Archive for August, 2012

The Sandwich and Beyond…

Monday, August 27th, 2012

I think it is pretty common to pack a sandwich in a school lunch bag, right? Most school age children have no way to heat up their lunch so the sandwich is the ultimate cold lunch fare. The problem is the sandwich quickly turns into blah… ham, bologna or the staple PB&J are as boring as it gets. It’s hard to think beyond that and we all believe that is the only thing our kids will eat.

So let’s brain storm. How can we change that and make it less blah?

We could change up the fillers:

  • Egg Salad, Tuna Salad or chicken salad
  • Nutella (or other nut butters) with sliced Banana or strawberries
  • Cream Cheese with Jams or sliced fruit
  • Sliced BBQ chicken with greens
  • Add fruit to cold cuts i.e. ham with pineapple or apple slices, turkey with cranberry sauce, grapes or preserves
  • Veggie only combinations like tomato mozzarella, portabella mushroom, bean salads, avocado, tomato with peaches and sprouts or a Rainbow wrap
  • Mix up the spreads by using Salsa, hummus, soft spreadable cheeses, dips and dressings


We could change up the breads:

  • Croissants
  • Soft Pretzels
  • Wraps
  • Rolls & Buns (bulky rolls, dinner rolls, hot dog rolls etc)
  • Waffles or pancakes
  • Bagels or English Muffins
  • Focacia
  • Pockets


We could change up the appearance beyond the bread:


Or we could move beyond the sandwich:

Still looking for more ideas or want to see more graphics for these? Head over to my Pinterest board and follow along! I have just scratched the surface and there are lots more great examples out there!

Let’s do this!



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So what is my family eating today?

Toddler Lunch of the Day:
Nutella heart shaped sandwich, Pirate Booty, Tomato Cucumber and cheese salad and frozen blueberry Greek yogurt which should thaw out before lunch!

Grown Up Lunch of the Day:
Fish taco with lettuce, tomato and lime sour cream sauce, and also stuffed mushroom, strawberry and green bean and carrot chips.

Back to School Countdown…

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

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!


Enthusiasm is Contagious…

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

A little over 2 weeks in to the online world of lunch packing I must say that my enthusiasm is growing! This website is the culmination of my own personal journey to transform my family’s lunches. I started my journey by taking daily photos of my lunch efforts a few months ago to post on Instagram and was so encouraged by the positive feedback I received from others.  This website seemed like the logical next step. My own personal forum to share my enthusiasm with others.

I have many hopes for this website to accomplish in the near future:

  • I hope to explore themed lunches.
  • I hope to share the many interesting new tools for lunch creation that I have ordered.
  • I hope to join some interesting blog hops.
  • I hope to have some give aways (yes, I said give aways)!
  • I hope to have some improvements in the blog appearance.

Now you see why I am so enthusiastic! I hope that my enthusiasm is contagious… feel free to drop me some comments on topics you would like me to explore!


Today’s Grown Up Lunch:
Taco salad, orange slices, blueberries, black bean tortilla chips

Today’s Toddler Lunch:
Today there was an end of summer picnic on the playground at daycare so a cold lunch was called for!
Cheese and crackers, ham rollups sliced, small bread “sticks” tomato, veggie square crackers, snap pea crisps



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