happiness is homemade.
My mom made awesome lunch boxes back in the day. They were always put together and balanced -not that I knew what a balanced meal was, but looking back there was a strategy to her lunch box gig...
Of course, like any busy parent, there were those days she relied on Lunchables or the slip of a $5 bill to buy school lunch. -It was necessary, I mean, she was (and still is) a mom of 4 with a full-time job! AKA, SUPERMOM.
Side note: Those "Make your own pizza" Lunchables brought out the little chef in me... I only flipped it on my shirt once, maybe twice.
Without fail, however, my mom always slipped in a note, a riddle or a quote as a fun surprise to continue the day with optimism. It was the sweetest surprise and one that we shared with our peers... if it didn't include an embarrassing note of course.
Now, my absolute favorite lunchbox days (and my siblings would also agree) were the days with STRAWBERRIES! -Hear me out- My mom made strawberries taste like candy. She would wash them, cut them, and put them in a Ziploc bag still wet with a sprinkle of sugar (maybe a 1/2 tbsp). This was genius, because as these strawberries went from refrigerator cold to room temperature, marinating in the sugar water, they created a juicy lite syrup. And let me tell you, we Van Sciver's, were not embarrassed to tip our heads back and drink the last bit of strawberry juice from the Ziploc bag.
It was THE BEST.
Am I about to tell you to sprinkle sugar on your salad? Not quite, but this recipe brings back that sweet nostalgia of my mom's famous strawberries.
Strawberry Basil Salad