When my boys were little we would always celebrate their birthdays by starting the day with breakfast in bed. Once they got a little older, they loved the idea of returning the favor for my birthday and for Mother’s Day. It was never anything very fancy – just homemade goodness. It was a time for all of us to crawl into our big bed and spend a few minutes together and it always felt special because we never allowed the boys to eat in their rooms so it was a real treat to be able to eat a full meal in bed.
The greatest part about breakfast in bed is that is more the idea of it and the ritual than it is the actual food being eaten. Little kids can help make and butter toast, they can crack the eggs and set up the trays with napkins and utensils. Let them pour the juice into the glasses. Just something as simple as a cup of tea and toast and eggs is more than enough to make anyone feel special. Add to that a tiny jar with a dandelion picked from the yard and it is the perfect start to the day.
If you have a little extra time and you want something yummy that the kids can say they baked themselves, I suggest baked french toast. It is something you can prepare the night before and your kids can pop it into the oven the morning of Mother’s Day and feel like they made it! Delicious and easy!
Baked French Toast:
- One loaf of stale bread cut into cubes
- 3 eggs, beaten
- 1 1/2 cups milk or half and half or a combination of both
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup white sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Mix all ingredients together in a big bowl and pour into a 9×13 pan. Cover pan with foil and store in the refrigerator overnight. The next morning, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Put pan in oven and bake for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and let it sit out while you prepare the dishes and drinks. Cut into squares and dust with confectioners sugar or drizzle with real maple syrup. It is by far my favorite breakfast! Enjoy!
Susan O’Keefe has been baking since she was a little girl. With a passion for baking and a background in marketing and sales, she opened Baked by Susan right in the heart of the little river town of Croton-on-Hudson where she lives with her husband and three growing boys. Visit Baked by Susan at 163 Grand Street, Croton-on-Hudson, NY or at Bakedbysusan.com. Like us on Facebook and Instagram! Baked by Susan Inc., Voted 2015 Winner Best Bakery and Best Cupcakes by Westchester Magazine! 163 Grand Street Croton on Hudson, NY 10520 914-862-0874 bakery 914-525-9639 cellular.