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Sack lunches for little kid, no fridge

Thanks. I'm hoping it will be a better situation than what I imagine, but since orientation is not until the day before, who knows.

I will see if I can email the director. Generally, they are just not as concerned about things like this as I am. The camp is run by the organization that runs his extended care (before/after school) and I had to quickly forbid them giving my son any of their daily "snacks" because snack consists of things like pop and three cups of cheetos. Unfortunately, they are the only camp in town that has the hours that I need for drop off and pick up, so I have no choice of where to send him.

about 1 hour ago
rockandroller1 in Home Cooking

Sack lunches for little kid, no fridge

My kid doesn't love sandwiches either but he will do them once and awhile. I tend to do more meat stuff and then crackers separately like tapas, he likes that. But am not sure about sending something like processed turkey lunchmeat in a sack lunch.

about 1 hour ago
rockandroller1 in Home Cooking

Sack lunches for little kid, no fridge

Yes, agreed. He won't do stuff if it's "too weird" but he's likely to just eat with his hand rather than not eat - the kid is a good eater even though he's nothing but bones. But would be good to ask.

Thank you for the suggestions!

about 1 hour ago
rockandroller1 in Home Cooking

Sack lunches for little kid, no fridge

Thank you!!! Yes, I mean the underwood stuff :)

I will look into experimenting with some kind of chicken mousse and see if I can make something palatable.

I think a calzone might get soggy as heck. But like the quiche idea.

about 1 hour ago
rockandroller1 in Home Cooking

Sack lunches for little kid, no fridge

good, I agree about HB eggs. Harder cheeses, yes. He can do the babybel, we had to practice a bit but now those are a staple and he can do them if I take off the outside plastic wrapper and just pull a bit of the string of the wax wrapper so he knows where to start.

I ate lunchmeat and stuff with no refrigeration either when I was a kid, including sandwiches with mayo. I just would feel like crap if I got my kid sick.

One of the things I intend to find out is WHERE the lunches will be kept. I get that they won't be in a cool fridge but I hope they will at least not be sitting outside or something, though on field trip days they will most likely be outside or even in the back of a hot bus, which would really suck.

about 1 hour ago
rockandroller1 in Home Cooking

Sack lunches for little kid, no fridge

Ah, that's an interesting idea.

about 2 hours ago
rockandroller1 in Home Cooking

Sack lunches for little kid, no fridge

Correct, everything (for lunch) is thrown out so containers have to be disposable. I plan to buy a big thing of ziplock bags from Costco and will attempt not to cringe at the waste. I'm not sure how extra clothes are handled, it's a question I intend to ask at orientation but that is the DAY BEFORE camp starts so not a lot of prep time after that. I imagine campers will be provided or can bring a backpack for extra clothes, bug spray, sunscreen and the like. But lunch is a separate bag and they're all put together, I believe, and stored together until lunchtime, which often times will be away from base camp (which is actually a school). They take field trips like twice a week.

Rice salad! I didn't even think of rice salad. Great idea.

about 2 hours ago
rockandroller1 in Home Cooking

Sack lunches for little kid, no fridge

can't do anything that requires a fridge or reusable container. That's why I'm not sure about stuff like ham or cooked chicken. But summer sausage! I almost forgot about that and surely "trail" bologna are ok, given it's for eating on the trail.

LOVE The DIY nachos idea. That is awesome!

about 2 hours ago
rockandroller1 in Home Cooking

Sack lunches for little kid, no fridge

He loves grape tomatoes (I cut them in half). Quiche is an interesting idea. Are you sure cooked eggs could be left out for like 4 hours? That seems kind of risky.

He is not much into spreads of any kind. He will eat whole beans though, so maybe I should delve into different kinds of bean, veg and pasta salads.

I used to take this stuff called chicken spread in my lunch, came in a can, wonderful stuff but obviously full of garbage and not something I want to give my kid. I wonder if I could make it somehow.

He loves peas and corn frozen, I can put those in there and they will be thawed by lunch or just a little frozen and still tasty. Maybe I can throw those into the salads.

about 2 hours ago
rockandroller1 in Home Cooking

Sack lunches for little kid, no fridge

Thanks, good tips!

about 3 hours ago
rockandroller1 in Home Cooking

Sack lunches for little kid, no fridge

Yes, cheesy cornbread is a great idea, he would eat the green bits. I do make my own granola for breakfast pretty frequently, it's another way to get a different nut butter into him besides peanut.

