April didn’t start for me, it just fell flat on its bum, but it didn’t stop there, it laid down, snuggled up under a blanket and refused to poke its head back out again. It couldn’t face the world without Internet. For those of you who follow me on social media you are probably highly aware of my recent technical battles that were driving me absolutely batty and causing me to go bald. It forced me into a blogging break, though it was probably good timing as it meant I was able to spend our first ever school holidays totally focused on my girls.
I stepped away completely. Well, almost. I was still pottering around but I didn’t log on to my site and I didn’t write anything. It was sort of nice to not have any commitments or pressure to finish things by a deadline. My guests for Friday Favourites were extremely accommodating while I rescheduled and rescheduled them again as I tried to figure out how to get back online. (thank you!)
I also finally got a newsletter out to my subscribers along with their free monthly wallpaper ‘do awesome shit’, which has been a great reminder for me. I also made the decision to change my newsletter to monthly. I have a lot on my plate and I feel like everyone else does too. With most people staying up to date via social media or some sort of RSS feed I think that you will all be happy to just be getting a monthly email along with your freebie.
During my break I spent my time indulging in all things simple and wonderful. Good food, the beach, family, reading books, along with all of the school holiday shenanigans and activities. It has been very relaxing and exhausting at the same time. Now it is time to get back into some sort of a scheduled routine again.
I really enjoyed having two weeks break from making lunch boxes. I know we still had to feed the kids every day but it seems so much easier during the holidays, even when you are packing boxes to take out on your daily adventures. But, all good things come to an end and we are back into the school term again. Time to get our lunch box mojo back!
I save any good recipes or ideas I come across straight to my Pinterest board so that when I go to write my grocery list and make a rough meal plan for the week I have a screen full of ideas to help me.
Last term veggie packed Pizza Scrolls and Mini Choc Zucchini Muffins were both a big hit with the kids and I loved them because I could bake a batch and freeze them to slowly use up over the term. As always rainbow homemade fruit leathers (aka healthy roll ups) were a staple and Afternoon tea snacks were definitely a highlight, though that is a whole other story.
We went through a small rough patch where the lunch box was coming home full every day but after a little investigation it ended up being that all the girls were too busy chattering to eat and there were in fact a lot of full lunchboxes being marched back home. Phew – at least it wasn’t icky food, just a typical little miss chatterbox. I’m sure most of my school reports said ‘talks too much’.
Just so you don’t go away empty handed today, here is a great lunchbox cookie recipe.
There seems to be a lot of rules surrounding what you can and cant put in lunch boxes, it’s exhausting! No nuts, no eggs, no sugar blah blah blah so, here is a cookie that is lunch box friendly and will pass the judgement of the lunch box monitors that hover over our children at morning tea.
1 cup cornflakes, crushed to whatever consistency you prefer
¼ cup quick cooking oats
½ cup wholemeal flour (or plain)
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ cup dried cranberries (maybe a smidgen less than this)
2 tablespoons (40g) butter, softened
1 tablespoon apple puree
1 tablespoon greek yoghurt
1 tablespoon honey
- Preheat oven to 160C and line a baking tray with baking paper.
- Mix everything together.
- Roll into small balls and flatten slightly onto your baking tray.
- Bake for 15 minutes and take them out when they are all golden brown and delicious looking.
These cookies are lovely and crunchy on the outside and soft in the middle. Just how a cookie should be in my opinion. You can easily substitute the cranberries for sultanas, or chopped apricots or any sort of dried fruit you prefer.
I left them plain for lunch boxes but for an afternoon tea treat I drizzled some white chocolate on top of them. These would even make a great on the run breakfast. Or a crumble on top of custard or ice cream for an evening dessert. This one is a very practical recipe to have on hand.
Good luck with your lunchbox mojo this term.Love it. Follow me. . .