Breakfast time with three kids can get pretty hectic, especially on a school day. I try to do as much as I can in advance so our mornings can run as smoothly as possible, but we still run into problems. Because my kids love having pancakes and french toast for breakfast, once or twice a month I'll set aside an hour or so and make up several batches of each, then put them in the freezer. Great idea, don't you think?
So what's the problem? It's the syrup! Inevitably, there's whining (them) or hollering (me) and it's all about the syrup. If I put it on for them, they start whining that there wasn't enough, someone else got more, or I incorrectly put it on top of their pancake when they wanted it next to it. If I let them put it on themselves and turn my back for a second to pour some orange juice, I turn around to find their french toast pieces swimming in a syrup soup.
I thought it was just going to be one of those little problems I'd just have to deal with, until I came up with a simple solution ~ single serve syrup portions that they could pour out themselves. A friend from my mom's club (hey, Anna!) was getting rid of a bunch of the plastic baby food containers and I immediately recognized their potential to solve my syrup woes.
Check it out...
Just pour your syrup into the containers. (At first I measured out the serving size of 1/4 cup on the bottle ~ Whoa! Way too much!! Now I just cover the bottom, so probably just over 2 tbsp.)
Next, put the lids on and pop them in the fridge so they're ready for breakfast.
The kids love being able to pour out as much as they want from their own containers and I love not having to watch over them. My oldest can even get the pancakes out of the freezer herself and pop them in the microwave for everyone. (Definitely a plus when I'm trying to get last-minute things in their backpacks and get myself ready for the day.) It hasn't solved all our morning issues, but it's one less thing I have to worry about.