It’s really hard to believe that another summer has come and gone. It’s back to school on Monday for my big fourth grader and of course, it’s always a bittersweet beginning. I panicked mildly when I realized there are only two summers left before he starts middle school. Didn’t he just graduate from Pre-K last year?!
And this whole ‘growing’ thing he’s got going on… he’s so tall now. So, when do those extreme growth spurts start again?! I hope the answer to my question isn’t “around age 9” or “fourth grade”. There’s a mere, five-inch height difference between us at the moment, and I’m only 5’1″. So, exactly one minute after he’s tall enough to stare me in the eye, he’ll be staring down at me…what?? That will be weird, right? Sigh. Okay, I’ll simmer down now. I’m getting way ahead of myself…I think. But, luckily when it comes to this whole parenting gig I’m figuring out that, in more ways than one, the more things change, the more they stay the same.
Yes, he’s bigger, more independent, has his own thoughts and dreams, BUT he still loves my homemade chicken noodle soup. He won’t let me take a million pictures like I used to, but he still gets excited to help me make cinnamon rolls and he is the still the world’s best meatball roller-upper.
And waffles are still his favorite breakfast.
I’m really glad for the fun memories my son and I have together in the kitchen. These days I love to watch him teach what he knows to his little sister. I look forward to more sophisticated cooking adventures with him as he grows… and continuing to freak him out with weird vegetables.
Oh, how I cherish these small blessings and funny moments with my kids. And, although I believe change is a good thing, I really do hope that some things stay exactly the same.
These waffles are one of my favorite make-ahead breakfasts! Make a big batch, break them into quarters and then freeze them. Pop them in the toaster for a quick, scratch-made breakfast that’s hard to beat!
My Kitchen Assistant #1 circa ages 4,5 and 6, but he’s been and expert egg-cracker since age 3!
1. Mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl and set it aside. In another, smaller bowl mix the eggs, milk, vanilla, butter and oil together.
2. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the milk mixture. Using a wooden spoon or a whisk, stir the batter until it is just moistened. It will be a bit lumpy.
3. Pre-heat your waffle iron. Using a good non-stick cooking spray, lightly grease the waffle iron surface (before each pour) and pour 1/2 to 3/4 cup of batter, enough to cover the surface, onto the iron.
4. Cook until golden brown and slightly crisp.
5. Top with your favorite syrup, whipped cream or fruit and enjoy!
Hello! I'm Marcelle. I am a proud wife and mother to two amazing kids. I'm also an adventurous home cook that loves to share recipes. This blog offers me the chance to share with you and family and friends who are far away. I'm so thankful you stopped by!