Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Morning Rituals--Birthday Breakfast

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We have one morning ritual--Birthday Breakfasts. I started it a few years ago so we could celebrate everyone's birthdays in the same way regardless of whether their birthday fell on a school day or in the summer. Birthday Breakfast means that the night before someone's birthday (not mine, of course) I set the table with either nice dishes or Barbie or Toy Story or whatever-the-birthday-person-is-into paper plates. Sometimes I hang crepe paper all twisty-like on on the ceiling. I make orange juice and set out the birthday person's favorite cereal or some over the top crazy-fun cereal like Barbie Flakes or Toy Story Flakes. Or sometimes I make waffles with yeast that sit over night (Mark Bittman's recipe) or--and this is in cases of unpreparedness--pancakes. Which is still a great deal for everyone involved, so we all win.

Presents are wrapped and set out and opened in the morning before school or church or whatever else we have that day. It works really well. Because sometimes when you plan on dinner things come up and then you don't go until the weekend and little kids don't like it if nothing happens on their actual birthday. Oh! I should explain that my kids don't really like birthday parties. I didn't/don't either. Every year they can choose a friend party or something with the family. They almost always choose a family thing so we'll go bowling or go to a movie or whatever they want. But the Birthday Breakfast is consistent and that's when we open presents. If your kids are normal and want birthday parties you probably don't need a Birthday Breakfast on top of everything else you are planning for their party. But it works for us and now everyone expects it and looks forward to it. It is relatively easy so I love it. It's a beautiful life, cereal.

And on that note I'll offer you a FINAL CHANCE TO WIN $100 VISA GIFT CARD. I know. I'm sad too. I bet you wish I would talk about cereal for three more months. Maybe I will. But no more money. Sorry about that. You'll still read what I write about cereal and leave hundreds of comments, right? I knew it! We're real pals, you and me. Thanks for everything. And good luck! Leave a comment to win and do please check out the Legion of Mom's for more chances to win. For a second entry here on my blog Tweet or Blog a link to this post give me the URL.


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135 comments:

  1. My kids won't want birthday parties, because they won't know they exist! Unless they get invited to someone else's. Crap. No friends for them, I guess!

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  2. Our holiday ritual is making cinnamon buns on Christmas morning.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  3. I don't like birthday parties.

    Birthday breakfasts are a fabulous idea.

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  4. BirthdayBreakfast rocks. You always surprise me.

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  5. Oh, I'll still visit after the money is gone, but it sure would be nice to win. :) I would have a Won the Giveaway Breakfast for myself.

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  6. I think that's a great idea. I'm also crossing my fingers that this is my week!

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  7. Winner or not, I love your blog. Thanks for sharing. Also...our ward is doing a trunk-or-treat this year (you know, since Halloween's on a Sunday). They are just having a trunk-or-treat, and that's it. No games, no food, no party. The building isn't even going to be open to get warm! I'm trying not to be miffed, but I'm dreaming of the type of Halloween parties you've shared. What are you guys doing this year?

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  8. It just seems so greedy to try to win another one!

    Oh, it looks like I'm greedy!

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  9. Birthday Breakfast was always special with my Dad - I would get to pick any resturant and actually go out for breakfast, he's a cook so we never went out to eat, plus I usually got to arrive at school late!

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  10. Good idea. I'm implementing it immediately. Well, not immediately, since the next birthday in my family is five months away. I'll probably forget by then.

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  11. Here's to thinking positively.

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  12. Growing up, my family's idea of a birthday party was a trip to the nearest Taco Bell, over thirty miles away.

    Maybe this whole breakfast party idea would have saved my parents some gasoline.

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  13. I love the idea of birthday breakfasts, they seem fair and I like fair even if I hate early mornings. I'm sold, I'm stealing your idea.

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  14. What a great tradition! Thanks for sharing!

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  15. That's a cute idea. I may make that a tradition as my family grows!

