Showing posts with label lunchbox. Show all posts
Showing posts with label lunchbox. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

What's in the Box Wednesday?

Today's lunch contains a homemade blueberry muffin made with plain Greek Yogurt, Cajun sesame sticks (ONF bulk bin), a cheese stick, baby carrots, and fresh pineapple. 

I hope everyone had a great Easter.  Ours was fairly quiet.  It was rainy on Saturday, but we still had to stick around and wait for soccer to be called before heading to Oklahoma.  The girls enjoyed seeing their friends and cousins.  Here are a few pictures.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

What's in the Box Wednesday?

Today's lunch has a bunny boiled egg for Easter. The egg molds are easy to use and can be found here.  Also in the box are blood orange wedges, grape tomatoes, Babybel cheese, honey coconut almonds, and Snapea Crisps.  I've seen the Snapea Crisps around for awhile and finally tried them.  They are SO good!  I found them them at Walmart and at Ozark Natural Foods.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

What's in the Box Wednesday?

With St. Patrick's Day coming up on Sunday, I decided a green themed lunch was in order.  Included are Shamrock shaped green egg salad (I just added a little food coloring) sandwiches, edamame, gherkin pickles, and a granny smith apple.  Happy Wednesday!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

What's in the Box Wednesday?

In today's lunchbox is a strawberry scone with a pat of butter, fresh pineapple, walnuts, and a Greek yogurt smoothie with frozen fruit and spinach.  The scone is also made with Chobani Greek yogurt, so with the walnuts and smoothie, there is plenty of protein in this lunch without having to pack a meat.  Happy Wednesday!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

What's in the Box Wednesday?

Both girls have the same lunch today with the addition of a yogurt tube for Addie.  For the wrap, I spread a wedge of Laughing Cow Light Swiss on a tortilla, added some canned chunk chicken breast, avocado, a squeeze of lime, and a dash of freshly ground salt and pepper.  To finish off, they have peaches and Thin Mints.

I haven't been doing a lot of posting lately, but here are some things that have been going on since last Wednesday.

I got a haircut and color.  I had several, several inches cut off.  Thank you Rachel at The Parlor!

Addie's troop had a booth sale at Walmart and it was freezing!  I went inside and bought some hand warmers to share.  I put mine in my shoes because I couldn't feel my toes.  They sold 410 boxes.

Caroline had her first soccer practice of the season.  Also very cold.

This is just a moment I captured Sunday morning that I loved.  Dad and daughter enjoying coffee/tea and reading at the table.

And finally, Girl Scout Thinking Day.  A day to learn about different countries and cultures.  There were booths setup for different countries and the girls went around to learn, buy crafts, and try foods.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

What's in the Box Wednesday?

Addie is eating at school today.  I was frantically filling out birthday invitations for her to take to school instead of fixing her lunch.  We are so swamped with activities we had a hard time coming up with a date for the poor child's birthday party.  I'm thinking it's time to start saying no to some stuff.  I got over trying to be Super Mom years ago, but sometimes it will try to creep back up on you.  I get pretty weary of being in a go-go-go mode all the time.  And it's not good for any of us.  Everybody needs chill time!  Caroline's lunch has ham and cream cheese spirals, red grapes, and Thin Mints!  The Girl Scout cookies are in!  Monday, we helped pick up both troop's cookies from the warehouse.  Here is a comical picture of the girls surrounded in the van.  They had boxes as foot rests, and my seat belt alert kept dinging because it thought a person was in my passenger seat.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

What's in the Box Wednesday?

Valentine's Day was the theme of today's lunchboxes.  Other than the sandwich filling, the girls had the same lunch. Addie had a Nutella filled sandwich with a heart cut out of the top piece and Valentine sprinkles.  Caroline had a strawberry cream cheese filled sandwich.  Side items are heart strawberries, cheese pretzels, and a Babybel with heart cutout.  Happy Wednesday!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

What's in the Box Wednesday?

