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.

11 Delicious Waffle Recipe Roundup  I’m always looking for a good waffle recipe. Waffles are probably my favorite breakfast and I will take them any way I can get them! I wanted to keep a place for all the recipes I found and so I created a Waffle Recipe Pinterest Board. Here are 11 of my favorite waffle recipes:

Churro Waffles
http://www.mostlyhomemademom.com/2013/04/churro-waffles-eggowaffleoff.html

Sweet Potato Waffles
http://blog.naturebox.com/posts/sweet-potato-waffles

Caramelized Coconut Banana Bread Waffles

http://www.halfbakedharvest.com/caramelized-coconut-banana-bread-waffle-french-toast/

Brownie Waffles 

http://www.sugar-n-spicegals.com/2014/04/brownie-waffles.html

S’More Waffles
http://www.secretsfromthecookieprincess.com/2013/06/smores-waffles.html

Overnight Chocolate Waffles

http://oneshetwoshe.com/2014/04/overnight-chocolate-waffles-strawberry-syrup-jana.html

Pineapple Coconut Macadamia Nut Waffles

http://www.carlsbadcravings.com/pineapple-coconut-macadamia-nut-waffles-with-pineapple-coconut-syrup/

Cake Batter Waffles

http://www.thehungryhousewife.com/2013/08/cake-batter-waffles.html

Cookie Butter Waffles

http://fabtasticeats.com/2013/05/28/cookie-butter-waffles-with-white-chocolate-cookie-butter-maple-syrup/

Cookie Waffles

http://www.pinkpistachio.com/one-smart-cookie/

Krispy Kreme Waffles

http://www.ohbiteit.com/2013/08/krispy-kreme-waffles.html 

Looking for more waffle recipes? Follow out my Waffle board on Pinterest!

 Follow Clever PinkPirate’s board Waffles on Pinterest.

13 Last Minute Teacher Gifts. All take less than 10 minutes to create and less than $10 to make!

School is just about out for Summer. Teachers definitely deserve a little gift at the end of the year for their hard work (and quality attributes like patience). I try to make it a goal to get things done sooner than last minute but unfortunately my schedule means I am the queen procrastinator. I searched the interwebs and tried to find some fun and easy gifts that I could attach to a giftcard. Here are some of the best last minute teacher gifts that are easy and frugal. A lot of these are also great for elective teachers and staff!

“You’ve Been The Highlight Of My Year” Printable
http://www.love-the-day.com/lovetheday/wordpress/appreciation-gift-ideas/

DIY Teacher Supply Caddy
http://ithappensinablink.com/2014/05/diy-teacher-supply-caddy.html

Chocolate and Caffeine (with a printable tag)
http://sisterssuitcaseblog.com/2014/05/end-of-the-year-teacher-gift-tag.html

Printables to attach to candy (such as Extra Gum)
http://www.theneighborhoodmoms.com/teacher-appreciation-gift-ideas-with-printables/

“Thank You For Sticking With Me” Printable for sticky notes
http://www.thehappyscraps.com/2013/05/last-minute-teacher-gift.html

“A Great Teacher Makes Everything Better” with a fun and easy kitchen gift
http://seeshellspace.blogspot.com/2013/05/last-minute-teacher-gift-with-free.html

Summer Lemonade Gift
http://www.ourhopereclaimed.com/2012/05/lemonade-pitcherscute-teacher-gifts.html

“You are 2 Nice 2 Be 4Gotten” Printable with calculator gift idea
http://www.positivelysplendid.com/2012/05/personalized-calculators-free-printables-teacher-appreciation-gift.html

“Thank You for Coloring Our Lives and Making Us Sharpies” Printable
http://www.designwashrinserepeat.com/2012/05/freebie-teacher-appreciation.html

“You Are O-Fish-Ally the best teachers & Staff” Printable (print and use with Swedish Fish)

http://www.landeeseelandeedo.com/2012/05/teacher-appreciation-day-2.html

Printable and Colorable “Thank You” Gift Card Holder
http://www.dosmallthingswithlove.com/2014/03/gift-card-envelopes-color-give.html

