Friday, October 8, 2010

Notes from the lunch room

I'm the kind of person that likes to have everything prepared ahead of time, and lunch is no exception. I hate the thought of making a sandwich every night (or morning). So much prep work. So much clean up. Plus, I'm not a big sandwich fan.

A few years ago, I came across this Make Ahead Lunch Wrap recipe and it totally changed my life! Now I only spend an hour or two every three weeks cooking up a big batch of these. They freeze really well, and they actually taste very good when reheated in the microwave.

A problem I hadn't yet solved was how to take my lunch to school. I admit, I'm a bit of a cheap-o, so I usually just ended up bringing my food in a plastic bag. Other teachers bring brown paper bags, gift bags, or practical-looking-cooler-type bags. I'll admit.... there were lots of days where I kinda felt like white trash walking into the lounge with my plastic bag from Kroger.

But not anymore!! Last week, I received a BEAUTIFUL lunch box from Apey Lee's Homespun Designs. I literally gasped when I pulled it out of the box (oh, and I was impressed with the really fast shipping too!). The fabric was so pretty and the inside is made from that wipe-downable material for easy cleanup!

 I'm just learning how to use to my sewing machine -- it takes me all afternoon to make a cloth napkin -- so I was really impressed with the quality of the stitching. That's some serious talent right there, folks!

I've been using this as my new lunch box for about a week now, and I can tell you a couple of things:
  1. You can fit a lot of lunch in there: I put in a wrap, a pear, a bag of pretzels, and a small plate, with no problem!
  2. It's super sturdy.
  3. The velcro helps it to close well.
  4. I like that I can hang it on the peg in my pantry and it doesn't have to take up space on the floor or on one of the shelves.
  5. It's got little pockets on the front to stash my "emergency" chocolate!
And.... most importantly... I can feel all good about myself when I walk into the teacher's lounge with my pretty new lunch box!

If you're ready to tote your lunch in style, head on over to Apey Lee's Homespun Designs! She's got several beautiful options that will make you the envy of your lunchroom!

Take a peek:


  1. Very pretty...that's one thing I've not attempted, a lunch pail! I'm sure it'd be easy enough...her shop is lovely.

  2. that is so pretty!!! I love the fabric

  3. aw. it's so pretty! love the color combo. i might have to get one of lunch-bags are boring and black. :)

  4. Oh it's really pretty !!! It takes me all day top make a napkin too - LOL!

  5. Those are really pretty...and practical too! Best of both worlds!!

  6. I LOVE those lunch bags. Thanks for sharing! ...and thanks for stopping by my blog the other day! :)

  7. What a sweet post. Love your new lunch bag. I am sure you have received many compliments about it ;) Enjoy using it.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog.