It was Sunday,early evening, and I had nothing to serve my children for dinner.
Not because I was lazy, at least this time, in fact I was preparing something for dinner for the week ahead, but there was nothing that could be ready within half an hour, we’d done takeout the day before, had pizza for lunch and absent a court order, I was not going to go to the grocery store again.
I was stuck.
And my kids were starting to mention the words “hungry” and “starving” and “when is dinner” with alarming frequency.
Panic was setting in.
And then I remembered something I’d heard that some people were doing — serving breakfast for dinner.
Apparently, it works like this: You make breakfast and then serve it for dinner.
I was inspired.
This could solve my “what should I make now?” problem.
I almost sprained my shoulder patting myself on the back as popped the frozen waffles in the oven.
“Dinner’s ready!” I sang, and my 13-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son came to the table.
“Cool!” my son said and dug in.
“What is this?” my daughter asked, curling her lip as though I’d served a sautéed family cat.
“W-a-f-f-l-e,” I responded, resisting the urge to put her hand on my face as I enunciated, The Miracle Worker-style. (Please tell me you get this reference. Just say if you don’t in the comments and I’ll explain it. And then please ignore that I wrote this here. You look nice today. Thanks.)
“I know what it is, but why are you doing this to us? ” She seemed alarmed.
“I’m serving breakfast for dinner! Lots of people are doing it! It’s great!”
My daughter was unsure.
“Can I have dinner for dinner?” she asked.
I sighed. And found some frozen ravioli to make.
Honestly, I blame myself.
At 13, I waited too long to introduce my daughter to the concept of breakfast for dinner. And I also made the mistake of making the same breakfast for dinner as I had made breakfast for breakfast earlier in the day.
Or maybe I’m such a fabulous cook that — oh, forget it. I can’t even type that with a straight face.
So tell me, do you serve breakfast for dinner? And what can I do to make it more appealing to my daughter?
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