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While most of Northwest Arkansas is hitting the books today, the Coller Kids are still anticipating the first day of school. Since Lynzie and I are headed to England in just three weeks, I've put all school work on hold until we get back. Still, I'm in planning mode---finding just the right materials to fuel their minds and making meal plans to fuel their bodies. One way I keep kids fueled on a busy homeschool day is by making sure there are plenty of food items in the house that are easy to prepare for the days I get overwhelmed with responsibilities and need the older ones to help out. (That would be pretty much every day, actually...)
Last week I shopped Walmart for State Fair® corn dogs and Jimmy Dean® breakfast sandwiches. My oldest son, Michael, is in charge of preparing breakfast and Lynzie does lunch. These are great items for them to make for the family while I'm working with the younger kids in the mornings. Both are found in the freezer section of Walmart. The corn dogs are in a floor freezer case and the breakfast sandwiches are in the stand-up freezer aisle.
Jimmy Dean breakfast sandwiches are delicious and a filling source of protein. You can choose from high quality Jimmy Dean breakfast solutions like Sausage, Egg & Cheese Croissant Sandwiches or Pancakes & Sausage on a Stick.
State Fair corn dogs are a good source of protein and feature a yummy cornbread and honey breading. I like how they're individually wrapped in the box so I can empty them into the freezer, saving space.
I also found these fun treat cups at Walmart near the party supplies. They're perfect for serving condiments and making lunch time just a little more fun for the kids. Plus, they solve the problem of corn dogs rolling into the ketchup and mustard on the plate.
Another stress-relieving solution for our homeschool day is to delegate responsibilities and assign chores. This keeps the home running smoothly so I'm not distracted and over-burdened by a load of housework. Everyone has their own list of things to do and I have them do them at the same time each day so they're easier to remember.
As a homeschooling mom to 9, I'm always looking for quick and easy meal and snack ideas. Not only do we have the regular school day routine to navigate, but I'm also managing a home and babies in the meantime. Anything that can make that job a little easier is a win for me! Have you kept your family fueled with Jimmy Dean breakfast sandwiches or State Fair corn dogs? Let me know in the comments below!