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PostHeaderIcon Springing bunnies and flowers

I’m continuing the theme of spring from yesterday’s lunch. The weather is supposed to be above freezing today, so I’m a bit more hopeful about spring coming soon. I can’t wait to see the crocuses and forsythia blooming!

Flower1G2 has a spring lunch in her Easy Lunchbox. In the large section of her bento she has two silicone flower cups, one holding Havarti with dill cheese and the other holding  multigrain gluten-free crackers. I used a decorative cutter to cut flowers out of American and mozzarella cheese to prettify her lunch. The cheese also has a bunny food pick, and I added a butterfly pick for decoration. In the top right section are some green grapes with a hopping bunny food pick. Finally, at the bottom right is a cupcake made by G3 with a third type of bunny food pick.

 

Flower2G1 also has a springy lunch, and hers is packed in her Totoro Bento Box, with tomato soup in her Thermos. At the top right she has a cupcake made by her youngest sister, with heart sprinkles and a bunny. She also has a Laptop Lunch Bento Buddies container with green grapes and a leaping bunny. At the bottom right she has tofu flowers made with the decorative cutter and sliced carrots, with another leaping bunny.

 

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PostHeaderIcon Froggies and flowers

It’s getting close to spring! Not that our part of New England has heard about it, but that’s what the calendar is saying. We’re getting tired of below-freezing temps and hoping for flowers to bloom and to see frogs when we go to the pond. Today’s lunches are reminders that spring is around the corner.

Froggy 1G2 has a froggy lunch in her Easy Lunchbox. At the top left is a Lunchbox Love note that has a frog joke. Inside the bento are two silicone cups – on the left are some multigrain gluten-free crackers and on the right is Havarti with dill cheese and a frog food pick. (As an aside, we were listening to the Muppets while we painted, and seeing a blue frog reminds me of the song I’m in love with a big blue frog…” which we love. I hope G2 remembers it, too!) Also in the large section of the bento is a frog cut out of cheese with the CuteZCute animal friends cutter and a few flowers cut out of cheese. At the top right are some green grapes with another frog. At the bottom right is one of the cupcakes G3 made for everyone and a flower food pick.

 

Froggy 2G1 also has a froggy lunch. She has nice hot tomato soup in her Thermos, and cold goodies in her Totoro Bento Box. At left, in the top section, is one of the cupcakes G3 made in a silicone cup and another silicone cup and a Laptop Lunch Bento Buddies container with green grapes, a frog, a ladybug, and a leaf. At right, in the bottom section of the bento is a frog cut out of tofu with the CuteZCute cutter and some flowers cut out with a vegetable cutter. I also included a Lunchbox Love note to make her smile. Her school had 2 bomb threats on Tuesday, so she’s a little nervous about being in school today. It’s nice to have the Lunchbox Love notes to send a little love in her lunch!

 

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PostHeaderIcon A Second Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

March 2 was Dr. Seuss‘s birthday, and because that was a Sunday I sent my girls to school with Dr. Seuss lunches on Friday and today. Here are two very similar lunches for two very different girls.

photo 1G2 has a Cat in the Hat themed lunch. I know that the cat from the CuteZCute Animal Friends cutter isn’t exactly like the Cat in the Hat, but it’s a cat and I was tired. In her Easy Lunchbox G2 has MOMables-inspired gf crackers in one silicone cup, and Havarti with Dill cheese in another cup. Stuck inside the cheese are alphabet food picks spelling out Cat and Hat. Below the cheese and crackers are a CuteZCute cat and a Cat in the Hat hat, details drawn with food-safe markers. At the top right section she has 2 macaroons and a Glutino chocolate wafer. At the bottom right is a container of diced peaches in juice. I was so busy painting over the weekend that I forgot to buy fresh fruit, so she has canned fruit. Whoops! She also has a Lunchbox Love note to make her smile.

 

photo 2G1 also has a bento with a Cat in the Hat theme. She has tomato soup in her Thermos, and other goodies in her Totoro Bento Box. In the top section at the top left she has a Laptop Lunch Bento Buddies container with sliced oranges (we call them orange smiles) and a silicone cup with chocolate macaroons and a chocolate wafer. In the bottom section is a CuteZCute cat and a Cat in the Hat hat I decorated using food-safe markers. G1 also has a Lunchbox Love note to give her a boost half-way through her day.

