Wednesday, August 22, 2012

School Days, School Days

For Back to School Breakfast 2012, we used a school theme - school colors, shakers and megaphones. Our first day of school morning always starts with Granny (My Mom) calling to play
"School Days" See lyrics and history here! I didn't know that this song originated in a play in 1908 but I know that my Mom has been playing it for me since I started school in 1966. Now she continues that tradition for my girls!

Blue and Yellow for the Sprayberry Stars, Red and Blue for the Hillcrest Patriots!

Shakers and Megaphones from the Dollar Tree, Blue Burlap Tablecloth - just cut (no sewing), Machine hemmed napkins with school print fabric from Hancock (Cut 16 inch square and hem on sewing machine), Place cards using "first grade writing paper", Mini composition notebook with a personal note written to each daughter, Paper straws from Pick Your Plum, and a great idea for 7- Uplifting Thoughts found on Pinterest here- the makings of a fun start to the first day of school!

Menu - Rotel Cheese Grits and Chocolate Chip Waffles

Rotel Cheese Grits
2 cups water
1 1/4 cups milk
1 t. salt
1 C. quick cooking grits
1/2 C. + 1 T. butter
8 oz. Velveeta cheese
1/4 t. garlic powder
2 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 can Rotel tomatoes
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a saucepan, bring the water and milk to a boil. Add the salt and slowly add the grits and return to a boil, stirring constantly for 1 minute. Reduce the heat, cover, and cook for 3 minutes. While stirring the grits, add the 1/2 cup of butter and stir until butter is melted. Cover and cook for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the grits are thick and creamy. Remove from heat and set aside.
Add the Velveeta cheese, garlic powder, and1 1/2 cups cheddar to grits, and stir until the cheese is melted. Add the tomatoes (drained) and mix well. Pour the grits into a greased 8 by 11 by 2-inch casserole and bake for 40 minutes. Sprinkle remaining 1 cup cheese over the casserole for the last 5 minutes of cooking time.
Chocolate Chip Waffles
1 cup self rising flour
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
1 cup sour cream
1/2 - 1 cup chocolate chips
Beat egg; add milk and sour cream. Stir in flour until blended. Stir in chocolate chips. Heat waffle iron. Fill with batter until two-thirds full. Cool until slightly browned, about 4 minutes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve with your favorite syrup.
Quick, easy and yummy!

Backs packs ready and off to a new school year! God bless each of my daughter's and all of their friends as they start a new year!

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