The Mealtime Magic Time Saver

A.K.A.  The Pizza Cutter

I don't know about you but I'm always looking for ways to make my life simpler.  I have a couple kids of my own and I watch a few others during the day.  Sometimes I have a full fledged preschool in my home.  Feeding 10 kids breakfast isn't so bad...but having a few tricks up my sleeve definitely makes it run smoother.  I will have to share a few of my tips for making mealtime enjoyable for everyone, but today I'm sharing my Mealtime Magic TimeSaver!

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Have you introduced your waffles and pancakes to the pizza cutter yet?

A few cuts in one direction...
A few more cuts going across the other way...

Makes bite-sized pieces out of a waffle lickity-split!

That means more mouths eating breakfast instead of saying "Is it done yet?"
Of course there will always be "rebels" in the group.  Those kids that need to dance to the beat of their own drums.  Like holding their Nutella covered waffle in their hands.  :)

But wait!!!Breakfast isn't all this mealtime magic timesaver is good for...

My three favorite kitchen gadgets 
(lt-rt: pizza cutter, cheese slicer, chef's brush)

 Use a chef's brush or pastry brush to put a thin coat of butter on tortillas before cooking.  I use a non-stick skillet but a tiny bit of butter when cooking just makes a quesadilla taste so much better.

Use a cheese slicer to get nice thin cuts of cheese.  It takes far less time than grating the cheese, and because it's so thin it melts really quickly.  (I love using this for cheese and crackers too.)

Once that quesadilla's all toasty and melted, grab that pizza cutter and cut it into some wedges.  (Or bite sized pieces for a toddler).

Oh the melted cheese!!!

Fast, simple, crowd pleasing!  That's what I like.

Did I mention how much I love melted cheese?

 I prepared this tray for my boy, Alex, who's feeling a little under the weather today.  I thought some cheesy goodness with a special message would be just what he needed...

Then I remembered that he's my little rebel, and doesn't much like quesadilla's...or crackers in his soup...so he got grilled cheese and plain tomato instead...with lots of LOVE and chocolate milk.

 This is what I found when I went to get the tray and bring it back down.  See what he wrote with his crusts???

 ....So he says!!!

Remember, pizza cutters aren't just for pizza anymore....the possibilities are endless!

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  1. I love it, you know I had never thought about cutting the little ones meals with the pizza slicer that's brilliant! I have used it for cookies though.

    Hope Alex is feeling better.

  2. OK..that message from Alex is absolutely priceless! Hope he's feeling better! I use my pizza cutter to cut brownies all the time. So the waffle tip is awesome! Waffles are my favorite breakfast food!! I have no idea why I don't use it to cut my waffles as I do like to cut them all up at once. (I'd probably fit right in at your day care!!) Also...I do not have a cheese slicer. But I want one now!! (And a quesadilla to please!)

  3. Great tip for cutting up those crispy waffles! and you can't have enough butter on pretty much anything Butter make it Better ;-)

  4. I use my pizza cutter all the time. It's the best kitchen gadget! I need to get a cheese slicer though because my block of cheese always ends up lopsided when I cut it with a knife.

  5. I totally agree! I use my pizza cutter on pancakes all the time, whether there's a crowd or not.

  6. Great tips! I love my cheese slicer...and have 2 in fact. They are in heavy rotation at my house. Because I love cheese so much, when my Mom went to Denmark..she brought me back a Danish Cheese Slicer as a souvenier. :)

  7. I think my kid will love the slicer to use it on their pancakes and waffles. Thank you for following my blog. I am your new follower.

  8. Oh, that message from Alex is too adorable! Good job Momma!

  9. I love my pizza slicer too! In fact, I use it so much that it finally gave out yesterday, I guess it's time for a new one. Thanks for sharing it in on Fluster's Creative Muster Party. I can't wait to see what you link up next week.

    Hugs and Smiles,

    Fluster Buster

  10. I've used the pizza cutter trick before. It's great for toddlers.
    Found you from the Inspiration Cafe. Thanks for sharing.