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One of my favorite morning treats is when the kids decide to make me breakfast in bed. A slice of buttered toast with a glass of milk used to be the extent of their culinary prowess. Now I’m happy to say they’ve expanded their menu to build a better breakfast. They can now include toasted Lender’s bagels and Del Monte Fruit & Veggie Fusions to the Great Value milk they already know how to pour.
Milk is naturally nutrient rich and powers potential – if you have access to it. Milk’s 9 essential nutrients, including 8 grams of high-quality protein per 8 ounce serving, can help to ensure that kids have the potential to play, learn and grow.
Bagels are easy to make, nutritious and pretty dang tasty. I love them because Lender’s Bagels are filling so they sustain the kids all day. They love it because of the family favorite flavors to choose from, Plain, Blueberry and Cinnamon-Raisin. Lender’s has a bagel for Everyone!
Del Monte Fruit & Veggie Fusions is the only fruit cup product that provides one serving of fruits and veggies in a single cup. The veg is in the juice but you’d never know it! The juice is Charlie’s favorite part, she comments about it every time she eats one.
There is no doubt, pairing these three products is helping the kids build a better breakfast.
The girls are beyond proud of themselves for their expanding breakfast building skills, and I don’t blame them. I wanted to teach them how to give breakfast in bed another touch of love, so I pulled out some colored paper and taught the kids how to make a simple paper flower.
Another thing I want to teach the kids about adding a touch of love is through helping others. Join Feeding America in The Great American Milk Drive to help deliver highly desired and nutrient-rich gallons of milk to hungry children and families who need it most. More than 14 million servings of milk have been delivered to food banks through this first-of-its-kind initiative.
Paper Flower Tutorial
TV, movies and even commercials glamorize breakfast in bed by having it set out beautifully on lace doilies, an elegant serving tray and the always included flower in a vase. It’s that display I want my kids to be able to accomplish in a simple way.
These flowers are easy to make and you probably already have the supplies you need around the house. You’ll need various colors of paper, glue, green straws, a pencil, scissors, a ruler and something to help you roll paper. I used a quilling tool, but you could also use a knitting needle, chopstick or crochet hook.
First pick the color of paper you want to as the petals of the flower. Cut a piece lengthwise that measures approximately 8.5 inches by 2.5 inches. To get an even cut I measure out 2.5 inches at various points up the paper, marking those points with dots. Then I use the ruler to connect the dots in a straight line I can easily cut.
Once your paper is cut, draw a line half an inch from one side of the paper on the long edge. Again I use the connect the dots method to make an even line.
Using the line you drew as a guideline cut the paper, up to the line, at quarter inch intervals all the way up the paper. Don’t worry about having these lines exactly quarter inch in width. As you create your flower petals you won’t notice minor width differences.
With all of the lines cut take your rolling device and individually curl each of those strips you just cut. I love the quilling tool because I can get a tighter curl, but I know not everyone has a quilling tool, plus I fluff out the curls at the end anyway. Another point that I always seem to forget is to curl your petals with the pencil line on the bottom. I made this mistake yet again and had to erase my line for presentation.
After all of your petals are curled it’s time to assemble the flower. You’ll need glue, a green straw, and the flower petals you just made. I prefer glue stick for this step rather than a liquid glue. It dries faster and makes less mess.
Put glue on the back of the petal strip, then starting at the top of the straw with the petal curls pointing up start wrapping the petal strip around the straw in a slightly diagonal direction. This gentle slant will allow you to overlap the petal strip as you work your way down the straw.
Set your flower aside and grab some green paper. Cut a rectangle to an approximate height you would like your leaves, keeping in mind they will be curved downward a bit so it’s okay if they reach up to the flower in height. You can always trim them down if needed.
Fold your green rectangle in an accordion shape and carefully cut out a slender leaf pattern. Make sure the bottom remains connected, so don’t cut the edges at the very bottom. You’ll be gluing this part to the bottom of the straw.
You’ll notice my leaves aren’t even the same size. I accomplished this variety by making a rough accordion fold and a rough cut when I made the leaves.
Put some glue on the bottom of the leaves and wrap them around the bottom of the straw, trimming the leaves if necessary.
That’s it! Your flower is complete. Place your flower in a bud vase and it’s ready for presentation.
Building a Better Breakfast
Our favorite part of the kids bringing me breakfast in bed is when they bring enough for all of us so we can enjoy breakfast together, in bed, which is a novelty for them. The paper flower adds a wonderful touch and the girls love to share their kindness and breakfast creation skills with me.
We picked up all of our breakfast products at Walmart. Of course you’ll find the Great Value milk in the milk section. Lender’s Bagels are available in the refrigerated dairy section. And don’t forget to look for specially marked Del Monte Fruit & Veggie Fusions packages on the shelf at Walmart to find valuable coupons for Del Monte and Lenders products.
Great American Milk Drive
Childhood should be filled with playing, learning and growing. But for many children who face hunger, even basic staples like milk and the nutrients that help power childhood activities are missing.
Now, you can help feed a childhood when you shop at Walmart, by purchasing 1 or more of these products, you are helping Feeding America provide nutrient- rich milk to kids and families in need. Visit milklife.com/give to learn more.
How will you build a better breakfast and support the Great American Milk Drive? I would love to hear your ideas in the comments below.