Making More Time for Things That Matter

As a Mom who decided that sending my kids with a school lunch from home was a more feasible and healthy option, I have found some nights that I simply do not want to make these kids lunches. The problem is that my oldest was gaining a lot of weight years back from eating school lunches, so I won’t ever go back that route. I had a dilemma, I wanted to continue to make home school lunches for the kids, but I didn’t want to be spending hours every night making all three kids lunches. What is a Mom to do?

I turned to Google after recently hearing about a local Mom saying she made uncrustables for her kids at home. This was a brilliant idea! I went off to search the Internet, I searched high and I searched low. I came across ways to make uncrustables and found some snacks that I could make too, this would save money and time during the week.

Making School Lunches From Home in Less Time

How you make Uncrustables at home is relatively simple. I made Turkey and Cheese (plain without condiments) and PB&J for the kids. I took two pieces of bread, the sandwich ingredients and a coffee cup.

  • Place one piece of bread down upon a flat surface.
  • Place the meat & cheese or the PB&J in center of the bread.
  • Place the second piece of bread on top.
  • Use coffee cup or heavy glass circle shaped household item, or a sandwich press to push and hold on the combined sandwich for about 30-40 seconds.
  • Once you have held the item to press the sandwich for the allotted time frame, pick it up and voila you have a home made uncrustable!

You can freeze these for each week ahead of time and then not have to make sandwiches every single night for your kids! It’s a perfectly awesome time saver for the week nights. I heard that you can store the PB&J ones for up to a month, so feel free to make these for a couple of weeks ahead of time at once if you have the ambition! Oh and in case you are wondering, the meat uncrustables do not taste bad at all, you wouldn’t even know one had frozen them. (I had my fiance taste test over weekend for his work day on Saturday to confirm if that turkey & cheese was a good idea or not)

Making School Lunches From Home in Less Time

Next I moved onto home made snack ideas, above this text you will see an image of funky looking apple pies. These were derived from the recipe Lunchbox Sized Apple Pies, but made into my own unique shapes.

Making time for what matters

Pictured above are the Pumpkin Chocolate Chip muffins I made as a snack for school lunches too. This is an easy to make recipe and since I had all but the pumpkin and chocolate chips at home, it was really not that expensive. I had fun making 48 muffins for the kids school week and the fiance’s work week lunches, The fiance was rather skeptical about pumpkin as he hasn’t ever had much luck with pumpkin flavored food, but he LOVED these.

Making time Efficient for School Lunch Creations

Pictured above is the home made chex mix crock pot recipe I found and decided to test out, but in all honesty, this was a bad idea. Next time we will use the recipe provided on this page, but will not use the crock pot. It didn’t come out great at all, not enough flavor spread through the mixture, but we will eat it.

To me, spending all of this time taking over the weekend while my kids were with their Dads made sense. It took up time while they were away rather than taking away from time that could have been spent with them, for those who don’t have shared visits of children, you can do some of this baking after the kids are asleep. This will keep yo from you having to do some made dash to make lunches every night and allow for more time where it matters; with the kids enjoying family time!

What are some ways you save time with school lunch prep that allow you more family time?


Ground Hamburg and Cheese Grinders Recipe #recipe #foodie

The other day I wanted to find something to do with the pound of hamburg I had thawed out in the fridge, normally one would think of cheeseburgers or maybe making a form of chop suey (I call it goulash) out of it … but I wanted something different and I was craving a steak and cheese grinder …. that is when this recipe idea came to me and it was a HUGE hit in my house with the kiddos {well the 2 kiddos that actually TRY new foods} ….

Cheap Steak n Cheese Grinder RecipeIngredients:

  • 1 lb ground hamburg
  • Frying pan or skillet
  • Garlic Powder {teaspoon or so for flavor}
  • Shredded cheese {any kind you prefer will do}
  • Sandwich rolls or Grinder Rolls
  • Optional additions; other seasonings and/or chopped onions.

Make Your Ground Hamburg and Cheese Grinder

Ground the one pound of hamburg in a skillet or frying pan on stove over low heat. Make sure the meat is browned all of the way, no pink meat.

As the meat browns, sprinkle about a teaspoon of garlic powder {or other seasonings} to add flavor to your meat.

Drain the browned ground hamburg.  Keep brown hamburg in pan.

Sprinkle about 1/2 cup of shredded cheese on top of the browned hamburg while in the skillet or frying pan. Cover or simply let sit on hot burner of stove until cheese is melted.

Prepare the grinder or sandwich rolls, use a spatula to place meat into each roll in an even fashion. Add ketchup or mustard, whatever condiments you wish.

Serve with fries, chips, or a salad.

Servings: Approximately 6 sandwich rolls.

How to Make Poor Man’s Grilled Cheese

Have you ever been in a tight time frame but really wanted a grilled cheese? How about the kids, they are begging for grilled cheese for lunch but you just don’t feel like making it? Maybe you ran out of propane for your gas stove? Whatever the reason this is the BEST idea since sliced cheese!

Poor Man’s Grilled Cheese

Supplies Needed:

  • Microwave
  • Sliced American Cheese { 1-2 per sandwich}
  • 2 pieces of bread per sandwich
  • Toaster
  • Garlic Powder {optional}

How to Make Poor Man’s Grilled Cheese

  1. Toast two pieces of bread per sandwich, a light toasting is best.
  2. Place 1-2 pieces of cheese between the now toasted bread.
  3. Sprinkle the optional garlic powder on the cheese in between the bread slices, or any other seasoning your kids or you enjoy the flavor of.
  4. Place the sandwich, as a whole sandwich, into the microwave & cook on high for 10 seconds at a time for 1 sandwich or 20 seconds at a time for 2+ sandwiches at a time.

Once the cheese is melted to a point of satisfaction, serve with a side of celery or apple slices & enjoy!

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CLOSED Yummy Kraft Sandwich Shop Mayo Giveaway

I recently was able to test out the new Kraft Sandwich Shop Mayo and today I am going to share my thoughts and information along with a giveaway so you can win your own package of Kraft Sandwich Shop Mayo!

Sandwich Shop Bottles

I know that most would think of mayo on a sandwich but truth be told I rarely place mayo on my sandwiches, and yes this Kraft Sandwich Shop Mayo has the word sandwich in the name therefore is probably made more for sandwiches so I do plan to give the garlic and herb a test drive on my next turkey sandwich for lunch. In the meantime here are some ideas that I have been given and that I think would be great uses for these new Kraft Mayo’s:

  • Add a little Kraft Sandwich Shop Mayo Chipolte to your macaroni salad to give it a slight kick along with your favorite mayo you use in the salad.
  • Add a little Kraft Sandwich Shop Mayo Garlic and Herb to your potato salad.
  • Add some hot and spicy Kraft Sandwich Shop Mayo to your next chicken finger dipper dinner or lunch time!

Learn more about Kraft Sandwich Shop Mayo by visiting the Kraft Sandwich Shop YouTube Channel.

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