Assalamu-alaikum (peace be upon you) tweenz, parents, and readers across the globe,

The weather outside was still quite un-friendly tonight. What type of food pairs well with cold weather? BREAKFAST (at least heat is generated from the stove while you cook so it keeps you warm)!!! Breakfast items are so unique compared to other meals (here’s looking at your dinner) because they can be eaten at any time of the day and are typically simple to prepare. Tonight our tweenz had the chance to put on their chef hats and aprons on and learn the time-honored tradition of making simple breakfast dishes sure to please any child (or adult). Under the careful supervision of our IYG chef-tors (“chef + mentor = chef-tor”, get it?!), our youth learned how to prepare their very own scrambled eggs with cheese paired with decadent, fluffy pancakes (kufi tip to Food Network for their helpful cooking tips). Breakfast is a very important meal to energize our youth early in the morning to help them through their school day. Most days, we rely on mom and dad to prepare breakfast for us. However, this fun cooking activity taught our youth simple dishes they can prepare at home on their own (for those days in college when mom and dad may not be there to make breakfast) AND dishes they can make for their families (to give mom and dad a break from the kitchen by serving a simple treat). As captured in the pictures below, our youth did a phenomenal job (after dealing with a couple early exploding eggs…) preparing their breakfast meals:

Step 1 - Cleanse thy hands! Bacteria and food don't play well together in our stomach.

Step 1 – Cleanse thy hands! Bacteria and food don’t play well together in our stomach.

Muhammad and Abdallah start mixing eggs, sour cream, and a splash of water together to make their scrambled eggs...

Muhammad and Abdallah start mixing eggs, sour cream, and a splash of water together to make their scrambled eggs…

Basim's eggs are whipped and ready to be scrambled!

Basim’s eggs are whipped and ready to be scrambled!

Mix, mix rapido Basim! Else your eggs will become an omelet.

Mix, mix rapido Basim! Else your eggs will become an omelet.

Now onto pancakes! Mmm fluffy pancakes...Muhammad attempts to flip his pancake with his eyes closed (this can't be a good idea or can it?)

Now onto pancakes! Mmm fluffy pancakes…Muhammad attempts to flip his pancake with his eyes closed (this can’t be a good idea or can it?).

One toasted breakfast muffin later and  this young lad is ready to chow down...

One toasted breakfast muffin later and this young lad is ready to chow down…

Mmmmm...nothing beats breakfast all day! If you look closely, there is a pan-taco (pancake taco) present on someone's plate...we"ll let you figure out this mystery.

Mmmmm…nothing beats breakfast all day! If you look closely, there is a pan-taco (pancake taco) present on someone’s plate…we”ll let you figure out this mystery.

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