26 November 2013

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

It is just not Thanksgiving without a little bit of Charlie Brown and Snoopy!  Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!


In this lunch:  Leftover lemon chicken & rice soup, Thanksgiving turkey shaped toast, a clementine, and popcorn shaped cucumbers. The turkey is on top of a "serving platter" (plate from this set).   I cut the turkey freehand out of the heel of my sourdough loaf then toasted it to give it a roasted look.  The turkey legs are "glued" on with a little butter. I added bone picks to the legs for a more realistic look. 

See you back on Monday, have a great holiday :)



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24 November 2013

Give Thanks

Thanksgiving has been an annual holiday in the United States since 1863 when President Abraham Lincoln declared a national day of "Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens".  


In this LunchBots Quad:  Red grapes, pretzel goldfish, turkey and tortilla sandwich, cucumbers, carrot with "give thanks" stamped into the carrot, clementine wedges.

The praying hands were traced onto the tortilla with a FooDoodler marker using this app.


"Be thankful for what you have. Your life, no matter how bad you think it is, is someone else's fairy tale."  ~ Wale Ayeni 


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21 November 2013

Leftovers on Fridays - Turkeys

A Chinese turkey, not quite like the one on "A Christmas Story"........



Left container:  Leftovers cleverly arranged into a turkey shape.  The turkey is made from a rice ball, asparagus, and carrots sticks.  His eyes are sliced asparagus, beak is dried mango, and the snood is carrot.  The turkey is on top of a bed of leftover chow mein noodles.

Right container:  The fruit turkey!  Clementine wedges, mango head, and red grapes.

*This lunch is a perfect example that you don't need to have a lot of bento tools, all I used was a paring knife.  A little creativity goes a long way.


A little Chinese turkey humor from A Christmas Story :)


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20 November 2013

A Lego Lunch for Bent On Better Lunches

I had the opportunity to guest post over at Bent On Better Lunches on Monday.  It was fun to be able to cross over into someone else's blogging space.  Thank you to Cristi for inviting me over for cyber lunch ;-)



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19 November 2013

Thanksgiving Bento

Today we have the first Thanksgiving in our bento with the Pilgrims and Indians of course :)


In this lunch:  Watermelon pieces, jalapeno cilantro hummus, carrot sticks, pita bread, and a hard boiled egg.  The egg is cut in half and decorated with nori and thin slices of carrot.


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18 November 2013

A Mustache Lunch for Movember

Take a good look around, chances are that some of those male faces in your lives have been sprouting facial hair this month in honor of Movember.  It is that time of year again when men grow mustaches to raise awareness for men's health issues.


Left side:  Red grapes and fresh pineapple chunks.

Right side:  A turkey mustache sandwich and pretzel goldfish.


This lunch is pretty similar to my Movember lunch from last year.


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17 November 2013

A Rafter of Turkey

I have seriously been slacking on Thanksgiving themed lunches and it is high time that I get them started!  I just learned something new tonight.  I had to google what a group of turkeys is called and I found out it is called a rafter.



Top left:  Fresh pineapple chunks.

Bottom left:  Broccoli florets.

Bottom:  "Turkeys" made from Trader Joe's chicken cilantro mini wontons and carrots.  To make the turkeys I used my peeler and shaved off a piece of carrot.  I used scissors to get the shape I liked, then I punched eye holes with a coffee stirrer.  The heads are secured to the bodies with an uncooked piece of angel hair pasta.  Pretzel sticks and cheese sauce in the green cup finish off this lunch.


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14 November 2013

Shark Tank


I love the television show Shark Tank.  I also love our yubo lunchbox.  What could be better then when two things that you love are merged together??!  See what happens for yourself next Friday 11/22/13 on ABC.



In this lunch:  

Large container:  Nori (sea weed) cut into "Shark Tank" logo.  Rice paper to mimic the rippling ocean water. Instead of soaking the rice paper in plain warm water I added a couple drops of blue food coloring to give the rice paper the proper ocean blue color.  Underneath the rice paper are leftovers.  There is leftover stelline pasta in a light butter sauce and leftover asparagus.

