Showing posts with label animals. Show all posts
Showing posts with label animals. Show all posts

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Quack! Quack!

Quack! Quack! A fun little ducky lunch for Rose from last week.
carrot sticks, celery, cucumber, grape tomatoes, red grapes, 2 fig newtons
candy coated sunflower seeds, 2 vitamins in the little chick container.
Mommy duck, baby duck and sun ham sandwiches.

I have loads of lunches to post from the last couple of weeks. I have been so busy with work and school  that I just haven't had a chance to post them. We still have several weeks of school left but it already feels like summer vacation because the weather has been great! 

Here are some items that I used when making this lunch.
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Friday, April 12, 2013

Cheery butterfly

Rose's lunch -- hopefully it will put a smile on her face. She was a bit unhappy to go to school without her sister who is feeling under the weather today.

2 peanut butter cookies, strawberries, honeydew melon
gummy vitamins, wheat thins & mozzarella cheese
cheery butterfly ham sandwich with fruit leather body and jumbo sprinkle decorations

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Thursday, February 28, 2013

CuteZCute cutter

What a fun new sandwich cutter! I have used this a couple of times now but I don't think that I have shared any photos before. The cutter set actually makes several different sandwiches - frog and bear pictured and cat & pig not pictured. There is the option of either stamping out or cutting out the face making for endless possibilities and not just sandwiches. 

Heidi's lunch - not travelling anywhere, just sitting in the fridge until she comes home at lunchtime.
Christmas Crack snack mix (recipe) , strawberries, veggies and a froggy sandwich
I know she'll want some ranch dip and I'll put it in the veggie cup when she asks.

Rose & Amy had very similar lunch items - neither one wanted the snack mix so just fruit and veggies for them
For Rose: Bear sandwich, hummus dip for her celery, tomatoes, cucumbers and carrot coins, strawberries

The carrots and tomatoes are from our garden. Hopefully, we'll have some strawberries soon. They are coming a few at a time right now and the little garden harvesting girls seem to keep eating them before any make it inside! Same for the green beans and snap peas.  Ah well - least they are eating their veggies.

For Amy: cucumbers, carrots, celery, strawberries and a froggy sandwich

Recently I received my order from All Things For Sale with lots of fun goodies inside. Hopefully it will give me a little inspiration as I feel that the creative juices have not really been flowing lately. Do you ever get in those kinds of ruts? Probably I need to go through and tidy up my bento accessories storage area. That usually helps me get back in the swing of things. You know, kind of like how little children clean their rooms - 10% cleaning and 90% playing with stuff they just found! haha.

These are some items that I used in these lunches today.

CuteZcute Bento Sandwich Cutter and Pastry Stamp Kit Japanese Bento Food Pick Cute Rabbit Frog Monkey Bear Pig Easylunchboxes bento lunch box pack of 4
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Thursday, January 17, 2013

A bear-y cute lunch and some Lunchbox Love

This started out as an extremely orange lunch. Now it's just a mostly orange lunch. I asked Amy what she wanted in her lunch today and she chose carrots, cantaloupe and goldfish. I started putting it together and then realised the orange theme emerging. I quickly added a little cucumber and craisins for variety.

Amy's lunch
cucumber slices, carrot coins, goldfish, cantaloupe, craisins
bear shaped ham sandwich

The bear sandwich has some very cute bear details stamped on it. It's a bit tricky to see in the photo but in real life it's adorable. I didn't  really have any extra time this morning to get the light just right to highlight the stamped bread. Also, I could have stamped the bread a little deeper/harder which might have shown up more in the photo. The cutter & stamp is part of a set of cookie cutters that is probably one of my best purchases of late. They make great cookies and cute sandwiches. 

Rose wanted something hot again and has spaghetti and meatballs in her funtainer.
I still sent her a little side of fruit to go with it.
She chose cantaloupe and grapes. I included a little lunchbox love note in each of their lunches as I have been everyday for a while now. They have a sale on right now and it's a good time to grab some. The girls really look forward to their little notes and trivia each day. I think it's a hit at the lunch table :)

If you missed the sale you can also buy Lunchbox Love notes and some other items I used on Amazon or All Things for Sale:

Microwavable Japanese Bento Box Lunch Snack Box Pink Food Decorating Pick Puffy Flower Food Decorating Pick Puffy Pick Baby Flower 14 pcs Japanese Bento Accessory Food Pick Panda 3D food picks 8 pcs

Friday, October 12, 2012

Light lunch - mini pita pockets

I found some more unposted lunches form the summertime! I believe these were from a swimming lesson day when they ate these early, right after swimming lessons.

