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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Veteran's Day week lunch round-up

Ack! I got totally sidetracked on Monday. Not one single item made for the brown-baggers to take for their lunches! But I did make my standard 5 loaves of whole wheat dough for sandwich bread. And I sidelined 1 portion of that dough for a dozen homemade cinnamon rolls. Mmmmm, those were at their absolute best right out of the oven, all warm, sticky and very cinnamon-y (what do you think, is cinnamon-y a real enough word?). And they reheat in the microwave very well!

Anyway, Tuesday was a holiday for 3 of the 4, so I had a bit of a reprieve on making lunch items. I'm still struggling with what to make for lunches for Wed., Thurs., and Fri. of this week. It's looking like lot of pbj's, plus some:

  • tomato-vegetable soup (the garden is coming to a close with the cold temps this week, so will use what still looks good, and add it to some of the very large batch of marinara sauce that I made on Saturday. That should make a quick, easy and flavorful soup.)
  • more homemade Greek yogurt (I got a deal on whole milk last week. I love how creamy Greek yogurt turns out when I use whole milk for the base yogurt -- and the higher fat content is good for my daughter who still needs to put on a few lbs.)
  • pumpkin-praline granola (did you know that Dollar Tree now has pecans in stock? Not a bad price per pound, either.)
  • fresh oranges and bananas (Cash and Carry has 40-lb cases of navel oranges on for $16.98 this week, or 42cents/lb -- great price.)
  • more baked apples (nearing the end of the apples from our orchard -- they've been fantastic this year!)
  • mini strombolis (using canned biscuit dough, marinara sauce, mozza, olives, onions and peppers)
As the school year progresses, I notice that my daughters get up later and later each morning, leaving no time to make breakfast or lunch for themselves. These ready-made items are a huge help. And I know that I'm saving them some of their pocket money (hard-earned from cleaning dorm rooms this past summer), as I no longer provide any of that for them.

I hope that your week is going well!


  1. Cinnamon rolls...yum! The tomato/vegetable soup sounds good too.

    I noticed the same thing with my 18 year old son. At the beginning of the school year, he was up early and now as the Thanksgiving break approaches he's getting up later and later. He's lucky that breakfast/lunches are provided free at his school. They have a culinary arts program and have a grant that provides funds for that. The students in the program are the cooks and everyone eats free. My son still takes things from home at times to suit his preferences. He too appreciates being able to grab something quickly and head out the door.


    1. Hi Angie,
      what a wonderful sounding program at your son's school! My daughters have a free lunch available on Tuesdays, but they haven't been taking advantage as much this year. I think they're just to busy to take time out for it. And I think they like to hang out in their respective departments. But it is nice that the lunch is there for them, if they want.

      Oh, some mornings . . . it's just so hard to get everyone out the door on time. It makes me frazzled, and all I have to do is drive them! I come home and collapse for 15 minutes with a cup of coffee, then can get on with my day.

      Have a really great week!

  2. Cinnamon-ey is definitely a word. And I will have to check out Dollar Tree's pecans. I had no idea they carried them.

    Hope you are feeling more caught up.

    1. Hi Kris,
      I'm getting there! When there's a day with other family home it's hard to get much done, for me at least.

      I hope your week is going well!

  3. Probably because it was the way that my mother did it, my kids were responsible for figuring out and packing their lunches from early elementary school on. I would help them with getting what they asked for to make them but they had to be the brains and labor behind the process. I know that I am very much in the minority in this area and I don't know if it's better or worse than the way that most parents do it. I think it depends on the person. One of mine took the same thing every day (when not eating in the cafeteria) and the other was more creative, for example, and figured out how to take ice cream and not have it melt before lunch time.

    And I too am mixed up with a holiday in the middle of the week. I think it's going to take until the beginning of next week for me to get a routine again.

    1. We have gone back and forth at our house with having kids make their own lunches versus my husband and I making them. I think it comes down to time/space crunches--getting lunches made quickly while working in a small kitchen can be tricky. In theory, I like your way better.

      How did your son manage to take ice cream to school?? Too funny.

    2. I don't remember the details, but it involved wax paper, foil, and a soup thermos.

    3. Hmmm, ice cream in a lunchbox -- very creative indeed!


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