Monday, June 23, 2014

Packing yogurt in the Yumbox - no leaking!

This was one of Heidi's lunches from last week. She has wanted to have yogurt in her lunch quite a bit lately. The Yumbox is perfect for that! Each compartment seals when the lid is closed so there is no leaking between the compartments and her yogurt stays put until lunchtime.

yogurt with sprinkles, red grapes, strawberries & blueberries, cherry, cheese, strawberry jam sandwich bites.

Here are a couple of items that I used when making this lunch.
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Friday, June 20, 2014

Wacky Hair Day!

Today was Wacky Hair Day at school. Everyone who participated sent in a minimum of $2 that will be donated to the St Baldrick's campaign.

Heidi had a cute bun hawk 'do.

Amy had lots of mini braids and a flower garden with butterflies.
Her braids are all sprayed in a rainbow of colours. 

Rose's class had their class End of Year Party at the beach today. She still wanted to participate so she had a bit of wacky hair with a few coloured stripes in her pony tail.

They were happy with their hair, and we had loads of fun on the beach with Rosie's class today.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Look, Lunch!

We have only a few days left of the school year for the 3 eldest girls and Emily has already finished up play group for the year. Woo hoo! 

Here is Rose's lunch from yesterday. She's been a lunch time vegetarian these days. Now that I think about it, she is vegetarian for most breakfasts too, but she does prefer a few non-veg dinners.

strawberries & blueberries, red grapes, mini yellow peppers, no bake energy bites, goldfish, carrots, cucumber & tomatoes.

These little energy bites are a family favourite and I seem to be constantly making them these days.
I often tweak it a bit if I run out of something, I might add a  Linwoods seed mix instead of chia, sometimes wheat germ, sometimes ground flaxseed, half the chips as mini chips + a few currants, Enjoy life dairy free chips and almond or soy butter to make them peanut and dairy free and so on. This time they are made exactly as the recipe suggests.

I swear that I have been making lunches for my girls during this loooong blogging break! Sometimes I'm so busy living life and getting the daily tasks accomplished there just isn't any time left to blog about it! I'm sure my fellow bloggers out there know how easily this can happen if you don't dedicate blogging time. My real problem seems to be in the morning, no time to snap a photo before the lunches go off to school!

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Easy Dinner Side Dish - Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Platter

The witching hour at our house is without a doubt between 5pm and 6pm. I am still working on dinner and everyone is just starting to get a little bit restless and hungry. My husband comes home just after 6pm and most every night, we all eat together as soon as he comes through the door. Frequently, I make fresh fruit and veggies as a side to go with our dinner and on the particularly restless days I serve that to the children earlier. Here are a couple of funny face fresh fruit & veggie platters.

There were no fancy techniches as you can see. Everything was peeled or cut very simply and just arranged to make a funny face. On this day I used red apples, red pepper, cucumber, cantaloupe, blackberries, strawberries, carrots, radishes and two mini cups of ranch dip with a blueberry in each. Everything was devoured! Even the blueberries which I was expecting to be cast aside as blueberries in ranch didn't sound that yummy to me!

Another night I made this funny face fruit & vegetable platter.
I used some similar ingredients, red pepper, sliced apples, carrots, green grapes and an orange. I believe this was a blood orange but the colour wasn't as dark as they usually are. Arranging the platters in this way, takes hardly any extra time and adds a bit of fun to the meal.

Another great time to make fun fruit and vegetable platters is for birthday parties; like this easy butterfly fruit platter for a Cute Bugs Party. I used cut watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, strawberries,green grapes and a couple or maraschino cherries to make it.

A mini version is also great for an afterschool snack. For an afterschool snack I often add a  few crackers and cubes of cheese. It makes a really fun playdate snack too.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

I heart you, Valentine!

Valentine's Day is right around the corner so I made a
fun little lunch for one of my wee Valentines.
We are actually on mid-term break right now
so this lunch was eaten at home.

I <3 u sandwich is a simple strawberry jam and peanut butter sandwich with a heart cutout and some cheddar cheese toppers. You might see the peanut butter if you look really closely, it's under the top slice of bread. This sandwich could not have been easier to make. Cut out the main heart shape, cut a mini heart out of the middle of one slice. Spread the bottom slice of bread with jam and the top slice with peanut butter. Top with the cheddar cutouts and voila!

Heidi also has honeydew melon cubes topped with strawberry hearts, a few grapes and some baby carrots. We so rarely have baby carrots here in Bermuda. They are fun to try every now and then but I must be honest, our local carrots are the tasty ones!

Today's lunch is part of a Happy Valentine's Day lunch blog hop. Please click the button to hop over see what Becoming a Bentoholic has made.

When you arrive back at my post you will have seen all of the posts in this hop. This hop was part 2, if you would like to see part 1 (that went live earlier this morning) please start here.

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Friday, February 7, 2014

Winter Olympics

The Winter Olympics are here! Here's a fun lunch that I made for myself in my Easy Lunchboxes to celebrate the start of the Olympics.
I made a peanut butter sandwich with a
provolone and cheddar torch shaped topper.
I packed baby carrots & ranch dip in the mini green cup
and ended with strawberries and green grapes for something sweet.

The Winter Olympics aren't big in Bermuda and we don't have many athletes that participate.
I'll be cheering for all of the Commonwealth Athletes during these Olympics.
Good Luck to all!
This post is part of am Olympics Lunch themed blog hop. Please click the button below to hop on over to see what Eileen from Robot Squirrel and the Monkeys has made!

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Vegetarian Yumbox

Rose is on a bit of a vegetarian kick lately. We could all use a few meatless meals so everyone had similar vegetarian lunches packed in their new Yumboxes. This is Amy's very easy to pack vegetarian school lunch.

Amy has diced peaches, sliced apples with a yummy greek yogurt & peanut butter dip (recipe from BentOnBetterLunches), sliced veggies - radish, carrots & cucumber. There are 2 no bake energy bites (recipe from MOMables) and a boiled egg. 

Most foods in this lunch were considered her favourites so I thought I could sneak in a few new tastes like the dip and the radishes. Amy didn't like either, but her sisters sure did! Rose & Heidi had extremely similar lunches. Rose had pineapple instead of peaches and Heidi did not have radishes or cucumbers. 
They ate everything from their lunch save a few bites.

This lunch was extremely fast to pack! The boiled eggs were made the night before using this fool proof method and I had also made the energy bites ahead of time. Packing all 3 lunches in the morning took less than 10 minutes! Now that is FAST.

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