I forgot about stuff like slim jims, which I think he would eat. I need to find a local/better version of something like that.

He won't do hummous, but I believe he will eventually. He's really not a super picky kid like a lot of kids.

Can't do insulated lunch packs. Everything is thrown away every day and that's a lot of expense for that kind of waste. We do insulated during the school year.

about 3 hours ago
rockandroller1 in Home Cooking

Sack lunches for little kid, no fridge

I would think that would make the bag wet and cause a hole, no?

about 3 hours ago
rockandroller1 in Home Cooking

Sack lunches for little kid, no fridge

My kindergartener is starting his first summer at camp, and I'm looking for ideas for pack lunches that require no refrigeration and lunch. I've been packing breakfast and lunch for him since he started in preschool at 2 years old, but we've always done the insulated lunch box thing and that's not an option for camp so I'm at a bit of a loss. No thermos stuff either.

There does not appear to be a nut issue at camp, but he barely likes PB and doesn't like any other nut butters, so that's going to be limited to once a week. That being said, he's a pretty chowish kid and may eat, for example, pickled things and dried things.

Caveats: his fine motor skills are still somewhat limited and he refuses to ask for help. So, things like tuna pouches are probably not something he can handle as he's not strong enough to rip them apart - he can't even rip apart small bags of snacks by himself without getting them all over the floor, so I put those things in Resusies, which are reusable cloth baggies, and now will just go with regular ziplocks for snacks for camp (he can work ziplocks). Also, he's always been a bit of a choker, so I want to avoid hard/hard to chew foods like jerky and some of the dried fruits that are super hard. I'm thinking salami and pepperoni would surely be ok if left out for a few hours, and some cheeses.

Welcoming ideas/recipes/links. I have a few building blocks, like stonyfield "go gurt" yogurts, maybe I can make some kind of savory muffins, maybe he would do pasta salad or black bean salad in a vinaigrette. Looking for more ideas.

about 4 hours ago
rockandroller1 in Home Cooking

Cleveland- What's new?

Spice in Gordon Square is very nice. Edwin's is new, notable and upscale in the university circle area. I assume you've been to Greenhouse Tavern? That's a can't miss. There's a new speakeasy on E 4th as well, across from Lola, and Chinato is one of my faves over there as well.

May 21, 2014
rockandroller1 in Great Lakes

How to ask guest to pay for meal/drinks at dinner?

Completely agree. Almost all the parties in my social circles now are not at someone's house but are celebrated at a restaurant or bar's party room/area. The host might provide some appetizers but drinks and anything else you want to eat are on you. I've been to these for people getting new jobs, for birthdays, for various other informal celebrations. People drift in and out and many don't RSVP at all or are last -minute with cancellations, so it would be a big waste of money to try to pay for everyone you expect since a) you never know how many to expect b) some people won't eat what's served - a lot more vegetarians, vegans, gluten-free, paleo, etc. these days - and c) so many people cancel last minute.

Food or drink that gets you out of bed in the morning ?

another coffee vote, but I don't have my coffee on weekdays until I get to work (because it's free), so it's really the alarm clock that gets me out and nothing else.

May 07, 2014
rockandroller1 in General Topics

Natural Cut Fries - Cost-Cutting Measure, or Do Some People Like Them?

I like them with the skin on, it somehow visually makes me feel like they are closer to the natural product and more like something I would make at home. I like the texture of the skin.

I will admit to being one of the few people who likes limp fries. I hate hard, hard fries, I don't get the appeal. So everyone's fry mileage may vary, obviously.

May 07, 2014
rockandroller1 in General Topics

Left Chicken in Sealed Plastic Out Overnight – Can I Cook It?

JMO but I would throw it out.

May 07, 2014
rockandroller1 in General Topics

Tipping delivery or take out. Do you? How much?

I don't know about indie places, but large chain restaurants, people who are doing carry out are getting paid a higher hourly wage (at least minimum) than if they are working a serving station. Those "to go" specialists, etc. This is why I don't tip them. I used to work at these restaurants and know that the carry out person makes a higher hourly wage, not a tipped wage.

