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August 28th

The Evolution of Lunch

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Back in the 80′s when I went to school the lunch boxes sure were somethin’ special. Pacman, Star Trek ,the Fonz, Care Bears, Gremlins, Fraggle Rock, The Smurfs….the list goes on…
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These days, boy have things changed. With the extensive knowledge and awareness we all have for food, chemicals in food and organic eating, it’s no longer about the lunch box but what’s inside it that matters.
My friend Ilana of Mommy Shorts recently wrote a blog post about Mighty Nest. I was immediately drawn to their products as I was in the midst of preparing my son for Kindergarten which starts next week (gasp!). He will now need to bring lunch daily which is new in our home since he was never at school over lunch time during his preschool days.
I’m nervous and excited about sending him with lunch daily. Nervous because I have so little time as it is I fear I will have trouble coming up with creative and delicious ideas for food to send him to school with daily. However excited to be able to send him to school with healthy meals and probably little notes so he doesn’t forget me during the day (ha!).
Mighty Nest does not only make products that look adorable but they have the most incredible mission statement. They pledge to keep my family safe with toxin free products and when I placed my order they donated 15% of my purchase to my son’s public school. That was SO cool!
Now the challenge is the meals…
Today I played around with a few ideas to get myself ready for school next week so I wouldn’t be scrambling when I have to crack down and actually send him off with daily meals.
The lunch “bot” that I ordered has dividers to separate foods which makes it super easy for me to come up with ways to fill especially when thinking about color to make the box look appealing when opened. I also turned to the trusty cheat sheet that Mighty Nest sent out in a recent email that made lunch so much easier to put together. Choose one item from each category below and boo-yah.

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The best part about this little cheat sheet is my lil man shares my love of food. When I showed this to him he got super excited and wanted to be involved in choosing the food from each category to build his lunches. Well that certainly makes life easy. And to top that off…he loves making his lunch with me! From picking tomatoes out of our garden to cutting cheese into the shape of ducks…he does it all. Seems as though this won’t be as difficult as I thought it would be. Yay!
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Ok so here’s what we’ve got…you ready?
Lunch #1: Hippo shaped sandwich of hummus and avocado, all dressed pretzel chips, sliced cucumbers and a tomato & duck shaped mozzarella salad. In the awesome “Lunchskin” which is a reusable snack pack (great for the environment!) we filled it up with cheddar popcorn, my son’s favorite food to nosh on.
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Lunch #2: Bowtie pasta with basil tomato sauce (truth be told these were leftovers. So what?!), blueberries, sun kissed cherry tomatoes and lentil crackers topped with bunny shaped muenster cheese. To snack: cheddar cheese puffs.
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Lunch #3: Flower shaped raisin bread sammies filled with strawberry cream cheese, raspberries, black grapes and peanut butter panda puffs. To snack: honey mustard veggie straws.
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I’m not gonna lie to you…I’m kinda jealous. I want these FABULOUS lunches made for me daily! No one sends me to work with lunches like this, that’s for sure!
Ok now I need your help guys…I have to do this 5 days a week for the next 9 months! AH! How the heck will I keep thinking of fun, healthy, appealing to a 5 year old, ideas?! Please please tell me your school lunch secrets! I need all the help I can get.
Oh, and don’t think I didn’t order this tank top to kick the school year off….because I did. I heart you J.Crew.
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categories: Gardening, Healthy, Kids eats, Little Miss Foodie, Little Miss Mommy

April 10th

Cheers to our mother, Earth!

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Earth day is less than two weeks away. Did you know that? What are you doing to celebrate our mother earth on April 22nd?
My friends in Canada take recycling and garbage disposal very seriously. I often tease them for it. Well no longer my friends. If we don’t respect our earth we are in trouble and forget about us…our kids will be in great danger.
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categories: Dessert, Gardening, Holidays, Little Miss Foodie, Little Miss Mommy, Party Stylists, Photography, Summer, Sweets

September 2nd

Does it have to end?

Growing up I went to sleep away camp. I spent 10 summers there. It was the best 10 summers of my life. When the summer would end and I came home to begin the school year, I would spend approximately one week sobbing in my room. I missed the summer so much I couldn’t bear the thought of it ending. Well that feeling never really went away. As much as I love a good fall wardrobe and the cooler nights I hate to see the pool days go…
Here’s a little recap of how this summer went for my family…along with the winner for our “Join the Party” contest…drum roll please….
Congratulations to Amanda Kauffman!  You have won yourself a Little Miss Party in a box for a party for 8! Please email me here to claim your prize.
And now for my Ode to Summer:
Oh, to the late afternoons by the bay
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Oh, to be sipping on loads of Lemonade…outta mustache straws.
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Oh to be cooking up a storm on the Big Green Egg…Ribs…Beer can chicken and Brisket…
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categories: Gardening, Giveaway, Kids eats, Little Miss Mommy, little miss party, Summer, Toddler activities

