Month: October 2014

Halloween School Lunch

Halloween is almost here! What are your little ones going to be? We are not doing anything scary. We don’t do scary in our house. We like cute and coooool. I love doing fun lunches for my Bigs (and Smalls!) this time of year. I feel like the holiday season gets my creativity flowing more than usual (the usual being about as as flowy as molasses).

Here is tomorrow’s lunch I packed for my Bigs:

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I warmed up some frozen pizza rolls I made a month or so ago (he’ll eat them cold). I also packed seasoned corn, green grapes (or googly eyes, if you’re creative!), granola, black and orange chocolate covered sunflower seeds (found at Ross), a ghost banana (sharpie!), and a ghost cookie for dessert (pre-fab from Aldi, baked at home).

Boo! 🙂

Have a blessed day!

Kristin

 

Finally Friday!

Oh, thank Heavens for Fridays! I am so glad I’ve made it through this week. It’s been a long one.

Here is my Bigs’ Friday lunch:

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I made a chicken and cheese quesadilla and cut it into triangles. I also packed peanut butter filled pretzels, green grapes, applesauce, and one flat (s’mores style) chocolate brownie marshmallow.

HAPPY FRIDAY!!!!

Kristin

“Gray hair is like a crown of honor. You earn it by living a good life. Patience is better than strength. Controlling your temper is better than capturing a city.” – Proverbs 16:31-32

I am working on this every day.

Blessings.

Thankful Thursday

Tomorrow is Thursday and it’s my turn to work in my son’s co-op! I’m so excited! I love his teacher and his classmates and absolutely adore spending the whole day with him in school. I am so thankful for his school and the experiences it has given us both. I am MOST thankful for the love of Jesus that the staff, parents, and children have at his school. Jesus is in every conversation, every lesson. I’m so thankful that my sons’ hearts are filled with His love, even while at school.

Here is the lunch I packed for my Bigs:

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I made a chicken, cheese, and mayo wrap and sliced it in half. I used Halloween cupcake picks to keep them together. I packed peanut butter filled pretzels, seasoned corn, a yogurt squeezy thing, and a teeny slice of apple gingerbread (my Mom made it and sent it over), cut into sticks. Yum. I used other Halloween trinkets and cupcake picks to decorate (a Frankenstein [I just read that the SCIENTIST was named Frankenstein, not the monster] and a plastic spider ring. Good times.

For my Smalls:

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I made a PB&J wrap, cut in half. I also packed a few peanut butter filled pretzels, freeze dried mango, red grapes cut in half, and some of that apple gingerbread cake.

And for me:

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I packed cinnamon raisin quinoa (recipe below), fresh steamed green beans (with S&P and red pepper flakes), a mini plum, some green grapes, and a honeycomb candy. I can’t wait for that one. I bet you that my Bigs will be poaching my dessert. 😉

I made the quinoa and green beans for dinner. The leftovers are perfect for lunch and taste delicious cold.

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Cinnamon Raisin Quinoa

1 C quinoa

1/2 C slivered almonds

salt

1 1/2 C boiling water

1/2 C raisins

Toast the almonds until they are brown, add the quinoa and do the same. Add the rest of the ingredients and bring to a boil. Turn the heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes. Fluff.

The original recipe called for a cinnamon stick and cranberries. I only had raisins and cinnamon was easier for me to use. Either would be delicious!

And for a sweet ending (not for me, sadly), COOKIES! I made gluten free peanut butter cookies (with chocolate chips) for my gluten free friend’s birthday.

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I love how easy these babies come together…

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…and how they make my house smell.

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That’s another good time right there.

http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/gluten-free-peanut-butter-cookies

I have made these before several times, and they always come out wonderful.

Have a WONDERFUL Thursday, blessings to you!

Kristin

“A gentle answer will calm a person’s anger. But an unkind answer will cause more anger.” – Proverbs 15:1

“As a tree gives us fruit, healing words give us life. But evil words crush the spirit.”             – Proverbs 15:4

Proverbs 15 is FULL of wonderful Biblical truth!

