Lots of Bread Baking

lunch on 9 Dec 2016: pepperoni, butter and dill pickle relish on a pumpkin roll, cheese stick, satsuma, grapes, and veggies

I’ve been on a bread baking kick this week thanks to my trusty bread machine (and the fact that I’m not teaching this quarter!). It’s hard to even call bread machine bread “homemade” because it’s so easy. I also love using the bread machine to mix and knead dough, so I can make cute rolls like this:

lunch on 7 Dec 2016: peanut butter and honey on a roll, colby jack cheese stick, satsuma, veggies, pretzel fish and cheese filled crackers
lunch on 7 Dec 2016: peanut butter and honey on a roll, colby jack cheese stick, satsuma, veggies, pretzel fish and cheese filled crackers

My son mentioned this week that he wants to have “simple” lunches that aren’t too heavy. He’s a sixth grader, but his little sister has a bigger lunch time appetite than he does. I think it’s because he just wants to eat as fast as possible, so he can go to recess and play with his friends. With that in mind, I’ve tried to keep things “simple”. I made a batch of little rolls twice this week, and they’ve been perfect for making mini sandwiches like the one above with peanut butter and honey.

lunch on 8 Dec 2016: honey and peanut butter on golden pumpkin bread with a satsuma, kiwi and veggie sticks
lunch on 8 Dec 2016: honey and peanut butter on golden pumpkin bread with a satsuma, kiwi and veggie sticks

The peanut butter and honey was a hit, so I spread it on some fresh pumpkin bread for Thursday’s lunch. Fresh pumpkin bread? What?! I have a favorite holiday roll recipe that uses pumpkin puree in the dough, so I decided to add some pumpkin puree to my standard egg bread recipe. It turned out both pretty and delicious—a gorgeous, soft, golden loaf of bread. If you’re a bread baker, try adding some pumpkin puree in place of half the liquid in your bread recipe. You won’t be disappointed.

lunch on 9 Dec 2016: pepperoni, butter and dill pickle relish on a pumpkin roll, cheese stick, satsuma, grapes, and veggies
lunch on 9 Dec 2016: pepperoni, butter and dill pickle relish on a pumpkin roll, cheese stick, satsuma, grapes, and veggies

Because that pumpkin bread turned out so well, I was motivated to whip up another batch of rolls—this time with, you guessed it, pumpkin added to the dough. Today’s little sandwich has a couple of pepperoni slices, a little butter and lots of dill pickle relish. We’ve also been on a radish kick lately. My daughter just loves radishes. Look at these beauties I picked up the farmers market last weekend:

farmers market radishes
farmers market radishes

Now, don’t you just want to add some crunchy radishes to your next salad?

Crunchy Veggies, Kiwifruit and Assorted Breads

lunch on 6 Dec 2016: homemade roll with butter and jam, salami sticks, carrots, kiwi, and a satsuma

We’ve started out the school week with assorted featured breads. On Monday, I had some leftover French toast, which made some nice little Nutella and jam sandwiches. While I had the Nutella out, I spread some on a tortilla and rolled it up with a banana inside. Yum!

lunch on 5 Dec 2016: French toast with Nutella and jam, banana and Nutella roll up, kiwi, carrots, radishes and candy cane pretzel treats
lunch on 5 Dec 2016: French toast with Nutella and jam, banana and Nutella roll up, kiwi, carrots, radishes and candy cane pretzel treats

Yesterday, I made some delicious rolls using my trusty bread machine to mix and knead the dough. Aren’t they lovely?

homemade dinner rolls
homemade dinner rolls

So, naturally, the kids wanted some rolls in today’s lunch. I went with my favorite way to eat a fresh roll: with butter and raspberry jam. Total comfort food.

lunch on 6 Dec 2016: homemade roll with butter and jam, salami sticks, carrots, kiwi, and a satsuma
lunch on 6 Dec 2016: homemade roll with butter and jam, salami sticks, carrots, kiwi, and a satsuma

Back into the Swing of Things, Lunch Style

lunch on 30 Nov 2016: hummus and veggies, crackers, grapes, and mini chocolate mint stars

It’s always a challenge to get back into the school routine after having an entire week off for Thanksgiving break—especially when that break includes a trip to Disneyland followed by the making and consumption of way too much food. The first few lunches of the week were typical lazy mom affairs made with minimal fuss and effort.

Exhibit A:

lunch on 28 Nov 2016: cinnamon swirl bread with butter, dried apricots, carrots, apples and a GoGo Squeez
lunch on 28 Nov 2016: cinnamon swirl bread with butter, dried apricots, carrots, apples and a GoGo carrot applesauce

Exhibit B:

lunch on 29 Nov 2016: peanut butter and raspberry jam sandwich with carrots and oranges
lunch on 29 Nov 2016: peanut butter and raspberry jam sandwich with carrots and oranges

For today’s lunch, I put in a little more effort and made the kiddos a nice hummus (edamame hummus from Trader Joe’s) and veggie lunch with multi-colored carrots, quick boiled green beans and baby bell peppers. I also included some delicious Ritz crackers, grapes, dried apricots, and Trader Joe’s adorable little mini mint chocolate star cookies.

lunch on 30 Nov 2016: hummus and veggies, crackers, grapes, and mini chocolate mint stars
lunch on 30 Nov 2016: hummus and veggies, crackers, grapes, and mini chocolate mint stars