It seems like Addie is picking Wednesday for her eat at school day a lot lately!  Caroline is having a toasted sub sandwich, strawberries, and carrot chips with a little ranch dressing for dipping.

We had a wild and crazy afternoon yesterday.  At about 2:51 I got a weather alert on my phone telling me a tornado warning was issued in my area and to take cover now!   Addie was just getting off the bus, but Caroline usually doesn't get home until 3:10.  I called the school and they said they had checked and didn't see a warning (??!), and dismissal was still on schedule.  I got the laundry room (hidey hole) ready and stood in the garage with umbrellas ready to run down the hill and meet Caroline and her neighbor friend.  I waited and waited.  I called my neighbor at work worried.  We both tried calling the school again and couldn't get through.  The rain and wind picked up and then it started swirling around.  I yelled at Addie to get in the laundry room while I jumped around the garage grabbing bicycle helmets, and fell on the garage stairs.  (I always make them wear them during tornado warnings).  I was torn as to whether to hope they had kept the kids at school and get in the laundry room with Addie, or keep waiting for the bus to arrive.  The wind just kept getting worse!  Finally, I got through to the school and yes, they had kept the kids!  Finally after everything passed, they loaded the buses and I waited on my kiddo with the umbrellas again.  I was worried that she was scared, but she looked at me like I was crazy when I asked her if she was.  She said "No, it was just a drill!"  I'm glad she wasn't aware of any danger!  Needless to say, we had an exciting afternoon.  That was yesterday.  Today it's snowing.  Welcome to Arkansas!  Happy Wednesday!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

What's in the Box Wednesday?

I found out Caroline likes pasta salad last night, so I used some leftovers in her lunch today.  It is accompanied by goldfish, a cheese stick, and natural applesauce.  This particular pasta salad was not a from scratch creation, but now that I know she is a fan, I will be in search of some good pasta salad recipes!  Happy Wednesday!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

What's in the Box Wednesday?

Today for Caroline's lunch I tried another idea from the Cooking with Trader Joe's - EasyLunchboxes cookbook.  These are "Olive-er Twists" with pizza sauce for dipping, mandarin oranges, and a cheddar Babybel with a heart cut out.  Since I'm not eating gluten and dairy currently, I didn't try a twist, but they smelled delicious while cooking.  Addie is eating school food today, but she tried one for breakfast and gave them a thumbs up.  I adapted the recipe a little and didn't use as much cheese or Italian seasoning.  Happy Wednesday!

Olive-er Twists

1 8 oz can refrigerated crescent rolls (I used reduced fat)
2 1/2 tbls canned chopped black olives
Up to 2 tbls extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1/2 cup finely grated cheddar cheese
1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp garlic powder (I didn't measure this, I just sprinkled it on)
1/8 tsp sea salt (again, I didn't measure, I just used my sea salt grinder and sprinkled it on)

Preheat oven to 375. Combine olives, 2 tsp olive oil, cheese, and Italian seasoning.

Unroll the crescent dough and divide in two width wise.  Spread the olive mixture on one half.  Cut both halves into 6 1-inch strips.  Place 1 plain dough strip over each olive covered strip, pinch the edges, and twist slightly.  I had a little trouble here.  The picture in the book doesn't have olives showing on the outside.  I couldn't get it pinched enough to keep the filling from coming out a little.  However, I think I like the look of how they came out anyway.  Place on parchment or Silpat lined cookie sheet.

Brush with remaining olive oil and sprinkle with garlic powder and salt.  The original recipe calls for sprinkling with additional cheese and Italian seasoning as well.  Since my filling came through a little, I thought that was good enough.  Bake for 10-12 minutes.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

What's in the Box Wednesday?


Today Addie's lunch has roasted red pepper hummus with zucchini sticks and grape tomatoes for dipping, raspberries, a cheesestick, and Biscoff cookies.

Caroline's lunch has a turkey and cheese wrap, strawberries, a new Chobani Champions Greek yogurt tube (I'm excited about all the new Chobani products!), and Savannah Smiles Girl Scout cookies (I got a preview box at a Leader's meeting.  Don't worry, cookie sales start in 3 days!)  Happy Wednesday!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

What's in the Box Wednesday?

