My oldest is now 5 years old. Almost done with preschool and on to Kindergarten. I was noticing that she was getting more and more interested in Superheros. So I asked her if she wanted a Superhero birthday party. Well… not only did she want a superhero party, she specifically wanted a Wonder Woman Party. I am not opposed to going to the store and buying themed plates, napkins, décor etc. However, I could not find anything that was specifically for Wonder Woman. So I decided to design something by myself. Continue reading “Superhero / Wonder Woman Birthday Party”
There are many occasions in which guests may be at your house for breakfast or brunch including: Easter, Baptism, First Communion, Baby or Bridal Shower, or even a Wedding Gift Opening. Whatever the celebration, there are many breakfast options.
My favorite breakfast menu includes an egg bake (see recipe below). This one has meat, but you can also do a vegetarian style if you desire. I would also be sure to include a side of fresh fruit like pineapple, grapes, melons and strawberries if in season. That is when they taste the best! Along with that I would include a mini muffin or Danish with juice; it doesn’t have to be orange juice, and coffee.
It is very important to keep your hot foods hot and your cold foods cold, not just for food safety, but also to keep the integrity and quality of the food at its best. If you like to prepare your egg bake the night before, keep it in the fridge and put it in the oven to cook right before it is served. With the fruit, be sure to keep it cool and crisp in the refrigerator until it is time to eat. While the dishes are out on your table you can keep the egg bake covered and a bowl of ice under the fruit. Keep coffee hot in a carafe.
I would be happy to assist you with any of your questions regarding hosting a meal. You know how to reach me. Or if you prefer, Coborn’s is always more than happy to cater for your special events.
- 18 Eggs, whipped
- 6 Cups Milk
- 1 tsp. Mustard (prepared)
- 1½ Lbs. Meat, cooked - Sausage, Bacon or Virginia Baked Ham, diced
- 4 Cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese
- 9 Slices White Bread
- ¼ tsp. Salt
- ¼ tsp. Pepper
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- In a large bowl mix whipped eggs, milk, mustard, cooked meat, 2 cups cheese and vegetables of your choice.
- Spray the bottom of a 13"x9" pan with cooking spray.
- Layer bread on bottom of pan, covering bottom.
- Pour egg mixture over the bread.
- Top with Salt and Pepper and add remaining cheese.
- Bake uncovered for approximately 35 minutes (can cover if it gets too brown)
Egg portion can be prepared the day before and refrigerated.
Coborn’s Catering Manager, Sauk Rapids, MN
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Imagine coming home from work to a long mahogany table set with fine china and sparkling crystal. A rainbow assortment of fresh fruits and vegetables and a steaming hot entrée greet your senses. Can you smell the roast beast? Of course, your servants pour you a cold beverage before you join your impeccably-dressed, well-mannered children at the table. You eat a healthy, balanced, gourmet meal before you retire to the study while somebody else does the dishes. Aaaaahhh. Time to wake up!
Sure, in my fairy tale world, I’d have a fancy, three-course gourmet meal served on fine china. But in reality, some days it’s tacos on a paper plate. That’s REAL LIFE for this mom. This mom has a hubby and three teenagers to feed. I also have a passion for feeding them well. To me this does not mean fairy tale perfection, but does mean making the effort to serve nutritionally balanced meals and healthy snacks. Unfortunately, I do not have staff (or a royal budget) to handle this. I am the staff and it takes a little bit of planning to make this food fairly tale a reality.
In order to accomplish this and keep my sanity, I try to stay organized and plan ahead for upcoming meals. I find we eat healthier if we have a weekly menu plan. I usually start by reviewing the Coborn’s flyer in the Sunday paper and base our meals on what is on sale for the week. I do like to save a buck! I have found it is possible to eat healthy on a budget.
Coborn’s has another tool in their stores that really helps us eat better and get more bang for our buck. The NuVal nutritional scoring system, available in all Coborn’s stores, factors in over 30 nutritional components and assigns foods a score between 1-100. The higher the score—the better the nutrition. I love this, tool! After all, who has time to sit and scour the nutritional panel for each product? NuVal does that for me. All I do is glance at the NuVal score on the shelf tag to help me decide which product is a better choice for my family. It’s that easy.
They even include some NuVal scores in their weekly ads.
After checking out the sales of the week and paging through a couple of my tried-and-true cookbooks, I start my grocery list. I find having a list, a plan-of-attack, for the store keeps me on track and prevents me from filling my cart with less nutritious extras. Planning ahead also saves time. I can make one or two weekly visits to Coborn’s instead of daily ones. That leaves more time to cook and eat with my family.
We have a small chalkboard on the door of our pantry. That is where I write down the menu plan for the week. At a glance, I know if I need to plug in the crockpot or thaw some meat before heading out for the day. It keeps me organized and on track.
As you can see, this week chicken breasts and beef roasts are on sale as well as broccoli, lettuce and taco fixin’s. We’ll have sautéed chicken breasts on Monday with family favorite chicken lettuce wraps on Thursday. And, a build-your-own taco bar is a great way to start the weekend. Tacos are princess (ok, teenager) and budget-friendly.
By taking a few minutes on Sunday afternoons to plan our weekly menu, I am able to reduce my stress and increase our bottom line as well as our nutrition. While it might not meet up to my fairy tale ideal, it sure does help my reality. Now…where did I put my tiara?
Until next time, dream big and eat well!
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