I must apologize for the lighting in most of the photos in this post. I was baking into the evening and needed to get this breakfast delivered quickly! So I had to photograph without natural light.
Have you ever been in a position where a friend has just lost someone very close to them and you just don’t know what to do to help? There are never any perfect words to say when someone is going through the loss of a loved one. I found myself in this position this past fall. My good friend and next door neighbor lost her 22 year old nephew to a fierce battle of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma this past September. It was so hard watching her and her family suffer through this loss after watching their beloved and “life of the party” son, grandson, nephew, and cousin fight so hard during his 10 month battle with this awful disease. Watching her family come together and support one another through this difficult battle, then loss, will forever be engrained in my mind and heart. I was literally speechless and felt helpless as to what I could do to help even in the smallest way. We hugged it out, cried together, offered to watch her kids if needed, prayed a ton, but I still felt there had to be something else I could do.
I thought back to my own experiences of losing a loved one. My kids were very little when my Grandmother passed away. I remember not wanting to eat anything myself during my grief, but I still had to get up and feed my kids. I also remembered how long and exhausting the wake was. That is when I thought of the breakfast idea. I thought it would be nice to sneak in my friend’s house while they were at the wake and leave breakfast for the next morning of the funeral service on her counter. That way, her and her husband would not have to worry about what to feed their kids the next morning when they got home late that evening from the wake. So, I did just that. I made a sour cream coffee cake. I chose this particular cake because I remember my friend telling me that her mom made a really good sour cream coffee cake and I wanted her to have something familiar and comforting. I also made mini frittatas and pancake muffins. I left the coffee cake on her island with a card explaining what I made and sharing my sympathy for what she was going though. I put the frittatas, pancake muffins, and a bottle of orange juice in her refrigerator. Now, if you don’t have a key to your friends house to sneak in as I did, you can always box up the breakfast and leave it on their doorstep in the morning, then send them a quick text. Or you can drop it off before the wake so they have it for the next morning.
New Baby Breakfast
As different as these two occasions are, this breakfast is just as much a blessing to a new mom as it is for a grieving friend. Another neighbor recently had her third baby. She ended up needing an emergency C-section, and thank God her and the baby are healthy as can be! Her two other children are preschool age and toddler age. Again, thinking back to my own experiences, I remember how difficult recovering from a C-section was. And this friend has to take care of a newborn and two other little ones. I know how crazy mornings can be in my own household, so I wanted to bless my neighbor and her family with this very same breakfast. I boxed up all of the items and left the box on her doorstep. I didn’t want to ring the doorbell in case a child was sleeping or mom was nursing…no one wants to have to open the front door in that case!!!! So I just sent her a quick text to let her know the box was by her door and she could grab it when she had a chance.
I will be featuring each recipe separately this week, beginning with these quick and easy pancake muffins. I just use my recipe for my every day pancake batter, and bake it in mini muffin tins. You can add any fun mix-ins such as chocolate chips, blueberries, and apples. Sprinkles would be a great mix-in as well! After they are baked they are wonderful warmed up and dipped in syrup. They freeze beautifully and would be great to have for quick breakfasts before school, to take on camping trips, and to share with friends.
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more as needed
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon fine salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
a pinch of cinnamon
2 large eggs at room temperature
1 1/4 cups milk at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
Mix-ins such as chocolate chips, blueberries, or apples (If I use apples, I chop them about a half inch in size and saute them in a little butter for about 3 minutes)
1.Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Spray a mini muffin pan with non-stick spray
2. Whisk 1 3/4 cups flour, the sugar, baking powder, salt and nutmeg in a large bowl.
3. In small bowl or liquid measuring cup, whisk the eggs with the milk and vanilla extract.
4. Melt 3 tablespoons butter and whisk the butter into the milk mixture.
5. Add the liquid ingredients to the dry mixture, and whisk just long enough to make a thick batter, (if there are a couple lumps that’s okay).
6. Fill each muffin cup 3/4 full. Then add your mix-ins if using. They are also good plain.
Recipe Source: Inspired by Food Network Kitchens
* Be sure all ingredients are at room temperature. If not, just warm up your milk in the microwave for 30-45 seconds. Let your eggs sit in hot tap water for 5 minutes
*You can use any pancake batter you wish
Bake and Share Ideas:
- Box up this breakfast and deliver for a friend for the morning of a funeral as I did
- Box up this breakfast and deliver to a new mom as I did
- Box up this breakfast and take to a family moving into a new home. Who knows when they will get to unpacking the kitchen completely!
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