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Old 05-21-2013, 05:32 AM
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I need to change the way I'm doing breakfast....... I'm just not awake enough at 6:30-7 am to make breakfast in the morning. I also have to supervise my kids getting ready for school and do my dds hair.
So it's really a combo of being tired and having multiple things to do...

What do you make for breakfast?

Would you make it in advance? (Like the night before??)


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Old 05-21-2013, 05:40 AM
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Here the standard breakfast is a sandwich, or hot cereal both of which I do quickly. If I do eggs I keep them warm in a thermos or hard boiled. I do pancakes and waffles sometimes and those I do the night before.
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Old 05-21-2013, 05:40 AM
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What time does your first child arrive?

Mine doesn't arrive until 7:30. My alarm is set for 6, but I don't actually get out of bed until 6:30, then I get ready for the day. At 7 am I get my grandkids up who live with me, who leave at 7:30 for school. They eat breakfast at school so I don't have to worry about feeding them. Even if they were to eat here, they are old enough to get their own food. They are up for 30 minutes before they have to leave and have plenty of time to get ready.

I've found the more time kids have in the morning to get ready, the more they play around and seem to be trying to do everything at the last minute before they have to leave.

I used to serve breakfast at 8 am to my dck's, but found I was throwing out more food than they were eating because some of them were eating before they arrived, some weren't.

So I changed my breakfast time to 9 am...it just wasn't worth it to throw away so much food, and now I don't have to rush around at all.

We just have a leisure morning from 7:30 until 9 and then eat...then we get on with our day's activities.
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I open at 6:30 and I have to feed my kids in the morning anyway and I really don't want to make 2 breakfasts. Plus, we have lunch at 11:30....



Breakfast : 7:30

Snack : 9:30

Lunch: 11:30

Am Snack: 2:30
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Old 05-21-2013, 05:56 AM
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I cut fresh fruit anytime I have a free minute and pack it up to keep handy in the fridge. On the wk ends or during nap time I make big batches of pancakes, waffles, French toast and also pack away to be reheated in the mornings. I buy bran muffins, wheat bagels and canned fruit for those days that I am just too tired to do too much.
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Old 05-21-2013, 06:15 AM
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I don't make anything in advance, I'm just not that motivated, I make my breakfasts when the kids are here, I pretty much do the same thing every week, mondays, Oatmeal, fresh fruit.....today I'm doing waffles, fresh fruit....tomorrow, is eggs, toast, fresh fruit, thursday I will do malt o meal, fresh fruit, friday changes.....homemade muffins/low sugar cereal/ pb toast/ french toast...depends on my motivation. I also open at 6:30, try to have breakfast done between 8-8:30, and I do lunch at 11:30, no AM snack. I will have kids next year that will be catching the morning bus including my son for the first time, I'm not excited about having to have them fed by 7:10am
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varoius types of pancakes - make ahead & freeze
French toast sticks - make ahead & freeze
muffins or biscuits
oatmeal & chopped apples, dates etc. in crock pot the night before
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I cut fresh fruit anytime I have a free minute and pack it up to keep handy in the fridge. On the wk ends or during nap time I make big batches of pancakes, waffles, French toast and also pack away to be reheated in the mornings. I buy bran muffins, wheat bagels and canned fruit for those days that I am just too tired to do too much.
Do you freeze them or put them in the fridge? This is what I was thinking about doing!!
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I make extra pancakes or waffles on the weekends when we have them and either refrigerate or freeze the extras. Usually fridge them, because I'll be planning to have them later in the week. Then I toast 'em to warm them up.

scrambled eggs really don't take long at all to do morning of, you could crack and beat the eggs ahead of time and keep them in a bowl in the fridge if you needed too.

Muffins can be baked the day before (I'll do them for snack and then leftovers for breakfast the next day).

Oatmeal is quick to do

Smoothie and Toast/Bagel/English muffin

cold cereal once a week on fridays Or Tuesday because my son made a disaster in the playroom.

Yogurt and toast/bagel/English muffin
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I buy English Muffins, bagels, and "flavored" bread (cinnamon, raisin, etc) for toast, and keep them in the freezer. I make muffins, fruit bread (banana, pumpkin, etc), scones, and French Toast (plain and "flavored"), and keep all of that in the freezer. In the morning I just have to warm or toast something. Add milk and fruit and you're done.
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Do you freeze them or put them in the fridge? This is what I was thinking about doing!!
Pancakes, waffles and French toast I put on a paper plate in ziplock bags in the fridge. Fresh fruit goes in plastic containers in both fridge and freezer. Freezer is for when I buy huge amount from Sam's club. Good for quick smoothies on hot days too!!! My morning breakfast routine takes less than five minutes to prepare and the kids have a hot healthy meal with fresh fruit.
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We've been having smoothies pretty well everyday for the past few weeks. Yoghurt, kale, berries, peaches, banana, orange juice concentrate, chia and flax seeds.
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I make my menu up in advance so I know what to have on hand and what I can prepare ahead of time.

I offer cereal every Wednesday and Friday (have a lot less kids on Fridays).

