School Lunch Ideas February

Happy Friday the 13th! Haha!

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  1. Ham and cheese kebabs, pretzel sticks (this was a huge hit by the way)
  2. Valentin’s Day Lunch: PB&J with cut out heart and sprinkles, Valentine’s Fruit Roll Up, strawberries
  3. Ham and cheese crescent rolls, M&M trail mix, strawberries
  4.  Airplane in clouds (Lunch Punch) shaped bologna and cheese sandwich, leftover Valentine’s candy, green gapes on the vine
  5. Peanut butter, banana and honey quesadilla, clementine, Cars gummies (he did not like this one, but I did! :)
  6. Turkey and havarti sandwich, cucumber and carrots, gummy fish (from our trip to Jelly Belly)

 

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Minecraft Birthday Party

A couple of weeks ago Mr.Monster celebrated his 6th birthday. Since his leg was still in a cast I wanted to keep it small and not very demanding physically.  He requested a Minecraft themed party and these 2 concepts seemed to fit together nicely; videos games and an easy paced party. It’s been a few years since I’ve gone all out with the decorations for him too (we’ve done Chuckie Cheese type things the last few years) so I figured I owed him a good one.

One thing I really like to do is decorate for the kid’s parties the night before while they are in bed. This serve two purposes 1. they aren’t underfoot while I’m trying to get stuff done and 2. it’s an awesome surprise for them when they wake up in the morning to a fully decorated room.

Minecraft Theme Party Decorations

The Minecraft theme is actually so easy to work with. For decorations I had a Creeper plate wall, balloon spiders, Creeper coloured window streamers, and various Minecraft toys around. For food I made a dirt block cake, green juice in creeper cups, game themed goodies and a “blocks” lunch. We also had a Minecraft YouTube playlist, crafts, goodie bags and more! Some of the ideas came off of Pinterest and some are my own, but everything came together nicely and the birthday boy was super happy. And that’s what really matters right?

Minecraft Party Mask CraftWe started the party with the Minecraft masks craft. I figured I’d better get them all sitting down for the craft before they got all fired up and it was a lost cause. I precut all the squares and glued on popsicle sticks a head of time so all the kids had to do was glue on their creations. Clearly there is some varying skill levels here haha, but it was a quick, easy, and fun craft especially for kids so young.

Then we put on a YouTube playlist that I created of Minecraft parody songs up on the TV for the kids to watch and sing and dance to while I prepared lunch. Here is the playlist if you’d like to check it out (there’s actually some really clever ones! People have too much time on their hands!):

Minecraft Themed Party lunch blocksLunch might have been my favourite part though. I thought I was pretty clever here and it came out really well. Of course I precut all the meat and cheese the night before so all that had to be done at the party was stacking the slices evenly to make squares. Side note: I actually have no idea what slimeballs or red stone are, but I found the printable cards and worked with it. All the kids thought it was pretty funny too!

Minecraft Themed Party Dirt Block CakeI got the cake idea from Adventures of Mel. Adding crushed up Oreos to the chocolate icing was genius! Not only does it look more like real dirt, but it tastes AMAZING! I will for sure be doing that again on some cupcakes in the near future. Tip: Make sure the oven is clean before you start and doesn’t start billowing with smoke, setting off your smoke detector, then requiring cooling and cleaning before starting over all while your cake mix goes flat…not that that happened to me….

Minecraft themed party creeper goodie bagsEach of the goodie bags contained a Minecraft keychain and some black and green candies from Party City then the kids got to add “gold” and “diamonds” to their bags when they picked them up. I got the free printable Minecraft signs from Catch My Party. There are also invitations, banners, etc. posted that I didn’t even use. Check it out!

Super happy with the outcome. This might be my favourite so far! Though the Monsters Inc. one was a close runner up :)

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Muffin Tin Meals: Muffin Tin Monday

It’s Muffin Tin Monday! Hurrah!

From what I understand the whole muffin tin meals thing and Muffin Tin Mondays started with Muffin Tin Mom, (which was who hosted it when I came across the idea) who then stepped back from the idea and handed it overt Another Lunch, (who has an adorable site with lots of ideas), but who doesn’t appear to be contributing anymore. I used to do the muffin tin meals pretty much once a week and over the past year I’ve just kinda forgotten about them. I’ve made a couple lately and the monsters still really enjoy them. I’m not pretending to try and take over any official reins or anything, but I think it’s time to revive Muffin Tin Monday! (At least in our house!)

I even covered all the food groups with this one!

Top Row: 1/2 Homemade bacon mac n’ cheese eggroll, Mini egg salad hearts, 1/2 cheese string and pepperoni stick
Bottom Row: Cucumber wheels and ranch dip, clementine wedges, mini M&Ms

Muffin Tin Monday

School Lunch Ideas January

School Lunch Ideas for Kids

Apparently we had a lot of sandwiches and clementines this month, but once you buy a box of clementines you’re kinda invested though, right?  We did try some new things though this month, specifically the chicken salad sandwich and the pasta salad.

