A month of breakfast 

Around here mornings can be crazy! We have 3 different schedules and Monkey comes at different times depending on Brit’s school schedule. Anything I can do to make it easier and save time is great! Did I mention I am not a great morning person, so that doesn’t help either. Making ahead breakfast burritos and pancake poppers, freezing them and having them ready makes it so much easier! 

  
The breakfast burritos I make are very basic so everyone will eat them (some of us add hot sauce after hearing.) I just brown some ground sausage, add scrambled eggs and some shredded cheese then wrap in a tortilla. I wrap the tortilla in plastic wrap and store in the bag from the tortilla in the freezer. In the morning I grab one out unwrap and microwave for about 90 seconds. Nice yummy protein filled breakfast before school or work!

  
I have no idea what other people call them but we dubbed the pancake poppers. Basically they are a pancake muffin with sausage in the middle. I have a great pancake mix recipe that I found at Cook Eat Share, we substitute dectrose for the sugar. I made a huge double batch of the mix, then sprayed my muffin tins, scooped 2 oz of batter in each cup using my cookie scoop, then added half a sausage link ( pre-cooked) to each cup pressing down slightly. Bake at 350 till tops are golden and dough it cooked through, about 10-15 mins usually. I ended up with almost 75 poppers. I store them in gallon size freezer bags and pull out the number needed. Again just heat in microwave for about a minute. Not as much protein as the burritos, but it stops them from wanting syrup before school which we don’t allow and is quick and portable. 

Hope this gives you some ideas to make your mornings easier!

Amy

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School BBQ and Snickerdoodles

Today was the school BBQ, and with Rebel’s food issues I always find it easier to just pack us a lunch. It is a fun time to go and have lunch at school with your kids, we get to eat outside on the grass or in the lunch room and there is a book fair going on at the same time. How it usually works (and this year was no exception) I meet up with the kids, we hit the book fair and then head outside to eat and they completely ignore me and read books. This year Monkey got to go with me, of course it didn’t even start till an hour after his lunch time and all he wanted to do was run around and play on the playground. But he still managed to do great for the most part. Here they are ignoring me and reading, don’t get me wrong I love they love to read, but maybe add some books for adults so I have something to read too?

Princess and Rebel ignoring me at school BBQ
Princess and Rebel ignoring me at school BBQ

For a treat Monkey and I made some sugar free cookies to take with us to the BBQ. Since it was a last minute decision I needed something really quick, and preferably something that didn’t make a ton. I try to keep a box or 2 of sugar free cake mix around for just these times, I decided to make sugar free snickerdoodle cake mix cookies. These do not taste exactly like regular snickerdoodle cookies, they are sweeter and missing that cream of tarter bite. But for something that can be whipped up and done baking in about 30 minutes or less, they are great. There are recipes all over the web for how to use a cake mix and turn it into something else,  I have done the cookies a few times with different flavors, chocolate is probably my favorite, they turn out like brownie cookies. Yum! Back to snickerdoodles!

Sugar Free Snickerdoodle Cake Mix Cookies

1 Pkg sugar free vanilla cake mix

1/4 cup oil

2 eggs

Combine above ingredients into a dough.

Mix 2 Tblspn powdered Fructose and 1 tsp cinnamon in a small bowl

I use a 1 oz cookie scoop to measure dough, make into a ball and roll in cinnamon mixture, place on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 8 minutes at 350 degrees.

getting ready to mix
getting ready to mix
packing them up for BBQ
packing them up for BBQ

They were a  huge hit!

Now to cool down and rest…for maybe 10 min if I am lucky.

Amy