Friday, July 24, 2015

Lunch Box Fun 2015-16: Week #3


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Well, we made it through the first 3 weeks of middle school (6th grade) and 3rd grade with FLYING colors! Big Sis is doing great her first three weeks of middle school. She just LOVES it (the freedom, mostly, she says - lol) and has gotten into a good routine, brought home some 100%'s on tests and quizzes and was even selected as the Salem Pride winner for her grade, whilst dragging her french horn back and forth to/fro school every day all with very little complaint, so yes, I am a proud mama! Little Sis has been holding her own as well, despite all the "disastrous boys" in her class. lol. Now that we have that under our belts, we are getting ready for our first 3-week track out of the year. Yay! That means we'll be taking a little break from lunch-packing, but will be back to it soon enough. See  you then and here's our week of lunches!

1. Croissant sandwich with turkey, American cheese, lettuce and mayo. Along with goldfish, carrots and ranch, applesauc and a homemade chocolate chip cookie in EasyLunchboxes.


2. A BLT with carrots and hummus, goldfish, cut up plum, applesauce and a homemade cookie in our newest addition to our lunch-packing family: our Fit & Fresh Bento Kit.


3. Mac and cheese, cherries, carrots, salami, veggie sticks and Star Wars fruit snacks in LunchBots and Thermos.


4. Pizza Bites with hummus, snap peas, strawberries or dried fruit, protein bar and a treat! :) in LunchBots, ThinkBaby and EasyLunchboxes



5. Little Sis' cheese and cracker lunchables with a protein bar, carrots, plums and Star Wars fruit snacks in EasyLunchboxes. :)


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Christine, aka happyvballgirl :)

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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Blueberry Crumb Muffins


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About a month back, after an early morning conditioning session ran by my hubby for the girls and some of their soccer buddies (myself included), we stopped by a local bagel shop that actually had blueberry muffins that the girls could eat, despite their nut allergies. They all, including the hubby, mmmmm'd and mmmmmm'd about how DELICIOUS those muffins were. When I took a bite to see for myself, I had to agree - they were amazing!

"I so wanna make muffins like this!!" I thought to myself. So the following weekend, I hunted for a new blueberry muffin recipe and ran across this one: Allrecipes' To Die For Blueberry Muffins. The name certainly fit the bill, but could it possibly be that good? Well, I gotta say, and the hubby agreed, yup! They're THAT good. Even Little Sis, who rarely finishes a blueberry muffin, gobbled this one up before I knew it. Yay!! Of course, I had to add just a leeeettle something to make it a weeee bit better for you, and that was 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed and 1 tablespoon of wheat germ.



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Friday, July 17, 2015

Lunch Box Fun 2015-16: Week #2

It's only the second week of school lunches and I was already behind on my weekly round-ups. lol. Snuck one yesterday and got this week's out so I'm caught up! Yay! Let's just hope I stay that way!


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Day 1: Turkey, cheese, bacon and lettuce sandwich on a leftover whole wheat hot dog bun with Cheez-Its, grapes, carrots and ranch, a homemade DELICIOUS flourless brownie and a granola bar.


Day 2: Ok, I know I packed a lunch, but I didn't have time to take pix of em that morning and I can't for the life of me even remember what I packed, so I'm sneaking in this lunchables just because I love the ease and yumminess of lunchables. :) Here's the My Epicurean Adventures' Facebook Page post for more deets. :)


Day 3: A lunch that already has it's very own post here: Chicken Filet Sandwich and Biscoff Cookies


Day 4: Pasta! Fettuccine with butter, bacon and parmesan cheese to be exact. Sorry you can't see it, but I wanted it to stay as warm as possible. With cut up organic Fuji apples, golden round crackers and Laughing Cow Cheese, shredded carrots and sugar snap peas with hummus on the side, a granola bar and Chips Ahoy cookies for a treat.


Day 5: Another lunch with it's very own post. I was busy this week! :) Taco Leftovers Turned into a Nachos Lunch.


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Taco Salad Nachos for Lunch

While I was racking my brain to come up with new lunch ideas, it hit me! I had totally forgotten about the wonderful world of leftovers! So today's lunch is dinner leftovers from two nights ago. Score!! Here's a post from one of our earlier Taco Salad Nights. You'll see in the post that I used MOMables' make your own taco seasoning and extra lean ground beef, so it's actually makes for a pretty healthy meal!


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In this lunch:
  1. Leftover tacos turned into nachos with cheese on a bed of lettuce and tomatoes with taco sauce and chips on the side
  2. Sweet cut up cantelope
  3. Chocolate chip granola bar
  4. 2 Girls Scout Cookies: A Thanks-A-Lot and a Thin Mint straight from the freezer
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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Lunch Box Fun 2015-16: Week #1

Last week marked the beginning of a new school year for those of us in year-round schools. Big Sis is a middle schooler now and Little Sis is in 3rd grade. Since they've started back, I've made lunches for them every day thus far. In the past, they've (Big Sis in particular) bought lunch 2-3 times a week and took lunch 2-3 times. But this year, Big Sis has found that she has far less time to eat than she has had in the past. 20 minutes includes stopping by the bathroom, standing in line to buy lunch and finding a seat. I'm thinking that's why she's requested a packed lunch every day so far. Which means I'd better start getting more creative, for them AND for me, so I don't get bored to tears making the same ol' thing, day in day out. lol.

