Homemade Oreos ~ Lunchbag Week 3

There will be yummy homemade desserts in the boys’ lunchbags this week thanks to Sarah at Little Baby Feet.

These are absolutely sinful and would be great for a bake sale or cookie swap if you can bear to part with some of them. Click on the link to Sarah’s site for the recipe – I especially like the part where she suggests you get the sexy dude down the street to come help stir the batter. I had to settle for my big, strong teenager, but he did a fine job!

Yippee! Back to School! Mama Kat’s Writers’ Workshop

Here’s the the prompt I chose this week:
(Click on the title above to see all prompts and instructions for participating!)
1.) What will you be doing now that the kids are back in school?
Of course I have already resumed my daily litany of questions for each of the boys every afternoon: “Have you done your homework? Do you have studying to do? Is there anything in your backpack I need to see? Have you emptied out your lunchbag?” Will it be inappropriate for me to call Aaron at college next year and ask these questions? Thankfully, this is the first year I don’t have to also ask, “Do you have a uniform clean for tomorrow?” Both boys are now in public school, and although Jack’s school has a pretty strict dress code it’s very liberating to not have to be limited to navy pants and white shirts every single day. Being the type-A planner and goal setter that I am of course I had a very specific plan for the time between when I get off work (1:00 pm) and the time I have to leave the house to go get Jack in carpool (3:15 pm). Are you ready for this? EXERCISE! Yes, my plan was to go to the gym I pay membership fees to every month, which happens to be right around the corner from work, and exercise from 1:15 pm until 3:00 pm. They have wonderful weight equipment, a running track, lots of treadmills and ellipticals, and a pool. There are personal trainers on staff to set up my own personal workout plan. The kids have been in school five days as of today, so guess how many times I’ve been to the gym. That’s right – NONE! What have I been doing instead, you ask? Repainting the house? Learning Italian? Volunteering at a homeless shelter? Nope, I go home to my nice quiet house, pour a glass of sweet tea, and play on the computer. Oooh, I’m finally doing that online photography class or researching environmentally friendly home renovations, right? Nope, but I have really leveled up on both Farm Town and Farmville. Maybe next week.

Ham & Swiss Wraps ~ Lunchbag Week 2

Better late than never, huh? The last few days have been pretty stressful, so I was glad I’d chosen a lunch that could be made in a big batch and eaten over several days. We just haven’t had any extra time lately. I made these wraps Sunday afternoon and they’ll see us through lunch Wednesday – what a deal! This is a variation on a Pampered Chef recipe – the original calls for whole wheat tortillas and some yummy green peppers and tomatoes, but if I made it that way I’d be the only one eating lunch. Mix 8 oz softened cream cheese with 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard and 1 Tbsp honey, spread this on flour tortillas (makes about 8). Add deli sliced ham (about 5 slices if you’re using the small prepackaged slices, and Swiss cheese (I used 1 1/2 slices per wrap). Roll, slice, and tuck into a sandwich bag. These stay nice and fresh for several days. Look at that cute Hadley Pottery plate – it makes me want to go play Farm Town!

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