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Sheep Themed Kindergarten & 3’s School Lunches

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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.

Baaaa,

Kristin

Animal Kindergarten & 3’s School Lunches (and a fun counting game!)

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?).

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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.

Oink.

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.

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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.

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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.

Kristin

Ham & Cheese Kindergarten School Lunch

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:

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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].

Kristin

Turtle Kindergarten & 3’s School Lunches

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Did you know that a group of turtles is called a “bale”? And that turtles have their own water filtration system? It’s true. I read it on the Internet. For tomorrow’s lunches, I went with a turtle and green theme. Only my Bigs will be in school tomorrow, but I didn’t even think about that until after I’d already made Smalls’ lunch, as well.

I made turtle shaped sunbutter and strawberry jelly sandwiches. I used my Food Writers to add details. The boys ate the sandwich scraps as I made these lunches. I also packed cotton candy grapes, blueberries for Bigs, a cute little plum, snap pea crisps, and applesauce with turtle sprinkles.

Kristin

Circus Week – “Magic Bunny” VPK School Lunch

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.

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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:

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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.

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They were super easy to put together…

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…and had ingredients I both had on hand and could pronounce.

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AND they are easy to individually package and freeze!

http://happymoneysaver.com/no-bake-homemade-chewy-granola-bars/

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.

Do it!

Kristin

Circus Week – Elephant VPK School Lunch

For tomorrow’s lunch, I thought I’d go for an elephant theme. And then I started thinking about the movie, “Water for Elephants” and I got really sad. But it had a good ending. So I’m less sad.

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I made an elephant shaped PB&J sandwich. I also packed an aprium (those things are SO good!!), some pretzels, watermelon, two iced animal crackers, a few chocolate animal crackers, and an organic yogurt sqeeze.

Kristin

Circus Week – Lion VPK School Lunch

The countdown to the end of school is here! My big boy has 7 more school days left! This second-to-last-week’s theme is…drumroll……CIRCUS!!!

I think I like the idea of a circus. I don’t remember ever having been to one, although I might have, as a child. I think it would be exciting, what with all the corndogs and cotton candy. I’m not so sure about the animals though. I don’t know enough about their treatment and training to feel comfortable about the way they enjoy their life in the circus.

I like the circus and carnival theme a lot, however. I even used it for my Bigs’ 4th birthday party.

https://sprinklesinmylunchbox.wordpress.com/2014/05/07/the-carnival-came-to-town/

So, for Bigs’ lunch tomorrow:

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I went with the lion! I made a lion-shaped PB&J, and used some gold spray and Food Writers to add details. I also packed a beautiful, sweet, fuzzy aprium (a cross between an apricot and a plum), raspberries, blackberries, seasoned corn, a few pretzels, and some iced animal crackers for dessert.

Come one, come all!

Kristin

Thankful Thursday

Tomorrow is Thursday and it’s my turn to work in my son’s co-op! I’m so excited! I love his teacher and his classmates and absolutely adore spending the whole day with him in school. I am so thankful for his school and the experiences it has given us both. I am MOST thankful for the love of Jesus that the staff, parents, and children have at his school. Jesus is in every conversation, every lesson. I’m so thankful that my sons’ hearts are filled with His love, even while at school.

Here is the lunch I packed for my Bigs:

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I made a chicken, cheese, and mayo wrap and sliced it in half. I used Halloween cupcake picks to keep them together. I packed peanut butter filled pretzels, seasoned corn, a yogurt squeezy thing, and a teeny slice of apple gingerbread (my Mom made it and sent it over), cut into sticks. Yum. I used other Halloween trinkets and cupcake picks to decorate (a Frankenstein [I just read that the SCIENTIST was named Frankenstein, not the monster] and a plastic spider ring. Good times.

For my Smalls:

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I made a PB&J wrap, cut in half. I also packed a few peanut butter filled pretzels, freeze dried mango, red grapes cut in half, and some of that apple gingerbread cake.

And for me:

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I packed cinnamon raisin quinoa (recipe below), fresh steamed green beans (with S&P and red pepper flakes), a mini plum, some green grapes, and a honeycomb candy. I can’t wait for that one. I bet you that my Bigs will be poaching my dessert. 😉

I made the quinoa and green beans for dinner. The leftovers are perfect for lunch and taste delicious cold.

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Cinnamon Raisin Quinoa

1 C quinoa

1/2 C slivered almonds

salt

1 1/2 C boiling water

1/2 C raisins

Toast the almonds until they are brown, add the quinoa and do the same. Add the rest of the ingredients and bring to a boil. Turn the heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes. Fluff.

The original recipe called for a cinnamon stick and cranberries. I only had raisins and cinnamon was easier for me to use. Either would be delicious!

And for a sweet ending (not for me, sadly), COOKIES! I made gluten free peanut butter cookies (with chocolate chips) for my gluten free friend’s birthday.

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I love how easy these babies come together…

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…and how they make my house smell.

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That’s another good time right there.

http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/gluten-free-peanut-butter-cookies

I have made these before several times, and they always come out wonderful.

Have a WONDERFUL Thursday, blessings to you!

Kristin

“A gentle answer will calm a person’s anger. But an unkind answer will cause more anger.” – Proverbs 15:1

“As a tree gives us fruit, healing words give us life. But evil words crush the spirit.”             – Proverbs 15:4

Proverbs 15 is FULL of wonderful Biblical truth!

Thursday is the new Friday (lunch)

So, tomorrow is Thursday, this I know. But it’s a Friday for us. There is no school on Friday, so I get a bonus day with both my boys!

For my Bigs’ “Friday” lunch, I made this:

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I made a ham, cheese, and mayo sandwich (I cut it into four pieces). I packed a mini plum, some HUGE grapes, seasoned corn, a few TJ’s plantain chips, and three freeze dried mangoes. I would have included a dessert, but we had a situation with lying. Sooo…..

For my Smalls:

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I made him a PB&J, which I also cut into four pieces. I packed some organic TJ PB crackers, a few freeze dried mangoes, and some of those huge grapes, cut up.

Here’s to a great Thursday AND Friday!

Blessings to you!

Kristin