A pancake binge and a Monday giveaway!

Easy lunch box ideas for kids: PB&J on pancakes; raspberries; blackberries; grapes; and cucumbers; and a lemon yogurt

Feeling so good to get back into our routine. Parker is back to school and I am back to work.

Of course, that also means I’m back to serving time in the lunch box trenches, but it seems a small price to pay for a little regularity.

And today’s lunch wasn’t all that hard to pack, anyway.

During the weekend, I finally made it to the grocer. We’d returned home from South Beach to a pretty empty refrigerator, and I didn’t have time last week to restock.

So with a full refrigerator of the fruit and yogurt my boy craves — plus some cucumber that he tolerates — today’s sides were easy.

For the main course, I drew inspiration from the mountain of pancakes Parker and I made this weekend. We had them for breakfast. And for lunch. And I nibbled them as a snack in the afternoons. And again last night (slathered with cream cheese and raspberry jam, they make a fine midnight snack).

So this morning I decided to stick with the theme. I fed him more pancakes for breakfast and used two more to make Parker a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I think we’ve now reached our pancake quota.

In other news… Thanks to my travels and technical issues, I’ve missed two week’s worth of Free Lunch (box) Thursday giveaways! So to make up for it, I’m giving away five copies of the new book by my photographer, Matthew Mead.

“Matthew Mead’s Ultimate Recycled Style Guide” is a beautiful book with tons of how-to projects. Just leave a comment here by midnight Tuesday and I’ll pick five winners at random.

And the lunch gear giveaways will resume on Thursday!


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41 Responses to “A pancake binge and a Monday giveaway!”

  1. Fran says:

    Welcome back!

  2. Daniela says:

    Love his other Christmas book!!

    • J.M Hirsch says:

      Matthew just has an amazing sense of style. I consider myself so lucky to have him shooting both my AP work and my cookbooks.

  3. Beth L says:

    Yay for pancakes! And I am going to check that book out even if I don’t win – looks like great ideas for someone moving to a new house in less than 2 weeks!

    • J.M Hirsch says:

      Wow! I’ve been toying with the idea of moving (we live on the outskirts of town, but I’ve been increasingly thinking of moving back in town). But the idea of packing up and moving just seems so daunting… Good luck!

  4. Pancakes for PB&J?? Why have I never thought of this! My family has always eaten pancakes with peanut butter and maple syrup anyway. Great idea!

    • J.M Hirsch says:

      Thanks! And if your family digs cream cheese (Parker believes it’s one of the primary food groups), try a pancake sandwich with cream cheese and strawberry jam. Amazing!

  5. Erin says:

    I’m also getting a new house in less than 2 weeks! Well, a first house. Does this mean I can’t enter to win a new lunch box too…I mean if I win this book?

  6. Sharlene says:

    We enjoy pancakes here as well. Cream cheese with raspberry jam sounds wonderful.

  7. Jessie says:

    I wish my pancakes came out looking as fine as yours and I would love a copy of the book!

    • J.M Hirsch says:

      Ha! The secret is using a 1/4 cup measure to pour it into the pan. That way each pancake gets the same amount of batter.

  8. Angela says:

    Just read your comment about using a measuring cup to pour your batter into the pan! I guess I’m a lazy cook! lol I just pour enough batter to cover the entire skillet and make one big huge pancake! hahaha I cut it in half for the kids.

    • J.M Hirsch says:

      Ha! That’s not lazy, that’s skill. I’m too clumsy to flip a pancake that big! If I don’t keep them small, I end up making a disaster!

  9. Big fan of your blog. I only wish you had written it when my daughter was in school lunch mode (she’s now 23 and in culinary school). I love breakfast for dinner, so it definitely works for lunch too. I’m a big fan of the recycled / upcycled / repurposed, so I’d love a copy of the book. Fingers crossed, Colleen

    • J.M Hirsch says:

      Thanks so much! That’s awesome that she’s in culinary school. It seems like such fun. Though the idea of going back to school for anything at this point — no matter how fun it is — just makes me tired.

  10. Amy Senter says:

    Pancakes are so yummy–we make them with berries or chic chips

    • J.M Hirsch says:

      For some reason, I’ve never been able to sell Parker on the idea of berries in his pancakes. He’ll eat them by the pound on their own, but never took to them in pancakes. I love them that way, but what do I know?!

  11. AWirsch says:

    Pancake sandwiches…another great idea. Right along with the waffle sandwich idea!

    • J.M Hirsch says:

      Thanks so much! But I overindulged in the them the other night. Still feeling a little too full…

  12. RuthAnn says:

    we love pancake sandwiches! waffles sandwiches too… although my daughter says she gets an odd look or two, but then again, it’s middle school, that’s bound to happen. I love Matthew Mead’s work – he’s VERY talented!

    • J.M Hirsch says:

      I try to tell Parker that if you don’t get odd looks, you’re doing something wrong. Of course, such as easy thing to say as an adult. So much harder to accept when you’re a kid.

  13. Anna says:

    To be honest with you- I could eat pancakes for every meal most days. Our current favorite is adding peanut butter and honey to our gluten free batter…and throwing in a few chocolate chips for good measure. Yum!

    Loving your idea to turn them into sandwiches- pretty creative and something we just might have to try!

    The book looks great too by the way!


    • J.M Hirsch says:

      Oh, I love peanut butter pancakes. So tasty. Especially if you top them with bananas caramelized with brown sugar and cinnamon!

  14. […] forget, you have until midnight tonight to leave a comment to win one of five books from Matthew Mead. And then stay tuned for this Thursday’s lunch gear […]

  15. Maria R. says:

    All about the pancakes over here! Will be trying them out in sandwich form this weekend.

  16. Christine D. says:

    Who doesn’t love breakfast!!! We love pancakes around here as well, although we try to be more grain free, so I make a pancakge batter with just mashed up bananas and eggs and serve it with peanut butter and a little honey – delish!!! To make a treat out of it sometimes I add some chocolate chips too :) The book looks fantastic!!

    • J.M Hirsch says:

      I love that! Do you have a formal recipe or just wing it? Mashed bananas, eggs, maybe cinnamon? That’s it. Fry like a traditional pancake? Must try these.

      • Christine D. says:

        The recipe is so simple, 2 eggs mixed with 2 mashed bananas, and yup, just fry like regular pancakes!! I’ll have to try adding cinnamon, good idea!! Then we just put some peanut butter with a drizzle of honey on top instead of syrup!

        • J.M Hirsch says:

          That sounds so cool. Have you ever done them in the blender? Or do you just mash them? I may be making these in the morning.

  17. Jennifer H says:

    Thanks for all your inspiration!

  18. Allison Cannon says:

    I’m more of a waffle person myself…but pancakes have their advantages! And the fruit looks delicious! I’m with your son though…not a big fan of the cucumbers. Doesn’t explain why I love pickles so much though… :)

    • J.M Hirsch says:

      Oh, I am totally in love with pickles. My dirty little treat that grosses out most people — a cereal bowl full of bread and butter pickles and ketchup. That’s it. Eaten with a fork or spoon. So delicious!

  19. Melvina Mitchell says:

    My kids love banana pancakes! You just gave me a great idea for my sons lunch, banana pancake sandwich! Thanks!

  20. Cynthia M. says:

    Congratulations on your book deal, looking forward to reading it. As for the pancakes, that’s a cool idea. Bananas and peanut butter would be yummy too.