Friday, October 3, 2008
Sunday was my birthday,
and I wanted to spend it
with my family at the farm's
Harvest Festival. There was
the dedication of the new
root cellar, potluck lunch,
crafts in the greenhouse, a
band, popcorn, juggling &
It rained on and off
all day, hence Nate's
rain gear and my
Maia slept most of the
time in the mei tei, and
hooded A.J. zipped
around being silly & cute.
At home we shared
carrot cake for my
Ryan's lunch: soba noodles; steamed carrot leaves; soy sauce; rice ball w/nori leaves; cucumber slices; peanuts; Lake Champlain dark chocolate w/almonds; strawberries.
salad; soba noodles
w/carrots; salad w/
red pepper dressing;
bbq soy crisps; nuts
AJ's snack: soba
bbq soy crisps.
Nate practiced for
Halloween with his
new pumpkin bag,
filling it up with
Ryan came home sick...
our first round of public
school germs. Tuesday was a Jewish holiday, and I kept everyone home wednesday as well. AJ got sick and stayed home thursday too, and by friday Nate's nose was dripping. Maia and I are holding out!!
farm share: bok choy; cabbage; sweet potatoes; apples; onions; parsnips; winter squash; beets; bell peppers; eggplant; tomatoes; lettuce; spinach; baby tat soi. Not shown PYO: kale; tomatillos; hot peppers; plum tomatoes; herbs; flowers; raspberries.
Nate's lunch: a pickle; sesame tofu; rice Pokeball; a dried apricot; vegetable dumpling; steamed broccoli; a carrot; strawberries & raspberries.
Ryan's Pokemon lunch...Caterpie evolves into Metapod who evolves into Butterfree. 'Nuff said!
peanuts, raisins, Craisins; a pickle.
Ryan's 6th birthday is tomorrow, so I made him a birthday lunch: grilled cheeze sandwiches;
Faery Bread (got this idea from Bento Anarchy); mini pumpkin apple muffin; Lake Champlain hazelnut dark chocolate; dried apricots; a pickle; green beans; watermelon.
Labels: autumn, bento, birthday, bread, Butterfree, Caterpie, faery, fairy, fall, farm, festival, harvest, kids, leaves, lunch, Metapod, Pokemon, vegan
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I would love to know how you organize your days and get so much accomplished! I only have one child and feel strapped for time. You are amazing!
I think it's a matter of priorities. I choose to let other things go at this point in my life in favor of making sure the kids all learn to love healthy food, ie. my house is messy, I only get 2 showers a week, I rarely get to sit down for a meal myself unless my husband is home, etc. I know it will change as the baby gets older, it always does.
I have a plan in my head (or on paper!) for the next day's food that I make in bed before going to sleep at night. I get about 20 minutes to put lunches together most days, while my husband gets ready in the morning and watches the kids, so I have to be quick. Sometimes if the baby is cooperative I can put a little more time into things first thing after breakfast.
I make rice about every 2 weeks, freeze it pre-formed, then nuke it as needed. Anything that requires a few minutes of uninterrupted concentration I do the night before when the kids are asleep. And I use a lot of leftovers! Making extra at any given meal helps a lot.
I try to be organized for shopping by having a master checklist of everything we usually buy so I'm not missing anything I need.
Happy belated birthday.
The master checklist is a good idea. I never thought of that myself, but I'll be doing it now. I, too, am amazed at all you do for the family. The kids lunches always look great. I showed my husband one day your husband's lunches. I think he was jealous!
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