Brown Bag Lunch

Keeping Lunches Cold

Keep your lunch cold during the morning by packing a frozen juice box.

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Lunch Box Cake

When I was in grade school, my mother often packed a piece of sheet cake in my lunch. When I mentioned that the icing always stuck to the plastic wrap, mother began cutting the cake in half…

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Lunch Box Odors

To eliminate "lunch box odor" caused by a mixture of foods, I place a teaspoon of baking soda in the bottom of the box and cover it with a paper towel before placing the food in the box. The soda…

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Lunch Box Photo

When our daughter, Mollie, started preschool, I wanted her to know her dad and I were thinking of her. I attached a photo of the three of us to the inside of her lunch box, wrote "We love you"…

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Lunch Box Snacks

Since I have two preschoolers and infant twins who take a lot of time, I came up with a way to expedite the lunch-making process. At the beginning of the week, I portion raisins, cookies,…

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Lunch Bug

With two children in elementary school, I pack 10 lunches a week. Having the "same old, same old" gets boring for them to eat and for me to make. So every now and then, I pack the fixings for them…

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Lunch Cake

To keep frosting from sticking to plastic wrap, split a slice of cake or cupcake horizontally in half and spread the frosting in the middle. Firmly press the two halves back together and…

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Napkin Notes

When our three kids were in elementary school, I rarely let a day go by without including a little extra something in their lunch bags. At the very least, it was an "I love you" note written on…

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No Mess Lunch

Pack a moistened washcloth in a plastic bag—it's great for cleaning fingers before and after eating! —Marilyn Stroud, Larsen, Wisconsin

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No More Soggy PB&J

When making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for a brown-bag lunch, use slices of frozen bread and spread a layer of peanut butter on each slice. Top one slice with jelly, then assemble the…

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