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  16. im liking this idea...a lot better than birthday parties!

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  17. I think that is a great idea, growing up as a kid I didn't get many birthday parties because I was born on Thanksgiving and everyone was a) out of town or b)spending it with their families. So I can probably count on one hand how many actual "parties" I got. Anyway, Birthday Breakfast sounds awesome

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  18. I love that idea! My mother used to ask us the same thing each year to avoid throwing friend parties. If we asked for a friend party we'd get presents like soap or underpants (I'm serious) from the friends. Mom and Dad sprung for a bit more....

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  19. Love the birthday breakfast idea.

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  20. I have one child who thinks her birthday should be a national holiday - it's hard to live up to that kind of pressure. I think the bday breakfast might help.

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  21. This is a great idea. My little guy is almost 2, so he doesn't care about birthdays at this point, but I think my husband would be a big fan of this :)

    btw, Kacy, I just wanted to say I think you're awesome. Thanks for being so REAL.

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  22. I'm feelin' luck today :D Great blog!

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  23. I read your blog even before the cereal thing, so I'll definitely keep reading after the cereal thing!

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  24. As a mormon, I don't celebrate birthdays.

    Kidding.

    Mormons doing weird things is always hilarious.

    (Mormon Flakes? I sense a new twitter game coming on.)

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  25. I love the idea of Birthday breakfasts!!
    jenn14_85 at yahoo dot com

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  26. I think I deserve the $100 for having thrown a birthday party for my son, who cried the whole time.

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  27. I'm a grandma with 30 grandchildren who tries to remember each birthday with some kind of gift. That $100 Visa card would sure help!

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  28. Since cereal was an expensive commodity for a family with 8 kids, we were able to pick out one box of cereal each year for our birthday. We looked forward to our birthday breakfasts as well!!

    makeitworkmom@gmail.com

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  29. We don't have birthday breakfasts....we have birthday days...we get to choose breakfast and supper. :-)

    ~eunice b
    tigergal01 @gmail .com

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  30. http://twitter.com/tigergal01/status/28920184153

    tweet

    ~eunice b
    tigergal01 @gmail .com

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  31. We have a special birthday plate, and do birthday dinners, but nothing fancy for breakfast. They do love the plate though.

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  32. I could buy so much cereal with that!

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  33. Your birthday breakfast tradition sounds fun. And easier than birthday parties! My birthday is next and all I want is a Costco sheetcake.

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  34. Birthday breakfasts huh? Sounds like a good idea to me! Our ritual consists of me cooking breakfast every morning. Scrambled eggs, sometimes waffles, crepes, french toast, or oatmeal. Then I help the kiddos get ready! On holidays we always make a little something holiday related for breakfast, like Boo-Berry Muffins!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    heatheranne99 at gmail dot com

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  35. Tweet!
    http://twitter.com/ScoomerBlog/status/28922130705

    heatheranne99 at gmail dot com

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  36. I am intrigued by this idea of a birthday breakfast, but struggle with two different aspects:

    1. The tendency leftover from my parents to make "important" day breakfasts as healthy and oatmeal-filled as possible. Christmas morning? Oatmeal. Halloween? Oatmeal. "You're going to eat junk the rest of the day so you need to eat something healthy now."

    2. I'm lazy and this seems like this would take pre-planning.

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  37. Awesome! Birthday breakfast...yumm!

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  38. Love the birthday breakfast idea. Also love that you don't take special menu requests, like "sausage, bacon, ham, and eggs benedict." That would be too hard.

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  39. I love the birthday breakfast idea. So cute!

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  40. Alright, already. I entered. Now I'd better win.

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  41. This is a great idea! I love it!

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  42. Our birthday ritual is to get whatever birthday cake you want. My daughter this year wanted a chocolate roll cake, and my son wants a pumpkin roll cake! Mine this year was a warm milk sponge cake. :-D

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  43. My mom always made us a special breakfast on our birthdays. We have now made it a tradition in our family complete with the red "You are Special Today" plate. I love the birthday breakfast idea!

