Sunday, 3 February 2013
You may be one of the lucky ones, someone who has children that sleep. But, for the rest of us (we're not bitter), this is a godsend.
No more sleep-deprived visits to the Pound Shop, looking for cheap bribes, no more sobbing on our knees, begging. Nope.
Instead as soon as the 5 and 3yo start to play up before bedtime (I know! Five and three! I was expecting three months of sleeplessness when I had a baby. Not a lifetime) we go in, big guns.
"If you go to bed now you can have chocolate porridge in the morning." And it works. They know they have to go straight to bed and not get up all night until it's light, and, praise be! It works! It is a promise with almost immediate fulfillment and it involves chocolate. Perfect.
Not only that, it's one of those promises that doesn't involve going out and buying stuff before the kids wake up in the morning (we've exhausted the tat from the local cornershop), as we've got all the ingredients at home. Porridge is their usual breakfast, and I've tried stirring Nutella into it, grating chocolate into it but the best results come from making porridge as you would normally and adding cocoa powder. I just make a solution of cocoa, cold milk and sugar, as you do when you make a hot chocolate, and then stir it into the porridge for a deeply chocolaty hit. Sometimes I put on sliced banana, sometimes chopped up pear, sometimes, ahem, sprinkles.
So, my eyes twinkle, my skin is clear and I don't snap at my children/husband (well, not much). The only thing is, the kids have had it everyday for a week. I foresee a future where I am well rested and my children are chocolaty. Hmm, it sounds pretty good.
So, what about you? Any surefire easy-to-make treats you'd care to share? Go on!
Posted by Claire Mcdonald at 11:17