One big stressor for many of us moms is school lunch! Do you buy or pack?
Dalila: If you qualify for reduced/ free lunch at school, take it! That’s a huge savings and blessing. If you have to pay full price, make sure you buy your meats and bread from bulk stores. You can always freeze them, and that helps with saving money.
Dana: My kids dislike buying lunch. Lucky me no! Not really. But at the same time at least if I pack what they want I know they are eating. Cheese sticks, yogurts, apple sauce packets, granola bars, cheese, crackers, and a fruit of some kind are my go to things for school lunches.
Let’s wrap this month’s edition with a fun activity and recipe thanks to Dana!
Pumpkin French Toast Sticks
One loaf French bread or brioche bread cut into 1” thick slices, then into thirds
- 4 large eggs
- 2/3 cups milk
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1. Set a large non-stick skillet set over medium heat, add a small amount of butter and melt.
2. In a small rectangular baking dish, whisk together the eggs, milk, pumpkin puree, vanilla, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice.
3. Dip the bread into the mixture, flip sides and then place on the hot skillet. Cook until each side is golden brown, about 2 minutes on each side.
4. Meanwhile, in a small rectangular baking dish, combine the sugar and cinnamon, set aside.
5. Remove the fully cooked french toast sticks from the skillet and immediately roll in the cinnamon sugar mixture. Optional: serve with syrup and butter.
Favorite Fall Activity — Leaves Art Project
- Wax Paper
- Crayons (at least 4 colors)
- Sticks (from outside)
- 2 Kitchen towels
Collect leaves of all kinds. You can give your kids a list of leaves to look for also.
Take crayons and remove the wrappers.
Lay out a kitchen towel on a hard nonstick surface.
Place a piece of of 8x10 wax paper on the towel.
Place two leaves on the wax paper.
Take sticks and scrape off crayon wax onto the leaves.
Place another 8x10 piece of wax paper on top of covered crayon leaves.
Cover with two kithen towels.
Iron over the towel for about five minutes.
Once melted, cut out and hang up leaves for a decoration anywhere in your house.