Fiery Ferments: House Made Kimchi

This is a great time of year for Napa Cabbage. With one stab at fermenting firmly under our belts [our summer pickles], this weekend, we decided we’d tackle one of our favourite fiery sides: Kimchi.  There are a bazillion Kimchi recipes out there to choose from. But, the technique is basically the same. Soak cabbage in […]

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Family Pinochle Night

Tonight is Family Pinochle Night! When the kids and I were planning our “September Unplugged,” they said that they wanted to learn a new card game. I immediately thought of Euchre, which was an amazingly popular game in my dorm in University, but which I thought I had never learned. When we got out our […]

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September Unplugged : 7 Ways to Take it Easy this Month

September Unplugged You probably thought that this was going to be a post about limiting the kids’ screen-time for the start of school, right? Or, maybe, you figured I was going to go all Puritan on you and suggest that parents turn off their cell phones and “lose” the wifi password just at the time when everybody is […]

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Fall 2015 Love to Do List

Welcome back to The Lunchbox Season!   Here’s our brand-spanking-new Fall 2015 Love to Do List! √September UNPLUGGED, Collect Acorns & Pinecones, √Butterscotch Pecan Cookies, √International Red Panda Day, All Hallows Read, Apple Picking & Pies, √Euchre Pinochle Night, Pumpkin Carving, Ginger Tea Party, Fall Leaf Photos, √Family Music Theory Class, Kimchi Making, Nuit Blanche, Roast […]

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Summer of Funner 2015 is coming…

Pack your overnighters, pitch the tent, get the fire blazing, and get your marshmallows on that stick! Summer of Funner 2015 is coming!! Join us on June 30th, 2015 for the BEST SUMMER YET… ______________ Quick Links  :   :    Summer of Funner : The Lunchbox Season :  In Defense of Burning

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Love Your Local : Building the Ultimate Cookie Plate

You know, we don’t always do our own baking! In a neighbourhood like ours, it’s pretty hard to take a pass on the spectacular treats on display in the local windows and shops.  Last weekend, we had a piano recital to provide for and lots of practicing to fit in beforehand.  So, instead of baking, we […]

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Lemon Lilac Mini Muffins with Lilac Simple Syrup & Lemon Glaze

It’s lilac-glorious-lilac season. On the weekend, Bea challenged me to make muffins for breakfast with something from the garden. It was pouring rain, and my lilacs were drooping heavily. I wondered if they’d make it through the storm. So, I thought, why not go for the gold? I put on my rain boots and grabbed […]

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New Posts are Coming in May …

We’re all tuckered out from our amazing March breACK 2015! But we’ll be back in early May for a relaxed spring season of posts and a bit of a redesign! Any suggestions for the site? Drop us a note in the comments below! Welcoming the warmer weather and the amazing sunshine! With Love, The Lunchbox […]

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March BreACK! 2015 : Illustrate Your Own Books : The Earl of Tellurine

The kids have finished illustrating yet another March BreACK! story. This year, for their Illustrate-Your-Own-Books project, I wrote them a story called “The Earl of Tellurine.” It’s a future-space swashbuckler, loosely based on a couple of different Dumas epics and set in an imagined cosmos known as the Beeshus System. At its heart, it’s a revenge […]

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Cold Stars and Newly Minted Moons: Homemade Peppermint Patties

We’ve definitely had a galactic mint trend going on this week with our “Imagined Galaxies” March breACK! For our final March BreACK! treat, we’re tackling a homemade version of one of the kids’ new faves, one I’ve loved for a long time: the Peppermint Patty.  It took me a while working with different recipes to […]

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Kid – Invented Constellations

Today, keeping up with the “Imagined Galaxies” theme of our March breACK! 2015, I had the kids build upon their enthusiasm for their Imagined Solar System designs by inventing their own constellations. They spent time using the art supplies of their choice to diagram or illustrate their brand new group of stars. Then, I asked them, in […]

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Space Party Juice and Smoothie Bar : Date-Almond Asteroid Milk, Choco-Nut Protein Blaster, Steel Pink Rocket Power Booster, Solar Mint Green Motivator Juice

We’ve had quite an indulgent week so far.  Today’s space party is going to include some healthy snacks!  We’ve got four amazing kid-friendly smoothies and juices that you can serve at your once-in-a-millenium inter-galactic pow-wow or at breakfast, lunch, and dinner all year long! For the smoothies, you will need a good blender or food processor. […]

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Space pARTy : Buzz Aldrin Inspired Space Helmet Self-Portraits

Today, I asked the kids to look at some pretty inspiring images. First, we looked at Neil Armstrong’s photographs of Buzz Aldrin on the moon. The kids loved the way the photographer’s reflection showed up in Aldrin’s space helmet, offering a view of what was ahead of him.  Then, we looked at an awesome illustration […]

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Loaded Skillet Cookie Asteroid

SPAAAAAACCCE COOKIES!!!!!  The theme of our March BreACK! 2015 is “Imagined Galaxies.” And we’re sticking to that with one bang-up good treat. The characters in the story I wrote for the kids to read and illustrate this week kick back and relax by making cookies in a skillet on their space-ship. They dump whatever treats they […]

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