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Hello Friends!

I know most schools have started, but we are still summer-living for another day or two. As I write this, we are on week 2 of our vacation. I’m reading lots of books and sitting on the shores of Lake Michigan. The only thing better is winter in Florida!!

Sun setting over lake Michigan.
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We’ve also enjoyed campfires, games, family activities and loads of ice cream!

I don’t normally back our vacation up to the first day of school… but oh well, that’s how it worked out this year. No easing into the new routine this year– we’re going cold turkey!

That said, here’s my best recipes for Back to School season.

Quick and Easy Breakfasts

The morning hustle to get everyone up and out the door is crazy! So the easier the breakfast prep, the better it will go. And studies have proved that kids who eat a good breakfast do better in their morning classes.

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Make Ahead Breakfast

I think it goes without saying that anything worth doing is worth doing well. And I don’t know about you, but my school mornings are anything BUT “done well” if I am not deliberate about the process.

Diligence really pays off when I plan and make breakfast, snacks, and more ahead! Here are a few suggestions:

  1. Breakfast Cookies– I mean, how can you resist? Again, these are healthy, so no worries!
  2. Frittatas: You can choose one of these recipes for a family frittata or mini-frittatas.
  3. Overnight Oats: Can’t wait for all things pumpkin? Try this Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Overnight Oats recipe or one of the other delicious overnight oats recipes on the site.
hand holding a breakfast cookie in focus with a stack of breakfast cookies in the background

Lunchbox Ideas

Lunchboxes are simpler than they used to be– so they do not need too much explanation.

  • DIY Yogurt Tubes: Love those go-gurt tubes but not all the artificial ingredients? Make them at home with my DIY Yogurt Tubs recipe.
  • BLT Avocado Wraps: These Avocado BLT Pinwheels are not just for kids, pack these in your own lunch box!

Easy Weeknight Meals

We all need easy meals. Save the dinners with multi-steps for the weekend or nights when the kids do not need to be taken all over the city for their various activities.

Here are some Kid Friendly and easy dinners you can try this year:


Until Next Table Talk…

Well, that was a LOT! I hope you find it helpful and you’re off to a great school year.

Thanks again for stopping by, I’m honored that you spent some time having a conversation at my table.

Blessings to you,


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