A how-to tutorial on decorating mugs with sharpies with a printable that says “Thanks a Latte”
http://justagirlandherblog.com/diy-teacher-gift-with-free-printable/

Give the gift of Frozen Yogurt with this fun idea
http://www.creativecapitalb.com/2013/05/simple-froyo-card-teacher-gift.html

 

50 Cute Sayings for Teachers

In case you haven’t received enough inspiration from these DIY last minute teacher gifts, check out these fun teacher sayings from Skip To My Lou!
http://www.skiptomylou.org/2013/04/22/50-cute-sayings-for-teacher-appreciation-gifts/

Lemon Recipe Roundup

Spring is here and the citrus is in full bloom! I’ve gathered up some delicious lemon recipes with everything from sweet to savory flavors! Check out the lemon recipe collection below and leave a comment about some of your favorite lemon recipes!

 

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15 Easy Mason Jar Crafts For Spring!

 

Well Hello Spring! While we don’t get much in terms of flowers and green grass here in Phoenix, we can still enjoy the beautiful colors of Spring! I have noticed my Mason Jar collection has gotten quite out of hand let’s say, excessive. I need to start crafting with these babies, stat! So I asked some of my favorite bloggers and searched the interwebs for fun and easy Mason Jar Crafts for Spring!

1. Brighten up your home with these painted and distressed mason jars:

http://thesimplecraftdiaries.blogspot.com/2012/07/distressed-mason-jars.html

2. See how to stencil jars and create a butterfly feeder:

http://www.carolynshomework.com/2013/03/celebrations-spring-fling.html

3. Create cranberry colored glass with this tutorial:

http://www.carolynshomework.com/2011/07/etceteras-cranberry-glass.html

4. Create fun  Easter Mason Jars with toys on top of the jar:

http://livvyloowho.blogspot.com/2014/03/easter-mason-jars.html

5. Wrap mason jars and vases in colorful yarn! These look so colorful (and easy):

http://www.andersruff.com/custom-printable-parties/diy/ruff-draft-diy-easter-vases-wrapped-in-yarn/

6. Create a mason jar succulent for your Spring mantel:

http://tatertotsandjello.com/2013/02/spring-mantel-and-diy-mason-jar-succulents.html

7. Create a striped look on your mason jars:

http://www.madiganmade.com/2014/02/easy-stripe-painted-spring-vase.html

8. Create a fun Mason Jar Fairy Lantern:

http://www.laurakellydesigns.com/laurakellydesignsblog/index.php/2014/02/19/mason-jar-fairy-lanterns/

9. Create a beautiful centerpiece with flowers and citrus in mason jars. These would be perfect for any Spring gathering or just at home:

http://kojo-designs.com/2012/06/orange-tutorial-mason-jar-vases/

10. Create Magic Vases for St. Patrick’s Day. This tutorial shows you how to create a 3 dimensional effect on your mason jars:

http://yesterdayontuesday.com/2012/03/st-pats-magic-vases/

11. A Happy Easter Jar with burlap and embellishments

http://keepsakesbymelissa.blogspot.ca/2013/03/crafty-secrets-springeaster-dt.html

12. Create 3 different Mason jar projects for Spring such as a luminary and a fun Easter Jar:

http://cleverpinkpirate.com/2011/03/31/thrifty-thursday-revamping-the-mason-jar-for-spring/

13. Create hand tinted mason jars for St. Patrick’s Day. Want to know how to tint mason jars? Check out this post for sure:

http://club.chicacircle.com/hand-tinted-shamrock-mason-jars/

14. Fill jars with fun things for Easter with these ideas. These could be great gifts for teachers, neighbors etc:

http://eclecticmomsense.com/2014/02/creative-easter-mason-jar-ideas.html

15. Give the gift of Easter Brownie mix in a jar (recipe included):

 http://bubblecrumb.blogspot.com/2011/04/bunny-brownies-in-jar-bunny-smores.html

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