Friday, November 1, 2013

7QT (Vol. 61): Birthday Breakfast Ideas

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Anne's first birthday is coming in a couple months. Two days after Christmas, to be exact. I didn't spend much time or energy planning for Peter's first birthday, but his was easy. With a July baby, a cookout with cake and ice cream was a no-brainer. But two days after Christmas? No one will be excited about cake and ice cream (including me) because it will just be one more dessert gathering in the middle of week of festivities.

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When she gets a little older and might care about her birthday being overshadowed by Christmas, we have a couple alternatives. She can celebrate her half-birthday or her Baptism day, which is in early February. For this year, though, I'd rather do it while her out-of-state aunts, uncle, and godmother are in town. What to do? Breakfast! My brother's boy inspired me with his party last weekend, which was...

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Crepes! We had our choice of strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, banana slices, and real whipped cream - all laid out on the counter, ready to go. Jam, spreadable cream cheese, and peanut butter also work well as spreads with fruit. We also had juice, coffee, sausage, and scrambled eggs. It was absolutely delicious and a whole new way to celebrate.

Photo from Yog Frozen Yogurt and Crepes

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Another option is an oatmeal sundae bar (idea courtesy of Turtle Magazine). Serve plain oatmeal and set out a variety of toppings. Possible toppings include raisins, dried cranberries, banana slices, Greek yogurt, chopped apples, graham cracker pieces, chopped walnuts, brown sugar, honey, maple syrup, and peanut butter. For the dairy-free crowd, I've found that almond&coconut "milk" makes a very tasty oatmeal.

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Pancakes or waffles are another good breakfast option for feeding a crowd. As each batch is ready, set it in a warmed oven until you're ready to go. Many of the toppings for crepes or oatmeal also go well with pancakes and waffles. You might also mix fruit or chocolate chips into the batter before your bake. Pumpkin pancakes are another way to make this breakfast more special. If you want a sweeter treat, serve waffles with ice cream and traditional sundae toppings.

Photo from The Muqata
Click to read about a Hebrew idiom's Biblical roots. Pretty cool!

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If you have a smaller group and a chef more skilled than I, omelettes might work. Have a variety of fillers available - ham, sausage, bacon bits, mushrooms, apple slices, avocado, tomato, feta, swiss, provolone, monterey jack, or cheddar cheese, green onions, broccoli, or caramelized onions. Don't stop there! Consider the following for toppings: sour cream, salsa, guacamole, and pesto.

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If you're feeling really festive, any of these can be served with special beverages. Tea and coffee come in a multitude of flavors. A selection of fruit juices and be served straight or mixed as a punch. Smoothies can be made quickly with frozen fruit and either a yogurt or orange juice base. (You can make a smoothie out of just about anything, really... Look around to find recipes you like.)

Happy Birthday!

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2 comments:

  1. A breakfast birthday celebration is such a good idea and I really like the idea of make your own crepes. I'm definitely going to have to remember that! Mmmm… now I'm craving crepes :)

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    1. Thanks! Yeah, searching for those pictures made me hungry. :-)

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