As I sat watching my daughter's gymnastic practice a few weeks ago, a friend decided to join me. We started talking about our week and I casually mentioned to her, "Do you remember how that coffee jingle from when we were kids went, you know the one...'the best part about waking up...'?"
She immediately finished the song, "...is Folgers in your cup." Her reply was instant and brought a smile to both of our faces. We both agreed that it was a jingle we would know for the rest of our lives. It was part of our childhood.
I grew up with this jingle and Folgers coffee in our home. A vivid memory for me is the can. We used those huge cans for everything around the yard and in the garage. Red cans filled with tools, nails, working gloves and potted plants. My grandmother never wasted a thing.
Today, in my own home, those cans have turned into cute cups. Cups that I can easily pop into my modern coffee machine push a button and in a minute have a variety of flavors with each new cup. I typically drink one cup of coffee every morning. The aroma that fills my home when my husband comes downstairs and starts his cup of coffee is too tempting for me to stay in bed. I do love my coffee. It starts my day and before I even take my first sip, the smell brings a smile to my face.
Our kids are night owls and with this comes a few perks, the hubby and I get to spend our mornings together eating breakfast and enjoying each other's company before our busy day gets started. We both work from home, have three very active kids and one on the way. Our time each day is spent juggling life's activities and parenting two teenagers and a six year old. We cherish this quality time that we have together. Some days we get 30 minutes to eat our breakfast and sip our coffee and other days it is a brief 5 minutes before we hear the pitter patter of little feet.
Our six year old wakes up happy every single day singing a tune. She comes downstairs and turns the radio on without fail. My kitchen has always had a radio. Music is an important part of our family. My husband loves to write his own music, I play the flute and our kids play a variety of instruments.
One thing that I am proud of is the music in our home is not just one genre. We really do love it all and find that some days we listen to rock-n-roll and other days it is classical. When I visited Folgers page and listened to the top 10 finalists I was amazed by the talent, the musical genius of the artist and how they were able to bring the catchy phrase of "breakfast in your cup" into the modern day. I was really blown away! Music does warm the heart and brightens each day.
Starting each morning with a good breakfast, warm smiles, music and a fresh cup of Folgers coffee is a great way to begin our day. I have included a recipe below for one of our favorite breakfast foods, buckwheat pancakes. Our morning routine hasn't changed much over the years and I am sure that my own kids will carry on this tradition as they begin their own lives and families.
I am excited to help spread the word for Folgers Coffee about their Jingle Contest. They have found 10 finalist and you can follow the Road to the Jingle on Facebook to see how they traveled the U.S. to track down the Top 10 contestants!
Take a look at the Folgers® Jingle Contest Finalists, and listen to the tracks that earned them a spot in The Top 10. Cast your vote once every day through June 19th. You could win exciting prizes, like free Folgers Coffee, iTunes® gift cards, signed CDs from Gavin DeGraw, and even a $10,000 Grand Prize just for voting! Click here for official rules.
Disclosure: I was recently asked by Folgers to create a post about our morning routine and the influence music has in our lives. All of the thoughts above are my own and given from an honest perspective and love for this product.
Recipe: Buckwheat Pancakes
Makes a large batch: 30 (3 inch) pancakes
3 cups buckwheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons real maple syrup
3 1/2 cups of milk
3 tablespoons melted butter
3 eggs, separated
1/2-1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients and whisk together well.
In a medium bowl, add egg whites and whip until soft peaks form.
Add the wet ingredients (milk, egg yolks, syrup and melted butter) to dry ingredients. Mix well.
Fold in egg whites and gently combine.
On a heated grill, add butter to season surface.
Using a small ladle, add each pancake. Cook until lightly brown and air bubbles appear on top of the pancake. Flip and continue cooking.
Remove and serve with your favorite topping: syrup, molasses, jelly or jam.
Store any leftovers in a sealed container or baggie in the refrigerator for 5 days. May be frozen too.