To keep drinks cold in lunch boxes, pour a small amount in the bottom of the container (not glass) and then set the cap loosely on top. Put it in the freezer overnight. The next day fill with the rest of the drink. The ice should slowly melt all day long, keeping the beverage cool. *Have the kids pre-package chips and cookies in bags on the weekends. Store in a basket. Grab one out as needed for lunches. *Make a large batch of puddings and gelatins on the weekends. Pour into individual containers and refrigerate. *Save the catsup and mustard packets and napkins you don’t use from the fast food restaurants. Use them in lunch boxes. *Puddings - Sprinkle with marshmallows, coconut, nuts, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips or peanut butter chips (for chocolate pudding) or berries (in vanilla pudding). *Banana, pumpkin or zucchini bread *Tuna, egg or chicken salad sandwich *Tuna salad and crackers *Sandwiches made from last night’s dinner meat (i.e., roast beef, chicken or turkey) *Pickles *Ants on a log-celery with peanut butter inside and raisins on the peanut butter *Hot dogs *Canned fruit *Carrot sticks, celery sticks or radishes with Ranch dressing *.
GRANOLA BARS 1 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup sugar 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened 2 Tbsp. honey 1/2 tsp. vanilla 1 egg 1 cup flour 1 tsp. cinnamon 1/2 tsp. baking soda 1/4 tsp. salt 1 1/2 cups rolled oats 1 1/4 cups crispy rice cereal 1/2 cup wheat germ (optional) 1 cup chocolate chips* In a large bowl, cream sugars and butter until fluffy. Add honey, vanilla and egg. Mix well. Blend in flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Stir in remaining ingredients. Press firmly into the bottom of a greased 9x13 pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. To microwave: Press ingredients into a microwave safe dish. Microwave on medium power for 7-9 minutes. Rotate dish every three minutes. Bars will firm as they stand. Cool and cut into bars. Save the crumbs for yogurt or ice cream topping. Makes 24 bars *The following may be used in addition to or to replace chocolate chips: 1 cup coconut 1/2 cup creamy or chunky peanut butter 1/2 cup nuts 1/2-1 cup raisins, dried apples, apricots 1/2 cup fruit preserves APPLE OATMEAL BARS 1 cup oatmeal 1/2 tsp. salt 1/2 cup butter 1 cup flour 1/2 tsp. cinnamon 2 1/2 cups apples, chopped or 3/4 cup apple butter (omit cinnamon) 1/2 cup sugar Combine the first five ingredients, and pat half into an 8x8 inch pan. Layer apples and sugar. Crumble remaining mixture on top. Bake 35 minutes at 350 degrees.
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