I’m a bundle of nerves.

Tomorrow morning, L. and I are going to his brand-new school for a half-day orientation.  It’s the start of kindergarten.  It’s a BIG DEAL.

I know what he’s wearing – his school will require a uniform, and we got the note from the principal that said he should wear the gym uniform tomorrow due to the summer weather.  I know what he’s bringing – his new teacher emailed us and asked that we bring all the items on the supply list tomorrow, so the kids will be ready to go on Wednesday when they arrive for their very first full day of school.  I know who will be there – we attended a back-to-school social yesterday, so we were able to meet some of the other kids and parents and get the proverbial lay of the land.

We’re as prepared as we can be.  But still, my heart is beating out of my chest with nerves and excitement for my little guy.

Luckily, I have a diversion: It’s time for our third installment of Menu Mondays, the lunchbox edition!  If you’re just catching up, we’ve already covered six meals in the “Easy Bites” category, and six more “Mini-Meals.”  Tonight I’m tackling something that’s purely fun – Stuff in Other Stuff.

So many kids like surprises, and they like food that’s presented in interesting ways.  The recipes in tonight’s Stuff in Other Stuff category are like hiding treasures inside your kid’s lunchbox.  Many of them are super-easy to eat, too, and they’re all based on classic combinations of foods and flavors.  My boys went crazy for some of these recipes.  I hope your kids do, too.

Cheesy Stuffed Potatoes
Apple Surprise!
Club Tomatoes
Ham and Cheese Nuggets
Picnic Muffins