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

Spooky Teeth Lunch

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For Bigs’ lunch today, I packed [yes, another] Mummy Hot Dog, seasoned corn, popcorn, cantaloupe and pineapple, an organic yogurt squeezy thing, and some spooky teeth for dessert. These were so easy and will (I hope) make a cute impression. I cut apples to look like lips (they will need some kind of citrus juice on them so they don’t brown), spread peanut butter, and place marshmallow “teeth” on them. Easy peasy. These would be a cute Halloween snack, too!

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For my Smalls, I packed a PB&J, pretzels, dried fruit, and a banana.

The boys are ready for Halloween tomorrow and cannot wait to go trick or treating.

Have a blessed Thursday!

Kristin

“L” is for the way you look at me…

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…and also for “lunchboxes”!

Can you hear the springy sound of Cupid shooting his arrow? It’s Valentine’s week! That means lots of sweet lunches for my children! I can’t wait! You know how much I love themes. 🙂 And I LOVE Valentine’s Day themes because I love love, and pink, and hearts. Could I get any more stereotypically “girl”? In my defense, I have to maintain every ounce of girlishness that I can because I am surrounded by testosterone in my house.

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I’ll be doing a Valentine’s themed lunch each day (even if not in school). Here is Valentine’s Day Week Lunch #1 (for both Bigs and Smalls this time):

Valentine's Themed Preschool and Toddler Lunch

I made PB&Js with strawberry jam and used heart cutters and filled those holes in with pink and Valentine’s colored sprinkles. For Bigs (top lunch), I included pretzel sticks and an applesauce squeezy fruit. I sprayed red food-safe spray on the leftover bread. And for dessert, I gave him chocolate Goldfish cookies with cherry yogurt covered raisins. For Smalls, I did the same sandwich (only half the size), an applesauce squeezy fruit, some pretzel sticks, his extra bread piece, and some raisins.

I hope they’ll enjoy these (and know how much I love them!) while I’m at my church Mommy group.

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So here’s to a love-filled week…

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…that’s also filled with sweet lunches!

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Happy Valentine’s Week!

Kristin