French Toast Muffins {+Back-to-School Printables}

french toast muffinseditededited It’s that time of year for us {finally}. My children start their first day of school tomorrow and for the first time both of them will be in school for the full day. I’ve got mixed emotions. On one hand, it’s definitely time… the summer, for me, inevitably drags on too long in August and I’m more than ready for fall, my favorite season. On the other hand, this is truly the most fun we’ve ever had with our children in a summer. They are both at a push the pause button age {8 and 6} and our Florida vacation, numerous trips to the pool {they both can swim anywhere now without parental supervision}, their first visit to Kings Island being able to ride The Beast, their first time to a Cincinnati Reds game, riding bikes to Juilfs Park and yesterday our first experience with raspberry picking have truly been a blast for me instead of an exercise in “no’s”, “stop it’s”, “don’t touch or lick or eat that”.

french toast muffinedited Before I get too sentimental, let me share both this recipe for French Toast Muffins {courtesy of Two Peas and their Pod} and this great set of back-to-school printables with you. The muffins are great for school mornings because they are made the night before, allowed to soak in the fridge, then baked fresh in the morning. Topped with maple syrup {or this fresh blueberry syrup} and a side of fruit, they are a great start for your kiddos. I did a trial run so I could post the recipe and the kids loved them. The recipe is at the bottom of this post.

collage For the collection of printables I’m sharing with you, I tried to pick a wide variety of things pertinent to back-to-school… first day teacher gift, a school binder to help with year-long organization and school lunch notes. For even more variety, useful tips and just plain creativity, visit both my School Days and Lunchtastic Pinterest boards. Be sure to click on the pictures below to be taken to the creators responsible for all this awesomeness!

These school morning routine cards from Living Locurto come in boy colors too. I just love them!

routine cards

These first day of school photograph plaques come from A Blissful Nest {via Living Locurto.} There is a different design for every grade, Preschool to 12th Grade. Wish I’d found these back when my kiddos were first starting school…

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This simple yet thoughtful first day of school gift for teacher comes from Skip to my Lou. It’s what I’m personally using {got my soap from Target, as suggested.}

soap

This binder is going to be a God-send for me. I’m not so good at managing the tsunami of papers that come home each and every day with each child. So a big thank you to Thirty Handmade Days for creating it!

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I love school lunch notes. I send one every day. They are easy and fun. I particularly love this collection from Sarah Jane.

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And finally from Pizzazzerie are these DIY pillow treat boxes for when your child needs a little extra motivation through the day. Our school provides a designated snack time, so that’s when I’ll use these little boxes to pack their snacks. 

pillow box

 

French Toast Muffins
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for the muffins
  1. 1 loaf french bread (Panera) cut or torn into 1/2-inch cubes (12 cups)
  2. 2 1/2 c. milk
  3. 6 large eggs
  4. 1/2 c. sugar
  5. 1 T. vanilla
  6. 1 t. cinnamon
for the streusel
  1. 1/4 c. cold butter
  2. 1/4 c. light brown sugar
  3. 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
  4. 1/4 t. cinnamon
  5. pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. The night before, whisk together the milk, eggs, sugar, vanilla and cinnamon in a large bowl. Carefully add the bread cubes to the mixture and toss until very well coated.
  2. Butter a standard 12-cup muffin tin. Evenly distribute the french-toast coated bread into each muffin cup, mounding in the center. Cover with plastic wrap or foil and store in the fridge overnight.
  3. To prepare the streusel, combine the cold butter, sugar, flour, cinnamon and salt in a medium bowl. Using a pastry cutter, combine the ingredients until it resembles the texture of wet sand. Cover bowl and store streusel in fridge overnight as well.
  4. The next morning, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Evenly top each muffin with the streusel. Bake muffins 25-30 minutes until golden brown on top.
  5. Remove from oven and allow to cool in tin for about 10 minutes. Serve topped with syrup and a side of fruit.
Adapted from Two Peas and their Pod
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