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  44. My kids got to eat whatever they wanted for that day. Mostly they wanted hot dogs, noon and night or pizza. I'm surprised they have any appreciation for good food now.

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  45. I need $100. Thanks in advance.

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  46. What a great tradition! You are very creative.

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  47. I like this idea. The only drawback I see is that I'd have to be all prepared the night before with presents all wrapped and everything. That's a lot of pressure for a procrastinator like me.

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  48. I love parties but this sounds like lots of fun.
    hutchyhutch87(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  49. We have a special Christmas morning strata.
    tattgiff at centurytel dot net

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  50. We're gonna try your waffles and buy lots of Kellogg's products. Are you going to write to Talisa? Sweden is such a sweet mission. Good news for the carpet: Basil becomes a gelding this week.

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  51. On Christmas morning I usually make crockpot french toast
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  52. tweet
    http://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/28960486908
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  53. After gift opening on Christmas morning, we make heart shaped waffles with strawberries and whipped cream, baked omelets, sweet rolls, and breakfast meats. then we dive into the homemade holiday treat trays!

    thanks so much!

    ejrichter60 at gmail dot com

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  54. tweeted this!

    http://twitter.com/2sic2mooov/status/28961711587

    ejrichter60 at gmail dot com

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  55. I like birthdays and breakfast and money--so I should win!

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  56. I'm at a fun stage of life when my own family is new(ish) and we are still figuring out what we want our traditions to be. I like the possibilities that are open to me. I Don't Like being the only one making sure they happen. (Did you know that starting a tradition is a lot of work and effort. Well it is).

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  57. We always could pick our favorite breakfast, but didn't do it all fancy like. Way to up the ante.

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  58. I like to win a hundred dollars.

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  59. The kids pick they're birthday dinner and choose what kind of cake they want.

    MCantu1019@aol.com

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  60. Thanks for another chance to win! We have tons of cereal and my husband just turned it into "granola" last night (:

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  61. oh i think i might have to have a birthday breakfast next yr
    nannypanpan at sbcglobal.net

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  62. I'm sad to see this promotion finish too. It's gotten me thinking a lot more abour breakfast, which is traditionally my least favorite meal. I'm even going to start some breakfast rituals because of it.
    chainmail(at) iwon(dot) com

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  63. I tweeted
    http://twitter.com/The_Sunshyn/status/29048650249

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  64. Cereal is great! I love cereal! Now did I win?

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  65. Lucky number 70....
    I love these cereal posts.

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  66. My daughter has 2 friends she's known since birth. Their parents are good friends of ours, so 3 times a year we get together to celebrate the birthdays. But that's as big of a party as we do.

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  67. We don't do special birthday breakfasts, but Christmas morning always means quiche and homemade cinnamon rolls!

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  68. We each have our favorite sugary (bad!) cereal wrapped under the tree, after we open all of our gifts (and cereal) on Christmas morning we all get to eat a big bowl of our favorite treat cereal!

    shannoncarman at yahoo dot com

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  69. Don't have any yearly special traditions, but we usually have special breakfast days on the weekend with pancakes, bacon and eggs! :-) That is also the only time I allow myself the treat of having coffee! Thanks! kmassman gmail

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  70. Birthday breakfast means going out so someone else does the cooking and clean up!
    adrianecoros(at)gmail(dot)com

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  71. tweet! http://twitter.com/LAMusing/status/29130789202
    adrianecoros(at)gmail(dot)com

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  72. I make a nice coffee cake the night before to be enjoyed on birthday mornings.

