Make Monster Breakfast for Your Grandkids

When our kids were growing up, one of their favorite breakfasts was Monster Breakfast. (It wasn’t until years later that I discovered that the recipe was really one for German Pancakes.)

When the ‘monster’ came out of the oven, there were bulges here, poufs there, curl-ups around the edges. The kids were eager to see what the monster would look like because each time the monster seemed different from the time before.

This is definitely a fun, yummy, kid-pleasing recipe! They love eating it and as they get older they love making it. It’s so simple that a six-year-old could make it with supervision. And, he will feel like a successful chef when he does!

Here’s the recipe.

Monster Breakfast is a fun dish to make for kids. You never know what it will look like when it comes out of the oven. It's easy to make -- only 4 ingredients.


Monster Breakfast

6 eggs
1 cup flour
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon salt

Melt 5 tablespoons butter in a 9 x 13 inch pan.

Put eggs, flour, milk, and salt in a blender. Mix well.

Pour mixture into the pan. Do not mix. Bake at 450 degrees Fahrenheit for 15-20 minutes. Serve immediately! (I took several pictures after I took this out of the oven. Because it took me so long, the ‘monster’ lost its poufiness . . . it’s rather thin. But, it still tasted delightful.)

Monster Breakfast is a fun dish to make for kids. You never know what it will look like when it comes out of the oven. It's easy to make -- only 4 ingredients.Monster Breakfast is a fun dish to make for kids. You never know what it will look like when it comes out of the oven. It's easy to make -- only 4 ingredients.


You could bake this in a pie pan. You’ll get a round monster then.

We love to put syrup over our Monster Breakfast — especially if it is Buttermilk Syrup. Want that recipe, too? I thought so. Here it is.

Buttermilk Syrup

1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 cube butter
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla

Bring sugar, buttermilk, and butter to a boil. Turn off the heat and add the baking soda and vanilla.

Syrup will foam up so make sure you make this in a pan that is big enough for the foam. Make syrup just before you want to serve it because the foam will slowly disperse and the foam is the best part!

(In the pictures above, I have reheated my leftover Buttermilk Syrup. So, it’s not foamy. Darn! It has sort of caramelized — which makes it even better in my humble opinion!)

You could also put whipped cream and sliced fruit on your Monster Breakfast. Fresh strawberries and whipped cream is especially yummy!

Bon appétit!

12 Tips for Fostering a Love for Reading

Top 34 kids books chosen by kids. Click to see what they are. Also, there are 12 tips for fostering a love for reading in children. Share this with other parents!Thursday night, I babysat two of my grandsons. After playing with a marble game, we snuggled on the couch and I read books to them. They were exceptionally snuggly – which I absolutely loved!

Their soft little arms linked through mine . . . their tender cheek pressed against my arm . . . taking turns sitting on my lap with my arms wrapped around them . . . . kissing their little necks . . . You won’t hear me complain at all about snuggling and reading with grandkids. No siree, Bob!

Which reminds me!

Monday, March 2 is Read Across America. This is a wonderful opportunity to have a let’s-snuggle-and-read-books-together experience with your grandkiddos.

Fact: As many as 8 million children between the ages of 4 and 13 are affected by reading problems.
Fact: 38% of 4th graders in a recent study could not read at basic level.
Fact: 26% of 8th graders in a recent study could not read at basic level.
Fact: 23% of 12th Graders in a recent study could not read at a basic level.

As a grandparent, you can have a great influence on your grandchild’s reading. If you are retired, you most likely have more time to read to and with a grandchild than parents do.

Reading together can help your grandchild increase her reading ability but more importantly it will help your grandchild increase her love for reading. When a child has positive experiences being read to, that increases her desire to read.

Here are 11 suggestions that you, dear Grandma, can do with your grandchildren to help build a love for reading.

  1. Take a grandchild to a library and let her select books to read. Let her interest determine which books to get. Then, go home and snuggle and read the book.
  2. Take a grandchild to a bookstore to pick out a book that you buy and give to the grandchild. When she gets to select her own book, that book becomes special to the child who will then read it often.
  3. If you do not live close enough to a grandchild to take her to the library or bookstore, buy a book and give it to your grandchild as a birthday or Christmas gift. To make it even more special, buy a book ‘just because’ and mail it to your grandchild. She will be thrilled to get mail and thrilled to get a book.
  4. When a new grandchild is born, give the new parents a gift of 2-3 picture books for the baby. Write a little message to your grandchild inside the book’s cover expressing your love for her.
  5. As you read to your grandchild, use plenty of expression. Take turns saying different words using different voices.
  6. As you read to a grandchild, occasionally stop and ask her what she think is going to happen next. Even if she has heard the book before, she will love explaining what will happen next.
  7. Establish a Grandma and Me book club. For pre-reading grandchildren, set a goal to read a certain number of books together by a certain date. When you accomplish the goal, go out for an ice cream cone or milk shake. If your grandchild lives far away, see if the parents could read to the child. You can have a book club with grandchildren who can read independently, too. Make sure the number of books to-be-read to earn the reward is modest enough so the grandchild won’t be overwhelmed and discouraged.
  8. If your grandchildren live far away, use your smart phone to take a video of you reading a book. If the file is small enough, e-mail it to the child’s parent. If it’s large, upload it to YouTube so the grandchild can watch it. (Ask your children for help if you need some tech support to do this!)
  9. If your grandchild can read chapter books, have her select a book. Then, both of your read it and discuss it as you read along.
  10. For distant grandchildren, use Skype to read to a child. Pay close attention to your grandchild’s attention span. If she cannot focus and sit still, just flip through the book and look at the pictures. Asking questions as you read along can help her maintain focus.
  11. Invite your grandchild over and have a special dinner based around a book. For instance, if your grandchild is reading a Harry Potter book, have him ‘dress up’ by wearing a cape.. Serve things like butterbeer (root beer) and edible wands (licorice).
  12. Occasionally check out a library book that is a joke book. Grandkids will love reading those together!

