I love these little guys! These monster sandwiches came out great (in my humblest of opinions, of course). I made crustless sunbutter and apple butter sandwiches and cut them almost in half, but in a funky shape. I added googly eyes, of course. I stuck them on with extra apple butter. They look extra googly because of that. Sort of works on a monster. I made funky hair out of huge grapes (Smalls’ have been cut in half) on mini skewers. I also packed colby jack cheese (Bigs), carrot sticks (I’m positive Bigs will fight me on this and they’ll come home uneaten, but hope springs eternal!), broccoli (Smalls), dried cranberries, and a Trader Joe’s mini pumpkin pie for dessert.
Today was much better, if you can’t already tell.
I’m baaack. It’s been a week. My oldest son broke his clavicle at the end of last week. I’ve been so busy with him that a) I’ve made crappy blog-unworthy lunches and b) I haven’t had time to write any posts. Not that you’d want to see them on those lunches anyway. #sorrykids
Here is what I’ve packed for this week so far:
I made turkey, cheese, and mayo sandwiches on multi-grain bread. I also packed Terra chips, corn (for Bigs), grapes, a Little Debbie pumpkin cupcakes (Bigs), and a few candy corn (Smalls).
For today’s lunches, I made pumpkin cream cheese and cinnamon raisin bread sandwiches. I also packed cubed colby jack cheese, rolled up ham, grapes, Goldfish crackers, Little Debbie pumpkin cupcake (Bigs), and broccoli (Smalls).
Have a great week!
Tomorrow is Friday. Yay. I’m so glad we made it another week. I packed ham, cheese, and mayo sandwiches for my boys. With this Arnold’s Country Bread, I only have to make one sandwich and split it between them. I also packed cotton candy grapes, an Apple Pie Oatmeal Cookie, cheddar sandwich crackers, raisins, a natural fruit leather, broccoli for Smalls, and yogurt pretzels for Bigs.
Long live the weekend!
For Wednesday’s lunches, I made ham, cheese, and mayo sandwiches. I also packed cheddar sandwich crackers, peaches, corn, broccoli (for Smalls), and an Apple Pie Oatmeal Cookie.
HAPPY HUMP DAY!!
Last Friday was my first Co-op Helper Parent day in my 3 year old’s class. We had such a great time and it was a real hoot to see him in his classroom environment. We got to sick on kid-sized chairs and each lunch together, too.
Here was my lunch:
I packed pizza (I LOVE cold pizza), kiwi, blueberries, carrots, and broccoli.
And for my boys:
Pizza, snap pea crisps, apples (with blueberries for my Bigs), a chocolate chip cookie, and a few chocolate covered sunflower seeds. I meant to add an organic yogurt squeeze for Bigs too, but forgot about it in the freezer…and boy, did I hear about it later!
I am finally getting back into my “good” dinner cooking groove. If only I can get the rest of my life groove back, I’ll be set! But alas, that is not the case at this time. Maybe once we are settled into our new school routine. But dinner was a success, and some days, that’s all I can ask for. That and leaving the house with all my children and necessities.
Back to dinner. I had purchased a few BOGO packs of big chicken breasts at Publix and had to come up with something creative to with them. And since it IS still peach season (#vivasummer), I decided to grill both.
It was one of my better decisions that day.
Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken and Peaches
3 large chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)
2 T honey
1 1/2 T dijon Mustard
splash red wine vinegar
2 large peaches
Make the honey mustard mixture by combining the honey, dijon mustard, red wine vinegar, and olive oil. Whisk until combined.
Preheat the oven to 375F. Salt and pepper the chicken. Swirl some olive oil around a grill plan that is preheating over medium high heat. Grill the chicken for about 4 -5 minutes per side. Place on a baking sheet and put it in the oven for about 15 – 20 minutes. During this time, brush the honey mustard mixture on the chicken a few times.
Add another swirl of olive oil to the grill pan. Slice the peaches and grill in the pan.
I served this with brown rice and steamed broccoli. It was fabulous.
I’ll be dreaming of this when I make a crap dinner…probably tomorrow. #itiswhatitis #cantwinthemall
I don’t typically love to make pork chops at home. They always end up dry. As a bone. And gray. But not this time! They came out perfectly juicy. I seasoned them with smoked paprika, salt, and pepper, and made an apple glaze for the top. They were delicious.
I served them with homemade mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli.
Everyone loved this meal (a miracle unto itself)!
Smoky Pork Chops with Apple Glaze
Serves: two adults, two kids
3 bone-in pork chops
Apple juice (I used two lower-sugar apple juice cartons)
Preheat the oven to 300F. Pour the cartons of apple juice into a small sauce pan and bring to a simmer. This will reduce and become the glaze.
Add some olive oil to a grill pan, that’s been preheated over medium high head. Sprinkle S&P and smoked paprika onto the pork chops (I rubbed the spices into the meat) and place them on the grill pan. Grill for about 5 minutes on each side. Transfer to a baking sheet (or place grill pan) and put in the oven for about 20 minutes, to finish cooking.
Top with the apple glaze and serve.