Saturday, June 30, 2012

Cute cupcakes for a pool party

Last Sunday, the girls and I made these adorable cupcakes for Rose's end of year class party. We went to a classmate's house to swim in their pool, play on their play equipment and feed some fish off of their dock. It was a marvelous day!

These  little fish were seen on pinterest  many times over :) They are mini cupcakes and mini m & m's

These cute little swimming bears were also on pinterest many times over!
They are mini cupcakes, icing, peach or watermelon gummy rings and a teddy graham.

We made the the swimming bears assembly line style. I frosted the icing, Rose put on the gummy rings and Amy stuck in the teddy graham and lined them up. It was fast work and fun for the girls. Heidi was not interested in helping but quite happy to taste test.

The kids at the party really liked them - but come on, what's not to like!?!

Friday, June 29, 2012

Last day of school lunch!

Yesterday was the last day for school lunches! I was totally planning something fun and special for them and then my plans were foiled. Sweet little Emily woke up to play at 4 am! This did not bode well for me who fell back to sleep in the wee morning hours and then overslept until 8 am!?! There was no time for anything cute and the girls had some very FAST lunches. Amy will still pack lunch for 3 weeks of summer camp so there are still more lunches to make. As I am only going to have to pack one lunch in the morning, hopefully I'll have time to make it special :)

Rose's lunch
blueberries, watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe
ranch rice crisps, rainbow chip rice krispie snack
ham & mustard sandwich

Amy's Lunch
strawberries, watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe
teddy grahams, rice krispie treat
ham sandwich

They ate almost every bite!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

School lunch without a sandwich...

Rose didn't want a sandwich again. I decided to try something new with her. Pita chips and hummus. 
She LOVED it. 

cupcake, green grapes, honeydew melon, strawberries, 
cucumber sticks, carrot sticks
Stacy's Parmesan, Garlic & Herb pita chips with Hummus

She wanted me to put a word in her lunch too, she is a very early reader and can only read short phonetic words so far. So I gave her the word fun. I was under pressure and it's all I could think of!!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Something Sweet!

A sweet little lunch for Amy. Amy had her Primary 1 graduation last week. The class was graduating from the 3-6 program at school and moving up to the 6-9 program. We had mini cupcakes to celebrate and had a few left over so I thought I would include a sweet celebration in her lunch the next day. 

Amy's Lunch
mini cupcake, green grapes, honeydew melon, strawberries,
cucumber sticks, carrots (from our garden), peanut butter to dip them in
2 "ice cream sandwiches" with sprinkles

The cupcake was a pretty rare lunch box treat.  
She ate almost all of her lunch. Probably the cupcake first :-o

Monday, June 25, 2012

Simple Bento

Simple lunch for Rose.

carrots sticks and cherry tomatoes (both from our garden)
mini ham and mustard sandwich rounds
mini apple from Great Granny & Great Papa's tree
oatmeal cookie that Great Granny made
honeydew melon & a few red grapes tucked around the edges

This was really easy to put together. Rose was very specific that she wanted very tiny sandwiches. I was able to cut 4 circles out of one slice of bread, just to give you an idea.  She picked the cherry tomatoes from the garden herself before school :)  She ate almost everything!

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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Mini Pizza Bites Recipe

Pizza bites

I found this recipe on pinterest.  It's from a blog called lick the bowl good. It seemed super easy and sounded like a good lunch choice for when Rose is in a no sandwich mood. I made these on a Sunday and had to quickly save 4 to put aside for lunch as we all gobbled them up! I must make another batch with just cheese and no pepperoni for Amy. She doesn't like the pepperoni because it's too spicy! It made exactly 24 mini pizza bites for me.

