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Back in the Groove

Back in the Groove

All across America, families with school-age children and those with educators are getting back into their school-year routine after a summer of laid-back days and fun adventures. Even in households without the dictates of school schedules, summertime seems to be much more relaxed and less structured. Meals are less formal, bedtimes and mornings have a bit more flexibility, and in general, “the living is easy.”

Then, just as we get used to the rhythms of summer, we see back-to-school ads and smile at friends’ “first day of school” photos on social media, and we wonder what happened to summer. It must be time to snap out of our leisure and get back in the groove!

Even though the transition can sometimes be tough, there’s actually a certain comfort in routines. Regular bedtimes, daily lunch preparation, the morning rush, and even homework hour give us a sense of balance.

What’s your favorite part of getting back into the rhythm of early fall? Is it watching your college team’s first football game and knowing what your Saturday afternoons will look like for the foreseeable future? Do you like pulling out a sweater or hoodie as the air gets crisp? Are you waiting for the first leaves to turn? Do you love opening up the windows for some cool, fresh air? Or maybe you’re the one who can’t wait to see the first ad for this season’s pumpkin-flavored-everything!

Part of the back-to-school routine is back to family dinner time, a time to refuel from a busy day, but also to catch up on happenings at school and at work. Weeknight dinners don’t have to be fancy, and meals don’t have to be time-consuming to prepare. Here are two ideas to put into your weeknight rotation:

Panini Night

Make a new tradition of Panini Night once a week. Paninis are delightful grilled sandwiches that are easy to make. Start with Duplin’s recipe for Mozzarella Panini, made with Duplin’s Muscadine Red Pepper & Onion Relish. Just add a salad, and you’ve got a simple weeknight meal. For fun, see which family member can come up with the most creative and delicious panini fillings. Try a new idea each week for a month, then take a vote!

Breakfast for Dinner

Another popular week night meal is breakfast for dinner. The morning rush often means that breakfast is something to grab and go. But a more relaxed suppertime can be SUPER-time with breakfast food! Try our Roasted Red Pepper Omelet, also made with our Muscadine Red Pepper & Onion Relish. Fluffy biscuits, hash browns, pancakes or waffles, sausage and other breakfast foods can come together fairly quickly for a delicious and nutritious evening meal.

Create a new routine!

There’s no reason that this year’s routines have to be exactly the same as last year’s. Maybe it’s time to shake up the old routine with something new in the lineup. Start a new tradition. Here are just a few ideas:

• Visit a park: Once a month, explore a new park or museum. Keep a list of family favorites.

• Take a class: Learn a new craft or skill at a community education class or by teaching yourself. You might want to pick something for the whole family to learn together.

• Learn a game: A new card or board game will be a great addition to your family game time.

 

As the days start getting shorter and the evening air gets cooler, one routine that everyone enjoys is sitting outside for a few minutes to wind down and decompress from the busy day. Take a glass of your favorite Duplin red, white or blush wine to the porch, deck, or yard; sit back, look up, and count your blessings.

Tell us what your favorite back-to-school-time routine is in the comments below, or share an idea you have for creating a new routine.

What’s your favorite part of getting back into the rhythm of early fall? Is it watching your college team’s first football game and knowing what your Saturday afternoons will look like for the foreseeable future? Do you like pulling out a sweater or hoodie as the air gets crisp? Are you waiting for the first leaves to turn? Do you love opening up the windows for some cool, fresh air? Or maybe you’re the one who can’t wait to see the first ad for this season’s pumpkin-flavored-everything!

Part of the back-to-school routine is back to family dinner time, a time to refuel from a busy day, but also to catch up on happenings at school and at work. Weeknight dinners don’t have to be fancy, and meals don’t have to be time-consuming to prepare. Here are two ideas to put into your weeknight rotation:

Panini Night

Make a new tradition of Panini Night once a week. Paninis are delightful grilled sandwiches that are easy to make. Start with Duplin’s recipe for Mozzarella Panini, made with Duplin’s Muscadine Red Pepper & Onion Relish. Just add a salad, and you’ve got a simple weeknight meal. For fun, see which family member can come up with the most creative and delicious panini fillings. Try a new idea each week for a month, then take a vote!

Breakfast for Dinner

Another popular week night meal is breakfast for dinner. The morning rush often means that breakfast is something to grab and go. But a more relaxed suppertime can be SUPER-time with breakfast food! Try our Roasted Red Pepper Omelet, also made with our Muscadine Red Pepper & Onion Relish. Fluffy biscuits, hash browns, pancakes or waffles, sausage and other breakfast foods can come together fairly quickly for a delicious and nutritious evening meal.

Create a new routine!

There’s no reason that this year’s routines have to be exactly the same as last year’s. Maybe it’s time to shake up the old routine with something new in the lineup. Start a new tradition. Here are just a few ideas:

• Visit a park: Once a month, explore a new park or museum. Keep a list of family favorites.

• Take a class: Learn a new craft or skill at a community education class or by teaching yourself. You might want to pick something for the whole family to learn together.

• Learn a game: A new card or board game will be a great addition to your family game time.

 

As the days start getting shorter and the evening air gets cooler, one routine that everyone enjoys is sitting outside for a few minutes to wind down and decompress from the busy day. Take a glass of your favorite Duplin red, white or blush wine to the porch, deck, or yard; sit back, look up, and count your blessings.

Tell us what your favorite back-to-school-time routine is in the comments below, or share an idea you have for creating a new routine.

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