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A Classic Winter Breakfast

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I grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan on a large farm. It would start snowing before Halloween and the snow wouldn’t stop sometimes until April. Needless to say, I was always freezing. Mr. Teacher is always teasing me because I love the sun now. I soak it up like a lizard. I like to say it’s because I never warmed up and that is why I now live in Southern Florida.

Anyway, as a child my dad would make us breakfast on the weekends. Our favorite thing was always Old School Chipped Beef Gravy  served with 2 slices of toasted white bread that was broken into chunks in a big bowl with lots of freshly cracked black pepper. We would eat it in the living room while watching cartoons together.

To this day it brings back memories of being a little girl and the frigid winters up north. While it doesn’t always get cold down here in the sunshine state, I still make this breakfast a few times a year. I think you will enjoy it too.  When you want a hearty, filling, tasty, quick breakfast that will feed several people without spending a fortune, make Old School Chipped Beef Gravy.




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Busy Morning Breakfasts

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During the summer and on the weekends I am not a huge breakfast person. I like to get up, drink my coffee and maybe eat a handful of nuts before I workout. If I’m in the mood for breakfast, I will make it around 11 and serve it as brunch. But, as we are ending our second full week of school here in Florida, I am thinking about the most important meal of the day, breakfast. No, nothing fancy, but something healthy and filling since I get up at six and I get a 2o minute lunch break at precisely 11:46. It has to be easy to make and something I can prep the night before. It has to able to travel to work because I usually spend my morning eating my breakfast while standing at my podium computer or prepping stuff around my classroom before the kids arrive. I imagine I am not the only person in the world that eats breakfast while working either.

Since I can’t imagine trying to work and think while my tummy is rumbling, I have come up with a few different breakfasts that work really well for me and I thought I would share them with you. I wouldn’t want your tummy to be rumbly either!

  1. Toasted bread with cream cheese and marmalade. I’m crushing on  Dave’s Killer Bread.

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    The Power Seed is really yummy and I really like the company. They are all about second chances and teaching people to be leaders.  I spread it with a few tablespoons of low-fat cream cheese and a few tablespoons of some kind of marmalade. Of course I any jelly would work, I’m just on a citrus kick lately. This week I have orange marmalade, but I really like honey tangelo marmalade and grapefruit marmalade too! Press it together, cut it in half, pop it in your lunchkins the night before work, and just like that you have a filling healthy breakfast.

2. Peanut Butter Apple Sandwiches with Granola-I simply slice a granny smith or honey crisp apple like you would slice bread. I spread the slices with peanut butter (yes, you can use any nut butter), press them together, and roll the edges in granola. It’s tasty, it’s easy, it’s filling. I love it!

3. Oatmeal with fruit and nuts-I eat this nearly every single day! I make 4 or 5 containers at a time and store them in the fridge. When I need breakfast, I grab one, pop it in the microwave for about 2 minutes, and I have breakfast! I mix and match fresh, frozen, and dried fruits to create my fancy oatmeal. My co-workers frequently come in my room and ask me what I’m eating because it smells so good. The quick and easy recipe is located here-Oatstanding Oatmeal.



oatmeal with dried cherries, dried apricots, pecans, and cinnamon


I hope you will enjoy these breakfasts and that they make your morning a little better too!


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