Morning Traditions

October 26th, 2010

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As part of a share-your-story program for Kellogg’s Love Your Cereal, I’m writing a series of weekly posts about breakfast routines, nutrition and all the million-and-one reasons why we should love cereal!

This week’s topic is: Do you have a yearly morning tradition that your family participates in? Maybe everyone cooks a special breakfast on Halloween weekend?

pumpkin breakfast

You know, we don’t. But I’m going to start one! I think it would be really nice to have a special breakfast for every holiday. Since fall is upon us and gourds are starting to show up in the grocery store I thought it would be really yummy to make pumpkin muffins and pumpkin spiced lattes. Right now I’m visiting some friends in Texas and when I told them my idea they were up for trying it out the next morning.

making muffins!

The family that makes muffins together stays together…or something. We had a lot of fun mixing things in the kitchen.

glop gloop

Canned pumpkin can be very gloopy. Maybe next year I’ll try the real thing.

pumpkin muffin batter M is for muffin

We baked them up in muffin tins and then attempted to dribble some glaze on top. I think our glaze recipe needs some work.

Meredith likes the pumpkin latte

Then we made pumpkin spice lattes which are basically just steamed milk with some sugar and pumpkin spice added to it, served on top of coffee. (More milk than coffee for the kids and more coffee than milk for the grown-ups.) They were delicious!

mmmm pumpkin muffins and a pumpkin latte

I could do this once a year or maybe more…

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124 Responses to “Morning Traditions”

  1. bethany actually Says:

    We tend to make big breakfasts (pancakes, bacon, eggs benedict) when company is around on the weekends. And lately Troy and Annalie and I have been going to Chick-Fil-A for breakfast almost every Saturday. Does that count as a tradition?

    I baked a real pumpkin (a sugar pumpkin!) and made bars with it the other day. I didn’t notice a big difference in taste or texture, but the cooking pumpkin smelled great and we got to roast the seeds too. So there’s that bonus!

  2. Sarah Says:

    Sunday morning is always brunch… whether it’s at our house or Grandma & Papa’s. Cheesy eggs (somtimes quiche if I’m lucky) hashbrowns, bacon/sausage and carmel rolls or cinnamon bread. Yum.

  3. Tracy S. Says:

    We do have a big breakfast tradition for Christmas. I also get anything pumpkin for breakfast during the fall.

  4. Haven Says:

    My favorite special breakfast is banana panckes!!

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  7. tammigirl Says:

    The closest we come to a breakfast tradition is Christmas morning. We have orange rolls and my mother brings sausage, eggs, and biscuits.

  8. Tabathia B Says:

    I try to do crockpot french toast on Christmas
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  11. Mami2jcn Says:

    We make cinnamon buns on Christmas morning.

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  12. Maria Says:

    Saturdays we have breakfasts together as a family. We can sit down and relax, enjoy the food because we are in no rush to get out of the house.

  13. eunice b Says:


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  14. eunice b Says:

    We don’t have a special tradition for breakfast only on Saturdays when our schedule is relaxed and less rigid we enjoy french toast, scrambled eggs or cheese grits! :-)

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  15. Heather S Says:

    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!

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  17. Katy P Says:

    Christmas morning we make Berries & Cream French Toast!

  18. Xandra Says:

    I want to start a tradition for every holiday now that I have my own family. Autumn always brings pumpkin/spice flavored pancakes and quick-breads!

  19. beyond Says:

    breakfast tradition is getting together with the family every once in a while for a brunch in the east village.

  20. Ambergi Says:

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

    ( I add white chocolate chips and cranberries to my pumpkin bread)

  21. Sunshyn V Says:

    Hot cocoa was always a favorite part of our Christmas mornings when I was growing up. That, along with donuts or cinnamon buns as well, but I think I miss the cocoa most so I think I’ll bring that back this year. :)
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  22. Sunshyn V Says:

    I tweeted about this

  23. Yara Says:

    We used to go to IHOP for breakfast the Saturday after payday… but that was years ago when I was a little girl…
    I’ve continued no traditions with my kids… I really should start! I suppose driving thru Starbucks for lattes, bagels & muffins (and non-coffee drinks for the kids) when I’m in a hurry doesn’t really count as tradition, does it?

  24. eileen Says:

    MMM…pumpkin latte sound yummy! We dont have Halloween tradition but my birthday just happens to be the next day, so often we celebrate on that weekend and will BE on sunday this year. I LOVE brunch, so this is what we usually do…the lazy way and the ONLY time we go out to celebrate is birthdays. sure would be nice to get an email ON Nov. 1st…turning 50! Uggh!

    so far as other traditions, only on Christmas!
    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! the kids love to help with the waffles!

    thanks so much!

    ejrichter60 at gmail dot com

  25. eileen Says:

    tweeted this too!


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  26. Grenda Says:

    My daughter and I aren’t huge breakfast eaters. But when I’m feeling fancy…it’s French toast for us!

  27. Sara B Says:

    On weekends, my husband will cook a nice breakfast — the kids love to eat Daddy Waffles or french toast, I make a big fruit salad. Once or twice a week it’s nice to sit down with the whole family for breakfast, instead of everyone rushing out the door!

