So, nothing exciting happened today… and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. No doctor appointments, no major storms, no one was seriously injured – just the usual bumps and bruises of raising wild and rambunctious boys. Some days I’m not entirely sure how Kayla and I survive it!
Directly related to dealing with boys are the topics addressed in the title of this post.
First, the bacon. My boys are not *good* eaters (ironic, I know). By *good* I mean that they are really small for their ages and Cole in particular is still slipping of the growth charts all the time. I had to laugh today when I overheard another mom telling her son he needed to eat more fruit and vegetables. My kids are told they have to eat more fattening foods and protein and can’t have their fruit and veggies until dessert. Seriously. Whateves. It’s a struggle to teach them to eat the good foods they love and actually eat enough for a growing boy (and not just enough for a baby bird)!
I live in topsy-turvy world.
That said, the reason I wanted to talk about bacon is because I’ve only found one way to make it that my boys like to eat it best.
Thick cut, country-style bacon, baked in the oven until deep golden and mostly crispy. I make batches of bacon that I can keep cooked in the fridge throughout the week for an easy protein fix on weekday mornings. All my boys usually want for breakfast is a little homemade granola with a few chocolate chips and some vanilla yogurt, so having a quick warmed piece of bacon to tempt them with helps get that protein.
Also related to raising boys, did you ever read those ‘Choose Your Own Adventure‘ books when you were a kid? I remember my older brother loved them, and that I read one too and thought it was fun, but more for boys. I don’t think that’s necessarily true, but I was a bit of a bookworm and reading things like Little Women, all the Anne of Green Gables series, Heidi, A Little Princess and the like when I was in elementary. I was constantly reading something (and still am).
Anyway, I came across the Choose Your Own adventure series books at my local Barnes and Noble though and knew they would be perfect for Aidan. With 29 possible endings he is excited to read these books and is already devouring #16 – Secret of the Ninja (you don’t have to read them in order- this was just a title I thought he would like). I’m not sure how many are in the series, but they cover all kinda of adventures (space, inca gold, under the ocean, and lots more). So, if you have a grade schooler who loves to read, but is having a hard time transitioning into chapter books (and not just comics or picture books that aren’t a challenge) let me know if you think you’d give these a try.
Country-Style Baked Bacon
1 lb thick cut country style bacon
1 tablespoon brown sugar or 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper – both optional, plain is shown here
Line a baking sheet with foil and a wire rack that fits the pan. Lay your bacon flat and side by side across the wire rack. Place on a rack, centered in a cold oven. Set the oven temperature to 400 degrees F. Set a timer for 25 minutes. After 25 minutes your bacon will be mostly cooked, but not crispy because most of that time the oven would have been preheating. Set the timer for 5 minute increments until you get the color desired. Don’t wait too long because it can go from just right to burning quickly. I usually bake the bacon for about 30 minutes, then turn the oven off an let the residual heat finish it off, usually about 35-40 minutes total. If you are doing the brown sugar version I recommend you definitely do it this way (using the residual heat) because the sugars can start to burn. Remove from the wire rack when done to a paper towel lined plate and serve warm. Allow bacon to cool completely before storing leftovers (if there are any!) in an airtight container in the fridge. To reheat, place the bacon pieces folded in a small piece of parchment and microwave in 15 second intervals just until you hear it sizzle.