The National Association of Education surveyed grade-school kids asking them to list their favorite books. I was surprised to see the list. Many of them were books that my kids read. That tells me that these books could be considered ‘classical’ children’s literature because over time they still appeal to children.

So, if you want to give a book to a grandchild as a gift, consider getting one from this list. Most likely, your grandchild will love it!

Top 34 Kids Books Recommended by Kids

Harry Potter (series) by J. K. Rowling
Goosebumps (series) by R. L. Stine
Arthur (series) by Marc Brown
Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
Shiloh (trilogy) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
Holes by Louis Sachar
The Giver by Lois Lowry
The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
The BFG by Roald Dahl
The Boxcar Children (series) by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Ramona Quimby, Age 8 (series) by Beverly Cleary
The Babysitters Club (series) by Ann M. Martin
Ralph S. Mouse (series) by Beverly Cleary
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
The Adventures of Captain Underpants (series) by Dav Pilkey
Nancy Drew Mystery Stories by Carolyn Keene
The Call of the Wild by Jack London
Little House on the Prairie (series) by Laura Ingalls Wilder
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
A Wrinkle in Time (series) by Madeleine L’Engle
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
Redwall by Brian Jacques
White Fang by Jack London
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan

Grandma Ideas Link Party 6

Here we are once again with another link party! My how time flies when you are having fun.

be kind or be quiet free printableI happened upon a wonderful site that had a wonderful free printable. The site was By Dawn Nicole. Her free printable says “Be Kind or Be Quiet.” Click on the picture to the right to go to her site to download it — it’s beautiful and I think that you’ll love it, too. (You might want to share it with your children so they can share the quote with THEIR kids.)

As I was growing up, my mother would always say, “If you can’t say anything nice don’t say anything at all.”

And, I said that to my children, too. But, this saying is more succinct. Plus, it’s catchy. I think it could become a family’s motto or catch phrase.

Well. I’m excited to see who will participate in this week’s link party and the wonderful things they will share!

Let’s get started!

Come add a link or two at Grandma Ideas Sharing Time Link Party.


Here is how my link party works:

  • Link directly to a specific post – not to your blog’s homepage.
  • Please do not add links to contests, giveaways, other link parties, or Etsy sites.
  • Share anything family-friendly – crafts, recipes, DIY projects, games, books, holiday ideas, technology, etc..
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St. Patrick’s Day Vintage Cards

Here are free printables for vintage St. Patrick's Day cards. Print and frame them. Place them on mantels, bookshelves, or in wreaths. I love vintage graphics.

Is that because I am vintage myself?

Probably!

What about you? Do you like them?

The Graphics Fairy has some wonderful vintage St. Patrick’s Day cards that are just begging to be used.They are so delightful.

Of course, you could use them as cards because that is what they were originally designed for. You could print them up to give to your grandchildren.

Or, you could print them up to use as decorations. Make a flock to display on your mantel, bookshelf, or end table.

Or, use them in your craft projects — in a wreath, as bookmarks for the grandchildren, Mod Podged onto a glass vase. Or simply print and frame — like I did.

Here are free printables for vintage St. Patrick's Day cards. Print and frame them. Place them on mantels, bookshelves, or in wreaths.


I liked the one of St. Patrick so much that I decided to frame it. I had a white frame just laying around so I printed a 5 x 7 inch copy and put it in the frame.

Here’s St. Paddy if you want to print him up. Click on the image to get a the printable size. Isn’t he a cutie?

Here are free printables for vintage St. Patrick's Day cards. Print and frame them. Place them on mantels, bookshelves, or in wreaths.


Here are graphics that you can print up to use as cards or in your craft projects. Click on the image and it will open up as a PDF file. You can print directly from that or save it to your computer to print.

Here are free printables for vintage St. Patrick's Day cards. Print and frame them. Place them on mantels, bookshelves, or in wreaths.
Here are free printables for vintage St. Patrick's Day cards. Print and frame them. Place them on mantels, bookshelves, or in wreaths.

Here are free printables for vintage St. Patrick's Day cards. Print and frame them. Place them on mantels, bookshelves, or in wreaths.


Note: when you click on the above images and open up the PDF files, the images will look grainy. But don’t worry. Trust me. It will print up just fine.

Here’s to having a wee bit o’ fun with these graphics!