Brown-bagging it in style, lessons learned after thousands of school lunches

JeanMarie Brownson, Special to Tribune Newspapers

Summer always goes too fast. Back-to-school advertisements  fill me with mixed emotions: I like the routine, I dread the monotony. A quick calculation tells me we've made more than 4,500 school lunches. Monotonous? With a modicum of imagination, no.

The biggest lesson learned? Make lunches the evening before; there's never enough time in the morning. So after the dinner dishes are done, the kitchen counter transforms into a sandwich shop, with options to customize. More