On one hand I have so enjoyed the fighting, arguing, punch ups, whinging and precious moments and I just don't want them to end. On the other hand, I just love spending my spare time in the evenings reliving the horrors of schooling by
See the dilemma I am in???
Anyways I have no say in the matter as the law says they HAVE to go to school so I guess that takes away the pain of deciding for me.
So lunches, yeah I hear you groaning and don't worry I am groaning along with you. There have been a lot of posts lately showing gorgeous lunchboxes and the most amazing packed lunches for kids.
Seriously mind blowing stuff. Check this out
These are fabulous lunches but honestly who really has the time to prepare these everyday ???
Nope this year this time poor mum is going to make all my sandwiches for the kids on a Sunday and freeze the bejeezers out of them. All I have to do the night before is chuck them into their lunchboxes in the fridge with some fresh fruit, frozen yoghurt and a snack like pretzels or popcorn and bingo, I just saved myself a whole lot of time that I can spend
Bread and wraps freeze really well, as long as they are sealed or wrapped airtight so they do not get freezer burn. Not all fillings freeze well, but here are some that we have tried and tested.
- Turkey, Cranberry sauce and Cream Cheese or Tofutti
- Ham and Grated Cheese
- Tuna or Salmon
- BBQ chicken
- Chicken or cold meats, grated cheese and grated carrot
- Vegemite or Cheesymite
- Banana and Cinnamon
- Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese or Tofutti
We also freeze sweet or savoury muffins, pikelets and lamingtons and fruit for snacks.
My guys give their school bags a helluva beating throughout the day which is proof you need a good solid lunch box to store your kids food in, as there is nothing worse than opening their bags in the afternoon to find a hot squished sandwich, burst yoghurt and brown soggy banana mashed all over everything.
My oldest son will be using this "Awesome" (his words) lunch box from Smash this year which has a built in drink bottle. He tells me that this lunch box is cool enough and big enough to hold all the food he NEEDS to get him through a day at school.
And to prevent the soggy Banana - check out this ingenious contraption (no rude comments please you dirty minded people), The Banana Mover from Nude Food movers. It adjusts to a banana of any shape and size.
All the Smash and Nude Food products are BPA free and super tough for kids. You can get them at Big W, Coles, Woolworths and Officeworks and they so won't break the bank! Did I mention you can wash them too!
*Bahhhhhh Bahhhhhh Bahhhhhh * That is my pathetic attempt at a Giveaway Siren going off!
GIVEAWAY ALERT!!!!!!One of you lucky readers can win a Mini Rubbish Free Lunchbox from Nude Food Movers.
All you need to do is give me your favourite Sandwich / School Lunch ideas that I totally intend to steal for my own kids. My kids will pick the winner based on merit, which really means they will pick whatever lunch suggestion they like best.
Entries are open from now 26th Jan 2012 and close 8pm 2nd Feb 2012.
Sorry only Aussie residents can enter.
The Winner will be annouced on my blog!
So come on, tell me what do you give your kids for lunch at school?
Disclaimer: I didn't get paid for this post, but I did get sent a Smash lunch box and Banana holder to try out which is great because my oldest son's lunch box had a sandwich left in it over the holidays and is totally trashed!!
Update 09/02/12 WINNER WINNER
Update 09/02/12 WINNER WINNER
Comment by Joanne
Joanne was picked by my boys because she mentioned one of their favourite words - SUSHI!!
Congrats Joanne - please contact me to claim your prize.