3/4 cup flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
pinch of salt
3/4 cup milk
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 cup Kraft Shredded Four Cheese Pizza blend (mozzarella, provolone, Romano, Parmesan)
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
13 slices pepperoni, diced
1/2 cup marinara sauce or pizza sauce

Preheat oven to 375F. In a large bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, Italian seasoning and salt.  Whisk in the egg and milk. Add the cheeses and pepperoni. Let stand 10 minutes. Stir the batter.
Spray a 24 count mini muffin tin with non stick spray. Using a mini ice cream scoop (or tablespoons) fill each muffin cup about 2/3 full with the batter. Bake in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes until they have puffed up.

Heat the marinara sauce and serve warm or serve cold in a lunch like this one. These won't last long as they are simply delicious!

Mini pizza bites lunch

Mini Pizza bites lunch for Rose. I'll post the recipe and a quick review later today. Click here to view the recipe.

peach slices, red grapes, watermelon
homemade blueberry muffin, ranch rice cakes
mini pizza bites with marinara dipping sauce

She ate everything!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Easy school lunches

I was in a bit of a lunch rut the last week or so. I still made the girls some good healthy (mostly) lunches but not too much by way of themes or cute accents. They certainly did not mind and happily ate almost all of their lunches. Here are a few photos of our basic, easy school lunches from the past week. 

Amy's Lunches
mini apple from Great Granny & Papa's tree ( the girls picked some themselves), peach slices
honeydew melon, red grapes, oatmeal cookie, carrot sticks and peanut butter dip
ham sandwich

peach slices, red grapes, watermelon
homemade blueberry muffins, ranch rice cakes
ham sandwich

Heidi's Lunches
peach slices, red grapes, honeydew melon
fig newton cookie, carrot sticks
ham or cheese sandwich ( can't remember!)

peach slices, red grapes, 
watermelon, homemade blueberry muffin, ranch rice cakes
ham sandwich cut into squares

Rose has been a bit on and off about  sandwiches still . Sometimes she asks for one but usually she doesn't want a sandwich. Sometimes she wants a particular bento container. She's very specific and knows what exactly what she wants! Sometimes it makes me crazy but I know these traits will take her far in life. She may have even got a bit of that from me so I can't  really  complain. I'll post 2 of  hers separately tomorrow.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Tomatoes, Tomatoes everywhere!

Our garden is full of tomatoes: Cherry, Heirloom, Plum, Beefsteak. What to do with all of these tomatoes, basically all ripe around the same time?
As my husband planted several cherry-100 plants we certainly have an abundance of cherry tomatoes and really there are only so many that you can eat as a snack or in a salad. I cruised the net looking for some new recipes and ways to use them up. I came across this one and knew I would make it!

Cherry Tomato Puff Pastry Tart

It was simply delicious! It could be an appetizer or part of a brunch or lunch with a side salad. I ate it for dinner :) I basically followed the recipe only varying with items I had on hand so won't re-post the whole thing here. It's very simple though. Spread puff pastry with your favourite mustard (I used Grey Poupon Country Dijon), sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, cherry tomatoes tossed with herbs ( our garden is plentiful with fresh herbs too!) and olive oil and bake. Couldn't be easier. After stumbling upon this blog, The Italian Dish,  I looked around a bit and found many other great recipes so it's definitely worth a visit. 

Next I searched for an easy homemade Marinara recipe to make with our crop of plum tomatoes. I found this one  on Former Chef. This was scrumptious too! It was great on pasta and as a pizza sauce base. The instructions were easy to follow and it didn't actually take as much prep work as I thought. I had never peeled and seeded tomatoes before and I was worried that it would be a pain. It really was as easy as the recipe said! 

I will definitely make these every time our garden is full with tomatoes! I highly recommend that you check out these recipes if you have an abundance of tomatoes in your garden too :)

Forca Portugal!

We're very excited to be watching the Euro 2012 football (soccer to the Americans) on the TV this month and supporting our family teams of England ( Just Me!) and Portugal (all of us :)). Yesterday Portugal won their game and have advanced again in the tournament. To celebrate I made the girls each a red and green lunch this morning. There is one more week of school for Amy & Rose but the Friday hot lunch program has ended. 

