Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Kellogg's, Week Ten: The Secrets of Breakfast, and a $100 Visa Gift Card Giveaway

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This is the tenth of twelve weekly posts sponsored by BlogHer and Kellogg's. EACH POST will have its own $100 gift card giveaway. The plan is to have each giveaway start on Tuesday and run until the following Monday.

This week's topic is Breakfast Secrets: Do you always put vanilla and cinnamon in your pancakes? Do you know how to make blueberry muffins so the blueberries don't make soggy spots in them? Have you found the perfect whisk, or the perfect cereal bowl, or the perfect mug? Kiss-up points available for saying you've found the perfect cereal!

Here's my secret:


Do you hear the "heavens opening up" sound? WHHHHEEEEEOOOOOM! This is my disher: a #20-size scoop that has changed the way I feel about making muffins. Scoop, scoop, scoop, DONE. Paul bought it for me as a present. So much easier than spooning the batter in, especially for those of us who are not so good with spatial relations and estimating.

Also, I put cinnamon and vanilla and flax seed meal in pancake batter.



To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this post by Monday, October 18, 2010 about a breakfast secret---er, a secret you don't mind telling everyone, which I guess diminishes the "secret" aspect. Entrants must be U.S. residents at least 18 years old.

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Sweepstakes ends 5 PM EST on October 18, 2010.

For the complete rules, see The Complete Rules, Week Ten.

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119 comments:

Emily said...

My breakfast secret is using honey, vanilla, and cinnamon in the egg wash I dip my french toast in.

Jess said...

OK, my breakfast secret is going to sound weird. But I put beer in the batter when I make crepes. Not a lot... not enough to taste it... just enough to make them very light and airy. So good.

Mami2jcn said...

I don't think this is a big secret but I add milk to my scrambled eggs.

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Shari said...

Not really a secret, but anytime I make pancakes/french toast/waffles I put some cinnamon and vanilla in. Always makes it taste better.

St said...

I like the egg mugs from Hungry Girl. So easy and quick!

Marie Green said...

We make Swedish pancakes weekly (but usually for dinner) (and Swedish pancakes are like pancakes that are eggy-ier- about 8-12 eggs in a family sized batch). We use flax seed and apple sauce in the batter. None of my kids are big on proteins (barely will touch any kind of meat), so these eggy "pancakes" are full of protein AND really yummy. We always have leftover, which the kids eat as snacks cold straight out of the fridge for days afterward.

sara m said...

Cinnamon butter! Kids put it on everything and it tastes great!

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Barb @ getupandplay said...

I use real butter and whole milk. Not healthy at all but super yummy.

missris said...

I make pancakes with half white and half whole wheat flour. It makes them a little more healthy and less cake-like, but keeps them from turning into large hockey pucks (like whole wheat flour can sometimes do). Yum!

Jenn said...

Baking soda. For really fluffy pancakes I always put in an extra teaspoon or so of baking soda- it makes them puff up really high.

Kate said...

We use our toddler's whole milk in eggs, pancakes, etc.

Elizabeth said...

Not really a secret, I suppose, but I subscribe to the theory that chocolate chips make everything better. Muffins, waffles, bread, you name it.

Julie said...

When I make muffins or breakfast bread (like pumpkin or banana), I substitute applesauce for the oil. I just make sure the pan is VERY well greased (or sprayed, whatever). No one's ever mentioned a difference.

beyond said...

i put a spoonful of oatmeal into my pancake batter, it gives them a subtle nutty flavor.

Emily N. said...

I just started adding cottage cheese to my scrambled eggs and it's fantastic!

Anonymous said...

My secret is frozen sausage, egg, and cheese biscuits in the microwave.

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Alicia said...

I add a little bit of watery pancake mix to scrambled eggs to make them more hearty!

Superjules said...

I fry a slice of bacon and then I cook a pancake in the bacon grease. I alternate bacon, pancake, bacon, pancake until I'm done. The pancakes are heart-stoppingly delicious.

divrchk said...

The pancakes I make for my kids come in a can - Better Batter Blaster. It's organic and contains no milk which is important since my son has a dairy allergy. They are so quick and easy to make every day, minimal cleanup and the kids gobble them up. It's one of the few reasons I go to Wal-Mart, they have it for cheaper than Whole Foods.

Darcy said...

I make eggs over easy in a muffin pan - spray the cups, drop an egg in, bake at 350 for 8 min, and wahlah - 12 perfectly cooked eggs all done at the same time and ready to feed a big group.

Jessica E said...

I use almond extract when making pancakes - delicious!!

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Wander said...

Muffins! I make these in a quicky.
There's no real secret about them...but they're good and fast.

Tammigirl said...

My 'dirty little secret' is probably that I will use Hungry Jack pancake mix. The just add water kind. It's super fast when there isn't time to whip them up yourself.

Karate Mom said...

I learned a great pancake secret from my father in law - add some sugar and vanilla to the pancake mix for GREAT flavor.
Then I read here and realized that other people do that too!

