August means one thing … school days are right around the corner. By this point in the summer, we are in full-on relaxation mode. That means late nights, sleeping in, lazy days outside and no schedules.
While summer is a time for fun and relaxation, the realist in me keeps thinking that getting back into school mode is going to be challenging. Back to the routines. Back to busy schedules. Back to crazy mornings.
Prepare for School Routines
We are not morning people, so back-to-school means back to hectic mornings at my house. In an effort to create a smooth back-to-school transition, I like to start easing everyone into our morning routine. About a month before school starts, I dust off the alarm clock and start getting everyone up at our normal school-day wake up time.
We start the day as we normally would when school is in session — everyone gets dressed, eats breakfast and gets their teeth brushed and hair combed by the time the school bus would normally arrive.
I’m not going to sugar coat it. The first few times I get everyone up early, it’s hard. No one wants to get up or get moving. So to sweeten the deal, I usually have something fun planned. It could be a trip to an amusement park or museum or even just a day of fishing (my guys love to fish). Even though I feel like a drill sergeant barking orders, I know everyone is going to be glad they got up early.
I also find it helpful to prepare as much as we can the night before — packing backpacks, getting lunches ready, picking out tomorrow’s outfit, etc. Every little bit helps.
Breakfast Options That Help
Easy breakfast choices help make our mornings run more smoothly. Whether it’s a quick-fix meal, a homemade freezer breakfast or a make-ahead option, getting a jump-start on breakfast really moves things along.
Some of my favorite options are:
• Make Ahead Breakfast Burritos
• Easy Breakfast Cookies
• Baked Blueberry Oatmeal
• Our Favorite Green Smoothie
(All of these recipes are available at www.itisakeeper.com/nepafamilytimes)
But my family’s all-time favorite quick breakfast is easy Mini-Quiches. Using only a few simple ingredients, a batch can be ready in under 20 minutes if you want to make them in the morning. Or you can make them the night before and quickly reheat them.
One of my favorite things about this recipe is that it’s very versatile. You can easily add your favorite ingredients. I used ham and leeks, but you could easily replace the ham with bacon or sausage. Or, you could replace the leeks with broccoli, bell peppers or any other mix-in that your family likes.
These Mini-Quiches are a great way to get a jump start on busy school mornings. Plus, you can feel confident that your family has a wholesome breakfast before they start their day.