Columbus Parent enlisted a breakfast expert to help us create a menu that kids can prepare - with a little help from a grown-up - as a surprise for mom or dad.

Looking for a way to help mom or dad feel special on Mother's Day or Father's Day? How about treating them to breakfast in bed? Columbus Parent enlisted a breakfast expert to help us create a menu that kids can prepare - with a little help from a grown-up - as a surprise for mom or dad. Egg in a Frame is a breakfast item that kids will have fun cooking and eating, said Lynn Varney, owner of Harrison House Bed & Breakfast in Victorian Village. She sought the help of her 7-year-old neighbor Carlos Acosta-Hughes to test the kid-friendliness of her meal. Carlos was excited about the assignment. "I wish there was something called Kid's Day," he said, looking longingly at the tray Varney had set out to hold the food. Varney prepared the bacon while Carlos made fruit kabobs. Serving fresh fruit kabob-style makes it appealing to kids, said Varney, who serves about 120 breakfasts every month. "They're fun because you can't make them wrong," she said. Working together Varney and Carlos used a glass to cut a hole out of a piece of bread. They added the bread to a frying pan and cracked an egg into the center of it. When the egg was cooked into the bread, Varney carefully slid it onto a plate. Carlos artfully arranged his fruit kabob into a bowl of yogurt. "It came out perfectly," Varney told Carlos. Finally, it was time for Carlos to taste the food. "It's good," said Carlos, who thinks parents will feel "proud and happy" if their children serve them breakfast in bed. Preparing the breakfast was easy, Carlos said, but he did offer some advice to other young chefs. "Tell your mom or dad - whoever your assistant is - tell them to help you with the stove." Eggs in a Frame and Fruit Kabob with Yogurt INGREDIENTS *Seasonal fruit - such as berries, bananas, pineapple - that can be skewered to make several fruit kabobs *2-3 slices of bacon *1 egg *1 slice of bread *2 tbsp. butter *Salt and pepper to taste
INSTRUCTIONS 1. Grown-up: Boil water for tea or make coffee. 2. Grown-up and kid: Wash and cut fruit. 3. Kid: Assemble fruit kabobs. 4. Kid: Put a half-cup of yogurt into a fancy glass or bowl and arrange kabobs in the dish. 5. Grown-up: Prepare bacon. 6. Grown-up and kid: Cut out the center of a slice of bread with small glass or cookie cutter. 7. Grown-up: Heat skillet; put in butter. Brown bread frame lightly on one side. Turn over. Crack an egg into the hole in the bread. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Turn over for a few seconds. 8. Kid: Arrange the food on tray and serve to the other lucky grown-up!