Thursday, July 15, 2010
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Wait for it......
TOMATOESThis is a meal we always had growing up and we love it. I use my grandma's recipe for pancakes but you could use whatever you like. My grandma's recipe is super simple..
2cups flour (white or whole wheat pastry)
2 Tblspoons sugar
2tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
Then add water until it is the right consistency
And YES .... You do use syrup. Think of those yummy tomatoes as a fruit. Just imagine..... another use for all those wonderful tomatoes everyone will be getting from their garden.
Please try this even if it looks 'weird' to you. If you love tomatoes, you will love this. Plus it is a quick and simple dinner idea for those hot summer nights. I sometimes serve scrambled eggs and fruit too. ENJOY!!!
Monday, May 31, 2010
Here is my attempt at a brown bag lunch. My son has a field trip tomorrow. I didn't have any sandwich size bags because I quit buying them so it was tricky. From left to right, chex mix (I know, not really healthy but not doritos either), PB and J rolls on whole wheat (this was my way of fitting a sandwich into a snack bag), blueberries on 'skewers', a few carrot sticks, and a fruit leather. I still don't know how I am doing drink bc I don't have any juice boxes. I hope to get water in here some how.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Here is the link to the contest at Suburban Jungle.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
This is what has been taking up all of my time lately. I turned my boys sandbox into a raised garden. I finally planted this weekend. YEAH! I have no idea what I am doing so say a blessing over my veggies. I hope I get something. I have tomatoes, cucumber, red pepper, bean, carrots, and strawberries in the bag.
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Hard boiled egg, orange wedges, blackberries, tomatoes, ice water, and a PB sandwich cut out like a bird.
Not bad for my first :)
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
This was yesterdays lunch inspired by Melissa at Another Lunch. I am not sure I even come close to doing this justice, but I tried. I am also really jealous of Melissa's pictures (they are so clear and bright). I am trying to convince my husband that we need a new camera.
Lunch is... PB & J on my homemade puzzle piece (no cutters :(. My first checkerboard apple, which was much easier then I thought, tomatoes, and butterfly crackers which I was so happy to find at Wegman's and even more happy that they didn't have ingredients that I didn't like. YEAH!
Friday, May 14, 2010
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Tuesday, May 4, 2010
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Friday, April 30, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
However here is my 2cents. In the last episode of Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, Jamie was wandering around the cafeteria looking that the 'bag' lunches and he was disgusted at what he saw. I was practically screaming that the TV that I wish he could see what my son takes. Anyhow, I ate lunch today with my son and his friend who sat with us started her lunch with a yogurt squeeze tube which I know is loaded with sugar and red dye. Then she pulled out a PB&J on white, then vanilla pudding, canned peach cup, and a juice box. I can't even do the math fast enough to figure out how much sugar she had. YIKES!!!! I can't even begin to express my sadness for some of these kids who are being 'trained' to eat like this.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
I wish I could take better pictures but I am doing the best I can with the time I have. :) (which is little). Spring Break is over for us. I am sure that tomorrow morning will be hectic but here we are at the final push to summer. I have big plans..
Lunch is nitrate free Hormel turkey on organic wheat bread with organic lettuce, organic carrots and ranch (not organic bc I couldn't make the switch on him), Skindiddy not organic but all natural mac n cheese puffs, a cheese stick, and organic fruit leather.
1. Make it through the year packing healthy lunches with variety
2. Plant a garden
3. Buy all produce from local farms
4. Buy organic meat
5. Shoot in the 30s a few times (golf) :)
*Lofty goals but after watching Food Inc. and Food Revolution I am driven!!!
PBS video that airs online until April 29th entitled FOOD INC. Please watch to help continue the Food Revolution we so desperately need.
Monday, April 19, 2010
I am becoming more and more a fan of yoga and its benefits on the mind and body. I want to bring this to the children in my life. I hope that I can help kids have fun and learn about exercise and keeping their bodies healthy. WISH ME LUCK.
Friday, April 16, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Well today I am trying soup. He has had this soup before and he loves it. I will add some crackers and fruit snacks in the morning.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010
My son forgot his backpack today so of course that means he forgot his lunch. I gave him a bit of a guilt trip as to how I spend my nights packing his lunch and the least he can do is remember them..... on an on. I am sure he feels bad... NOT Well anyway, he is getting this lunch tomorrow. Yogurt, carrot sticks and dip, ham pieces, trail mix and pickles.
