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Mother’s Day is on the horizon, and I’m looking forward to a day of rest and relaxation. I love starting the day with breakfast in bed. In previous years, this task has always fallen upon the shoulders of my husband. My kids have been to young to actually bring me breakfast in bed. But this year, I think they are old enough (6 & 8), and I have a plan to help them succeed. It will take some extra work, ahead of time on my behalf, but it will be worth it to see my boys bring in a breakfast tray on Mother’s Day morning. I know they will feel proud of themselves for accomplishing this task, and they will love making me happy on this special day. With just a few simple steps your kids can bring you breakfast in bed too:)
On Mother’s Day, moms just want to enjoy some relaxation and start the day with breakfast in bed. As long as we can rest, we aren’t picky about what is served. We don’t want the kids trying to cook or make a mess of the kitchen because that will only result in us having to clean up later. So in order to help the kids out, we need to have grab and go options available for our kids to serve. I like to make a batch of my favorite muffins the day before, and keep them on the counter in a spot that is easy for the kids to find. Another easy option for the kids is to make mom some toast with nut butter. My kids know how to use the toaster, and if I leave the almond butter out where they can reach it, I know they will be able to easily prepare my breakfast. How about a yogurt parfait with your muffin or toast? It is easy for kids to scoop some yogurt into a bowl, add precut/prewashed berries, and sprinkle granola on top. If you aren’t interested in prepping food the day before, then feel free to buy muffins, donuts, or even granola bars at the store. Moms are easy to please:)
Now what about the COFFEE! I don’t know about you, but I need my coffee in the morning even if I plan to stay in bed for awhile. Even though I have a Keurig, which is so simple to use even the kids could do it, I don’t let them. It would still require them carry a mug of hot coffee from the kitchen to my room. I don’t like even thinking about that possible disaster. So I have a simple Cold Brew Coffee recipe for you to prep ahead of time, which means all the kids will have to do is pour. This is much easier! I always have some cold brew coffee ready to go int the fridge. It saves me money by avoiding my local coffee shop around 2 in the afternoon for a pick me up.
For this easy recipe, all you have to do is put one cup of ground coffee into a quart size mason jar. Then, fill the jar with cold water, put on a lid, shake and let the jar sit in the fridge for 24 hours. Next, strain the coffee grounds out by pouring the mixture through a fine kitchen sieve. The coffee that is left behind is concentrated, so when making a cup, I add a small amount of water along with my creamer. My kids have seen me make a cold brew coffee cup many times, but if your kids haven’t then just show them the day before, so they will know exactly how you like it:) This coffee concentrate is good in the fridge for several days, but mine never lasts that long before I drink it all.
When you are prepping your kids for breakfast in bed, don’t forget to show them where you keep the tray. I also like to remind my boys to bring mommy her iPad, a book, and a stack of magazines. Lounging in bed is nice, but I like to take this opportunity to enjoy myself too. Most years, my kids will remember to make a hand made card for me, but I always have a few store bought cards available just in case.
Now what if your kids are too small to bring you breakfast in bed? Then, you will have to clue in your hubby! Mine is good about remembering to spoil me, but I know that some dads forget or need a gentle reminder. Having breakfast foods and coffee prepped and ready to go will help dad out too:)
I created a cute free printable Breakfast in Bed Checkoff list. You can leave this in an obvious place for your husband, or you can show it to your kids so they won’t forget what to include on your tray in the morning.
All you need to do is click, print, and set it on the counter. With some prep work done ahead of time and this gentle reminder, hopefully you will end up with Breakfast in Bed on Mother’s Day morning. And if you are looking for a sweet children’s book to read to your kids to show them how much you love them, check out this post that includes a list of my favorites.
Happy Mother’s Day and Enjoy Your Breakfast in Bed!