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As you probably know my children are huge fans of our breakfast cookies…and I am a huge fan of make ahead breakfasts! We have been making my original recipe for breakfast cookies for years, but recently I decided to switch things up a bit and create a new flavor….Peanut Butter and Chocolate. Because really, there is no better flavor combination that the sweet marriage of peanut butter and chocolate…unless we are talking peanut butter, chocolate and coffee….add a hot cup of joe with these cookies and you’ll be good to go for the rest of the day. Or for your kids, add a glass of milk or Carnation Breakfast Essentials®.
* Their teachers will probably thank you for not sending them to school full of caffeine.
Mornings are crazy and hectic in every house, am I right? And rushing kids out the door to school makes things just a little bit crazier. Planning and prep are how I survive our large family, so here I present…
Renee’s Excellent Tips on How to Survive the Morning Rush:
- Get up before you kids. No, really. I know, I know, you want to sleep every minute you possibly can. But I discovered years ago I am a much better mother when I get up before my kids and have time to clear my head, drink some coffee and enjoy the peace of the morning.
- Coffee. Have coffee either ready to brew (you can do this while you are cleaning the kitchen the night before) or have an instant coffee maker.
- Check your calendar the night before. Do you need to pull something out of the freezer for dinner? Do you have any appointments?
- Prep the kids. If it is a school morning, please, I beg of you, make sure the night before that they have clean socks, can find their shoes and have any permission slips/papers packed already. Two mornings a week I leave before my kids get on the bus (Tilly holds down the fort) to take Enoch and Kalina to math. Having these things prepped is a life saver.
- Have a plan for breakfast. Post a schedule on the fridge if you can (cereal on Monday, eggs on Tuesday, etc). If you don’t want to plan that far in advance, at least know what you are going to serve! Now that my kids are older and everyone but Apollo can technically make their own breakfast I tend to get lazy in this department and I always regret it. Make ahead/freezer breakfasts can help smooth this part of your morning!
You know I love freezer cooking, and it doesn’t just include dinners. One of our favorite and freezer friendly recipes is my Hearty Breakfast Cookies. Our new favorite though are these Peanut Butter and Chocolate Breakfast Cookies.
These cookies are so easy to make! It takes me less than 10 minutes to mix up the batter. I put the extra cookies in a gallon sized bag and freeze. I pull them out the night before and they are thawed and ready for breakfast the next morning.
Carnation Breakfast Essentials® is encouraging families to take the 7-Day Breakfast Challenge (you know I can’t resist a good challenge!) All you have to do is enjoy a nutritious breakfast every day for seven days. Easy, right? I’m taking it along with planning out my 7 days of breakfasts…starting today with Peanut Butter and Chocolate Breakfast Cookies! You can join the challenge as well and win cool prizes all through February. Who doesn’t love a prize?
Ready to get started? Follow these easy steps:
- 1. Sign up at CarnationBreakfastChallenge.com.
- 2. Complete a simple yet fun breakfast mission for a chance to win. New prizes will be revealed every day!
- 3. Come back any day in February to complete missions and see new prizes. The prizes range from a Fitbit to a GoPro and other awesome stuff!
- 4. Head to your favorite store to purchase a Carnation Breakfast Essentials® Nutritional Product and upload your receipt for five extra entries per day.
Carnation Breakfast Essentials® can be found in the cereal aisle at Walmart.
Okay Monday confession time…what did you have for breakfast today?