Thursday, May 25, 2006

A Very Merry Unbirthday

Today is "Birthday Free Dress Day" for all the students with summer birthdays. We decided to celebrate shmoo's "unbirthday" by bringing in a batch of cupcakes to share. We made our favorite chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting and organic sprinkles.

For lunch, a "low carb" tortilla is wrapped around refried beans and packed with a container of salsa for dipping, plus cantaloupe balls, jicama, and baby carrots. I'm not really a low carb person (to say the least!) but these "low carb" tortillas were the healthiest choice at the grocery store; they're made with oat and whole wheat flour, and oil instead of hydrogenated shortening or lard.

Verdict: I felt grumpy waking up early to frost 27 cupcakes (you don't appreciate how many kids that is until you have to frost them each a cupcake at 6 in the morning), but bringing them in and hearing the kids cheer made it seem worth it. The "low carb" roll-up was a big hit, too. Only a couple baby carrots remained in the lunch box. 4 stars.

37 comments:

Danielle said...

What brand of tortilla's do you use?

meera said...

aww, happy birthday shmoo!

Cherice said...

Happy unbirthday shmoo!!

I always frost the cupcakes the night before for my kids. Mornings are so hectic.

Jane M said...

Wishing little shmoo a happy unbirthday! Those cupcakes look very tempting...I'd have been eating as many as frosting....ooopppss!

R2K said...

Love the pikachus there...

primaryconsumer said...

Happy unbirthday to shmoo! I just bought those sprinkles at a coop yesterday.

Dana Y. T. Lin said...

There is a huge difference between frosting cupcakes the night before and the morning of. One year, trying to save time and sanity, I frosted the cupcakes the night before. I woke up the next day to find a trail of ants from my patio to my kitchen, and all over half the cupcakes. I think I almost killed myself.

Go Shmoo's mom!

goya123 said...
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goya123 said...

You're right about the low-carb tortillas, Jennifer. At Trader Joe's, the only tortillas they carry that are 100% whole wheat are lower-carb. They're really delicious, though, and loaded with fiber. They sort of remind me of Chipotle's tortillas, actually--very chewy.

Kimberly said...

27 cupcakes? You definitely rock! Happy unbirthday to the little one! Forgive me for telling my own tale here, but only my vegan pals can appreciate: today actually is my birthday (a very real one - 39 - unfortunately) and I had to work. I'm a critical care nurse, and most days are so crazy I'm lucky to eat lunch period. Well, long story short, my awesome coworkers arranged a great day for me. They surreptitiously figured out my favorite meal at my favorite veg restaurant, arranged to pick it up, and also got me a beautiful vegan birthday cake at Whole Foods. I was SO surprised! They really went out of their way, and it made me feel so good. How nice was that?

PS: BTW, JSchmoo, my recent "loaf" was a hit with some of these same omni nurses! ;-)

goya123 said...

Sweet story, Kimberly.

Happy birthday!

I didn't know that Whole Foods made entire vegan birthday cakes--that sounds fun.

sarchan said...

aw!

KleoPatra said...

Happy unbirthday to Shmoo and all the kids w/summer b'days. A great lunchbox as always, Jennifer. And i don't blame you for bein' a bit grumpy in the a.m., frosting all those cute cupcakes. How awesome to have them (and your efforts) be so appreciated though!

Ruthie said...

OK Jennifer, you have me stumped. Do the melon balls or the tortilla roll ups get the lid?? I'm scared to pack anything even mildly juicey in my non lidded container. I just start thinking of all the nonlidded containers tastes mixed together, melony tasting cauliflower or steamed cabbagey tasting trailmix. I just had to ask. :)

Nobel4Lit said...

Love the Pokemon card!!

LadyRachelLynn said...

Happy UnBirthday little Schmoo!

I totally hear you on grumpy 6 am's! I am so blessed to have a toddler who wakes up between 7 and 9, depending on what she feels like. No early mornings here anymore! You GO GIRL for frosting cupcakes so early. That's a dedicated mom! I would have frosted and stored them in the fridge overnight.

funwithyourfood said...

Jennifer
If you weren't grumpy at 6am frosting cupcakes I'd be concerned! ; )
they look great. Those are some lucky kids


Teddy

leila said...

so, jennifer shmoo, does this lunch only get 4 stars because you had to wake up at horrible o'clock?

