Tame Back to School Chaos

It’s that time of year again. Kids are heading back to school, which could mean chaos in your house! Cut down on that chaos by following a few simple tips:

  • Have each member of the family choose tomorrow’s clothes today. This means decide what to wear the next day, get it out and make sure it’s ready to wear (clean, pressed, and set aside). Be sure to include shoes and accessories such as hair bows or jewelry to avoid a search party to find your favorite blue scarf. ** I actually like to pick out and iron a full work week’s worth of outfits on Sunday. This works great for me, but might not work so well for younger kids or teens. Just do what works best for your family.

 

  • After homework is finished for the night, put all papers, assignments, books, etc. in backpacks and place backpacks by the door. Which door? The one you will be using to exit your home in the morning. Also make sure your purse holds  your keys, wallet, or whatever else you will be needing and place it by the door. If you have a baby/toddler, make sure the diaper back is fully stocked and place it by the door as well. Having everything together will save time in the morning, and ensure you don’t forget something.

 

  • Plan a healthy, quick breakfast. I know that when I don’t plan out my breakfast ahead of time, I end up skipping it or eating something really unhealthy from my toaster or a vending machine. The recipe below could be assembled the night before and placed in the oven when you wake up. It would be ready to eat by the time everyone is dressed with hair fixed/make up on. Just add a side of fruit, like some grapes or a banana!

Bubbly Breakfast Bake
1 pound of reduced fat breakfast sausage
1 tube of refrigerated biscuits
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 small can of diced green chilies
6 eggs
Salt and pepper to season
1/4 cup milk
Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees.

Add the sausage to a medium skillet on medium high heat.  Cook until no longer pink in the middle.

While cooking the sausage, cut each biscuit into 8 pieces and place in the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish sprayed with cooking spray.  Add the sausage to the pan, on top of the uncooked biscuits.  Sprinkle cheese on top of that, along with the green chilies.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg, salt and pepper and milk.  Pour the egg mixture over everything in the baking dish.

Place in the oven for 30 minutes or until a knife comes out clean in the middle of the dish.  Be careful, the cheese might make it seem like it’s uncooked egg but it’s just cheesy goodness.

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