Friday, August 29, 2014

Look Lunch!

We survived our first week back to school. A few hiccups along the way but we managed. Friday's they get to buy lunch if they have been good, and they were, so this is the last set of lunches for this week. We are definitely looking forward to a nice long 3 day weekend.

Minecraft Slime 

In this lunch : In an Easy Lunch Box
  • Slime - Jelly sandwich
  • Slime - Scrabble Jr. Cheez-its
  • 2 Gluten Free chocolate chip banana muffins (recipe posted yesterday)
  • Heart straberries
  • Carrots
 Plants VS Zombies 2 Pea Shooters

In this lunch : In an Easy Lunch Box
  • Frozen Pea Shooter (Blue) - Peanut butter and jelly sandwich
  • Frozen peas - red grapes (he hates blue berries)
  • Green Pea Shooter - Peanut butter and jelly sandwich
  • Green peas - green grapes
  • Strawberries
  • Cantaloup cones
These were simple and fast and done in 5 min. Not every lunch has to be fancy to make them smile.
We are so glad the first week of school is behind us, here's to a nice long weekend and a fun next week.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Two more down hundreds to go

We've made it to Wednesday of the first week of school. Only 173 more days to go....too soon to count down to summer? Well we can dream anyway. In the meantime there's lunches and many fun days ahead too.

A Whovian Hug 
My little one has had a tough time adjusting to Kindergarten so we made all his favorite Doctor Who friends to help him through the day.

In  this lunch : In an Easy Lunch Box
  • Dalek and TARDIS - peanutbutter and jelly sandwich
  • TARDIS and K-9 - cantaloup
  • Gluten Free chocolate chip banana muffin
 Minecraft Skeleton
The big green monkey is a pro, barely even says good bye when heading in the building.

In this lunch : In an Easy Lunch Box
  • Skeleton - jelly sandwich with string cheese bones
  • Gluten Free chocolate chip banana muffins
  • Strawberries 
  • Carrots
Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Banana Muffin Recipe 
  • 1 1/2 cups Bob's Red Mill all purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup butter melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup Stevia for baking
  • 2-3 very ripe bananas
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
Mix it all together, I tend to mix wet ingredients first, then add the dry. Spray a loaf pan or in this case mini muffin pan. Fill almost to the top. Bake at 350 for 50-60 min depending on the size of pans you use.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Minecraft Maniacs

Like many, many, many other kids across the country, my little monkeys are obsessed with Minecraft. While I may prefer getting up to play outside from time to time, I can't really fault the engineering skills they learn from playing. So it comes as no surprise that they would request their favorite characters from their favorite game right off the bat this year.

My little blue monkey chose the Zombie, and while my photo is a bit tough to make out he loved it.

In this lunch : In an Easy Lunchbox
  • Zombie - Peanutbutter and jelly sandwich
  • Cantaloup "blocks"
  • Green - celery and peanutbutter
  • Zombie  - Scrabble Jr. Cheez-its
 My big green monkey chose a Creeper, creepers gonna creep y'all.

In this lunch : In an Easy Lunchbox
  • Creeper - Jelly sandwich
  • Green crayons in carrots
  • Heart strawberries
  • Creeper - Scrabble Jr. Cheez-its
* Tip - When  I pack crackers I put them in a Lil' dipper container (not pictured but in my tools section) to keep them from getting soggy from the sandwich in transit.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Back to School

It's official I have a no more babies at home. My monkeys are back to school this week starting second grade and kindergarten. It's always a mixed bag of emotions for me, summer is too short, exited they are growing up, worried for them to make friends and do well, and missing the noise and chaos. Yes I said it, I miss the noise when they aren't here, no matter how much I shh them when they are ;) So now that I have 2 in school full time its also time for me to go back to work full time so in a couple weeks I'll be packing all 3 of us lunch every day.

Inspired by the new season of Doctor Who my green monkey chose the TARDIS and Strax for his back to school lunch.

TARDIS and Strax 
In this lunch : In a Easy Lunch Box
  •  TARDIS and Strax - Jelly sandwich 
  • Pencil - Colby cheese stick
  • Chalk board - Carrots
  • Smiley face - Apple slices

Little blue monkey is beginning his elementary school experience, while he may not feel ready, its time to be a big kid.

Welcome to Kindergarten 

In this lunch : In an Easy Lunch box
  • Notebook paper - Peanutbutter and jelly sandwich
  • Pencil - Colby cheese stick
  • Blue crayons - Carrots
  • School bus - Cantaloup stars

We like to kick-off the new school year with some special treats for the kids and their teachers, because first days of school are tough on everyone.

Teacher Survival Baskets 

 I found these great crates at our grocery store for $1 each and filled them with supplies every teacher needs.
  • Clorox wipes
  • Highlighters
  • Pens
  • Straw cup
  • Via coffee
  • Via splashers
  • Extra gum
  • Advil 
  • Germy gel for the class and scented ones for her
  • Chapstick
  • Laffy taffy to remember to laugh
  • Smarties for those smartie pants
  • Mini Pinwheel just for fun
I also left a little something out for each kid before going to school. The napkin went in their lunchbox the rest stayed home for after school fun.
  • Bubbles
  • Pop rocks
  • Laffy taffy
  • Smarties
  • Mini pinwheel

Friday, August 22, 2014

Lunch For Twelve - An Edible Geekery Hop

I am so very thankful for my friends over at Edible Geekery. Thanks to them this lunch blog is getting just the kick-off we need to welcome in another school year. What better way is there to inspire getting back in the kitchen to make lunches than by welcoming a brand new Doctor on Doctor Who. We are so excited to watch the premier this Saturday on BBC America. So let's take a "Deep Breath" and travel through all 10 fantastic, brilliant, wibbly wobbly timey wimey wonderful lunches until you get back here.

Fantastic, Alons-y and ??? 
Inspired by the last 3 generations of Doctors and companions. 

 In this lunch : In our TARDIS blue Easy Lunch Box
  • Rose Tyler - Celery with organic peanut butter and turkey bacon roses on celery stems
  • TARDIS - Hard boiled egg
  • Amy Pond - Gala apple over grapes
  • Clara Oswald - Leaf cucumbers and salami
  • Doctors 10, 11, and 12 icons on mozzarella cheese slices. 
Now run you silly boy (*ahem or girl) and go check out Beneficial Bento by clicking on the hop button below. Geronimo!