#SOLSC17: “Dessert First”

What’s for dessert?

My brilliant son, at the age of 7, asked one holiday, “Why don’t we have dessert first while we know we still have room?”

As a sensible mother who really didn’t like fixing breakfast and dinner on a holiday, I readily agreed. (Cook one meal?  Absolutely!)

And thus our tradition was born.

Dessert at 10 a.m.

Dinner at 2 p.m.

Our dessert was often one or two of these.

Can you name all three?


What traditions do you have?  

How did they originate?  

Did they continue even after your children left the nest?

Last week while “adventuring” with a great nephew and great niece (and BTW I have to tell you that it was an absolute pleasure to be entrusted with their care for the day), we went for dessert about 5 p.m. We didn’t yet have dinner plans. It sounded like it would be “awhile” before plans would be finalized, so I just made the executive decision.  Besides that’s what a “Great Aunt” is good for: Spoiling those kids!

We didn’t find pie. But our desserts looked something like these:

Are you continuing any traditions into the next generation?

Thank you, my son, for the brilliant idea that has continued on past 20 years to another generation!

slice of life

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early morning slicer

Answers for desserts!


  • Pumpkin, Gooseberry, Strawberry Cheesecake

Ice Cream:

  • Hot fudge sundae, Chocolate ice cream hot fudge sundae, strawberry sundae





23 responses

  1. What a fun blog to wake up to! Not only do I love this tradition, I also love the idea of reflecting on how the traditions we cherish got started. And what traditions are yet to be proposed around our home. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks, Carol.
      It makes so much sense doesn’t it? Have a great day!

  2. I guessed Rhubarb as the second pie. I’ve never had gooseberry, but it sounds yummy. Our traditions involve holidays, and my daughter continues them. My sons have adopted the traditions of their wives’ families, and that’s as it should be I guess. Unfortunately, your post made me think that I want some pie! It’s 6:36 a.m. and I want pie, darn it.

    1. Diane,
      Rhubarb pie would be good. Gooseberry is usually a bit tart. I always asked for it for my June birthday in order to have something different. (I wasn’t much of a cake lover.)

      HA! When the great nephew in this story was 5 and he wanted gooseberry pie for breakfast, his 2 great aunts and great grandmother gave it to him. It was fruit after all! LOL ❤

      1. Yes, my sentiments exactly! Fruit pie for breakfast. Let’s start a club.

  3. I too am a lover of traditions. My favorite tradition is pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving breakfast. That tradition started when one thanksgiving we were NOT served pumpkin pie. I felt incomplete. SInce then we start every TDay with pumpkin pie for breakfast. After that I don’t care what I eat! Well maybe…

    1. Christine,
      Yes! Another vote for pie for breakfast! We also do this for Christmas dinner as well!

  4. Oh, I love the idea of having one big meal by serving courses throughout the day and starting with dessert, main meal around noon, and a salad to finish up in early evening. That way, you burn those luscious dessert calories off all day long. Thanks for a deliciously delicious post this Friday!

  5. Fun to hear about your traditions, especially pie first. We often have the traditional Thanksgiving food, but one year, very soon after my daughter-in-law’s mother had died, I changed it. She was so, so sad that having a “tradition” was going to be hard. So we had lasagna and garlic bread with salad and cannolis. We do have traditions, but sometimes breaking them is a good thing, too.

    1. Linda,
      There are always reasons to change traditions. Our “dessert first” seems to endure since it is so “kid friendly” and sensible.

      I want to have Christmas in July so that we can all “be home for the holidays” but that one has not yet caught on! LOL!

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

      1. Yes, we had to change that date for a few times. Grown children have new agendas! Thanks, Fran!

  6. OK, Fran. This made me hungry so we are going out for dinner (plus I have a touch of cabin fever). Lobster bisque is in our future. I am not sure about dessert. It all depends on what kind of cheesecake they have at Palermo’s today. Whatever kind, it is good.

    1. Lobster bisque sounds yummy! Safe travels!

  7. I love that my kids, 15 and 17, still want our traditions to continue. Some were from our childhoods and others began by mistake. Either way they bond us and inspire us to remember. Today my husband and I are headed out of town for the night. We are both a bit overwhelmed with work right now and were barely going to make it on the road in time for our plans. This morning I looked at him. He knew. He said, “But they are 17 and 15 … they know the leprechauns are not real.” I just looked at him. He then headed to the store to get the things we needed to make sure our boys knew the leprechauns did not miss them… they were just a little late. Perfect slice for me today –thank you.

    1. Clare,
      OK, we had no St. Patrick’s Day tradition other than wear green! No store/no leprechauns! (probably because it was during Lent so no candy/due to fasting, etc.) So fun to see and hear other traditions!

  8. I love this tradition, Fran…I think my kids would, too!

    1. Thanks, Tara.
      It totally relieved the “breakfast” preparation pressure and basically just re-ordered the day for us! Kinda fun! ❤

  9. I love that tradition! My son, when about the same age, once asked if he could have chocolate cake for breakfast. Chocolate cake is not really that different than a donut, so, being a flexible mother, I too said Yes.

    1. Phyllis,
      Absolutely . . . like a donut or muffin, . . . and now both of those have multiple chocolate flavors so OF COURSE!

      The best thing about pie first is that the pie does NOT last for days! Two pieces that first time . . . and then the rest just seems to disappear!
      ENJOY TC!

  10. mmm yummy, I love this! And that pie so..
    Happy Pi Day 🙂
    Therefore i eight sum pi. I ate some pie…and it was delicious!

  11. Mary Ann Reilly | Reply

    What a yummy tradition! Must make mornings well anticipated. Our rituals kind of fizzled this year. Perhaps we’ll resume some next year. I do still have my brothers for Christmas. That’s been a tradition since my mom could no longer do it (1999). Even when Rob got sick, my brothers came for dinner. We all look forward to it!

    1. Yes, Mary Ann, mornings are well anticipated and the house smells so good from the early dessert!

      Maybe it’s time for some new rituals . . . or even to scale back a bit!

  12. Every once in awhile when I was a kid (like maybe three times total!) my mom would scoop some vanilla ice cream on top of my breakfast oatmeal. It was MAGICAL. I am completely down with fruit pie or cake for breakfast.

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