Susan said...

Adding chocolate chips to pancakes will ensure that even the little ones will eat them!

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fostertam said...

Use a small drinking glass to make a perfect "hole" for your egg-in-the-hole with texas toast.

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sksweeps said...

Our breakfast secret is using a tiny bit of french vanilla flavored liquid coffee creamer on top of oatmeal, with milk! Adds such a nice touch/flavor!

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The Sunshyn said...

Honey is a great breakfast secret. It makes cereal better and goes well on just about any bread product. We love honey here. It makes everything more of a treat. :)
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Grace said...

I always eat Special K cereal with strawberries and SOYMILK. 1/2 the fam is lactose intolerant but we love cereal so we use soymilk instead of reg. milk. I never get tired of it. It's just so delicious!

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Jessica said...

Mt secret is I eat my own breakfast early with my husband and not with my kids. It makes for a much more pleasant morning when I have already been fed and coffeed before I have to attend to the babes.

deb126 said...

When I make biscuits & gravy, I use bacon & bacon drippings instead of using sausage & sausage drippings, I prefer the bacon flavor over sausage in the gravy, Oh I still make sausage to go with it but its not in the gravy itself, and my family prefers it that way too,
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Nicole Greene said...

I put milk in my daughter's scrambles eggs to make them a bit more fluffier :)

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Mama Bub said...

Secret? Does stocking up on cereal when it's on sale count as a secret? No? Hmm, well I put cinnamon AND sugar into the egg/milk mix for french toast. Gives it just a little something extra.

Kristie said...

I like to make the pancakes into fun shapes to make breakfast a little more fun for the kiddos and I :-)

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bdiane34 said...

I am sure it is not much of a secret but when I make pancakes I have to add cinnamon.
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Betty N said...

I don't really have any secrets but my grandkids love my soft oven cinnamon toast

Christy said...

I frequently reheat dinner leftovers for breakfast, otherwise I just have a typical breakfast.

Kelly Massman said...

We put cinnamon in practically everything--it's supposed to help with digestion plus it tastes good!

Thanks!
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angie lilly said...

Homemade is my secret. When I am really craving a good breakfast, there is nothing like real fried potatoes and scrambled eggs that I have chopped and mixed and cooked!
Angie
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Audra said...

I add flax, chunks of apple and cinnamon to my oatmeal, sometimes a bit of nutmeg too. So good and you get the omegas you need. I have a skin disorder and since I've been doing this my skin has even gotten better!
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thanks for all the tips in the comments guys I look forward to trying some of these out!

Becs said...

I make a big batch of steel cut oats on the weekend, then pack them in small containers so they're grab and go. Delicious and they stay good all week :)

Scott said...

hmm a secret? I would have to say what I cook in. Cooking in only cast iron pans makes breakfast non-toxic and so super tasty!
Scott
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Danielle said...

Get a character shaped waffle maker.. We have a scooby doo one and my kids love it.
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Emmariel said...

I bake our bacon. Lat it out on a cookie sheet and put it in a 400 degree oven while doing other things. About 10-15 minutes or so later, it's done. (Depending on how crispy you like yours)

Always comes out perfect.

That and crockpot oatmeal in the cooler months. There are many recipes available online, but I substitute some of the water for soy or hemp milk, toss in fruits and cinnamon and when you wake the next morning, oh the delicious aroma and breakfast that awaits.

Betty N said...

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Tracy said...

Adding blueberries to my pancake batter always makes me smile...lol

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Anonymous said...

I keep an egg frozen in case of a breakfast baking emergency! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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LAMusing said...

I sometimes use flavored creamer instead of milk to dip my french toast - easy way to add a rich hint of hazelnut, vanilla or whatever you like!
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Norma said...

My only secret is bacon - as in "make some" :)
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Michelle S. said...

My secret is to buy the Chai tea latte mix at Target so I can trick myself into having some dairy with breakfast AND not paying for a latte from Starbucks! It's the same exact mix!!!

jen(melty) said...

My secret is to make and freeze muffins.. and to bake bacon instead of frying it. That way I can do other things while it's baking, and it's a little less smoky that way.

Tabathia said...

let's see I have added sugar to french toast along with cinnamon and I add pecans to pancakes
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Leah @ A Butterfly In My Stomach said...

My secret is to "fry" an egg in cooking spray! no added fat and my husband loves a fried egg. ;-P

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Racingjourno said...

Adding a banana to my protein shake makes it a whole lot more palatable and filling as a breakfast item.

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Lisa said...

Some of these are great secrets!

Hmmm,
I also add to my french toast...It's not french toast without cinnamon.

I microwave scrambled eggs. Put it in a bowl with some milk, stop every 30 sec to 1 minute to stir it up good. NOT the same as in a pan, but if you are in a hurry, it only takes a couple minutes. Some cooking spray in the bowl helps it clean up easier.

I also scoop muffins and cookies. It totally makes baking (which is already fun in my book) easier and more fun!

