A Peek Inside Our Holiday Workshop

cookies packaged and ready for delivery

All of us at Love and Lunch wish you a most wonderful holiday. May the force be with you.

fresh out of the oven: Star Wars gingerbread cookies
fresh out of the oven: Star Wars gingerbread cookies
Lily waving around her Darth Vader cookie cutter
Lily waving around her Darth Vader cookie cutter
yoda cookie
as a friend of mine said: “Eat or eat not…there is no nibble.”
cookies packaged and ready for delivery
cookies packaged and ready for delivery

Bulgarian Yogurt and Assorted Yummies

lunch on 14 Dec 2015: berry yogurt with raspberries and chia seeds, tangerines, cheese-filled crackers and nuts

This week has been crazy busy what with holiday baking and gift deliveries, getting ready for Christmas and our first trip to Yosemite (snow!), AND SEEING STAR WARS THE FORCE AWAKENS!! It’s almost too much. Yet, somehow, I’ve been scrounging together lunches. This week’s lunches have been heavy on the yogurt, because: 1) it’s super easy, 2) I’ve been lazy and uninspired about lunch packing and 3) I’ve been making yogurt with a Bulgarian yogurt starter that makes the thickest, creamiest, most delicious yogurt in the history of yogurt. Even Iain, who is sometimes ambivalent about yogurt, loves this stuff.

lunch on 14 Dec 2015: berry yogurt with raspberries and chia seeds, tangerines, cheese-filled crackers and nuts
lunch on 14 Dec 2015: berry yogurt with raspberries and chia seeds, tangerines, cheese-filled crackers and nuts
lunch on 15 Dec 2015: peanut butter and grape jelly on raisin bread, tangerines, apple slices, grapes, nuts and banana chips, and pfeffernusse cookie
lunch on 15 Dec 2015: peanut butter and grape jelly on raisin bread, tangerines, apple slices, grapes, nuts and banana chips, and pfeffernusse cookie
lunch on 16 Dec 2015: yogurt with berry jam, mixed berries and chia seeds, kiwi, tangerines, cheese-filled crackers, and a peppermint chocolate cookie
lunch on 16 Dec 2015: yogurt with berry jam, mixed berries and chia seeds, kiwi, tangerines, cheese-filled crackers, and a peppermint chocolate cookie
lunch on 17 Dec 2015: overnight oats with berries, yogurt, jam and chia seeds, tangerine, kiwi, grape tomatoes and a peppermint chocolate treat
lunch on 17 Dec 2015: overnight oats with berries, yogurt, jam and chia seeds, tangerine, kiwi, grape tomatoes and a peppermint chocolate treat
lunch on 18 Dec 2015: turkey, cheese and pickle relish mini sandwich with grape tomatoes, nuts, apple slices, tangerine and kiwi
lunch on 18 Dec 2015: turkey, cheese and pickle relish mini sandwich with grape tomatoes, nuts, apple slices, tangerine and kiwi

A Little Sweet, A Little Savory

lunch on 10 Dec 2015: chicken and rice roll-ups with Cheetos, pretzel Goldfish, honey roasted peanuts, chocolate almonds, a satsuma, sliced apple and a fruit strip
lunch on 9 Dec 2015: rice cakes with peanut butter and Nutella, blueberry fig bar, orange slices, and carrots
lunch on 9 Dec 2015: rice cakes with peanut butter and Nutella, blueberry fig bar, orange slices, and carrots

Lunch on Wednesday was a little on the sweet side with rice cakes spread with peanut butter and Nutella. Seriously, how yummy does that look? Nothing fancies up a simple salted brown rice cake like a little Nutella. And every one in awhile, when I don’t make it to the farmers market and we get low on fruit, I forget that we have orange trees right outside. Craziness. Look at how juicy those fresh-picked oranges are? Even though they’re messy, the kids love juicy orange slices in their lunches.

lunch on 10 Dec 2015: chicken and rice roll-ups with Cheetos, pretzel Goldfish, honey roasted peanuts, chocolate almonds, a satsuma, sliced apple and a fruit strip
lunch on 10 Dec 2015: chicken and rice roll-ups with Cheetos, pretzel Goldfish, honey roasted peanuts, chocolate almonds, a satsuma, sliced apple and a fruit strip

Today’s lunch is more on the savory side with little chicken, rice and veggie roll-ups made with some leftover Thai food. I’ll put anything in a tortilla. And, yes, those are Cheetos, which I bought in a moment of weakness when shopping with Iain.

Lunch Round-Up

lunch on 8 Dec 2015: popcorn trail mix with Life cereal and honey roasted peanuts, satsuma grapes, carrots and a fig bite
lunch on 8 Dec 2015: popcorn trail mix with Life cereal and honey roasted peanuts, satsuma grapes, carrots and a fig bite
lunch on 8 Dec 2015: popcorn trail mix with Life cereal and honey roasted peanuts, satsuma grapes, carrots and a fig bite

Due to a perfect storm on end-of-the-quarter craziness, I have not been posting lunches. I have, however, been making lunches. Here’s a round-up of lunches from the past few days:

lunches on 7 Dec 2015: berry yogurt with peanut butter and Nutella sandwich, fruit strip and grapes
lunches on 7 Dec 2015: berry yogurt with peanut butter and Nutella sandwich, fruit strip and grapes
lunch on 4 Dec 2014: orange slices, grapes, dried mango, parmesan and pretzel Goldfish, and cinnamon raisin bread
lunch on 4 Dec 2014: orange slices, grapes, dried mango, parmesan and pretzel Goldfish, and cinnamon raisin bread
lunch on 3 Dec 2015: berry yogurt with tea cookies, fig bites, persimmon slices and a satsuma tangerine
lunch on 3 Dec 2015: berry yogurt with tea cookies, fig bites, persimmon slices and a satsuma tangerine
lunch on 2 Dec 2015: quesadilla with apple slices, carrots, persimmon slices, tangerine and parmesan Goldfish
lunch on 2 Dec 2015: quesadilla with apple slices, carrots, persimmon slices, tangerine and parmesan Goldfish

Post-Thanksgiving Lunches: Back to the Routine

lunch on 30 Nov 2015: lunch of small bites with cheese, crackers, smoked duck, a granola bar, apple and persimmon slices
lunch on 30 Nov 2015: lunch of small bites with cheese, crackers, smoked duck, a granola bar, apple and persimmon slices
lunch on 30 Nov 2015: lunch of small bites with cheese, crackers, smoked duck, a granola bar, apple and persimmon slices

After several days of manic cooking followed by several more days of decadent consumption, we are getting back into a normal eating routine (along with an increased exercise schedule for the grown-ups). Monday’s lunch did have a touch of the holiday with some shredded smoked duck. I decided to order a smoked duck from Nueske’s to have with the Thanksgiving turkey, because: why not? Naturally, I decided to order the duck at the last minute and it actually arrived on Friday, which was perfect because we had tons of leftover side dishes ready to go. And, BTW, smoked duck from Nueske’s is delicious!

lunch on 1 Dec 2015: peanut butter Nutella jam sandwich with a fig cookie, pretzel fish, apple slices and a tangerine.
lunch on 1 Dec 2015: peanut butter Nutella jam sandwich with a fig cookie, pretzel fish, apple slices and a tangerine

Today’s lunch was a classic, quick throw-together of the world’s easiest sandwich (peanut butter, Nutella and jam) plus some fruit and stuff out of the cupboard (pretzel fish and Trader Joe’s fig bites).