Monday, August 10, 2009

Lunch Tips For School Days

It's that wonderful time of year that lightens your heart and fills your soul with peace & tranquility. No, I'm not talking about Christmas! I'm talking about school starting!! Yes! Yes! Yes! It's a bitter sweet time for most moms. Bitter because you're back to hectic mornings, finding everyone's books and papers and trying to get them out of the door on time... because you now have 180 lunches to make over the next 9 months if you have 1 child and 720 if you have 4 -- But hey, who's counting?

It is sweet because the peaceful quietness that penetrates the house is like gentle music to your ears and you can take a lovely relaxing bubble bath without what sounds like the whole US army trying to break down the bathroom door. Well, now that I think about it I've not known many moms that had the luxury of a bubble bath in the middle of the day but I can dream can't I? I can't help you find time for that bubble bath but maybe I can help you with those 720 lunches. Here are a few lunch and snack ideas from "Not Just Beans: 50 Years of Frugal Family Favorites" that will satisfy even the pickiest of eaters.

*To keep drinks cold in lunch boxes, pour a small amount in the bottom of the container (not glass) and then set the cap loosely on top. Put it in the freezer overnight.

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