Monday, August 24, 2009

It's as though summer was ending.

This morning, when my alarm went off at 5:30, and after I cried and lamented the last days of summer, I got up, walked the dog, and came home to make Darius breakfast for his first day of school.

My pancakes may be misshapen, but they're often burnt, too. Luckily, with enough butter and syrup, anything can taste good and Darius has learned the fine art of feeding Scout under the table. I just pretend I don't see so we all feel good about ourselves.

Have I ever told you that I believe exaggeration and snarky comments are the key to life?

Anyway, the rest of the kids don't start school until Wednesday, Sadie Thursday, and we're gearing up for the fall. With a house full of friends, bathing suits, Slurpees, and Twisted Cheetos, today we're having our official last hurrah before summer comes to a close. Between you and me, I'm concerned they're might be an insurrection come Wednesday when we trade the bathing suits for uniforms and backpacks and the Slurpees for carrot sticks. I may not be the most nutritious mom on the block but I have a healthy fear of man and an even healthier fear of a teacher who thinks I don't know how to properly incorporate the food pyramid into a sack lunch.

Honestly, right now, I can't think of anything to make the kids besides peanut butter and jelly so, before I head to the store tomorrow morning, I would love some ideas on what ya'll send your kids for lunch. I know, I know, I can get on a bunch of recipe websites to get ideas but I'd rather hear what real people who may or may not have professional kitchens are packing for their kids! Remember, I have four lunches to make. Every morning.

And my reputation as a mother is on the line.

No pressure, but...

Go.

14 comments:

These Three Kings said...

hahhaha! oooo school days:)

Kaiya loved for me to make her fresh Tuna Fish, ( I would add eggs,a onion, celery,relish,a little pepper, and a pinch of Kosher Salt). Fresh fruit, crackers and a yogurt.

We are also suckers for Chicken Salad with crackers or rolled up into a wheat shell. served with Carrot sticks and Ranch and chips.

Enjoy those quiet mornings that are to come :)

Amy said...

I often send my kids with what they call a "mixy" lunch, which requires dairy, fruit and protein in any combination. It's usually yogurt, fresh fruit of some sort (I count sugar-free natural applesauce in a pinch) and a handful of nuts, usually cashews or peanuts. Sometimes I sub in turkey bacon for the "protein" portion and that's always a hit.

ashley smith said...

Wraps are the way to go...kinda like a sandwich but not. You can "wrap" ham, turkey, veggies, pbj, whatever! Plus you can throw in some lettuce/spinach/carrots for some extra veggies. All kinds of combos with honey mustard, mayo, etc! Good luck :)

Henley on the Horn said...

As you know, there is a link on my blog for lunch ideas. I send pb&j or turkey sandwiches or rolls of sliced turkey & cheese sticks for the sandwich. They take 2 fruits because they need a snack in the morning. Sometimes I do carrot sticks & ranch dressing but I have started cutting them myself like my mama used to do. I read some article saying that the cute cut carrots are actually the remains of bad carrots plus it's much cheaper to make your own sticks. I have no idea if that article was true or not. Crackers or a granola bar or yogurt (they love frozen gogurts because they stay cold) are another addition. Sometimes I will surprise them with a cookie or an occasional bag of chips. Raisins, broccoli trees, celery w/ peanut butter, salad, peanut butter on saltines, leftover spaghetti from dinner the night before, cinnamon raisin bread with cream cheese, etc. are other ideas! HAVE FUN!

Ellen said...

I'm homeschooled, but go to a co-op on Thursdays, so I've recently had to take a lunch. I like to take fruit, a slice of cheese, handful of almonds, a thick slice of homemade bread (when we have some made), and sometimes veggies with a little container of ranch dressing. It's yummy and easy. :-)

I also like to mix leftover cooked pasta (bowties are the best) with whatever fresh vegetables I can find, chicken or tuna, salt, pepper, and a simple dressing of mayo, vinegar or lemon juice, a little brown sugar, and cayenne pepper. Refrigerate overnight for a cold pasta salad.

Soup in a thermos is a tasty wintertime treat: I love a good stew or gumbo for lunch.

Anonymous said...

My kids love if I toast a bagel, put cream cheese on it and wrap it in alum. foil. I add yogurt and fruit/raisins and something crunchy (crackers, cookie, etc.). good luck!

darnold23 said...

You have such a darling family. Thanks for sharing them. My school (I teach.) started last Wednesday...that was all the wailing that you heard that day, and it was only the teachers:)

Kim said...

It is always a blessing to stop by your blog. I desperately needed your readers responses so that I can improve on my lunch box menu items. My kids are PBJ (and occasionally Ham & Cheese) sandwich fans. I am trying to sneak in some carrot sticks and fruit to replace the Cheetos & Fruit By The Foot that aren't imported from the US to the Hong Kong grocery stores!!! :o)

happygeek said...

Your children leave the house? For lunch? Yeah, not there yet. At all. So I got nothing. Except kids. ALL DAY LONG.
:)

Stacy said...

My son, Trey, is the pickiest eater ever! Which means he won't eat school lunches either. (Which I don't mind because they aren't that good for you anyway.) So, we pack crackers and cheese, crackers and peanut butter, peanut butter sandwiches, almonds, string cheese, applesauce, any fruit or veggies, granola bars, a couple of times I sent cereal and he bought milk at school and ate cereal. I have to really think of different things because if he eats the same thing to often he gets tired of it and won't eat it anymore.
Ok, so I'm rambling. Good luck. Hope some of these ideas help.

3 Peanuts said...

I am nt sure how I stumbled here....but oh my...I am so blown away by what you are doing with your life. It is simply beautiful! I plan to become a regular reader here.

Have your kids help pack (we do this sometimes but I am going to do it even more). I always have a healthy supply of organic lunchmeat (they have allergies-so we need the good stuff) for them to choose from, lots of fruit and then veggies (carrots, cherry tomatoes, broccoli) and dressings for dipping. One of my sons does not like sandwiches so he prefers different salads.

We also use leftovers such as chili, chicken and soups in thermoses.

Best.

holly said...

My 8 year old son LOVES it when I put a joke in his lunch box on a note. He thinks it is funny, and then he can tell the joke to his friends. =)

emily said...

Yet another perk of homeschooling! :)

Hope meet the teacher was a hit!

Anonymous said...

M,
Sorry, but I'm doing cartwheels as summer's ending. I'll keep you posted. Give the family my love...B.