Funny Bunny Kindergarten & 3’s School Lunches

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For tomorrow’s lunches, I made another bunny themed one. This bunny is sporting a goofy grin and big, silly, pink ears. I also packed red grapes, itty bitty mandarin oranges, corn, goldfish crackers, and half of a Cosmic brownie.

Have a great Wednesday!

Kristin

Gingerbread Boy Kindergarten & 3’s School Lunches

Gingerbread is my absolute FAVORITE. I could eat it errday. Forrealz.

In honor of that, here’s my boys’ lunches for tomorrow:

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I made gingerbread boy shaped apple butter sandwiches. I added details with Food Writers and chocolate covered sunflower seeds (which I also threw in the lunchbox, as well). I also packed snap pea crisps, red grapes, carrots (Smalls), corn (Bigs), yogurt with gingerbread boy sprinkles, and Trader Joe’s gingerbread boy cookies.

Gingerbread 4 life.

Kristin

Happy Thanksgiving Kindergarten & 3’s School Lunches

Well, here it is – my last Thanksgiving themed lunches for this year.

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I made turkey shaped sunbutter and apple butter sandwiches [again]. I added feathers, gobblers, beaks, eyes, and turkey toes. Gobble. I also packed yogurt covered raisins, honey mustard pretzels, corn, raspberries (Bigs), red grapes (Smalls), and Linzer cookies.

School’s out forrrrrr Thanksgiving!!!

Stay rad.

Kristin

Perfect Sweet Potato Casserole (and another squirrel themed lunch)

It is THAT time of year again! I adore Thanksgiving. It’s my favorite holiday. Not just for the food, although that’s a huge part of it. I love the tradition, the memories I have of Thanksgivings past, the new memories made with family, the way people become so introspective about thankfulness. I love the traditional food that I make each year, and the new recipes I come up with. I love the crafts. I love every part of it. It makes me happy.

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I always seem to make mini Thanksgiving meals in the weeks prior to the Big Day, in hungry anticipation. Last week, I made a turkey and cranberry meatloaf which I paired with my traditional macaroni and cheese casserole, green bean casserole, and sweet potato casserole (#casseroleallthethings). This week, I paired a new sweet potato casserole with a honey and dijon mustard glazed ham. And this SPC was SO dang good, that I just had to share the recipe with you. It also happens to be dairy and gluten free, which for my family, is a bonus!

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It’s creamy on the inside, studded with little jewels of dried fruit, and topped with two kinds of marshmallow, which have been toasted just the perfect amount.

**Caveat** This recipe has raisins in it. I know for a fact that many people do not like raisins. I don’t care for them in cookies. They ruin cookies for me. But in this? They added a chewy, lovely texture.

Perfect Sweet Potato Casserole

Recipe serves 2 adults and 2 kids, with leftovers

3 medium to large sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped

2 T melted coconut oil

splash of coconut milk

1 egg, lightly beaten

3/4 C dried cranberries

2/3 C golden raisins

1/2 small jar marshmallow fluff

1/2 bag of mini marshmallows

Boil the peeled and chopped sweet potatoes until they are tender. Using a hand mixer, blend together the next three ingredients, until creamy and smooth. Fold in the dried fruit. Pour into a greased pan (I used a 9×9) and bake in a 350F oven for about 25 minutes. Melt the marshmallow fluff in the microwave. Pull the casserole out and spread the fluff over the top. Sprinkle the mini marshmallows over that and place back in the oven, with the broiler on high. Make sure not to burn the marshmallows, but see that they get nice and brown!

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It is dang good. ENJOY!

Also. I made yet another squirrel themed lunch. This is my last week of fall and Thanksgiving themed lunches, so I am doing repeats allll day.

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I made squirrel shaped sunbutter and grape jelly sandwiches. I cut acorn shapes out of fruit leather for the little tree rats to snack on. I also packed goldfish crackers, dried cranberries, more dried fruit, colby jack cheese (Bigs), a mandarin orange (Bigs), green grapes (Smalls), and a Linzer cookie for each.

Peace ‘n’ Blessins’,

Kristin

Squirrel Themed Kindergarten & 3’s School Lunches

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HAPPY FRIDAY! I am so glad it’s Friday. Forrealz. I made squirrel shaped apple butter sandwiches for my boys. I also packed dried cranberries (Bigs), corn, cheese (two different kinds for two different tastes), mandarin orange (Bigs), grapes, and a cranberry cookie (Smalls).

TGIF!

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

Mummy Sandwich Kindergarten School Lunch

Oh, you guys. The times, they’ve been rough. My little big guy is still in his sling for his broken clavicle. He’s got to stay in that for another three weeks, we were told by his doctor today. I got a stomach bug yesterday (or food poisoning, I’m not sure). I had a two day horrible migraine. I’m still sort of dealing with that one. My truck got a SUPER flat tire (as in, I could hear the air whooshing out)…turns out it had a RAZOR BLADE IN IT. Thank you to the guys renovating the house across the street (also doing the roof, SO nice to hear that hammering with a migraine!). The car people also realigned my tires, but really didn’t at all, so we had to go back a second time. SIIIIIIIIGH. I’m so excited to leave those times behind me and face the week in front of me.

Despite all of that (sorry for complaining!), I wanted to make a super fun lunch for my one-armed brave bubba.

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I made ham, cheese, and mayo kebabs and added googly eyes. They are now mummy kebabs. I also packed goldfish crackers, mandarin oranges, seasoned corn, and a favorite from my childhood – a Little Debbie Pumpkin Delight. I added a few Halloween decorations (a cupcake pick and a ring). I think he’ll love it. He thinks mummies are rad. Unless they’re scary. Then they’re scary, not rad.

Here’s hoping things take a turn for the better.

Word to your Mummy.

Kristin