In a short few weeks, I will be doing what many parents around the US will be doing: Sending my kids back to school.
While it is exciting to get back on a routine and have some time during the day to get errands, work, and chores done alone, this is also the year my youngest son goes off to Kindergarten. If I told you I was excited about that, I would be lying. I am actually incredibly terrified about all the new things coming up with back to school time. My son riding the bus, my son with homework, my son getting up at 6 am every morning- I feel like a first-time parent all over again. With balancing two kids and all that comes with school time, I am looking for ways to make getting out of the door as well as the afternoon walk back in, as fun (and efficient) as possible.
Off to School Checklist
- I have eaten breakfast
- I am dressed, including shoes & socks
- My hair and teeth are brushed
- I have my lunch inside my backpack
- I have all my folders and homework in my backpack
You can download this FREE MORNING ROUTINE CHECKLIST (there is both a boy and a girl in the PDF file) to make your morning easy! Simply print on a piece of card stock and stick in a frame. Then you can use a dry erase marker to check mark each morning and keep it running smoothly.
Now that mornings are handled, let’s talk about afternoons.
The very first and I mean the VERY FIRST THING my kids do when they get home is beg for a snack. Not only did they have a long day full of learning (and hopefully some play), they had a bus ride home in the hot sun. I love to make them feel special after school and wanted to share this fantastic ‘make-it-yours recipe’ that we spruced up to make the best afternoon snack! Paired with the I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!® Banana Bread Recipe (also perfect for breakfast), we have taken our left-over bread and made a delicious Banana Bread Split Afternoon Snack. It’s so decadent and delicious and your kids will feel special right after school.
Banana Bread Split Snack
- 3 large ripe bananas, mashed, (1-1/2 cups)
- 1 cup I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!® Spread
- 3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- Vanilla Ice Cream
- Caramel Syrup
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- Sliced banana
Brush 9 x 5-inch loaf pan with additional I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!® Spread; set aside.
Stir in remaining ingredients until blended and spoon into prepared pan.
Bake 60-70 minutes.
Cool 20 minutes on wire rack; remove from pan and cool completely.
Slice up bananas and sprinkle with brown sugar. Add to bowl. Now top with Caramel Sauce.
Enjoy Banana Bread Split!