Posts Tagged ‘breakfast’

Decoupage a Breakfast Tray (with video tutorial!)

Monday, February 13th, 2017


You can decoupage a breakfast tray to match the decor in your room! These trays are perfect gifts for friends and family because you can personalize them. For example, you can decoupage a camouflage tray for a man who likes the outdoors, and you can create a flowery tray for a woman who loves to throw tea parties! People who like blues can make a blue tray, and those who love greens can make a green tray. Librarians could receive a tray that has a scrapbooking paper with bookshelves full of books, and fishermen can get a tray with scrapbooking paper with fish on it!

Decoupage isn’t as hard as it sounds. All you do is tear pieces of paper, and then glue them on both sides and stick them down on the tray. You will definitely get your fingers sticky, but you can easily wash your hands when you are done.


It’s better to use Mod Podge (which you can get at any craft supply store), but you can also use white school glue if that’s all you have. You will want a plastic bowl that you can throw away, into which you will pour the Mod Podge or school glue.

You will also need a wooden tray that you have spray painted gold. Get a cheap sponge brush or any other paintbrush that you don’t mind throwing in the trash when you are done. It’s too hard to wash the glue off the brush, and honestly I don’t think the brush would ever be the same afterwards anyway!


Start tearing paper in order to create this marbleized look. We used three different pieces of scrapbooking paper that contained similar colors but contrasting patterns. While tearing the pieces, place the edges and corners in a separate pile, because this will make it easier to decoupage the corners and edges of the tray, which we did first. After gluing pieces around the edges (like a puzzle!), fill in the middle. Bush one last coat over the whole tray when you are finished. Let it dry overnight, and your beautiful breakfast tray is ready to use!

Video Tutorial: Decoupage a Breakfast Tray

Watch my daughter and I was we decoupage this beautiful breakfast tray:

This tray would be perfect for serving breakfast in bed!

Breakfast in Bed

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013


My kids made breakfast in bed for me and for my husband Alan last weekend. They handed us menus of the different breakfast foods that were in the house. The night before, my 11-year-old son asked his father to buy bacon for his breakfast in bed the next morning. I was surprised how eagerly Alan went to the store to buy this item.

Breakfast-in-Bed-4The children set up a CD player and asked where the classical music was. They put the CD into the player and made sure they knew how to work it the next morning, so that we could have classical music with our breakfast.

I’ve slowly taught my children to cook over the years. Cracking eggs was one of those messier things to learn. My son Stephen is now quite good at it, so I didn’t even need to get out of bed at all for a hearty breakfast to be served.

It didn’t matter that the toast was cold and that the eggs were overcooked—it was the thought that mattered. The kids did it by themselves for the first time ever. And they grinned from ear to ear as they brought in the trays and placed them on the bed.


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Creative Ways to Use Cookie Cutters #5: Pancakes

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013


“What are other creative ways to use cookie cutters?” I asked my sons one afternoon.

“You’ve got to be kidding me,” answered my oldest son. “Haven’t you done enough with a cookie cutter?”

“Nope. Think of something else we can do.”

“Pancakes!” shouted my youngest son.

creative-ways-to-use-cookie-cutters-9“Brilliant!” I shouted back. I thought I would be able to pour the pancake batter into the cookie cutter sitting directly on an oiled frying pan. But no. Don’t even try it. It sticks to the cookie cutter.

On my second attempt, I oiled the cookie cutter, and the pancake came out, only to spill the upper contents onto the pan, looking like the melting witch in The Wizard of Oz. Not a very pleasing shape.

My third attempt was to make the pancake thinner, and it was barely okay. I thought, “I’m writing this blog post series for tired moms to impress their children. They are not going to want to work this hard for a tiny, thin pancake.”

So I scratched my head in thought. I made a regular pancake and threw it on a plate. “Eureka!” I shouted to myself as I used the cookie cutter AFTER making the pancake. That was SUPER easy for a haggard mom to make. Slam dunk.


The flower shape came out without much of a problem. The gingerbread man shape needed help with a table knife to pull the scraps away from the cookie cutter. It only took a few seconds and was not frustrating like the previous procedure with the cookie cutter inside the pan.


Decorate the pancakes however you want. I used chocolate chips for the eyes and buttons of the pancake man, and chocolate syrup for the mouth and background. For the flowers, I put a cherry in the middle of each flower and drizzled maple syrup over them. The children munched on them happily.

Stay tuned for “Creative Ways to Use Cookie Cutters #6.” Hint: Something fun to do outside on a spring day after a rain.

Strawberry Crepes

Thursday, May 24th, 2012


These heavenly strawberry crepes taste delicious. They just melt in your mouth. I made them for the first time last summer, after my children picked fresh strawberries at a local farm.

First mix 8 oz. Mascarpone cheese, 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar, ½ teaspoon of dried basil, and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice. Fold in 1 ½ cups of sliced strawberries. Put it in the refrigerator for half an hour.

Meanwhile, get the topping ready. Mix 2 cups of sliced strawberries, ½ cup of sugar, 2 tablespoons of orange juice, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla.

Now make the thin pancakes, which are called crepes. Mix together 3 eggs, slightly less than 1 cup of milk, ¾ cup of flour, 5 teaspoons of melted butter, 1 tablespoon of sugar, 1 teaspoon of vanilla, and ¼ teaspoon of salt.

Heat up two 8-inch frying pans over medium heat. Put a tablespoon of oil into each of them. Pour about ¼ cup of batter into each pan. Flip when lightly browned. Brown both sides.

Place the crepe on a plate. Put the Mascarpone mixture inside the middle and fold the two sides over. Pour the topping over it. Enjoy your strawberry crepes.