Back to School Countdown…

by on August 26th, 2012
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We live in New Hampshire. The summer weather usually arrives a little later here then in many other parts of the country. Kids here generally get out of school in late June and go back to school at the very end of August or the first week of September. This year it is August 29th so the countdown is on! 3 more days…

So we’ve done the usual things:

  • Back to school clothes shopping… check!
  • Back to school supply shopping… check!
  • Backpacks are standing ready… check!
  • AND… of course lunch bags are ready!

The big kids are actually going to re-use their lunch bags this year. Bailee has a Vera Bradley Lunch Date bag which she got for Christmas (Easy Lunch Box containers do fit in there by the way). Since it was a pricey purchase there is no sense in ditching it after a mere 4-6 months of use. Brendan has a red lunch bag from The Children’s Place and I think he just can’t be bothered to pick out a new one! He’s a 10 year old boy, what do you expect? So after a good cleaning (turn inside out and clean with a bleach cleaning solution or cleaning wipes with bleach) they are ready to go. Seriously when was the last time you cleaned your lunch bag (wink)?

I’ve been doing my own personal prep. I have been planning special first day lunches and picking up some new lunch packing supplies! You know, more containers, cutters and picks… oh my! Oh yeah I have also been griping about the fact that we have to pay for the high school bus. $8.50 for every 10 rides! Yes, so that is $8.50 a week for the school bus! Ugh!

So as part of my prep I have been practicing some elements, so here is a sneak preview from Brendan’s lunch:

I am going with a Super Mario World themed lunch and this star sandwich will be the simple centerpiece for it. I don’t know that the final product will be a sweet swirled bread as this one is but it works for practice. I used a Wilton Comfort Grip Star Shaped Cookie Cutter (see the Amazon slide show in the side bar if you are interested in the exact one) to cut the bread. I then used a straw to make holes for the eyes and inserted raisins… voila what I think is a pretty passable Super Mario star! What do you think?

Now I could also cut the star out of a slice of cheese and lay it over the top of the sandwich to give the star more of a yellowish color… will I? I don’t know, tune in this week and see!


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