A Pretty Good Day (and lunch)

Today was a good day (do you Ice Cube’s song in your head now? I do…don’t make me rap it, because I will). My Bigs had school and I took my Smalls to a sweet pumpkin patch. He (mostly) listened to a story about pumpkins and proudly picked out his very own, teeny, little, adorable, curly-stemmed pumpkin. We ate burritos and tacos afterwards. Yes, it was a good day. My Bigs had a good day too! And all of us had a great nap after school. I even made a good dinner – gluten-free baked chicken cutlets, smashed garlic mini potatoes, and fruit salad.

Here’s to a good day tomorrow, too – we are on a roll.

Here is the lunch I packed for my Bigs:

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My hands typed “Ham & Cheese” at the top of this picture, but they meant to type “Chicken & Cheese”. Oooooops! I would lose my head if it weren’t attached, my attention to detail is declining with age! I’m not even going to fix it (I deleted the original!!). Oh well. Ain’t nobody got time to worry about that. I packed a chicken, cheese, and mayo sandwich on whole wheat, some organic TJ’s peanut butter crackers, fruit salad (bananas, plums, pineapple, apple, grapes), carrots with ranch dressings for dipping, and a teeny homemade pumpkin chocolate chip brownie cut into pieces.

I hope he enjoys it!

Blessings!

Kristin

“A person who respects the Lord will have security. And his children will be protected. Respect for the Lord gives life. It is like a fountain of water that can save people from death.” – Proverbs 14:26

It’s all ducky!

Today was a school field trip to a farm and petting zoo. It was great fun (save for the multiple tantrums of the century by one child and a complete teary-eyed breakdown by me, but hey, tomorrow’s a new day, right?)

We saw and did lots of neat things. We milked a cow, held baby chickens and ducks, pet goats, chased after adult chickens, went on a hay ride, rode a train. It was great!

When I asked my Bigs what his favorite part about our day was, he said that he LOVED holding the baby chickens and ducks. That was my favorite party too. They were PEEPING, like for real. It was so cute.

In honor of that, I made a baby duck themed lunch for my Bigs.

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I made a duck shaped PB&J and used my yellow Food Writer to outline his shape and wings, and my orange Food Writer for the beak. I sprayed a light gold color on him and used a candy eye ball. Ducky is sitting on a lake of grapes, TJ’s plantain chips, and a few Goldfish crackers. I also packed vanilla yogurt (tinted blue) with chick sprinkles, and seasoned corn.

Quack.

Blessings to you!

Kristin

Thursday is the new Friday (lunch)

So, tomorrow is Thursday, this I know. But it’s a Friday for us. There is no school on Friday, so I get a bonus day with both my boys!

For my Bigs’ “Friday” lunch, I made this:

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I made a ham, cheese, and mayo sandwich (I cut it into four pieces). I packed a mini plum, some HUGE grapes, seasoned corn, a few TJ’s plantain chips, and three freeze dried mangoes. I would have included a dessert, but we had a situation with lying. Sooo…..

For my Smalls:

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I made him a PB&J, which I also cut into four pieces. I packed some organic TJ PB crackers, a few freeze dried mangoes, and some of those huge grapes, cut up.

Here’s to a great Thursday AND Friday!

Blessings to you!

Kristin

Pumpkin Brownies (and a school lunch)

Hi, my name is Kristin, and I have a pumpkin obsession. I can’t get enough of it. I’m the perfect candidate for every company and their seasonal pumpkin products. I buy into it, every time. I don’t even care what it is, I’m happy to try it, as long as it’s got pumpkin in it. And I equally love making pumpkin treats myself. I’m on week two of making homemade pumpkin goodies. And I don’t see an end in sight, luckily for me. These are for the lunchbox, you know, not all for me.

So, today, I made pumpkin-y chocolate chip brownies…less brown, more pumpkin.

