Here’s a rundown of the last few weeks of school lunches. I hope you find some cute ideas here!
Posts Tagged ‘kids’
Posted in Kid Food, Lunch, Real Food, School Lunch Boxes, tagged banana muffin, banana muffins, elementary, food, ham and cheese sandwiches, healthy, homemade marinara sauce, ideas, kids, lunch, lunch box, pumpkin seeds, pumpkin shape, real food, school, sour gummy worms, whole wheat waffles on October 28, 2012 | 4 Comments »
It’s that time of year again when the leaves are turning and the smell of charred factory-farmed animal carcass wafts in great meaty waves through the Northwoods of Wisconsin. That’s right, Beef-a-Rama 2012. This was its 48th year, and we went again with our friends Steve and Lisa.
I hope you have a wonderful week. Please leave a comment if you can think of anything more interesting/productive to do with 55 non-pie pumpkins other than appearing insane to our neighbors.
OMG, it just occurred to me that we are pumpkin hoarders. Note to self: Don’t take the SUV to $28/carload day at the pumpkin farm. Zee pumpkins, zay are eem-possible to re-seest.
Ideas. Please. Comment.
Posted in Kid Food, Lunch, Real Food, School Lunch Boxes, tagged banana muffin, elementary, food, healthy, ideas, kids, lunch, lunch box, pumpkin seeds, real food, school, sour gummy worms, whole wheat waffles on October 7, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
If you’ve been watching my Facebook page, you’ll have seen me posting these this week. I DO plan on posting soon about a book I’m reading, Trick and Treat by Barry Groves. It’s fascinating. It’s an in-depth, evidence-based look at why what we’ve all been told about “healthy” nutrition is wrong. I can’t wait to share about it. What are you reading right now?
Posted in Kid Food, Lunch, Real Food, School Lunch Boxes, tagged banana muffin, cucumbers, elementary, food, healthy, ideas, kids, lunch, lunch box, real food, school, sour gummy worms on October 2, 2012 | 4 Comments »
The past couple of weeks have just flown by, haven’t they? Making lunches in the evening has thrown me off my blogging rhythm and I haven’t posted anything BUT lunches in a few weeks. Even I’m bored with lunch posts. Let’s mix it up a little by showing you what the family and I have been doing with all the OTHER hours in the days.
Jessica’s birthday party was a hoot. We made mini-pizzas, then went to Skateland for a couple of hours, and then came back for presents and a great big non-healthy happy birthday ice cream cake. While the pizza crusts were baking, I stood just outside of Jessica’s door and listened for a minute. Ohhhh, you think grown women gossip? It’s nothing compared to five young ladies who haven’t seen each other much over the summer. And poor Harvey the guinea pig right in the middle of it.
Do you like the cupcakes with the hearts on them? Richard baked those. All organic, right down to the sugar he used to MAKE the fondant. He amazes me with his diversity of interests. I think we could probably be married 100 years and I’d still be in awe of what he can accomplish when he sets his mind to it.
We put up tomatoes – about 40 lbs worth. Vacuum-sealed and frozen, the gift of organic, heirloom, homegrown tomatoes from our friends Dennis and Ann will see us happily through the winter.
My twelve-year-old cats Jezebel and Raina do NOT like to sleep in close proximity to each other very often. I caught them in the act of recharging their solar-powered purrs together.
My BFF Katie and her husband Ron just had their baby boy last weekend. His name is Elijah, and he is full of squirm. Sometimes it was actually hard to hold him because he just wanted to MOVE – at 36 hours old. Oh, Katie is going to have her hands full with him and her 30 month-old!
Richard looks damn good with a baby. I had to excuse myself after I took this picture of him to go to the restroom and have a little cry. I was overwhelmed with the feeling that we were robbed of those months/years with our girls, since we adopted them at 15 months (Abby) and 7 years old (Jessica). 99% of the time I am overwhelmed with gratitude when I think of how our girls came to us. The other 1% just rips my heart in half.
Richard and I went looking for cookie cutters (for lunches, of course) at a Goodwill on Friday night. We found a $5 bee costume in Abby’s size. She was thrilled with it. After yanking on some tights and wiggling into the suit, she ran out, hands flapping, sing-songing “Buzz, buzzzzzz, buzzy, buzzzzy, buzzzz!” as she skipped towards the hives. For the next half hour she WAS a bee – gathering pollen and nectar, flying back to the hive to drop it off, and of course that other very common honey bee activity, swinging.
And finally, my newest haircut. Richard loves me for who I am, warts and all. Or maybe that should be short hair and all. Because deep, deep in his heart, Richard wishes his pretty wife had long pretty hair. I’m sorry, honey, but short hair makes me feel happy and free and energized. I’ve gotta run with that feeling, and squeeze it for all it’s worth. Maybe one day long hair will make me feel that way. Here’s hoping, for your sake.