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PostHeaderIcon Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

March 2 is Dr. Seuss‘s birthday. Sadly, that’s a Sunday, so not a day for packing bentos. However, on the plus side, I can pack Dr. Seuss bentos today and on Monday, celebrating his birthday on two days rather than just on one! I have been very busy painting all the rooms in our new house, so I didn’t have a lot of time, and these were very simple lunches.

Dr SeussG2 has a simple Dr. Seuss theme in her Easy Lunchbox. G2 was just saying “One fish Two fish Red fish Blue fish” over and over the other day, so I added two mozzarella fish and a Cat in the Hat hat to her slice of leftover gf pizza in the large section of her bento. Just in case my intention wasn’t clear, I used a heart cookie cutter with the mozzarella cheese and wrote Dr. Seuss’s name on it with food-safe markers. I also added some polka dot food picks to the grapes at the top right, because they reminded me of some of the funny plants in the Seussical worlds. She has some Glutino chocolate wafers in the section at the bottom right. I need to bake cookies this weekend – this past weekend was too busy with painting to do any baking. We’re running really low on baked goods!

 

1 fish 2 fish red fish blue fishG3 has another One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish themed lunch in her Totoro Bento Box, and tomato soup in her Thermos to keep her warm on this very cold day. In the top section of the bento she has Glutino chocolate wafers in a silicone cup. In a Laptop Lunch Bento Buddies container she has green grapes with the word FISH written out of alphabet food picks. In the bottom section she has One fish, Two fish (with the word TWO in alphabet picks), Red fish, Blue fish (with the word BLUE in alphabet picks) tofu. I also made a Cat in the Hat hat and a heart to hold the word blue. The coloring is done with food-safe markers and food coloring.

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PostHeaderIcon Penguin and panda packed lunches

I spent 7 hours yesterday prepping for painting and painting. We painted 3 rooms in that time, plus I did 2 ceilings. Dinner last night was a sign of sheer brilliance – we had vegetarian chili in the crock pot. Lunches today are pretty simple after all that work last night.

photo 3G2’s go-to lunch subject is penguins. I have a few different penguin food picks, and a few penguin cookie cutters, so I can mix it up a bit. Today, in her Easy Lunchbox she has strawberries in the top left compartment with the word YUM spelled out with alphabet food picks. At the bottom left are a pink penguin and a blue fish food picks stuck in two  Enjoy Life chocolate brownie cookies. In the large section at the right is one silicone cup with a blue penguin food pick and a fish stuck into Havarti cheese with dill. Another silicone cup has penguin-shaped MOMables-inspired gf crackers with detailing done with food-safe markers. I also used fish and penguin shaped cookie cutters to cut provolone cheese, plus I used food-safe markers for the details. Ta da! A penguin lunch that was put together in under 15 minutes.

photo 1G1’s go-to lunch is pandas. I have several different panda cutters, and that makes creating panda lunches really easy. Some days I need easy! At left G1 has the top of her Totoro Bento Box packed with goodies. She has two Enjoy Life chocolate brownie cookies with two different panda food picks. She also has a homemade flower  chocolate lollipop, and in a Laptop Lunch Bento Buddies container she has strawberries with more pandas. In the bottom section at right she has a panda cut out of tofu using the CuteZCute animal friends cutter and two little panda tofu. She also has a Thermos filled with tomato soup to help keep her warm on this cold day.

 

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PostHeaderIcon Leftovers for Lunches

Today’s lunches are leftovers. I made sushi last night and pizza on Sunday night, so it was very easy to make delicious, and well appreciated, lunches for today.

Penguin sushiG2’s lunch is all about the yummy. Much to her delight she has a Squooshi penguin with applesauce and strawberries (she says homemade tastes better than store-bought!). She has vegetable sushi in her Easy Lunchbox, decorated with some different penguin food picks. She also has a little bunny container with gluten-free soy sauce for the sushi. At the top right section are two Joe’s Joes, Trader Joe’s gluten-free Oreos, plus a snowflake food pick. At the bottom right are some carrots and cucumbers, plus a Snoopy container with some hummus, also from Trader Joe’s.

sushiG1 also has sushi today. Her lunch is packed in her Totoro Bento Box, and includes to Joe’s Joes gf Oreos in a silicone heart cup and a snowflake food pick. The top section also includes a Clementine. In the bottom section she has her sushi, with dolphins and a whale food pick. I’ve also added a rooster container with gluten-free soy sauce to add to the sushi.

