Monday, August 22, 2011

Back to School - Creative Lunches - & A Titus 2sday Linkup!

Photo credit: Goodbyn Lunch Box, from Amazon

Republished from January, 2011 (hope you don't mind a repeat, chicklets!)

If you're making lunches day after day, you might be looking to add a little creativity to your meals. While dinners are usually on the serious side, lunchtime gives me the opportunity to have a little fun with the kids.

Last year Brendan and I started doing artwork on the brown paper bags, and this year we've been mixing it up with stickers. The kids LOVE it, and so do their friends.

I don't leave my husband out either. I love writing a little note on the outside of the bag along with a doodle of some kind, just to brighten his day.

One of my readers, Faye, said, "I used to put little notes in my kids and husbands lunches too. And on Valentines Day my husband got heart shaped sandwiches in his lunch." Love it, Faye!

As you can see by the artwork, it's nothing fancy, just a token of appreciation for the gems that they are.

Now these are done for bagged lunches, but homeschooling moms, and moms of preschoolers can get creative too by leaving a little note beside each plate, having a candle light dinner at lunch time, drinking juice from fancy glasses, or having a winter picnic on the living room floor. Lunch can be fun if we're willing to give a few extra minutes of our time.

This last one was a joke for my 19 year old. I'm not that mean. :)

Along with my crafty ideas for bags, my sister Bonnie shared these recipes with me for those days when I want to veer away from a sandwich.

Tiny Tuna Wraps


1 can Tuna

2 T salad dressing

6 flat breads

2 Large dill pickles (Cut lengthwise then quartered)

Prepare tuna as desired. (I like to add a little salad dressing).

Spread over flat bread. Add a quarter dill pickle and roll. Cut into 5 sandwich rounds.

Hamburger Bun Pizzas

1 Hamburger bun

1 tsp ketchup (or tomato paste)

1 slices mozzarella cheese

1 slices of salami

1 slices of pepperoni

Slice hamburger bun. (If not already purchased that way). Spread tomato sauce on one side of the bun. Put cheese on other side of the bun and layer with salami and pepperoni. Put bun together to form sandwich. Microwave until cheese melts. Cut into quarters to make pizza wedges. (Add any other toppings as desired before heating.)

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