Lazy Summer Breakfasts – Recipe: Peanut Butter Nutella Bagel French Toast with Strawberries and Bananas

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The littles are not huge breakfast eaters.  They prefer cereal or smoothies, and I am great with that most days.  It is easy, and sometimes easy is good.

There are other days when I want something a little different.  Today was one of those days.

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I checked the pantry and refrigerator and decided to create something new.

Bagel thins, peanut butter, Nutella, strawberries, and bananas were all calling me to make them into French toast.  And, I am so glad that they did.  While the littles were happily eating their cereal, I was enjoying a special mommy breakfast, complete with a fancy cup of tea.

Peanut Butter Nutella Bagel French Toast with Strawberries and Bananas

Peanut Butter Nutella Bagel French Toast with Strawberries and Bananas

Ingredients

Bagel thins

3 tablespoons butter

2 eggs

1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream

1 tablespoon milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 banana, sliced

5-6 strawberries, sliced

1 tablespoon peanut butter, per serving of French toast

1 tablespoon Nutella, per serving of French toast

Instructions

  1. Whisk together the egg, whipping cream, milk, cinnamon, and vanilla. Set aside.
  2. Add butter to skillet or large cooking pan and heat over medium high heat. Make sure the melted butter covers the entire pan.
  3. Place the bagel thins into the milk mixture. Dip both sides into the mixture.
  4. Put the bagels into the skillet. Cook on each side for 2-3 minutes, until the milk mixture has hardened around it.
  5. Place the bagels slices onto a cutting board.
  6. Spread one side of one bagel thin half with peanut butter.
  7. Add the banana slices to the top.
  8. Place another bagel thin half on top of the bananas.
  9. Spread Nutella on that slice, and top with the strawberries.
  10. Sprinkle powdered sugar all over it. Serve with extra bananas and strawberries.
http://cookingformykids.com/2012/07/17/lazy-summer-breakfasts-recipe-peanut-butter-nutella-bagel-french-toast-with-strawberries-and-bananas/

Summer Fun: Making Smoothies – Recipe: Strawberry Papaya Smoothie

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As I have mentioned a few times, we are trying to make different smoothies each week.

When Gabriel did not feel well Wednesday morning, a smoothie is exactly what he wanted for breakfast.

I was not sure what all I had for smoothies, and I knew that I had a very small amount of yogurt.  It turns out that yogurt is not an essential ingredient because the smoothies turned out great, our favorite ones yet.

Summer Fun: Making Smoothies – Recipe: Strawberry Papaya Smoothie

Summer Fun: Making Smoothies – Recipe: Strawberry Papaya Smoothie

Ingredients

10 ounce package of frozen Strawberry Papaya Mango

1/4 cup yogurt

1 cup orange juice

1 cup pineapple juice

1/4 cup sugar or honey

Instructions

  1. Add the frozen fruit, yogurt, and juice to the blender.
  2. Sprinkle on the sugar or honey.
  3. Blend until smooth.
http://cookingformykids.com/2012/06/24/summer-fun-making-smoothies-recipe-strawberry-papaya-smoothie/

Summer Fun: Nature Scavenger Hunt – Recipe: Strawberry Mango Papaya Banana Smoothie

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I loved yesterday morning.  One of my favorite things about summer break is having all of the littles, one by one, file into my room and climb into bed with me.  We talked, looked at our summer fun list, and dreamed about what all the summer would hold for us.

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One of the things that the littles wanted to do was go on our Nature Scavenger Hunt.

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I was behind on a few things, so I quickly made them a smoothie to hold them off until breakfast, started making the scavenger hunt list, and caught up on some laundry.

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Mid-morning, we were finally ready to head out on our adventure.

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They were so excited to get to the walking trail behind the park and start collecting the items on the list.

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We found everything much quicker than I thought that we would, but that was okay.  I was so proud of them all for getting into the spirit of the adventure.

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After we collected all of the items on the list, we continued on our walk for awhile before ending up at the park to take a water break and play.

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It was a great, fun, active way to begin our first summer break morning at home.

Strawberry Mango Papaya Banana Smoothie

Strawberry Mango Papaya Banana Smoothie

Ingredients

16 ounces plain or vanilla yogurt

1 banana, split

8 ounces frozen strawberry, mango, papaya mix

1 cup orange juice

2 tablespoons of honey or other sweetener

Instructions

  1. Spoon the yogurt into the blender.
  2. Add the banana and frozen fruit.
  3. Pour in the orange juice.
  4. Squeeze in approximately 2 tablespoons of honey.
  5. Blend until smooth.
http://cookingformykids.com/2012/06/06/summer-fun-nature-scavenger-hunt-recipe-strawberry-mango-papaya-banana-smoothie/