Archive for February 2012

One of my challenges is how to get the kids to eat their packed lunch. . . 

I’ve tried doing bento.  I’ve used cookie cutters and other methods of cutting veggies into shapes, trying to make the kid snacks fun and appetizing. 

And I just get so frustrated when the lunch box comes home with uneaten food which gets wasted!  

  • An apple with only a few bites in it, or a cut-up apple which has turned brown and never even touched!  
  • Cheese sticks and yogurt warm and unopened. 
  • Sandwiches squished and old by the end of the day. 
  • Fruit which is no longer cold and firm (and of course they don’t like the mushy strawberries or blueberries.)  
  • A plastic baggie filled with crackers or pretzels which have gotten crushed and broken.  (They like the whole ones the best.)   

I could go on and on.   WHAT IS A MOM TO DO?!!

I’m always trying to find new solutions and creative ways to get them to eat relatively healthy food at school.   It’s a never-ending challenge.   I think I do a good job packing a variety of colorful food choices–items which they normally eat at home.  

BUT, I think the key is that the food needs to get to the cafeteria in the same condition it was in when I packed the lunch!  Chances are better that lunch will get eaten if I add a cold pack and try to use containers which will keep the food from getting damaged.   But backpacks and lunch bags get tossed on the playground, stepped on in the classroom, squished into the desk, and so on.  

Here’s my latest find: Diamond brand Multi-Purpose MINI CUPS.  They are those teeny tiny containers that you put ketchup in at FIVE GUYS or what you put the salsa into at MOE’S.  And now you can buy these 2 oz. containers to have at home! 

So far the kids are loving them. 

I’ve done grapes, berries, fish crackers, raisins, and cheese cubes. 

I also put baby carrots, grape tomatoes, and cucumber smiles in a baggie with ranch dip in one of these mini cups. 

They are small enough that you don’t really need much, and it provides variety for the kids.  These small portions are just perfect for their little bellies. 

Now, I realize that it’s not good for the environment and it’s more garbage, but it’s working for our family at the moment. 

How do you get your kids to eat a balanced lunch at school?

Daddy was away on a business trip and this is the artwork he came home to: two adorable monster guys and a sweet bird (penguin?)

Isn’t this guy awesome?!

So so cute!


And the bird.


I am so in love with my little artist.


There is nothing like homemade pizza.  And my man tosses the best pizza pie!

For a quick weekday dinner, we buy the dough in a frozen ball (found in the deli at the grocery store). 

Defrost it on the counter all day. 

We like either Don Pepino or Furmano’s canned pizza sauce.

Most of the family eats cheese (just a lot of shredded mozzarella), and mama likes veggies.

Tonight my slice was sweet onion, fresh basil, and sliced and pitted kalamata olives.  MMMMMM!

My typical corners have any of the following: sliced tomato, feta cheese, pesto sauce, banana pepper slices,  bell pepper (green, or red/yellow/orange), basil, kalamatas, and ALWAYS sweet onion. 

. . . il mio piatto preferito? Pizza con pomodoro e cipolla.

The kids were having a ball the week before Valentines Day playing with their animal friends and making cozy couch homes. 

 I see vehicles, weapons, a shark and a key in the boy’s fort.



I see pillows, teddy bears, unicorns, and puppies in the girl’s fort. 


I  just love their creative play.

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