This month I have served:

Oatmeal
Blueberry muffins
PB toast & banana
Egg scramble (scrambled eggs, potatoes, sausage and cheese on top) (I fry up the potatoes and the sausage the night before and refrigerate so all I have to do in the morning is make the eggs and throw it all together.)
Breakfast burritos (make up the sausage and bacon the night before)
Pancakes (make extras and freeze)
Breakfast pizza (use premade crust and cut up the ham the night before)
Yogurt & toast
Egg & cheese croissant (buy the frozen egg patties in your grocer's freezer)
Hard boiled egg & toast
Coffee cake (make the day before)
Cinnamon rolls (buy the ones in the tubes or premade)

The foods that take longer to make I usually do on a Sunday and serve on Monday. If it can be made up and frozen, I do that.

I'm usually not downstairs and ready to go until it's time to open (730am) and most of my kids come in between 730am and 8am. I can usually have breakfast to the table no later than 810am most days.
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Old 05-21-2013, 09:58 AM
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I'm in the same boat with daycare kids coming in, while trying to get my own ready for school. I open at 7:00 and aim to have my own 2, sitting and eating by opening. I have at least 2 DCKs walk in right at 7:00 on the dot, so if mine are already starting, it's easier to cater to the ones arriving. I typically make everything that morning. Our typical breakfast menu includes pancakes, waffles, English muffins, muffins, French toast, bagels, etc coupled with fresh fruit and milk.

My intention is often to get everything ready the night before so I can just pop it in the oven/toaster, but it never works out that way! I also have intended on making monster batches of French toast, pancakes, and waffles, but that hasn't happened either. Some day maybe (yeah right)!
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I serve organic o's and bananas, milk every morning. I have a kidlets that requests PB bagel so on the two mornings he is here I will make him that too. If I am ambitious I may do something else. The kids do better eating with he cereal though. And I read a study that said if you want to maintain a healthy weigh eat the same breakfast every day lessened my guilt.
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Old 05-21-2013, 10:35 AM
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My intention is often to get everything ready the night before so I can just pop it in the oven/toaster, but it never works out that way! I also have intended on making monster batches of French toast, pancakes, and waffles, but that hasn't happened either. Some day maybe (yeah right)!
This sounds like me! I even bought a waffle maker and told myself that I would make a huge batch of waffles on Sundays, but then my family doesn't want them so I just don't do it. It probably wouldn't take that long though, maybe we should try it sometime...
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I'm not ambitious at all. I put it all out 5 minutes before I open.

Oatmeal, grits, cold cereal, toast, and SOMETIMES pancakes/waffles.
Fruit
Milk

The eat cold cereal the best, for whatever reason. I'm on the food program so it's a grain + fruit + milk.
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I make things like pancakes, waffles, french toast sticks, and muffins ahead of time in big batches and freeze them. Then I either put them in the toaster or in the microwave to warm them up. Some days we will do biscuits and I buy them frozen and just put them in the oven in the mornings.
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We eat breakfast about 8:15. I serve lots of different things

Cereal W/banana
Peanut butter toast
Baked oatmeal
Smoothies
Apple rings with nut butter
Eggs-various ways
French toast muffins
Breakfast pizza
Waffles/pancakes/fruit
Cheese toast/fruit
Orange slices/mini raisin bagel
Homemade applesauce & toast
Yogurt & toast
In the summer fresh fruit platter & yogurt
Oven French toast
Pumpkin bread
Crockpot Blueberry French toast
Egg bake
Yogurt parfaitA
Canteloupe & cinnamon toast
Egg/English muffin/cheese



I tend to like to make the bigger production breakfast food at noon. I really don't like to make a big mess right away in the morning, so I freeze pancakes and waffles so they are ready to go.

I like the crock pot recipes and things like baked oatmeal, egg bake and French toast bake. Like i said, I don't like a big production in the morning. The rest of the day is a big enough production!
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Old 05-21-2013, 04:16 PM
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I buy huge quantities of shredded hashbrowns and make ahead hashbrown cupcakes and freeze them (they can be a side dish for breakfast or lunch). I use a regular size cupcake pan, and just stir a little olive oil, salt, and pepper in them, stuff them full (and push them down, because they shrink) and then bake til they are browned.

You can also make egg bakes ahead of time in cupcake tins, using liners, of course (and kids love that!).

French toast: I often make up the egg mixture ahead of the kids' arrival. French toast supposedly freezes well, but for some reason, it icks me out to think of that.

Pancake/waffle batter can be made up the night before and refrigerated.

Sausage biscuits and gravy: I hate making this, so I make it in huge quantities and freeze in smaller portions. I'll bake up homemade biscuits at the same time-they freeze very well.

You could even make mini-omelettes and freeze them ahead of time.

You could make up an "egg mcmuffin" type sandwich up and refrigerate or freeze (easy to do in quantity in advance-you could even just make the egg part, and make the muffins to order).

You could do breakfast pot-pies, or mini-quiche (tart pans or cupcake), or just make-ahead special toppings or stir-ins for oatmeal or even for plain toast.

Scrambled eggs freeze surprisingly well, you could fry up scrambled eggs inside egg rings and use them to build a ham and cheese wrap for breakfast.

There are so many easy things to do.
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