On a side note he bought lunch today and he said it was grilled cheese, tomato soup, and green beans. Not bad!
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
I know the picture is a little dark but I am working on my 'skills'. :) Back from a long weekend for Easter here is my son's lunch. Grapes and pineapple, whole wheat crackers, some ham (which I tried to cut into shapes but failed and decided to just throw all in), a cheese stick, and a treat from his Easter basket.
Friday, April 2, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
1. My son must eat something that I love and he hates. He chose Asparagus In turn I would buy him something to eat that I wouldn't normally buy him. For that he chose a 'Lunchable' as pictured above.2. We have to wear each others shoes for 30 minutes and do an activity that the other likes. My son took a hot shower :)3. On his birthday cupcakes I have to put veggies on one and candy on another and we play rock, paper, scissors and the winner gets to pick what cupcake they want to eat. I WON! Here is my son eating a cupcake with carrots on it. He was a good sport so I gave him the candy one in the end.
FUN FUN FUN
Monday, March 29, 2010
This picture doesn't do this justice. This is the treat my son is going to bring in for his birthday tomorrow. It is a rainbow Strawberries, Oranges, Pineapple, Green Grapes, Indigo Grapes, and Purple (blue) berries. Maybe I should have switched the grapes and blueberries but I figured they mixed better with strawberries. In the middle is the pot of gold (kisses with almonds)
I hope the kids like it. :)
Sunday, March 28, 2010
What a great weekend. My son and I celebrated our birthdays (we share the same day). I got a new phone and I took this pic with it. It is so much easier to email it to myself instead of using the regular camera. Lunch tomorrow is ham on a skewer, cheese, pineapple, goldfish, and some veggies leftover from my son's bday party. Yes.. I served veggies to 7 year olds ;)
Friday, March 26, 2010
March 10th and 13th - Tops $7.63
Wegmans - $88.79 ($7.10 coupons)
Target - $35.28 ($16.50 coupons)
March 21st - Tops $58.14 ($4.00 coupons, $10.00 gift card)
March 25th - Wegmans $143.64 (3.00 coupons) - produce was so high and I got enough to make snack for my son's class for his birthday plus a snack for my students)
Total for March = $345.06 (plus some small stops that I didn't have receipts for) almost 5 weeks in March so divided that is only like $70 a week.
We are home today while my son heals from his surgery. While he and my youngest were watching TV the little one fell asleep. He slept through lunch so I 'packed' his up. I found this old piece of tupperware that works perfect as a bento. Fresh pineapple, green beans, and homemade mac n cheese.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
I know we are all concerned about what our children eat. That is why we take so much time to prepare food for them. However, there are many students who eat what is offered at school . We need to make certain they are all eating healthy. We really do need to improve school lunches. Jamie Oliver has made it his mission to improve school lunches. He has a show coming out soon on TV (I think this weekend) and this website is a link to his website. Thanks for reading.
Monday, March 22, 2010
Ok, so I was inspired by a few fellow bloggers to put a piece of colorful paper under the lunch before taking a pic. I am just so disappointed that my pictures aren't as big or clear as others. I need to figure this out. Anyway, here is pirates booty, pineapple, some ham on a skewer (not a cool bento one but one from dinner out at Longhorns :), carrot sticks and dip.
I have never gotten an award before. I am so honored to receive my first from Mom v. the Boys especially since we share the experience of living with many men :) Thanks so much!
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6. Another lunch
7. Lunch in a box
8. She Saved
9. The Thrifty Mama
10. Organic Deals
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
THANK YOU amanda at lunchbox limbo for inspiring me yet again this week. Here is my version of your PB&J doggy lunch. It is being served with pineapple, goldfish and carrot sticks and dip.
I had time to do this thanks to dinner tonight at the in-laws for corned beef and cabbage. :)
Happy St Pat's Day All
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
We had a night of running around tonight... home from school @ 4:00, karate by 5:30, and music class by 6:15.... so I was able to make some mac n cheese in the hour we were home and steam some broccoli and add some fresh fruit and whala dinner on the go.
I have never had such a cute lunch. I was inspired by melissa at 'another lunch' to make this rainbow for my son's St Patrick's day lunch.