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  73. i don't like parties birthdays or anything else

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  74. http://twitter.com/sodahoney/status/29145854571

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  75. Weekends and holidays are for bacon and eggs after healthy weekday breakfasts.


    scoopster(nospam)at yahoo dot com

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  76. Tweet
    http://twitter.com/LuigiFranco/status/29148995751

    scoopster(nospam)at yahoo dot com

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  77. New Years Day we all go to my parents house and eat pancakes and hamburger with gravy. It is good and the only day we eat it.

    prizeentry @ wesharewithyou dot com

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  78. how nice! I love your Birthday Breakfast idea :)

    m8usi@yahoo.com

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  79. Our Christmas morning tradition is Sour Dough pancakes!! I *L-O-V-E* them! I have the starter, but I am horrible about making them for myself and my family – so Christmas Eve Mom preps the batter and then Christmas morning she makes them! YUMMO!!

    Thanks for the chance!


    residentmayor at satx.rr.com

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  80. tweeted:
    http://twitter.com/cappytweet/status/29151636127

    m8usi@yahoo.com

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  81. Tweet! http://twitter.com/Doodle741/status/29151670320

    residentmayor at satx.rr.com

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  82. We have Sunday morning breakfasts as a family. It started with my Grandpa. He always made blueberry pancakes on Sundays... my Mom kept up the tradition. Sometimes we miss a week, but basically it has held through to my family and my kids.

    andrea.kruse at gmail dot com

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  83. tweet
    http://twitter.com/#!/notimeMom/status/29152232289
    andrea.kruse at gmail dot com

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  84. I don't want it to end, thanks for keeping me busy for the last couple of weeks, I enjoyed myself.
    hmhenderson AT yahoo DOT com

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  85. tweeted
    http://twitter.com/HendyMartin/status/29157006621
    hmhenderson AT yahoo dOT com

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  86. I think cold cereal is one of America's greatest innovations. And I'm not just saying this now, I've thought it for years.

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  87. We have a beautiful Thanksgiving meal with all the traditional food...I love that tradition! We have French Toast Casserole!

    leahforlove(at)aol(dot)com

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  88. http://twitter.com/#!/leahforlove/status/29181782160

    leahforlove(at)aol(dot)com

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  89. Birthday breakfasts are always nice! I try to have one for my kids on the weekend of their birthday because I don't have time during the week!

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  90. Hi, our morning tradition on Christmas Day is to have chocolate chip waffles. Thanks for the great giveaway!
    maddiemb (at) comcast (dot) net

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  91. Tweeted - http://twitter.com/shala_darkstone/status/29197045286
    maddiemb (at) comcast (dot) net

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  92. I make cinnamon rolls, omelettes sausage and bacon on Christmas mornings

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

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  93. http://twitter.com/susan1215/status/29197270900

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  94. Christmas morning is the certainly my favorite morning. My kids are early morning risers, and Christmas morning is no different. They are up usually at about 6am. We watch them open all their presents while my husband and I drink our coffee. The stash of new toys keeps them busy while I start cooking breakfast. Our tradition is french toast (made with my mother's homemade Challah bread), bacon, eggs, and homemade home fries. We feast and it usually keeps us full and satisfied until Christmas dinner is ready!

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  95. We don't have any special traditions but we like to make egg bakes on each grandchild's birthday!

    deb55106{at}gmail{dot}com

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  96. Tweet!~

    http://twitter.com/Deb55106/status/29231975706

    deb55106{at}gmail{dot}com

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  97. My kids weren't especially demanding about birthday parties but they sure wanted a special dessert. I remember one year when my son asked for strawberry shortcake for his birthday "cake".
    And they gave me a peanut butter pie for my birthday.

