Buying Baby Chicks For Kids? Read This First

Spring is here!!!  And, with spring comes the tubs of baby chicks in the feed stores.  Their cuteness is almost irresistible.  Even as an adult who has raised chickens for over five years and knows all of the work involved, I can barely walk into the store without taking a few home.  So, I completely understand the temptation to surprise your kids with a cute little fluffy-bottom on Easter morning.  But, before buying baby chicks for kids, consider this.

Over the last few years, I have seen various articles explaining the realities and long-term effects of people taking home animals without the proper pens or education, and I agree wholeheartedly!  However, I have seen how my own kids have grown and matured with the responsibility of caring for their animals.  I also love that they are growing up knowing where their food comes from and everything—the joy of new life, the pain of death, the act of putting the needs of a sick animal before themselves—that goes into it.  I am saddened by how far removed a lot of kids are from a basic knowledge of nature and our food system.  And, I am passionate about doing what I can to change that.  

So, I feel conflicted and hypocritical telling parents that they should never buy these animals for their kids.  I understand that not everyone can move to a farm and have the ideal situation of seeing the whole process, but I believe a basic awareness is better than nothing.  And, my hope is that any exposure kids have to farming will peak their interest and inspire them to do what they can with what they have as they grow.  Maybe that little girl that had some chicks for a few weeks will grow up to have a few hens and a highly-productive garden in her backyard.  Maybe that little boy will remember the joy of new life and the feel of dirt on his hands and consider a career in agriculture.  

If you want to give your kids that experience, please understand that you are taking on a big commitment.  Lack of education and planning before buying baby chicks for kids WILL result in a bad experience for you and an even worse experience for the animal.

 

buying baby chicks for kids

Here are some things you need to consider before buying baby chicks for kids:

  1. Chickens need more than a cardboard box in the garage.  Baby chicks are kept warm by the mother hen until they are able to regulate their temperature.  They will need a safe heat source for the first several weeks of their lives.  Many cardboard boxes with lights clipped to them have resulted in fires. They also need a constant source of fresh water, bedding, feed, and grit. Please research proper brooder set-ups (where the baby chicks live until they are able to move outside with the other chickens).  Their bedding will need to be changed daily.  They poop a lot!  It stinks!
  2. Chicks are fragile!  You will need to teach your child how to handle the chicks properly and supervise all interaction if your child is not old enough to be trusted to treat the them gently. They also need to wash their hands before and after handling the chicks to prevent the spread of diseases.
  3. Within a couple of weeks, the chicks will not be as cute.  They will enter an awkward juvenile stage as they get their feathers and lose their cute fluffy down.  They will poop even more! And when they do poop, they will do it in their food and water so you can clean them again.  I’m pretty sure that is their goal in life.
  4. Chickens can live to be ten years old or more!  Are you ready for a ten year commitment?
  5. Are you able to keep a full-grown chicken…actually, at least two?  Chickens are social animals and need to live in a flock.  Are you willing to provide them a coop in your backyard to keep them safe from predators?  Are they allowed in your city/neighborhood?  

If the answer to any of these questions is “no”, then you need to make arrangements for your chicks’ forever home BEFORE YOU BUY THEM!  I have offered to take chicks at a few weeks old in order to let friends’ kids experience them.  I am more than willing to discuss what the chicks do and don’t need to be happy and healthy until they come to live with me.  However, I do have requirements.  For example, I only have heavy breeds and don’t want to add bantams to my flock.  

I suspect a lot of farmers or small homesteaders would do the same if you speak to them ahead of time and find out what their wishes are for breeds, sex, feed, etc.  Having this discussion ahead of time shows that you are being responsible and thoughtful about your purchase and respectful of the homesteader’s time and resources.  Do not be offended if the answer is “no” or “not right now”.  With Avian Flu and other diseases being a problem, a lot of homesteaders quarantine any animals coming onto their property.  This requires additional cages and space, as well as additional work for several weeks.  Sometimes, our lives are too full to take on the additional work.  Also, be aware that if you give your chickens to a working farm, they may  become dinner.  It’s just the nature of the job.