Red - Strawberries, Orange - clementine, Yellow - M&M's, Green - pickles, Blue - blueberries, Purple - red leaf lettuce, and the pot of gold is cheese.
Monday, March 15, 2010
YEAH! Still on track. I know, I know its only Monday night but I feel good about our routine getting back on track. Here is my son's lunch. Ants on a log, clementine, grape tomatoes, and gold fish.
PS - Dinner tonight was a hit with my husband and I. Kids haven't ate yet because they are outside enjoying our extra sunlight. Crab stuffed mushrooms with rice and salad. YUM!
Sunday, March 14, 2010
I am ahead of the game now. Finally a weekend to get caught up. Now, I have to be honest I didn't do much cleaning, but I do have muffins in the oven and groceries in the cupboards and fridge. I got some great deals this weekend thanks to my fellow bloggers and tomorrow's lunch is inspired by amanda at lunchbox limbo. Thanks amanda!
Salad with ranch dressing, organic strawberries, organic chesse, Hormel ham (all natural), and some harvest cheddar sun chips.
Groceries this week
Target = $33.00 ish $7.60 in coupons (I bought some non food and don't want to do math)
Wegmans= $70.75 - $7.10 in coupons
TOTAL = $103.75 and $14.70 in coupons
Friday, March 12, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
WHAT IS THAT?? you might ask. Well it is a fish stick in a hotdog bun. THEN he had chicken nuggets as a side. He did mention that he had alot of peas and carrots as well and that made me feel so much better .... NOT!
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
I am having one of those Mommy Moments!
I can't get caught back up to my routine
The house is a mess
My dinner tonight was a total FLOP
and NOW my picture won't upload with the 2 minutes I have to blog
I am going to go try to do some yoga now and relax or I might go insane
See you soon
See you all soon.
Monday, March 8, 2010
I am putting this wish into the air that is the internet.... I just couldn't resist this backpack today at a really cute bookstore we visited and I REALLY want the matching lunchbox that I just know a laptop lunch would fit into for my little guy. I know many of you get free items to test and post about so I am just hoping that someone out there will see my wish and make it come true :)
Thanks for listening,
Friday, March 5, 2010
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
My son finally has a lunch worth taking a picture of. :) - It is so colorful! Turkey (nitrate free), wrapped around a stick of string cheese,organic strawberries, organic carrot sticks and dip, and Newman's Own pretzels.
I am having leftover pizza (chicken, tomato, and pineapple) and some of the strawberries as well. No picture though! The pizza was a great deal at Pizza Hut ($10.00 and any toppings we wanted) It bailed me out for not remembering to take the chicken out of the freezer.
Sunday, February 28, 2010
I am having some of the mac-n-cheese with strawberries (inspired by amanda at lunchbox limbo), some chips, and banana muffins I also made for my friend.
Saturday, February 27, 2010
School lunch today is pizza, corn, an apple and chocolate milk. My son had a sleepover last night so I haven't been able to interview him yet on this lunch. I was with him when he made his choices and he also had the option of rice with his corn and he could have gotten diced peaches (i'm sure packed in syrup) instead of the apple. I also don't know what he ate and didn't so I will find that out too.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
I am having pierogies also with broccoli and mixed fruit in juice. I have ski school tomorrow so I am a worried about lunches. I got home late tonight too so I feel behind already. This hasn't been a great week. And I had high hopes after my success grocery shopping.
It includes white bread :(, sun chips (not too bad for chips), fruit 'roll up' (better choice than regular ones but not fresh fruit), and ORGANIC CARROT STICKS and dip. (that makes it all better right?) :)
Picture to follow. (If I can bear it)
UPDATE- Here is the photo. And when lunch came home so did almost all of the sandwich and chips. He ate all of the carrots and the simply fruit 'roll up' Go figure!
Monday, February 22, 2010
This is the one item I bought 'just because' I had a coupon for it. I baked them tonight to have with our shrimp lo mein (details later). They were pretty good. There was one spice that I didn't care for but other than that they were really good and I was pretty happy with the ingredient list. I don't know if I will buy them again but I might try a different variety.
Shrimp lo mein (I made this tonight by throwing together shrimp, broccoli, carrots, escarole, noodles, some soy sauce and chicken broth and a little sweet and sour sauce. I don't think it is actually a recipe but I called it Sweet and Sour Shrimp Lo Mein. I am having a bite of baked egg roll, some pretzels and oranges.