The “Kids in the Kitchen” handout I promised you is ready! Make sure to download it under the “Handouts” section on the right hand side of this post and get your kids in the kitchen with you! 🙂
No on to back to school ideas…Thank you so much to Cami who sent me all of her WONDERFUL ideas on how she gets prepared for school lunches. It’s such a great idea and I’ve heard it from a couple of other people as well (including Tammy who gave us that AWESOME blender no-bake cheesecake recipe) so you know it’s got to be good! You make a bunch of sandiwches and freeze them. That way you have one mess to clean up instead of a the same mess everyday. You could even do this on the weekend and have your kids helping to make all of the sandwiches. (Why do everything yourself? 🙂 My favorite part about this is that it means you have lunch ready for yourself, as well as kids and husbands! So if you are running errands you can grab a sandwich (instead of buying fast food) and eat it in the car or just know that you’ve already got lunch made with no mess. I love it! I know I rarely get to eat lunch before 2:30 p.m. and by then I’m cranky and much more prone to eat junk food and then I’m not hungry for dinner! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS TIP!! I JUST LOVE IT!!!
**Just one tip before you begin, I know that mayonaise curdles in the freezer so maybe just use mustard…does anyone know how Miracle Whip holds up in the freezer?**
Straight from the kitchen of Cami, in her own words:
Lunch Organization from the Not So Secret Life of a Soccer Mom with FIVE kids!
I have tried to simplify lunch packing this year. Each child gets one bin for all their snacks, drinks etc. for the whole week. If you have a child that is a snack sneaker…this is a good option. They will learn how to pack snacks so that their stash lasts the whole week. They can pack several snacks in one day…and then they will have to compensate by not taking a snack other days if they run out before the end of the week. So far it is working really well.
Another thing that works really well for me is to make sandwiches in a mass production. I made 20 sandwiches half ham & Cheese and half PB&J…label and freeze. By the time lunch comes the sandwich is defrosted and the meat hasn’t been warm all morning. PB&J does freeze well…put peanut butter on both slices of bread and Jelly in between, it keeps the jelly from soaking into the bread.
p.s. I received a lot of emails while I was at a family reunion last week with no internet access. I’m trying to catch up ASAP! Thanks for your patience!
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