I saw premixed chicken salad in the deli at our grocery store and bought it as an impulse buy. Mr.Monster likes chicken and LOVES mayo so I figured it was worth a try. His only complaint was there was too much onion so it’s worth another shot, but homemade minus the onions.

The pasta salad I actually expected him to not prefer and likely eat just the noodles, but surprisingly the only thing left was a few noodles which he then asked if he could still eat when he got home from school.

Simple Pasta Salad for Kids

Simple Pasta Salad for Kids

  • favourite noodle shapes (precooked and cooled)
  • cubed cheese
  • cubed precooked ham
  • Italian salad dressing

Mix together desired quantities of pasta, meat and cheese (you could even add cooked peas or corn, etc. for some veg) and lightly coat with salad dressing. Not super technical with the instructions here haha, but just do it according to your kid’s taste. More pasta if they prefer pasta, more cheese if they pefer cheese, etc.

Lunches starting from top left:

1. Chicken salad sandwich, green grapes, Babybell gouda cheese, vanilla cupcake Goldfish crackers (milk from school to drink)
2. Ham & cheese & mustard sandwich, 3 clementines, mini KitKat (what? who still has Halloween candy??), CapriSun juice pouch
3. Simple pasta salad,  strawberry, clementine (prepeeled at Mr.Monster’s request), Skylanders gummies, CapriSun juice pouch
4. PB&J sandwich, clementine, Goldfish crackers, Cosmic brownie, CapriSun juice pouch
5. Turkey & mayo sandwich, Teddy Grahams, raspberries with a chocolate chip in the middle, yogurt tube,
6. Turkey, cheese and mayo on a roll, clementine, Skylanders gummies (and milk from school again)

 

Pinterest Challenge January: Hot Dog Spaghetti…yum

Fun Food for Kids: Hot Dog Spaghetti

For me this idea goes all the way back to the beginning of Pinterest, it was for sure one of the first things I ever pinned. Well, I finally got around to trying it this week and the kids LOVED it! I told them I was making “hot buttered squid” and everyone got all worked up about it and refused to eat it. Needless to say they were pretty happy when they saw it was a dish that combined 2 of their favourite foods; pasta and hot dogs. (I’m having flashes of Big Bang Theory here…wasn’t this Sheldon’s favourite dish??)

It’s as easy as it looks:

  1. Cut hot dogs into bit sized pieces
  2. Poke hot dogs with spaghetti noodles
  3. Boil according to pasta package directions
  4. Season as desired

I didn’t want to use a red sauce on it because it would hide the food and I figured no sauce would be pretty bland so I simply buttered the noodles and sprinkled it with lots of Parmesan cheese. The monsters ate every last bite and were disappointed there wasn’t more. A winner for Friday Family Fun Nights!

It was a little (messy) tricky to eat, but they worked it out :)

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***It doesn’t even have to be about Pinterest per se. I mean, we were all already out there on the Internet researching stuff and looking up fun ideas before Pinterest existed. Then Pinterest came along and provided an awesome and easy way to organize all the time we waste surfing the Web into one tidy little package. So now, we go and ‘Pin’ all these amazing ideas on Pinterest, but how many do we actually follow through on? My challenge is to follow through with and document at least 1 each month (baby steps, right?)***

Muffin Tin Meals: Throwback Thursday

A little throwback to 6 months ago when Miss Monster had her very first Muffin tin Meal. I don’t know how it’s possible that she made it to 21 months without having had a Muffin Tin Meal! Just like the rest of my monsters before her, she ate every bite. You just can’t lose with a lunch that feels like a snack. I guess it’s time I invest in a 3rd muffin tin :)

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Little Miss Monster’s first Muffin Tin Meal

MTM for 2

MTM for 2

Muffin Tin Meals: Throwback Thursday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top Row: Cheddar cheese cubes, pepperette bites, Wheat Thins crackers
Bottom Row: Hummus, cucumber wheels, applesauce

School Lunch Ideas October

School Lunch Ideas for Kids OctoberGoing across from top left:

1. Turkey, cheese & mayo Cars cut-outs (you can get 2 out of a sandwich), red grapes, broccoli florets, Wheat Thins and a laughing cow swiss cheese, Welch’s fruit chews and a Capri Sun juice pouch
2. Peanut butter & jam sandwich (yes, its actually allowed at our school!), green grapes and blueberries, cosmic brownie (or chocolate domino as Mr.Monster likes to call it), Capri Sun juice pouch
3. Roast beef, cheddar & mustard sandwich, GoGurt, Delmonte fruit & veggie bursts (the veggies ones were not a hit), Skylanders gummies, Capri Sun juice pouch
4. Homemade “lunchables” with marble jack cheese, red grapes, pepperoni stick cut up, and Wheat Thins crackers, GoGurt, Skylanders gummies, Capri Sun juice pouch
5. Chicken and cheese quesadilla with sour cream to dip, red grapes, cosmic brownie and Capri Sun juice pouch
6. Halloween Lunch: PB&J cat cut-out sandwich, red grapes and Halloween candy placed in inside out Halloween cupcake liners, GoGurt (and we got milk from school that day for a drink)

Again, none of these pics show the snack that has to be packed separately.