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Get ready for summer now: 5 ways to get ahead

Categories: Productivity, summer living

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It’s still winter, but summer will be here before you know it. I know, easy for me to say since I’m not sitting in the middle of a blizzard like some of you. But, in less than 10 weeks, I’ll have to go retrieve my college freshman and bring all that stuff home. Can you believe it?

Not to give spring the short end of the deal (I love spring, I do!), but summer for working parents brings it’s share of scheduling and preparation challenges, and I like to get ahead where I can.

Here’s 5 things you can do to get ready for summer now:

1. Plan out the summer calendar - I print calendars for June, July and August and we lay them out at home and everyone writes in their summer plans or special events. Camps, vacations, birthdays and even back-to-school dates go on there so we can spot potential conflicts early.

2. Sign up for camps - Now is the time to sign up for summer camps. If you have young kids and have never done this before, just trust me.  Traditional camps, sports camps, music camps, drama camps are ready and waiting for you to sign up, don’t put this one off. If you’re lucky, there might even be a discount for signing up now.

3. Book that vacation - If you ‘re going to have the chance to get away this summer, check that calendar you made and pencil in some vacation time. If you need to look for accommodations, now’s the time to do it so you can get the dates you want before they’re all gone. (Taking my own advice in 3…2…1…)

4. Shop now - Bathing suits and other warm weather clothing items are hitting the shelves. When it comes to the kids, it seems like no matter what size they are, the rest of the world had kids the same size and the new stuff is gone in a snap. I’ve learned to just bite the bullet and buy bathing suits when I see them instead of doing it “later” because the red bulls eye store doesn’t always restock them.

5. Apply for summer jobs - Get your teens out of the house and encourage them to apply for summer jobs now. For example, your college student should be getting an internship lined up (*ahem* is someone related to me out there listening?), and potential lifeguards should be signing up for training now. The competition is tough out there, don’t wait.

Even though it may not seem like it now, summer really does come fast. Check some things off your to-do list now and be ready to relax a little and enjoy it!

Recipe idea: Sausage, egg and cheese biscuit cups

Categories: Cooking, recipes

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I was cleaning out the refrigerator yesterday, and I noticed I had some biscuits and some sausage that had just about outlived their usefulness, and I didn’t want to waste them. I wasn’t sure what to do with them (other than just making sausage and biscuits), and then I remembered muffin tin cooking is all the rage, so I thought I’d give it a shot.

I wasn’t sure what I was doing, but they actually turned out pretty well, so I thought I’d share.

Sausage, egg and cheese biscuit cups
Ingredients:

3 large eggs
3 tbsp half-and-half
1/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese (or what you have on hand, I used cheddar and jack)
1/2 lb. cooked sausage
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4 tsp. mustard powder
1 can of whomp* biscuits, (I had Pillsbury Grands on hand, so I separated each biscuit into 2 layers because they’re big).

Directions:

1.    Preheat the oven to 375° F. Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray
2.    In a medium bowl, combine the eggs, half-and-half, mustard, salt and pepper and whisk together
3.    Flatten each biscuit into a larger flat circle and place into a cup in the prepared muffin tin. Press the dough into the bottom of each cup and up the sides.
4.    Divide the sausage and cheese evenly into each cup
5.    Divide the egg mixture evenly between each cup and carefully pour over sausage and cheese, but not too full.

Bake 15-20 minutes until biscuits are brown and eggs are set.

I was thinking these would be a good, quick breakfast during the week, but as it turns out, people have been eating them all day around here, so I guess they’re good any time?

I’d like to try some more things in the the muffin tin, do you have any favorite recipes?

(* What? You know, whomp biscuits - you know, the ones you whomp on the counter to open…)

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