This guy looks like he is ready to trek the mountains of coolness. Love the layering of the plaid shirt, hoodie and vest! And, if you look closely you will notice that the vest is camo on the inside. I bet you can turn it inside-out and get a whole other look.
Would it be weird to steal this little girl’s adorable fox sweater? I love this look because it has an element of preppy with the collar shirt under the sweater, but still funky because of the fox and the polka-dot pants. It’s like I am serious, but not too serious.
I love this look! It reminds me of my nephews. Fun outgoing, sporty kids who still want to be styling. A polo always makes you look put together, but the distressed number makes it fun. I also love these pants because of their smaller camo print.
This look reminds me of a modern version of Punky Brewster. Remember her?! I just adore the floral hoodie over the graphic tee with the nerdy kitty cat. Again, another look that is perfect for the tomboy that still wants to be a girl.
Finally, we have this kid with his light jeans, plaid shirt and graphic tee saying I’m cool, but I don’t even know it. He makes me think of my husband who was a band geek and a jock. I love how Arizona Jean Co. caters to everyone’s unique and individual style. Tomboy, outdoorsman, sporty, artsy whatever! They have something for everyone! Bonus it’s also easy on the pocketbook!
We all know that lunch rooms work on a bartering system. You know my pudding cup for your pizza kind-of-thing. So, now that your kid is looking cool let’s talk about lunch room currency in the form of a homemade fruit cup. This isn’t just any fruit cup. These fruit cups are made of whatever fruit is in season packed in a light honey and mint syrup and still cold when ready to eat. Still, to this day I love a chilled fruit cup. They are just a little sweet and very refreshing. I like them so much I started making my own, and they make the perfect addition to a lunch box. This recipe yields 24 4-oz cups! That is almost five weeks worth of school lunches for one kid! They are made with fresh fruit and less sugar than your average fruit cup with no high-fructose corn syrup anywhere in sight. They can easily be changed up to make them your own. The trick to these little treats is the mint infused syrup and freezer canning. Infusing the mint into the syrup gives it a more refreshing flavor. By freezer canning, your are preserving the fruit and by lunch time it thaws out but remains cool. Make sure your kid brings the jar home, and you can get ready to gear up to make more. Seriously, your kid will be getting three pudding cups for one of these gems. And, yes it’s ok to swipe some for your lunch bag. Now your kid is the best-dressed kid in school with mad lunch room currency.
- 4 cups cubed pitted peeled peaches, about 5 large (see notes)
- 3 cups cubed cored peeled pears, about 5 medium (see notes)
- 2 cups blueberries
- 2 cups Mandarin orange segments, packed in juice
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup liquid honey
- 24 fresh mint leaves
- 24 4 oz glass freezer saft preserving jars with lids and bands
- Clean all your jars, lids and rings in hot soapy water. Set aside to air dry.
- Combine water, sugar and honey in a large stainless steel saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring occasionally.
- Combine all fruit in a large bowl, stir until well combined.
- Place 1 mint leaf in each jar. Ladle ¼ cup of fruit into each jar and just enough hot syrup to cover the fruit and leave ¼ inch headspace. Remove air bubbles and adjust headspace, if necessary, by adding hot syrup. Wipe rim. Center lid on jar. Apply band until fit is fingertip tight. Freeze fruit jars.
Peeling Peaches - Heat a pot of water over high heat, cover to bring to a boil. Score the bottom of the peaches with an X and prepare an ice water bath. As soon as water comes to a boil set to low and add peaches to hot water. The peaches should be fully submerged. After about 40 seconds or when the skin begins to slightly pull away on the scored ends, remove the peaches with a slotted spoon or skimmer. Drop in ice bath and let them cool, about 10 - 20 seconds. Peel skin
Jars - Make sure that jars are freezer safe. You can also use small plastic containers.
Freezing - If your freezer has a power freeze setting use it! Rapid freezing helps create smaller ice crystals maintaining the natural color and texture of the fruit. It also helps for the foods to thaw more evenly.
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