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Happy October! (Lunches & a Bible Study)

Happy October! The month where I start to really picture Fall. I picture pumpkin everything (okay, I’ve been picturing that for about a month now), crunchy leaves, crisp, cool weather, boots, scarves, family walks, pumpkin patches…I could go on and on. Sadly, where I live, the weather is still a muggy 90’s. But a girl can dream!

Both my boys are in school tomorrow, so I packed two lunches.

For my Bigs:

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I packed ham and cheese kebabs, green & red grapes, pineapple, Trader Joe’s plantain chips, a squeezy yogurt, and a soft pumpkin ginger cookie.

For my Smalls:

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I packed half a PB&J, some Trader Joe’s Inner Peas, cut green & red grapes, cut cheese stick, and one soft pumpkin ginger cookie.

Kristin

PS – I’ve started a Proverbs Bible Study, where we focus on one of the 31 chapters for each of the 31 days in October. I’d love to share a verse that speaks to me from that day’s chapter.

My child, listen to your father’s teaching. And do not forget your mother’s advice. Their teaching will beautify your life. It will be like flowers in your hair or a chain around your neck. Proverbs 1:8-9

Whiny Wednesday

Ugh. You know that feeling when you’re having a good day, and then all of sudden, you aren’t? That was my day. It wasn’t so bad at first. But then I got overwhelmed with life and also I took in some of my old purses to a resale store and they told me (not so much in words, but with rejection) that my Vera Bradley’s print and style was “old”. I felt washed up. It sort of set a tone for the rest of my day. It was just little things like that, happening for the rest of the day. Oh well. I’m not THAT old.

And I know it could be a lot worse. And a LOT more serious. We’re keeping it light around here tonight.

But still.

And then I had to get to karate, back home, make dinner (pre-fab chicken nuggets shaped like dinosaurs, whatever), and three lunches for tomorrow. I want to soak in a garden tub filled with bubbles, and surrounded by lightly scented candles and silence.

We don’t have a garden tub. Or silence.

On the upside, tomorrow is my day at the Co-op, to work in my Bigs’ classroom. I’m very excited for that. This week they are learning about the five senses. Tomorrow is a taste test. Perfect!

For my Bigs’ lunch, I went with dinosaur shaped chicken nuggets (so what if I’ve said, even here on this blog, that I would only ever make my own chicken nuggets from scratch from then on). Mama’s tired.

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I packed four of those not-so-good-for-you nuggets, some ketchup, a homemade honey zucchini muffin (that IS good for you), grapes, pineapple, dried oranges, and banana chips.

For my Smalls:

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I made a PB&J half sandwich. I also packed some banana chips, two dried orange segments, some mini cinnamon rice cakes, and an applesauce squeezy fruit.

And for me:

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For myself, I packed a salad (iceberg lettuce, orange tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, and a packet that comes in my Publix’s pre-packed salads (dressing, nuts, cranberries). I also packed grapes, pineapple, and a yogurt.

Blessings to you!

Kristin

I need this Bible verse tonight:

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. – Romans 12:2

A “Fair” to Middling End to the Week

TGIF! Tomorrow, that is. I love Fridays. Always have. The weekend stretches before you, holding the promise of good times. The long week is behind you. Thank God it’s [almost] Friday, indeed!

I am excited about the lunch I packed for my Bigs to eat tomorrow. It’s a fun one, to celebrate the end of the week.

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It’s a “Coney Island” themed lunch! I packed two pizza rolls. I warmed them up again (they were in the freezer) to take the chill off. I also packed a banana (I decorated it with ice cream stickers), vanilla yogurt with sprinkles, pieces of an ice cream cone, slivered almonds, and itsy bitsy marshmallows, all to imitate a banana split. He might not piece all this together, but I think he’ll go…bananas (!) for it. I sure did. I had a great time making it. I also included a piece of salt water taffy. You can’t go to the boardwalk without getting any these (or cotton candy, however, I think Bigs’ school would object to that as a lunch dessert, as would I HA!).

I hope he has as much fun at school tomorrow as he would on a boardwalk fair!

🙂

Happy [almost] Weekend!

Kristin

“A” is for apple, “B” is for ball, “C” is for cat

My little Bigs is getting so good at piecing together letters to make small words! I am so proud of how hard he works at his letters and light spelling. To pay homage to that, tomorrow’s lunch has a theme – an ABC theme!

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I made a PB&J (first real PB&J of the school year!) and made little letter cut-outs, spelling “A”, “B”, and “C”. In those little holes, I put sprinkles. Sprinkles are fun. My Bigs asks for sprinkles on everything. He even asked for them on his spaghetti tonight. I politely turned him down. I also packed seasoned corn, a Go-Gurt, and for dessert, little Trader Joe’s Cinnamon Schoolbook cookies. They are dang good. And cute. And theme-y. I packed A – E. I ate a Q. And an E. And maybe a few more. Not sure. It all happened so fast.

