Happy Halloween, Friends! For today’s lunches, I made Jack O’ Lantern sandwiches. On the inside is cream cheese and Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Pie Spice Cookie Butter. I used my food safe markers to add some details. And just like real Jack O’Lanterns, each one is different! HA! That bottom one looks like one that’s been sitting out for a week already, but hey, I don’t think my Smalls will mind too much! I also packed raisins, red and green grapes (sliced in half for Smalls, because he still likes to shove them into his mouth all at the same time), some Trader Joe’s Inner Peas, some veggie straws since I ran out of Inner Peas, an apple, a Kit Kat, and some black and orange chocolate covered sunflower seeds. Whew!
I hope today is a BOOtiful day for you, and that you don’t fly off the handle if you’re feeling witchy, and that you have fun trick or tweeting if you’re a bird, and that you enjoy your i-scream if you’re a ghoul.
Okay. That’s a wrap on my puns now. You know, if you’re a mummy.
Have a fun and safe Halloween!
For tomorrow’s lunch, I packed a bagel with pumpkin cream cheese, a few pretzels, raisins, dried pineapple, cotton candy grapes, strawberries, and colby jack cheese.
Fun fact about today: my sons will only answer to “Leonardo” and “Raphael”.
Heroes in a half shell!
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.
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.
These little suckers are SO good. I have made them many times before and they are always a hit.
Here is the recipe:
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.
This week is bug week! How…um, creepy crawly.
To start it off, I made a butterfly lunch:
I have zero excuses for why this picture is crooked. #oops By the time I saw it, it was too late. You cannot win them all, it turns out. I packed a PB&J butterfly, put some pretzels and raisins in a flower cup, packed some blueberries and strawberries, a few fairy cookies, and a yogurt squeeze, and called it a (crooked) day.
For tomorrow’s lunch, I went insect-free (my personal preference):
I packed a cinnamon raisin bagel with vanilla cream cheese and raspberry jam. I also packed a mandarin orange, strawberries, Trader Joe’s Inner Peas, and a few fairy cookies.
Tomorrow is Friday! YESSSSSSSSSSS! Whenever Friday rolls around, no matter how good my week was, I think to myself, “Whew! We made it!”. It just feels good to reach Friday. And in that same happy spirit, I made a colorful lunch for my Bigs!
I packed a mini cinnamon raisin bagel with cranberry orange cream cheese, homemade strawberry fruit snacks, green grapes, applesauce squeezy fruit, mini pickles, and chocolate covered sunflower seeds for dessert (Sun Drops).
What a fun way to end the week (at least I think it would be!).
He must become greater; I must become less. – John 3:30
Happy Tuesday (I hope it is for you, anyways)! This Tuesday was a pretty happy one for me. My Bigs had a great day in school and worked on writing capital “B’s”. I went jogging with my Smalls and there was a breeze (it’s the small things). I made a delicious dinner (my dinner track record of late hasn’t been so great) and I’ll even be sharing one of the recipes soon. I also made a Cinnamon-Raisin Quick Bread (by Lisa Leake, 100 Days of Real Food). It was a happy Tuesday.
Here is my Biggy Bigs’ lunch for tomorrow:
I cut one slice of the quick bread and sandwiched it with cream cheese. I also packed one slice of ham, rolled up, and some pieces of cheese, seasoned corn, homemade fruit snacks, and some Sun Drops (colored, chocolate-covered sunflower seeds). I am betting my Bigs will love this lunch. I love the colors of it. So cheerful!
The bread was a breeze to make – it’s not named “quick” bread for nothing!
I love 100 Days of Real Food recipes. They are clean and mostly easy. A win-win!
The house smelled heavenly while this little loaf was baking. Cinnamon and raisins go so well together in taste AND in smell.
If you’ve got an hour, some whole wheat flour, honey, cinnamon and raisins (and a few other basic ingredients), TRY THIS.
There is no white sugar in it – only honey. It’s made with whole wheat. It’s hearty. It’s good hot, cold, or toasted. What’s not to love?
Here’s the recipe:
Have a blessed Wednesday!
My kid loves breakfast. I mean, LOVES breakfast. Especially pancakes and waffles. He got my carbo-lovin’ genes. I love paying homage to this when making lunches for my special boy. Tomorrow, he will eat waffles. And he will like it.
I made a whole wheat waffle, cream cheese, and raspberry jam sandwich. I toasted it and spread the cream cheese on each side and jam in the middle (to prevent it from getting soggy). I also packed mandarin oranges (washed of their sugary juices), dried blueberries, and applesauce.
I’d call that a brunch!
A waffle brunch!
A waffle brunch is in the hooooouuuuse toniiiiight!
That’s enough of that, you don’t even want to get me started singing.