School Has Started, Yeah!!!
|Written by: Jill Cooper |
Submitted On: 7/16/2007
|Itís that wonderful time of year that lightens your heart and fills your soul with peace & tranquility. No, Iím not talking about Christmas! Iím talking about school starting!! Yes! Yes! Yes! Itís a bitter sweet time for most moms. Bitter because youíre back to hectic mornings, finding everyoneís 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, whoís 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, Iíve not known many moms that had the luxury of a bubble bath in the middle of the day but I can dream canít I? I canít 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 Dining On A Dime Cookbook: Eat Better Spend Less 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. The next day fill with the rest of the drink. The ice should slowly melt all day long, keeping the beverage cool.
*Have the kids pre-package chips and cookies in bags on the weekends. Store in a basket. Grab one out as needed for lunches.
*Make a large batch of puddings and gelatins on the weekends. Pour into individual containers and refrigerate.
*Save the catsup and mustard packets and napkins you donít use from the fast food restaurants. Use them in lunch boxes.
*Puddings - sprinkle with marshmallows, coconut, nuts, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips or peanut butter chips (for chocolate pudding) or berries (in vanilla pudding)
*Banana, pumpkin or zucchini bread
*Tuna, egg or chicken salad sandwich
*Tuna salad and crackers
*Sandwiches made from last nightís dinner meat (ie. roast beef, chicken ,turkey)
*Ants on a log-celery with peanut butter inside and raisins on the peanut butter
*Carrot sticks, celery sticks or radishes with Ranch dressing
*Homemade granola bars or cookies.
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
2 Tbsp. honey
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 cup flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 1/4 cups crispy rice cereal
1/2 cup wheat germ (optional)
1 cup chocolate chips*
In a large bowl, cream sugars and butter until fluffy. Add honey, vanilla and egg. Mix well. Blend in flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Stir in remaining ingredients. Press firmly into the bottom of a greased 9x13 pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.
To microwave: Press ingredients into a microwave safe dish. Microwave on medium power for 7-9 minutes. Rotate dish every three minutes. Bars will firm as they stand. Cool and cut into bars. Save the crumbs for yogurt or ice cream topping. Makes 24 bars
*The following may be used in addition to or to replace chocolate chips
1 cup coconut
1/2 cup creamy or chunky peanut butter
1/2 cup nuts
1/2-1 cup raisins, dried apples, apricots
1/2 cup fruit preserves
Apple Oatmeal Bars
1 cup oatmeal
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup butter
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
2 1/2 cups apples, chopped or 3/4 cup apple butter (omit cinnamon)
1/2 cup sugar
Combine the first five ingredients, and pat half into an 8x8 inch pan. Layer apples and sugar. Crumble remaining mixture on top. Bake 35 minutes at 350 degrees.
Jill Cooper and Tawra Kellam are frugal living experts and the editors of http://www.LivingOnADime.com/. As a single mother of two, Jill Cooper started her own business without any capital and paid off $35,000 debt in 5 years on $1,000 a month income. Tawra and her husband paid off $20,000 debt in 5 years on $22,000 a year income.