School starts back on Monday and I don’t know whether I’m happy about that or not. Levi and Tilly are raring to get back and I’m looking forward to the house staying cleaner for longer. I can reclaim my table on the back deck which is often used as a cubby house. But I will miss the opportunity to stay in our PJ’s for longer in the morning and will miss having more time with the kids. But most of all I really don’t look forward to school lunches. Every mum I’ve spoken to this last week expressed the same sentiment.
Joel’s cousin Murray and his wife Tanya live outside of Katherine in the Northern Territory. They live and work on a cattle station with their five lovely boys. Tanya has sent me this recipe which she used to make a lot for school lunches when the boys went to school in Katherine.
It is speedy and the kids love it. At tuckshop they sell bubble squares which are the same thing but Tanya adds a little cocoa powder for a chocolate hit. You could drizzle the top with a little chocolate if you like. You would need an ice pack in the lunch box for the summer months otherwise the bars will be too sticky. You could cut them into tiny squares for just a little treat.
Tanya works full time, raises 5 boys but still finds the time to sew for her Etsy store. I don’t know how she does it. She sent me this lovely bread bag and a snack bag which would be perfect for school lunches. If you would like to win it then you need to leave a comment and tell me what you favourite sandwich filling is. I need inspiration! A winner will be drawn Monday afternoon.
For more lunch box ideas have a look at my new ‘lunch box’ page.
tanya’s chocolate bubble bars
4 cups rice bubbles
1 packet marshmallows
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
Grease or line a large slice tin.
In a large bowl mix together the rice bubbles and cocoa powder. In a saucepan, slowly melt together the marshmallows and butter. Then pour into the rice bubbles and mix together then press into the tin.
Sprinkle some 100′s and 1000′s over the top if you wish. Leave to set in the fridge and slice into bars and wrap ready to throw in the lunch box.