Today was an *almost* headache free day. Praise! I was able to put together these fun turkey themed lunches for my boys. I made a turkey shaped sunbutter and jam sandwich. I used Food Writers to add eyes, beaks, gobblers, feet, and feathers. Glorious, colorful feathers. I also packed cheddar sandwich crackers, dried cranberries, dates (Bigs), a Pfeffernusse cookie (Smalls), mandarin orange (Bigs), carrots (Smalls), green grapes, and raspberries (Bigs).
I am also the Co-op Parent in my Smalls’ class, so here is my lunch:
I packed salad with dressing, a Pfeffernusse cookie, dried cranberries, kiwi, mozzarella cheese, and green grapes.
I’m SOOOO excited for Thanksgiving! It’s my favorite holiday!
Today was my first kindergarten homeschool day! We had a great time working with the letter “N”. We also took a trip to the library, where my Bigs checked out books on snakes and komodo dragons (ewwwww!). I am so grateful for these precious homeschool days I get with my children!
Here is what I packed for Bigs’ Tuesday school lunch:
I made a ham, cheese (I use Applegate Naturals for both), and mayo sandwich on white wheat. I also packed Horizon Organic cheddar sandwich crackers, a teeny plum, cotton candy grapes, dried dates, and a semi-homemade pumpkin brownie [brownie mix, pumpkin spice, one can of pumpkin].
I feel like circuses have magic shows. Do they? Like, with a magician in a tux, pulling a rabbit out of a top hat?
I might be stretching it a little. I only have so many circus-themed cutters.
I made a magical bunny shaped PB&J and added details for his ears (very instrumental to his magic show), eye, ad nose. I also packed a few banana chips, a few TJ’s organic PB sandwich crackers, two dried dates, an aprium, colby jack cheese, a Tim Tam (thank you Australia!!!), and a homemade granola bar.
And for my Smalls:
I packed half a PB&J, trail mix, an aprium, TJ’s PB crackers, colby jack cheese, and a cotton candy Oreo. He’s got a granola bar for snack.
I made the granola bars for Teacher Appreciation Week a few weeks back. They were delicious!! I thought I’d make them again for my own family.
They were super easy to put together…
…and had ingredients I both had on hand and could pronounce.
AND they are easy to individually package and freeze!
A hint – if you are out of honey, as this recipe requires a LOT, you can use corn syrup as a sub. I don’t love using that, but I do keep it on hand for some recipes.
I should have made this lunch on Wednesday! Tomorrow’s lunch is a camel themed lunch.
I packed a camel shaped PB&J (I made him goldish with some food safe spray), some Trader Joe’s apple puffy things, assorted dried fruit (craisins, dates, ginger), a mandarin orange, and red grapes.
HUMP DAAAAYYY FRIDAY!!!
It’s transportation week, continued!
Bigs’ has PB&J motorcycle and boat sandwiches (I used my Food Writers to add a few details), two dates, a few raisins, oyster crackers, fruit salad (green grapes, strawberries, and raspberries), and one marshmallow for dessert.
Splish splash, vroom vroom.
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):
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
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:
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.
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.
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.
To round out bug week at school, I made a caterpillar lunch. A Very Hungry Caterpillar lunch. We love that book. Both of my boys have it memorized. It’s a fun one! I made two little PB&J caterpillars. I packed honey wheat pretzels, one date, a mandarin orange, strawberries, blueberries, a few assorted raisins, and some Trader Joe’s yogurt covered star cookies.
Have a great weekend!
Bugs freak me out. They are creepy, crawly, sting-y, scritchy, slimy, and buzzy. And they can buzz off for all I care. I’m happy that I’ve been able to get through Bug Week with relative cutesy bug lunches. Mama can’t handle icky bugs. Not gonna do it. It just would be prudent.
I made an adorable bee lunch for my Bigs for tomorrow. While the real thing sort of freaks me out (although HUGELY important to crops and honey supplies), this little guy is harmless. He’s full of PB&J, not stingers. I also packed honey wheat pretzel sticks, one date, a few assorted raisins, grapes, blueberries, a mandarin orange, three little fairy cookies, and a squeezy yogurt. I used a “bee mine” cupcake ring for decoration.
And for my Smalls:
He’s got half a PB&J, some pretzels, raisins, a date, some grapes, Greek yogurt, and a few fairy cookies. I packed him peanuts and applesauce for snack. I’ll start him on “themed” lunches next year, lest you think he doesn’t get the same special treatment as my Bigs (to be fair, he doesn’t, but he also doesn’t care too much).