Breakfast with the Grandkids

Breakfast with the Grandkids

Since our granddaughters became toddlers we have looked for new ways to host family gatherings.  With early dinner times and bedtimes, dinner is difficult to manage.  Through trial and error we discovered that Saturday morning breakfast is a hit with everyone, adults and toddlers alike.

For the sake of convenience, I choose dishes that mostly can be made ahead of time.  Lately I have been loving this egg strata recipe from the Pioneer Woman.  It’s quite versatile – I don’t think I’ve made it the same way twice.

The recipe calls for bacon to be added to the strata mixture.  However since we have a vegetarian in the family I leave the bacon as a side dish.  Instead I added red pepper and mushrooms.  I added an entire package of shiitake mushrooms (next time I’d add two packages) and 1/2 of a red pepper.  Green pepper would be good too.  I sauteed the peppers and mushrooms with the shallots.

Recently I have been cooking bacon on a rack in the oven.  I’ve always heard that it makes your bacon more crisp.  And it’s true!  It takes longer but it’s worth it.

Cantaloupe and banana bread rounded out the menu.

A few months ago I bought these wipeable placemats at HomeGoods.

They work so well for casual meals. 

Finding ways to be with your grandchildren so that you can get to know each other can be challenging when they are so young. We have found that when their parents are present the girls much prefer them, of course. For now the goal is to see them on a regular basis and become familiar. Then we will progress to some short outings to the playground.

If you have experience with young grandchildren I’d love to hear about it!