  28. Linda Stewart Says:

    Weekends use to be big breakfast deals. With the hectic of life we’ve stopped the big breakfast deal in lieu of running out for breakfast on Saturday morning then giving the boys a quick bowl of cereal or some pancake piggies on Sunday morning. Holidays aren’t any different. In all honesty we would prefer our big breakfast for dinner. THAT’S a treat!

  29. Kristi Miller Says:

    Favorite morning tradition: Christmas morning. It’s casserole and french toast for us. After reading others, I too think we need to make more special traditions for certain holidays in our home. I don’t think a family can have too many traditions to pass down!

  30. Annette Says:

    We make a big breakfast for all holidays and birthdays. Pancakes, eggs, bacon, hashbrowns, fruit. It’s often the only time we’re all eating breakfast at the same time.

  31. Janine Says:

    My father is Slovak and since we go on a eating marathon for the entirety of Christmas day with my mother’s Italian family, we always eat his aunt’s kolach (light dough filled with poppy seeds or walnuts) for breakfast that morning. Its supposed to be more of a dessert I’m pretty sure, but who cares about rules when it’s CHRISTMAS When I was younger it was one of the only times during the year that she’d make it so it was pretty special and still is!

  32. Jenn S Says:

    We do breakfast in bed for birthdays and other big events. We don’t cook a lot of breakfasts (usually just cereal, etc.), so this is usually a really big deal!

  33. Jenny Says:

    My favourite breakfast tradition is chocolate chip banana pancakes, turkey bacon and coffee on Saturday mornings. YUM!

  34. Val G. Says:

    We don’t have any breakfast traditions, but I would definitely like to start one. I think we will start with birthdays and Christmas.

  35. Felix Says:

    I started a Christmas breakfast tradition last year and plan to continue it each year. I found a great recipe for a baked french toast casserole. It was so nice to prep it all the night before and then put it in the fridge. Then, when we got up early for stockings, I popped it in the oven and we had a super yummy holiday breakfast by the time we were done going through our stockings and opening presents.

  36. alison Says:

    I recently read about an aquintance of mine that buys those little cereal boxes to eat on Christmas morning. When I thought about how kids love those and how there would be NO MESS on a day that otherwise creates lots of messes I decided, this year, we’re in!

  37. Kate Says:

    Every morning I make a cup of coffee with lots of vanilla creamer and eat a bowl of oatmeal. Yumm!

  38. nan lara Says:

    we get dunkin donuts for the birthday boy/girl
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  39. Alexandra Says:

    On weekends in the fall we make a double batch of pumpkin muffins with mini-chocolate chips, using a great recipe from Angry Chicken blog (try it!) , and then we keep enjoying them all week from the freezer. Sometimes if I am organized I mix up the dry ingredients the night before to make the process go a little smoother and then the kids help me mix the “wets” into the “dry” ingredients.

  40. Lori Says:

    My dad always made pancakes on Sundays before church. Now, anytime I’m there on a weekend or holiday, its pancakes for breakfast. Although, I think it may be more because I’m bossy than anything else. Does it count as tradition if its just because I’m bossy?

  41. Jamie Says:

    We have breakfast on Saturday mornings the only day we are all home. Daddy usually makes something special for me and the kiddos. Love Saturday mornings!

  42. Heather Henderson Says:

    When we do family brunches we’re all responsible for bringing a breakfast/brunch item. My breakfast burritos are my specialty and I bring them every time with none left over.
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  43. Heather Henderson Says:

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  44. shala_darkstone Says:

    Our morning ritual is chocolate chip waffles for my daughter and a salad with veggie burger for me. My hubby makes eggs for himself. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  45. shala_darkstone Says:

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  46. kj Says:

    Our breakfast tradition is that at least one day of the weekend, my hubby makes a big breakfast; eggs, bacon, hash-browns….. yum! Thank goodness it’s Friday already because I’m hungry!

  47. Darcy Says:

    Christmas morning always means quiche and homemade cinnamon rolls!

  48. Shannon F. Says:

    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!

  49. Judith Says:

    Christmas day is the only time. I host the family brunch. Crepes has been may main stay

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  51. Kelly Massman Says:

    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

  52. brooke Says:

    The morning after Thanksgiving I make gingerbread pancakes with cranberry syrup. A toast to Thanksgiving and Christmas all mixed into one. The recipe is on the Ocean Spray website. It’s a little heavy and rich and surely shouldn’t be eaten more than once a year. But it’s good for that one day!

  53. Colleen Says:

    Love the expressions in the photos! We don’t have any breakfast traditions in our house, but I think we’ll need to change that too.

  54. Colleen Says:

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  55. Tracy Robertson Says:

    Christmas and Thanksgiving mornings are just a bowl of cereal, because we want to save our appetites for all of the goodies that start coming a little bit later in the day!

    I never thought of making a special Halloween morning breakfast, but now I will consider that.

  56. Lewis F Says:

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

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  58. Tracy Robertson Says:

    I tweeted

  59. Susan S Says:

    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.

