to mention their parents.  Holidays like Mother’s Day help to build a culture of appreciation for others.  And, of course, these recipes work perfect for single dads, as well.  If you have an idea that will help children of single parents to spoil them on special days, please post it below.  You never know whose day you will brighten.

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