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Today my oldest started 5th grade. It’s hard to believe I have a 5th grader. It feels like just yesterday he was starting Kindergarten and now here he is. Mornings are hectic in this house. My son is not a morning person and lately the baby has been waking up anywhere between 6am -7am, Most mornings she has a bottle and takes a little morning nap until about 9 but on the days she doesn’t, forget it. She’s not a happy baby. Those mornings I get nothing done. Even breakfast is a chore. If I try to put her down, she’ll cry until I pick her back up. It’s nothing an early nap won’t take care of but those mornings don’t leave room for little else. Having easy to make breakfast solutions those days are a lifesaver.
Since we were shopping for supplies at Walmart, I made sure to pick up a few boxes of Jimmy Dean® Pancakes on a Stick for a fun and easy breakfast for my son (and me too). I also knew I needed to have plenty of after school snacks handy for him to eat as well.
Last year, he would come home from school and raid the pantry. So I grabbed a box of State Fair® Corn Dogs for a fun after school treat for him and his friends. State Fair® Brand products offer a variety of delicious corn dogs featuring a signature honey-sweetned cornbread batter. I found them these in the freezer section at Walmart.
To make those hectic mornings run smooth, an easy to make breakfast like these Jimmy Dean® Pancakes and Sausage on a Stick are perfect for me to pop in the microwave or even my son if things are that crazy. I can serve them up with a glass of milk and a side of syrup and some fresh fruit and I know he’ll eat a high protein, satisfying breakfast.
Growing up, my mom always made us a big breakfast to make sure our little bellies were full so we could be our best each day. Doing our best in school was important to her and she knew it began with us eating a nice, big breakfast. For a few years my abuela & abuelo lived with us and would do a lot of the cooking to give my parents a break. My abuela loved making us plantanos (fried plantains) with eggs and that’s still one of my favorite meals today. While I don’t have the time to make a breakfast like that most mornings, I do try to take the time to cook on the weekends when my hubby is home and can watch the baby to give me some time in the kitchen.
When I’m strapped for time in the kitchen, easy meals like this are a lifesaver. I even had time to put together this little personalized chalkboard craft that he can doodle on while I’m getting breakfast ready. Instead of sitting in front of the tv waiting for breakfast, he can sit and draw or make a list of things he needs to do for the day.
I picked up a box of chalk, chalk pen and this little chalkboard clipboard.
Using the permanent chalk pen, I personalized it with his name and clipped a piece of chalk to the top.
Now before or after he’s done eating he has something to keep him busy until it’s time for school. I just hang the board inside one of my kitchen cabinet doors so it’s easy accessible each morning.
What are some of your favorite back to school tips and tricks to make mornings run smooth? I’d love to hear your favorite!