If you are unable to find someone willing to give your chickens a home, there are companies that rent chickens and incubators!  You can rent laying hens and everything they need for a summer of entertainment and farm fresh eggs.  If it’s babies you’re interested in, you get an incubator full of fertilized eggs.  After watching the chicks hatch, you can enjoy them for two weeks.  This is a great science project for home, schools, enrichment programs, etc.  Both programs give you the experience of having chickens without the long-term commitmentClick here to see if either program is available in your area!

I know this seems like a lot, but doing the proper research and planning before buying baby chicks for kids will prevent a bad outcome for you, the chick, and whoever has to deal with the consequences of an impulse animal purchase.  Thank you for reading, and please pass this info along!  Do it for the chickens.  🙂

Breakfast Burritos (And The BEST Way To Freeze Them)

burritos for breakfast

Every spring, we go from hoping that our chickens will provide enough eggs that we don’t have to buy any from the store to an egg explosion!  And, I always want to scream, “How do I turn these chickens off?”  

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Unfortunately, chickens don’t come with on and off switches!  Now, don’t get me wrong.  It’s a good problem to have, but until our normal egg customers get back into the habit of getting eggs from us, it can be overwhelming!  So,  I always try to take an afternoon, and make up a huge batch of breakfast burritos for the freezer.

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Without these pre-made breakfast burritos, we would probably end up going through the drive-thru on mornings that we have to get out the door.  And, of course, it’s always nice to have them on hand when I just don’t feel like making breakfast or in the dead of winter when we’re missing our farm-fresh eggs!

By the way, if you would like an alternative to store-bought tortillas, check out the easy 4-ingredient recipe at the bottom of this post, or these recipes for whole wheat or sourdough tortillas!

Breakfast Burritos (And The BEST Way To Freeze Them)
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Ingredients
  • Taco sized tortillas
  • Eggs
  • Butter
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Cooked bacon, sausage, or other meat (optional)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Sour cream and picante sauce for topping, if desired
Instructions
  1. Beat eggs, salt and pepper in a bowl.
  2. Melt butter in a skillet.
  3. Fry eggs and set aside.
  4. Place one tortilla on a plate (or a paper towel for freezing).
  5. Add fried eggs, cheese and optional meat.
  6. Microwave for 15-30 seconds (or heat on griddle) to soften tortilla and melt cheese.
  7. Fold up bottom of tortilla and roll into a burrito.
  8. Add any desired toppings and enjoy!
Notes
To freeze, wrap burrito in paper towel after you fold it. Then wrap it tightly in plastic wrap before placing in freezer.

To re-heat, remove plastic wrap and microwave in paper towel.

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How To Make A Citrus All-Purpose Cleaner

This citrus All Purpose Cleaner is completely non-toxic and costs only pennies to make! #homemadecleaners

When my kids were babies, I would spend their nap times in the bathrooms with the vent fan running, scrubbing away and trying not to breathe the toxic fumes.  However, the day came when they no longer napped, and, even worse, they wanted to help!  I didn’t want them in the room, much less handling the chemicals in those cleaners.  So, I set out to find a better way to a cleaner home. 

Honestly, I didn’t think natural cleaners could live up to the cleaning power of chemical products.  But, for the most part, I have been pleasantly surprised.  In the cases that I do have to turn to a chemical cleaner, I simply rest in the fact that our exposure has decreased substantially.  

This citrus All Purpose Cleaner is completely non-toxic and costs only pennies to make! #homemadecleanersThe staple of a great natural cleaning arsenal is a great all purpose cleaner.  This easy-to-make cleaner combines citrus (which works as a degreaser, stain remover and freshener) and vinegar (which serves to break down mold, grease, mineral deposits and bacteria).  It’s completely safe for the kids, cheap to make, and smells amazing!  Use it to clean and deodorize sinks, stovetops, countertops, bathtubs, floors, toilets, and more. 

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How To Make Citrus All-Purpose Cleaner
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Ingredients
  • Glass jar
  • Orange peels (or any other citrus fruit peels)
  • 1-2 Tablespoons of salt
  • Vinegar
  • Water
  • Spray bottle
Instructions
  1. Fill your glass container with orange peels. (You can save orange peels in the freezer until you have enough and are ready to make the cleaner.)
  2. Lightly coat the orange peels with salt and let them sit for at least 30 minutes. This will pull the oils from the peels for a great citrus smell and more cleaning power.
  3. Fill your container with vinegar and water. I like about half and half.
Notes
Any combination of citrus fruit peels can be used. Experiment to find a scent you love! Essential oils can also be added along with the vinegar and water.

