Twas the Night Before School

Exciting times at our house. Isabelle has been counting down the days until school begins again. After camping we spent the day getting prepped for the big day. Which meant lunch packing, snack prep, double checking the backpack, etc.

So here it is my first grader’s lunch for the first two days of school:

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Peanut butter and blueberry jam lettuce wraps, plums, carrots, and cherry tomatoes.

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Pizza wraps (pepperoni, cheese, sauce, olives, pineapple and spinach), grapes, broccoli, and a peanut butter ball.

Izzy gets a snack at school as well which is parent provided for their child only. While this is a bit of a hassle because I have to prep a snack in addition to lunches I’m glad that she won’t be getting fruit snacks every single day. And because the snack is eaten in the classroom it has to be nut-free. We are so not nut-free! The girls’ favorite snack is trail mix so nut-free is not for us. Anyways, we made our own sunflower seed butter to assist in the snack process and that was no easy feat. My food processor did not appreciate the continuous processing to try to get the sunbutter smooth. Eventually, we got it smooth enough and I put it on celery with cranberries and cacao nibs. The other snack options are grapes and a seed trail mix (pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, roasted edamame, and raisins).

Since it was our first day home after camping we had soup for dinner. Predictable but delicious!

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Side salads as usual. The soup is a veggie mixed bean soup filled with green beans, broccoli, onions, yellow squash, and peas. In mine and Brian’s I added cheeze sauce (milk and nutritional yeast) to make it cheezey vegetable soup. Mmmm. Also made for a delicious breakfast!

Last Day of Kindergarten

Today was the last day of kindergarten for Izzy! I can’t believe it’s been a whole school year already and that she will be a first grader in a few short months. It’s so fun to see the girl she is becoming and the things she takes interest in.

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As promised she got to choose the lunch for today. She went back and forth between peanut butter in lettuce or in a wrap and finally settled on peanut butter and jelly (homemade blueberry jam) in a wrap. The rest of her specifications were carrots and apples. I added cucumbers and golden beets (they both went crazy for the beets!!). I can’t believe I got off so easy again. They must have forgotten about chicken nuggets and Arthur Macaroni (previously coveted items).

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Even though Izzy had both cupcakes and donuts for snack at school I wanted to make them something special for snack. Cookies sure are special. And carrots never hurt. =)

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These are Trail Mix Cookies adapted to not include the oatmeal. These cookies are packed with coconut, almonds, peanuts, peanut butter, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and chia seeds. No eggs, milk, or butter in these cookies either! Sweetened with honey and mini chocolate chips, these cookies are amazing!

To top off the day we gave the girls their end of school year gifts. We give them some fun stuff to use over the summer. This year they got markers, a princess notebook and the rest was all about their new obsession, Frozen. We now own the movie, they got some small figurines, and a Frozen coloring and activity book. They were so so happy! Frozen songs have been ringing through our house from both girls and I’m unsure whether owning the movie will make it better or worse. At least they are happy and the songs are stuck in my head anyway so I won’t complain.