 Ho Ho Ho!  Santa is visiting the lunchboxes today.  Santa is made from Naan bread, provolone cheese, fruit roll-ups, and raisins for eyes.  On the side is a homemade pumpkin muffin and red and green grapes.  The girls had 5 pm dental appointments and I had a meeting after that last night, so I asked Addie to make the pumpkin muffins while I was gone.  It's so nice when your child is old enough to start helping in the kitchen!  I added the snowflakes this morning.  I sampled one for breakfast and it was delicious.  Speaking of Addie, it seems I have more pictures of Caroline than her on the blog.  She has reached the eye-rolling stage when I pull out the camera, so I thought I'd sneak in another blast from the past.  Here's my little cutie several Christmases ago when she actually wanted her picture taken.  Have a great day!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

What's in the Box Wednesday?

It's a Christmas themed bento today.  This was an eat school lunch day for Addie, so this is Caro's lunch.  I made her a Christmas Tree grilled ham and cheese sandwich, red and green grapes, Greek yogurt with red and green sprinkles and eggnog bread cut into star and stocking shapes.  We were at Mike's Grandma's (or White Mamaw, as the girls call her, she has white hair) a couple of weeks ago and she always has good magazines.  She let me take home a Taste of Home Christmas magazine which is where I found this festive looking eggnog bread.  The original recipe called for pecans, but I left those out.  Caroline is only allergic to peanuts, but she doesn't really like the taste of any nut.  There is not an over-powering taste of eggnog, just enough to give it a nice, rich flavor. 

Egg Nog Bread

2 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 cup eggnog
1/2 cup chopped pecans, optional
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped red and green candied cherries

In a large bowl, beat the eggs, sugar and butter until well blended.  In another bowl, mix the flour, baking powder and salt; add to egg mixture alternatively with the eggnog, beating just until blended.  Fold in the pecans, raisins, and cherries.

Pour into a greased loaf pan and bake at 350 for 70 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.  Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing to a cooling rack.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

What's in the Box Wednesday?

It's a special edition of What's in the Box Wednesday!  Today I am reviewing the Cooking with Trader Joe's Easy Lunch Boxes cookbook.  Kelly Lester, the author of this book and creator of the EasyLunchbox System, sent me a digital copy to peruse and try.  The girls and I browsed through the book and they each chose something for me to try in their lunch.  Here's how it turned out!

Caroline chose this cute Sombrero Man lunch with a bean and rice burrito.  And I have to give a shout out to my husband.  I don't have the cutters for this, so he cut everything out by hand with kitchen shears.  Thanks honey!  Isn't this adorable?

Addie chose English Tea Sandwiches.  These sound so good to me.  They are egg salad, avocado, and smoked salmon on gluten free bread.  Addie is pretty adventurous with food and she likes all of these ingredients, but I think it would be just as delicious without the salmon for pickier kids.  You could also use regular bread.  In the small compartments are meringue cookies and chocolate covered prunes.  Here are some photos from the cookbook.  The presentation is lovely and eye-catching and the recipes are easy to follow.  And all of these ideas are not just for kids.  There are some great options for your work lunchbox.

There is not a Trader Joe's anywhere near Northwest Arkansas (hey Trader Joe's, we'd love to have ya!), but that's okay.  You can find ingredients for most of these lunches in a regular grocery store.  And I was happy with the girls' choices.  I was able to try one that was a little more involved, and a super easy one.  All of the recipes in the book are very doable and there are vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.  Sometimes it's easy to get in a rut and run out of ideas for school lunches, so there are plenty of great ideas here for inspiration.  For more information about this book and EasyLunchboxes go here.  You can buy the book on Amazon here.  I can't wait to try it out more!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

What's in the Box Wednesday and Birthday Girl

Today Addie's lunch has a Wholly Guacamole snack pack, (I love these myself!), Tostitos multi-grain scoops, strawberries, and slices of roast beef spread with chive and onion cream cheese and rolled up.

