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PostHeaderIcon Pirates ahoy!

Pirate paintersWe’ve been very busy painting our new house, and by the time we’re done for the day we’re a bit punchy and wiped out. So, upon seeing the painting sticks, G2 and G3 instantly thought pirate sword fight. After going up and down the stairs (like in The Princess Bride), I got them to pose in front of the not-yet-painted yellow wall, because I could get the good shadows in the pictures. They had a blast, and I happy to hear happy voices, as they had been complaining a wee bit about the lack of chocolate at the new house. I used the sword play and pirate talk as inspiration for today’s lunches.

Pirate tofuG1’s lunch gets the first place position on this first day back from school vacation. Her Thermos is packed with tomato soup, and the rest of her lunch is packed in her favorite Totoro Bento Box. I’ve included a Lunchbox Love note in her lunch and in her sisters’ lunches. We love the joke Lunchbox Love notes most of all – the girls enjoy sharing the jokes with their friends. At the top right are three pirate faces in tofu, and one pirate sword food pick. I used a different nori face punch for each face, and hand-cut the eye patches out of nori with scissors. At the bottom right of the picture is the top section of the bento. The Laptop Lunch Bento Buddies containers fit perfectly in this section, and keep the fruit from mixing with the desserts. Today G1 has strawberries with pirate swords. In the rest of that section are a homemade flower lollipop with mini MnMs as petals, a gold pirate treasure coin, and two Enjoy Life chocolate brownie cookies.

Pirate hamG3’s lunch is packed in an Easy Lunchbox. She has three ham roll-ups speared with pirate swords in the main section, and a tofu pirate with nori face details in a silicone cup. In the top right section she has a gold pirate treasure coin, and in the bottom right she has grapes that have been speared on pirate swords. G3 is the tortoise in her school’s Aesop play, so she has longer rehearsals for the next couple weeks, which means she needs a slightly larger lunch than usual so she can have a snack for play practice. She has a Snoopy Bento Box with a chocolate flower lollipop and a silicone cup with two Enjoy Life Snickerdoodle cookies. This week we are painting the new house, so I don’t have as much baking time as usual, which means pre-packaged cookies. Enjoy Life makes wonderfully soft and yummy allergy-free cookies that fit beautifully in lunchboxes. G3’s snack is a Bento Buddies container filled with gf cheese crackers.

Dinos and flowersG2 also has a lunch packed in an Easy Lunchbox, but hers has dinosaurs and flowers. In the big section of her bento are some dinosaur broccoli and potato bites from Whole Foods (G2 is a vegetarian, so she had these while her sisters had dinosaur chicken nuggets last night). For a little protein punch I used two vegetable cutters to cut flowers out of tofu, and then decorated them with different food picks. At the top left she has strawberries with some flower food picks and a silver chocolate coin. At the bottom left are two Enjoy Life chocolate brownie cookies. Laying across the top of her bento is a chocolate flower lollipop. Those were so fun and easy to make! I’m so glad I have a collection of chocolate molds I got from a friend when G3 was a baby – they really turn a little chocolate into a special treat.

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PostHeaderIcon Ninja lunches for Ninja day

After finding out that yesterday was Rainbow Dash Day, the girls asked me to find out if today was a special day. After much googling, I found out that today is Ninja Day. The girls each have a few of the Unstealthiest Ninja shirts from shirt.woot, so they put those on, and I tried to find a way to make Ninja lunches. This isn’t the first time I wished I had a set of Ninja cookie cutters, but they would’ve been perfect for today. Instead I just used a regular gingerbread man and a star for a Ninja throwing star.

Ninja G2 lunch G2’s lunch might well be the best of the Ninja lunches. She has a Lock & Lock with tomato soup, because her school has microwaves the students can use, and her sisters were using the two Thermos containers. So, in her Easy Lunchbox she has homemade gluten-free bread that was cut into the general shape of a Ninja and a throwing star, then toasted to a dark color and eyes drawn on with  food-safe markers. To her provolone and mustard sandwiches I added a homemade star food pick and most of the letters for the word NINJA (protip – buy at least two sets of alphabet food picks so you can write entire words). I’m claiming the second N in NINJA is being stealthy. The smaller section at the top right has baby carrots andlittle panda container filled with Ranch dressing. At the bottom right she has a cupcake-sized gluten-free chocolate chip cheesecake with an appropriate star-shaped chocolate on top, and a homemade star pick

Ninja lunch G3G3’s lunch has a Thermos filled with chicken and rice soup. In her Snoopy bento snack box she has a cheesecake with a star on top and a homemade star pick. In a Bento Buddies container she also has half a Honeycrisp apple, cut into sections and dipped in lemon juice to prevent browning. In her Easy Lunchbox she has tortillas that were cut into Ninja and star shape, then toasted in a skillet and decorated with food-safe markers. In the top side section she has a rainbow meringue that has a bit too much red & green food coloring. The bottom side section has half of a navel orange and a homemade star pick.

 Ninja lunch G1In G1’s Thermos she has leftover gluten-free spaghetti, marinara, and roasted garlic chicken sausage from Trader Joe’s. She has a few add-ons, too, of course. In her Laptop Lunch Bento Buddies container she has two Christmas-colored meringues and a homemade star pick. In her Snoopy bento snack box I packed her a set of Ninja and star toasted tortillas with some food-safe marker decorations. She also has another Bento Buddies container inside the Snoopy box, and in that she has some baby carrots and celery, plus ranch dressing packed into a little panda container. I added one more homemade star pick for good measure, too.

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