Where has “Winter” been this year? So far, where I live in the South, we’ve not had a very consistent season. It was in the 40’s last week and in the 80’s this week. No wonder my allergies are going bananas. Even though it feels like Summer right now, I still thought it would be fun to make a wintry lunch for my bud. And who knows, maybe it will beckon the rightful weather of this Winter. Fingers crossed. PS I know I might be the only one who actually wants Winter weather. I just wanna wear cute boots. Sue me.
I made a ham, cheese, and mayo sandwich (I use Applegate Naturals for both meat and cheese) and used my snowflake cutter and Food Writers to add details. I put the other half of the sandwich (with the inverted snowflake) in a container for my little guy to eat for lunch tomorrow. I also packed Trader Joe’s honey wheat pretzels, raisins, mandarin orange, little red grapes, and a teeny, cute Costco cinnamon bun that my friend hooked me up with (Thanks S!!).
Today is Friday.
Today is Mickey Mouse Lunch Day. Unofficially. And, maybe never again. Just depends on how I feel. You know. So, probably not again. ‘Cuz, I don’t feel like keeping up with that ish (Is “ish” still relevant? I also guess I don’t care if it isn’t relevant, I’ve never been one to conform to what society thinks is such. Existential much?).
I made a Mickey shaped (these cutters can be found in Disney stores, worldwide I’m sure) PB&J (my vultures ate the crusts while I was making this lunch). I also packed colby jack cheese cubes, Trader Joe’s honey wheat pretzel rods (that phrase “pretzel rods” always makes me feel weird #immature), a mandarin orange, and a chocolate chip cookie (homemade and cut into quarters). I also used Mickey Mouse cupcake wrappers and picks for decoration (found this set at the Dollar Tree!).
So…who’s the leader of the club that’s made for you and me?
Yes. That’s right. A mouse is the leader.
Think about that.
I used to love Lunchables. I am not sure if it was the compartmentalized container (for which I am a shoe-in), or the make-it-yourself situation. Either way, they were so fun for me. Unfortunately, they aren’t too healthy for you, which is why I like to make a homemade version for my buddy. Sure, it would be healthier if I made the crackers from scratch, but I can only do so much, ya feel? So, for today’s lunch for my Bigs, I made a Lunchable. He told me that he loved it and finished every bite.
I packed a few Ritz crackers, some honey maple ham (rolled up and cut), colby jack cheese, raisins, yogurt covered raisins, some seasoned corn, a mandarin orange, and a chocolate chip cookie.
And for my Smalls:
I packed a PB&J, assorted raisins, peanuts, an apple, and a chocolate chip cookie. I think there may be some dried fruit in there too, but I can’t remember (even though it was less than 12 hours ago that I packed it #Mommybrain).
His teacher told me he was very excited about his cookie. I can relate.
I love when lunchboxes come home [mostly] empty.
I packed a brunch lunch for my Bigs’ school lunch. I think everyone likes brunch. I could be mistaken, but I think not. What’s not to love? Breakfast and lunch favorites, all on the same plate, and you don’t have to get up early to eat it. #winning
I made peanut butter and honey pancake sandwiches. I only used a teeny bit of honey, so his little hands don’t get too sticky. I also packed some granola (Trader Joe’s mix – I picked out the nuts because he doesn’t care for those – dried cranberries, granola balls, Greek yogurt chips), freeze dried mango, a mandarin orange, red grapes, and applesauce with flower sprinkles.
Boo-ya, brunch is served.
I remember singing that song and doing the motions at P.E. in elementary school. It was so rad back then. It still is, although, when I sing it and dance, my kids look at me like I’m crazy. Whatever. They are the crazy ones. They don’t know real fun.
Anyways, that was my segue for the first lunchbox of the year.
Not THAT clever, but I’m rusty. I’ve had a month off of making semi-cool lunches.
I made a dinosaur shaped PB7J, and used my Food Writers and food-safe spray to add detailing. The dinosaur is standing on a mountain of ugly crust. Because that’s how he rolls. I also packed half a mandarin orange, goldfish crackers, raisins, applesauce with dinosaur sprinkles, and three little gummy frogs.
Here’s hoping I get less rusty.