Since it looks like I'll be busy packing lots of lunches this year, thought I'd start up a weekly round up of lunches instead of posting each one individually, although I don't know which way is actually quicker for me! lol. With that, here's our first week of lunches!


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1. First day of school lunches, 2015! This one actually had its own post. :)


2. Tried and true pizza lunchables with canned carrots, Wheat Thins and a Babybel cheese, cinnamon applesauce, raisins and a protein bar


3. Whole wheat pasta with butter and parmesan cheese, with grapes, pretzel crisps and Laughing Cow Cheese, carrots, and a homemade cookie cake!


4. Bacon and Egg sandwich on a whole wheat hamburger bun, goldfish, canned carrots, grapes and a protein bar.


5. Hot dog Friday, just like on the school lunch menu. With shredded cheese, grapes, cheese its, canned carrots, chocolate chip cookies and beef jerky per Little Sis' request. lol. As you can see, the lunch was a hit!


Hopefully, I'll get this weeks' lunch post out in a timely manner! Just one more week (next week) until we track out for 3 weeks and I get a break from this lunch packing madness! :)

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My favorite Bento supplier @ All Things For Sale.  Just click on the pix to view/purchase now! :)

Japanese Bento Accessories Sauce Container set of 4 Lovely Mayo Cup Japanese Bento Box Accessories Food Pick Cute Animal Fork 8 pcs Bento Silicone Baking Food Cup - 12 Heart 


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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Chicken Filet Sandwich and Biscoff Cookies

This Chicken Filet Sandwich saved me from crying tears of boredom from packing the same ol' lunches today. lol.

This is only our second week of school, but I've been packing lunches every.single.day so far and am starting to get tired of making the same ol' thing. It probably doesn't help that we only got a week off for "summer break" for our track in year round school. I'm not even the one eating them, so I can only imagine what the girls are feeling right about now, though I haven't heard a complaint so far. :) But sometimes, it's all about me (haha), so I checked to see what was on the school lunch menu. It was chicken filet sandwich. So I said to myself, Ok! I made my own using Perdue's simply smart lightly breaded chicken tender strips and some of leftover hot dog buns. A perfect fit!


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In this lunch:
  1. Chicken Filet Sandwich on a leftover whole wheat hot dog bun
  2. Shredded carrots
  3. Pretzel Crisps with Laughing Cow Cheese
  4. Brothers-All-Natural Asian Pear crisps (2 whole servings of fruit and no gmo's!)
  5. Raisins
  6. Biscoff cookies, my favorite airline food ever. :)
Our first "track out" (our first 3 week break) comes in just a week and a half, so I will do my best to hold on until then. :) And sorry the colors in this pic are soooo cooool. Big Sis is in middle school and her day starts an hour earlier which makes lunch pictures a little more challenging! :)

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Christine, aka happyvballgirl :)

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My favorite Bento supplier @ All Things For Sale.  Just click on the pix to view/purchase now! :)

Bento Silicone Baking Food Cup - 12 Heart 


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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

1st Day of School Lunches 2015

Here we are, in the beginning of July and the girls are headed back to school after a whopping 1 week break! That's because we go to a year-round school where school operates on an 11-month calendar. We are IN school for 9 weeks and OUT on break for 3 weeks throughout the year. Each year-round school has 4 tracks and each track is staggered by 3 weeks so one track is always "OUT" while 3 tracks are "IN". This helps alleviate overcrowding of schools due to the large population growth this area has seen for many years upon years by allowing each school to accommodate about 33% more students than a traditional calendar school. And let me tell ya, it's not for everyone, but we absolutely LOVE it!

So, yes, my girls are back at it. And this is a big year for us as Big Sis off to MIDDLE SCHOOL for 6th grade while Little Sis starts 3rd grade. Time does go by quickly when you're having fun.

Here's Big Sis' 1st day of Middle School lunch. Nothing out of the ordinary except I added some more picks to her sandwich than usual and included a little hand-written note using my LoveboxLove note cards.



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In this lunch:
  1. Ham, pepperoni, cheese and lettuce sandwich with mayo
  2. Fancy Pants Bakeries' nut-free chocolate chip cookies on a bed of
  3. Goldfish crackers
  4. Carrots with ranch dressing
  5. Organic French Vanilla yogurt with some dark chocolate sprinkles
  6. Clif Bar Kids protein bar
Happy first day of 6th grade, Big Sis!! I was only able to snap up this quick indoor blah lighting pic with all the frenzy of an hour earlier start for her, but we made it! And I was able to hold it together thanks to carpooling with a buddy of hers and her parents. :)


And here's Little Sis' lunch, with her favorite BLT and a sweet, yummy juicy plum instead of apple sauce.



Happy first day of 3rd grade, Little Sis! Do you like my last-second pic of her just as she's about to de-car in carpool? That's just how I roll. Lol.
p.s. just doesn't seem right w/o her big sis. :(


and just to make myself feel better, here they are, side by side, they way they should be. lol.


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Christine, aka happyvballgirl :)

Here are some items used in this post. To see a full list of my favorite bento gear and such, just visit my "Products I Love" page! :) Any purchases made through these links earns me a little extra cash to support my bento habit, which my hubby would really appreciate. haha! So thank you!!! if you choose to use any of 'em! :)

Bento Boxes:
EasyLunchboxes:

 
    

My favorite Bento supplier @ All Things For Sale.  Just click on the pix to view/purchase now! :)

Japanese Bento Accessories Sauce Container set of 4 Lovely Mayo Cup 


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