Well, I’m sorry to disappoint you…the hot dog is, in fact, not so colorful. But I thought the lunch was enough to put that in the title. This should be funny to look back upon in five years! 🙂 For tomorrow’s lunch (for my almost six year old [today is the two week countdown!]), I packed a very standard, very un-colorful hot dog, a mandarin orange, green grapes, Cheez-Its, and two Rainbow Chips Deluxe. It’s all a bit processed around here, I’m not even going to argue you on that one. I used a clown cupcake pick to add such much needed color (can you sense my level of facetiousness…it’s a level I on which I operate often) and I called it a day!
You may have noticed (or not, and that’s okay) that I haven’t touched my blog in well over a month. It’s been a busy, busy time – busy with life, busy with migraines, busy with anxiety and depression. I am hoping to put words to all of my feelings on this. I am hoping that someone, somewhere, can empathize with it all, and if not, to at least relate on a level of of simple human-ness.
I’m just thankful for all of you special readers out there, that read my silly blog about sandwiches and basic hot dogs and the occasional commentary on life. I’m grateful for you.
For tomorrow’s lunch (for my big boy), I went with a tried and true theme – deli! I packed a ham and cheese pita, a few pickles, a mandarin orange, some red grapes, a few whole wheat Ritz crackers, and some lemon poppyseed Bundt cake.
Happy Friday Eve!
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!
This season of life is so wild! I’m constantly busy. Time is a luxury. A rare gem. And this holiday season has been…what’s that? The holiday season is over? It’s been nonstop busy since the holidays started, that I was unawares they ended. Huh. Well. Spring is almost here. And with Spring, comes renewal and freshness. And time, I hope. Along with clearing of the mind [mine, in particular].
And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
In the spirit of impending, renewing, fresh, time-filled Springtime, I put together a fun bunny lunch for my oldest son!
I made a bunny shaped sunbutter and creamed honey (Trader Joe’s – necessary) sandwich. I also packed pita chips, red grapes, their shriveled cousins, cantaloupe, and a Hostess cupcake.
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
My big boy told me that he’s learning about flowers in school right now, so I decided to make him a flower themed lunch! I made a sunbutter and strawberry jam tulip-shaped sandwich. I also packed a teeny mandarin orange, red grapes, some pita chips, and a chocolate crinkle cookie.
To reach a port we must set sail –
Sail, not tie at anchor
Sail, not drift.
-Franklin D. Roosevelt
Change is so hard. Not for everyone. Some people thrive in change; reach their full potential in it. Not me. I have to force myself to stretch, to grow, to change. And it’s hard. It’s so uncomfortable. It makes me so ridiculously nervous, giving my anxiety a chance to reach its full potential! But, it’s good for me. Growth is good. Necessary. To reach our port, we must set sail.
Even though it’s important that I grow and change, it’s so very comforting to me to know that Jesus does not change. He is the same today as He was yesterday, and will be the same tomorrow (Hebrews 13:8).
My precious boys don’t even know the reason I chose these sweet little sailboats for their lunches, but they will enjoy them! I made sailboat shaped PB&J (Smalls) and sunbutter and jam (Bigs) sandwiches. I added details with my new favorite food-safe pens. I also packed baby goldfish crackers, red grapes, a teeny mandarin orange (Bigs), cantaloupe (Smalls), and chocolate crinkle cookies.
As I sit here, eating store-bought pudding out of the tub and pondering my week, I feel eternally grateful that tomorrow is Friday. It is a day to celebrate. The end of a long, long week.
I am celebrating with pudding (Could I BE any more fun?!). My kids will celebrate with fun lunches.
I made present and ice cream cone shaped sandwiches (sunbutter and jam for Bigs and PB&J for Smalls) and threw a bunch of sprinkles on there, because…sprinkles. In my lunchbox. I used Food Writers to add details. I also packed Cheese-Its, red grapes (a few plums for Smalls), one cinnamon roll Oreo, and a Swedish fish each for dessert.
Party Time! Excellent!
Have a great weekend,
So, a funny thing happened this week – I made pizza for dinner. Because pizza (I don’t need no stinkin’ excuse). I put the leftovers in a Tupperware that looks a lot like the one above. The next day, when I went to pull out the leftovers for lunch for my Smalls, I pulled out Bigs’ lunch! That meant that HE got a bajillion pieces of leftover pizza for lunch at school! I texted his awesome teacher and she sent me a picture of his smiling face and said he loved his lunch! He won Kindergarten that day. 😀
Between that pizza lunch and this one above, I’d say I’m on top of things (but only according to my Kindergartener; to the rest of the world, I’m slowly unraveling!)
For this particular lunch, I made a cheese sandwich, shaped like a heart. I also packed cheese crackers (everything’s better with Cheddar! – it’s my life’s motto), blueberries, red grapes, and a strawberry truffle cookie. I used plastic Valentine’s rings to decorate.
Have you ever heard of Fairy Bread? It’s this magical dish served at parties in Australia and NZ, where slices of white bread are slathered with butter and liberally covered with nonpareils (or hundreds and thousands, as they’re known as there), and cut into triangles. This is my take on it. I made sunbutter and strawberry jam kebabs and turned them into Fairy Bread kebabs. It’s Friday. It’s time to celebrate. It’s the end of the week. We made it!! I also packed orange flavored dried cranberries, oyster crackers, red grapes, gingerbread muffins, and peas and carrot mallow candies…because PEAS AND CARROTS CANDY!!! They were one of my favorite candies growing up. I’d spend my allowance on those things at the mall candy store. Along with sour peach gummy rings, sour gummy belts, Jelly Bellies, licorice, Warheads, gummy sharks, gummy colas, and pretty much anything else I could get my hands on. I digress.
Tomorrow is Wednesday. The week is half over. I’d call that a victory.
I made sunbutter and raspberry jam sandwiches. I also packed pineapple, red grapes, oyster crackers (with dinosaurs walking in them), and gingerbread muffins.