Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The Morning Rush & A Giveaway

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I always say that if I accomplished as much during the remainder of the day as I do between the hours of 5:45 and 8:15 in the morning, I could rule the world. Mornings are notoriously busy around our house and I am certain that many other people can claim the same. My husband, the trooper that he is, typically crawls out of bed first so that he can fit his run in before I head out to meet my running partner. Starting the day with a vigorous run, and being outside in the cool air just as the sun starts to rise over the mountains and the birds begin their daily activities, keeps me sane. It is a time for gratitude, reflection, and some good old-fashioned chit-chat with my running buddy.

Then I step from the peaceful outdoors into a house full of crazy morning antics. I am certain this is where the term “calm before the storm” originated. Morning showers; kids getting dressed, making bed, and brushing their teeth; lunch boxes and backpacks being packed; pets being fed – these are just a few of the activities we attempt to jam into a period of time that seems to go by at warp speed.

While it may seem that there is an inane amount of craziness that takes place at our house, I can tell you that it is a lot better than it used to be. We now successfully get out the door each morning and still like each other by the end of it. How do we do it? One word: preparation.

The night before we organize as much as can. Lunches are made and stored in the fridge, lunch boxes are at the ready on the kitchen counter, breakfast dishes and utensils are set on the table, and cereal, bagel, and fruit choices are organized.

One of the keys to accomplishing everything quickly is choosing breakfast items that are quick and convenient. It takes less than two minutes to pour cereal into a bowl, top it with some slices of fresh fruit, and douse it in cold milk. With the quick preparation out of the way, we have the opportunity to sit down and enjoy a nutritious, filling meal together. To keep us satisfied longer, we choose high-fiber cereal such as Raisin Bran and Smart Start.


Morning tasks are wrapped up and we head off to enjoy the day and conquer the world.

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107 comments:

quitecontrary1977 said...

My husband likes turkey bacon and eggs for breakfast, but the kid and I just grab cereal or waffles.
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meeyeehere said...

I make yogurt and granola with fruit on busy mornings.Thanks so much!
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Mami2jcn said...

Granola bars are quick for breakfast.

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fostertam said...

There aren't any children at home anymore, but when my daughter was that age she was usually in such a rush that she grabbed some cereal or toaster strudels--once a week I would try and fix a hot breakfast like eggs and toast--she also liked those microwaved pancakes.

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trina said...

I try and always have some kind of brkfst bread on hand. Zucchini bread is our favorite!

Tabathia said...

I usually go with poptarts, cream of wheat or oatmeal and sometimes (ok alot of times) cereal
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Nicole Greene said...

Bananas, cereal, or granola bars are great for hectic and busy mornings in our home!

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ms-texas said...

we mostly like cereal or oatmeal - on occasion we'll get donuts or mcdonalds for breakfast

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Jen said...

If we are really in a hurry, I'll grab a banana and a carton of yogurt and dash out the door. Or a PB&J in the car;)

Kimie Weaver said...

Grab a granola bar and a banana, then I'm out the door.

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kari jasus said...

our favorite to go breakfast are muffins. i usually bake a batch once a week and keep them in th freezer, then pop them in the mircowave when it's time to go.
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Smarti said...

Instant oatmeal to the rescue- healthy, nutritious and can be served warm.
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The Sunshyn said...

I often prepare cereal with milk, sometimes with honey and fruit on busy mornings. when very rushed I just grab a banana and breakfast ba on the way out the door.
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carlisle clan conversation... said...

We are BIG cereal fans at our house, but we also go for things I can make in bulk and freeze like muffins and waffles.

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marybug2 said...

My kids lov Kelloggs cereals so it is very easy to put out the cereal boxes and let them choose.
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gmissycat said...

Just love having hot cereal but easy like Oatmeal or Cream of Wheats!
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Racingjourno said...

I have a healthy protein shake. Takes no time at all.

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LAMusing said...

Cold cereal with fruit or instant oatmeal on cold days!
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Norma said...

My daughter is grown and I'm trying to GAIN weight, so it's usually a donut or sweet roll :)
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Trish said...

Always include milk, either toast or bagel with butter and jam, or cold cereal. Add a quick scrambled egg if we're lucky.

Anonymous said...

Having the coffee made the night before and on a timer is a big thing for us. We also always have eggs available for a quick microwave poached egg, or hardboiled ones in the fridge.
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Karate Mom said...

We do cold cereal for quick mornings.
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Darcy said...

English toaster muffins and a yogurt are my go-to's - healthy, tasty and fast!

Wander said...

This morning, I made breakfast burritos!
YUM!
They're quick and delicious!
Brown a little ground pork (drain) mix in beaten eggs, sprinkle with cheese and serve on flour tortillas.
Out the door you go with them.

Anonymous said...

I eat cereal out of a baggie on the way to work.

Katy said...

I usually do cereal and frozen waffles- sometimes canned cinnamon rolls. Weekends I will make something special.

Brooke said...

