French Toast Muffin Recipe + 5 Ways to Keep Your Morning Running Smoothly

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5 Ways to Keep Your Morning Running Smoothly

Mornings can be hectic. Whether you are running off to work, getting the kids ready for school, or heading to an appointment, those first hours can seem like the time for “rush rush”, rather than for easing into your day with a big breakfast at home and a leisurely cup of coffee. I’m lucky in that I work from home and most days don’t personally have to rush anyplace. BUT, my husband has to get to work by 7:30 am and since I am the helpful sort, I always pitch in to get him out the door on time (or almost on time!)

Whatever your morning agenda is, here are 5 Ways to Keep Your Morning Running Smoothly:

Time Management

Set a Routine
I have read several times that it takes 21 days to form a habit. So, if you have a standard order in which you perform mornings tasks each day, after three weeks it should start to run like clockwork and take some of the stress out of the start to your day. Try to do the same tasks in the same order each morning.

Backpack Schedule

Have Your Bags Ready to Go
Don’t pack your bags last thing in the morning. The night before, go through and take out anything that doesn’t need to be there – like empty lunch containers and school papers. Add in anything that needs to leave the house the next morning – except for refrigerated items, of course!

Frozen Burritos

Make Lunches Ahead of Time
Rather than having to make sandwiches every morning, prepare items you can keep in the fridge or freezer that are ready to pack in morning lunches. Some of my favorites are frozen homemade burritos (if you have a microwave for lunch) or these freezer PB&J sandwiches.

McCafe Coffee Timer

Set Your Coffee on a Timer
Coffee is a morning MUST for my husband. Rather than waiting for a pot to brew in the morning, he sets it up on a timer before he goes to bed. That way it is hot and ready before it’s time to leave for work. This week I picked up McCafé coffee for him at Walmart. They had a couple of varieties to choose from, but I selected the French Roast because he likes his coffee dark. Well, he actually puts tons of cream in it, but he likes to start with it dark.

McCafé coffee

Hubby is pretty picky about his coffee, so I was a bit hesitant about his reaction. But, he liked it!! He found the flavor to be rich and yummy and actually turned to it first to make his coffee the following day. I guess that’s not all that surprising because McCafé coffee is premium quality coffee made with 100% Arabica Beans harvested from the rich soils and mountainous regions of the foremost coffee-growing areas of the world. It is available in 8 different flavors and both premium bags and coffee pods – so you can get the right one to fit your brewing style.

French Toast Muffin Recipe

Have Easy Breakfasts Ready
Grab and go is the easiest type of breakfast and ESSENTIAL if you don’t have time to eat at home and need to take it on your morning commute. While there are plenty of packaged options available, I always like a homemade breakfast, even if it isn’t eaten at home! This French Toast Muffin Recipe is yummy eaten at room temperature, or heated in the microwave before you head out the door.
 

French Toast Muffin Recipe

 
Ingredients:
10 slices of bread
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp maple flavoring (optional)
4 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp cinnamon

French Toast Muffin Recipe Process

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 12-muffin tin very well.
Tear the bread into small pieces and place in a large bowl.
In a medium bowl, mix beaten eggs, milk, salt, vanilla, maple flavoring if using, and 2 Tbsp of the sugar.
Pour wet mixture over the bread and mix thoroughly.
Place a spoonful of the muffin mixture in each cup of the muffin tin.
Sprinkle the tops with a mixture made of the remaining sugar and cinnamon.
Fill the muffin tins with the rest of the muffin mixture.
Sprinkle tops with cinnamon sugar.
Bake 20 minutes or until golden brown.

McCafe Coffee Collage

 

So, the next time you feel crazily rushed in the morning, think about incorporating some of these tips and it just might make things a big better. At least you will have a great cup of coffee and some yummy muffins to enjoy!

French Toast Muffin Recipe

 

What do YOU do to make your mornings easier?

thriftyjinxy@live.com' About Chrysa

Chrysa is the founder and owner of ThriftyJinxy.com, a site dedicated to living a fabulous life on a frugal budget. Her approach is that by spending less on the boring everyday stuff, you can have more money to splurge on the things you REALLY want, whether it’s travel, fashion, electronics – you name it! Chrysa is married, has a 8-year old nephew she dotes on, as well as three lovable cats and a big sweetie of a German Shepherd.

Comments

  1. massmommie@gmail.com' Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says:

    Those sound all kinds of awesome. I totally want one NOW.

  2. That looks so good! I keep my morning running smoothly by making sure I get the dogs out in the morning before any accidents. Everything after that is gravy.

  3. My mornings haven’t run smoothly for about ten years. Thanks for these tips. Maybe I can get the smooth back into my morning.

  4. Your French Toast Muffins looks so yummy! This will be great to make for my daughter. She loves French Toast, but it gets messy very quickly. This is a great way of doing French Toast on the go!

  5. Now that is a breakfast my kids would totally stand behind! French Toast Muffins! Brilliant! They look delicious.

  6. Thanks for the great tips to get my mornings under control. Right now, I am lucky to get the kids out to the door on time. Grabbing these muffins would help.

  7. Those muffins look amazing! Great tips too, I always have everything ready for mornings because sometimes mornings can be crazy and eat you alive for the rest of the day!

  8. I like to lay out clothing the night before. Your tips about the coffee pot and your muffins.. those look delicious! Mornings are always crazy in our house, we have it planned out to a T.

  9. I was just talking to my mom today about how hectic our days can get here. She said a lot of the same tips. I need to start implementing some off these things in my life.

  10. Yummy! That is such a good idea. I don’t have to keep a schedule too but now that I have come back to blogging I am finding it necessary. Those would make me get up early lol.

  11. Routines save my life! It seems that the more prepared I am the night before, the better the morning runs.

  12. My 6th grader has finally realized that getting lunch and his backpack ready the night before makes a BIG difference in how his morning goes. Love the tip for having the timer set to make your coffee. I’ll have to see how our new coffee pot works for that to happen.

  13. YUM! I think I can taste the McCafé and French Toast right now! That’s a great way to help a morning run smoothly in my book! #client

  14. That recipe sounds amazing! I have never heard of french toast muffins before!

  15. Mornings are always crazy here and I need all the tips I can get! I love the sound of the french toast muffins. I am going to make them as I am sure that my kids would love them in the morning.

  16. I am legit making these for tomorrow morning right now! I am also picking up this coffee this week- I keep reading about it and am always looking for new brews! We are total coffee-brunch junkies!

  17. I make my lunches ahead of time. One less thing to worry about in the morning.

  18. Great idea! We love french toast, but rarely have the time for it in the mornings! I can’t wait to make these!

  19. mattym8892@yahoo.com' Kimberly M. says:

    I love French Toast but never heard of these. They sound wonderful. I think all my grandsons would love them too. They love muffins. I’ll definitely have to try them out. Thank you.

  20. ooohhhh! YUMMY! I can’t wait to try the french toast muffins. BRILLIANT!

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