June 22nd

Gardening 2012 with special guest Steve Sheffer

A couple of weeks ago my Uncle Steve (AKA handy manny – who is both handy and acts as a male nanny) and Aunt Debi (who’s adventures you can read all about on her hilarious Narsbar blog) came to visit us in the Hamptons. Though we invited them to enjoy our home, spend some quality time together and have a little vacation…there was an ulterior motive: The list. This list consisted of some help that I needed with a few events that I was working on – most importantly my sister’s stagette called Camp Mandylane. And next to it – my garden. Last year Uncle Steve gave me all of his fabulous gardening tips and I did it myself. This year being due with baby #2 in July I figured it may be easier if he just flew down and helped me with the planting himself. So he did. And I couldn’t be more thankful for it. Not to mention…he got a great lil, pant less assistant to help him – my son. Want to get your kids involved in the garden? Read on…

Gardening with Steve Sheffer (SS) – a special LMP Blog Q&A:

LMP: What are the most important tools required for the first of gardening season?
SS:  Before even planting you have to make sure you have proper soil conditions.

LMP:  Oh, this is good to know.  What does this mean?
SS:  You must know the type of plants that you are planting, the amount of sunlight that they require and soil conditions meaning for example some plants like well draining areas of sandy soil condition.
As far as tools:  a rake, a shovel and a small hand shovel.
Also you may want to get a fence. I put one up around the tomatoes to protect them from creatures who may roam here through the night. Not sure that this will actually keep them out but it’s worth a shot! I just used chicken wire and stakes which we got at Home Depot. I also used wire trellises around the tomatoes as they grow decently high and you don’t want them to tip over. We were able to find bright green at Home Depot in their gardening section which I think looks really nice in your backyard.

LMP: I agree.  I LOVE the bright green garden trellises. Such a great update from the ugly plain wire colored ones I got last year! How did you prep the soil?
SS: I used a quality grade, organic triple mix soil and worked it into the existing earth with a shovel and a rake.

LMP: What are your favorite vegetables and/or fruits to plant and why?
SS: Tomatoes, zucchinis, peas, beans and cucumbers. I like these best because they can be picked and enjoyed right off the vine.


Note from LMP: The chives (purple flowers on top) grew back from last year.  Who knew?  I had no idea they were perennials. Was quite a pleasant surprise when I saw them pop up at the beginning of the gardening season.

LMP: What’s the best way to get toddlers involved in the garden?
SS: Have them help dig the holes, give them the task of placing the plants in the holes and if you’re using seeds let them drop the seeds into their individual holes or mounds made.  Have them participate in an ongoing manner with watering frequently so they can observe the growth and enjoy the fruits of their labor.

The lil man wore shoes by Native which I love because they have the same comfort as Crocs but are much easier on the eyes…

Lil man topped off the gardening with lunch served al fresco and enjoyed by the hard working Uncle Steve who continued on to plant impatience neatly in front of my house which look absolutely gorgeous.


Thanks Uncle Steve for all of your help this weekend – you and Aunt D are the best!

categories: Gardening, Little Miss Mommy, Summer, Toddler activities

September 6th

Pick me!

I’m astonished by my first time vegetable garden. I never imagined I could plant veggies in a garden that would grow as successfully as the ones I planted this spring. Over the past week I picked about a dozen tomatoes from the garden (yellow heirlooms and beefsteak) and bundles of grape tomatoes. Each tomato was sweeter then the next and my LM couldn’t resist eating them off the vine or the counter…

My favorite use for tomatoes generally is for slicing as garnish on my famous summer burgers and chopping up for salads. We had burgers twice this week because each time I make them they are a huge hit. If you want to give them a shot…here you go:
Seri’s famous summer burgers -
1 pound ground beef
1 garlic glove, pressed
1 small onion, grated
few tablespoons of worcestershire sauce (I just wing it)
1 handful of parsley, chopped finely
1 palmful of parmesan
1 palmful of breadcrumbs (add a bit more if you need to bind)
couple shakes of Montreal Steak Spice
salt and pepper to taste
Mix all ingredients above together in a large bowl and score into 4 equal parts. Form 8 small or 4 large patties and place onto a baking sheet covered with wax paper. Cover with plastic wrap and store in fridge till you’re ready to use. Heat grill to high and cook for 5 minutes per side. Add cheese when there is 2 minutes left in the cooking process if you are into having a cheeseburger.

Tomatoes picked fresh from the garden…and some onions chopped up to top…

The toppings are endless really…

And so are the salads really.  Here we used red + yellow garden tomatoes, avocado, cucumbers and cilantro with a red wine vinegar, olive oil, salt & pepper dressing.  Great side to the burger.


Too bad the summer is coming to an end…it’s been a great one filled with tons of incredible food.  The BBQ’ing won’t end that easily around here though!  So stay tuned for more recipes from the grill in the next few months as we head out east every weekend chance we get.

categories: Gardening, Kids eats, Little Miss Foodie, Little Miss Mommy, Meat, Summer Menu

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