May 06, 2014
rockandroller1 in Not About Food

my friends have no social sense at all

I think it's very generous. Maybe they won a free turkey from somewhere and have been trying to figure out a good use for it. Gift horse, etc. Chicken, turkey, all are good. Nice of someone to bring food!

May 06, 2014
rockandroller1 in Not About Food

Gourmet vs. Gourmand

Never heard the association between "gourmand" and gluttony. Is used interchangeably with "gourmet," in my circles. And, as someone pointed out below, gourmet is more often used as an adjective than a noun. e.g., a gourmand is someone who likes gourmet food.

May 01, 2014
rockandroller1 in Not About Food

Calling All American CHs Not Raised in CA!: Did You Grow Up Eating Artichokes?

I've still never eaten one. I mean, I've had the hearts, but never a whole artichoke. Have never been anywhere anyone was serving them, at home or in a restaurant. Grew up in Ohio.

Apr 29, 2014
rockandroller1 in General Topics

Rudest grocery checker remark

The closest grocery to me has a notorious checker who wants to talk to everyone about Jesus. She can work Jesus into any conversation about any product or item, or the weather or whatever impetus she uses to try to engage you in conversation, so that she can turn it towards Jesus. I've told the manager about her but she only tones it down for awhile and then starts up again a few months later.

I avoid her line whenever possible. I've been known to see that she's the only checker, look her in the eye, abandon my cart and leave in a huff to try to indicate that I'd rather quit shopping there and do it all over elsewhere than to interact with her.

I know, I know, quit shopping there. But the next closest grocery is a considerable distance away and I find myself stopping there when I need just one or two things.

Crisco

It's on their site at the link mcsheridan provided, just in case you want verification from the manufacturer.

Apr 21, 2014
rockandroller1 in General Topics

Open for Easter - Downtown Cleveland

There are obviously a lot of places doing an easter sunday brunch around cleveland. You might look at SOHO Kitchen & Bar, which is in the Ohio City neighborhood only a couple of minutes away from downtown by car (not walkable, but there are cabs at hotels, or we now also have lyft), I'm pretty sure they are doing brunch.

Mondays a lot of sit-down places are indeed closed. Downtown, Lola and Greenhouse Tavern are open on Mondays.

Apr 16, 2014
rockandroller1 in Great Lakes

Paying it forward

Just be careful, because everyone who walks around in what looks like military fatigues/camo is not necessarily a veteran. Recently near a military base someone was called out for walking around basically pretending to be a veteran, with a name badge and other things as well, but he walked by the wrong soldier, who could spot what was fake about his outfit and called him out in public about it, and it started a bit of a brawl.

The group of people at a table probably legit, but you never know with just a single person walking around, unfortunately. I do thank them for their service, but I probably wouldn't PIF for them for fear of rewarding an imposter.

Apr 14, 2014
rockandroller1 in Not About Food

Is there a chance in heck we can get Fast Food chains to cut back on the salt on the fries?

I completely agree with this. Potatoes without salt? No thanks.

Apr 14, 2014
rockandroller1 in Chains

Faux pas - eating fish at work?

I personally don't. And I agree, the microwave popcorn is the worst smell ever. It might be worse than Subway "bread" smell, which at least you can get away from after you pass by one of their stores.

Apr 14, 2014
rockandroller1 in Not About Food

How often do you drink alcoholic drinks?

THIS.

Apr 10, 2014
rockandroller1 in General Topics

Is Anyone Food "Couponing"Anymore?

I quit using coupons years ago, as I transitioned to less and less processed and packaged food. As you pointed out, both the fact that almost all coupons are for things I no longer buy, as well as for things that aren't really so much of a "value." Even shopping the sale flyers became irrelevant most places because so much of what they put on sale is junk I don't eat.

I primarily do my grocery shopping at a now that focuses on GOOD national brands as much as possible, and offers a large variety of mostly organic produce - local when in season, and other local products from bread to honey to maple syrup to local jarred pasta sauce. Am I spending more on my groceres? Probably, yes, but am also saving as I quit buying things like boneless/skinless chicken breasts and went to alternative cuts, and my health is better as I quit buying processed stuff and, at this store, have organic meat, bison, wild-caught fish, food in BPA-free cans when possible, and am supporting a locally-owned grocery stocking locally-made products. I feel much happier shopping and eating this way than I did filling up my cart with a cereal I bought only because I had a coupon, and BOGO cheap, nasty steak.