How To Have An Amazing BreakfastWritten by Shantel Parks
I was inspired by the recent promotion to switch out the Gathering Chat Cards that were on my coffee table with the Child Chat Cards. I had every intention of sitting down and having a nice little family moment by letting the kids take turns answering questions of my choosing. But that didn’t happen.
Instead, while I made breakfast the other morning, the kids took turns picking questions and asking each other. They ranged from the silly – “How do you become a superhero?” – to the sublime – “What will your life be like when you are 25?” But the answers were incredible.
I learned that:
1. My children are wiser than I thought.
2. Radioactive spiders are not required for true superheros and Batman is the most amazing of all superheros, with Iron Man a close second.
3. I will be well taken care of in my dotage because all four of my children have decided to be millionaires by age 25.
4. I am one of my children’s favorite people.
5. Rainbows are tricky and hard to catch.
6. Our tooth fairy needs to up the ante.
7. Pancakes taste better over good conversation.
8. Their millions will be earned in the following vocations: Lego engineer, fashion designer, veterinarian, and ballerina princess.
9. Television has nothing on my children’s imaginations.
10. Eating gross food requires skills to maneuver the food without actually tasting it.
The most amazing part was how much my kids wanted to hear each other’s answers and the complete lack of arguing and bickering that normally accompanies our morning meals. I have used the Chat Cards during road trips and even just around the house, but we hadn’t paid much attention to them this summer because of all the other activities. I am glad to be bringing them back into regular use and can’t wait for next time.
What amazing things have you learned about your children?
PEACH FRENCH TOAST
Submitted by Glynis Neves
Original recipe printed in Quick Cooking Magazine
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine
2 Tablespoons water
1 (20 ounce) can sliced peaches, drained (We prefer to use a bag of frozen peaches)
12 slices white bread
1 1/2 cups milk
1 Tablespoon vanilla
In a saucepan, bring brown sugar, butter, and water to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer for 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Pour into a greased 9 X 13-inch baking dish; top with peaches. Arrange bread over peaches. In a bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, and vanilla. Slowly pour over bread. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Uncover; bake 25 to 30 minutes longer until golden brown.
Yields: 6 to 8 servings.
Shantel's love of story began in her childhood with fairy tales. As a wife of 13 years and a mother of 4, she gets a daily sampling of the many genre's of story, including (but not at all limited to) - humor, alternate history, dramatic interpretations, tall tales, tragedy, and a smattering of anecdotes based on true stories. A sometimes blogger, a frequent do-it-yourselfer, and always fond of Cadbury Mini Eggs, Shantel can be found, most days, going 5 different directions, but usually ending up in her favorite place - at home.
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