We are getting ready for back to school today and the house is a flurry of activity! My kitchen is a disaster right now - I am washing and chopping pineapples, strawberries, lettuce, kale, blueberries, carrots and other goodies for breakfast smoothies and back to school lunches. Next up is muffin and cookie baking before we head out to the farmers market (my daughter says she must have some blackberries for her lunch this week!) I'm sure there will be more washing and prepping when we come back. Did I mention I also have to clean the bathrooms and of course the kitchen too? And naturally my youngest had an accident last night so I had to strip her bed and wash it all. And just when I thought I was going to catch up on the laundry....
The Planetboxes did arrive last Friday and we are in love with them! I promise to post a few pics and my thoughts on them once we pack a few lunches in them.
I've read about these crackers on a few blogs now and have been wanting to get them for when school starts so the girls could have a fun cracker in their lunch as a treat every now and then. I have kept my eyes open for them but never saw them here in Canada. I thought about ordering them on online but was kinda hesitant about it (not sure why, I order a lot of stuff online!). I decided to check the manufactures site and sure enough the had listed Safeway as a retailer here in Canada. So I called up a Safeway close to me and they had them in stock! Yesterday the girls and I made a trip over there to pick up a couple of boxes.
The kids love them, no surprise there. They taste much like those goldfish crackers many love. The girls like the fun shapes and are very excited to have them in their lunches. The downside is they are expensive - $5.49 a box at Safeway and there isn't a lot of nutritional value (ok theres no nutritional value) so they won't be getting them everyday but I'm happy I got them and will be packing them for lunches sometimes.
For back to school that is! Its hard to believe we are half way through August already, the summer has really gone by fast this year. My oldest is going to Grade 1 this year and my youngest starts preschool 2 mornings a week so starting in September its back to packing snacks and a lunch for my oldest. I've been looking at this lunch box for a long time now and today I finally ordered it (nothing like leaving it to the last minute. It should arrive a day or two before school starts). It was pricey especially when you include the shipping but my Husband and I felt it would be worth it in the long run.
I like the compartment idea so you can quickly see if you have a well rounded lunch packed or not. And there is no garbage produced with it so its definitely better for the environment. The girls are very excited for them to arrive. They each picked the purple power carrying case with the under the sea magnets. Since the shipping was so expensive my Husband decided we should order a few sets of magnets as well so each girl got a set of the rainbow ones and the retro kitty ones.
I'll be sure to post some pics when they come and give my thoughts on the lunch box after I've packed a few lunches in them.
I have tried to make tempeh "bacon" many times from many different recipes and it never turns out. So when I saw this product I had to give it a try. The verdict? Its really good. Pricey so we won't be buying it all the time but it makes a really great sandwich. The BLT was a favourite of my husbands and he really enjoyed the tempeh version as did the girls and I but we added avocado to ours which, imo, put it over the top.
Here is a close up of my sandwich. It was so good it was hard for me to stop and get a picture of it. Good thing me new camera snaps pics pretty quick!
And here is a picture of my plate. We rounded out the meal with a green salad tossed with a sweet onion vinegrette. And yes those are green olives on my salad. I love olives and I tend to put them on anything I can!
We're still enjoying the nice summer weather although its raining out today. The girls have their last day of swimming lessons tomorrow and we're all looking forward to having a few weeks off before school starts. I can't believe how fast the summer has gone by. We been very lucky the last few years, we've had incredible weather in Sept/Oct and I'm hoping it will be the same this year. Its rained so much this summer we haven't been out bike riding and playing as much as we wanted to but the fall is usually dry here so hopefully the weather will be warm so we can make up for some of that lost outside time.
It feels like forever since I blogged last but we've been so busy I just haven't had time to sit down at the computer. The girls are in swimming lessons again for 2 weeks (they were in the first 2 weeks of July as well) and the weather has been really nice here so we've been walking to the library, going to the park, playing on the swing set and sandbox in the backyard..basically just spending as much time outside as we can!
And of course we've been enjoying those awesome "summertime" meals. Here's what I've managed to download of my camera so far (I have a lot of pictures to post in the next couple of days!)
Pad Thai with tofu, grilled pineapple and steamed broccoli with garlic sauce. Had the leftovers the next day for lunch. Delicious!
Lemon Blueberry Muffins. Made these on a rainy day to pop in the freezer for snacks and to bring for breakfast on vacation. More on that in a minute!
Sometimes you just need something fast and easy. Dr. Preager's gluten free california veggie burgers, fries and kale chips. Mmhhhh!
Burritos made with homemade "refried"beans and cashew cheeze sauce, baked in the oven till crispy on the outside. Paired with a green salad it was a yummy dinner. Again the leftovers were enjoyed for lunch the next day.
Not the prettiest looking dish but it actually turned out to be pretty tasty. I we we're out of ideas and low on groceries so we marinated portobella mushrooms and grape tomatoes with balsamic vinegrette and grilled them on the bbq then tossed with whole wheat pasta. Sometimes simple really is best.
We went on vacation to the mountains for a few days to see the sights and to visit my granny (the girl's great granny). It was a great vacation! As much as I miss the baby stage now that my youngest is 3 I have to say I am enjoying some of the perks of have children that are so much more independent. It was nice to go on a trip and not have to worry about packing the stroller, baby carrier, etc. We had so much fun touring around Banff/Canmore and the kids were amazingly good despite some pretty busy days and lots of walking in the fresh mountain air. We pack quite a bit of food and our hotel room had a mini fridge so we pretty much ate in the hotel room and pack picnic lunches. For dinner we found this great indian place that made great basmati rice and an incredible red lentil curry that had coconut milk and green beans in it. I was sad to leave but happy to come home if that makes any scene. We are looking very forward to going back soon.