Category: Lunchbox

Come on Ride the Train!

Do you remember the Quad City DJ’s song? I could rap that all the way through with completely wrong lyrics, but it sure is a rad song. Brings me back. It’s probably a totally inappropriate song to connect to a kid lunch, but bruh, it’s classic.

Anywhooo, here is my kid’s train lunch for tomorrow (look at it and sing the song, like I am):

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I made a train shaped PB&J sandwich and use some of the scraps for a track (they ate the rest). I also packed Goldfish crackers, a date, raspberries, a mandarin orange, a few green grapes, and one red velvet Oreo.

If you feel like dancing, well come on, it’s up to you

Kristin

Over Your Head

The theme of this week has not been “lazy lunches”, although it might have appeared that way. It has, in fact, been transportation. I just have not been able to get my act together enough to do coordinating lunches, until now.

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Bigs has a little prop plane (I think) shaped PB&J (sandwich scraps eaten as a snack this afternoon). I also packed a mandarin orange, pretzel sticks, green grapes, raspberries, and a cherry chocolate cookie.

For my Smalls:

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I made another prop plane PB&J. I also packed pretzel sticks, dried apricots, raspberries, green grapes (without “bumps” [seeds], as he calls them – his little sensory self cannot take seeds of any sort, except in raspberries), and a cookie. For snack, he asked for Goldfish crackers. I also threw in an applesauce. He likes to dig in his lunchbox at snacktime.

Talk to me, Goose.

That’s all I’ve got.

Kristin

Ham On It

Tomorrow’s lunch is just as “creative” as today’s!

Hold your ears, folks (it’s showtime):

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It’s a ham, cheese (I use Applegate Naturals for both), and mayo on whole wheat. I also packed a few pretzel sticks, a fruit salad (strawberries, raspberries, and pineapple), and a chocolate cherry cookie.

That is all.

Kristin

“Tired Mom” VPK School Lunch

This lunch could also be called “Hungover from Easter” (not in a drunk way, but in a way where we had a little too much Easter). We had such a busy Friday, weekend, and Monday celebrating Easter that the kids and I are just beyond pooped, especially with swim lessons starting today.

Zzzzzzzz…

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Oh! Sorry.

Here is my big one’s lunch for tomorrow:

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I put PB&J on a hamburger bun. Because that’s where I’m at. I also packed pretzel sticks, raisins, fruit salad (pineapple, red grapes, and strawberries), and … a fruit-by-the-foot. It was in one of the eggs at today’s egg hunt. He’ll be shocked I’m letting him have it, but delighted.

That’s it. I’m out.

Kristin

Thursday Easter Lunches

Tomorrow is our “Friday” for school. My boys will have Easter egg hunts and a little Easter party. They are so excited!

Here is Bigs’ lunch:

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I packed a Peeps bunny shaped PB&J and used my Food Writers to add ear and eye details (and dang if I didn’t forget a nose). I know the OG Peeps bunnies don’t have ear color, but I thought it would help Biggie know what it is. I also packed pretzel sticks, dates, a mandarin orange, red grapes, a cherry chocolate cookie, and two little jelly beans. I used my Peeps cupcake wrappers and a bunny cupcake pick as decoration.

For Smalls:

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I packed half of a PB&J sandwich, pretzel sticks, red grapes, a cherry chocolate cookie, and one jelly bean. He gets no decorations because he cannot yet be trusted.

Happy “Friday”!

Kristin

Easter Egg VPK School Lunch

In keeping with the Easter theme for lunches this week, here is what I packed for my oldest:

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It’s an Easter egg shaped PB&J. I used my Food Writers to add fun details. I also packed Goldfish crackers, a mandarin orange, green grapes, strawberries, a chocolate cherry cookie, and two little jelly beans. I used a bunny cupcake pick as decoration.

Have a great Wednesday!

Kristin

“Peeps” VPK School Lunch

It’s Easter week! That means re-emphasizing our Risen King…and fun Easter lunches! It’s also a short week, with no school on Good Friday, so I’ve got to pack a lot of cute into just three little lunches.

For tomorrow’s lunch, I went with one of my favorite candies – Peeps! While I didn’t use actual Peeps (those are going to be in the boys’ baskets), I made a PB&J into a Peeps shape. Are you Camp Peeps or Camp Ewww?

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I used my yellow Food Writers to outline the Peep shape and used gold foodsafe spray to emphasize his color. I used black for his trademark waxy eyeball (which I always nibble off first). I placed him back in his little sandwich nest. I Also packed grapes and strawberries, ice animal crackers, and a few jelly beans for dessert. I used a bunny cupcake pick for decoration. I also used Peeps cupcake wrappers, instead of my silicone ones. I found them at a craft store.

Word up to my peeps,

Kristin

Three Thursday Lunches

Tomorrow is my Co-op day! I’m excited to hang with my big buddy in class. I packed three lunches for tomorrow.

For me:

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A salad with greens, yellow tomatoes, carrots, celery, and a whole avocado. I also packed bleu cheese dressing (although I’ll probably just mash up the avocado and use that as “dressing”). I also packed a mandarin orange, pineapple, and grapes.

For my Biggie:

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I made a puzzle out of a PB&J sandwich. I also packed Goldfish crackers, pineapple, grapes, a few caramel rice cakes, and some chocolate covered sunflower seeds.

And for my Smalls:

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He got half of a PB&J, some Goldfish, halved grapes, caramel rice cakes, and chocolate covered sunflower seeds for dessert.

Almost almost Friday. Let’s do this!

Kristin

I <3 Nutella VPK School Lunch

Because we ALL deserve Nutella….

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It’s a peanut butter and Nutella sandwich, cut into quarters, decorated with a heart (obvi dedicated to the Beautiful Nutella). I also packed a mandarin orange, some Goldfish crackers, and a some baby M&M’s for dessert.

Word to ya Mother.

Kristin

You DONUT want to miss this VPK School Lunch!

Tomorrow marks the first day back to school from Spring Break (cue crying/sniffling/and-also-joyful-whoops). We had a great break – we visited family several hours away, my oldest BFF came up from Miami for an awesome visit, our playgroup went on a train ride and took our kids to a fancy breakfast which was a disaster (but my cheese grits and fried green tomatoes were worth it), we went to a concert in the park, we ate overpriced froyo, and we got sick. All of us. My boys had fevers and one had a horrible ear infection. I lost my voice (happiest day of their little lives). But we survived. And to simultaneously celebrate the first day back in school and mourn the loss of Spring Break, I made a fun donut lunch.

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I made a donut (doughnut, also being a perfectly acceptable way of spelling it) shaped PB & berry cream cheese sandwich. I cut the large circle shape using a mug and the little hole using a medicine cup (which I had readily available). I used a teeny bit of red spray, and then a teeny bit of pink sparkly icing to keep the confetti sprinkles from falling off. I also packed gold raisins (as my Biggie calls them), a date, grapes, pineapple, goldfish crackers, and a teeny homemade donut for dessert.

I made the donuts last week.

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These little suckers are SO good. I have made them many times before and they are always a hit.

Here is the recipe:

http://www.confessionsofacookbookqueen.com/2012/04/mini-devils-food-donuts/

And for the icing:

2 C powdered sugar

2 T milk (I used cashew milk)

1 t vanilla (optional)

1 t almond extract (optional)

food coloring, if desired

sprinkles, if desired (and why wouldn’t they be)

Mix the first five ingredients together. Frost the cooled donuts and decorate with sprinkles.

Get it girl. Or boy.

Kristin