Now that you have a cleaning product that’s safe for your little ones, check out these tips for getting your toddler to help around the house!

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Mom Can I Help? — 4 Tips For Saying “Yes” Without Stress

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It was 2:00 on a busy Saturday afternoon, and we had spent the day knee and elbow deep in the mud as we worked to install a new water line to the animal shed.  We hadn’t even had lunch yet, so I was in the kitchen trying to quickly shred some turkey for sandwiches.  As I worked, my daughter pulled up a stool to watch.  I felt myself getting annoyed as she inched closer and closer.  I was hot, tired, trying to hurry, and I had almost tripped over her several times as I moved about.  But, suddenly, oblivious to my frustration, she asked, “Mom, can I help?” 

Mom, can I help?  That question always makes me tense up a little, because, like any mom of little ones, I know that “help” will slow me down and more than likely create a few additional messes for me to clean up.  “Help” washing the dishes results in water all over the floor.  “Help” baking means flour all over the counter tops and cabinets.  “Help” folding the laundry creates wrinkled clothes.

As moms, our lives are busy and the messes are endless, but we can’t let our busyness keep us from doing the important work of teaching our kids life skills.  No matter what our kids do when they grow up, they are going to need to be able to do laundry, cook, keep a house reasonably clean, and manage their finances.  

When our kids are little, they want to be by our side doing whatever we are doing.  They love to help.  However, we tend to push them away because stuff takes longer with their help. In our busyness, we miss an opportunity to train them to develop good habits.  We miss the opportunity to teach them that it’s worthwhile to do something poorly so that we can learn to do it well–that there’s value in slowing down to learn something new.

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Honestly, between my perfectionism and being very goal-oriented, I still struggle to remember the importance of letting my kids help on a day-to-day basis.  

So, here are a few tips I use to help keep things in perspective:

1.  Change my goals.  Every day I have goals–things I want to accomplish that day.  When my kids get between me and accomplishing those goals, it’s easy to get frustrated and see them as an interruption.  However, if I put training my kids in the number one spot on my to-do list, it helps me remember my number one priority!

2. Be flexible.  I have tried various schedules over the years, and I have learned that sticking strictly to a schedule causes stress.  I get frustrated because one of my kids isn’t keeping up and we’re getting behind, then I get cranky which makes them cranky and it all goes downhill from there.  However, writing down the ORDER of our day keeps us on track without creating unnecessary stress.  (This also forces me to be very intentional about not over-committing us.)

3. Let them do it poorly.  Of course, they are not going to do things as well as I do, but I try to focus on if they are putting forth their best effort and listening to advice.  They will improve with practice, and, if it bothers me too much, I can always redo it when they are outside playing.  🙂

4. Remember that I am making an investment.  It’s always hard to stop and learn a new skill. Many times I will waste countless hours doing something less efficiently than if I had invested a little time up front to learn a better way.  It’s the same with training our kids.  It slows us down in the beginning, but when they master a skill, they can be a great help!  This is a win/win!  They get the pride of mastering new skills and contributing to the family.  And, I get more free time to spend with them!

Do you allow your kids to help around the house?  What chores do you assign at what ages?

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Five Tips To Overcome Procrastination

Stressed out? Procrastination could be the cause. Check out these 5 tips to overcome procrastination! #stress #simplify #simpleliving

I recently shared in this post how procrastination almost cost the life of one of our chickens.  Even though procrastinating doesn’t always result in such obvious problems, it always costs us something.  Many times it is unnecessary stress, wasted mental energy, or strained relationships.  We’ve all spent days with that feeling of dread looming over our heads or snapped at our kids because we were in a time-crunch to do something we should have completed weeks ago.  That’s why it’s essential that we overcome procrastination.

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I get it.  We’re all busy.  We always have more stuff to do than time to do it.  But, if we would just take the extra time to do that stuff, it would relieve a lot of the stress in our lives.  

