Pork empanadas with sour cream and salsa (leftovers from the night before), homegrown tomatoes, cheddar cheese squares, whole wheat crackers, fruit salsa.
Apple and peanut butter waffle-wich, fruit salsa, cheddar cheese squares and whole wheat crackers, homegrown tomatoes and chocolate mini rice cakes.
Ham, turkey and cheese sandwich, sticks and stones trail mix, homegrown tomatoes, sweet pickle and grape, strawberry and pineapple fruit salad.
Homemade mini blueberry muffins, hard boiled egg, mini carrots,cheddar cheese and mozzarella and turkey and whole wheat cracker "lunchables", pinepapple and strawberries.
Ham "lunchables" with cheddar cheese and whole wheat crackers, chocolate mini rice cakes, cucumbers and homegrown baby carrots, ranch dressing dip, kiwis and pineapple.
Some things I've learned so far on this lunh box filling odyssey:
I use as many left overs as I can. Not every lunch is very creative looking, as true bento spirit is - but I try with what I have and what time I can squeeze out in the morning. But I am surprised what I am adding from our refrigerator and pantry that ends up looking pretty cool in the box anyway.
I have noticed that the kids love having their fork and spoon and that that helps with being able to have more than finger food in their lunch. They love anything mini or cut up or in fun shapes. They like the different textures and colors.
Frequently I have to add an additional container in their backpack for afternoon snack which is usually some kind of cereal trail mix and a banana or apple. I know, I can't believe our little worms eat this much food. I wonder though, if this has helped to contribute to their energy in the late afternoons. We haven't heard any complaints about being tired yet.....yet..I am sure they will have some when the newness of first grade goes away!
It probably seems strange that I am writing about my kids' lunch. But I want to share to give others ideas. That is where I have gotten my inspiration - from others so wonderfully sharing their ideas and recipes. It's more time consuming than I thought and yet I am still into it and the kids have loved it and really become a part of the process. We'll see what Fall and Winter bring us.
...made with Red Heart Heart & Sole sock yarn in Razzled Dazzle. I LOVE this stuff. My first time working with sock yarn. And I absolutely LOVE the variegated colors in this yarn.
Oh yeah, and a really simple double crochet headband for Lil' Mermaid that I made from Red Heart Super Saver yarn (which is not my favorite because it's so acrylic-y and scratchy, but I just had to use this new colorway, called Marrakesh). I love the colors!
Now the new stuff that I started. First is this scarf by Doris Chan from Interweave Crochet magazine. It's being made with the same sock yarn from above and the secret is that you're supposed to really, really stretch it out when you're done and block it. Hmmmmm...I have my doubts about that but the yarn is too beautiful to resist.
And then I started my first art crochet project. I won't tell you what it's supposed to be yet. But the pattern is from the really fabulous Margaret Oomen and it's in the Fall Crochet Today magazine.
It's also one of my first crocheting projects using crochet thread, Yikes! Pray for me. This stuff is a little intimidating!
This was the summer of wind chime making! And these were some easy and musical projects.
First we started out with the wind chime that Hot Rod made for his Papa for Father's Day.
This one was definitely the easiest and Hot Rod put it together while my back was turned. It was that fast to make. Then he made one for Grandpa W. I think it's kinda cool and industrial working. AND it makes THE coolest sound when the washers dribble down. It sounds like a tinkly rain stick. I wish I could say this wind chime idea was totally ours - but we got it from our favorite family magazine - FamilyFun.
We were so excited with making wind chimes that when I saw this idea from the Lulu Bird, via Crafty Crow, I knew that we had another wind chime we had to put on our summer crafting list. As we got closer to our County Fair, Lil' Mermaid and I thought this would make a good project for the recycled art class.
She painted my old clothespins:
Then she and her father came up with the idea of adding beads while she was stringing them up (cause lord knows we have a LOT of beads in this house!):
Her father helped her drill holes through the heads of the clothespins instead of just tying the fishing line around the head. Lil' Mermaid found an old sink drainer that Ross had in the garage and that became the "crux" of the wind chime that she tied the fishing line to....and voila....a very pretty, softly tinkling wind chime.
And then we have our final summer wind chime that we designed ourselves. Or I should say that it was Hot Rod's design because it was his project for the recycled art class at our County Fair this past summer. And he is nothing if not opinionated about any arts & craft project that he takes on...
First we hit the local thrift store for some inexpensive silverware and also found this old wire candle sconce, sans glass holder, and then we raided Ross' tackle box for more fishing line.
Oops, I almost forgot - Hot Rod spent a while hammering his silverware flat. I am not sure that this was really necessary, but it was manly pounding that Hot Rod and Ross thought was cool and important to do first. :-)
Ross also helped Hot Rod drill through the handles of the silverware with proper safety glasses and a special drill bit. Then he started tying the fishing line to each piece of silverware. Working with fishing line and small children is a bit of a tangle - literally and figuratively - go in with LOTS of patience and much assisting!
Then, Hot Rod started attaching the silverware to the sconce and trimmed the long tails of fishing line left over. You could really use anything for the "crux" of this wind chime. It would be cool to make more with different, recycled "cruxes" each time.
And here we have it: an inexpensive, clanging, metallic sounding wind chime that would make a great gift and a great addition to the backyard!
And here's a quick shot of both wind chimes at our County Fair:
Fun, easy and they all make beautiful music. WE LOVE WIND CHIMES!!!
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