I have never been a morning person. When the boys were little we never left the house before 10am to do anything. I need coffee, no people, and more coffee before I am able to function.
And then they got older and started school.
Apparently schools frown upon a 10 am start so I had to become a morning person. This means I’ve had to change my night owl habits (no more Netflix/working/reading until 2am like I used to) so that I didn’t bite someone’s head off in the morning. Although my husband still knows not to talk anymore than he absolutely needs to in the mornings. Nothing registers in my brain until I’m at least two cups of coffee in so if it is important he better tell me the night before or text me after he gets to work.
I’ve also learnt that I need everything done the night before. This means the kid’s school stuff (lunches, homework, forms, etc) all are prepped the night before so they can just grab and go. But I was still struggling with feeding them quick, healthy meals that I didn’t have to think about.
I needed something that was going to fill them up but that they could make themselves so we started making Egg Bites. They are versatile, easy to make in big batches, store easily, and they last a while in the fridge making breakfast easy all week. It is also a great way to use up bits of whatever you have laying around in your fridge.
Eggs – 6-8 per dozen egg bites you are making
Dash of milk
Salt & Pepper
Shredded Hashbrowns (cooked)
- Cook hashbrowns. I usually use the Costco ones that come dried in the little milk containers but frozen also work. They need to be precooked so they don’t get mushy when you put them in the eggs. If you want to skip this step you can just add more eggs to fill the cups. I started using hashbrowns to make them more filling for my big eaters but you do not have to do this.
- Whisk eggs together with milk and add seasoning.
- Place muffin liners in muffin tins and either spray lightly with cooking spray or brush with a bit of olive oil.
- Cover the bottom of the liners with hashbrowns and add in other toppings (ham, broccoli, pepperoni, peppers, spinich etc).
- Top with egg mixture filling the muffin cups 3/4 full. DO NOT fill to the top. Eggs expand when baking and you will have a mess on your hands if they over flow.
- Top with cheese. Cheddar is a good option because you don’t need a lot of it to get a good strong cheese taste.
- Bake at 375 for 8-12 minutes depending on your oven. You will know they are done when the egg is no longer runny.
- Pull out of the oven and take them out of the pan as soon as possible to cool.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge after they cool. You can eat them cold or heat them up for a quick and easy breakfast.
Deanne Ferguson is the owner of Box Social Event Planning. When she is not planning fun, family, friendly events she is finding the yummiest food for the Edmonton Home and Garden Show Food Stage. She loves her #cocktailMonday dates with her husband and chasing around her two boys. You can find her at @DeanneFerguson on Instagram and @BoxSocialYEG on Twitter.
Laughter, clue solving, delicious food and treats, yummy beverages, family time, a race and cool PRIZES?? The RABBIT RACE has it all! The RABBIT RACE is a family friendly event where you and your kids will visit specially selected shops, fun places and restaurants in south Calgary that have all sorts of challenges and experiences in store for you. Sign up today and enjoy some quality time with your kids celebrating Easter & Rabbits in a completely different way and discover lots of amazing local businesses at the same time!
The word DASH means to run or move somewhere quickly, but when you add GREAT to the word DASH, you end up with an over the top, exciting race filled with entertaining challenges, lots of laughs and the makings of extraordinary memories all while exploring awesome local businesses and discovering talented artisans.
You can Dash by yourself or with a team, whichever you chose, just plan to spend a good portion of the Dash day having a truly engaging and thrilling experience! The day will culminate in the crowning of The Great Dash Champions and if you’re not overly competitive, don’t worry, there are always lots of additional awesome prizes to be won and of course, cool restaurants, shops and artisans to be discovered!
The RABBIT RACE is a family friendly DASH that takes place Saturday, April 13th from 10am-2pm. You do need to register and pay ahead of time to book your spot for this event.
Participants will also get to cuddle rabbits and other farm friends, meet a T-Rex and high five a giant talking Rooster! The cost is $50 per family.
Hop over to their website to sign up! www.thegreatdash.com
Lately we’ve been talking about worrying in our house. About how it’s ok to feel worried and how everyone worries about different things but that doesn’t mean that it’s less important.
My one son just tried out for a sports team for the first time and was anxious.
My other son has weekly spelling tests at school that he wants to do well on. And by well he means he wants 100% EVERY time so he works hard at it but he worries.
