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Creatively Packing School Lunches for 12 Years! No Bake Chewy Granola Bars

Written for the River Current Publication     Is it just me or does it seem like summer never really fully arrived?   How can it already be time for the kids to be heading back to school?   With my normal sadness, I helped my youngest with his return to college last week.   It has been a busy summer around our house.   Why does it seem when the kids are around, everything always seems to be so hectic, hurried…and happy!        Nothing is more pleasing than to sit at the table and share a meal with my boys.   As mothers, it must be our instinctual need to provide nourishment for our children…no matter how old they are!   I always enjoy sharing with others how my youngest never, EVER purchased a school lunch.    Every day, from grade one thru twelve, there was a lunch to be packed.   This was not at my insistence, but rather was by his choice.   Do you know how challenging it was to come up with new and different things to pack for a child who was a picky eater for twelve ye

One Size Never Fits All * No-Bake Chocolate Almond Bars

Written for the River Current Publication   I often sit quietly and listen to the gals at work chat about food and the current diet trends they are entertaining.   It is interesting to hear of their successes and struggles.   I remember a few years ago working in an office where the gals all had a neat little calorie calculator for a certain diet plan that was popular at the time.   I was intrigued and fascinated as they tediously tracked and monitored their calorie intake…listening to their strategies of manipulating the plan so they could have dessert (or a beer or two) on a Friday night.   There was great comradery in their efforts and to be honest, for some crazy reason I felt left out.   I wanted one of those damn calculators too!   (Don’t scream, but I have never been invited to participate in this Calorie Counting Club.   To give you an idea, my nickname in high school was Stick Woman...ugh.   Stick women are never invited to play in these weight watching games.)