Our Grandma School morning ended with lunch time. The children liked to help prepare lunch so they would get their step stools, and we would go to work.
Actually our menu did not vary much. My grandson always wanted a peanut butter and jelly sandwich; my granddaughter wanted mac ‘n cheese. Only if there was leftover pizza in the frig did our main dish vary.
My grandson made his own pbj sandwich and one for me also. I would cut the sandwich into triangles or rectangles for a variety of shapes. My granddaughter put all the “fixings” for her macaroni and cheese into the bowl that was then put into the microwave.
We always had fruit. Sometimes it was from their garden – blueberries, blackberries or strawberries. If we had watermelon or grapes, we would make fruit kabobs using 10 inch long bamboo skewers. My granddaughter always put her fruit on the skewer in a pattern. My grandson just put the fruit on.
From time to time we would make “people salads.” These were big hits and lots of fun. The face was a canned pear half. I dried the pear so features would stick to the surface. Then I put out an assortment of items that the children could use to make eyes, nose etc. on their salad person. For hair I offered either grated carrots or cheese. On the plate were often carrot slices, small pieces of raw broccoli, slivers of cherries or grapes or kiwi or lemons. I usually also added some chocolate chips to the mix. They made good eyes because they were easy to insert into the pear and they stayed in place plus they were tasty treats for the children while we prepared our salads.
My grandson made this “people salad.”
My granddaughter created these. She liked to add earrings and decorations to the hair – little embellishments, you know.
Time to serve lunch – in our restaurant. The children would get out two trays and carry lunch to our dining spot. In nice weather we would eat outside at the picnic table. We once ate under the table in our “tent.”
I am a cat person and have little experience with dogs. Once when a sudden downpour of rain canceled our outside lunch, I said that we would have an inside picnic lunch on the floor next to the sliding glass door. We carried our food to the picnic spot and went back into the kitchen to get napkins and silverware. We walked back to our indoor picnic spot to find the family dog finishing up a pbj and getting ready to start eating macaroni and cheese. Grandma learned a lesson that day.
Most meals were in the dining room. After we had the meals on the table, I would often pretend to be the manager of our restaurant. I know a smattering of Italian and a smattering of French so with my fractured foreign language I would inquire about their meal. The children always thought that was so funny. There was lots of laughing at those meals. As I cleared the table, I would inquire if they would like anything else. My grandson often would respond – yes, Chex Mix! So we would end the meal with a handful of Chex Mix, his favorite treat.
After lunch it was time for my granddaughter to go to pre-K or kindergarten and for my grandson to take a nap or have some quiet time and time for Grandma to sit down and put her feet up.
Grandma School provided so many great memories that I shall forever treasure.
Soon it will be October. That means Halloween and Halloween postcards into the mailbox. Please stop back to see what cards and riddles I have found for my grandchildren.
Thank you again for visiting Grandma in the Mailbox.