Monday, August 20, 2012

making uncrustables. planning ahead.

my older sister, (who does not blog but should) made these uncrustable sandwiches and posted them on instagram and i was like, that's a good idea. although i think she made them for the entire year which is hard core.

so i made my own. i mean, look...you can do the edges all fancy, but i don't think your kids will care. although, i'm tempted to by the wonder bread sandwich pocket maker because it's genius and makes them so cute with sealed edges.

basically, you can buy 4 uncrustable sandwiches in a box for $3 which is a complete rip off.
especially when you can't even pick your ingredients. i'm not really down with eating partially hydroj anyway. do not call me a snob in your brain right now. we all have are little hangups and this is mine. i like to eat semi healthy items. besides the cookie for breakfast... that is what we call an "energy bar"( energy for 10 seconds straight!).

for $2 i got 8 sandwiches. and a certain amount of sanity in the future.

so here's what i did.

yes, that's an easter egg cookie cutter. i believe it gave me the better bread square footage when compared to the typical circle.

now you will want to cut the crust off first and make croutons with this goodness. i forgot about that and already smeared peanut butter on everything. peanut butter croutons might not be amazing on your ceaser salad.

so we saved it in a bag for the ducks. i am not sure ducks can eat peanut butter so if you hear about a mass duck death in the KC area, it wasn't me and lila.

anyway, you make them like normal, i sprinkle ground flax in there for good measure, cut them out, put them in a baggie and then they all go in a big freezer bag. then if your school allows peanut butter, you can just fling one in their lunch in the morning. or if you're like us and can't have peanut butter at school, your kids can eat one after school when they come home all ravenous like animal children.

there are a trillion tutorials on the interwebs that you can browse.
i think the point here is that summer was good in a lot of ways, but terrible in others. there's something about having no structure that is great...for a small period of time. i'm ready for the fall and i'm ready to get a touch more organized and structured. planning ahead will be difficult for me because, again, it's not in my personality to bend that way...BUT that doesn't mean i don't need to bend. i'm hoping to make some freezer meals that i can just dump in the crockpot so that we don't have to have "combo night" which means, random combinations of things in the pantry.
i.e. cereal and chips.
or what can i put in this taco shell that won't make me sick?
and why are hot dogs in this pasta salad?

so when you start at that low of a point, there's only one way to go and that's up! improvement never looked so good.


29 comments:

  1. This comment has nothing to do with this post really, except that I think I wrote you an email once saying how cool it would be if we could have lunch because you are hilarious. Then I just read this post, and I realized that we probably actually could because you live in the KC area [as do I]. Until then it was kind of like you were fictional [as is everyone in my mind that I know about but have never met]. Now you seem kind of like a real person. I will warn any ducks I see in KC.

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    1. i am for reals. although possibly not as funny in person. you might want to leave the lunch/duck feeding early.

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  2. This whole post is amazing. Just amazing. :)

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  3. I am, like, anti freezing-things-ahead in every way. Mainly because I really, really, really don't want to spend the time doing that. Buuut, my recent foray into freezing pancakes has made me brave. So, I'm so trying this for our toddler. Gracias!

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  4. I once again LOL'd...why? Because I actually did have hot dog in pasta salad today for lunch!! Momma was cleaning up the leftovers! And your combo night is our Grocery Game night...I love a challenge, and just the word casserole makes me feel creative!

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  5. i love your blog for so many reasons... but i've been hanging out here tonight just so i can listen to the mumford & sons new single over and over (without purchasing it. what?)

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  6. get it, girl. great idea!
    but, crazy thing, elijah only eats crust.
    yeah.
    maybe i can send y'all his leftovers?
    kidding. or not, i mean, up to you.

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  7. Not totally sure why I haven't done this. Maybe because I hate planning ahead as well. I did get on the freezer crock pot kick and it is awesome. When you remember to take it out and throw it in before 5pm.

