And, since the Mother Guilt is usually not far behind a meal like this, I would advise being slow to put those bowls in the dishwasher. Rinse them out, dry them with a new paper napkin (as opposed to the toast-crumb covered napkins), and use them for the dessert below:
And I must add...no children were harmed in the preparation or consumption of this meal. They are thriving quite nicely.
I learned this lesson on thriving when Beth was about 2 weeks old. It had been one of those days with a newborn. I know I hadn't even brushed my teeth. I may not have even gone to the bathroom. Alex and Brenna had their basic needs met, but nothing more. I was so worn out, and dinner could not be put off any longer. The other 2, annoyingly enough, needed to eat and were not old enough to take care of it themselves. And there, sitting on the counter, was a most glorious 2-layer chocolate cake. Someone had brought it to us, and in my hormonal, sleep-deprived fog, it looked like the perfect dinner for my 2 hungry children. I cut them each a very large wedge of cake, added ice cream to make sure they met their daily calcium quota, and called them to the table. Their little faces were priceless. "Dat is ow dinna???" They were so very grateful to me, the most wonderful mother they had ever had. They thanked me over and over. And for literally years, they would say, "Remember that time Mommy fed us cake and ice cream for dinner??" It was such a good lesson for me. On the inside, I felt like I was "failing" to provide for them that day, and in their minds I could not have blessed them more. We've done that on purpose a couple times since then. And they've had cereal for dinner on more than one occasion. And yet they are all happy, healthy, intelligent, well-adjusted, non-picky eaters.
So, there is my Menu recommendation for the next time you have one of "those days" for whatever reason! Show me a little camaraderie here, and let me know the next time you have cereal (or whatever!) for dinner!