18Aug2016 Apple Cider Syrup This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #EggoBTSTarget #CollectiveBias Make a batch of this stove top Apple Cider Syrup to serve over yummy pancakes or waffles – the perfect breakfast companion this fall! Mid August is full fledged back to school time in our area, and this was a time of both excitement and nervousness for me when I was a teacher. Excitement, of course, over meeting a new group of kids and getting to work making goals for them and meeting, and hopefully exceeding, those goals during the school year. Nervousness though, over how much back sliding my students experienced over the summer break. And now as a mom of school age kids? Extreme nervousness!! I was happy to report to you earlier this week that I am proud to say we met our goal of completely the library reading program this year. But I KNOW there are skills that my boys, Silas especially, will need to re-learn in September. To a certain extent it’s a normal occurrence among students of all ages, but it doesn’t ease my worries that’s for sure. Over the past two weeks, I’ve really been trying to encourage a short amount of time every day for drawing, coloring or writing at the table. Because let’s face it – that first day back to school where they have to sit at desks, rather than running around all day long, is going to be a rude awakening! A good breakfast in the morning before school, something yummy in their lunchbox at noon, and a tasty snack after school while giving them some time to be creative, is great for their body and mind. Grab that FREE printable activity booklet here! I LOVE making this fantastic fall Apple Cider Syrup to serve with waffles and apple slices – it’s a great breakfast for young and old! Apple Cider Syrup By Kelly Miller A recipe for syrup using apple cider, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg for serving drizzled over waffles, pancakes, or ice cream. Prep time: 00:00, Cook time: 00:12, Total time: 00:12 Yield: approximately 12 servings Ingredients: 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar 1 tablespoon cornstarch 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 1/8 teaspoon salt 2 cups apple cider (found in the refrigerated section of the store) 1 tablespoon lemon juice prepared waffles or pancakes Instructions: In the bottom of a heavy saucepan, mix together sugar, brown sugar, cornstarch, and spices. Stir in apple cider and lemon juice. Heat over medium heat stirring occasionally until starting to boil. Allow to boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly, until thickened. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Serve warm over waffles or pancakes, refrigerate the leftovers in a sealed jar. Can I get an AMEN that apple season, and apple cider season, is finally here?! This apple syrup is the perfect way to celebrate, too! I’m planning on sending them to school with this amazing breakfast-for-lunch bento box, along with some fruit, for a fun lunch. We love breakfast all day around this house, yum! Stocking up on Eggo Waffles and Pancakes is the perfect way to get ready for the busy school year. I love having shortcuts in my freezer for hectic mornings. I spotted these awesome Eggo products during my last trip through Target. When you purchase 3 participating Eggo products with Crayola packaging, you’ll get $5 off Crayola products. This would be great for those back to school lists or donating to your favorite teacher! This promotion ends September 30th – be sure to see more info about this promotion in the Target ad the first week of September or click here to visit the social hub for more details. These products and promotions are available in all stores. To download the free activity booklet above, go to target.com/crayola and your kids can have fun, too! What’s your favorite way to get the kids ready for school? Leave your ideas in the comment section below!