Oatmeal and cereal are fast - the usual go to for breakfast.
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Champagne Wisdom said...

I like things I can make ahead and freeze or refrigerate - sausage balls, muffins, etc. And with a new baby due the end of the month, things I can pull out of the freezer always help!!

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Anonymous said...

Making a batch of baked oatmeal and then having it on hand to warm up for breakfasts throughout the week. Super easy!

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Amber said...

Cereal, fruit, juice, milk, easy and fast! :)

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Anonymous said...

Frozen sausage, egg, and cheese biscuits or toaster streudel.

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A SPICY PERSPECTIVE said...

My kids ask for oatmeal almost every morning!

Susan said...

I either add milk to the cereal or toast some bread and spread some peanut butter on it. Sometimes I will have bagels in the house and cream cheese for the busy mornings.

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katychick said...

cereal, fruit, waffles and pop tarts occasionallu donuts.
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Deb said...

My kids are pretty self sufficient for breakfast. They love yogurt cups, so that is a no brainer. What I do do that makes life easier for them is pre-cut the English muffins and bagels. My older son is old enough to toast them himself, but I don’t quite trust his knife skills yet, so if they are already cut, it’s one less thing we have to worry about.

Daryl said...

Oatmeal and cereal and milk for me

wigget said...

we keep it pretty simple with cereal and milk

sisinpacific said...

yogurt and cereal. Or premade Home made waffles/pancakes that we toast.
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Leah @ A Butterfly In My Stomach said...

We eat cereal or poptarts....they are quick and delicious!

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floating said...

Toaster strudels are my to go to food when i am short on time
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Mary Helen said...

We also usually have a "quick" breakfast of a cereal bar, cereal or toasted waffles with peanut butter :) Sometimes we also throw a hot bowl of oatmeal in the mix.

Bonnie @ See How She Runs said...

cereal bars or fruit helps alot

Susan C. said...

I love my cold cereal and milk in the morning, but in a pinch, I bring yogurt and granola to work for a quick breakfast.

sodahoney said...

We eat a variety of foods for breakfast. We do not stick to typical breakfast foods. We plan for the week. We do prep at night and everyone has an assigned task and it runs smooth

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Kelly Massman said...

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amandawk said...

I keep cereal and fruit on hand for busy mornings.
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Tracy R said...

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erin m. said...

We are big on Bagels! We pick them fresh up Sunday at our local Bagel shop, freeze em' for the week & Easily pop them in the toaster for those speed-breakfast days!

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allysmama said...

My daughter and I grab cereal, grits or bagels for breakfast on school mornings...quick and simple!
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Jennai said...

I have cold cereal, frozen waffles, or granola bars. Also bananas. These make for a quick breakfast!
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susan1215 said...

We have something quick like cereal, toaster struel and bagels

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susitravl said...

I try to have breakfast foods that don't require a lot of preparation - yogurt, granola bars, fruit, cereal.
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pixie13 said...

On really busy mornings we just have cereal or fruit & yogurt.

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PauleyD said...

We have cereal bars and go-gurt.

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Kristen said...

Quick cook oatmeal, cold cereal or yogurt all make good quick breakfasts.

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cdabs said...

I find that cereal, yogurt and bagels are fast and easy.

Terri said...

Bagels, dry cereal, bananas--all extremely portable and delicious.
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Tammigirl said...

When we are in a hurry, which we usually are not, we just do pancakes, eggs, or cereal. Of course, we do these things when we aren't in a hurry, too.

Shawna said...

To make our busy mornings easier, we have cereals, yogurts, fruits, toast and instant oatmeal as fast and easy breakfast options.

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bdiane34 said...

Our mornings are not too bad we generally get up early enough for breakfast usually poptarts, cereal, toast etc.
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Barbarawr said...

My daughter can't eat first thing in the morning. I used to make muffins with fiber and other good stuff in them, but she discovered that she can eat bagels in class without making a mess, so that's what we do.

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Kerry said...

Cereal or oatmeal make for easy choices with a bagel or english muffin.
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Dee said...

A high fiber cereal and fruit is the easiest! In the winter we also make oatmeal :)

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Deanna G. said...

Usually cereal or oatmeal! :)

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marcia goss said...

My granddaughter likes cold cereal or frozen waffles.
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jakiesmom said...

rice krispies and apple jacks are two of my sons favorite quick fixes
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Ursula said...

I get up before the kids and cook them pancakes and a fruit. uheeter at comcast.net

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won said...

For my son, it's simply cereal.

For me it's cereal and yogurt.

Patty said...

Frozen berries topped with low-fat yogurt and crunchy granola-type cereal...YUMMM!

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MomOnTheEdge said...

We're just basic breakfast cereal people. It doesn't get any quicker for us. :)

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jillyrh said...

Bagels and cream cheese or cereal and fruit

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ms-texas said...

cereal or cinabon cinnamon toast!

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JJ said...

cereal because the kids can get it themselves if;) I am running behind