Apple Oatmeal Pancake Recipe


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Saturday mornings are for sleeping in and pancakes. This has been a tradition in our house for longer then I can remember. Now that school is back in session, our Saturday morning ritual is something we look forward to all week! It’s a chance to relax and reconnect over a yummy meal. Last weekend, however, we switched things up a bit. I swapped my go-to pancake recipe for the apple oatmeal pancakes shown above. I added oats which are rich in dietary fiber and can help reduce cholesterol. To keep things healthy, I skipped the syrup and topped our pancakes with baked Granny Smith apples – so good!

Chocolate Coconut Ice Cream Cake Recipe

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My husband loves ice cream cake. Every year he requests this sweet treat for his birthday, and I am happy to oblige. I must say though, finding a good ice cream cake is a hard and often disappointing errand. They just never taste as good as they look!

Fortunately, I won’t have to worry about that next year. Instead of going from shop to shop in search of the perfect birthday cake, I am making it at home. Before last weekend, I had never attempted this daunting task but something has changed. You want to know what it is? The Curious Creamery just came out with an Ice Cream Cake Mix and it’s amazing!

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I am not ready for “Back to School.” Everywhere I look, I see backpacks and pencils boxes and articles about packing the perfect school lunch. It feels like summer just started. How could it be time to head back to school already?

Regardless of my feelings, however, I’ve got to get it in gear. I’m a teacher, and I am starting an awesome new job next week! Ella is starting at a new school too, so I have plenty to do in the next few days. But as I was rushing around last week, getting everything squared away, there was one tradition I couldn’t skip – our annual Back to School party!

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Easy tips to make your school morning routine a breeze

In less then a month, Ella will begin her second year of preschool and my family will be swept into the whirlwind of back-to-school madness. For me, the hardest part is getting myself and a willful toddler ready and out the door by 6am. Unfortunately, my efforts to be on time in the past caused tears and frustration more often than not. Because I want our mornings to be a happy time, this was something that had to change. For the past few weeks, Ella has been going to summer camp, and I have used this time to find strategies that make our mornings easier.

I made several changes to our routine, but the three tips listed below have had the biggest impact. We are finally enjoying our mornings together! These tips have made such a difference in my family, I wanted to share them with you. I encourage you to try them with your kids because a happy morning makes the whole day better!

Tips for a Stress-Free Morning Routine

Backpack Station

 

Easy tips to make your school morning routine a breeze Easy tips to make your school morning routine a breeze

Hunting for backpacks, lunch boxes and homework is a huge time-waster in the morning, so my first tip is to create a backpack station. Getting kids in the habit of leaving their school gear in a certain spot makes getting ready so much easier. There is a low table by our front door; this is our backpack station. Ella knows to leave her backpack and lunch box there after school. The table also has an in/out folder for homework and papers that need to go back to school. Having everything organized this way really helps to create a smooth morning routine.

Eliminate Clothing Wars

Easy tips to make your school morning routine a breeze

Ella is our resident fashionista, and choosing her outfit was always a source of tension. Heaven help us if her favorite pink dress was dirty!  To cure this common problem, we now use the shelf system pictured above. Every Sunday, Ella picks out an outfit for each day of the school week. No more hunting for clean clothes or battles over what to wear!

Easy Breakfast Options

Easy tips to make your school morning routine a breeze

Easy tips to make your school morning routine a breeze

Is cold cereal on permanent rotation in your house? It was in mine, and we were all sick of it!  Make-ahead meals are the answer to this problem. Breakfast foods that can be made over the weekend like frittatas or frozen options like Jimmy Dean® Pancakes & Sausage or Jimmy Dean® Fully Cooked Links & Patties are perfect options for hectic school days. I top the Jimmy Dean Pancakes and Sausage with my homemade blueberry syrup, and Ella absolutely adores it! Her father and I prefer eggs and sausage in the morning, and the Jimmy Dean Fully Cooked Patties make this breakfast super easy as well.

Easy tips to make your school morning routine a breeze

As you prepare for the first week of school, stop by Walmart and pick up Jimmy Dean breakfast staples. Find the Pancakes and Sausage in the “Frozen Breakfast” section and the Fully Cooked Patties in the “Breakfast Meats” section (by the pre-packaged lunch meat).

Easy tips to make your school morning routine a breeze

Since I have started using these tips, the difference has been huge! Without tension and tears, our day begins on a much happier note. I hope these ideas help make your mornings more peaceful as well!

 

Talk to Me: What is your favorite tip for getting kids ready and out the door on time?

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As an educator, I see firsthand the limited budgets our schools face. The school library is a great example of this. In the elementary school where I teach and many others in the area, school libraries are non-existent. It is the teacher’s responsibility, as well as generous parents, to provide books for the classroom.

We all know that reading is SO important for children’s development, which is why I am very excited to share the Start School Like a Champion program. Inspired by the 2016 Olympic Games, Team USA sponsors HERSHEY’S, Smucker’s, Coca-Cola and Kellogg’s have teamed up with Scholastic Books to offer free books for kids. I love this program because you get free books just for buying products you use already. Keep a few books for your family and donate the rest to a school near you!