Walrus pizzaG3 cares more about what her friends think of her lunch than G1 and G2 do, so she wasn’t interested in having any sushi for lunch, as that might look weird. So, she has leftover pizza in her Easy Lunchbox, with some cute marine life food picks. She also has to Joe’s Joes gf Oreos and a snowflake. In the bottom right section is one final Chebe tiger roll. She also has some applesauce in her Squooshi walrus, which continues to follow the marine animal theme.

 

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PostHeaderIcon A Mermaid and Safari animals

G3’s lunch continues to be about white tigers and safari animals, but this time G2’s lunch has drifted away from penguins. Her 4 show run of The Little Mermaid starts tomorrow afternoon! So I practiced my Camera Lucida skills and drew Ariel on cheese for her lunch. I think it’s clear who I was drawing, at least. G1 still has midterms, so no lunch for her.

Ariel

G2’s lunch is very much like her previous lunches, but this time she has Ariel sitting on a rock and 3 notes symbolizing the music she’s singing as a part of the cast of the musical. Given that it’s her first time performing in this school I wanted to show her that I support her, I popped in a Lunchbox Love note.

In her Easy Lunchbox G2 has two mini silicone cups, one with some homemade MOMables-inspired gf crackers and one with Havarti with dill. She also has some provolone and cheddar song notes, and the mozzarella Ariel drawn with food safe markers. I also used the black food safe marker to ad a face to one fishie. In the top, smallest section, she has two Joe’s Joes gf Oreos. Finally, in the bottom right section, she has 3 strawberries.

Roaring animals

Roar! The animals on G3’s lunch safari are roaring at us! First, she has a Thermos with chicken and rice soup. In her Snoopy Bento Box is a Chebe bread mix white tiger and two Joe’s Joes gf Oreos in mini silicone cups. In her pink Laptop Lunch Bento Buddies she has oranges cut into “smiles” (also known as slices, but if you put them in  your mouth you have an orange smile). I used lion and other safari animals food picks to perk up the smiles, plus alphabet food picks to spell out ROAR. She also has a purple Bento Buddies container with snickerdoodles and a Lunchbox Love note.

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PostHeaderIcon Penguins and Tigers in rice and bread

The biggest piece of news in our life is that we just bought a house! So excited!! If, for some reason, you want to read more, I’m blogging daily about our year of change (I’m getting married soonish, so lots of change) over at A Year of Living Change-erously.

Yesterday was a snow day, so no lunches, but it was busy with the closing, etc. I did have time last nite, after buying the house, to make a quick dinner for G1 and I, and then to pack lunches for the younger two. G1 has midterms, so no lunches.

Even more penguinsI packed G2 a very penguin Easy Lunchbox. She has a silicone heart cup with Havarti with dill slices, and a mini silicone cup with penguin-shaped MOMables-inspired gf crackers. I added a couple little details to the penguin using food safe markers. In two additional mini silicone cusps are two penguins made using sushi rice, some nori cut with a heart-shaped opening for the face, a frozen piece of corn for the beak, and nori cut into eyes with a face punch. On the right side of her ELB are some strawberries and a mini silicone cup with a Trader Joe’s gluten-free Oreos. At the bottom of her lunch is a Chebe bread mix penguin. Below her ELB is a  Mini Dipper with Lemonheads and Sixlets. G2 has play practice until 5:30 today, so she has a little extra sugar and a (not photographed) gf granola bar as well. She is currently obsessed with Lemonheads, and will be very happy to find that surprise.

TigersG3 is allergic to the strawberries G1 and G2 love so much, so her lunch was prepared first so there would be no cross-contamination on the cutting board. In her Thermos I’ve packed gluten-free chicken noodle soup for our girlie, in the hopes that she’ll be warm today. She has two gluten-free TJs Oreos in mini silicone cups and a Chebe white tiger in her Snoopy Bento Box. In her Laptop Lunch Bento Buddies container she has some yummy oranges cut into “smiles”. She also has a little white tiger rice ball in a cheap Target container. She loves rice in her soup, so I thought she could add this to the soup at school. I used a nori face punch for the eyes and mouth/nose combo. I cut little triangles out of some of the rest of the nori to make the stripes. I didn’t quite make ears, but I think you get the idea.