 This was for Rose.
2 mini pita pocket sandwiches - one is tuna and one is chicken salad, watermelon, grapes, carrot sticks and cucumber stick. I can't remember what was in the little cup. Likely it was ranch dip or vitamins!

Heidi's Lunch
All of the same foods as for Rose -- she just had little bears instead of a mushrooms theme

And finally Amy's Lunch
2 ham and cheese roll ups, carrot sticks, naan bread, grapes and watermelon pieces
And if I remember correctly she didn't like the naan bread! I already knew she wouldn't eat the mini pita pockets or the tuna, or the chicken salad which is why hers is different in the first place. Oh she's very choosy my little Amy!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Cute bugs birthday party

Emily is one! I can't believe how fast this year has gone. It seems like just yesterday she was a teeny tiny baby keeping us awake at night. Here are some photos of her birthday party. We had a cute bugs theme.

She had a blast! It was a small, family only party on a budget. My Mom and Aunt helped me get organised on the day and my cousin came and put up the decorations for us :) No matter how small the party is, it always seems like a lot of work when there are 4 little ones underfoot and very excited! I am very thankful for the extra help.

I made these cookies on Saturday. I must say that a made a bit of a mess in the kitchen but it was fun and I think they came out so cute! I used 20 second Royal Icing from Sweet Sugarbelle and the mess was from making all of the different colours and trying to bake and decorate cookies with so many little helpers.

The party food was very simple: assorted sandwiches, veggies and dip, fresh fruit, malasadas (which are yummy Portuguese Doughnuts that my mother in law made -- THANK YOU!), cupcakes, birthday cake, cookies  and some chips and salsa.

A few weeks ago I was browsing the internet for some fun party food ideas. I came across a fruit pizza shaped like a butterfly on Hungry Happenings blog. I didn't want to make that but I thought it would be a perfect way to display some fresh fruit. I really just freehand arranged the shape and didn't use any sort of template. 

The theme was cute bugs and I used some party printables from Cupcake Express to decorate and add a few special touches. These are the party bags, blowouts and Hershey's miniatures that I made using the printables. There really are so many things that you can do with the printables set but I didn't get a chance to make a full use of the files this time.

Emily's older sisters wrote her a nice birthday sign on a chalkboard

I also made a nice banner and some cupcake toppers. I have a lovely photo of the cupcake toppers but there was an icing fail on the cupcakes. I almost didn't post the photo but it's too funny not to share. It was a very hot and humid day and for whatever reason my pink cherry, super delicious icing started to slide right off the cupcakes! I never got a before photo -- so here's an after. I tried to rearrange and put the "best" ones in front. It was only downhill from this point. haha. The ones that semi-survived were very yummy!

Here's the birthday girl enjoying her very own cupcake!

She was very happy all afternoon. 

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Party Leftovers Lunches x 4

Yesterday was Emily's first birthday party. We had a few leftovers from the party so everyone had a little of those in their lunch :)

Amy's Lunch
carrot and celery sticks, caterpillar cookie, mandarin oranges, honeydew melon and a butterfly sandwich decorated with her favourite fruit leather

Rose's Lunch
carrots sticks and grape tomatoes, grapes, diced pears, honeydew melon
flower cookie and cheese roll up sandwiches

Rose was insistent that she did not want a sandwich - only a cookie. Of course I wasn't going to give her only a cookie so we compromised and I gave her the equivalent of half a sandwich. Usually I have a bunch of other non-sandwich options for her but it was a bit late this morning and I couldn't find anything else quickly.

Heidi's Lunch
cheese sandwiches, ranch dip for her carrots, celery and tomatoes
the last of the cookies from Emily's party and some honeydew melon pieces

I made her lunch in the morning after everyone left and popped it in the fridge until she came home.  I also made my hubby some lunch to take to work today.

cheese & crackers, celery, carrots, tomatoes
clementine & grapes, ham and swiss sandwich on a roll

Emily's birthday party was fun. I'll post a few party photos soon

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Animal Lunches for World Animal Day

Today is World Animal Day! We are celebrating with some animal themed lunches and a blog hop. Click the button at the bottom of the post to hop along to the next animal themed lunch.

Amy has a squirrel
vanilla pudding with sprinkles in the mini cup, red grapes & cantaloupe, carrot sticks & cucumbers
little birdie friend cut out of fruit leather, squirrel shaped sandwich
I fully intended on putting chocolate sprinkles on top of that peanut butter for the tail but when I looked in the cupboard we didn't have any left. Doh!

Rose has butterflies
All of the food is the same just a different the theme 

I saw the idea of putting sprinkles in a cutout on a couple of other bento blogs this past week including: Lunches Fit For a Kid, and Meet The Dubiens. It's so easy to do for a little something special.

