So, school. We're into the second semester of trying it for the first time ever, and the results have been mixed.
One of the things I'm not thrilled about is lunch-packing. Some days I'm inspired, some not, sometimes cool leftovers get incorporated, some days not. It's no secret to me any longer why the crazy folk who blog about their lunchboxes often only have one child. . .
That said, I have discovered some things. Frilly toothpicks work wonders. Dipping bowls filled with ketchup for tofu dog bits are a hit, as are tiny calzone left over from the night before (made especially small for little hands). And canned Mandarin oranges. Oh, does Ellie love those.
Sometimes I think I get more paid work done with the kids in school; some nights I think that's probably not true, as I spend a few hours grading papers. Some of the problem is me and my lack of focus (hellooo, Tricia!). One night, while distracting myself from the prose as yet untouched by my professorial input, I wandered around some canning blogs.
Genius! It's tiny tangerine season here. So Denise and I got together today to turn a couple of boxes of "Cuties" into future lunch offerings:
Easy, and very pretty. I think they'll be a bigger hit when fresh ones aren't littering the counters, though.
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