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I am not sedate or serene. Many people in my family, have placid, dignified, demure, perhaps even stately personalities. Both sides of my family are from the South. My father and his people originate from Tennessee while my mother’s side is from the Heart of Dixie, as in New Orleans, Louisiana. Those floaty, tranquil, temperaments do run in the family, mostly in the women, but not in all of us. When my grandmother enters a room everything seems to slow and when she speaks it is almost as if the sounds of the bayou are gently rippling through her velvet voice. Everyone loves her! My mother’s two sisters have this gift of what I call “Southern Grace”. Both can charm the birds out of trees, strays follow them home, and everyone claims to either know them be their friend, or have a story in which one or the other is included. My mother does not possess “Southern Grace”. My mom is a retired charge nurse who still takes care of everything and everybody. Retirement for her means working a few days a month, farming with her husband, doing all he asks of her, raising fish and vegetables in an agroponics operation, and babysitting grandchildren in her spare time. Mom never had the temperament nor the time to be demure. My mother had two children, both of us girls. My sister got the sweet, retiring, Southern Belle, charming personality, and I got the type “A” conquer the world, non-stop, commando-take charge, solve the problem, be responsible, and get out of my way personality. This must happen in each generation because my son got my take charge, knock-em-dead attitude, and my little girl is the beguiling, sweet, Southern Belle.
My aunt tells a story when I was about 3 years old, I was in the car with her and my Grandmother and I was full of activity. I was coloring, playing with a doll, asking questions about where we were going, asking questions about things I saw outside, asking questions about the dashboard and learning to driving, generally just asking questions, all while singing along to songs on the radio. My aunt was in the back seat with me and I was playing and jabbering and asking to get out of the child seat, when she looked over at me and said, “Child, you are as busy as popcorn in hot grease on a skillet!”. I didn’t know what pop-corn in hot grease on a skillet was but in my infantile mind I assumed it must have been something very bad because she said I broke into tears and cried all the way to our destination.
Now, as a grown woman with a family of my own, in many ways, I have lived up to the initial attributes of my babyhood. I am always on the go. I work as a biochemist fulltime and when that is over, I blog full time. It is my responsibility to care for my children, my house, cook, shop, take the kids to sports, music and other extracurricular activities. Yes! I am a type “A” and grits and magnolias are not easily associated with me. Morning starts crazy in my house. I have to be at my first job for 6:00 a.m. This is across town, but it also requires that I have my 10 year old son and 6 year old daughter up, dressed, and fed for school by 5:15 a.m. Around this same time, my husband is returning from night shift at the hospital. He is tired and hungry and I must have something for him to eat before he settles down. My families’ mornings can be flat out crazy!
I have always believed in nutrition and that breakfast is the most essential meal of the day. It has been tempting at times to just let them eat a toaster pastry, or a bowl of cereal, or skip breakfast entirely but then I would feel like I sent my children to school without the adequate nutrition to fuel their brains, or put them in jeopardy of having a meltdown, or passing out from fatigue due to malnourishment! I must confess that they have many times eaten pb&j for breakfast, buttered toast, a piece of cheese or something else that I felt bad about just because it was expedient. I just want a breakfast food that is flexible, affordable, nutritious and delicious. I also want such a food to be an easy and quick prep, something the four of us will love, and I can use it to prepare a variety of breakfasts. I know that it seems like I am asking way too much of any one product, but I am not! I have decided to take the 7-Day Carnation Breakfast Essential® Challenge!
Ready to get started? Follow these easy steps:
1. Sign up at CarnationBreakfastChallenge.com
2. Complete a simple yet fun breakfast mission for a chance to win. New prizes will be revealed every day!
3. Come back any day in February to complete missions and see new prizes. The prizes range from a Fitbit to a GoPro and other awesome stuff!
4. Head to your favorite store to purchase a Carnation Breakfast Essentials® Nutritional Product and upload your receipt for five extra entries per day.
If anyone has read my blog before, he or she will know that my family loves- I mean loves- waffles. I have developed the yummiest recipe for chocolate waffles using Carnation Breakfast Essentials®. It is easy, quick, delicious and ever so nutritious! The best thing is that another essential flavor can be substituted to make strawberry or vanilla waffles. Yogurt, fruit, a sprinkle of granola, or perhaps some dark chocolate shavings to top them off will quickly change them into a different dish. Carnation Breakfast Essentials® is an amazingly beneficial way to have a nourishing and creative breakfast at your fingertips. I am excited to try all the ways I can make my family waffles. Of course, I’ll have to develop the recipes on the weekend because my weekdays are just too hectic! When I get time, I’ll call my aunt and have a long and languid conversation with her about how delicious Carnation Breakfast Essentials® are. Or maybe I’ll just tell her to read my blog.
Chocolatey Waffles Recipe
1 1/3 cup Oats
1/2 cup cottage cheese
1/2 cup water
1 TBS unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 package chocolate Carnation Breakfast Essentials®
sugar-free chocolate syrup
Put oatmeal in a blender/Ninja/food processor and process until oatmeal is a powdered consistency.
Add entire package of chocolate Carnation Breakfast Essentials®.
Add cottage cheese, water, eggs, baking powder, cocoa powder and vanilla extract and blend until mixed thoroughly.
Spray waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray. Add ~ 1/3 cup of batter to waffle iron, depending on waffle iron size, and cook according to waffle iron specifications. My iron takes ~5 minutes per waffle.
Remove waffle and enjoy this light, fluffy, delicious meal!
You can drizzle with sugar-free chocolate syrup or even whipped cream! What toppings would you add to these waffles?