Monday, September 1, 2014

Family Lunches: 9.2.14

Welcome to September!

Apple: 4g, watermelon: 5g, cheese stick: 1g, carrot sticks: 2g, goldfish crackers: 10g, sandwich: 20g
The Boy has some watermelon, apple slices, baby carrots, a cheese stick, goldfish crackers, and a sandwich on a slider bun with hummus and black forest ham.  His snack is a granola bar (not pictured, 23g)


The Girl has a plum, apple slices, a couple clementines, goldfish crackers, cheese sticks, and a sandwich on a slider bun with hummus and black forest ham.  Her snack is a granola bar (not pictured).


The Hubby has watermelon, apple slices, plaintain crisps, goldfish crackers, a cheese stick, and a sandwich on a slider bun with hummus and black forest ham.


I have a plum, apple slices, a couple clementines, a cheese stick, goldfish crackers, and a sandwich on a slider bun with hummus and black forest ham.


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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Recipe: The Girl's Three Cheese Sauce - Kid Cooking!

The Girl has been wanting to learn how to make a cheese sauce for a while now.  She decided that she wanted to cook dinner tonight, and it was time for that cheese sauce.

She picked out cheese at the store - a nice cheddar, fontina, and Boursin.  You could use your favorite cheese of choice, for the most part.

Now, what to do with the leftover sauce (other than the obvious mac and cheese)?  I'm open for suggestions.


This is a pretty basic and versatile sauce, and a good staple for anyone to know how to make.  The Girl is incredibly proud of knowing how to make it.  She made a pan cooked breaded chicken and roasted tiny potatoes and carrots.  It was a wonderful dinner!

The Girl's Three Cheese Sauce

2 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp flour
2 c lowfat milk
1/2 c shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 c shredded fontina cheese
1/4 c Boursin cheese

In a saucepan over medium high heat, melt the butter and whisk in the flour, cooking until slightly thickened.  Slowly stir in the milk, whisking constantly until slightly thickened and bubbly, about 8 minutes.  Be careful to keep stirring, or it will boil over.  Gradually stir in the three cheeses, and stir until melted and well combined.
Serve while hot.


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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Lunches: 8.29.14

First Friday of the school year!  The Hubby and I will snag food for our lunches at work.

Salad with dressing and croutons: 8g, apple: 6g, blueberries: 3g, cheese crackers: 12g, pea crisps: 5g.
The Boy wanted to bring a Caesar salad plus more for lunch, so I decided to try him out with the GoGreenLunchBox.  It's much bigger, but it works out well when there is a salad, which takes up a lot of room, but isn't extremely filling.  He has a Caesar salad, with dressing and croutons separately packed, a small apple with some blueberries, cheese sandwich mini crackers, and pea crips.  His snack is the fruit bar (19g), in the same lunch box.


The Girl has some mini tacos, a small apple, blueberries (I discovered that plastic shot glasses fit perfectly into an Easylunchbox!!  I'm so happy about this discovery!), yogurt star cookies, a couple clementines, and some pea crisps.  Her snack is a yogurt (not pictured).

Happy weekend!


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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Family Lunches: 8.28.14

The first (official) day of school for both kids was a smashing success!  They had great days, and are so far looking forward to the year to come.
Sandwich: 25g, crackers: 10g, cookies: 15g, pea crisps: 3g, watermelon: 5g, apple slices: 6g
The Boy's lunch for Thursday is a mini slider bun with hummus, smoked turkey, and cheddar-Gruyere cheese, along with apple slices, watermelon, pea crisps, Goldfish crackers, and schoolhouse cookies.  His snack is a yogurt (not pictured, 10g).


The Girl has a mini slider bun with hummus, smoked turkey, and cheddar-Gruyere cheese, with a green fig, pea crisps. Godlfish crackers, schoolhouse cookies, and a couple clementines.  Her snack will also be a yogurt (not pictured).

The Hubby has a mini slider bun with hummus, smoked turkey, and cheddar-Gruyere cheese, apple slices, blueberries, strawberries, and some Goldfish crackers.


I have a mini slider bun with hummus, smoked turkey, and cheddar-Gruyere cheese, a couple clementines, blueberries, apple slices, heirloom grape tomatoes, and Goldfish crackers.


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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Family Lunches: 8.27.14 - First (Official) Day of School!

The Girl's Smart Start yesterday went really well!  She was very happy with her day, and only had minor problems with her locker (she said that it hated her... she needs to get used to working out a locker combination quickly.  That can be a challenge for the best of us)

Now, it's time for the official start of school for both children!


I had a little fun with the Trader Joe's Schoolhouse Cookies.  These are The Boy's.  The Girl has the letters to spell out her name.

Salad: 2g, dressing: 2g, croutons: 8g, watermelon: 5g, cookies: 15g
The Boy's lunch is a Caesar salad (he has been totally obsessed with Caesar salad lately - he got it three times in New York City, even opting out of french fries for a side Caesar.  I'm not going to question it) with some Parmesan crisps for croutons, with a container of dressing, watermelon, and the Schoolhouse cookies.  His snack is a pear sauce (not pictured, 18g)


The Girl has some mini tacos, figs, watermelon, some Schoolhouse cookies to spell her name, a cheese stick, pea crisps, and a happy little clementine.  Her snack is also a pear sauce (not pictured).


I also packed lunches for The Hubby and for myself.  I have a couple of figs, heirloom grape tomatoes, and a mini pizza (leftovers from dinner).


The Hubby has strawberries, apple slices, and a leftover mini pizza from dinner.

Happy new school year!


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Lunch for The Girl: 8.26.14

Today, The Girl has Smart Start at her new school.  It is a day when only the 6th graders are at the Middle School, and it a way of easing them into the school.

Tomorrow will be the official start of school for both kids, but The Girl still needed a lunch for today.  I realized yesterday that I am now beginning my 7th year of lunch packing.  I asked her last night if she wanted me to still use picks in her lunches and pack the occasional cute theme lunch.  She said that she absolutely wanted me to - but reserved the right to change her mind.  I'm good with that.


Her lunch for the first day of 6th grade is a mini slider bun with hummus, cheddar-gruyere, and smoked turkey, along with a couple fresh green figs, plaintain chips, clementines, and some Pea crisps.  For snack, she has a yogurt (not pictured).


She picked out the options for her lunch from my "Availability Board."  I sometimes lose steam on this later in the school year, but it is so handy to keep track of what's in the fridge and pantry, so that less food goes bad, forgotten in a bottom drawer.  It is always my goal to keep it going for the school year.

Are your kids back in school yet?  If not, when do they start?


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Monday, August 25, 2014

Lunches for an Outing: Stowe Pinnacle - 8.25.14


School starts tomorrow, and I had the day off today, so I thought it would be a good day to fit one more outing into our summer break.   We decided to head up Stowe Pinnacle, where we have hiked before (but it was a couple of years ago).  It is a really fantastic hike - not a long haul, and a big payoff.


For our lunches, we have sandwiches on whole wheat bread with garlic hummus, pesto gouda, smoked turkey, and salami, some cheese and peanut butter crackers, apple slices, and some figs (The Boy had strawberries, as he is not fond of figs, and I am not going to waste them!)

A panorama of the top
We hiked along with my friend and her daughter, and I would love to hike it again in a month or so, when the foliage colors really start to pop.

My friend is a photographer..


Stay tuned - school lunches are coming soon!


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