Top right container:  Blue Jello with a hammerhead shark shaped pear swimming in there!  I have done this technique once before in a previous shark themed lunch.

Bottom right container:  Applesauce with shark sprinkles on top.





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12 November 2013

Funkins Reusable Cloth Napkins Review


I am very excited to share with you a new lunch love of mine!  The preschool my daughter goes to requested each child start bringing a cloth napkin packed in their lunchbox to use as a place mat at school.  I had been searching for a fun kid friendly cloth napkin that was large enough to double as a place mat.  Recently, I ran across a wonderful website that sells just what I was in search of...............
introducing Funkins!!


The awesome folks at Funkins were so kind and sent me my very own set of Funkins to review.  Can you guess which Funkin is my favorite???

Funkins are reusable cloth napkins specifically made for kids.  Funkins are made with high quality fabrics that are CPSIA Compliant.  They are double sided with different prints on each side that compliment each other.  The Funkins measure 13 inches by 15 inches.  They are perfect for the Eco-conscious lunch packing mom :)


Funkins has included a great space on the tag to add your child's name.  They recommend using a ball point pen to write the name instead of a sharpie. 

Another plus for me is that Funkins are large enough to use as lunch photo backgrounds!


Clearly the inspiration for this lunch was the Sushi 4U Funkin.

In this lunch: 

Top left - Clementine wedges and "bunny" apples.

Top right - Edamame and white rice decorate with a smiley face nori punch out.

Bottom - Kid friendly "sushi" > tortilla and pepperoni roll ups and tortilla and turkey roll ups.

*My daughter was beside herself to have pepperoni in her lunch.


Clean up is a breeze, just toss the dirty Funkins in with your regular laundry.


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Disclosure -  All product opinions are my own and are based on my own use of the product.  All product information is from the Funkins website or product pamphlet. I received a set of Funkins in exchange for this review.
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11 November 2013

Elmo Bento

A little Elmo lunch.


Top box:  Scrabble cheez-its and Elmo turkey sandwiches.

Bottom box:  Broccoli , cheese sauce in the red cup, green grapes, and baby carrots.



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10 November 2013

D is for Dinosaur

Tomorrow is Veteran's Day and there is no preschool.  I have quite a few back logged lunches, so I decided to go ahead and share this lunch.



In this PlanetBox lunch:  Red grapes, blackberries, "D" cookie, pretzel sticks, dinosaur fossil sandwich made with leftover roast beef, edamame, and a dinosaur shaped potato.

I have wanted the dinosaur silicone cups for soooo long!  Grace (from Eats Amazing) a UK based bento blogger uses them a lot in her sons different dinosaur lunches.  One night I was browsing eBay and ran across one set and had to buy them :-) 

 
Zeal ,a UK based company, are the makers of those cute dinosaur silicone cups, which is why they are impossible to find here in the USA.  You can find them on UK Amazon.



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07 November 2013

Leftovers on Friday - Fall

It's Friday...yay!!  We made a fall themed bento to go along with our leftovers.  What did you make with your leftovers this week?


In this PlanetBox Shuttle:  Leftover stroganoff, applesauce, red grapes, yellow pepper rings, grape tomatoes, and sugar snap peas.


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05 November 2013

It's time for a Hello Kitty appearance!

It is already November and we have yet to have a Hello Kitty lunch this school year!  Time to change that :)


In this yubo lunchbox:  Red sweet pepper, yellow sunburst tomatoes, grape tomatoes, Hello Kitty shaped roast beef sandwiches, watermelon balls, cantaloupe balls, and a Hello Kitty hard boiled egg.



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04 November 2013

Yellow Submarine

♫ ♪ "We all live in a yellow submarine, yellow submarine, yellow submarine" ♫ ♪


My daughter has been learning about different places in Europe this semester.  While learning about England the kids listened to the song "Yellow Submarine".  Since then, my daughter has been randomly singing the song :)

In this lunch:  Psychedelic melon balls, syrup, carrots and edamame (under the syrup container), yellow submarine pancakes (windows are chocolate syrup), pretzel goldfish, and "Beatles" written on a piece of tortilla.

This lunch is packed in my Ugly Children's Clothing milk lunch box.


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