Well… happy Sunday! How the heck did that get here so fast?! If you’ve been following my Facebook page, you’ll have seen me posting my daughter Jessica’s lunches this week. She’s 10 now and apparently has outgrown Tinkerbell. When I asked her at dinner tonight how she liked her Tinkerbell that I put in her lunch, she kind of shrugged and gave me this look I am quickly becoming to understand is on par with the look you give your grandma when she brings out her new atomic clock that she ordered through Publisher’s Clearing House. I am the uncool parent that tries really hard, and gets sympathy points for that, but when push comes to shove, Tinkerbell’s shoved to the bottom of the lunchbag. She saw my fallen face and quickly reassured me that “Don’t worry, Mom, nobody else saw it. I took it out of there really fast.” So. Tinkerbell is on the D-list with the purple peace sign set these days. Ah well. The rules change hourly, at times.
So what do you pack in your kids’ lunches? Do they help choose, or do you surprise them with little things? Do you include a treat every day, or once a week? I look forward to hearing from you!
Posted in Kid Food, Lunch, Real Food, School Lunch Boxes, tagged banana muffin, elementary, food, healthy, ideas, kids, lunch, lunch box, pumpkin seeds, real food, school, sour gummy worms, whole wheat waffles on September 9, 2012 | 8 Comments »
If you’ve been watching my Facebook page, you’ll have seen me posting these this week. Jess and Abby have given them rave reviews, and a few suggestions. I’m glad they like them as much as I like making them.
It was a short week because of Labor Day, and I missed one lunch because I tried using my lightbox to photograph it and my camera phone freaked right the frack out. I called it a day because I was tired and wanted to relax. I’m not going to make these lunch box pics a death march for myself.
Tonight I made whole wheat waffles, cherry jelly cream cheese spread, roasted pumpkin seeds/sunflower seeds, and lunches for the girls and myself. I’m going to try my darndest to post lunches every day on my Facebook page, and weekly on Sundays on the blog. I hope you are enjoying them. Let me know if you think I’m plum crazy in the comments. I certainly think I am, but I’m having fun so I’m just going for the ride.
Also, do you use Twitter? Do you subscribe to Tweets? How do YOU find Twitter useful? I’m toying with the idea of starting a Twitter feed but don’t want to get sucked into a black hole of constant updates, either giving or receiving. I’d like to hear your experience with it. I hope to hear from you in the comments. Thank you kindly!
Posted in Kid Food, Lunch, Real Food, tagged apples, banana, box, boxes, cheese, deli meat, delicious, freeze pop, fun, gummy worms, healthy, kids, lemon juice, lunch, milk, muffin, nutritious, organic, real food, school, smoothie, tortillas, turkey, whole, whole food, whole grains on September 3, 2012 | 4 Comments »
I am SO excited to share this with you. I am starting a blog series on real food lunch boxes that I’m making for Abby and Jessica this year. Tomorrow is Jessica’s first day of school and I made this lunch extra-special with lots of hearts. The kabobs are cheese, Applegate turkey, and whole-grain tortillas, on top of a serving of spring greens and three more tortilla hearts. There is a banana muffin (that we made together) and cut-out apples dipped in fresh lemon juice to keep from browning. Three small organic sour gummy worms are tucked in around the muffin for a treat. There is Organic Valley whole milk (from pastured Wisconsin cows) in her Thermos where it should stay nice and cold until lunchtime.
For a snack, I put a smoothie freezie pop into a Wexy bag. I did this so as it thaws, the silicone top is kept on better, and also so it doesn’t go all over if it leaks. I haven’t used these silicone freezie pop molds before so I didn’t want to take any chances.
Now, this may not seem like a lot of food, but it’s real food so it’s a lot more filling than chicken nuggets or whatever they’re serving in the hot lunch line. Jessica also only has 20 minutes to eat, starting from when they get into the lunchroom to when they line up to leave. I asked her to let me know how it goes.
I started making Jessica’s and Abby’s lunches at 8:02 pm, and it was 9:02 pm by the time I had cleaned everything up and put my lunch tote back up in the cupboard. My goal is to get lunch preparations down to 20 minutes, but the first day of school is kind of a big deal and I wanted it to be special.)
Random Sunday with beekeeping, baking, real food school lunch making, and a family field trip to Milwaukee’s Urban Ecology Center.
Posted in Apiary, Beekeeping, Big Ag Can Suck It, Breads, Conscious Eating, Family Fun, Honey Bees, Muriel, Real Food, tagged 6th annual, apprentice, beekeeping, eat local resource fair, family, field, food, freezie pop, hives, ideas, inspecting, kids, lunch box, lunch boxes, milwaukee, molds, muffins, nuc, real food, resource fair, school lunch, silicone, silicone liners, smoothies, trip, urban ecology center on August 27, 2012 | 8 Comments »