The Last Week of School Lunches

Last day of school: chocolate pudding with peanut butter-filled pretzels, kiwi, and white nectarine chunks

I don’t think it has quite sunk in yet that the 2015–16 school year is over. Craziness! The week started out well enough, but then poor little Lily was hit with a nasty stomach bug and actually missed the last two days of school. She was super bummed to miss the fun [completely non-academic] days, but at least she’s on the mend and can enjoy her first day of summer vacation.

As for lunches, we’ll be posting sporadically this summer, and I’ll be attempting to get the kids more involved in cooking. Expect updates on that to come. We’re off to a good start with Lily’s new found obsession with America’s Test Kitchen, the ultimate nerdy cooking show. I just love Christopher Kimball and his cute bowties!

Here are the last school lunches of the year:

lunch on 6 June 2016: three mini sandwiches on pretzel bread with fruit salad
lunch on 6 June 2016: three mini sandwiches on pretzel bread with fruit salad
sandwich tasting: pretzel bread with peanut butter and marshmallow fluff, strawberry jam with butter and Nutella
sandwich tasting: pretzel bread with peanut butter and marshmallow fluff, strawberry jam with butter and Nutella

We started the week with a sweet sandwich tasting: Nutella, jam and butter, and peanut butter and fluff on pretzel rolls. Yum! I also made a fruit salad out of fresh pineapple, apricots, yellow nectarines and super sweet white nectarines.

lunch on 7 June 2016: bagel with Nutella, peanut butter and marshmallow fluff, stone fruit, pineapple, kiwi and carrot
lunch on 7 June 2016: bagel with Nutella, peanut butter and marshmallow fluff, stone fruit, pineapple, kiwi and carrot

We kept with the fluffernutter theme on Tuesday, and I made Nutella, peanut butter and fluff bagels. It was a hot week, so the kids requested lots of fruit and I obliged with more stone fruit, pineapple, and a nice kiwi.

Wednesday was class party day, so no lunch was needed.

Last day of school: chocolate pudding with peanut butter-filled pretzels, kiwi, and white nectarine chunks
Last day of school: chocolate pudding with peanut butter-filled pretzels, kiwi, and white nectarine chunks

For the last day, I wanted to make a lunch that Iain would really love. I whipped up a batch of chocolate pudding (Jello instant, nothing fancy—made with organic whole milk) and served it with peanut butter-filled pretzels, kiwi, and white nectarines.

And, with that: Happy Summer!

The Last Week on the School Year

Well, it has finally arrived: the last week of the school year. I don’t think anything academic is happening this week. The kids can now taste summer vacation it’s so close. Iain claims that he is going to be in charge of lunch making over the summer. We’ll see how that goes!

In the meantime, I’m making fruit-filled lunches for hot days. Last Friday I was able to go to the kids’ end of year family picnic and walk-a-thon (in 90˚ heat!). I packed a nice picnic of cold chicken slices, edamame, carrots, crackers, apricots and watermelon slices—good fuel for the walk/run-a-thon.

walkathon_lunch

lunch on 2 June 2016: fruit salad with Goldfish trail mix and crispy rice rolls
lunch on 2 June 2016: fruit salad with Goldfish trail mix and crispy rice rolls
lunch on 1 June 2016: peanut butter, Nutella and jam sandwich with fruit salad
lunch on 1 June 2016: peanut butter, Nutella and jam sandwich with fruit salad

Recent Lunch Line-up

lunch on 23 May 2016: snacky lunch of smoked gouda, wheat crackers, smokey almonds, fruit salad and tapioca pudding

End of the year malaise has set in: everyone is tired, it’s getting too hot outside, and the kids are ambivalent about lunch. Okay, maybe Lily isn’t. Last week, I decided to jazz things up with that super duper exciting sandwich ingredient that kids love: marshmallow fluff. It made a couple of appearances in peanut butter and Nutella sandwiches. Mmm, I’m not gonna lie: I love a good fluffernutter!

lunch on 26 May 2016: peanut butter, banana and fluff sandwich with fruit and crispy rice rolls
lunch on 26 May 2016: peanut butter, banana and fluff sandwich with fruit and crispy rice rolls
lunch on 25 May 2016: banana, peanut butter and Nutella roll-ups, carrot sticks and yogurt with granola and honey
lunch on 25 May 2016: banana, peanut butter and Nutella roll-ups, carrot sticks and yogurt with granola and honey
one sack lunch and one regular lunch with peanut butter, Nutella and marshmallow fluff sandwich, nectarines, granola bar and pretzel fish
lunch on 24 May 2016: one sack lunch and one regular lunch with peanut butter, Nutella and marshmallow fluff sandwich, nectarines, granola bar and pretzel fish
lunch on 23 May 2016: snacky lunch of smoked gouda, wheat crackers, smokey almonds, fruit salad and tapioca pudding
lunch on 23 May 2016: snacky lunch of smoked gouda, wheat crackers, smokey almonds, fruit salad and tapioca pudding