Baseball season is in full swing for my oldest two boys and husband (who coaches). I’ve always had mixed feeling about this time of year. Johan is already gone several nights a week so when you add practices and games into the mix it feels like we’re never all together. Throw in the unpredictable spring weather and all the dirt (oh the dirt!) and you get one hot mess of an evening routine. But there is always a bright side! 1. I love watching my athletes play ball and interact with their teammates while the other kids run around with their friends. There is something so sweet about the baseball vibe and I really enjoy being around it. And 2. all the picnic style dinners we get to eat. Keeping our dinner mess confined to a tote bag and blanket is a total win. It also helps with picky eaters — This is what we have so if you are hungry, this is what you can eat — nothing to negotiate with. At least until they find a nicer team mom who brought a container of goldfish… :) HA!

Anyways, some game nights we’ll pickup our favorite sandwiches at Jersey Mikes, other nights I’ll go the crockpot route and we’ll eat a little before and then after the game but more often than not I’ll pack something from home. Problem is, it’s not long before I run completely out of ideas and by that point, slightly out of steam too. So, I’ve been looking for inspiration anywhere I can find it. One of those places has been Starbucks and their cooler of yummy and mostly healthy on the go foods. I love all of their salads and warm sandwiches, but the kids usually pick their bistro boxes so I put together a few copycat versions for Ozzie’s game last night and they went over really well with the kids!

(favorite meal containers, condiment cups, silicone muffin cups, candy eyes or these)

one | sandwich wrap (store-bought or homemade) with carrots, grapes, hummus (for the sandwich or chips if I threw them in the bag), and ranch.

two | protein pack with hardboiled egg, brie cheese (or whatever we have), cinnamon raisin bread (by mike’s killer bread), almond butter, pretzels, apples, and grapes.

three | pb&j with apples, cucumber, carrots, ranch, and dark chocolate raisins.

Of course all of the fruits and veggies can be switched out with whatever we have in the fridge and I’m sure the kids will want to customize some parts, but it’s appetizing enough for the adults and a great base to start with!

What do you guys make for dinner on busy nights and where do you find inspiration!? 

Pinterest is always a good place to troll for ideas but asking friends (you included) what they have been feeding their fam bams is always helpful and inspiring!

Happy almost Friday!

xo, Rae


  1. alicia March 23, 2017 at #

    what is mike’s killer raisin bread? is it a recipe? or store bought? if so where?

    • rae March 25, 2017 at #

      it’s a brand of bread. i usually find it in the health food section of our grocery store or costco carries some of their breads too! xo

  2. alicia March 23, 2017 at #

    is the killer raisin bread a recipe? or did you buy it at the store, if so where?

  3. Theresa March 23, 2017 at #

    Thanks for the good ideas! BTW, I made the rice bowls from your post last week and they were a big hit in the house. I’m going to put them in our rotation. Thanks!

    • rae March 25, 2017 at #

      aren’t they so good!? i’m glad you guys liked them! xo

  4. papa March 23, 2017 at #

    Hi Sweetie!
    Love your creativity! Love how you love your family. Was very thankful Tuesday evening to eat with everyone and have you be thankful for that! Highs and lows…..remember??
    Love to all,

    • rae March 25, 2017 at #

      you da best dad. ILY! xo

  5. Shelley March 24, 2017 at #

    This is great! Thank you for the inspirations!! :)

    • rae March 25, 2017 at #

      thanks for the sweet note shelley! xo

  6. Amy Anthony March 30, 2017 at #

    These are perfect lunch or dinner options on the go. Thanks for sharing!

    • rae March 30, 2017 at #

      thanks amy! :)

  7. Elizabeth April 24, 2017 at #

    I think it’s *Dave’s* (not Mike’s) Killer Bread. ;) At least that’s what we have in our fridge from Costco. Hopefully, that helps folks find it.

    • rae May 1, 2017 at #

      Hahaha! Yes! Thanks for clearing that up Elizabeth…. So funny that I messed up the name since I usually call it muscle bread instead of killer and my husband is always correcting me :) xoxo

  8. Elizabeth April 24, 2017 at #

    Just found you through JDC blog and found this post through your Instagram. I’ve been looking for lunch containers like this since Ziploc stopped making my favorites a couple years ago. Thanks for the fresh ideas too. I often get in a lunch rutt. Looking forward to checking out more from your site!

    • rae May 1, 2017 at #

      Hi Elizabeth! Thanks for the sweet note! xo



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