Are you terrified? Are you calm? Were you expecting this? As someone who has suffered from lifelong (or close to it) anxiety, the unknown can be super scary. The scariest thing. And sometimes it’s the known that calms me. Surprisingly, when it’s actual chaos or crisis, I can be calm and focused. It’s scary to think about how many things are out of our control right now, and it’s also empowering to think about how many things are IN our control. Like how this is a time to make life as normal and smooth as possible for our families. Even when our hearts are going pitter patter. This is the time to be strong and kind, and to realize that a superhero lives within each of us. It just.. presents differently. Anyway, no more soapbox. Time for the recipe!
Oh, and know that I’m scared as the next person. Maybe even more. With the kids home for several weeks, at least, we’re trying to find our way through the new normal. My kids love when I make “school lunch.” Generally this just means that I use a portioned plate as a “lunch tray” and put a variety of foods on there. I even put dessert there, because in my kids’ elementary school, they get desserts right on the tray because they’re trusted to still make balanced choices. Another fun idea is to make fun, simple recipes that will make them smile. This doesn’t require a lot of ingredients or prep at all! You can also make easy swaps for pickier kids. Or pickier adults.
School Lunch Ideas For Home: Ladybug Open-Faced Sandwich:
What You Need:
1 slice of bread, toasted (we use. whole grain)
1 tbsp mayonnaise (we use homemade mayo!)
2 slices American cheese (we prefer cheddar)
Half of one tomato (or you can use an apple, especially if you find a swap for mayo)
3-4 black olives (pitted, preferably)
2 small pretzel sticks
Yields: 1 lady bug sandwich
1 – First, spread mayonnaise on your toast and top with cheese slices.
2 – Cut tomato half in two and place on top of the cheese, with a small gap in-between each tomato slice.
3 – Cut your olives in small pieces but leave one whole, and then place the halves on random spots of your tomato, “gluing” them on with mayonnaise.
4 – Snap your pretzel sticks into thirds and place around the body of your ladybug – these will act as its legs.
5 – And then place your remaining whole olive at the top – this will act as your ladybug’s head.