Breakfast When There’s No Time To Cook

Sometimes, I think, I have things too well ordered, so that when the inevitable happens, like the children growing up and starting off in their own separate directions, it throws a monkey wrench in the whole plan.  For instance, one daughter usually makes breakfast while my barn buddy and I milk the cows in the morning.  This works really well for us, except that, this semester, her one class at the college is three days a week, quite early in the morning, so she needs to be fed and gotten out the door, and I need the gift of bilocation in order to tend the livestock and the family at the same time.  Another fatal flaw in my plan: I have several children old enough to be helpful who have not been trained up in either kitchen management or dairy cow handling.

We’re working on that second problem, but in the meantime, we still need breakfast.

One of my crazier people suggested we could just eat cereal.  “You want cereal three days a week?!” I said.  “Do you know how hungry you are going to be?  Do you remember that cereal barely keeps you an hour before you start complaining that you’re hungry again?”  He nodded sheepishly, because even though lots of the people like cereal, it really isn’t nourishing at all, and I do have other things to do besides fix snacks for hungry, cranky people all morning.

But last night, I was mixing together an overnight baked oatmeal recipe found on the web, and Cereal Guy wandered by.  “Is that one of those delicious overnight baked casserole thingies you’ve been making for breakfast?  Those always turn out so good.”

They’re more filling and nourishing than cereal, and I feel rather accomplished popping breakfast in the oven before 5:30.

Now the only trick is remembering to mix it up the night before.  I do not have a plan in place for that.

IMG_1900 IMG_1910Just a couple of random pictures from yesterday.  Almost didn’t pick up my camera, but then, I thought, Hey, I have time to photograph Evie while she’s in the tub! So there we go.  I’m getting better at not forgetting my 365. :-)


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4 thoughts on “Breakfast When There’s No Time To Cook

  1. TB

    I love your 365 project. I found your blog kind of randomly last year and I like it so much. I find your lifestyle very inspiring. I have a toddler Evie’s age and one older child, and no farm animals to care for (just a couple of lazy pets) and yet I still feel overwhelmed a lot. I love reading about the practical, yet spiritual way that you approach your daily life. Thank you for publishing your blog! I am so sick of blogs that are just advertisements – when I find a “real” blog it’s a rare gem.

  2. Barbara

    I know you can do oatmeal in the crockpot overnight, too (though I’ve never tried it). Adding some peanut butter, or almond butter, or even toasted walnuts to your serving gives it a little more staying power.

    Evie — love!
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  3. Emily G

    I have that washcloth. :) I also have Cereal Children. They view it like candy. The problem is, my five year old will eat 4 huge soup bowls of it and then want lunch 2 hours later. The other kids aren’t much better. We only do cereal on Sundays because we wouldn’t get to or through Mass without something in the kids’ tummies.

    We get our steel cut oats in 50 lb sacks, we love them so. Here is the secret: you pop your oats and water in the pot the night before, bring to a boil, turn off the heat, cover and leave it. In the morning, the oats will be as soft as when you simmer them, and solid like a brick, unfortunately. However, compared to 30+ minutes if you start from raw, it only takes about ten to add a bunch of milk and whatever else you like and stir them into hot porridge-y goodness. Now that doesn’t solve the problem for Early Class Girl…maybe she could take hers out of the pot and microwave them or something?
    Do you ever make breakfast cookies? They can be frozen so an individual can grab a few for breakfast along with some fruit. I make good solid ones that stick to your ribs with most of their sweetness coming from dried fruit. Bagels are easy to freeze, too. I make several dozen at a time and freeze them. You can thaw them in the toaster and eat them with eggs if you’ve time for that.
    Breakfast is hard. We only have chickens and six children, two being homeschooled, but I still have to dress three of the kids and when you put all that together, it is a challenge and a race every morning to get a nourishing breakfast on the table and get everyone set to start the day and the school day. Whew.


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