Here are my favorite tips for overcoming procrastination:  

  1. Consider the cost.  What problems could be caused by putting this off?  What can be gained by doing it immediately?
  2. Avoid committing to stuff that you know you will dread.  Yes, we all have to do some things that we don’t like, but how many times do you commit yourself to something simply because you are afraid to say no?  Consider how much time and energy a project will take before you give it your “yes.”  Jon Acuff says it like this:  “The word yes is very expensive.  You only have a few opportunities to spend it every day.  Don’t waste it on situations that deserve to hear the word no.”
  3. Practice “doing it now.”  We are constantly teaching our kids (and ourselves) to not walk past something that needs to be done.  No, that piece of trash left on the ground will not end in tragedy.  However, by picking it up immediately, you are developing the good habit of not putting stuff off until later.
  4. Be honest with yourself about how long something will take.  So many times, I put something off for WEEKS–only to find out that once I got started, it only took me 10 minutes.  I could have saved myself a lot of stress and mental energy if I had just done it!
  5. Just get started!  Getting started is usually the hardest step.  

I hope these tips help you overcome procrastination and get stuff done!  Do you struggle with procrastination?  What are your favorite ways to overcome procrastination?

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Why I’m Renting Out Backyard Chickens

Did you know that you can rent chickens? Here's how it works.

Over the last several years, people have become more and more interested in where their food comes from.  How were the chickens that laid their eggs treated?  What was sprayed on their salad?  What did the cow that became their steak dinner eat?  Many are voting with their dollars at the grocery store by buying organic or pasture-raised.  Some are taking it even further by filling their backyards with gardens and even backyard chickens.

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However, with the rising popularity of backyard chickens, many have raised concerns.  And, even though some of those concerns are mere scare tactics, I can’t deny that some are real problems.  So, when I learned that you can now actually rent backyard chickens, I had to know more. 

Backyard Chicken Eggs

Rent The Chicken is a chicken rental company that has grown to over 30 locations across the US and Canada.  Getting started is simple.  Check to see if there is a Rent The Chicken affiliate in your area.  Once you find your affiliate, pay a deposit via Paypal or phone and a delivery date will be set!  Then, just wait for your chickens and everything that they need to arrive!

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It’s good for the chickens!  

While we all have the best of intentions, sometimes things don’t go as planned.  Sadly, there has been an increasing number of chickens released to fend for themselves or taken to animal shelters.  Sometimes people don’t realize that hens well outlive their laying years and the cost of feed continues even when the eggs stop.  Sometimes people move.  Sometimes they simply figure out that keeping chickens is just not for them.  Renting chickens before you make a long term commitment allows you to give backyard chicken keeping a try.  And, if you “chicken out,” Rent The Chicken will come pick up your chickens and return them to the farm.

Even if you absolutely love your chickens, stuff happens!  Skills that were common a few generations ago, aren’t so common anymore.  If your chicken gets sick or attacked by a predator or you simply have a question about proper care, Rent The Chicken is there to help!  Just give them a call.  If the care required is beyond your comfort level, a Rent The Chicken affiliate can return your chicken to the farm and nurse her back to health.

It’s good for you! 

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You don’t have to worry about your eggs being involved in one of the many recalls you see on your newsfeed.  Knowing exactly what your chickens eat and how they are treated gives you peace of mind, and eggs from healthy, happy backyard chickens have 1/3 less cholesterol, 1/4 less saturated fats, and 2 times more omega 3 fatty acids than store bought eggs. 

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Chickens have a way of drawing you outside!  Whether you’re sitting on the back porch watching your chickens scratch in the grass or chasing that one rogue hen back to the coop, you’ll benefit from the sunshine and fresh air!

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You’ll discover very quickly that chickens all have their own personalities and can be quite amusing!  You more than likely will get so attached that you won’t want to send them back at the end of your rental.  Don’t worry.  Rent The Chicken offers adoptions at the end of your rental period!

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The price of eggs, as well as all of our groceries, has fluctuated a lot the last few years.  Whether it be due to government regulations, shortages, or diseases plaguing large producers, you know exactly what your eggs cost.

