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School Lunch Idea ~ How to Keep a Sliced Apple From Turning Brown

I send apples with my kids in their lunches sometimes.
But the truth is, when I send them they rarely get eaten.
There is always some excuse as to why they didn’t eat it,
but I don’t know, maybe the cookies in the lunchbox next to them are too appealing,
or they don’t want to get it stuck in their teeth when they take a bite.

It all boils down to us, as parents, trying to help our kids make healthy choices most of the time and when the healthy choice comes home in the lunchbox untouched it is time for a new plan!

So I got creative.  I had tried slicing them for them, but they are yucky and brown by lunch, so they didn’t get touched that way either.  I got to thinking, if I could keep the air off of them while still having them sliced and easier to eat that would be great!  This works!

You will need

An apple

Apple slicer/corer

Clean rubberband

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These apple slicers sure do make life easier, don’t they?  We use ours all the time!  (If you don’t have one, you can get them at virtually any store in the kitchen section)

Slice your apple, but before you remove the slices, carefully slide the slicer back off trying to leave it still in shape.  If it doesn’t work, just get it off as close as you can.  Now that you have the apple off the slicer, use your hands to shape it back into shape so it still looks like a whole apple.  While holding it with one hand, wrap the rubber band around with the other hand.

Now you can put it in a baggie, or just in the lunchbox like it is.  Sometimes some of the skin rips off when I do it, so you may have some small brown areas by the time it is ready to be eaten, but it sure beats a whole apple wasted because it wasn’t pretty enough!

Now at least some of the sections are being eaten.  I love to include some peanut butter or even a little caramel that they can dip the apple in.  Makes a yummy treat, but they are still eating something that is great for them too!  Try it, maybe it will lessen your lunchbox battles too!

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I am sure you are like me in that making food for my family to eat has become the chore of my world!
The hard part is the decision for something delicious and appealing to the multiple senses.
I know I am not alone in this daily struggle.
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This week I tried to find recipes that would work with the hot temperatures
(we have been in the low 100’s* this week here in Idaho).

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Strawberry Limeade Easy Summer drink

When it is hot, there is nothing better then a refreshing cold drink that taste to good! It just hits the spot everytime. And when summer drinks are easy to make and take no effort it makes prep time even easier to manage in the heat of the summer! Nothing is worse in the summer time heat then to have to spend time cooking or heating up the house over the stove. Why add more heat to the stifling summer weather, when you can make meals and drinks that require no extra cooking. That’s one reason why I love this Summertime Strawberry Limeade drink. It is so easy to make and takes no time at all! You can get all the ingredients ready and keep them in the fridge and make one drink at a time or make an entire pitcher full of refreshing beverage! easy strawberry limeade drink

It takes just a few ingredients that can be found in most kitchens!

Ingredients:

  • Strawberries
  • Limes
  • Sugar
  • Crushed Ice

ingredient summer drink strawberry limeade

Cut with a knife or crush the strawberries with a fork. You want to smash them quite well to help release the juice inside. For how ever much strawberries you use you will want to use half that in sugar. So as in the recipe card below you can use one cup strawberries and half a cup sugar. Mix the strawberries and the sugar well and place in the fridge to rest and draw more fluid out of the strawberries.

While that is drawing juice, slice the limes in halves and then take one half and cut it into quarters. Sqweeze the two quarters into your mixing container or glass. Take the other half and slice it along the outside to make a round garnish to hang on the side of the glasses.

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Next pour some crushed ice into your glass to about half full. Next add some Sprite or other Lemon Lime drink into your glass about 3/4 the way full. next spoon in some strawberries and juice from the bowl in the fridge. Add the juice from your 2 quarter limes, and place the lime garnish on the glass rim. Add more lime and strawberries to taste. And enjoy the cooling and refreshing Summertime Strawberry Limeade!

Strawberry Limeade
 
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Refreshing Summertime Strawberry Limeade
Recipe type: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Ingredients
  • Sugar soak strawberries:
  • 1 Cup chopped strawberries
  • ½ Cup sugar
  • 1 lime
  • Sprite
  • Crushed ice
Instructions
  1. Soak strawberries in bowl with sugar mixed in refrigerator till liquid is pulled from strawberries
  2. In a large glass add in crushed ice.
  3. Smash up the sugar soaked strawberries.
  4. Add strawberries to glass and pour in desired amount of sprite.
  5. Squeeze in 1 lime and toss lime into drink for an extra lime taste.
  6. Enjoy!
  7. Strawberry Limeade Easy Summer drink

 

 

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Breakfast Burritos ~ Freezer Friendly Camping Recipe

This recipe is awesome for camping or just for an easy breakfast idea. Did I mention that it is also freezer friendly, you can make up a big batch of them and enjoy them for weeks to come.  You can heat them up over a fire, in the oven or in the microwave (take the foil off), or fry them up in a skillet.

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What you need:

  • 8 eggs scrambled
  • 4 -5 cups potatoes (cooked) butter and seasoning salt
  • 1-2 cups breakfast sausage or italian sausage (more if you like)
  • 2 cups grated cheese ( I use mexican blend)
  • medium sized flour tortillas (10-15)
  • Foil to wrap them in

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You can customize these however you like. But this is how I make them for my family.  I start by cooking up the sausage. I like to mix breakfast sausage and mild italian sausage. If you like a LOT of meat you might add more, but I normally cook about 1 1/2- 2 cups of sausage.  I chop it into small pieces, once it is cooked thru I put it in bowl and set it aside.  In the SAME pan that I just cooked the meat in I add the potatoes (washed and cleaned and chopped into bite sized pieces).  The fat or drippings from the sausage helps flavor the potatoes, and it also helps them NOT stick to the pan. I like to season the potatoes with steak seasoning, seasoning salt and garlic powder.

If they look like they are sticking you can add a little butter to the pan. I also like to add about a 1/2 cup of water to the pan and put the lid on. This helps the potatoes cook faster. Once the water is gone, I take the lid off and let them crisp up and brown  a bit. Once the potatoes are cooked I put them aside with the meat. I then whisk the eggs and cook the scrambled eggs.

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Once you have the eggs, sausage and potatoes cooked it is time to assemble your burritos.  You can use any tortilla, I use the medium sized ones. This recipe will normally make about 15 burritos. If your kids are not picky and will eat everything in the burritos you can now combine the eggs, meat and potatoes. If they are picky keep them separate  so you can custom make their burritos. Add a scoop of filling to the middle of the tortilla top with cheese, fold the sides in roll up to create a burrito, wrap in foil.

You can now store them in a ziploc bag in the freezer till you are ready to eat them. Once ready to eat thaw, then heat them up over a fire, in the oven or in the microwave (take the foil off), or fry them up in a skillet.  If you are heating them over a fire put them in the coals (not an open flame) and turn them every few minutes. They should be ready to eat in about 6-9 minutes depending on the temperature of the coals. camping menu recipe ideas, breakfast burritos made on the campfire, camping hacks, breakfast ideas for outdoor cooking, menu plan

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