Pancake faces. Make big pancakes, the size of the plate and let your child decorate with fruits, etc. It is also fast because you only have to make 1 pancake per person!

Deb said...

On the weekend I make batches of mini frittatas in muffin tins. I use eggs, bacon or sausage, cheese, potatoes and chives - or anything else I have extra of in the fridge. I bake them up and then pack them up and freeze them. In the mornings the kids pop them in the toaster and they are like a gourmet breakfast each day. They love them, and really get their day off to a good start.

susan1215 said...

My secret is that I add cinnamon and apples to oatmeal to make it taste better.

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ms-texas said...

get up before everyone and have everything ready ahead of time!

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Amber said...

I sometimes use club soda in my waffle batter instead of skim milk. It makes them light and fluffy!

wisdomandpeace said...

My "secret" shortcut is to use canned blueberry pie filling to top pancakes or waffles. Sprinkle liberally with powdered sugar and enjoy!

Kathryn said...

Our breakfast success secret is to eat it for dinner!! Always a big hit, and you can spend so much more time into making things!

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EMAIL ewalsh40@gmail.com said...

I still use butter in the pan to flavor scrambled eggs. It makes all of the difference in the world in the taste.
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Anonymous said...

Granola is our family staple. Sometimes we just pour some soymilk over it and have granola cereal. Or we mix it up in our yogurt with some fruit and make a yogurt parfait. It is also delicious on ice cream (but not for breakfast though!).
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Kerry said...

Well, we love bananas in our pancakes. It's not much of a secret, but it is a secret on how good it is until you taste it.
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Carol W. said...

My "secret" is adding ground flaxseed to cereal. There are nutritional benefits.

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Heather W said...

milk in scrambled eggs
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Tracy R said...

I like to have some reasonably healthy breakfast cookies on the ready for those days when you just don't want much for breakfast but need a little boost. Yesterday I made a nice big batch of oatmeal and dried cranberry cookies. That is my secret to at least get something in the household's stomachs.

Anonymous said...

No secrets...we live on poptarts and dry cereal.
brianna
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jakiesmom said...

my only real secret is when he won't eat anything..all i have to say is bacon and he's hungry



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sodahoney said...

No Secret here Keeping it wimple with hot and cold cereal and a piece of fruit.

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won said...

Secrets?

Just breathe.

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elle.paisley designs said...

i put syrup in my pancake and waffle batter :)

may said...

I put the pancake/waffle batter in the fridge for about half an hour (or, you know, 5-10 minutes) before cooking. If I remember. And if I actually have time for this nonsense. (Note: I do not actually have time for this nonsense.) It's supposed to make the pancakes rise to crazy and unheard-of heights. But I just read someone else who said they use baking soda, which apparently cures all ills and makes the world go 'round, so maybe I'll try that instead.

Dee said...

my secret is adding cinnamon and honey to oatmeal to make it taste much better :)

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Henria O. said...

My secret...the promise of a candy or ice cream treat later!
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Tracy R said...

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Karine Traverse said...

My secret is ziploc bag omlettes. Super easy and my girls love adding their own cheese and/or veggies into the bags
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Jennai said...

I don't know if this is a "secret" or not, but I put chocolate milk in with Cocoa Krispies cereal and the kids LOVE it.
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jillyrh said...

Put cinnamon in your waffles, pancakes, etc. to help keep your blood sugar level throughout the day.

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Barbarawr said...

The secret is having your kids get old enough that they value sleep as much as you do. Then they're motivated to do everything at night and it's easier to get out in the mornings :-)

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Christy said...

I grate a little nutmeg and cinnamon in the egg mixture when I make french toast. The first time I made it for my husband, he told me it tasted like the restaurant stuff.

Also, I don't know if it counts, but everything is better if you use REAL maple syrup. It makes a huge difference.

Shannon said...

I buy regular coffee and add some cinnamon to the grounds. Gives a little extra flavor.

Angel Jacklyn said...

MY SECRET IS CHOCOLATE CHIPS. WHATEVER I PUT THEM IN, MY KIDS EAT. SERIOUSLY. IT WORKS. kytah00@yahoo.com

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Just call me b said...

Make it with love and make it fun! That's the secret!

jan said...

For my scrambled eggs, I mix with a little bit of french vanilla coffee creamer and add fresh cut chives. Sooooo good! sammiejanL40 at aol dot com

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PauleyD said...

My breakfast secret is to cut shapes into toast or to make pancakes shaped like dinosaurs. For some reason my kids seem to think they taste better that way, lol!

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Anonymous said...

My healthy secret to fluffy pancakes is adding a few spoonfuls of vanilla yogurt to the batter. JD

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Betty C said...

Not especially a secret, but we like to make our own waffles and freeze them. They are better than frozen ones and we just pop them in the toaster for a quick breakfast.

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Anonymous said...

I have a large red margarine bowl from when I was growing up that's the perfect cereal bowl!

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spatulater said...

I put peanut butter on my oatmeal.