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Thursday, September 9, 2010

What's For Lunch? And What Should We Read?

Now that we're getting into the school routine, the last couple mornings I've been struggling to come up with ideas to feed my littles for lunch. Once the year gets going and our mornings fill up with swimming lessons {somewhere new}, Bible study and ECFE, we'll probably be packing lunches and that's the thing I have down to a science. I can throw together healthy, balanced meals in 5 minutes flat for on the go, but many of those things are meant for "onthego" so I hate to use them up at home and also want some variety and difference for days away and days at home.

The thing that I'm trying to figure out is the it's "all of a sudden 11am and H has school at 12 and what should we have for lunch thing at home" that has me stumped?

Sandwiches only work for so long. Macaroni and chicken nuggets are usually things I save for babysitter days/evenings. Pizza? If I'm planning ahead. Leftovers, if I remember?

Can you give me some new, creative, at home lunch ideas that even I, a not so good cook, can throw together for my {sometimes picky} son and {dairy and peanut allergic} daughter?

Part two is about finding a book I can read aloud to my littles. Well mostly to H, but knowing that E will probably be running around half heartedly listening.

I have always loved reading and I love that H loves reading. We go to the library every week, read the books we check out a million times and his book shelves are heaping. I've been wanting to find a chapter book or series that I could start reading him aloud.

Now if he were a girl, I'd probably go the Ramona Quimby route but since he's a boy I've really been struggling to come up with ideas of age appropriate books or series I could read aloud.

The Chronicles of Narnia and Harry Potter seem way too old.

The Box Car Children?

Ideas, please?

Finally, as a way of saying thank you for your help and ideas, leave me a comment with either an at home lunch suggestion or reading suggestion {or both} and you'll be entered to win 2 free Noodles sandwiches.

{They've been rolled out in all the Noodles stores now, so whereever you live you can enjoy them!}

I'll close the comments Tuesday, September 14 at 8pm and choose a winner then!

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Anonymous Anna said...

Maybe the Henry and Mudge series by Cynthia Rylant? They aren't "true" chapter books, but are longer than regular picture books. My first graders at school love them!

September 9, 2010 at 2:36 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

Well my nephew loves wraps. I know that they are a type of sandwich, but it's a little different. Also for a good book, "The Magic Tree House" by Mary Pope Osborne. My little brother LOVED these books!

September 9, 2010 at 3:21 PM  
OpenID fritzfacts said...

Magic Treehouse is always a good one! My 3 year old nephew loves it when I read him those, enough so that his mom bought a majority of the series!

For lunch...Grilled cheese and soup (I make a HUGE batch of soup every couple weeks and freeze it). Throw something in the crock pot that morning that doesn't take 8 hours (not sure what, just throwing it out) Bagel pizzas are always a huge hit in our house, or using Pita bread. That way the kids can make their own and it is still healthy!

September 9, 2010 at 3:33 PM  
Blogger Jon, Sara, Tyler, and Sophie said...

Magic Tree House is a hit with our younger ones at school. So are Cam Jansen books, and Junie B. Jones.

September 9, 2010 at 4:29 PM  
Blogger emcneill79 said...

I see that someone put down "Magic Tree House" by Mary Pope Osbourne. They are full of adventure and are pretty fun to read. It's too bad I don't live closer because I have a lot of the books. As far as lunches...I have no suggestions. It's a daily struggle for me. Do your kids like hummus? I see a lot of my students eat hummus on bagels. Or maybe just switching from bread to bagels would help. Hope you're doing well! I haven't seen a blog about Auntie BB yet:)

September 9, 2010 at 7:18 PM  
Blogger Gloria said...

I was going to recommend Magic Tree House also. They are pretty short chapter books. The Mouse and the Motorcycle is by Beverly Cleary and that was a good one when my kids were little. There are numerous Ralph S. Mouse books. Marvin K. Redpost is like a Junie B. Jones only a boy. We LOVED Junie B. at our house. They are short. I still read the Ramona books to my kids and the Little House series (a boy and girl) and they loved them. I'd start with a shorter chapter book and see how the kids respond. Have fun!!

September 9, 2010 at 7:19 PM  
Blogger Gloria said...

Quick lunch ideas...letting them eat foods with a tooth pick like cubed ham, grapes, apple, deli meat, and cheese (for H). Mini corn dogs, or dunker sticks using spaghetti sauce and bread sticks. Veggies and dip (we use Kraft Creamy Cucumber dressing because it is milk free and is still creamy like ranch--my son is allergic to milk proteins). Will they eat pasta salad? That was quick and easy if I had made it the night before. Good luck!

September 9, 2010 at 7:34 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

Has H been introduced to the Berenstain Bears series yet? I loved them as a kid.

For chapter books, I would recommend the Choose Your Own Adventure books. They are great read-alouds because H still has to interact with you by choosing the next step. And what little boy doesn't love a good adventure!

September 9, 2010 at 8:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Franklin books Were always a hit with N. He loved them and when he could start to read the books great.Next question. Meatballs, or minnie meatloafs, and H can help make. Hope that is something you can use. Love to all Janet

September 9, 2010 at 8:44 PM  
Blogger Brandi said...

I have my kids make their own lunchables because the real ones are terrible for they pick their own cheese, crackers, and meat, I cut it all up and make sandwiches, as for books..I have not started chapter books yet either with Kali. I think for sure they would still need to have pictures if you do..let me think on this one what would be good...and we can discuss it when we get together?? When is that again??

September 9, 2010 at 9:16 PM  
Blogger darcie said...

oh how I loved reading the boxcar children...and wasn't one of the kid's names the same as your little H?
I think your boy would also get a kick out of the 'super fudge' series of books -
Now - off to see what this Magic Tree House is all about - seems everyone else but me knows about that!

September 9, 2010 at 11:39 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

I don't just say this because my husband has the same name - but the Nate the Great books are good ones too - cute little easy chapter mystery books.

September 10, 2010 at 8:11 AM  

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