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Favorite Things Wednesday: Lunchtime Solution!

12 Feb

{*Whew* I’m back from working on the Gently Used Boutique. We started at 10 this morning.
It turned out really well. I will post about it later.}

At the beginning of the school year, I wrote a post about how my 9 year old hates school lunch. We’ve been struggling along for the past 5 months. Some days she makes a lunch, other days she “eats” the school lunch.

Sunday night she decides that she wants to have chicken noodle soup for lunch. We look in vain for a thermos. I know I had one around here somewhere. Maybe I donated it in a cleaning frenzy??? We ended up borrowing a travel mug from Grandma and Grandpa and wrapped the soup mug up in tin foil.

So Monday I went on a quest for a thermos. I figure if she will eat soup, it’s better than her eating nothing. Look what I found at Target – of course! (You know I’m a Target fiend!):

{insulated, dishwasher safe, microwavable, freezable}
{There’s a spoon hidden in the top – how cool is that?}

{$10 bucks}

Today she took ravioli for lunch. I checked the bowl after school — it was all gone! Yay!!!

What’s your favorite thing this week?

Lunchbox Wanted: Inquire Within

17 Sep
Wanted: Lunchbox.
Must be cute (or will be left at home on purpose)
fit in a pink-sparkly backpack
keep ham sandwiches with NO condiments cold
have complicated compartments so nothing touches
and be indestructible.

Do you have any picky eaters? I have one daughter who is a finicky eater. I have been paying for school lunch every day for her, but I have a sneaking suspicion that she is not eating. Why?

  • Yesterday I asked her what was for lunch and she couldn’t remember….
  • She comes home ravenous…
  • She is the first kid out on the playground — EVERY DAY… (I know because I can see it from my backyard)

I looked around my house — I had one, ancient thermal lunchbox with a rip on the outside and something suspicious growing inside. So, I’m investigating the best way to get her to eat. She’s Nine and weighs 48 pounds. She basically lives on Eggo waffles and dry cereal.

I will probably run down to Target and pick out whatever is on sale, but maybe I will order one of these instead:

Chocolate Dots Retro Personalized Lunch Box

Melamine 3-layer lunchbox with trays

I think she might really like this hamburger lunch box.( Each level of the plastic burger lifts off, revealing itself to be a neat little tray for a different kind of food — everything goes in, nothing touches.)

Bento lunchbox with chopsticks

This one is really cool. It’s insulated, washable and unzips to be it’s own placemat.

This one is really cute — 2-tier bento panda lunchbox

And, I found a really fun recipe that I am going to try. I don’t know is she’ll eat it, but I think it looks great:


Good hot or cold; an ideal extra for the lunch box and something the children can help you make. They can help you eat them too!

for the basic dough
8oz (250g) strong white bread flour
Pinch caster sugar
Half tspn salt
Half tspn fast-action dried yeast
One tbspn olive oil
Quarter pt (150ml) warm water (approx)

for the filling
Half a red pepper
Four mushrooms
Two small tomatoes
Two shallots or one small onion
Fresh herbs to include oregano,
One clove garlic
Approx 2 oz (50g) grated cheese
Salt and freshly ground black peppercorns to season

  • Preheat the oven to medium hot

  • whisk the eggs and cream with the seasoning

  • melt the butter on top of the stove in a shallow 12′ pan which can go in the oven

  • add the potatoes

  • carefully spread the spinach and ricotta over the potatoes then sprinkle the pine nuts over the spinach and ricotta

  • pout the egg mixture over all of this and cook on top of the stove on medium heat until bubbling slightly on the edges.
  • place in the oven for 15-20 minuts until risen and slightly browned
  • Remove from oven and let it set for 5 minutes before serving

Have a wonderful day!