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PostHeaderIcon Wintery Wonder-lunch

Tree AngelToday’s lunches are definitely winter-focused. We got half a foot of snow on Tuesday night, so lots of snowflakes in the lunches, to match the snow outside. Plus, we only have 6 days left until Christmas! I’m wishing I had more Christmas bento supplies (especially more star cookie cutters and Christmas food picks), but we’re making do with what we have.

G2 has another lunch of MOMables-inspired homemade gluten-free crackers – these are being devoured! In the large, bottom section of her Easy Lunchbox she has the crackers and cheese cut into snowflake shapes in two silicone heart cups. As a decoration, she also has an angel and a Christmas tree also cut out of provolone cheese and decorated with food-safe markers. At the top left, in the smallest section she has two penguin sugar cookies that she decorated very quickly, plus a mitten snowglobe food pick. At the top right are some Honeycrisp apple sections with a snowflake pick.

Wintery lunchG3’s lunch also has a wintery theme, but otherwise it’s very different. In her Laptop Lunchbox she has (clockwise from top left), a snack of a star sugar cookie and, in a silicone heart cup, half of a clementine with a snowflake. Next she has a sugar cookie we cut in the shape of Snoopy and G3 decorated. Below that is another half a clementine with a snowflake pick. Finally, in a silicone heart cup she has a few American cheese angels and some crackers, then some ham roll-ups with a mitten snowglobe and a snowflake. G3 also has a Snoopy bento box with some Cape Cod bbq potato chips.

And now I’m hungry after writing about their lunches. Yum!

 

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PostHeaderIcon Angels in the lunchbox

Today we only had two lunches again (G1 is still sick, and is going to the dr. later). G3 is on a field trip, so she needed to pack a completely disposable lunch. G2 is the only one with a “normal” lunch, and hers is special because she’s doing a “shadow day” at a local Catholic high school. I hope the kids there think her lunch is cool, like the kids at the Charter school do, rather than thinking it’s weird. Crossing fingers on that one.

AngelsG2’s theme for the day is Angels. I wanted her to remember that Heavenly Father is watching over her, and she’ll be ok. She doesn’t like large groups of people, and she doesn’t like new situations, so while she had a tour of the private school and took a test there, she had never been there without me. In her Easy Lunchbox she has a couple silicone heart cups. Each cup has cheese and homemade gluten-free crackers, alternating angels and rectangles. Also in the large section is an American cheese sun at left and 4 singing provolone cheese angels below. The faces on the angels were made with food-safe markers. At top right she has a slice of chocolate cake with a fondant candy cane and alphabet food picks spelling out ANGEL (the G was mistakenly made as a Q – in one set of letters I have no G and 2 Qs). At the bottom right is a clementine with a snowflake pick stuck in it as an accent.

Arctic crittersG3’s completely disposable lunch is packed into a “family size” cherry tomato container from BJs. She has two Juicy Juice fruit punch drinks (one for snack and one for lunch). For fruit, she has a clementine with a polar bear homemade food pick and an applesauce pouch. Her protein is two ham roll-ups held in place with a bunny and an arctic fox food pick. Finally, she has some Cape Cod barbeque potato chips and a Frosty cupcake.

 

 

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PostHeaderIcon Penguins and Elves

Penguin crackersLast night I tweaked the recipe posted at MOMables for gluten-free lunchbox crackers for our family’s preferences and for what I had in the house. It was incredibly easy, and they’re delicious. The crackers taste a bit like Mary’s Gone Crackers mixed with what I remember a wheat thin tasting like.  I’ve posted my tweaks on my recipe blog. The new crackers inspired G2 to ask for crackers and cheese for lunch, and I was happy to say yes.

G1 has been out sick with a stomach bug, so no lunches for her today. I’ve tried to make an elf again with G3’s lunch, and while it’s better than yesterday’s elf, it’s not awesome yet. Humanoids are hard for me! I can do Pokemon or My Little Pony, but not people as of yet.

Penguin snowflakeG2’s lunch is packed in an Easy Lunchbox. At left, in the large section, she has several provolone snowflakes decorating the container, then in two silicone heart cups she has crackers and cheese alternating. At left are cheddar penguins cut with a vegetable cutter and rectangle crackers. At right are snowflake cheese alternating with penguin crackers. In the smallest section at the top right is a Happy Feet penguin ring and a slice of Christmas tree cake with a purple fondant star. At the bottom right in the smaller container is a half a clementine with two different penguins.

Elf Tree SnowmanG3’s lunch is also packed in an Easy Lunchbox.At left in the large section is a quesadilla cut into the shape of an elf, an elf’s hat, and a Christmas tree. I used food-safe markers for the detail work on the elf and to add “ornaments” to the tree. At the top right is the other half of a clementine, this time with two snowflake picks as decoration. At the bottom right is one of the snowman cupcakes I had made for the parties last weekend.

This post is linked to What’s for Lunch Wednesday.

 

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PostHeaderIcon Elves, Snowmen, and Reindeer, oh my!