Caroline has mustache sandwiches with chicken breast and cheese on whole wheat, smoky bbq Wheat Thins, and red grapes.

Yesterday was my Sweet Caroline's 6th birthday!  She wanted pancakes with whipped cream and strawberries for her birthday dinner.  Mike is the pancake maker.  He makes multi-grain pancakes and maple syrup nearly every Sunday morning before church.  So I got the night off.

She also wanted to go bowling, so that's what we did!

I really just wanted to break 100, but alas, I choked at the end.

Afterwards, we stopped at Starbucks and Caroline had a cake pop and some milk.  I had a Gingerbread Latte. Yum.

And we ended the evening with presents! 

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

What's in the Box Wednesday?

It's another spooky, scary, Halloween lunch!  There are pizza bagel mummies, apple vampire grins, spooky egg eyeballs, and crawly worms for good measure.  Addie's vampire grins are made with soy butter and almond slivers.  Caroline's are made with cream cheese and candy corn.  Caroline has a peanut allergy, and even though it's soy butter, she doesn't like anything with the look or texture of peanut butter. I think it's a defense mechanism.


Today I'm using Easy Lunchboxes.  Check them out here.  Also, pictured below is the soy butter we use.  It's the best "fake peanut butter" I've been able to find.  Poor Addie, she loves peanut butter.  When she goes to a friend's house or grandparents without Caroline, she eats a lot of peanut butter!  Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

What's in the Box Wednesday?


It's a Halloween inspired lunch today!  Today was one of Addie's "eat at school" days, so I had a little more time since I only had one lunch to prepare.  Caroline has pumpkin pizzas made with a pumpkin cookie cutter, tortillas, pizza sauce, cheese, and turkey pepperoni for the faces.  Her spooky lunch also contains air popped popcorn with a little candy corn mixed in and a cat cut out of fruit strips, and a banana. 

Speaking of Halloween, both girls went to the annual Girl Scout pumpkin carving event with the Kappa Delta's last night.

I always love driving by the sorority houses and looking at the neat signs they make for different events.

Girls Scouts are one of the Kappa Delta's national philanthropies.  They have several events throughout the year for the Girl Scouts and this one is a favorite.  They carved pumpkins, played games, had snacks, and trick-or-treated in the house.  It was a fun evening.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

What's in the Box Wednesday?

Ever wonder how much water you use in the mornings?  Well, it's a lot.  We woke up to no water.  Apparently there's a sinkhole in front of one of my neighbor's driveway and a water line busted.  Yay.  Thank goodness I had some bottled water left over from soccer season.  So far, I've gone through around 5 bottles.  And that's just getting the lunches ready, washing the fruits and veggies, getting the animals and kids water, washing hands, etc.  I hope it's fixed soon, but from the looks of things outside, I'm not holding my breath.  The things we take for granted!  Today Addie's lunch, pictured above, has a hard-boiled egg in the shape of a bear face, edamame, kiwi berries, raspberries, pepper jack almond Nut-Thins, and chocolate covered pomegranate arils.  I used a mold for the egg, which you can find here at Amazon.  It's so easy to do and the girls think they are cute.  Just peel the egg while it's still hot, place it directly in the mold, and keep in the frig overnight.  The kiwi berries are something new for us.  Addie loves kiwi, and Mike found these at Sam's.  They taste just like kiwi, but they're bite-size and don't require any peeling.  I found the pomegranate arils in the bulk bin at ONF.  Addie says they are delicious!

Caroline's lunch has a bunny hard-boiled egg, shelled edamame, raspberries, Annie's organic cheddar bunnies, and a Bequet cinnamon swirl caramel also from the bulk bins at ONF. These are so good!  They are handmade in Montana and come in yummy flavors like butterscotch, celtic sea salt, chocolate, soft caramel, and several other flavors.  I even tried the Chipotle.  Well, have a great day!  I'm going to see how long it takes until I try to turn the faucet on again.