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I may be a little slow to catch on sometimes, but the important things seem to get through eventually. Like this past weekend, when I realized that my kids just don’t care if I spend hours slaving away in the kitchen, and most of my family would rather have peaceful time with me than watch me stress out for hours about details.
So, on Sunday morning, I backed off. I took it easy and created a full brunch in less than 30 minutes. But that doesn’t mean the fam didn’t completely love it. How could they not? It was a self-serve WAFFLE BAR!
In fact, when it came to the kids, it might be safe to say that I was the hero of the day. The very relaxed, unstressed hero of the day who just happened to have the time to enjoy a plate full of waffles with her family. That, my friends, is a win for everyone.
I stocked up with a bunch of different varieties of Eggo waffles to go with all the toppings I had in mind. I might be *slightly* obsessed with the Thick & Fluffy Eggo waffles – they have big, deep pockets to hold all the good stuff, and they’re fluffy inside just like the ones you might make at home with your waffle machine. (Only SO much easier.)
And, the Cinnamon Brown Sugar flavor contains no food dyes. Thank you, Eggo!
Our whole waffle bar took less than 30 minutes to set up from start to finish. Here are a few tips for pulling it off in no time:
1. Throw a bag of frozen fruit into the crock pot on high first. It will get warm while you prepare the rest of the food, and in about 30 minutes, you’ll have a yummy one-ingredient topping for your waffles. No added sugar (or anything else) needed! Our pick: a bag of frozen wild Maine blueberries.
2. Don’t forget a savory topping! When I was shopping for my waffles, I picked up a fresh rotisserie chicken. They’re pretty much a mom’s best friend in the kitchen, and that slow-roasted chicken is perfect for brunch with some chicken gravy ladeled over your waffle. I keep some organic gravy mixes on hand at ALL times, and it only takes about 5 minutes to remove and break up the white meat from your chicken. (I’ll spare you the carcass photos here, but definitely save yours for soup stock!) Warm up your chicken and gravy on the stove or in a crock pot.
What? I’m from PA. You knew there had to be chicken and waffles on my bar, right?
3. Set the scene. Now that your warm toppings are on, decorate your table. Real quick-like. Remember – we’re saving time here! I put out some spring decor, a few skewers with quick washi-tape tags, and some plates and bowls.
4. A waffle bar just isn’t a waffle bar without every topping you can find. In addition to our chicken and gravy and blueberry compote, ours had fresh fruit, trail mix, whipped cream, nut butters, and syrup. Every possible topping I had on hand went on the bar. The kids didn’t even know where to start!
And start they did! Once I helped them toast their waffles and set them loose on the bar, all I had to do was sit back and watch.
Oh, and eat waffles, of course. (I could get used to this “sitting back” thing!)
This little one insisted on a big plate, and then stole Daddy’s waffle. And yes, he actually got to say, “Hey! Leggo my Eggo!”
She didn’t get it, but he thought it was pretty funny. 🙂
Fruit and waffle skewers were a fun treat for the kiddos.
A what’s a bar without shots, right? (My, how life changes after kids…)
Tiny syrup cups help keep the serving size small, although the kids didn’t really even bother much with syrup. They were way more excited about the fruit. Or maybe they were just excited because Mommy had time to hang out and eat with them, instead of spending the morning in the kitchen? Hmm…
I’m definitely planning another waffle bar for our Easter brunch. It will give me so much more time to spend outside hunting eggs instead of rushing around inside. And “Brinner” just might be a thing around here on busy worknights from now on!
Find all the Eggo waffles you’ll need in the breakfast section of the freezer aisle at Walmart. While you’re there, pick up a bag of frozen fruit to toss in the crock pot! You might even find them in the very same aisle. I did!