Showing posts with label butterflies. Show all posts
Showing posts with label butterflies. Show all posts

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Hello Butterflies!

A pretty little butterfly themed lunch for Heidi. This was packed a week or so ago. I still have several lunches to post but am almost caught up.

Heidi has two strawberry jam filled, butterfly shaped sandwiches that I made using my new cookie cutter. Purple grapes, strawberries, cantaloupe and a babybel cheese. She LOVED this lunch, she said  "Hello Butterflies!" She left a few bites of the babybel cheese and a couple of pieces of fruit so I guess it tasted good too ;)

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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Monday, February 25, 2013

Easy Sandwich - butterfly

This was a really easy sandwich to make. I used one cutter to cut out the butterfly, used the same cutter to cut a strip of fruit leather for the body and stuck a few large sprinkles on with some peanut butter. So not a lot of work for a pretty sandwich. This was a lunch for Amy. 
grapes, strawberry, carrot sticks, ham sandwich

I find that I am using my  EasyLunchboxes  more and more these days. It's for two reasons. It seems to hold just the right amount of food for Amy and since she needs needs to pack 2 snacks instead of 1 snack most dasy the carry bag is just right. When I send a planetbox lunch I just can't accommodate the extra snack in the lunch bag. Since the planetbox itself is bigger I could put a snack inside but it's more convenient for her to have a little snack container instead of opening her whole lunchbox at snack time. So the EasyLunchboxes carry bag works out better, I can fit an ice pack, the easylunchbox, 2 small snack containers, cloth napkin and her drink. I still love our planetboxes and they do get used each week - afterall I am packing a lot of lunches each week, even if I don't have the chance to snap a photo!

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Butterfly stamped sandwich

This is Heidi's lunch from last Friday. She ate it at home as usual. I used the cookie cutter from one of my favourite sets to make the sandwich. Heidi is quite amusing when she comes home from school. She wants her lunch the second she walks in the door. On Friday, I had bought a couple of bags of groceries before I picked her up and I had barely put two things away when she came into the kitchen and said in her very little voice. "Mom you forgot something, my lunch!" She's so sweet so I set her lunch out on the table right away.

Butterfly stamped sandwich, ranch dip for the carrot sticks
honeydew melon & strawberries

This was all of her favourite things so she ate it all :)

This is the set that the cookie cutter came in:

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Easylunchboxes = fast lunch

This was a REALLY fast lunch to put together! Today was the first day back to school after a 4 day weekend and I just did not have my act together this morning. I didn't even take a photo of Amy's or Rose's lunch this morning. Here's Heidi's lunch.

carrot sticks and celery, butterfly shaped sandwich, mini cupcake, grapes and strawberries

All of the kids were begging for cupcakes this morning. They each got one in their lunch. The rest of the lunch is pretty healthy so I think it's ok. All in moderation. I'm sure she'll ask for dip for her veggies as she always does -- so I'll add it at lunch time. I often put the dip right in the cup and then stand her veggie sticks up in in the dip and cup. As far as speed goes this took no time at all. Cutting a sandwich with a cutter is actually faster than trimming crusts with a knife. The longest time was spent cutting the veggies - but when you cut once for three lunches the time really is negligible. I should have timed it -- I think I took longer trying to take a photo with my terrible kitchen light!!!

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 :)


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Ladybug sandwiches for my little ladies

This is lunch from Tuesday, I was a bit busy and didn't have the chance to post it.  Almost everything was eaten out of these lunches so that's a good sign.

Amy Planetbox lunch
cucumber  sticks, carrot sticks, cantaloupe melon balls, 
strawberries, nutter butter bites cookies and a ham sandwich ladybug.

These lunches were really quite quick to make. The most difficult part was making the melon balls! I'm such a goof but I just couldn't get them to come out into perfect little ball shapes. I think I need to watch a  tutorial on how to use my melonballer! The ladybugs were easy to make. I used a circle cutter and an icing tip #2 to make the dots. I was hoping that the ham would show the spots better. It would probably look more authentic if it was a nutella sandwich! YUM! The little ladies loved it so that's what matters :)

Rose's Planetbox lunch was almost the same
carrots sticks and cucumber sticks with dip, nutter butter bites cookies, 
grapes, cantaloupe melon balls and a ladybug shaped ham sandwich

Heidi's EasyLunchboxes Lunch
sandwich rectangles with cheese butterflies, nutter butter bites cookies  
carrot sticks and cucumber sticks, cantaloupe off cuts from my melon ball fiasco, red grapes