I remember my Mom saying that no matter what kind of melt down the kids are having, water solves everything. In my 10 years of parenting (I know it’s not much yet but give me a bit of street cred. I’ve so far survived sleepless nights, potty training, teething, first days of school, and homework frustrations.) I have found this to be true.
If a child is grumpy give them bubbles or stick them in water. It is a no fail trick in our house.
It can be a lot of water such as a lake when we’re camping, a pool day, or a walk by the river. It can be a little bit of water like a bathtub, playing in the sink and “washing” all their toy cars, or running through a sprinkler.
No matter what the water is; a bit of water will help distract and calm anyone. It is where we have had our best conversations, it tires them out making bedtimes easier and more relaxing and there is just something tranquil and calming about being near it. It allows for quiet.
And then there are the bubbles.
Enough said. You don’t even need actual bubbles to calm down a child. You can just try to say it together. I promise after trying three times you will both be giggling again.
If you actually have bubbles on hand blowing the bubbles is a great way to take deep breaths. This is especially useful if you have younger kids. Trying to explain to them deep breaths is hard but if you tell a three year old to blow bubbles, chances are they will happily do it.
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Deanne Ferguson is the owner of Box Social Event Planning. When she is not planning fun, family, friendly events she is finding the yummiest food for the Edmonton Home and Garden Show Food Stage. She loves her #cocktailsMonday dates with her husband and chasing around her two boys. You can find her at @DeanneFerguson on Instagram and @BoxSocialYEG on Twitter
You’ll look like the cool mom when you serve cookies for breakfast. Just don’t tell the kids they are actually really healthy! The best part about these banana oat breakfast cookies? There are only two steps, one bowl and one spoon needed, AND they freeze really well. It’s basically the unicorn of healthy cookies.
Albertan winters are not for the faint of heart. It is dark, it is long, it is cold. But are you really an Albertan if you haven’t said at least one of these to your kids?
You Know You’re an Alberta Parent Surviving Winter When:
You know those real pants in the back of your closet? The ones without elastic waistbands or baby puke on them? Yes those ones shoved way back there between nursing bras and hoodies. They have been calling your name for months, screaming for a night out where you don’t have to cut up someone’s food before you can eat your own. A night where you can be out with your girlfriends for a while and just relax. A night where you don’t have to worry about bedtime routines. A night out with your girlfriends.
But what should you do with this free time?
We don’t know about you but we are SO excited for the snow to melt and the reno’s to begin! But we really don’t even have to wait do we? Lots can be done inside while it’s chilly outside!
With big names like Bryan Baeumler hosts of HGTV’s Bryan Inc., plus, with more than 225 exhibitors and a slew of exciting new features, there’s real advice and real inspiration at the Edmonton Renovation Show!
The 2019 Edmonton Renovation Show runs:
Friday, January 25th, 2019 – 12PM – 9PM
Saturday, January 26th, 2019 – 10AM – 9PM
Sunday, January 27th, 2019 10AM – 6PM
Buy your tickets online here or enter to win passes below in our GIVEAWAY! Did you know, Kids 12 & under are free!
Thanks to the Renovation Show we have a four pack of tickets to giveaway! Tickets can be picked up at the show box office and the draw will be Monday, January 21st.
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We have been really trying to encourage experience gifts (see a great list of ideas for Experience Gifts here) and this Christmas the Grandparents knocked it out of the park. One set of Grandparents got the kids an Alberta’s History Annual Pass which allows us to visit numerous museums and historical sites across the province. Over the break we already used it twice (once for the Royal Alberta Museum and once for the Royal Tyrrell Museum) making it already pay for itself and it’s only the first month! You can learn more about these passes and buy your own here. It is only $120 for a family pass so if you plan on exploring the province this summer we highly recommend this pass.
The other set of Grandparents found another great gift idea. Subscription boxes. You remember how excited you used to get when mail came? Well these boxes make that happen every month! This year Grandma found Kiwi Co. and signed the boys up for a Kiwi Box (5-8 years old) and a Tinker Box (9-16+). We have received two boxes so far and I am so impressed with the quality.
Last week we had the absolute best time having a friends turkey dinner. The idea of roasting a turkey mid-week seemed a bit bonkers, but it was great because we all went home with a tonne of leftovers! YEAY! The best part of having a turkey is the leftovers and incorporating them into your everyday meals is surprisingly easy. With there being 5 of us at Alberta Mama’s we thought it would be a fun idea to each take our leftovers and use them to create a “typical leftover meal,” something that would typically get made in our homes. It’s actually quite telling of each family’s personality.