Seven years ago, I sat on my front porch and watched as my neighbor got on the school bus for the first time. Each September since, I’ve been out at the bus stop on the first day of school, even though my kids haven’t ridden it yet. Somewhere along the line, we added coffee, sausage, and muffins to the morning.

Today, that little girl I watched seven years ago climb tentatively on the bus leaves early for the regional school.

Today my own little-big girl will climb on the bus and leave for her first day of kindergarten.

She’s got her first day of school outfit. Her backpack is packed. And I’ve made the muffins.back to school breakfast

First Day of School Muffins

(good for breakfast or after-school snack)

½ cup sugar
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup butter, softened or melted
2 eggs
1 + cup mashed overripe banana
2 cups flour (white or whole wheat)
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 cup chocolate chips

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream butter, sugar, and eggs until fluffy.
  3. Add bananas and mix well to combine.
  4. Add flour, baking soda, and salt and stir until just mixed in. Gently stir in chocolate chips. (You can skip the chocolate chips if you want, but they are most definitely not optional at my house.)
  5. Spoon into greased muffin tins and bake 20 minutes or until golden. (Also works well in a square cake pan or loaf pan, but a loaf will bake longer).


What are your first day of school traditions?