First Day of Fall Kindergarten & 3’s School Lunches

Tomorrow is…wait for it…okay don’t…THE FIRST DAY OF FALL! For us, living in sunny and hot Florida, this means nothing more than not looking like a wackadoodle for putting out pumpkin decorations (I proudly fall into the wackadoodle category, as my fall decor has been out for weeks!). Sometimes, we Florida girls will also wear boots, quite unnecessarily (I also do this), order our weight in (sometimes skinny and alternative milk) PSLs (look it up if you don’t already know), and marvel at how crisp our mornings have been, in the mid 70’s. Ahhhh, Fall! Would I love to see some orange leaves? Yes. Would I love the weather to require boots or snuggly sweatshirts? Heck yes. But for now, I shall celebrate with pumpkin shaped sandwiches in my kids’ lunchboxes. I do what I can with what I have.

****slurrrrrps on my PSL****

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For my babes, I made a honey maple turkey, colby jack, and mayo sandwiches shaped like pumpkins. I used Food Writers to add a few details. I also packed cheddar sandwich crackers, peaches, grapes (for Bigs), broccoli (for Smalls), applesauce squeezey (for Bigs), an Apple Pie Oatmeal Cookie, and a few candy corn (or “candy pa-corn” as my Smalls calls it).

It’s Fall Y’all!

Kristin

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Apple Themed Kindergarten School Lunch

‘Tis the season for all things pumpkin…AND apple! I made a quick batch of homemade applesauce earlier this week. I peeled, cored, and sliced gala and golden delicious. I put them in a saucepan, with a little bit of lemon juice and a few cinnamon sticks, over medium high heat. I stirred them until they broke down. I added cinnamon, a little bit of pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla. When they over adequately tender, I blitzed them in the food processor. That’s it! It made my house smell so autumnal and homey! And my oldest loves it! So, with that and the Apple Pie Oatmeal Cookies I made last week (I froze the batch), I was inspired to make an apple themed lunch for my oldest.

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I made an apple shaped sunbutter and apple jelly sandwich. I used Food Writers to add a little red color and I used some of the upper crust to look like a stem. I also packed colby jack cheese, snap pea crisps, homemade applesauce (with a little extra cinnamon on top), an apple cookie, and a squeezy yogurt. I decorated with two little apple cupcake picks.

I guess you could now call me an inCIDER on all things apple. 😀

Kristin

Ham & Cheese Kindergarten & 3’s School Lunches II

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For Wednesday’s lunches, I made ham, cheese, and mayo sandwiches. I also packed cheddar sandwich crackers, peaches, corn, broccoli (for Smalls), and an Apple Pie Oatmeal Cookie.

HAPPY HUMP DAY!!

Kristin

Pumpkin Bread Kindergarten & 3’s School Lunches

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It’s baaaaaaaaack! Pumpkin is everywhere now, and I couldn’t be more thrilled! I love this time of year! I found some Pepperidge Farm Pumpkin Spice Swirl Bread on sale and I couldn’t resist taking it home with me. If we’re being honest, it jumped right in my grocery cart. 😉

So, for tomorrow’s lunches for my boys, I made added cream cheese to that delicious bread (which is so good all on its own!), and split it in half. I also packed homemade fruit snacks, which I made with berries only this time, charred corn, colby jack cheese cubes, and cheddar sandwich crackers. My Bigs will also (if I remember HA!), get an organic yogurt squeeze.

Kristin

Mickey Mouse Kindergarten and 3’s School Lunches

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Do you remember your English teachers using the phrase, “KISS”? It stands for “Keep it Simple, Students.” And that’s just what I am doing, keeping it simple, easing myself back into this lunch game.

I packed almost the same lunch for my Bigs and Smalls, who has his first day of the 3’s class tomorrow. For Bigs, I made a sunbutter and strawberry jelly sandwich and I used peanut butter for my Smalls. I used a Mickey Mouse cutter to make the shape and added some red sprinkles to the hole (they stick to the jelly quite well). I also packed champagne grapes (so sweet for little hands!), some Horizon Organic cheddar sandwich crackers, and a homemade chocolate chip cookie. I also packed a piece of colby jack cheese for my Bigs. He eats more. My Smalls is going to have raisins and a squeezy fruit for snack.

Oh Toodles!

Kristin

First Day of Kindergarten School Lunch

Tomorrow, my “baby” Bigs starts Kindergarten. He’s smart as a whip, he’s super observant (an ol’ eagle eye, just like his Mama), he’s clever, he’s hilarious. He’s great at so many things (building stuff, writing sweet letters and cards, swimming, karate, doing dishes, keeping me company, feeling empathy, etc.). I could go on for days. He is SO so special. He’s going to do GREAT in Kindergarten. He has a really wonderful teacher and I am so excited to see where this year takes him.

For his first lunch, I went easy [on myself]. It’s been since May, that I’ve done a “special” lunch. And, boy, do I feel it. I am so dang rusty.

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I chose to do a heart because because I wanted to let my Bigs know that I love him and am thinking of him, even when we are not together. I made a sunbutter and strawberry jelly sandwich, and used my Food Writers to add some details. This year, there is a sweet friend in his class with a terribly dangerous peanut allergy, and our entire Kindergarten is tree nut and peanut free. Thankfully, my boys like sunbutter and it is a great alternative to peanut butter. I also packed Horizon Organic cheddar sandwich crackers, cotton candy grapes, colby jack cheese, blueberries, and a homemade chocolate chip cookie.

Godspeed my little one! I am so proud of who you are, and I love you SO SO much.

Love,

Mommy

(Kristin)

The Last Day of VPK for 2015

Tomorrow is my Bigs’ last day of VPK. I am in denial. He’ll be in Kindergarten next year. That’s like “big boy” status.

Cue ugly crying.

Bigs’ class pet this year was a flamingo, appropriately named “Mingo”. He spent many nights with us, as he did with all the classmates. He was very loved. It was absolutely fitting that the class pet was a flamingo. It’s always been, um, my spirit animal. If there is such a thing. So I really enjoyed the flamingo theme this year. I made a few flamingo lunches this year, as well (here and here). So for his very last VPK school lunch, I felt that Mingo needed his due course.

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I made a “Mingo” shaped PB&J. I also packed a pluot, TJ’s organic PB crackers, red grapes, and yellow watermelon. I didn’t pack a dessert, since we’ll be having an ice cream party tomorrow. I used flamingo cupcake picks and added a palm tree (that I acquired through a bakery cake at some point).

Long live Mingo.

And for my Smalls, who is also having his last day of Mom’s Morning Out…

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…he’ll be in the “3’s” next year. Sniff. I made two little ice cream cone shaped PB&J sandwiches. I added details with my Food Writers. I also packed PB crackers, yellow watermelon, and one homemade chocolate chip/sprinkle/M&M cookie, cut into fourths.

I made those cookies yesterday to deliver to the boys’ school staff, as a thank you. They were really easy to make and used whole wheat flour.

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Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Sprinkle M&M Cookies

Adapted from: Weelicious

1 C AP flour

1¼ C whole wheat flour

1 t baking soda

½ t salt

1 C butter, room temperature

1 C brown sugar, packed

½ C granulated sugar

2 eggs

1 T vanilla

1 C semisweet chocolate chips

1 C M&Ms

1/2 C colored jimmies

Preheat oven to 375F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat and set aside.

Whisk together both flours, baking soda and salt. In another bowl (or the bowl of a stand mixer), cream butter and both sugars together for 3 minutes. Add in eggs and vanilla and beat until smooth. Gradually add in dry ingredients. Do not overmix. Stir in chocolate chips, M&Ms, and sprinkles.

Drop dough onto your prepared baking sheet and bake for 7-10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

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Enjoy! Summer is here!!

Kristin