:)

yummalicious as always.

love from leila

VLyandra said...

I'm not sure which is worse-- waking up early to frost cupcakes/cookies/whatever, or looking at the clock at 3 am and wondering why you're up so late making cookies.

I will never give everyone cookies for the holidays again. It seemed like a nifty idea, but after the third batch, you start wondering if one can perhaps die from cookie dough overdose and spare oneself the misery of cutting out hundreds of cookies and icing them.

On a completely different note, those cantaloupe balls tempt me to go buy melons. I haven't had one in what feels like forever!

EatPeacePlease said...

Great cupcake! I've got that song stuck in my head now.

Essy said...

Super cute cupcake!

And the refried bean roll-ups is another one of your ideas I've been borrowing on a fairly regular basis since I discovered your blog. (I think I love them because they take only seconds to make, and I'm too lazy to make elaborate sandwiches in the morning, let alone frost 27 cupcakes!) My roll-ups aren't as neat as yours though, they get all misshapen when I try to cut them up.

And the idea of tortillas made with lard horrifies me. There is just no need!

lizzie lou said...

ruthie, my kids have these lunchboxes (thanks to this blog!), and i find that we have pretty good luck with things, un-lidded, not leaking into other things. although i know jennifer uses plastic wrap sometimes just in case (i use a piece of waxed paper and a rubber band if in doubt).

Vegetarian Cooker said...

Cool story! I like it!
Tortilla... Mmmmm....
Gazpacho Salad

veganmum said...

Happy unbirthday, Shmoo!

I'm definitely not a low-carb person, either, but just the other day I bought a package of those low-carb tortillas for the same reasons as you. I have no idea if this varies by brand, but I couldn't make it through one burrito - they're oddly rubbery and tough. I guess maybe I'll have to learn to make my own if I want "healthy" tortillas.

D. said...

If you can find Ezekiel tortillas, they are quite fabulous. they contain no lfour, only sprouted grains and are a "complete protein". They're also super filling.
You would find them in the freezer section.
They are fabulous. Super filling and healthy. :0)

Heather H said...

Something I have been dying to know... what is the star rating system? How do you judge the success of a lunch?

Heather

Laura Linger said...

Have you ever pitched an idea to the Food Network or PBS for your own television show? Your meals are chef-calibre and I have benefitted tremendously from reading your site. I am vegetarian, not vegan; even meat eaters could benefit from your wonderful recipes and sense of style when it comes to food. The most rabid meat-eater would find the knishes delicious. I would know...I am married to a meat eater husband. Now that he eats a meatless supper every night, he grumbles, "you know, I DO feel better eating less meat."

Yours is a favorite of ours over at the Bossa Nova Barbeque...where the grill is cruelty-free!

maria_bodoh said...

Yum! Tortilla and refried beans. What's not to love??

Jennifer, I have a tip for you... If you get a Wilton large star decorator tip (I think it might be #1M?), you can frost cupcakes in a snap. I am telling you, it takes me like a minute to frost 12 cupcakes. And they come out pretty. You can't mess them up.

Oh, and btw, I have vegan brioche proofing in my kitchen as we speak. The mashed potato trick is a stroke of genius! My son is allergic to eggs, and this is a fabulous idea. Thanks!

Jennifershmoo said...

>>what is the star rating system? How do you judge the success of a lunch?

Well, it's pretty arbitrary. 5 stars is he loved it, praised it, and ate every bite, and I felt proud of my work. 4 stars is good, he ate most of it. 3 stars is okay, he left more than a couple bites behind, or I just felt that it wasn't my best somehow. 2 stars or 1, it stunk.

Susan said...

You've inspired me to make cupcakes (your recipe)and black eye pea salad for tomorrow's cookout at the inlaws!

Ponies aren't Phonies said...

mmm, chocolate cupcakes. Where did you find the recipie for your "favorite chocolate cupcakes?"

mommyval said...

Love bean burritos! Do you warm them up before you pack them or just make them cold?

scubaker said...

do you have any recipes for home made vegan cake/cupcakes? i have a girlfriend i'd love to please!!

Ande said...

Ok so you inspired me to buy my very first jicama. (I had to call my mother and ask her exactly what it is) Its really big! Any suggestions on how I should go about cutting it??

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