Even with all of it’s advantages, renting backyard chickens may not be for you.  But, it may be just what one of your friends is looking for.  Could you please pass this along to them?  Who knows?  You may get some farm fresh eggs out of the deal!  😉

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This Year’s Top Ten Chicken Mom Gifts

Any chicken mom would love these gifts! #chickens

Chicken moms.  You know the ones.  The ones that scroll through 50 chicken pictures on their phone to show you a picture of their firstborn son.  The ones that are happily scraping chicken poo when other moms are sitting at a little league game.  The ones who talk animatedly about their chickens personalities and antics at mom’s night out.   Yeah, those moms.  The only thing that’s harder than understanding them is buying them a gift.  I mean, of course they’d love another chicken, but really, do you want to add to the insanity?  So, today I have a list of chicken mom gifts that are sure to make her smile. 

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These “nesting” chicken measuring cups are adorable and functional.  Open the mother hen to reveal an egg.  “Crack” the egg, and you will find her cute little chick.  The set has a total of 6 dry measuring cups ranging from 1/4 to 1 cup.
Chicken Mom Gifts: Nesting Chicken Measuring Cups

While we’re in the kitchen, check out this helpful little hen! She perches on the side of your soup pot and holds your spoon for you!

Chicken Mom Gifts: Chicken spoon restAnd, for the love of chickens, how cute is this sink strainer?  I’m always concerned about what is going into our septic system, so this is a perfect solution!

Chicken Mom Gifts: Chicken drain cover

Chicken moms may spend most of their time in the coop, but they still like to get gussied up for a night on the town.  What chicken mom wouldn’t love to be seen sporting a hen bag?  

Chicken Mom Gifts: Chicken hen bag

And, while you’re at it, throw in this rubber chick coin purse!

Chicken Mom Gifts: Chicken coin purse

And an egg laying rubber chicken keychain.
Chicken Mom Gifts: Chicken keychain

And some Chicken Poop Lip Junk.  Not only is it amusing, but it’s seriously good stuff!

Chicken Mom Gifts: Chicken poop chapstick

And, of course a chicken shirt!

Chicken Mom Gifts: OCD Chicken Shirt

 I got these for Christmas, and I love them!  These chicken socks are the perfect height to wear under my tall boots, and when I take my shoes off at someone else’s home, they are always the life of the party!  😀

Chicken Mom Gifts: Chicken Leg Socks

Last but not least, every chicken mom loves to show off her little flock–even if she’s driving down the road!

Chicken Mom Gifts: Chicken decals

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Moving? Yes! We Are MOVING!!!

We are moving!

Yep, that’s right.  We’re moving!  That’s something I never thought I’d say again, but if I’ve learned anything in my almost 40 years, it is that life never takes you where you expect, and never say never!  

Last Friday, we handed our little piece of the world over to a wonderful family, and I can’t wait to see how they take our dream and make it their dream!  And, while it’s hard giving up something that you’ve poured so much of yourself into, knowing that you are passing the reins to someone with similar values, mindset, and vision brings with it comfort and an element of excitement! 

As for my little piece of the internet (this blog), I have to admit that I’ve been experiencing a bit of an identity crisis.  For the last five years, I’ve been Mandi, the girl that is working to make 30 acres of raw land into her dream homestead.  But, after a lot of thought and prayer, I have realized that I’m still that same girl, and I will still be doing a lot of the same things–just in a different location… in a different “out here” if you will.  🙂  

As for our family, we were blessed to be able to purchase 20 acres with a house at a location that we love.  However, we don’t have access to that property until the end of the month.  Yes, you did your math right.  We are homeless for the next 3-4 weeks.  So, after putting everything we own into storage and ensuring that our chickens, guineas, duck, rabbits, dogs, donkeys and cat will be safe and loved, we each packed a backpack and are hitting the road for Texas.  When we return, we will start remodeling our new-to-us 1980s ranch house, drawing barn plans, building coops, and all of the other things that are involved with homesteading.  I’m excited about starting over with the knowledge gained from lots of mistakes.  😉  

As you can imagine, the last few months have been exhausting with a job change for my husband, buying a property, selling our property, and moving.  I am anxious to share more details and hope that I can in some way be a help and encouragement to you as you navigate this crazy adventure we call life.  I would love it if you would continue on this adventure with us and share your homesteading projects with me so I can live vicariously through you as we travel.

With Much Love,

Mandi

 

Kitchen Faucet: Invest In High Quality, Save Money In the Long Run

Cardale kitchen faucet

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Saving money and living frugally is important to us.  But, I have learned that investing in high quality products to begin with saves me money in the long run.  One place I have definitely learned to invest in quality is my kitchen faucet.