Amy's lunch
strawberries, green grapes, watermelon, honeydew melon
cheerios, cherry fruit snacks, chicken nuggets with ketchup

Rose's was identical

Heidi has already finished school and she received a nursery school leaving certificate in a little ceremony on Wednesday. She will join her sisters at "big school" in September. We're looking forward to having all three girls in one school!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Mani Pedi lunch

The girls have been all about painting their nails since Amy's recent slumber party and Rose's Hello Kitty nail polish that she received in a party bag the next day. So I surprised them with painted fingernails and toenails sandwiches. Fortunately, mine were a little neater than the job that Rose and Heidi did on themselves., in Rose's bed, when Mommy was in the kitchen cooking.... I thought it seemed a little too quiet in there!

blue jello, grapes, clementines, chocolate covered craisins, goldfish
Ham hand sandwich with pink finger nails

blue jello, grapes, goldfish
apples, plums, chocolate covered craisins,
Ham foot sandwich with blue toenails.

Amy's actual toenails came home from the party with 3 different colours -Look,  it's a pattern she says :)

Friday, June 8, 2012

Under the sea bento

under the sea bento
Hot dog octopi and crab, star onigiri with candy eyes (not my best moment! haha)
penguin mini cup with ketchup for dipping, 2 cherry tomatoes from our garden
grapes, fish shaped apple pieces, carrot sticks
goldfish crackers.

Rose ate almost everything  :) This was a real morning rush job and one of the times that I should have been a little neater. Next time I'll plan ahead a bit more. I saw this tutorial a while back and quite frankly I just wanted to try it. I had previously bought some hot dog punches but I could never get them to turn out right so these are a free hand attempt. I actually didn't even have time in the morning to look up the tutorial and just went from memory. I see now that I didn't do the crab cuts correctly.  ah well that explains it :) I also saw this fabulous Sea, How cute! bento on Bent On Better Lunches where she made the hot dog critters perfectly. This is way neater than mine and probably one of my favourites of hers. I just think it's so cute :) I'll try this again when I have a plenty of time in the morning as I think the features really make the whole thing look fabulous and features take just a little extra time. Rose was still extremely thrilled with her lunch so that is what matters most!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Rainbow Planetbox lunches

Rainbow planetbox lunches -- featuring our Rainbow Sugar cookies!

Heidi's lunch
Fruit of the rainbow: red strawberries, orange clementines, yellow golden raisins, 
green kiwi slices, violet grapes

The top holds our rainbow cookies, a few cheerios and a little rainbow cup with a vitamin inside
The sandwich is a homemade roll with cheese.

Rose's Rainbow Lunch
Almost the same as Heidi's. The same rainbow fruit plus she had crackers in the top and meatballs and BBQ sauce in the bottom. With two of our cherry tomatoes for good measure :) 

This was an OK day as far as what they ate. They wouldn't eat the kiwi ( still!) and they left a bunch of raisins and other odd bites. This was a pretty huge lunch so it's not a big deal - I think I just packed too much.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who voted for Amy's lunch on the Bento Blog Network.

Her lunch won :)

Bento of the Week Winner

Heart bento lunch for Rosie

Life is crazy. School is still in until the end of the month and I have been making lunch everyday but there just hasn't been much time to post! I have a short break today so here's a lunch from the past week or so.

Hearts for Rosie
strawberries and clementines, carrot sticks, cucumber rounds,
 2 cherry 100 tomatoes from our garden (they're fab!)
rice ball with a heart fruit leather, a few meatballs.
I put a take out container of BBQ sauce in her lunch box too.
I saved it from a restaurant.

I made the rice with a rice mold that had a heart indent on it. You really couldn't see the heart though. So I just topped it with a fruit leather instead. Maybe you're meant to fill the indent with something? I dunno.

She only ate about half of this lunch.
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