Countdown to Winter Break, Day 5: Grilled Pork Sandwich

lunch on 16 Dec 2013: grilled pork sandwich with mayo and spiced plum jam, carrot sticks, pretzel slims, sweet potato chips and satsumas

lunch on 16 Dec 2013: grilled pork sandwich with mayo and spiced plum jam, carrot sticks, pretzel slims, sweet potato chips and satsumas

It’s that incredibly challenging last week of school before winter break. Kids are stir crazy and distracted and anxious for Christmas excitement. Parents are stressed out pre-Christmas maniacs. Teachers, I assume, are just trying to survive the week. Thanks to my academic job and the quarter system, I am done with teaching for the fall and my grades are turned in, so I can focus on making teacher gifts, procuring stocking stuffers, writing cards, wrapping gifts and, most importantly, hiding gifts around the house.

Oh yeah, and I have to remember to keep making kid lunches. Today the kids had fancy grilled pork sandwiches (leftover from Sunday BBQ) with a little mayo and spiced plum jam. Yum. I also packed some sweet potato tortilla chips and pretzel slims. Yesterday the kids played over at a neighbor’s house and—holy cow!—do they just happen to have the most loaded with fruit satsuma tangerine tree. We sat outside on a warm day while the little kids made mud pies and the bigger kids did various nerd activities. Then they sent us home with a shopping bag full of easy to peel, incredibly sweet tangerines. It was one of those days when I felt extremely fortunate to live in this temperate land of citrus and warm December days.

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