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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Choosing hot or cold for breakfast

  • My daughter has never been a huge fan of cereal. She has always been my girl who enjoys muffins, pancakes, waffles or something hot for breakfast.
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  • My daughter has never been a huge fan of cereal. She has always been my girl who enjoys muffins, pancakes, waffles or something hot for breakfast.
    Being a busy mom who is trying to get two children off to school in the morning, I'll be the first to admit it's not easy to provide a hot breakfast, and it's a whole lot simpler to throw a waffle or pancake out of a box into the microwave.
    While it's easier to purchase the pancakes and waffles that come processed out of a box, it's more cost effective and healthier if you make your own waffles.
    I purchased a used waffle iron from my favorite consignment website. I spent $10 on a brand new waffle iron that retails at the store for six times that price.
    I purchased the waffle iron for a fraction of the cost, but it's worth its weight in gold. My kids love the waffles and because I'm making my own, I'm able to make a whole lot more waffles for half of what I would be paying if I had to purchase the microwavable products.
    To save on time, I typically make my waffles during the weekends or the night before, and then freeze or refrigerate the product. This saves on time in the morning when I'm trying to get sleepy children out the door for school.
    Another simple and easy breakfast meal is eggs. However, a lot of times I don't cook my eggs on the stove top.
    Instead, I put them in the oven.
    One of my children's favorite eggs is poached eggs. I typically grease down a muffin pan and crack an egg open and pour it in. I cook at 350 degrees for 13 minutes and, voila, you have the perfect poached egg.
    You can also make a hardboiled egg in a similar fashion. You just place the egg in a muffin pan and let it cook for thirty minutes. It can make LOTS of eggs and you don't have to stay on top of it when cooking.
    Remember, cooking from scratch can save a lot of money.
    Do you have tips or ideas for the frugal columnist? Do you know of great sales in the area? Send them to localnews2005@yahoo.com.

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