Big Breakfast made Easy with Scotch-Brite Scrubbing Dish Cloths

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As you know from my weekly meal plans, we tend to keep dinner on the quick side around here. 30 minutes or less is my goal, because, well we don't have the time and I don't want the mess.

But to make up for it, we tend to go a little bigger for our Saturday breakfasts. And it's so fun. We take the morning slow, we all chip in to make breakfast, music playing in the kitchen, Saturday morning cartoons in the living room for the boys, all in our pajamas, just enjoying some family time and relax a little after yet another busy week. It's lovely to spend the time together... except... I still don't want the mess. I want the big meal. Not the big mess.

But I think we've devised a pretty good system to enjoy our breakfast and keep the mess at bay with a little bit of prep, a little bit of maintenance, and a little bit of help from my new secret weapon: the new Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloth. You can find them at Target next to the kitchen utensils (not by the towels and cloth napkins!). They come in gray, coral, navy, and mint which is what I picked up. They're only $4.99 for a 2-pack and even better - they're on a Cartwheel offer between 6/19 and 6/25!
The Scotch-Brite Scrubbing Dish Cloths are a premium fiber, super-charged dish cloth with a textured non-scratch side that's great for tougher messes, and a softer side that's great for the milder ones. They are sturdy, washable, and reusable like your typical dish cloth, but it's even better because it scrubs too - no fingernail scraping required. The textured side is actually the modeled after Scotch-Brite's stay clean sponges, but you can use it to wipe and dry like a dish cloth. This is dish cloth 2.0, guys.
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And with the help of this cool dish cloth, plus a couple other tips and tricks, we can have our (pan) cakes and eat them too, without the huge mess or the dreaded hour-long clean up after Saturday breakfasts. 

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On the menu for this particular breakfast: Homemade waffles, fluffy scrambled eggs, bacon, fruit salad, all the fixin's, and of course, hot coffee. 

This is not the first time we've made this menu, but we rotate between lots of different things. For the main event, we love: waffles, pancakes, French toast (Tomas's fav), avocado toast with tomatoes or strawberries, quiche, and omelets. We love chicken sausage, bacon, or Canadian bacon, a seasonal fruit salad, and eggs.

But we always make this same fruit salad. It's mostly a ploy to use up the fruit we haven't eaten from the week before it goes bad, but I make it so much, I could do it in my sleep (and eat the whole thing too because it's delicious).

For the Fruit Salad, you'll need:

  • 2 Cups Fresh Fruit (Whatever you have in your fridge is great)
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh herbs. I used mint here, but we love basil as well or even a little lavender is wonderful if you've got some growing.
  • 1 Tbsp of Honey
  • 2 Tbsp of White Balsamic. I'm currently using a cinnamon pear white balsamic we picked up at Pike's Place, but regular old white balsamic is wonderful too. It just ups the acidity a bit.

Mix it together, then let is sit and co-mingle while you prepare the rest of breakfast. By the time you're ready to serve, it'll all be infused together and will top your waffles perfectly, or even great with just a fork. 

Sounds yummy, right? As I sit here I'm getting really excited for our next big family breakfast. And while it's certainly delicious, it's a lot of food and a lot to juggle without my kitchen looking like it exploded at the end. I don't know about you but I even look at the honey in the pantry and I feel sticky. But I've found that if I can manage these four things over the course of breakfast, then breakfast is actually enjoyable to make because the mess is minimal, the meal feels stress-free, and everything is done about the same time.

1. Start with a clean slate. I always unload the dishwasher and make sure the counters are completely clear so that I'm not adding mess to mess.

2. Do the hardest thing first. I love Waffles, but they can take forever and a day. I always start the waffles, and get about 2/3 of the way through the batter before ever even starting the other food. Most of the meal comes together at the end, but it's those pastries (you know, the most delicious part) that take time. So budget your time, and don't start the other stuff too early. The last thing you want is cold eggs because the waffles weren't done!

3. Keep a waste bowl. This is a tip from my dad and it really does help. As easy as it should be to throw things away as you make trash, it's just not. And waste/scraps always end up on the counter, in the way. Maybe I'm just a messy cook (that's definitely true), but having a small bowl to throw things in as I crack eggs, unwrap the butter, or finish the baking powder makes sure that the mess stays contained.

4. Clean as you go. This is the biggest one. Like - the BIGGEST. Put away ingredients as they're used and wipe down the counter between each step. And don't let dishes pile up in the sink. That's why the empty dishwasher comes in handy. Load as you go and quickly hand-wash things so the dishes don't end up taking longer than the meal itself. This is also where the Scotch-Brite Scrubbing Dish Cloth comes in because it can go seamlessly from dish-duty to counters, and cleaning up the spilled waffle batter off the side of the waffle iron because *ahem* someone overfilled it a little.

As simple as it may seem, they really work, y'all. Thanks to these steps, I finished making breakfast, and my kitchen looked like this:

Sure, a couple pans on the stove cooling and a few things scattered on the counter, but we all know that it could have looked like a breakfast bomb went off in there. And without a big ole mess giving me the side eye while I ate, we all sat down for our family breakfast and I actually enjoyed it. I mean it's hard not to. Look how yummy it looked.

All that was left to do after we were done eating was using my trusty Scotch-Brite Scrubbing Dish Cloth to get the last few dishes clean then use the same cloth to clean up the table and counters.

Big breakfast? No problem. Except now I need a nap because I'm stuffed. Clean kitchen with maybe 10 extra minutes of work thanks to a few easy steps and a new favorite kitchen tool. 

To see more recipes and tutorials all about the Scotch-Brite Scrubbing Dish Cloths, click here! And don't forget to add this to your Cartwheel and pick yours up between 6/19 and 6/25!