Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Summer: camp bento lunch & craziness

I am waving to you under a pile of various house debris! That is only a slight exaggeration, too. In addition to the normal messy mayhem my little crew inflicts upon our residence, we have added to it a whole bunch of home repairs and it is Complete. Chaos.

I'm taking a break from ripping out rooms of carpet & padding (and the accompanying task of prying up tack strips and staples) to write this post. Wood flooring begins installing tomorrow. All of our furniture is piled up in the garage and kitchen. I honestly don't know what the heck we were thinking taking on all this stuff while the kids are out of school and under our feet. We are obviously crazy and a trip to the looney bin is in order (that actually sounds like a glorious retreat at this point).  As soon as the floors are done, a new roof and exterior is being replaced. And after that dust settles and is swept away, painting will begin. Hold me. 
It will be so great when it's all over and done though! So, so good. If I make it that far.

What was I here for again? Oh, a lunch! A camp lunch of Ethan's:
Laptop Lunches bento lunch: soft pretzels, Lego sauce container, homemade chocolate chip granola bar

In the top container on the left is a mix of organic strawberries & grapes, with a little lion bento pick fork to eat it with. The bottom container holds rolls of peppered turkey and pieces of cheddar cheese, cut with a bear- shaped bento cutter.
The large box holds two Super Pretzels and there is rock salt in the little mini Lego cube box. On the far right is a homemade chocolate chip granola bar, wrapped in wax paper and held closed with a cute piece of washi tape.

This is packed in a Laptop Lunches bento box, with the big box being from a set of Bento Buddies (it takes the space of two middle sized inner containers).

If you've been a reader of this blog for any length of time, you know that Ethan became pretty obsessed with soft pretzels this year. And they have been appearing in his packed lunches frequently since. Up until now I have been baking/heating up the pretzels beforehand (usually the night before) and letting them cool so they were room temp when getting packed in the lunch box. But then I had this "duh" moment when I realized the Super Pretzels are already pre-baked and and there was really no point in heating them up just to cool them back down. So I tried just packing them frozen, knowing they'd have time to thaw out before lunchtime... and it worked like a charm. Ethan didn't even notice a difference at all in the taste or texture, and it was definitely much easier on my end. Just a tip if there are any other soft pretzel fans out there! :)

Lastly, I'm really, really, really bummed out at my lack of blogging this summer. I was totally looking forward to a bunch of fun summer bentos, but this summer has just been really tricky and difficult. I am flying by the seat of my pants here. I hope to get back to a regular posting habit soon!

Supplies used to pack this lunch:

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Amy Hemmert said... [Reply to comment]

Those pretzels look pretty amazing! Thanks so much for sharing... and good luck on the renovations!

TracyEllen Carson Webb said... [Reply to comment]

I love reading about Ethan's lunches. My son is also on the spectrum and when he is giving me grief about eating something, I show him your posts and say he is just like Ethan and Ethan eats is. It usually gets him to at least taste it! Thank you.

Meredith said... [Reply to comment]

Love the little lego boxes. So very cute. Have fun renovating!

Jan Gartlan said... [Reply to comment]

Looks so fabulous!

brook said... [Reply to comment]

i always loved seeing ethan's lunches first hand. he must have thought it was crazy when his teacher would be like, "let's see your lunch today." lol. brook :)

craftedbylindy said... [Reply to comment]

Thank you so much for sharing all of your supplies, ideas and tips! My first born starts grade one this year. I've purchased some bento boxes and hope they will help get us through the many many years we have of lunch making!

Wishing you and your family all the best!

JDaniel4's Mom said... [Reply to comment]

I will have to try pretzels in JDaniel's lunch! I bet he would love them.

Jodi said... [Reply to comment]

Love this! What do you do for drinks?

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

Thanks, Jodi! We use Thermos Funtainers for milk most of the time. I keep a few Horizon milk boxes on hand for "emergencies" (like we realize we are out of milk in the morning).

Solaaris said... [Reply to comment]

Is the blog still alive?

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