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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Be Prepared: Save Yourself and Guests From Morning Hassles in the Kitchen

Now comes the time for your friends and relatives who were not adventurous enough for the Moscow winter to visit. You cannot eat breakfast at the diner every day, so you will have to feed them.

The key is to plan everything ahead that you possibly can. Here are a few ways to make the morning a lot smoother:

...Use doughs and batters that can be made, then refrigerated or frozen. Biscuits and scones can be prepared and frozen before baking, then baked when you're ready. Some muffin batters can be made the day before. Coffee cakes can be baked, frozen and reheated.

...For scrambled eggs, cut up onions, ham, fresh herbs, cheese, tomatoes the night before.

...If you can't bake ahead of time, have the ingredients ready. For example, the dry ingredients for muffins can be mixed together in advance. Just add the wet ingredients in the morning and bake.

...Bacon can be laid out on rimmed baking pans and covered with plastic wrap. In the morning, remove the wrap and bake at 350 degrees until crispy and brown.

...Set the table the night before.

Here is a recipe from Nancy McKeon and Stephanie Witt Sedgwick of The Washington Post for Orange, Banana and Strawberry Smoothies. This is the best use you'll ever find for soon-to-be-rotten bananas. Just peel them, wrap in plastic and freeze until ready to use. Makes three 8-ounce servings.

1 medium banana, peeled and frozen

6 frozen strawberries

About 1 2/3 cups orange juice

Break the banana into 3 or 4 pieces and place in a blender. Add the strawberries and orange juice and blend until smooth. If the smoothie is too thick, add more juice.


Blueberry-Apple Smoothie:

1 medium frozen banana

1/4 cup frozen blueberries

1 2/3 cups apple juice

Very Berry Smoothie: 1 medium frozen banana, 4 frozen strawberries, 1/4 cup blueberries, 2 1/2 cups orange juice.