week in review - Jan 23-27

Saturday, January 28, 2012


 C's lunch: Homemade "Lunchables": ham, cheddar and Ritz crackers
Watermelon, blueberries and fruit snacks
My lunch: soup, watermelon/blueberries, mozz cheese stick
C's day off
My lunch: banana bread oatmeal, mozz cheese stick, and an apple


C's lunch: Salad with turkey 
rice crackers, strawberries, and blueberries  
 My lunch: Salad and blueberries
Notice I don't waste the scraps when I cut out shapes for C's lunch.
They either become part of my lunch, or more often, I eat for my breakfast.


C's lunch: heart shaped chocolate Sunbutter sandwich
veggie chips, strawberries, Babybel cheese, 
Strawberry Frosted Mini Wheats,strawberry yogurt
Sunbutter is not C's favorite. She prefers peanut butter, but she goes to a nut-free school. I finally figured out a way to make Sunbutter palatable for C. I took 1/4 cup of sunbutter and added 2 T chocolate syrup. It made the Sunbutter easier to spread (we store it in the fridge to make it last longer--we're still in our first jar since school started).  Plus it tasted way better than before. Everything taste better with chocolate.

My lunch: popcorn and coffee (and an apple)
I forgot to pack my lunch and  had no time to go get lunch.
My bootcamp trainer was not amused. ha!

C's lunch: chocolate Sunbutter sandwich w/ladybug cheese
graham crackers, apple, and fruit snacks.
The chocolate Sunbutter concoction was such a hit, C asked for it the next day. I had a sandwich cutter fail with this lunch. My husband bought the store brand bread, which wasn't bad, but the slices were too small for my regular sandwich cutters. And by Friday, the bread wasn't as fresh and it wasn't soft enough that when I pushed the cutter through, the bread basically crumbled.  

I got this really cute cutter for Christmas from my mom! :)

Photo via Jimmy Johns
My coworker went to Jimmy John's for lunch and I had a Beach Club, my favorite sandwich. I thought this was a pretty healthy sandwich, after all, it had avocado and alfalfa sprouts... right? Wrong. It had 729 calories and 30 grams of fat!!!  Next time I will make it an "Unwich" (lettuce wrap instead of bread) with no mayo, making it only 199 calories and only 9 grams of fat. 
Lesson learned. 

week in review - Jan 16-20

Friday, January 20, 2012

Miss C had didn't have school due to MLK day.
My lunch: can of soup and banana
(quickly thrown into my purse on the way out the door)

Miss C's day off

My lunch:
Crockpot spinach lasagna (lean ground beef, tons of spinach, minimal cheese), 
spring mix salad & blueberries
I'm trying this healthy eating thing where moderation is key... 
before, the bigger portion of the container would have been filled with lasagna. 
I'm learning. 


Miss C's lunch was turkey roll ups with carrots,
blueberries, rice cakes and yogurt.

My lunch:
Chili w/1/2c rice & banana
(p.s. just in case my bootcamp trainer is reading this, its made of lean ground beef,
diced tomatoes, and beans, just 1/2 c [measured] of rice, and 1 tbsp of cheese".)


Miss C's lunch:
turkey & cheese teddy bear sandwich
teddy grahams, grapes & pudding cup

My lunch:
spring salad with sliced turkey, apple.
(confession: i did have an apple pie at lunch that was brought it
by a former coworker from Peru who came to visit)


Miss C's: "breakfast for lunch" (she still thinks this is the silliest thing ever!)
rice krispies+coco krispies mix (with milk)
apple & yogurt w/sprinkles.

My lunch:
I won't say what I got there cuz it wasn't healthy! Ha!
Zumba tomorrow at 10am to make up for it!

finger sandwiches

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Miss C's lunch: Sunbutter and Jelly Finger Sandwiches
with banana, grape and cheese skewers and strawberry yogurt.

My lunch was "grab the first thing in the pantry I can find". 
The soup worked out well, because the temperature outside dropped and 
we were in a "winter storm warning" that day (Thursday). 

No lunch on Friday due to a snow day at school. The preschool follow a local school district's severe weather protocol. The school district had a 2-hour delay due to snow, which meant that morning preschool classes were canceled. I grabbed another can of soup from the pantry and took Miss C to daycare. 

"ice cream" sandwiches

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Miss C's lunch: turkey and cheese sandwich
with grapes, veggie chips and a brownie.
Another Sweet Set LunchPunch sandwich. This time I used the ice cream cone cutters with cheese "ice cream" and turkey for the "cherry". I'm still getting the hang of cutting sandwiches. I find that if the sandwich is too think, the part where the cutter is supposed to leave indentations (like the cone part) end up cutting up the bread (like the left sandwich). The cupcake cutter from that set is still my (and C's) favorite.  

my lunch: broiled salmon (leftovers) with stirfry veggies & noodles.

Its a new year!

Monday, January 9, 2012

After a what seemed to be a forever long 2-week Christmas break, Miss C finally went back to school yesterday. It was a little challenging explaining again and again to a 4 year old how she had about more than 14 sleeps to go till school. She did have fun staying home with Daddy though, who was also on their annual 2 week shutdown during the holidays.  I'm glad to be in the swing of things again; but this month will be busier than ever since my boss raised my hours at work (yay!!!) back to 40 hours.  So things will get prioritized and some things will have to take a backseat.  Unfortunately, less cakes will be on the schedule the next month or 2, depending on how long I stay busy at work.  More hours mean I have to either work through lunch or take 30 minute lunches (instead of an hour) so that I can leave work before it gets too late.  On the plus side, I have to get serious on packing lunches for myself as well!

Miss C's lunch: chicken and noodles (leftover from a Hibachi restaurant)
lemon poppyseed muffin and oranges.
In hindsight, she could have used more veggies. oops. 
I also wish it was more creative for the first day back of school. 

My lunch: same leftovers with a salad and oranges

Christmas Break

Sunday, January 8, 2012

 It was 2 long weeks without any cute or fun lunches. Last week, I had to take Miss C to work with me for an hour because my husband had to work for a couple days (even though they were supposed to be on a two week shutdown, he volunteered to come in and work a couple of days to help maintenance or whatever he had to do... anyhoo...) I whipped up a cute snack bento for Miss C to munch on while she watched Tangled in my office...
Miss C's snack: teddy grahams, mozz cheese stick, 
and Meiji Hello Panda (chocolate filled cookies)

Miss C at work

My lunch later that day... taco salad.