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Breakfast with the Shorties - and a Giveaway for You!

Posted Nov 13 2013 12:00am

Sooo, let's talk breakfast. In our house, there are 8 people. I get up at 5 and try to spend at least 30 minutes getting a jump start on the day - which, let's be honest, really means grabbing that first cup of coffee. Then I wake the shorties, and it's a mad dash to get everyone up (hello, that takes for - EVER!) dressed, fed and out the door by 7. I constantly bark out assignments - "You! Whatever your name is! Hair, teeth, face, deodorant, shoes!", remind all of their jackets/shoes/snacks/lunches/instruments/library books/signed papers and I drop off my high school student and then go to the elementary/middle, where three days a week, people have 7:15 band -

and we are always there by 7:22. :)

My kids are great eaters. Thanks be that they aren't fussy eaters - they eat just about anything - and their favorite breakfast foods are those that involve pancakes, french toast, eggs, bacon, sausage - in other words, they like big breakfast. And sometimes I make those things ahead of time and store them, and sometimes they eat yogurt and fruit and sometimes I'll make smoothies. We almost always have bagels on hand and on the weekends, we very occasionally eat out.

I mean, occasionally. Have you taken eight people out for a meal lately?

Panera graciously offered to send my family out for breakfast, and I think it was the first time since they were babies that everyone jumped right up out of bed and made it to the truck before I even yelled, "Let's go!"

Panera is one of my favorite places to eat - macaroni and cheese with tomato soup is a carbaholic's best friend and my "reward" lunch if I'm having a really bad day. We get bagels weekly, breakfast sandwiches occasionally, and bread if I'm having company. It's a clean, friendly and welcoming restaurant -

I mean, when you walk in and see something like this, what's not to love?

Breakfast with the Shorties - and a Giveaway for You!

Breakfast with the Shorties - and a Giveaway for You!

We struggle with food allergies, and Panera takes this seriously. I've researched the safe foods for my kids, and the bakers do everything they can to reassure us and help to keep my kids safe. It's not a perfect fit, but they really go above and beyond in any way possible.

My shorties were esctatic to get breakfast sandwiches - they are real bacon-aholics - and those yummy, warm sandwiches were gobbled in about 45 seconds.

Breakfast with the Shorties - and a Giveaway for You!

Mommy got her standard coffee - but this time, with a twist.

Breakfast with the Shorties - and a Giveaway for You!

Big sister is pensively meditating as she awaits her breakfast goodies.

Breakfast with the Shorties - and a Giveaway for You!

Panera offers muffins, scones, bagels, cookies, breads, soups, sandwiches, salads - all my favorite things to make, and let's be honest, EAT. Their food is as good, or in some cases better, than I make in the house. (4 cheese egg souffle, anyone?) It's quick and convenient with friendly service and quality that cannot be beat. I've never been disappointed.

 

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Have you eaten breakfast at Panera? Would you like to treat your family to a breakfast out - OR treat your sweetie to lunch? (Or save it all for you, I won't tell!)  Leave me a comment telling me: What is your favorite way to start the day, and you could win a $100 Panera Gift Card!!

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