    Check this out...she even makes and organizes your grocery list for you. And each recipe makes 2 bags (2 meals). Awesome.

    Now...to go thaw my bread so I can make 100 crustless sammies.

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  8. Did I post the link? Prolly not. If I didnt...here!

    http://www.six-cents.com/search/label/Cooking

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  9. ready for a little routine up in here too! starting saturday we're having a week-long summer hoorah, then it's routine time! yeah!!!

    love your sandwich idea (or your sis's?) lunches are hard for me. thanks!

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  10. 1. I like the new header. sorry I was slow for noticing.
    2. I love working in an urban school because we are not SUPER UPTIGHT about peanut allergies. If you can't eat peanut butter, tough luck. I know this is insensitive. But we have bigger problems. Like poverty. :-)

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  11. This Mumford song is amazing. Cant wait for the new album!

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  12. you can put the pb croutons in a taco shell...enough crunchiness, surely there is fiber in that...

    and yes...even though the offspring are older now, we still thrive on routines ;)

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  13. genius idea! i am definitely going to try this!! thanks!

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  14. your new header looks hot. and i also love this make-ahead sammy idea. i totally thought it was all yours... you coulda fooled me.

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    1. why did reading that my header was hot make me laugh. because i'm sitting here in yoga pants and no makeup so i'll take any compliment i can get.

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  15. No peanut butter at school?! What the...? Do they allow pudding cups? Man. I have no idea what my mom would have made us for lunch back in the day.
    And kudos for the PB eggs. Super cute. I have a pampered chef crustable cutter thingy ma-bob that I used for my littles. When they used to be little :(


    Oh, and no offense, but I am already hooked on the PB ggs that Reeses stocks around Easter....but those are covered in chocolate. XOX

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  16. No peanut butter at school?! What the...? Do they allow pudding cups? Man. I have no idea what my mom would have made us for lunch back in the day.
    And kudos for the PB eggs. Super cute. I have a pampered chef crustable cutter thingy ma-bob that I used for my littles. When they used to be little :(


    Oh, and no offense, but I am already hooked on the PB ggs that Reeses stocks around Easter....but those are covered in chocolate. XOX

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  17. Thanks so much for Combo Night! Loved it. And did not think about making these ahead, or using a cookie cutter. Both ideas I love!

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  18. it's high fructose corn syrup for me. i'm crazy about keeping it away from my little people.

    i should confess that typing this was challenging on account that i was laughing so hard from imagining hot dogs in pasta salad.

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    1. i hate HFCS too. i'm basically an all around food hippie. don't get me started.

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  19. never thought to do this a freeze them.. genius Jami!

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  20. Great idea! Are you still doing gluten free for miss Lila? If so what bread do you use ? My mom to me the gluten free bread she got was terrible

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  21. Bwahahaha! Hot dogs in your pasta salad! Excellent. We've had many a "combo night" around these parts recently, too. Last night, in fact, I had 2 plates of nachos and half a bag of baby carrots. Delightfully nutricious.

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    1. that actually is a good balance. shred the carrots on top next time. LOL. no, don't.

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  22. Okay, so you know how you're hungry in the morning and just want something really naughty, but then remember that you have a half of a can of black beans in the fridge left over from making dinner last night and you remember that ages ago you bookmarked a site that had a black bean brownie recipe? Well, maybe that's just me... (by the way, I turned it into a weird/delightful smoothie after much modification) Anyway, I just have to share this weird little coincidence with you. I check my favorite deal blog every morning, and today one of the posts mentioned free songs from amazon.com. One of the songs was by Mumford & Sons, who I had never heard of before. After listening to a sample and googling them for more information, I decided I didn't really need to download it, and then proceeded to figure out what to eat for breakfast. Well after finding (and modifying) your recipe, I just clicked around to some of the "You might also like" posts and found this one wherein two people mention the band I had just learned about! Too weird, huh?

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