I’m now out of sushi rice, so I’m going to have to go to the store soon so I can experiment more with making rice critters! It’s been too long since I made a Pokemon lunch, I was reminded…

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PostHeaderIcon Kitty cats and penguins

Last night I spent some time making Chebe bread mix creatures. They’re so cute! I’m really enjoying making these! It’s actually much easier than I thought it would be. I am going to have to put together a tutorial for the gluten-free folks.

In other news, we were planning to go to the Aquarium for MLK day, but it turned out everyone was tired, so we slept in. After we woke up, I bought bins and we started packing – we close on Wednesday! (though the house won’t be ready to move in for a bit, need heat & a new roof) If you’re at all curious about our ongoing changes, I’m blogging daily at A Year of Living Change-erously.

More penguinsG2’s Easy Lunchbox has Havarti with dill and fish-shaped MOMables-inspired gf crackers, each in a silicone heart cup. They are decorated with penguin and fish food picks as well as a snowflake. I also added penguin cheese and a fish with details written in food safe markers. In the top left section of the ELB she has a clementine and a green leaf pick. At the bottom left she has two chocolate chip cookies, a little thing of Sixlets, and a chocolate smiley face. She also has one of the Chebe animals, a penguin.

Kitty kitty lunchG1’s lunch is all about the kitties. In her Totoro Bento Box are some kitties – I used my CuteZCute Animal Press and a small animal press to make kitty tofu. Between sections she has a Chebe kitty with orange ears, and in the top section of her bento she has 2 oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, a smiley face chocolate, and an orange with a leaf food pick. She also has a Thermos is filled with hot tomato soup.

Another kitty kittyG3’s lunch is similar to G1’s. In her Thermos she has gluten-free chicken noodle soup. She also has a Honeycrisp apple (she’s going to be so sad when those go out of season soon!) and a Chebe kitty. For a snack and for a dessert she has Laptop Lunch Bento Buddies containers. In one is a chocolate chip cookie, a small string of Sixlets, and a chocolate smiley face. In her other Bento Buddy is some homemade chocolate pudding. This doesn’t look like a very big lunch, but the chicken noodle soup will fill her right up, and it’s unlikely she’ll even eat all of it.

 

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PostHeaderIcon Totoro, Tigers, and Penguins

Totoro parts(This post was written on Thursday, but unfortunately my site has been up and down, so it’s only now being posted. My host is trying its best with a complicated server/router problem)

I love reading other Bento blogs. I love seeing what other moms (and dads) have done with their kids’ lunches, and I especially love reading tutorials. Much of the time I’m disappointed because something is a gluten-based treat and gluten doughs work differently than gluten-free doughs. My recent success with black & white buns was an exception to that rule. Well, this time I saw another tutorial posted by BentoMonsters, and it was a rice tutorial, so I figured I could actually get it made.

Totoro and SpriteAs mentioned before in this blog, G1 is a huge Studio Ghibli fan, especially a Totoro fan. Most of her lunches are packed in her Totoro Bento Box. This time I followed the tutorial closely (though I used black food coloring as we didn’t have black sesame paste), and G1 was beyond thrilled. Her whole table loved it and was taking pictures! I highly recommend this tutorial.

 

Totoro lunchG1’s Totoro was, of course, packed in her Totoro Bento Box. She had pasta with marinara and a sausage in her Thermos, and the rest in her Totoro Bento Box. In the bottom section was her Totoro with the Soot Sprite. In her upper section she had a couple of oatmeal cookies in a silicone heart cup as well as two mini silicone cups with green grapes.

 

G3’s lunch is almost all black & white. In her Easy LunchboxWhite tiger lunch she has a white tiger Chebe roll in the large section. In the smallest section she has a white tiger cupcake, and in the bottom right section she has a white tiger rice ball. In her Snoopy bento box she has an orange sliced into “smiles” with a couple of lion food picks. Finally, in her Thermos she has some hot chicken and rice soup.

 

PenguinsG2’s lunch is all about the penguins again. I found this cute snowman/snowflake scrapbook paper, and I’m using that as a backdrop for this lunch. Leaning against her Easy Lunchbox is a penguin Chebe roll, which she loves. In her Easy Lunchbox’s biggest section are two marching penguins made out of food coloring and a slice of mozzarella cheese. Above the marching penguins are mini silicone cups with homemade MOMables-inspired gf crackers and Havarti with dill with a couple of snowflake food picks. In the small section at the top right are some green grapes with a snowflake. Finally, in the section at the bottom right is a cupcake with Princess Celestia’s cutie mark, a sun.

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