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These came together SO easily. I was even able to multi-task. My bestie was in town with her daughter (Smalls’ age) and I made these while we caught up. They were DELICIOUS. We couldn’t get enough. They were delicately flavored with the teeniest bit of cocoa, and filled with warm autumn spices and pumpkin.

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I love how thin they came out, too. SO good!

http://www.seededatthetable.com/2010/11/02/pumpkin-chocolate-chip-brownies/

And my Bigs’ lunch for tomorrow came together easily too:

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I made a ham, cheese, and mayo sandwich. I also packed huge, round, red grapes, Trader Joe’s Cinnamon Apple Snack Straws, carrot sticks, and a little piece of the pumpkin brownies.

I also packed a little lunch for my Smalls. It just makes it easier to feed him, sometimes.

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He has a PB&J, cut up grapes, carrot sticks, and some organic TJ’s peanut butter crackers.

You know what didn’t work out so well for us today? Our power going out for about an hour – dinner time. Crockpot Chili…the good news about that was that it was already made and still warm. The bad news is that it was dreadfully hot in my house (and outside) and we were eating warm chili. Oh well.

Could have been worse!

Blessings to you!

Kristin

Pumpkin All the Things Lunch

It finally felt like Fall this weekend! It got down to 58 Saturday night! 58! I think that’s a record for where I live. 😉 It’s supposed to be back up to the high 80’s this week, but we had one good night. I can’t WAIT for serious Fall weather! I was going to make another pumpkin-y treat for the lunchboxes today, but I was taking care of my sick Bigs. He’s all better now and it’s back to business tomorrow (and I may even find time to bake).

Here is his school lunch for tomorrow:

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I toasted one TJ’s pumpkin waffle and put TJ’s pumpkin cream cheese and TJ’s pumpkin butter on it (my Bigs is pumpkin obsessed, I have no idea where he gets this from). I also packed a baby plum (his current favorite fruit – I was so excited to see these mini plums at Publix), some red grapes and pineapple, seasoned corn, a string cheese, and a TJ’s mini pumpkin pie.

PUMPKIN EVERYTHING!!!!

Don’t judge.

Also don’t judge how much food is in this lunchbox. My kid eats a lot.

Have a blessed day!

Kristin

Pumpkin Themed VPK Lunch

Whew, another week in. I’m so glad it’s almost Friday. It’s been an extremely long week. This Mama is ready for some rest!

This is what I packed for my special Bigs:

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I made a plain cream cheese and TJ’s pumpkin butter sandwich, shaped like a pumpkin. I cut out the Jack-o-lanturn details and added color with my Food Writers. I packed seasoned corn, dried cranberries, dried apples, red grapes, and a teeny TJ’s pumpkin pie.

Happy Friday, everyone! May you have a blessed weekend!

Kristin

Only the Lord gives wisdom. Knowledge and understanding come from him. – Proverbs 2:6

Happy October! (Lunches & a Bible Study)

Happy October! The month where I start to really picture Fall. I picture pumpkin everything (okay, I’ve been picturing that for about a month now), crunchy leaves, crisp, cool weather, boots, scarves, family walks, pumpkin patches…I could go on and on. Sadly, where I live, the weather is still a muggy 90’s. But a girl can dream!

Both my boys are in school tomorrow, so I packed two lunches.

For my Bigs:

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I packed ham and cheese kebabs, green & red grapes, pineapple, Trader Joe’s plantain chips, a squeezy yogurt, and a soft pumpkin ginger cookie.

For my Smalls:

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I packed half a PB&J, some Trader Joe’s Inner Peas, cut green & red grapes, cut cheese stick, and one soft pumpkin ginger cookie.

Kristin

PS – I’ve started a Proverbs Bible Study, where we focus on one of the 31 chapters for each of the 31 days in October. I’d love to share a verse that speaks to me from that day’s chapter.

My child, listen to your father’s teaching. And do not forget your mother’s advice. Their teaching will beautify your life. It will be like flowers in your hair or a chain around your neck. Proverbs 1:8-9