It’s only fitting that Heather’s post would come after Cynthia’s-it was my connection with Cynthia that introduced me to Heather and the CDNY Eat Drink Blog ladies this past fall. Heather writes an an amazing blog over at Then Heather Said that’s so much more than food. It’s a good thing I just had breakfast-this post is making me hungry! Thanks for helping me out, Heather!
Hi, my name is Heather, and I’m a craftaholic.
I look for ways to add creative flare to the everyday.
Today, I conquered breakfast.
Everyone knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. We’ve heard it since our first lessons in nutrition, and are reminded of it often. A healthy breakfast starts your day out right – providing you with energy for conquering your day. I say, why not take it to the next level and work your creative muscles, too. Take a few minutes in the morning to think outside the normal boxes we find ourselves in when it comes to the first meal of the day – and I’m not just talking cereal boxes, either.
It’s true that you don’t need fancy, expensive tools to craft an extra special breakfast. A jar of sprinkles, an image of an icon, or some childhood building skills can be the secret of success for your breakfast master piece. Sometimes, however, the right toolbox can really make a difference.
I used three small, inexpensive tools to create a very crafty breakfast.
First, using a flower shaped cookie cutter, I made extra pretty French toast. I simply cut out the flower shape of my bread of choice, dipped it in an egg white, milk and vanilla mixture and cooked on the griddle, as I would normally with French toast. When the French toast was done, I spread on a thin layer of delicious jam [for taste and color!]
The great thing about using cookie cutters is variety. You can use any number of shapes you have on hand or can find while shopping. [ The flower is part of a 101 piece plastic cookie cutter set ] Cookie cutter French toast is a great way to celebrate any number of holidays and special events because of the numerous shape options available – I have made football and football helmet shaped French toast in the past to start game day celebration early.
The fanciest of the tools I used is a heart-shaped egg ring. I received a pair of these rings as a gift, but I have seen them out while shopping for just a few dollars each. [They are available in other shapes as well.] You simply crack your egg into the ring on your fry pan, and cook as normal. When the egg is cooked to your liking, you slide it on to your plate and PRESTO! beautiful breakfast protein!
This last tool is my favorite. I purchased a condiment bottle from a dollar store for fifty cents. [fifty cents!] I made my favorite pancake batter and spooned it into the bottle. When the griddle was heated to medium, I used the small tip of the bottle to create letters. Just like making regular round pancakes, once bubbling, I flipped to cook through.
Using the bottle to write messages to breakfast guests may take the cake [pancake!] as my all time favorite kitchen craft to date! I even got a little crazy with the squiggles and swirls after a while. I even added some punctuation. SO. MUCH. FUN.
Most beautiful breakfast ever? I think so!