My days revolve around caring for four young children, as well as keeping our house and small farm running smoothly.  It seems like I use my kitchen faucet hundreds of times every day—making lunch, washing eggs, cleaning the kitchen, washing my hands… It never ends.  So, I need a sturdy product that holds up to our lifestyle.

It’s good to know that I can rely on the quality products from Kohler.  And, with the Cardale and Elliston  faucets now available only at Lowe’s, I can get a beautiful, high-end faucet at a great DIY price!  Both faucets feature Kohler’s Scratch Resistant Shield™ finish that resists corrosion and tarnishing, ensuring that whichever style I choose will look great for years to come.

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I love the classic look of the Cardale Kitchen Faucet and can image it being a lovely addition to an apron farmhouse sink or a traditional double basin drop-in sink.

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But, beyond it’s attractive appearance, it features Kohler’s pull-down, two function spray head with touch control, Sweep Spray™ (which creates a forceful blade of water designed to sweep away any stuck-on food that you may have left sitting in the sink for… ummm, a few too many hours), and aerated stream settings.  Also, the temperature memory allows the faucet to be turned on and off at any temperature setting… No more leaving the water running because you don’t want to try to find that perfect temperature again!

If a more modern look is for you, check out the Elliston Kitchen Faucet !

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This sleek faucet is tall enough to fit your big pots under and the pull-out head gives you even more flexibility.  In addition to the Scratch Resistant Shield™, the MasterClean™ Spray Face resists mineral buildup, making it a snap to clean!  And, of course, we all can appreciate that!  Also, the Elliston faucet features a high temperature limit stop, so you can let your little ones help in the kitchen without worrying about them getting scalded.

Whichever look you prefer, you can’t go wrong with one of these classy new faucets from Lowe’s.  The Cardale or the Elliston will be a staple in your kitchen for years to come!

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Dessert For Breakfast? Try these 12 Make-Ahead Recipes

What could be better than dessert for breakfast? These 12 make-ahead recipes will make you think you're having dessert for breakfast, but without the guilt! #breakfast #makeaheadrecipes #fromscratchcooking

A few days ago, I posted over 18 breakfast ideas that could be prepped ahead of time from my Homestead Blogger friends.  Today, I want to share 12 more recipes that, in my book, take the cake.  What makes these recipes so special?  Well, they all make me feel like I am having dessert for breakfast!  And, who wouldn’t want to have dessert for breakfast?  

What could be better than dessert for breakfast? These 12 make-ahead recipes will make you think you're having dessert for breakfast, but without the guilt! #breakfast #makeaheadrecipes #fromscratchcooking

We’ve all seen the pre-packaged breakfast cookies at the grocery store.  But, check out these homemade versions!  These Healthy Breakfast Cookies are full of fruits, yogurt and nuts, and these Sugar Free Breakfast Cookies are sweetened with natural sweeteners and are egg, fat, and sugar free.  Both options let you eat cookies for breakfast without the guilt!

Toss the packaged muffins that are packed with preservatives and check out these recipes.  If you’re looking for hearty muffins packed with fruits and veggies, try Morning Glory Muffins!  And, next time you’re making oatmeal, cook an extra cup for these Leftover Oatmeal Muffins.  (While you’re at it, make 9 extra cups and save 8 of them for this Tropical Baked Oatmeal.)  These Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread and Zucchini Bread recipes can both be baked in muffin tins, frozen, and sat out the night before for a grab-and-go breakfast.

Speaking of taking the cake, how about cake for breakfast?  You can with this Sourdough Breakfast Cake.  And where there’s cake, there’s “ice cream.”  This Breakfast Banana Split is close enough–just be sure to save a few bananas for Chocolate and Granola Covered Bananas.  Pudding is not something you would normally consider a breakfast food.  These healthy Breakfast Pudding recipes could change that.  Even Lemon Berry Scones hot from the oven are not out of reach with a little planning!

So, there you have it–12 recipes that will make you feel like you are having dessert for breakfast!  Do you have a favorite “sweet” breakfast treat?

While you’re here, be sure to check out this post with over 18 quick breakfast ideas!

It can be hard getting a healthy breakfast and getting out the door on time in the morning! Check out over 18 great make-ahead breakfast options! #recipes
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