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The Pav is ready and the BBQ is primed! Australia Day is just one sleep away so of course it’s an Aussie Bad Dad Joke today!
Queensland families are the first to kick the school year off as term 1 starts for them today. The rest of the country has a staggered start, but for us, next Monday is fast approaching. We’re at that stage in the holidays where the kids need some extra challenges and more people to play with. I’m ready to send them back but also reluctant to start the year because it means back into the routine and another year will soon fly by!
This week I will be focusing on getting back into the routine, writing out our lunch menu ideas, so lunchboxes don’t become stale by week 3 and finalising all of the school uniforms. While it’s still in the 30’s, we are very used to a quick chilly change in the next 2 months, so I’m going to make sure we have uniforms to cover term 1’s weather and activities.
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Term 1 always has a long start as we all get back into the routine. That often means that things go missing and the first thing to take an excursion in our house is the kid’s hats! Our winning hat is the Gosse microfibre bucket hat. It’s soft, squashable, washable and the crown cord holds it firmly on Miss 10’s head no matter what hairstyle she has. I’m also going to get a couple of lightweight jackets for when the cool afternoon and morning breezes begin. Sure it’s not likely to happen anytime soon but it seems to catch me off guard every year, not in 2017!
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Here’s a Bad Dad Joke to share during the Back to School the stationery shopping. It’s bound to get a groan just like when you say “your other one still works!”
We’ve got 2 weeks left of these holidays and I can’t believe how fast they have disappeared. We’re yet to hit the “I’m bored” stage and we’ve only managed to tick off a few things from our bucket list. With the countdown to school starting, I’ve decided to pull my head out of the sand and get the house and kids sorted for the return of routine.
The easiest part of back to school preparations is ordering the school uniforms online. If I order by midday during the week, my parcel gets dispatched the same day. At the moment you can also enjoy free shipping when you spend over $110 in one order, which is easy to do since my kids have sprouted up over summer. Miss 10 needs some skorts, polos and our favourite jacket in a bag for when the showers hit at 3:10pm. Master 8 is after his favourite sports shorts and his smart cargo shorts as well as more polos and a new hat because that managed to land in someone else’s this year. Our library bags are still going strong after 5 years and I think with their years they will no longer need the art smock, but who knows? It’s nearly time to pack the backpacks and my essentials are always sunscreen, tissues and hand sanitiser so we will be stocking up. Thankfully the school uniforms will be delivered to our door because this heat means we are inside for some cooling down before there’s another meltdown.This year the kids will both be in primary school so I’m beginning to think about ways to get set up so homework is a breeze rather than an argument. Our homework basket has helped us get homework sorted for the past few years so it’s time to replenish the supplies and be ready for another year to begin.
Next week we will be getting back into school routine with the kids hitting their pillows closer to their school night times. We’ve enjoyed late nights quite a lot these holidays. But the heat and being tired has led to a few moments when emotions run wild and we’re not at our best and I’m not just talking about the kids. My kids, well really it’s me who loves routine. The predictable pace and moments throughout the day and week all mean we know what we’re doing and what to pack for the day. This year I will be revamping the kid’s routine charts as they help Master 8 to stay on track and Miss 10 to know what to pack in her bag.
I think the only thing left for our back to school to be sorted is the baking. Miss 10 and I will be trying out some new recipes this week so we can mix up the lunchboxes a bit because come week 4 I’m tired of ham and cheese sandwiches. We’ve got some great recipes which freeze beautifully so we’ll be making those and filling the freezer with some goodies for term 1.
If I get everything sorted this week then the next week we can tick a few more things off our bucket list and enjoy the final week of the holidays.
Are you ready for Back to School?
If you’re like me, sandwiches can get a little boring by week 4 of the term. I have found that if I change things up a bit by adding some non-sandwich ideas then the kids keep eating and I keep packing because they are a little more interesting for me. Master 8 loves eating the same things every day, so I try and have 3 options for him a week otherwise, he will drop one of them, and I’ll be left with a starving boy at pick up who is just holding himself together. Miss 10, on the other hand, is a foodie, she loves trying new things, so I let her feed my need for change. Here are some great things that the kids have enjoyed over the past few years which still remain favourites today.
As you know I’m a fan of our freezer so Mexican Scrolls are a great way to use up leftover mince from tacos or spaghetti bolognese. These scrolls freeze beautifully and are a hit with both of my kids.
Another hit for Miss 10 and I are Corn and Zucchini Fritters. I serve them with salad and a little sweet chilli sauce and they are devoured with ease. I love these for in my lunchbox as it feels like a cafe treat without the expense.
Chicken Spanakopita Meatballs are always in my freezer. They are so easy to make and served with some tzatziki and salad they are once again a favourite lunch for us. I’ve also used lamb mince with the recipe and they are equally delicious.
Quiche makes for a great dinner when served with a beautiful salad. I figure if I’ve got the oven on I may as well make 2 so we can all take some in our lunchbox the next day. There are so many fillings you can add to a quiche so creativity can be a plus here.
Our other favourite which we tend to make for Sunday lunch is Sushi. Teriyaki Chicken Sushi is easy and delicious but alas can’t be frozen so we make enough for lunch on Sunday and the next day.
What are your lunch box favourites? I’d love to expand our list.
Next week we will begin our back to school baking. We bake and freeze treats so that filling the lunch box is easier on those crazy mornings when you feel like your chasing your tail. Give these a try and test them out on the kids and freeze the leftovers ready for term 1.
While the berries continue to be at their best we love to make this Raspberry Coconut Loaf which freezes perfectly and is well liked by kids and adults so it’s also perfect for after school catch ups. While you’ve still got frozen berries in the freezer, these Berry Buttermilk Muffins are delicious and super easy to make.
For the chocolate fans, these Chocolate Brownies are delicious but super rich so be sure to cut them into small squares before you freeze them.
Next week I’ll post some tasty no sandwich options for the lunchboxes because sometimes you just need to mix things up a bit.
Are you baking already for back to school?