Friday, August 17, 2012

Back to School Tips: The Lunch Box

While we try to teach our children all about life,
Our children teach us what life is all about.
~Angela Schwindt

The second article I wrote for our Back to School theme this week includes tips for keeping school lunches nutritious, varied and thrifty.  What works for one child may not work for another, so flexibility is important. I found a few great tips in a home economics book that was published in 1933.  It also made me appreciate the insulated lunch bags and ice packs we have available to make packing a lunch much easier.  This is one reason I love cookbooks from the early 1900's.  They tend to have thrifty recipes made from scratch with basic ingredients.

You'll find a recipe for a unique egg salad and nice ideas for sandwich spreads. The article is here: .

Even if you don't have kids in school, you'll still love the lunch ideas!


Monday, August 13, 2012

Back to School Tips: After School Snacks

What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child. ~George Bernard Shaw

School starts here in Michigan the day after Labor Day, but I know many states have started already. It's going to be a strange year for me because for the first time I only have one child in school. My daughter is going into 7th grade, my oldest is starting his second year of college, and my middle son is starting his first year of college. I remember writing articles for Old Fashioned Living when Emily was born, which means I've known many of you for over 10 years now.  The time has went by very quickly, and it's hard to believe my daughter is 12 already. 

All this week I'll be sharing Back to School tips and recipes, but they'll also come in handy for work lunches and college care packages. I've certainly learned a lot through trial and error:)

The article I wrote for today has after school snack recipes and tips. You'll find tips on items to keep in the refrigerator and pantry, plus these recipes:

Easy Apple Butter
Indian Muffins
Spicy Cheese Scones

The article is here: