What's for Lunch at Our House

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Originally just a way to get a pokey preschooler to eat quickly, my blog has chronicled the last (almost) six years of our lunch journey, with fun foods, recipes, and lunch ideas for the busy mom!

Shannon is a winner of Top 25 Foodie Moms - 2013

What's one of the first recipes you taught your kids to make?

We started with the typical basics--sandwiches, cereal, things that did not involve the stove. The first recipe they ever made on their own was a meatball minestrone soup we found in a kids' cookbook. My oldest is going on 11 now and can pretty much make anything as long as she has a recipe.

What's a delicious no cook recipe?

Since it's summertime, we're on a fruit salad kick--sliced fresh fruits, a bit of orange juice to help preserve it, cinnamon, vanilla, and some yogurt or whipped cream.

What's a great breakfast for a special occasion?

Caramel French Toast! We make it every Christmas Eve for Christmas morning breakfast. You don't even need syrup on it, the caramel makes an awesome sticky glaze.

What's your kids' favorite homemade popsicle or frozen treat?

Shannon Carino

My kids loved the patriotic popsicles we made--fresh strawberries, blueberries, and vanilla yogurt. The best part of homemade fruit popsicles? You get to be the fun mom who lets them have a popsicle for breakfast!
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What's a fun arts & crafts or science activitiy that's perfect to do outside because of the mess? Please include a link to a picture if you have one.

Shannon Carino

Sidewalk chalk paint was a huge favorite of my kids when they were younger! Just mix equal parts cornstarch and water, add food coloring, and you've got paint!
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