Lazy mornings of pancakes and waffles cooked up whenever the kids fancy are just about gone. In less than a week Logan and Madeline will be heading back to school. Can you hear me sighing with relief?
We’ve been spending our time basking in the last few weeks of summer by going bowling, attending swimming lessons, and taking family field trips to the splash park and science center (where I met blog reader Rachel from Georgia. Hi, Rachel!).
As much as I love spending time with the kids, we’re all definitely beginning to crave the added structure that comes with going back to school. I’m looking forward to being able to spend quality time with them when they’re home, working when they’re not, and being better able to separate work and family time.
I’ve braved the back to school sections of Target, Office Max, Walmart, Staples, and then still had to order one item off of Amazon. Seriously, when did these lists get so complicated?
I finally have everything organized and tucked away in their backpacks. I’ve put away their new clothes – of course hiding Madeline’s because she’ll totally want to wear the “new pretty clothes” before school starts. Yes, I may sound organized, but trust me, this level of organization won’t last beyond the first two weeks.
It’s important to me to know what and where the food my kids are eating came from. The best way I know to keep track of that (and keep my sanity) is to add packaged food convenience to the food I make anyway. By freezing homemade pancakes and waffles ahead of time, I’m ensuring that we all have a healthy start to our day.
What’s your best back to school tip for easing the transition?
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- Balanced School Lunches for Picky Eaters
- Peach Freezer Smoothies for Lunchboxes
How to Freeze and Reheat Pancakes and Waffles
- Cook pancakes or waffles according to recipe directions. Allow the pancakes or waffles to cool completely.
- Line a baking sheet with a sheet of parchment paper.
- Place the cooled pancakes or waffles on the baking sheet making sure that they do not touch each other.
- If you are freezing more that one layer of pancakes or waffles, you can simply use another sheet of parchment to separate the layers.
- Place the baking sheet into the freezer. Allow the pancakes or waffles to freeze for at least 6 hours.
- Once the pancakes or waffles are completely frozen, stack them in a zip top freezer bag or freezer-safe container.
- Use a marker or tape label to add the date to your storage container.
How to Reheat the Pancakes
Option 1 for Reheating Pancakes:
Preheat oven or toaster oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Line the desired number of pancakes on the baking sheet and cover with foil. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until they are heated through.
Option 2 for Reheating Pancakes:
Stack pancakes on a microwave safe plate and heat on high for 1 ½ – 2 minutes or until the pancakes are heated through.
How to Reheat Waffles
Option 1 for Reheating Waffles:
Place frozen waffles into toaster and toast as you would a piece of toast. This may take more than one cycle depending on your settings.
Option 2 for Reheating Waffles:
Preheat oven or toaster oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Line the desired number of waffles on the baking sheet. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until they are heated through.