Cake & cupcakesThis weekend we had multiple Christmas parties to attend. We were invited to 4, two were cancelled due to a snowstorm, and one new one popped up, so we went to three. Two required us to bring dessert, so we made a Christmas tree cake and some snowmen cupcakes. Very fun! Of course, one of the cancelled parties is being rescheduled for next week, so we can make another set of cupcakes for that.

We ended up with quite a few leftovers, as many other people brought desserts, so you’ll see cake and cupcakes in place of cookies in lunches this week! After the multiple parties, I ran out of steam, so lunches are pretty simple today.

This is our Meatless Monday post, so none of the lunches have any meat in them. After G2 went vegetarian the whole family started to eat less meat, which is working out very well for all of us. Well, except for G3, who adores meat of any kind.

Rudolf lunchG1’s lunch is a Thermos, full of tomato soup, plus some treats in her Totoro Bento Box. The vented section at the bottom left has a EasyLunchboxes Mini Dipper with pineapple chunks, and a snowman cupcake. The sealed section at the top right has two tofu reindeer. When I get a new package of tofu, I slice it long-ways into four large slices. For the reindeer I took one of those slices and cut it into 4 triangles. I stacked the triangles on top of each other to make 2 reindeer. I found some reindeer horn food picks at a local shop, and used them, plus food-safe markers, to turn the triangles into reindeer. Easy and fun!

Elf lunchI was really excited about G2’s Elf lunch, but it doesn’t look as good in the picture as it did in real life! *sigh* Anyhow, in her Easy Lunchbox she has a provolone cheese and mustard sandwich on gf bread cut into the shape of an elf and then an elf hat (hat was made by cutting the curves off a heart and turning it upside down). I used provolone, face-punched nori, and soy paper for the details. I also cut two snowflakes out of provolone and added a snowflake pick for fun. At the right she has half of a Honeycrisp apple with the word ELF cut into it using a paring knife. She also has some of the cake and the angel from the top of it in the larger side section.

Hat lunchG3’s lunch is also simple. In her Easy Lunchbox she has a grilled cheese on  gf bread cut into the a Santa or elf hat and as well as a snowflake cut out of sliced mozzarella cheese. She has the other half of the Honeycrisp apple with the word ELF cut into that, as well. In the final section of her Easy Lunchbox she has a snowman cupcake. In her Snoopy bento box she has a clementine and a slice of cake with a star on top inside a silicone heart cup.

This post was linked on Meatless Monday and What’s for Lunch Wednesday and Bento Blog Network – Snowmen.

 

 

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PostHeaderIcon Angels and Christmas Love

No lunches yesterday – G1 went on a field trip, and G2 and G3 were home with a stomach bug. Blerg. So, we have some sweet, angelic lunches for today in response to a day’s break. All three girls have Christmas Notes from Lunchbox Love today to brighten their days after a very long day yesterday. We’re not fans of stomach bugs.

Christmas love and xmasG1’s lunch included tomato soup in her Thermos, and the rest of her lunch in her Totoro Bento Box. At left is the bottom, sealed compartment, and she has a Christmas angel flying with two hearts, all made out of tofu. The face is drawn with food-safe markers, and the hearts have the word XMAS made with alphabet food picks (I’d really prefer to spell Christmas, but it isn’t possible with only 1 set of letters) and a homemade heart pick. At right is the top, vented, compartment. That has a vegetarian and gluten-free rice krispie treat with Christmas MnMs in a silicone heart cup with a green heart food pick, some pineapple in an EasyLunchboxes Mini Dipper with a heart fork, and in two mini silicone cups are a homemade chocolate peanut butter ball and a pink chocolate heart symbolizing the love of Christmas.

Christmas love and Love G2’s lunch is packed in an Easy Lunchbox. She has two provolone and mustard sandwiches on gluten-free bread. One sandwich is in the shape of an angel, decorated a smidge with food-safe markers, with a crown. The other sandwich is in the shape of a heart and has the word LOVE spelled out with alphabet picks and a homemade heart pick. At right in the small section she has some carrots and a little panda container of ranch dressing, plus a homemade heart pick. In the lower section she has a chocolate peanut butter ball , a pink chocolate heart, and a vegetarian (made with Marshmallow Fluff rather than marshmallow) rice krispie treat, plus a pink heart food pick.

Christmas Love & SnacksG3 also had  tomato soup in a Thermos, which isn’t in the picture. She’s really fussy about parts of her lunch and snack being in different containers, so she has a total of 4 containers for a lunch and a snack. Compare that with G2’s 2 containers for both (G2 has an unpictured container with Smart Puffs inside). From left to right, we have a Laptop Lunch Bento Buddies container of TJs scoop chips, then an Easy Lunchbox. The larger section of her ELB has two Babybel cheeses and some Christmas Love in the form of a Christmas rice krispie treat and a pink chocolate heart, plus a princess pick. In the smaller sections she has Honeycrisp apple slices and some pineapple chunks, both with heart picks – one homemade and one not. Finally, in her Snoopy bento box she has some more Honeycrisp apple slices and a heart fork in a Bento Buddy and a chocolate peanut butter ball in a silicone heart cup.

This post was linked on Fun Food Friday.

 

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