Let's be honest, nothing can take the sting out of the summer ending.
As parents, we can’t make waking up early and going to school sound more appealing than rolling out of bed around lunch time and leisurely making your way to the pool. No one can compete with summer. It just can't be done. The best we can do is be supportive and understanding in this difficult time for our children. Time heals all things.
Although it is a small gesture, taking a few extra minutes when packing lunch is always a clear reminder that you care.
The only problem with this scenario is that as much as it can be a difficult time for kids, parents aren't always ready for the changing seasons either. Abrupt changes and juggling several, individual schedules are not always conducive to taking those extra few minutes we need. We're busy people.
So, you need something that seems special, but can be made in the moments in between locating missing shoes, and checking homework…
What about sushi?
OK, not that sushi. OK, maybe not even sushi at all. But it kinda looks like sushi, and even something that looks like sushi is bound to brighten your day a little bit, right?!
This recipe isn't rocket science, or really even all that new. It is however, delicious, fun, and a little bit different. All of these things are bound to help in these troubling times.
Also, check out this lunch-packing guide from our pals at Aunt Millie’s.
- Aunt Millie’s Country Buttermilk bread
- Cream cheese (choose your favorite flavor)
- Assorted veggies, meat & cheese, julienne cut (avocado, bell pepper, cucumber, carrot, turkey, cheddar, or whatever you like)
- Black sesame seeds
With a heavy rolling pin, roll the bread out until very flat (about 1/4" thick). Be careful not to tear it. Carefully cut off crust. With a mixer, or by hand, whip the cream cheese until light and fluffy. Spread a ½ tablespoon of cream cheese onto the bread, leaving a small amount at the edges dry. Add veggies/meat/cheese in a line in the center of the bread. Roll tightly, and press down to seal. Cut into 1" pieces. Sprinkle the tops with sesame seeds.
Serving size: two rollups (two slices of bread with meat and cheese)
Lindsay and John Cheesebrew are chefs, caterers, lazy bloggers, mom & dad, and total food nerds who are constantly pushing personal boundaries, with a seemingly endless string of events and personal projects.
They seek to share their vision of community through food with everyone they meet.