A Lunchtime Tote


Every Friday, I prepare 4 lunches.  I leave one lunch on the kitchen table for my daughter who lives with me and take the other 3 lunches to my youngest daughter’s house, about 10 minutes away.  I bring two plates for our lunch plus an extra for her to enjoy later.  I used to pack everything in a big old-fashioned metal lunch basket, but I’m limited now in what I can carry, so I thought it might be nice to have a sturdy fabric tote to carry my lunch plates.  I measured the plates I use (about 9 inches) and sewed together a fabric box 10 x 10 x 7 inches along with a lid with Velcro fasteners.  The lining is made from some heavy cotton duck material that was leftover from a previous project.
The fabric for the outside of the box has special meaning for me.  A couple of years ago, a blogger friend (who passed away in 2012), sent me a beautiful apron in pretty fall colors just in time for Thanksgiving.  I use aprons all the time, so this one was starting to show some wear.  I couldn’t bear to part with it and had the idea to use it as the fabric for my tote.  It worked out perfectly with even the ties working exactly as I wanted them for the handle.


I left the pocket intact and used it for one side panel to hold napkins and flat ware.

I’m off to my daughter’s house today with one of her favorite dishes, Black-Eyed Peas and Chicken Curry.


The three serving plates will be covered in foil and then placed on three plastic racks which will keep them separate inside the tote.


I also made some apple dumplings which will be transported in a small insulated carrier that I reserve for desserts.  For the short distance I have to travel, the meals usually stay hot but can also be popped into the microwave for a quick warm-up.

Looking forward to a nice afternoon of visiting with the two dogs and two cats and chatting while my daughter knits.  I wait until 3 PM to give a quick wave to my high school freshman grandson as he gets off the school bus, then it’s time to head home for supper.