I had a photo shoot today at a covered bridge, and oh. my. goodness. Talk about beautiful! I can't wait to go back when it's snowing and take some more! The place was STUNNING. The lighting was wonderful. Things couldn't have gone any better.

If you're ever driving down Route 66 in central Illinois, be sure to check out the Sugar Creek Covered Bridge!
Hummus, pretzel chips, and apples
Breakfast! Waffles, apples, syrup, and a granola bar
Tuna with crackers, applesauce, granola bar
And this is my usual breakfast! Smoothie ingredients: powdered pb, ground flax seeds, chia seeds, almond milk, greek yogurt, and bananas. Sometimes I'll add a handful of other fruit, a scoop of pureed pumpkin, or for an extra special treat, a heaping scoop of hot cocoa mix!
My most favorite little Jedi turned 5 this weekend! So of course when his mom asked if we could make some Star Wars themed cupcakes I just had to do it! She wanted some red velvet Tauntauns, so I made some horns and ears out of gumpaste, dabbed on some grey "fur" icing, and finished them off with an eyeball!

Then I had the best idea ever of using small glow sticks and some electrical tape to make lightsabers! Check these things out!
Sorry I have been absent! Between making Halloween costumes, birthdays, and work, I just haven't had time to catch up on this thing! However, I'm about to fix all of that :D Here are some of our lunches from the last 2 weeks.
Mini Pot Pie "muffins"

Breadless Sandwich

Tuna, Crackers, and Grapes

Chicken Soup and Crackers

Honey Mustard Chicken and Grapes
Salad in a jar, smoothie, and trail mix.

Yogurt Parfaits, oranges, juice

Chicken Alfredo, Graham Crackers, Grapes

Cereal, Bananas, and a Smoothie

Tomato Soup, Crackers, and Apples

These hot food containers are proving totally worth their cost. Having hot lunches on cold days is great! The only issue has been my oldest forgets her lunchbox in her locker All. The. Time. I started telling her that if she forgets it, I'm not making her lunch! School lunches are bad enough to prompt her to remember to bring it home!

Also, even after working so hard and so long on the Weeping Angel costume, we managed to NOT get a good photo of it before she left to go to her Halloween parties and the costume contests. But, here are some pics anyway!
She actually had sleeves done in the same stone paint, her hair up in a bun and sprayed grey, and had grey makeup on her hands and face.
I went as a Gryffindor.
My oldest daughter decided to be a deer for Halloween! She did her own makeup, and wore her homecoming dress.
And my cat decided to wear my son's mask.
I will have to catch up on the lunch posts after halloween. I have been taking photos of them, but all of my free time has been taken up with making this Weeping Angel costume! Here is a sneak peak and a quick wing tutorial!
First off, we drew some wings on a couple of pieces of foam board from the dollar store. Then we cut out "feathers" from craft foam, layered, and hot glued them to the foam board.
Once they were all put together, I did a base coat in flat black primer, then once dry, a few coats of "stone texture" spray paint.
We ripped out most of our tomato plants recently, and the cages made great holders to dry the paint!
I'll post a tutorial on the rig as soon as we finish it :)
I think every child out there LOVES those little Lunchables from the grocery store! I only bought them for my kids as a treat on field trip days, making them extra special. Now that we're making our own lunches every day, I figured I would throw the typical "cracker stacker" Lunchable into our rotation. This is by far one of my favorite lunches! Usually we use Club Crackers, but I found some mini Triscuits that are AMAZING! Whenever I don't want what the kids are having for lunch, I just throw this together for myself.

I just diced up some lunch meat (we like mesquite flavored turkey, or thick cut ham the best), some cheese (the kids love colby jack the best, but I prefer pepper jack), and add some crackers! We also all love olives here, and since I had a can on hand, that seems to have found it's way into the lunch boxes ;)

This is one of those lunches that I can throw together in a matter of minutes, makes my mornings easier!
(Might even give me enough time to beat the super long line at Starbucks occasionally!)
The kids LOVED the Meatball Pockets I made last week, so I decided to use up the leftover pocket bread and make some pizza ones for this week. I still had leftover pizza sauce from last week, and we always have string cheese, so all I had to buy for this one was the pepperoni. These came together in about 15 minutes, including time in the toaster oven!
Start out by dicing up some string cheese. I used one string cheese per pocket.
Stuff that bad boy full of cheese and pepperoni! It's okay if you add extra for yourself ;)
Spoon a little pizza sauce into your pita bread and spread it around!
Then pop them in the toaster oven for a few minutes to melt the cheese and crisp up the bread a little!
When they're done I just wrap them up in a bit of foil, like a burrito! Mine wasn't warm by lunch, but you can easily just pop it in the microwave if you're one of those people who don't like cold pizza. I will eat a slice right out of the fridge! My husband on the other hand, thinks I'm quite gross for that ;)
Today's lunch couldn't have been any easier to make! I originally planned on making pizza pockets, sort of like a hot pocket, but I forgot to buy pepperoni at the grocery store. Then I was going to make chicken pita pockets, but couldn't find my frozen grilled chicken... While looking for them, I found a package of meatballs from Schwans. Idea! How about meatball subs?!? My kids aren't fans of meatballs, but I thought if I doctored them up I could pass them off as something awesome ;)

So, I tossed them in a pot with a mix of spaghetti sauce and pizza sauce. While those were warming up, I diced up some string cheese.
I picked up some these really great flatbread pockets, and stuffed them with the hot meatballs and cheese chunks. I found it best to cut the meatballs in half, they seemed to fit better that way.
Then I popped them into the toaster oven for a few minutes to get the cheese all melty and the bread a little toasty! Wrapped them up in foil and popped them into their lunch.

These were a HUGE hit! I was a little worried, but they came back asking to have them again! I think next time we'll try ham and cheese :)
I hate eggs. Hate them with every ounce of my being. But, the kids love them! I have learned over the years how to make perfect eggs, and I'm pretty sure it's just because I hate them so very much.

If you want perfectly beautiful hard boiled eggs like these, the key is to steam them. And my goodness, it couldn't be any easier! Just put an inch or two of water in the bottom of your pot, put a steamer basket in there, and bring your water to a boil. Pop your eggs in the basket, put a lid on it, and set a timer for 12 minutes. Turn them off, run under cold water to quickly stop cooking process, and peel them!

Rather than serve them in a sandwich or wrap, the kids had them more as a dip, with chips. They totally dug it, and ate the leftovers after school! They also had cucumbers and smoothies with their lunch.
I was at the gas station the other day, and happened to see some fruit and yogurt cups in the grab-and-go food area, and thought "what a great idea for lunches!" So today, I tossed together some quick and easy fruit, yogurt, and granola parfaits. They had some neat flavors of granola in the cereal isle, and the kids decided on Banana Walnut. I've been trying to steer toward greek yogurt with as little sugar as possible, and Chobani had 20g of sugar, compared to just about every other flavor, which was over 35g each! I mean, I know yogurt is disgusting, but what's the point if it's all sugar ;)

They also had apple juice and some little smokie sausages, basically breakfast for lunch!
I don't do yogurt, at all. I find the texture and taste just disgusting. So I opted for granola in almond milk for lunch. I was very surprised to find my milk still ice cold 5 hours after I poured it! I tried the new Kellogs granola. Apricot coconut I believe. It was really good!