FTC disclosure: This post is sponsored by McDonald’s of Central Arkansas. I am one of their brand ambassadors, ed but all opinions are my own.
The other night, Anthony was asked to play piano at an event so the kids and I were on our own for dinner. I had worked all day and still needed to go to the grocery store, so I decided to treat the girls to dinner out. When I mentioned the idea of “breakfast for dinner”, in unison the three oldest proclaimed in sounds of delight and agreement, so we loaded up the car and drove a few blocks away to our neighborhood McDonald’s. To be honest here, I had been fantasizing about the new McDonald’s All Day Breakfast menu for a few days. Their All Day Breakfast TV commercial is pure food porn. OMG — give me all the pancakes and butter and syrup now!
Ordering with my crew can be kind of a hot mess, so I sent Kennedy (the oldest) to find a table and get a high chair for Quinn (the youngest) while Madison, Maya and I placed the order and filled our drink cups with ice and water. (We are a water-drinking family.)
I ordered just about one of everything, plus an extra order of pancakes because sharing those can be hard. Here is what we ordered:
- Two orders of hotcakes (McDonald’s terminology for pancakes)
- One bacon, egg & cheese biscuit
- One fruit ‘n yogurt parfait
- One sausage burrito
- One fruit & maple oatmeal
- One hash browns
- One chocolate milk (because Maya rebels against the water drinking thing)
I figured that would get us started at least.
One interesting factoid: McDonald’s has a different All Day Breakfast menu depending on where you live in the U.S. The “deep South” has the biscuit menu and everywhere else has the McMuffin menu.
ALSO… starting March 28th McGriddles will be added to the All Day Breakfast menu at McDonald’s!!!
It wasn’t soon after we sat down that my four usually-loud-talking girls were quiet and stuffing their faces with the McDonald’s breakfast goodness that laid before them. I personally had the sausage burrito (my favorite of their breakfast items) and stole a few bites of Maya’s pancakes until her protests started attracting stares from nearby diners. Everyone was happy with their “breakfast for dinner” selection. Kennedy and Maya each had the pancakes. Madison had the bacon, egg & cheese biscuit. Baby Quinn had the hash browns and some of her sister’s pancakes too. We ended up taking the yogurt parfait and oatmeal home and someone ate them the next morning.
Our neighborhood McDonald’s has recently closed for renovations. I can’t wait to see what they do with the place! Hopefully they will put in a big, fun playground for the kiddos. It opens back up in June.
What is your favorite breakfast item at McDonald’s?
Quinn just turned 18 months old. This is a really fun age, cheapest
and she continues to amaze me. She has a few words in her vocabulary like “baby” and “thank you.” She is learning to feed herself with a spoon. She can follow simple instructions. And she is always up for a dance party. However she also has very specific tastes in foods and is steadfast in her resolve NOT to eat certain things. I didn’t have this problem with Maya. Maya was always an adventuresome eater and still will choose cherry tomatoes over candy. But my little Quinn is a different story.I was so happy when I was introduced to the new Gerber Lil’ Beanies baked snacks. Not only does Quinn LOVE them, they are good for her too. They are made with navy beans and rice flour. Each serving has 2 grams of protein and 1 gram of fiber, plus they don’t contain any yucky GMOs, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. They are ideal of toddlers and self-feeders. Bonus is that they are less messy than many snack options.
This morning, Quinn and I hosted a Lil’ Beanies tasting party to spread the word with our friends about this new toddler snack. As you can see from the photos, the Lil’ Beanies were a big hit with all the kiddos.
Lil’ Beanies hit store shelves at Walmart starting THIS WEEK. They have two flavors: white cheddar & broccoli and original/sea salt, and sell for about $1.86 per canister. You can follow along with the product launch on social media using the hashtags #GerberLilBeanies and #GrowingUpGerber.
All these taste testers enthusiastically approve!