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Homemade Sandwich Thins

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With school being back in session now here in Florida, I am trying to make sure that my girls are eating healthy, but fun things for lunch every day and if it means I get to bake and be frugal at the same time, then bring it on!  I recently searched Pinterest for a Sandwich Thins recipe – the girl’s love them, but I feel that the product is too expensive and wanted to make something that used ingredients that I already had (yay!) and that the girls would love.

I found this recipe: My Retro Kitchen: Homemade Sandwich Thins. During my Pinterest wonderings, I saw people making similar things but cutting them out into fun shapes. Since I am only just now getting into Bento boxing, our selection of cutters is severely limited. I chose to go with stars and hearts this time – next time I may break out my Williams and Sonoma Star Wars cutters – I mean, who wouldn’t want to eat a sandwich shaped like Yoda? I know I would!

The changes I made to the recipe was simple. I substituted honey for sugar and halved the amount. I also did not add the wheat bran (I was out). But that was it! Really can’t recommend this recipe higher. The girls inhaled these with egg salad so fast, I’m currently making more to cover for the rest of the week!

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I also can not resist showing off the mixer bowl covers I’ve made recently. These were made with PUL fabric I got on sale at Joanns Fabrics. They were easy to make – I used a large dinner plate to draw a circle on some parchment paper. Then I cut out the fabric and sewed elastic about 1/2 an inch away from the edge. You have to remember to pull the elastic tight as you sew so it gathers. From start to finish this project took about 10 minutes. The only changed I made to later covers was to move the elastic to about 1/4 inch from the edge of the circle, still grips fine, just gives me an extra bit of leeway if the bowl I am using is a bit bigger than my KitchenAid stand mixers bowl.

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Lunchbox Part Two

bento1As this week has gone on, I’ve managed to make sure than I haven’t given the girl’s sandwiches in their lunch boxes. They aren’t too fond of sandwiches to start off with, but I will admit it’s been a little challenging for me.

Last night I had a moment of inspiration! Since I was making a pasta bake, and would have left over noodles, I made a quick Mac  n Cheese and baked them like cupcakes in the oven. Next I made chocolate cupcakes with plain greek yogurt – tasty and healthy! Then things get a little different. L1 decided that carrots and peanut butter where sent directly from the devil, so I gave her some relatively healthy fruit snacks instead. Everyone got two oreos, some grapes and blueberries and a simply go-gurt. Not pictured is the banana I added for afternoon snack, the small bags of natural, lightly salted popcorn, and the honest company fruit juice pouches.

Hopefully this lunch will be a hit… I am planning on making carrot mini cake cookies and maybe some zucchini brownies for the upcoming week. Maybe even a rolled up rice krispie treat! 🙂

Tune in later for some actual crafty pics!

Making school lunch interesting!

Making school lunch interesting!

For my Tuesday post, I am showing the lunch I’ve made for my girls tomorrow. I use the Easy Lunchboxes – brights version if that matters 😉 Today I made them sugar free vanilla pudding with tiny teddy crackers, mandarin, strawberry and grape pieces and in the main compartment, a bed of iceburg lettuce, with homemade chick fil a knock off nuggets, some mini carrots and half a banana. For a snack later on, they will have a small bag of popcorn and a simply yogurt – no high fructose corn syrup added and a natural apple juice. I got the recipe for the nuggets here: Chick-fil-A Bites – they really did taste like the nuggets there!