We put cranberry sauce on everything during this time of year, from gingerbread waffles to on top of our favorite cheesecake. I even throw it in the slow-cooker and make cranberry pork at least once or twice for a savory option.
While big fans of our usual fried rice, my kids like to get creative, and as such we have made several variations of fried rice, using different flavor profiles.
We try to buy interesting, but not trendy, backpack patterns since these will last a little longer than one school year. May I suggest dark colors to hide the myriad of spills, markers, and ground crayons that will be absorbed? Similarly, get the good folders and the real pencils.