I had found a coupon for 15% off Lunchbox Love Notes on the affiliates page at Biting The Hand That Feeds You, another blog about bento boxes for kids with food allergies. I picked up the new Strength and Hope set as well as the Holiday set. I have some friends going through some difficult times, and it’ll be nice to have the Strength and Hope cards to stick into the allergy-friendly meals and treats. Plus, the Holiday cards are fun for the girls! Another blogger posted a link to these plastic sleeves – by sticking the LBL notes into the sleeves, it’s an inexpensive way to make surethey won’t get icky in lunches and can be used again. I love that – I wasn’t thrilled with the idea of spending that much money on cards that will be thrown out.
In actual food news, we either got cross-contaminated at our (otherwise awesome) church Halloween party, or all 4 of us got the same 24 hour stomach bug at the same time. It sucked. But, on the plus side, the house was very, very quiet all day. I don’t remember the last time the house was this quiet, other than when the girls are with their dad.
As a result of them staying home, the girls’ Great Pumpkin lunches from yesterday are actually going to be eaten today. So no new bentos. But, when everyone started feeling better enough for some dinner, I spent 5-10 extra minutes decorating the leftovers to make them themed with watching It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. The girls loved it! And it really only took a few extra minutes.
First I used a leftover lunchbox gf pizza crust and added some leftover marinara. I added some shredded mozzarella and some cooked bacon, and popped it in the toaster for 5 minutes. I spent a few minutes following the instructions from iPackLunch for a haunted house pizza topping. I popped my topping (hand carved yellow cheddar with a pepperoni ghost cut out with a Halloween cookie cutter on top of a slice of mozzarella from Trader Joe’s) on the pizza and stuck it in the toaster for a couple minutes. Sadly, it melted a bit too much, but it was fun to do, and G3 liked it. I wouldn’t bother to put it in the oven next time.
G1 just wanted scrambled eggs with cheese, plus some tomato soup (something that will surprise absolutely no one who has read this blog before). Her mouth is still hurting from the orthodontist visit Tuesday, so she wanted something soft to eat. I popped the scraps from cutting out decorations into the scrambled eggs, which worked great. Then I topped it with a little cheddar cheese pumpkin cut from a Halloween cookie cutter.
G2 wanted some of the vegetarian & gluten-free chili leftover from Tuesday night’s chili cook off, so I put that in a nice bowl and then created a little pumpkin patch with ghosts out of cheddar and provolone cheese cut using Halloween cookie cutters. So easy, and it’s great to get a huge smile in exchange for the minute or two it took to cut out the cheese.
It’s wonderful to remember that spending that extra moment can turn leftovers and simple foods into something the kids were excited to eat, and got them really in the mood to watch The Great Pumpkin!
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