13 of the Best Ways to Start Your Day

It's always more fun to DIY. Every week, we'll spare you a trip to the grocery store and show you how to make small batches of great foods at home.

Today: Wake and DIY at daybreak (or, you know, whenever).

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Real talk: Breakfast is the reason we get out of bed. Sure, the sun is shining and there's all that promise of a new day, but nothing matches the pull of a frosted cinnamon roll or buttered toast. Breakfast is, after all, the most important meal of the day. 

Being food folk, not just any breakfast will do and that boxed stuff just doesn't cut it anymore like it did in childhood. We'd rather DIY our Pop-Tarts, cereal, and donut holes. Here are 13 of the best, DIY ways to start your day. 

Homemade Bacon Jam by Hannah Petertil


DIY Butter by Amanda Sims


Açaí Bowl by Liren Baker 


Matzo Granola by Sarah Jampel


Homemade Cinnamon Toast Crunch by Tieghan Gerard


Christina Tosi's English Muffins + Pickled Strawberry Jam by Christina Tosi


Homemade Bagels by Kenzi Wilbur


Beet-Cured Salmon by Derek Laughren


Chocolate-Almond Croissants by Mei Chin


Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting by Izy Hossack


Chocolate Donut Holes (Munchkins) by  Samantha Seneviratne | Love, Cake


Fried Angel Biscuit Donuts by Sarah Coates


Homemade Pop-Tarts by londonbakes


Photos by James Ransom, Mark Weinberg, Bobbi Lin, Eric Moran, Liren Baker (açaí bowl), Tieghan Gerard (cereal), Izy Hossack (cinnamon rolls), Samantha Seneviratne (donut holes), Sarah Coates (biscuit donuts), and Kathryn of London Bakes (Pop-Tarts)

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1 Comment

John January 1, 2016
What a great recipes, Yummy