Heidi has a crab sandwich to eat when she gets home from school - packed in her EasyLunchboxes
Heidi has the same lunch as well -- her vanilla pudding is in that mini dipper cup made by EasyLunchboxes. It's my first time trying it out. More on these soon!

So what IS World Animal Day?

World Animal Day was started in 1931 at a convention of ecologists in Florence as a way of highlighting the plight of endangered species. October 4 was chosen as World Animal Day as it is the Feast Day of St Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.
Since then, World Animal Day has become a day for remembering and paying tribute to all animals and the people who love and respect them. It's celebrated in different ways in every country, with no regard to nationality, religion, faith or political ideology.
Are you doing anything to commemorate World Animal Day? If you go to their website you might find an event in your area to attend.

BEFORE you do that, don't forget the blog hop -- next up is Keeley McGuire click the button in each post to continue along the hop to see more fun animal themed lunches. We all picked our animal ahead of time so each one will be a different animal. My choice was the squirrel. The others I made were a bonus :)


Friday, September 21, 2012

Madagascar Movie Lunch

Oh what a crazy morning yesterday! Rosie had pink eye and I had tons of errands to do before I left for another weekend business trip. I made a quick lunch for Amy -- proclaimed it Madagascar and she thought it was the best thing ever. Love that girl :)
Amy's Planetbox Lunch
carrot sticks and cucumber trees, strawberries
red grapes, Madagascar gummies, and a Gloria hippo sandwich

I used my animal picks to represent some of the other characters. Even though you can't tell in the photo, the gummies are characters too. She ate everything! I didn't have time to make lunch in the morning for Rose and Heidi to put in the fridge. I made their lunch at lunch time. It's definitely better when I make Heidi's lunch in the morning and put it in the fridge so she can eat right when she gets home. The first thing she said when she walked in the door was "can I have my yunch now?" Mommy had to work fast!
This morning I am off before the girls wake up. The house is so quiet at this time of the morning, just the sound of my typing and the hum of the aquarium. Ah peaceful bliss! Just what I need before a busy weekend,

Monday, July 9, 2012

Triple Layer Sandwich

Feeling kind of squirelly this Monday morning.

Amy's Lunch
strawberries, honeydew melon
oreo thins, triple layer ham sandwich

I didn't plan on making a 3 layer sandwich. I guess I was in a bit of a Monday morning daze and I buttered the wrong side of the bread! I just cut another slice of bread, buttered the correct side and then made it into the top of the 3 layer sandwich, using the other pieces as a middle and bottom slice. 

How do you butter the wrong side of the bread? Very easily if you are using cut out shapes that only match up a certain way!  Since I was using the regular Wilton cookie cutters I cut the bread before making the sandwich. Usually I am making 3 or 4 sandwiches at once and I stack the slices of pre-cut  bread correctly right away so that I don't mess up. As I was only making one sandwich,  I didn't do that today so the 3 slice sandwich was born. Amy thinks it's great and she couldn't wait to see if it would fit in her mouth.

The squirrel shaped cookie cutter can be found in this set and these are the cute squirrel picks. 

Japanese Bento Accessory Cute Food Pick Animal Squirrel

Friday, July 6, 2012

Monkey Lunch

A fun monkey lunch for Amy. Sorry for the horrendous photo. Amy was about to run out the door to go to camp and I was just trying to snap a really quick photo. Her tooth is very wiggly, so I made her pudding as it's very soft. When I grabbed a mini cup to put in some sprinkles it was the little monkey that caught my eye, so I decided to make it a monkey themed lunch. I didn't plan this out very well for a spur of the moment lunch as it took a little more time than I had in the morning - but it's just so cute it was worth the rush.

Amy's Lunch
vanilla pudding with rainbow sprinkles in the monkey cup,
strawberries, pineapple, cantaloupe
monkey sandwich - ham with cheese,  fruit leather and candy eye features

I can't take any credit for the sandwich design -- I saw it ages ago and knew that I wanted to try it one day.When I thought about making a monkey theme it came to mind immediately. Here is the fabulous original. It was made by Lise of Veggie Bento.  She has so many cute ideas. This is another favourite  that she has made: Earth Day Tree Hugger.

These are the cutters that I used to make the Monkey sandwich.

Decorative Bento Cutter Ham Cheese Cutter Set 18 Shapes

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Simple fish shaped sandwich

We had a bit of a late start this morning so I made an easy little lunch for Amy to take to camp. 

Amy's lunch
strawberries, pineapple, cantaloupe
craisins, goldfish & fish shaped sandwiches

I cut the fish with a Wilton cookie cutter and then used a mini fish cutter to cut the scraps into baby fish :)