“Mommy, it’s 7:40,” Will said, walking into my bedroom this morning.
I’m not a morning person. Yet, for two years I was able to rise before the sun and get him out the door for a 7:30 am bus. Then we changed schools, and the school start time — combined with being located literally two minutes from school — meant that we could wake at our leisure, have lazy breakfasts and take our time getting ready in the morning. The kids would often have time to play before Will headed up to the bus stop.
That all changed when the kids’ school was moved to a different building in a neighboring town in January. The long bus ride means that we have to wake early again if we don’t want to have a mad rush to get ready for school. But there are still many mornings where the alarm goes off, and my internal voice says “you have time.” My internal voice is a big ol’ liar.
So this morning, when Will reminded me that maybe I should get moving so he’d make the bus on time, I popped out of bed and started thinking about what I might feed him before he headed off. It would have to be fast, and something he loves so that he wouldn’t dilly-dally while eating. Seriously, these are the things I consider when I am in a rush.
Fortunately, I was recently asked to try Aunt Jemima Lil’ Griddles, these bite-sized pancakes that are supposed to be as good as homemade. This morning all I cared about was that they were fast to cook — and that Will adores pancakes so I knew they would be gobbled fast.
These Lil’ Griddles Blueberry Mini pancakes are the cutest. They are tiny — maybe an inch and a half in diameter — which means that for elementary school kids like Will and Paige, I can just heat them up (in less than a minute!) and give them their breakfast without having to cut them up. No cutting required — though for younger kids, I would cut them since they are just this side of bite-sized for itty bitty mouths.
And the ingredients list? It’s not so bad — there are eggs, milk and flour, along with blueberry bits. They take their tagline, “Every batch made from scratch,” seriously.
The kids were thrilled to have such a fun breakfast, and I loved how easy it was to pull off. And in the end, we made it to the bus stop with time to spare.
All in all, I would call this a win.
Disclosure: Thank you to Aunt Jemima Frozen Breakfast for being a sponsor. I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective. All opinions expressed here are my own.