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  98. Tweet - http://twitter.com/willitara/status/29232906409

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  99. Holiday breakfasts I make homemade waffles and we have orange juice (we don't usually have it around for regular breakfast, because the kids drink it all as soon as it is bought).
    ape2016(at)aol(dot)com

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  100. i'd love to win! scg00387a t yahoo dot com

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  101. Our only morning ritual is on the holidays. Everyone gets up early to help out right after we eat breakfast, love it!
    gmissycat at yahoo dot com

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  102. Tweeted here!
    http://twitter.com/gmissycat/status/29311270435
    gmissycat at yahoo dot com

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  103. We all love cereal, and that is our breakfast and midnight snack.
    marybug2@yahoo.com

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  104. I tweeted
    http://kacy-reviews.blogspot.com/2010/10/morning-rituals-birthday-breakfast.html
    marybug2 at yahoo.com

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  105. Whenever we have company for breakfast I make a french toast casserole

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  106. tweet
    http://kacy-reviews.blogspot.com/

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  107. Before work was my morning ritual...yummy breakfasts were a possibility then.
    Now...we hurry!

    On holidays though...we make monkey bread! And pig out!

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  108. i've enjoyed this series of giveaways from Kellogg's and Blogher! thanks

    debbiebellows[at]gmail[dot]com

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  109. tweeted about the giveaway

    http://twitter.com/bellows22/status/29320756211

    debbiebellows[at]gmail[dot]com

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  110. I'm all for birthday breakfasts and birthday lunches, oh yeah.....and birthday dinners!
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  111. tweeted: http://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/29334874529
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  112. We always have breakfast at my house Christmas morning! We invite my aunt and uncle, mom and dad, grandparents - and everyone sits down for a nice family breakfast and my 5 year old son gets to show off his gifts from Santa! This year we'll have a new addition - I have a baby due in a week, so it will be a little more challenging, but definitely special! I'll be out on unpaid maternity leave through Christmas, so I would LOVE to win this to help actually purchase our breakfast items. Thanks for the chance! Here's crossing my fingers!! :)

    jamieandandre at bellsouth dot net

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  113. Tweet Tweet!

    http://twitter.com/ChampagneWisdom/status/29335230993

    jamieandandre at bellsouth dot net

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  114. On Christmas morning, we open presents first, then we eat breakafast, much, much, later. Usually everyone is so excited that food is the last thing on our minds. So, breakfast usally doesn’t happen until 11 or so. I make pancakes later on.

    pauleyd68 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  115. http://twitter.com/lpauld68/status/29394909736

    pauleyd68 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  116. We don’t really have a special breakfast for anything in particular, but during the fall and winter months, its very common to find pumpkin bread or cake or donuts on the table!
    Scott
    nynekats at aol dot com

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  117. tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/RePurrPussed/status/29397060219
    Scott
    nynekats at aol dot com

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  118. We do brekafast parties too. We all wake up early and make breakfast for the person who's birthday it is!

    shopgurl101 at gmail dot com

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  119. tweet http://twitter.com/shopgurl/status/29399715414

    shopgurl101 at gmail dot com

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  120. blogged: http://sweetqt.wordpress.com/2010/10/31/win-visa-gc-from-kellogs-and-blogher/


    shopgurl101 at gmail dot com

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  121. For us its all about pumpkin and apples this time of year. Pumpkin pancakes and fried apples, apple and pumpkin bread or butter…mmmmm
    Angie
    one 4 earth at aol dot com

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  122. I tweeted here: http://twitter.com/#!/FotoMacro/status/29400061596
    Angie
    one 4 earth at aol dot com

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  123. We need to start a breaskfast family tradition. We do more dinner traditions in our family.

    Sparklezstars@cfl.rr.com

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  124. http://twitter.com/Sparklezstars/statuses/29403100180

    Tweeted

    Sparklezstars@cfl.rr.com

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  125. Birthday breakfasts are always the special person's favorite foods!

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  126. We always have sliced beef gravy with biscuits before we open any presents on Christmas morning.

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  127. Tweeted

    http://twitter.com/jillyrh/status/29414128292

    Thanks

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  128. We have special birthday meals, we let the child decide where they want to go for a meal that day
    sweokgrl@gmail.com

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  129. I tweeted
    sweokgrl@gmail.com
    http://twitter.com/bdiane34/status/29415164052

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