  60. Janice Says:

    no breakfast tradition, other than eating breakfast as a family on weekends. That’s special for us since we can’t do that on weekdays (work)

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  62. Kathleen Says:

    We do not have any breakfast traditions in our family, we need to make one though.

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  64. abitnerdy Says:

    mmmmm.. love that recipe. Love your breakfast tradition. I don’t have one over here, unless sprinkles with pancakes for birthdays.

  65. Kelly Collins Says:

    We go out for a big breakfast after church on Sunday!!

  66. Leah Says:

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


  67. thmman Says:

    For birthdays my wife makes chocolate french toast.
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  68. Rachel B Says:

    we always eat cracker jacks, whoppers, and an apple for breakfast at Christmas. Santa does the cooking.

    when all the family goes home, Mom makes stuffed french toast with caramel syrup.

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  70. mary Says:

    We have our special breakfast on New Years day. Loaded potatoes and the works.
    A great way to start the New Year.

  71. mary Says:

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  72. Susan Smith Says:

    I make cinnamon rolls and omelettes on Christmas mornings.

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  74. Jennifer Says:

    We have a big breakfast with all kinds of breakfast foods on Christmas Eve morning with just me and my kids!

  75. Sara Phillips Says:

    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!

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  77. Debbie Bellows Says:

    i don’t know if you would call it a tradition, but I always make sausage bread for my daughter when she comes home from college

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  79. Debra F Says:

    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!

  80. Betty C Says:

    The closest special holiday breakfast is cinnamon rolls after the gifts are opened on Christmas. My personal special breakfast is waffles whenever I can get them. They aren’t necessarily just for holidays or weekends.

  81. Betty C Says:

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  82. Kerri Says:

    On Christmas morning, we have folar– which is a Portuguese bread with meat. My dad also makes fudge for Christmas, so I usually steal a piece of that on Christmas morning, too. :)

  83. Norma Says:

    New Years Day we go out for breakfast!

  84. LAMusing Says:

    Easter we always have ham and eggs, OJ and warm cinnamon rolls :)

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  86. Cindy D Says:

    Christmas morning is sour dough pancakes (made from started that is older than me) It’s put out the Christmas Eve to be ready when my kids arrive – everyone loves them.

  87. Aisha Says:

    I love making breakfast for my husband’s family like pancakes, eggs, bacon, hash browns, and french toast. My husband makes the coffee and the server. :)

  88. Marcia Goss Says:

    On Christmas, we make coffee and open presents. Then I usually make a big breakfast for the family, scrambled eggs, bacon, and maybe French toast.

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  90. april yedinak Says:

    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).

  91. Georgia Says:

    No special breakfast tradition here. Kids are older and to busy.
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  92. Georgia Says:

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  93. Steph Says:

    No annual tradition here, just waffles and eggs every sunday!

  94. Jessica Says:

    On weekends I like to make “special” breakfasts sometimes, but our only actual “tradition” is to go to my dad’s house every Christmas morning for breakfast. He makes the best breakfast foods!

  95. Jessica Says:

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  96. PauleyD Says:

    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.

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  99. wanda Says:

    I wish I had a good pumpkin muffin recipe to share.
    I love it when it’s time to make pumpkin rolls again.
    Our favorite breakfast tradition is monkey bread on holidays.

  100. Kerry Says:

    I usually make the breakfast casserole that you let set overnight with the eggs and bread in it. It’s so easy to pop in the oven in the morning and that gives me more time to spend with the family!

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  102. Jamie Says:

    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!! :)

  103. Jamie Says:

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  104. TheWorthys Says:

    We LOVE Biscuits & Gravy with Sausage/Eggs in the Gravy :) It’s AWESOME!

    There’s also a overnight french toast that is AWESOME too! We love Food when it comes to the holidays and to try new things ;)

    Thanks for the chance to WIN!

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  107. Rachel Says:

    My mom and I always have french toast on special occasions!

  108. Jennifer W Says:

    I always make homemade cinnamon rolls for special occasions. The kids and hubby love them! And they make the house smell great!!

  109. jamie Says:

    Our Special breakfast day is Easter, Christmas, and a couple unplanned days every couple of months we have breakfast casserole

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  111. Eve Says:

    My family goes to IHOP every Christmas morning for breakfast
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  115. scott Says:

    We don’t really have a special breakfast days but during the fall and winter months, its very common to find pumpkin bread or cake or donuts on the table!

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  117. angie Says:

    For us its all about pumpkin and apples this time of year. Pumpkin pancakes and fried apples, apple and pumpkin bread or butter…mmmmm

  118. angie Says:

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  119. kaholly Says:

    Sunday mornings are always a special morning. We have a big breakfast that varies from week to week as we each take turns picking our favorites! Now that we are older, we all take turns preparing the meal. We turn off the telephone, gather as a family, and share our stories, joke around, and spend quality time together.

  120. Jill H Says:

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

  121. Jill H Says:


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  122. Becky Horn Says:

    No special breakfast days for us, we are always on the run so poptarts, cereal, toast is what we use.

  123. Becky Horn Says:

    I tweeted

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