Since both of my boys are still learning about farms and farm animals, I made sheep sandwiches for them. They are sheep shaped (say that a few times!) sunbutter and apple jelly sandwiches, detailed with Food Writers. I also packed popcorn (I thought it looked like sheep fluff!), plums, yogurt covered raisins, Craisins, and a few candy corn.
For last Friday’s lunch (I am OBVI up to date with and on top of all things in my life), I went with a piggy theme. My little one is learning about farm animals and I thought my big one would just appreciate a piggy shaped sandwich (who wouldn’t?).
I made piggy shaped sunbutter and jam sandwiches, and used Food Writers to add details. They are perched upon their crusty hay. I also packed Terra chips, plum, corn, and yogurt covered pretzels.
Part of today’s homeschool assignment for my Bigs was to create a numbers game that he could share with his class tomorrow. We came up with an elephant themed one.
I wrote numbers from 5 – 100 (by denominations of 5) on peanuts. We stapled some elephant cupcake picks to paper bags and cut a hole in one side of the paper bags, so when you lift the elephant flap, you can feed them. The directions are to feed each elephant according to their tastes – one likes only peanuts counting by 5’s (minus those ending in 0’s), and the other by 10’s. The kids are to say the numbers as they pick them up, as well.
So, for tomorrow’s lunch, I went with an elephant theme.
I made an elephant shaped sunbutter and apple jelly sandwich. I outline him just for a little more detail. I also packed cheddar sandwich crackers, colby jack cheese, corn, plum, and a Little Debbie Star Crunch.
I had waited long enough. It was time. Time to pull out the Fall decorations and put them up proudly, knowing that not everyone would agree with my decision. So, today, that’s exactly what I did. I’ve got my Fall wreath on my front door, some sparkly gourds filling a glass pillar (because all gourds should be sparkly), some felt owls on my china cabinet. Oh yes. My boys are so excited. I also baked apple cookies. God-willing, with all this Fall surrounding me, Fall weather will come sooner and relieve me of this dreadful 90+ degree heat.
To further celebrate our festive decor, I went with a pumpkin theme on my boys’ lunches for tomorrow. I made pumpkin shaped sunbutter and apple jelly sandwiches, and used my Food Writers to add a wee bit of detail. I also packed red grapes, cheddar sandwich crackers, charred corn (in my pumpkin shaped silicone cupcake wrappers), and one Apple Pie Oatmeal Cookie.
These cookies are the epitome of Fall. Chewy, soft, warm with cinnamon, sweet with apples.
Oh yes, boy
This recipe is EASY. And, wait for it…HEALTHY! I made smaller cookies than the recipe called for (instead of fifteen, I made 22), and I added vanilla bean paste, in addition to the vanilla extract. And each cookie is less than 100 calories (and actually, I think MUCH less since I made smaller cookies!). These can also be easily converted to gluten free. A must!
Happy (almost) FALL, y’all!