Wednesday, August 28, 2013

school lunch #7

Zucchini bread muffins (in which I upped the wheat flour, added flax seed, and did double the zucchini to make it healthier & heartier)
Yogurt with sprinkles
Lunch meat 
Dried blueberries


school lunch #6

Peanut-butter 'sandwiches' on crackers
Yogurt with sprinkles

Sunday, August 25, 2013

school lunch #5

Meat and cheese kabobs
     Lunch meat (2 pieces)
     String cheese, cut (1)
     ^^ skewered on toothpicks (6)
Mandarin oranges
Celery with ranch dressing
Saltine crackers (8)

Root beer milk

Anything's funner on a stick, right?! :)

school lunch #4

Pizza Rollups 
     Flour tortilla (1)
     Pizza sauce
          Tomato sauce
          Garlic powder
          Italian seasoning
     Shredded mozzarella cheese
Yogurt with sprinkles


*Note: I made this the night before and in the morning, worried the pizza rollups were too dry (had absorbed the sauce). So I spooned a little dollop of extra sauce on each.

Also, when I picked James up he claimed I had forgotten to pack a spoon, which meant he couldn't eat his applesauce or yogurt and was consequently "so hungry." This crushed my heart, as it's one of the things I worry most about with him away from me all day. I felt so bad. But later, as I was cleaning out his lunch box, I found the spoon! It was there all along; he just hadn't noticed it somehow! I still felt bad, but less guilty for sure! Moral of this story: pack a spoon IN the bento container! He's sure to notice it then. Oy...

Friday, August 23, 2013

school lunch #3

Nice and filling and "very delicious!" :) The crackers and celery were ignored, as they apparently got tuna on them. Everything else, though, was absolutely gobbled up!

Tuna sandwich, Dino-shaped
     Sweet relish
     Whole-wheat bread
Yogurt - with sprinkles


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

school lunch #2

This lunch was made on the fly, as the meal I'd intended didn't work out at the last minute (who runs out of tuna?!). I'm nervous there isn't enough there to keep my kiddo full throughout the day. I sure hope there is! 

This meal is best prepared the night before-- what with the egg boiling and such. Just keep eggs and crackers separate and put the rest in the lunch box (in the fridge). Put them all together in the morning. 

Boiled egg(s)
Ants on a log
Dried fruit
Yogurt with sprinkles
Saltine crackers


Friday, August 16, 2013

school lunch #1 + trial run

James starts school next week, and I'm going to have to start packing his lunches. I've stressed a ton about this, but thanks to friends and Pinterest, I'm feeling a lot more prepared. Today I decided to do a trial run. It took me 10ish minutes max to get everything gathered and prepared, and I set the timer for 30 minutes to see if he could comfortably eat in that amount of time. I also wanted to see if x amount of food would be enough to fill him up. The trial run was a success! We did change a couple of things, though. Here's the "recipe" for future reference.

Note: the above photo is of the actual first-day-of-school lunch.

     12 Ritz crackers (Low Sodium preferred)
     3 slices (with our slicer), cut in half
     2 (1 1/2, really, as I made them for Jolie too) pieces lunch meat, cut with spice lid to get 4 circles out of each
1/3 c ish yogurt
1 kiwi, peeled and sliced
(Opt) Treat: 2 Oreos


This was plenty of food and very much enjoyed. I had to add to the original number of crackers as he wanted two for each little sandwich. He also wished for more fruit, so I made it a whole piece. Besides that, it went really well! He was full in the end, and he was able to eat start to finish in less than 20 minutes! Trial run success! Yay! I'll be much less anxious about my boy eating big kid lunch without me now. Yeesh, growing up is hard for mom!

Monday, August 12, 2013

strawberry pie

My mother-in-law is an amazing pie maker.  I can't remember eating strawberry pie until I started dating Derek, and boy- was I missing out!  This is pretty much how she makes it, I think.  The Danish Dessert was another trick up her sleeves.  The "Can't Fail Pie Crust" is from my sis-in-law, Mindy.  I am so grateful that I married into such a delicious family!  Mmm... good work, fam. xo

"Can't Fail Pie Crust" RECIPE:
2 1/2 c. flour
1 c. shortening
1/2 tsp salt
1 beaten egg
1/4 c. water
1 Tbsp vinegar

Mix flour and salt in a large bowl.  Cut in shortening.  Mix remaining ingredients {I did this in the 1-cup measuring cup} and add to shortening/flour mix.  Knead until blended, **as little as possible.  Roll out dough and place in a pie tin.  Trim off the excess and make pretty edges if you want.  Bake at 350F for 30 minutes or until golden. *

Remove from heat and let cool while you make up the filling (recipe below).

*Note: You will likely have excess dough.  You can toss it if you'd like, or you can cut it with a cookie cutter and make little pie crust cookies.  Just sprinkle/rub sugar on top and bake with your crust.  Kids love these.  You can serve them plain or topped with frosting.

Strawberry Pie Filling RECIPE:
1 1/2 - 2 lb strawberries
1 pkg strawberry-flavored Danish Dessert
1 3/4 c cold water

Remove tops from strawberries, rinse and quarter/slice.  Put in a medium mixing bowl. Set aside. Whisk the Danish Dessert in a medium sauce pan with the cold water.  Bring to a boil, and boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly {be careful: it splatters and stains}. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.  Fold into strawberries.

**  Put the pie filling into the pie crust. Let cool until firm (3 - 4 hrs in the fridge) if you're patient.  Serve with fresh whipped cream, and enjoy!