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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 Another simple panda lunch

I’m keeping up to date on NaNoWriMo, and did a brief write-in with one of my friends last night after meeting for dinner. After getting home I spent far too long helping G1 finish reading a chapter in her History textbook (seriously, why doesn’t she have an audiobook version of this? I thought I was done reading for her. This should be in her IEP). The fun part of reading about feudalism in the Middle Ages is relating it back to Monty Python and the Holy Grail and the play Spamalot, which our little family saw with her grandparents and cousins. After making something for her to eat and helping with the reading, I was wiped out. When I asked her what she wanted for lunch, she replied “something simple”. No problem! It’s amazing what a few food picks and a cookie cutter can do in a very short period of time! It went from an uninspired, though healthy, lunch to a panda-riffic lunch in moments.

Even more pandasIn the back you can see G1’s Thermos. Today she doesn’t have of tomato soup! Instead she has leftover gluten-free pasta, marinara sauce, and chicken sausage. I topped that mixture with cute little pandas cut out of a slice of mozzarella using a Panda Cookie Cutter. The bottom (far right) of her Totoro Bento Box has 3 silicone heart cups and two panda mini forks, plus a panda food pick. As I’ve mentioned before, the bottom seals tightly and doesn’t leak and the top has vents on the sides, so nothing that goes in the top can be juicy. In the top section she has a Chebe gluten-free breadstick in a panda muffin cup, as well as a silicone heart cup with a gluten-free & dairy-free chocolate chip Rice Krispie treat with a a panda food pick on top. All in all, a good lunch. 

This lunch was truly done in less than 10 minutes. It was longer than it should’ve been to prep, though, as I had overfilled the Thermos, and had to wipe it off and empty a bit before the lid would close. If you don’t make rookie mistakes, it’s even faster.

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PostHeaderIcon Quick Sunny Panda Lunch

Sunny panda lunch By Thursday night, I’m a bit tired and burned out. This Thursday I went out to see “The worst movie ever made” with a friend – Plan 9 From Outer Space (which is free to watch on Amazon Instant if you have Prime). One of our local movie theaters played it in 3D, and it was so fun and funny to see an old, bad movie in a theater with a group of other people who are enjoying the kitsch, too. I also found out that it’s being remade! Something to watch out for.

Anyhow, when I got home, the last thing I wanted to do was spend a bunch of time making a lunch for G1 (G2 and G3 are with their dad Thursday nights). I made a quick, cute, and easy lunch that played off her love of pandas and pineapple, some favorite leftovers, and the fact that it’s been sunny and warm for a few days here in New England. The sun and warmth is so welcome in mid-October!

G1’s Totoro bento box has a bottom compartment that has a plastic lid and appears to be leakproof. The top section has vents along the sides (which you can see in the above picture), so while it has a plastic lid that clicks on, it’s definitely not leakproof! So, in the leakproof section we have pineapple chunks with panda picks and a sunshine yellow silicone cup with a homemade fruit roll-up in it and a yellow animal-shaped silicone cup with a second fruit roll-up in it. Leftover lasagnaIn the top section are two gf sugar cookies made using this fabulous panda cookie cutter, plus a gf chocolate cupcake with yellow buttercream icing and a panda food pick on top.

G1 also has a sunshiny yellow Knork fork, a napkin, and a Thermos packed with leftover lasagna. Yesterday’s very similar lunch came home completely eaten, so this should be a hit. I don’t think they can sword fight with pandas, though.

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