See? Learning can be fun! Especially if you can eat!

Enjoy!

Kristin

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He makes beautiful things out of dust…

Valentine’s Day Leftovers

I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine’s Day week. We sure had a busy one! And it spanned over a few days, too. We filled food bags for hungry kids through our church and school (which is the same thing for us). It was a great way of showing Bigs how to show love to others, even if we don’t know them.

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It was nice to let Bigs pick out the pantry items to put in the bag.

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And then to see the sea of red bags in the foyer of his school was just heartwarming.

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Then, Bigs’ Thursday class party was just precious. The kids sang (so very softly and with some nervousness too) “Skinnamarinky Dinky Dink”. Then we ate. And it was just a perfect day.

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Bigs and his Valentine’s for his teacher and the Admin 🙂

Bigs woke up to his last “What I love about you” heart on his door on Valentine’s Day. Each morning, starting February 1st, I put a new heart on his bedroom door while he was sleeping. It was a fun thing for him and it allowed me to put in writing for him to see, some of the things I love about him.

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On Valentine’s morning, I made pink almond pancakes with sprinkles.

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They were so good. I put conversation hearts as decoration, although they were highly coveted by The Big One.

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I let him only have a few, knowing how sugary sweet the rest of the day would, inevitably, be.

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And Cupid came, wrote a poem, and left his poop (hey, I live in a house where poopy humor runs [get it?] rampant)!

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We went on our Friday playdate, where the kids exchanged Valentine’s (just like at school the previous day). It was a lot of fun. I packed up the cookies I’d made earlier in the week (what’s interesting to me is that the kids liked the Sweethearts candy more than the cookies! Oh well – more for us Moms!). I had made sure to make double batches of everything so we’d have enough.

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After we got home and napped, I took the boys to the market to get some dinner supplies. I wanted to make a nice meal for them and my Sweetheart. I made Chateaubriand Filet Mignon (such a rare treat!!) and asparagus, and had a few salads.

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To make the steaks, I let them get to room temperature, sprinkled them with Kosher salt, and placed in my preheated, olive oil-coated grill pan. I seared them for a few minutes on each side and transferred them to a sheet pan. I put them in a 400 degree oven for about 12 minutes and brought them out to rest. For the asparagus, I rolled them around in olive oil and Kosher salt and roasted them in the 400 degree oven for 13 minutes on a sheet pan.

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I served them with a strawberry and spinach salad, and a cucumber and dill salad purchased from the market. It was all delicious!

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We had chocolate covered strawberries for dessert, quite fitting.

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That night, I made a Flourless Chocolate Cake (the recipe was already gluten free and I made the ganache dairy free) to celebrate my father-in-law and husband’s (husband has birthday coming up) birthdays the next morning.

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The cake came together easily and so beautifully. It was dark, dense, and oh-so-chocolately. The ganache was glossy, rich, and shiny.

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http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/flourless-chocolate-cake-recipe

While I was making that, the boys painted their little ceramic elephant craft we’d gotten them for Valentine’s Day. They had a lot of fun. It was a lovely day.

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Bigs

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Smalls

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Final product: Bigs, left, and Smalls, right

Bigs also did his Valentine’s Day homework that his awesome teacher sent home! It was a neat Sweethearts themed one!

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It involved counting and coloring heart shapes and sweethearts. SO CUTE!!

The next morning, we got up and “released” Bigs’ Valentine’s Day heart balloon. I sort of love doing that. It’s fun to watch it flit away, wherever the wind pulls it. The kids liked it too.

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I like to think that if I saw a heart shaped balloon flying in such a gorgeous, crisp, blue sky, it would make me smile!

Then we went to my husband’s parents’ house to celebrate his and his father’s birthdays with chocolate cake and a sunshiny day!

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We played with sidewalk chalk and played hopscotch. Does anyone play that anymore?

Then…cake!

I used this knife that my wonderful sister-from-another-mister friend gave me:

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It’s always been my life’s motto! Even as a young child!

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The cake was RICH! So rich, like a truffle. But very good.

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Despite being a short little old thing, it fed a lot of people – my in-laws, my own family, I gave some to my parents and also to our neighbors! The cake that kept on giving!

We ended our day with walking around a craft store. Look at this cute bike bell I found – it’s a donut! I just need a bike now!

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Although I didn’t get it, if I did, it would have been like buying the shoes first…THEN the outfit. That’s normally how I do it.

Church on Sunday was wonderful. We love our pastor and his messages. The boys had fun in Sunday School and had a fun snack before naps:

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Yogurt Banana Splits!

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I cut a banana in half and lengthwise and put vanilla yogurt and chopped strawberries in between. The boys got such a kick out of it. We needed to get back to simple eating after all the festive, rich foods we consumed this weekend.

And back on the diet. :/

I hope you all had a blessed “holiday” weekend! I’m ready to slow down, get back to “normal” (schedules, diets, LIFE!).

Kristin