The last few weeks have been really stressful and I think it shows the most in our mornings. Out-of-state meetings, multi-day out-of-town funerals, crazy work schedules and extra homework on top of dark skies until 8am have made things feel even more nuts than usual. I still try to be creative with the lunches because it's a nice chance to show Monstro that I care even when things are unpleasant.
Initially this lunch was going to be a jack-o-lantern sandwich much like Sherimiya's but I got distracted by some pumpkin spice cream cheese at the store. YUM! To adapt, I made a sandwich on baguette (Monstro's favorite bread. I think he just likes saying the name) with the cream cheese, mini chocolate chips, raisins and super thin apple slices. He loved it! He wanted another one for snack, for dinner and for breakfast the next day! I gave the sandwich a little cat face using string cheese whiskers, red grape mouth and apple eyes and nose. On the side he had some grapes and the side car had the rest of the string cheese and some tomato wedges from Gramma's garden.
Since the next lunch was pretty boring I'll just post it here. Monstro wanted left over chili so that part was easy. He also wanted ANOTHER one of those sandwiches (what have I done?!). I gave him a nice full thermos of hot chili and wrapped it in a piece of Insul-Brite to help keep it warm. Then I gave him his precious sandwich and a side of cocoa roasted almonds. Apples, raisins, "pumpkin concentrate" and the tomato in chili counts as a real meal right?!