Friday, August 27, 2010

fed up with lunch - Mrs. Q asks, I answer!

Mrs. Q over at the Fed Up with School Lunch blog has posted some interesting discussion questions all about school lunch as part of a lunch revolution "blog party" and "twitter party". Fun stuff! Right up my little lunch-nerd alley. :)

How is “Back to School” going for your family?
If I could describe it in one word it would be "phew!". It's been crazy town!
The logistics of juggling four kids, three in school, two different schools, three different schedules is a little overwhelming. We were rezoned to a brand new elementary school this year which my two older boys attend, so there are a lot of new teachers to meet and procedures to learn. In the two weeks and two days since we've been back in school there has been a heaping amount of school drama involving a lot of unexpected upheaval and tears. I think we are in for some smooth sailing ahead, but we still have some waves to get over first.
Oh, and in the midst of all this we've had over two dozen lunches packed! ;-)

Is school lunch important part of your child’s day?
Hmm. Let me ask him....
Okay, his response was, and I quote: "yes, lunch is a very important part of my day because if I didn't have lunch I'd have a tummy ache and feel tired and get a headache."

•What is school lunch like at your school or your child’s school?It's pretty typical school fare. Nothing to write home about. If the kids don't like the entree they can choose to get a packaged PB&J (you know THE ONES...sort of goes along with "Detestables") and icee instead. At least that's how it was at their last elementary school, which is in the same district. I suspect something may be different this year because we have some major nut-allergic kids in school his year and we are supposed to be nut-free.

One thing I am totally stoked about is our new school is a GREEN school and the cafeteria is stocked with reusable lunch trays! (YAY!!!)

•Do you pack lunch for your kids and what do you pack?
LOL - Um, yes, I pack lunch for my kids. Maybe you have seen my blog? ? ;-)

•Do you write notes in your kid’s lunches and what do you write?
Yes! So fun! I write jokes, riddles, fun facts, and little love notes of various degrees of mushiness. I'm so happy to even have my own collection of free down-loadable lunch notes that were custom illustrated to match my blog! :)

•What are some of your favorite lunch recipes (kid-friendly or adult-friendly)?
It really depends on who I am packing my lunch for. A unanimous favorite for the whole family are our homemade granola bars and granola bites.

•What are some products that you use when you pack lunch?
Just take a look around. :) Reusable lunch containers, bento boxes, silicone cups to contain foods within the bento boxes, little food picks to hold small pieces of food, etc.! My goal in packing lunches is to make it waste-free and to create a pleasant presentation to make it appealing for my little lunch eaters. :)

Now, how about YOU? I'd love to hear about what all of you have to say! If you take Mrs. Q's interview, please post a link to your answers here in the comments so I can check it out! :)
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Tina Peterson said... [Reply to comment]

Hi - I love you blog - the colors, design and content too! I added this post onto my blog with a link to your blog so hopefully you will get some new readers. I'm having a giveaway with Easy Lunchboxes and I think YOU are a great tie-in.

Thanks! I'm following you now...

Mrs. Q said... [Reply to comment]

Thanks so much for participating! I love the look of your blog. Very cute. I'm going to get on the bento wagon too I think. It just makes sense.

Micah said... [Reply to comment]

Hi Melissa!
I recently decided to start a cooking blog for myself just to get down the recipes that I've tried and loved. I found some stuff about Bento boxes online and when I mentioned how much I loved the idea, my sweet friend, Meghann, sent me the link to your blog and since then I have read every single post! I can't begin to tell you have much you have inspired me to make these healthy and creative meals and snacks! It's the end of the month and we are running low on our "good" foods until next pay check but last night I made what I refer to as, "A Ghetto Beginners Bento" I used a cup with a large lip to cut my 15 month old son's sandwhich in to a circle, and arranged it with with some crackers and small pickles into the only tupperware I have with divided sections. He ate it better than any meal he has eaten to date. Just with that small amount of effort. I'm really looking forward to making more of these, not only for my son but also for myself and my husband. Thank you so much for posting all of your hard work on your blog. It really is going to make a great difference in the eating habits of my household.

frosty said... [Reply to comment]

What do you do for breakfasts??

amee said... [Reply to comment]

i am so impressed with your blog! Would you like to guest blog with me?

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