No ladybugs for Heidi, but she has their garden friends  - some butterfly cheese cutouts. This is a lunch that I made in the morning with the other two and left it in the fridge until she came home at midday. That system works out wonderfully as it really is easier to make several lunches at once and keep up the variety. All three lunches used -- 2 carrots,  a small cucumber, 2 mini packages of nutter butter bites, a few grapes, a few strawberries and the fixins for three sandwiches and a little bit of dip for Rose. Heidi also had dip for her veggies,  but I didn't put it until she asked for some at lunch time.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Butterflies x2

These are for Rose & Amy. Heidi was sick :(

Amy's lunch
honeydew melon, clementine, apple slices, craisins
carrot sticks & cucumbers with PB for dipping
Ham butterfly sandwich

Rose's lunch
Everything is the same as Amy's except she doesn't have peanut butter :)

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Simple butterfly sandwich

All three girls had the same exact lunch. As I was running late I only took one photo.

Heidi's lunch
plum slices, strawberries, honeydew and blue berries,
goldfish, Earth's Best letter H cookie,
butterfly cheese sandwich with fruit leather and jumbo sprinkles for decoration

You can't easily tell from the photo but I still cut her sandwich in half as she likes smaller sandwiches most days. Then I put the fruit leather over the division to make it look more like a whole butterfly instead of two halves.

Monday, November 14, 2011


Food Writers again? yup. This time directly on the bread. Didn't work any better and it seemed harder even. I thought it would be easier since the cheese's moisture might be what makes it difficult. Well the bread's texture makes it pretty difficult too!

Rose's Lunch
 grapes, granola bar, honeydew, raisins,
ham butterfly sandwich - she chose the colours.

Amy's lunch
grapes, granola bars, honeydew melons raisins
ham butterfly sandwich. She wanted black, orange & purple.

This was the first one I did. Not so pretty. She still loved it.
Anytime I use these food writer markers she thinks it's FAB.
The smallest things make her so happy - Bless her.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Fun With Food Writers

Some fun with food writers lunches. Amy's been in her glory since she always begs for me to "colour" her sandwich. The food writers still annoy me as I haven't discovered their trick yet. There just HAS to be one or two secrets to making these work better. I try to avoid them all together but when Nana bought home a new package with pink, purple & orange I couldn't hide them in the drawer fast enough and the little munchkins have not forgotten them!

Amy's Lunch
popcorn, cantaloupe & grapes, diced peaches, celery sticks, peanut butter dip & carrots
raisins, ham sandwich with Dalmatian topper (provolone cheese)

 Rose's Lunch:
 popcorn, raisins, cantaloupe, grapes, peaches, celery, carrots, tomato & ranch dip
raisins, ham sandwich with *calico* kitty topper

Heidi's lunch
popcorn, cantaloupe, grapes, peaches, raisins, mozzarella cheese
ham sandwich with butterfly cheese toppers

I had NO intention of putting a food colouring filled, cheese topper on Heidi's lunch until she stood at the counter to watch me make lunch and then asked so sweetly "Where's mine?". I cut the butterflies out of the cheese scraps. I have NO willpower in the morning these days. I'm just glad they aren't asking for candy.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Butterly Fun

Butterflies for all!

mandarin oranges, cucumber flowers, shortcake cookies
strawberries, honeydew melon, mixed dried fruit
butterfly shaped peanut butter sandwich with fruit leather & sprinkles

mandarin oranges, cucumber flowers, mini nilla wafers
strawberries & honeydew, gummy vitamin, butterfly sandwich

same as Rose :)

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Amy's camp lunch - Pretty Butterfly

Amy has summer day camp and the theme this week is Western / Horses. They are making cookies today and I loaned out all of my horse theme related cookie cutters to the camp.  Instead of trying to be creative - I made her a butterfly theme :) I finally have a new camera ( THANKS MOM) but haven't had a chance to figure it all out yet. I think I can do better on the lunch photos than this one - but here goes:
Apple jacks cereal (by request), frozen yogurt, honeydew melon
flower icing decoration & butterfly sandwich (ham inside)

Amy was VERY happy to see a pretty lunch again - yesterday she had nothing fancy at all. Just a sandwich cut into triangles and some fruit & granola. She didn't eat hardly any of her lunch yesterday. They went horseback riding and to the beach yesterday with her camp. She had a BLAST! When I was looking for some picks to put in I thought I didn't have a single one that matches and then I remembered the tops of these - PERFECT :) I bought them at All Things For Sale

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