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Love in a Lunch Box

Lunchtime Back to School Treats


Photo © 2008 Debbie Colgrove, licensed to About.com, Inc.

Complete instructions for these Insulated Lunch Sacks can be found at Sewing.About.Com

Photo © 2008 Debbie Colgrove, licensed to About.com, Inc.
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The day's finally come. With excitement and great sadness, our lives have entered a new dimension. Once my baby put her foot on that first step, she rode out of my life (until 2:40 p.m.) on a big yellow school bus. It's the beginning of 13 years of first days back to school. Will she have a good time? Will she learn a lot? Will she make new friends? Will she be scared? Will she remember I still love her? Of course, she will, because I've put a little love in her lunch box for her first day back to school.

It doesn't take much to say "I love you" in their lunch boxes, lunch bags or brown bags. Here are a few ideas just for you:

Let Them Choose Their Own Lunch Box

Making decisions help make children more confidant. Even better than choosing a lunch box, why not have them help you make one. It's so easy. Just follow these simple step-by-step instructions complete with photos from our About.com guide to Sewing, Debbie Colgrove.

Adding a little note or photo will do the trick.

Make sure it isn't so small they'll miss it, but not too large so that their classmates won't laugh at them. Photographs work good, too. Pictures of your child at an event having fun or them with the family pet, all say love.

Another way to show your love is in the presentation of what's in the lunch box.

Cookie cutters are not just for sugar cookies anymore. Use them to make creatively shaped sandwiches. Even the meat or cheese can be cut in this manner, as well. I've also used them to cut shapes from banana bread. Other quick or sweet breads will work, too. Use colorful (rose, purple, yellow, green and so on) plastic wrap to wrap the food. Colorful napkins add a nice touch.

Any child will feel special when you bake for them.

Here are just some of the goods I plan to add to my daughter's lunch box:
  • Bread
    Whether it's from scratch or a machine, it's still made with love.
  • Brownies
    Nothing beats chocolate and brownies are the best way to get it.
  • Cake Mix Cookies
    There's a tremendous variety of flavors that can be made with this recipe.
  • Golden Treasure Cookies
    Your child will feel treasured with these cookies made with chunks of chocolate and lots of brown sugar.
  • Granola Bars
    These are a healthy and very satisfying treat for any lunch box.
  • Peanut Butter Cookies
    These are my favorite mood food cookies.
  • Scottish Shortbread
    These are a great little treat for the little ones in your life.

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