Sunday, September 21, 2008

Brown Baggin' It: Dessert

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I saved the best for last. But your kids probably don't - not at school. And I probably don't while they're at school, either. Moving on...

DESSERTS! There are so many ideas besides the ginormous amounts of prepackaged stuff they sell at the store. You know about those things already - Chips Ahoy, Pudding Cups, Yogurt Tubes, Oreos... I'm going to tell you about stuff you make at home that gives your kids amazing bartering power in the cafeteria. Not like they'll want to trade. But they could.

These treats are all sturdy enough to withstand the trip from home to the lunchroom...
  • Brownie bites (pictured above) are everyone's favorite. I'll give you the recipe tomorrow. But only if you're really nice.
  • Homemade cookies! There are all the old standards, but if you're in a hurry you'll want to make my cakemix cookies. Very tasty. Again, recipe tomorrow.
  • Mini muffins. The varieties are as endless as your imagination. For those of you with no imagination, I'll give you some ideas: blueberry, pumpkin, poppyseed, oatmeal, banana, chocolate chip, apple cinnamon, zucchini or carrot.
  • Pudding cups. Make your own pudding and put it in those "disposable" containers. Freeze it the night before and it's perfect by the time they eat lunch.
  • Peanut butter balls! Roll them in graham cracker crumbs instead of dipping them in chocolate and enjoy!
  • Dessert Mix - Just find the sweets in your pantry, dump all those almost empty bags in a bowl and dish out equal servings in baggies. Some things you could include: chocolate or butterscotch chips, mini marshmallows, M&Ms, coconut or cereal.
  • Rice Crispy Treats! You can add all kinds of fun ingredients to the standard recipe to mix things up a bit - broken up candy bar pieces are pretty tasty.
  • Dessert pizza. Slice it, bag it and pack it until it's gone!
  • Sugar cookies. These can be made special for each kid to fit their interests and decorated with just about anything. Make mini circles with a cookie cutter then frost one and squish another on top for some great little cookie sandwiches.
In a pinch? No treats in sight? Try these two standbys:
  • Graham crackers with frosting (who didn't love these as a kid?)
  • Saltines with frosting (Have you tried them? Then don't knock 'em. A perfect combination of salty and sweet!)
Maybe you don't want to make something. Maybe you like buying stuff at the store. OK, fair enough. Here are some fun store-bought treats that go well with a little note:
  • M-azing candy bars: "You're one M-AZING kid!"
  • M&Ms: "Have a Marvelous & Magnificent day"
  • Sweetarts: "I love you, SWEETART!" (This one's great for teenage boys)
  • Mounds: "Hope your day is MOUNDS of fun"
  • Fanta soda: "Have a FANTAstic lunch"
Just hit the candy/treat aisle and come up with your own...

Hooray! You're on your way to being someone's favorite person with these lunchtime ideas. And we're not even done yet. Tomorrow is recipe day!

I know you'll be waiting with baited breath.

(What the heck does that mean, anyway? It sounds disgusting.)


Farscaper said...

Woman! You ROCK! I just stumbled back in on your blog today and had a lot of catching up to do.

I get my kids their unique lunch boxes at the beginning of every school year. YES, we've had a lot of lost / stolen lunch boxes - even with their names in permanent black marker on the outside.

I've definately taken some notes here. My kids love it when we cut their sandwiches into puzzle pieces. The crazier the shapes the better. I also put silly stickers in their lunches. I get happy to see them wearing the stickers when they come home.

It's all about the "Crew" said...

Mmmmm...I shouldn't have read that just now - now I have the munchies.

Chelle! said...

WOW!! Again...what time?