HAPPY Friday Lunches

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.

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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,

Kristin

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Circus Week – “Magic Bunny” VPK School Lunch

I feel like circuses have magic shows. Do they? Like, with a magician in a tux, pulling a rabbit out of a top hat?

I might be stretching it a little. I only have so many circus-themed cutters.

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I made a magical bunny shaped PB&J and added details for his ears (very instrumental to his magic show), eye, ad nose. I also packed a few banana chips, a few TJ’s organic PB sandwich crackers, two dried dates, an aprium, colby jack cheese, a Tim Tam (thank you Australia!!!), and a homemade granola bar.

And for my Smalls:

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I packed half a PB&J, trail mix, an aprium, TJ’s PB crackers, colby jack cheese, and a cotton candy Oreo. He’s got a granola bar for snack.

I made the granola bars for Teacher Appreciation Week a few weeks back. They were delicious!! I thought I’d make them again for my own family.

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They were super easy to put together…

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…and had ingredients I both had on hand and could pronounce.

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AND they are easy to individually package and freeze!

http://happymoneysaver.com/no-bake-homemade-chewy-granola-bars/

A hint – if you are out of honey, as this recipe requires a LOT, you can use corn syrup as a sub. I don’t love using that, but I do keep it on hand for some recipes.

Do it!

Kristin

Peanut Butter Jelly Time!

Today was my Co-op day in school. On these days, I get to be in class, as a Helper Parent, with my oldest son. It is a really neat opportunity. Just like my son (or my son, like me), my favorite time of day is Lunch Time. It is so fun, sitting on those pint-sized chairs, surrounded by those kids and their lunches. The stuff they come up with to talk about during this time is hilarious…and weird. And everyone talks about the food in their lunch. It’s a riot. One of my Bigs’ classmates had made her own lunch the night before and he wanted to do the same for tomorrow’s lunch.

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He made the whole thing with minimal help from me. 🙂 He made his PB&J, and cut it into the shapes of his choosing.

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He added Goldfish crackers, green grapes, raspberries, and two Cotton Candy Oreos. I’m quite proud! He’s such a neat kid.

In other PB&J news, I made these amazing Peanut Butter & Jelly Lunch Lady Cupcakes a while back and they were some of the best I’ve ever made. My mouth waters just thinking about them.

Here is the link:

https://sprinklesinmylunchbox.wordpress.com/2014/08/02/the-lunch-lady-and-her-cupcakes/

Have a rad Friday!

Kristin

Come on Ride the Train!

Do you remember the Quad City DJ’s song? I could rap that all the way through with completely wrong lyrics, but it sure is a rad song. Brings me back. It’s probably a totally inappropriate song to connect to a kid lunch, but bruh, it’s classic.

Anywhooo, here is my kid’s train lunch for tomorrow (look at it and sing the song, like I am):

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I made a train shaped PB&J sandwich and use some of the scraps for a track (they ate the rest). I also packed Goldfish crackers, a date, raspberries, a mandarin orange, a few green grapes, and one red velvet Oreo.

If you feel like dancing, well come on, it’s up to you

Kristin

Happy Friday – Deli VPK School Lunch

I have a Public Service Announcement for you – crepes are not a successful lunch choice for your kids at school. My oldest loved them, but told me how messy they were. He struggled with the dipping. And the dripping. Of the syrup. And my youngest avoided his crepe all together. I’m not at all sure what he ate his peanut butter with (probably just his finger), but at least he got some protein. So save them for dessert. Or snacking.

Anywho.

Here’s what I made for today’s lunch:

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It’s a turkey, cheddar, and mayo on wheat sandwich. I also packed strawberries, pineapple, pickles (my Bigs loves pickles), pretzel sticks (I still refuse to say “rods” – grody), and two Oreos.

Have a great weekend!

Kristin

PS – after I pick my buddy up at school, we are officially on Spring Break! WoO hOo!!

Homemade Lunchables

For tomorrow’s lunch, I made a Lunchables (my inner grammar nerd feels the need for “Lunchables” to be “Lunchable” in this case).

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My kid has been asking for a Lunchable(s) for weeks now. I cut up colby jack cheese and ham (surrrrre, I could have cut the ham into squares, but I’d have ended up wasting some). I also packed Saltines, raisins, applesauce, a mandarin orange, and two red velvet Oreos.

Boo-ya.

I feel like I’d have said that back in the day when eating a Lunchable(s).

Kristin

Candy Crush VPK School Lunch

It’s almost Valentine’s Day! Also known to many as Consumerist-Oriented-Shallow-Mass-Produced-Day. Either one will do. But I DO admit, it’s a fun week for kids. And I also do love chocolates. And other Valentine’s desserts. And pink and red together.

There’s a fine line, you know.

Here’s my Bigs’ first Valentine’s Week lunch (or “wunch”, as my Smalls says):

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I made a PB&J square, on which I made a scalloped heart shape, and filled it with a few candy crush-lookin’ pink candies (which will compete with the Oreos as his favorite part of lunch). I also packed red grapes, baby pretzel nuggets, raisins, a mandarin orange, and two red velvet Oreos (you’re welcome, son). I used two Valentiney rings as decoration (light pink shimmery heart and a glittery hot pink kiss lip thing).

Boom.

Kristin