9 Peanut Butter Sandwich Variations for School Lunches (or for work)!

I’m always looking for fun sandwich ideas for the kids lunches beyond just boring PB&J. Especially since Clever Teen refuses to take a lunch box and just puts her sandwich in her backpack, it makes it hard to do any sandwich that would require an ice pack or refrigeration. So I did some searching to see how I could get creative with the classic peanut butter sandwich for school lunches!

DIY Stenciled Lunch Bags for Boys

Of course these lunches would fit perfectly in a stenciled lunch bag. See the tutorial here: http://cleverpinkpirate.com/2014/08/27/stenciled-lunch-bags-kids/

9 Peanut Butter Sandwich Variations for School Lunches

Fluffernutter Sandwich: I’m not normally a fan of marshmallow but I do sort of like marshmallow cream. Fromaway.com shares how to make homemade marshmallow fluff for your fluffernutter sandwiches! Combine it with peanut butter and maybe even some sliced bananas or apples and you have an irresistible sandwich.
http://www.fromaway.com/cooking/homemade-marshmallow-fluff

Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter Sandwich: This actually sounds like heaven, sweet and rich is my kind of sandwich and I am sure the kids would love it.
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Cinnamon-Raisin-Peanut-Butter-Sandwich

Peanut Butter Banana Dog Sandwich: This looks FUN! A twist on the PB & Banana sandwich.
http://afewshortcuts.com/2011/08/lunch-box-idea-peanut-butter-and-banana-dogs/

Peanut Butter &  Pickle Sandwich: My kids love PB and pickles, so I am pretty sure they would love this one especially with the extra surprise inside!
http://wonderlandkitchen.com/2013/04/national-peanut-butter-and-jelly-day-peanut-butter-pickle-variation/

Peanut Butter Banana & Honey Sandwich: With the cinnamon raisin bread, this sounds like the perfect combo.
http://www.creative-culinary.com/peanut-butter-banana-and-honey-sandwich-on-cinnamon-bread/

Peanut Butter Apple Oatmeal Sandwich: If the kids are getting tired of bread, this would be a great alternative to the traditional PB sammy!
http://www.wheelndealmama.com/peanut-butter-granola-apple-sandwiches-perfect-snack-for-the-kids/

Grilled Peanut Butter & Apple Sandwiches: Here is another peanut butter and apple sandwich except this one is grilled!
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Grilled-Peanut-Butter-Apple-Sandwiches/

Peanut Butter & Basil Sandwich: OKay so this may be more of an adult Peanut Butter sandwich but it could be a tasty sandwich for kids too!
http://minimalistbaker.com/peanut-butter-and-basil-sandwich/

Homemade Uncrustables Sandwich: Do your kids hate their crusts? Mine too. This tool is awesome for cutting the crust off and you can even freeze these! Check out how easy these are here:
http://crazyadventuresinparenting.com/2011/11/diy-homemade-uncrustables-sandwiches.html

If you are looking for more fun ideas for school lunches, check out my School Lunches board on Pinterest! It has recipes, fun themes and even some printables for your kids lunchboxes!

Follow Clever PinkPirate’s board School lunches that aren’t boring! on Pinterest.

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By now you have probably seen my obsession with the Cricut Explore machine. I’ve been crafting away on it and people have asked me, do I really like it? Yes, I LOVE it! It’s easy to use and it really does cut a lot of materials! While crafting up some fabulous items, I’m also participating in Cricut Design Star!

Here is the fabulous team I am on (go Team 12), be sure to follow their blogs to see the latest and greatest creations with the Cricut Explore!

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DIY Stenciled Lunch Bags

Since back to school time is officially here, I wanted to get a little crafty with the lunch bags I was sending the kids to school with. They do have traditional lunch boxes but sometimes it’s fun to get something new!

These bags are actually stenciled on with acrylic paint and freezer paper. I especially love that it only took about 5 minutes to make!

DIY Stenciled Lunch Bags for Boys

I did make the stencils on the Cricut Explore and it was very easy. I made a dinosaur, a hot air balloon, an airplane and of course, a creeper.

This was actually my very first freezer paper stencil and I will tell you, it was SUPER easy! The freezer paper is found here: Freezer Paper on Amazon or in the baggie area at Walmart. I bought the Reynolds brand it comes in a HUGE roll that will last a while. This process was a little tricky on my first round so be sure to read my tips below!

Stenciled Lunch Bags for Kids

What you’ll need:


Cricut Stencils with Freezer Paper ~ How to cut and stencil on paper with freezer paper

  • Large lunch bags
  • Freezer paper
  • Cricut or other die cut machine
  • Acrylic paint and brushes (I used the foam brushes)
  • Iron (set to low heat)

How to:

Cricut Stencils with Freezer Paper ~ How to cut and stencil on paper with freezer paper

  1. Cut a 12X12 square of the freezer paper, put it waxy side down on the mat.
  2. Find your favorite shapes and arrange to cut them on the cutting machine.
  3. Cut them out then carefully remove the middle of the cut. Don’t throw them away though, they’ll make a great future project or the kids can color them!
  4. Cut each shape out so that it is a stencil.
  5. Line them up on the bag, I did the side without the seam. Be sure to leave room for the fold!
  6. Once it is lined up, carefully press the stencil down with the iron but only for a second! Do it lightly or it will adhere to the bag fully and you will have paper traces when you remove it. If you lightly press it down, it will stick down just enough so the paint does not bleed.
  7. Carefully dab/stroke the paint onto the bag. Be mindful of your edges and don’t paint outside of the stencil and do not be forceful or the stencil will move.
  8. Allow to dry for about an hour, carefully remove the freezer paper then you’re done!

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf Pompeian. #PledgeforEVOO

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies w/ Olive Oil

Everyday I pack the kids lunches. It is a little tedious (especially since they are old enough to do it themselves) but it is something I really enjoy doing for them. When I can, I like to include a homemade treat. Something sweet and maybe a little healthy.

For my most recent treat, I combined my two favorite cookies: Chocolate Chip and Oatmeal. I created the fabulous Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie! I also did something that I have never done to cookies, I swapped out butter for Pompeian Olive Oil.

I read the facts:

By switching out butter and using the olive oil, I was saving saturated fat and cholesterol.

Check out Pompeian’s website to learn more!

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies w/ Olive Oil

I was hesitant at first, would my cookies be oily? I use olive oil everyday when I cook but never in baking. I can say after baking these cokies they were actually perfect!

So what is the butter to olive oil exchange ratio? Pompeian has a nice conversion chart here.

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies with Olive Oil

Serves 24
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 15 minutes
Total time 30 minutes
Meal type Dessert
Misc Child Friendly
These Chocolate Chip Oatmeal cookies are great for anytime and by using olive oil, you save on having added saturated fat and cholesterol!

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons Pompeian Olive Oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup granualted sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions

Step 1
Blend together eggs, oil and sugar.
Step 2
Stir in the chocolate chips and oatmeal.
Step 3
Slowly add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and vanilla and mix on medium until well blended together.
Step 4
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Step 5
Shape these cookies into balls and bake for approximately 15 minutes or until golden brown.
Step 6
When they come out, if they haven't all flattened go ahead and flatten them with the spatula. This will almost give them a "crinkle cookie" look.

I took the pledge at Pompeian’s Facebook Page and entered to instantly win a prize from Pompeian. I didn’t win but maybe you will! Pompeian is giving away prize packs that include a free movie redemption code and a coupon for a free bottle of olive oil and every week in August (National Olive Oil Month) 5 additional fans who have pledged will win a fun prize pack on Pompeian’s timeline.

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies w/ Olive Oil

Have you swapped out your butter for olive oil yet?

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf Pompeian.

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DIY Minecraft Creeper Shirt ~ Less than $5 to make!

 Okay, where are the Minecraft fans at (or Minecraft Moms if you will)? Clever Guy loves it so I am taking over Clever Guy Friday with a fun shirt moms can make! Bonus, it’s super easy.

How To Make a Minecraft Creeper Shirt

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So it’s official, I have fallen in love with this Cricut Explore machine. I’ve already started so many projects with it and it’s only been out of the box for a week!

Here are the biggest things I am lovin about the Cricut:

  • Easy to use software and I can import any image to make a cut!
  • Cuts perfectly!
  • Has multiple settings for everything from paper to fabric.
  • It has a quiet purr, if you have any other cutting machine you know how nice this is.

So let’s get down to business and talk about how to make this shirt!

DIY Minecraft Creeper Shirt

How To Make a Minecraft Creeper Shirt

 What you’ll need:

  • Black T Shirt (if you are starting with a brand new one, be sure to wash it first. Just a tip, this was around $3 at Walmart in the craft section)
  • Green Fabric
  • Black Fabric
  • Cricut Explore
  • Heat’n Bond Adhesive

How To:

  • Take the shirt and measure out where the base should sit. I would do it about 4 inches from each side seam.
  • Cut out the base (green fabric) to a perfect square. Iron on the Heat n’ Bond to the back of the square. Do not remove the back paper just yet.
  • Take the black fabric and measure out how big you want the face to be. Cut it into a rectangle then iron on the Heat n Bond. Remove the back paper.
  • Create the Creeper face in the Cricut Design Space software. I can tell you that I was able to import an image to use as a tracer to create the face. It was super easy!
  • Place the fabric adhesive side down on the mat and cut out the face.
  • Remove the pieces and assemble the face on the green fabric. Carefully iron them down.
  • Remove the paper from the green adhesive then iron it on to the shirt.

This took me less than an hour to create and less than $5! Perfect for a party or for everyday wear! You can cut this all out by hand if you would like but the Cricut makes this project so much faster.

If you are wondering what Heat n’ Bond is, don’t worry I was there a couple weeks ago. Basically it’s an iron on adhesive that you iron to apply to both the front and back of fabric. It’s super easy to use and the roll will last you a long time!

Have a question? Please ask in the comments or email me, I am happy to help!

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