Showing posts with label food writers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label food writers. Show all posts

Saturday, February 23, 2013

How much is that doggy in the window?

A cute puppy lunch for Amy. Amy has been begging for a puppy, a real puppy, for sometime now. We just aren't prepared to start that journey yet. One day we will. For now she'll have to settle for a puppy in her lunch. She was thrilled and ate it all.
Ham sandwich, goldfish, pineapple and grapes. 
pretty much all of her favourites so it's no surprise that she ate it all!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Spooky Halloween Lunches

Ok maybe they aren't so spooky - more like fun Halloween lunches! These are form last week. 
This is Rose's lunch.
pear slices, apples & diced peaches, mini cake ball, goldfish & fork for the peaches
cheese sandwich with a cheese jack o lantern topper. I used an upside down mini bird cutter to make the mouth, stamped side by side.

This was Amy's lunch.
She has all of the same ingredients except for the sandwich. Her sandwich is ham and I made a witch's hat, a bat and a black cat. This was all from one sandwich as the hat leaves a bit of extra bread around the edges.

Everyone has been getting Halloween jokes in their lunch boxes lately. This one is a free Halloween printable from Paper Glitter. I added the text jokes myself (google Halloween jokes for kids - there are tons) or you can go here and find ready made joke cards that you just have to print and cut. I recommend using index card stock for the best result. Also - I don't actually put the joke in with the food either - that was just for the photo. I usually put it on top of her lunch container. Amy can read her own jokes and Rose usually has one of the older children read her joke. They look forward to their joke everyday!

Heidi's lunch - the lunch didn't travel today - 
just was made and stuck in the fridge ready for her as soon as she got home
grapes and apple slices, mini cake ball, goldfish, gummy vitamins
Jack o Lantern Cheese Sandwich - One upside down bird mini cutter to make the mouth

Almost everything was eaten out of these lunches! 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

First Halloween lunches!

I made the girls a Halloween themed lunch. I don't usually end up doing too many Halloween lunches since school has often been out for midterm break right around Halloween. This year Amy & Rose will be going to ballet camp over the break so I should have plenty of opportunities to make some more Halloween lunches. These are Rose & Amy's first Halloween lunches of the year.

Amy's EasyLunchbox - Frankenstein
Frankenstein sandwich, carrot sticks and peanutbutter
jack o lantern clementine and apple slices

Rosie's EasyLunchbox
carrot sticks and tomatoes with dip in an easylunchboxes mini dipper (I decorated it with a few stickers)
ham sandwich on a really soft and delicious roll, nilla wafers
jack o lantern clementine made using a food colouring marker, apple pieces

These lunches were gobbled up!

These are the items that I used to make this lunch:


Monday, October 1, 2012

Daddy made lunch!

This morning I was so tired I just could not get up! The baby has a cold/cough and was up a lot last night so that's part of it. Plus I was up late working as I do every Sunday night. My husband got up early, didn't wake me and fed the girls breakfast, got them ready for school, made Rose's lunch then washed the dishes.  I got up at 7:50 am thinking that I would quickly make lunch and it was done :) I snapped a quick photo.

nilla wafers, 2 grape tomatoes, red grapes, vitamins, carrot sticks with hummus, ham sandwich smiley face

This gives me a little glimpse into what lunch was probably like when I was away. I think he did an excellent job. Amy is at home, mostly likely faking sick, so he only had one lunch to make this morning. I am very grateful for my husband and my morning sleep in :)

These are some items that my husband used to make lunch:
Japanese Bento Food Pick Leaf 10 pcs for Bento Box - Small

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Fast lunches for a busy morning

Well I fell asleep nice and early with the baby last night and then woke up at 5 am! I was cleaning out the fridge before trash pickup and doing some general kitchen cleaning when Rosie woke up and said I was making too much noise. So I went back to bed and back to sleep only to wake up a little later than I had wanted. No worries, easy, fast lunches to the rescue!

Rose's lunch
carrot sticks & dip, grape tomatoes, cantaloupe, strawberries
vitamin gummies, goldfish smore's
roasted chicken sandwich with a cheese flower topper

Amy's is quite similar with only a small variation due to her taste preferences and the fact that I am trying to use up little odds and ends of fruit and veggies before the storm.

Amy's lunch
cucumber sticks, carrot sticks and a grape tomato that she probably won't eat
strawberries, black grapes, vitamin gummies
plain goldfish (original), same roasted chicken sandwich as above

I do not know what the heck happened to these photos, I must have taken them with my eyes shut. There is some weird angle thing going on and it looks all skewed funny. The sandwiches were definitely normal looking circles in real life. Oh well, that's what I get for a late morning start. Regarding Amy -- I am probably going to give up on the tomato soon as she's approaching her 9,876,543 presentation of them! That's how many times it takes picky eaters to try something new right? ;)

Heidi's at home Lunch

2 chicken rainbow sandwiches, mini cup with 2 vitamin gummies
cucumber sticks and carrot sticks
black grapes, strawberries

I did not put any dip for her veggies, but as she is at home I can add it later. I figured that I might stand up her veggies and put some dip in the bottom of that section if she asks for any. I am pretty sure that she will since she loves to dip stuff. I drastically decreased the amount of food this time. This should be a better amount for her.

Here are some items that I used in these lunches:

Friday, July 27, 2012

An Olympic Lunch - London 2012

The Olympics Opening Ceremony is today and some bento blogging friends have arranged a fun blog hop. At the end of the post click on the link to see some more fun Olympic themed lunches and snacks.

I made this quick lunch for Amy to take to camp. The Olympic rings seemed like they might not be filling enough so I included a few mini sandwich rounds that I had punched out to make the rings. I included the horse shaped melon to represent one of the few athletes we have in the Olympics.

Olympic Lunch
strawberries and grapes, mini sandwiches, sunflower seeds in the mini cup, carrot sticks
horse shaped honeydew melon, cheese rounds, Olympic Rings sandwiches

I made some homemade picks for these. It was really simple. I printed the Union Jack and the Bermuda flags on some paper and then I wrapped them around a couple of toothpicks and covered them with tape. These are only one time use picks but they were fast and easy to make. The red mini cup was a plain red one, I printed the London 2012 mascots on a piece of label paper and then created a themed cup. The sticker peeled off after and then I had my plain red cup back to use again.

Olympic Flame snacks
berries & grapes, sandwiches with cheese Olympic Torches

These were a couple of quick after swim snacks. We had a week off from swimming lessons and they have resumed this week. It's been a busy summer so far, I am looking forward to a little relaxation in August before the back to school rush begins.

Enjoy the Olympics -- next up is Kristie of Beneficial Bento

Thursday, July 5, 2012

The luck of the Irish!

Another camp lunch for Amy. A few lucky clovers ...

vanilla pudding, sprinkles, 
honeydew melon, plum slices, strawberries, last 2 cherries!
a few fruit snacks underneath the little clover baran
ham sandwich with a clover coloured on top

Her wiggly tooth came out so this is the last of the pudding for a while. I put some rainbow sprinkles in the little clover cup and then decided to give the  whole  lunch a little lucky clover flair. I didn't really notice until I was colouring it in that the cookie cutter I used on the sandwich wasn't a matching lucky 4 leafed clover. I thought I would be sneaky and use a cookie cutter to stamp the outline so I wouldn't have to free hand draw the shape. Well I guess they can't all be lucky 4 leafed clovers! #91 on our Family Fun List is find a four leafed clover. We've been checking our clover patch -- no luck yet!

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 :)

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Colourful tulip sandwich

Amy's Lunch 
clementine, strawberry rose, plums, grapes, 
cucumber slices, carrot sticks, fruit snacks
Tulip cheese sandwich that she coloured with food markers

Seriously -- I am hiding the food colouring markers for awhile. She wants to colour on everything!
We need to practice a little moderation.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

3 Angry Birds Lunches

My first Angry Birds lunches ever! Very fun to make but I must confess I am terrible at this game and never bother to play it so I had to keep looking at the ipad for help!! LOL.

Heidi's Angry Birds Bento
green grapes (the pigs!), carrot sticks, raspberries & blueberries,
nilla wafers, stacked cheese sandwich with angry bird cheese toppers

Rose's Angry Birds Planetbox
angry bird boiled egg, strawberries, nilla wafers
cantaloupe, babybel cheese angry bird,
ham sandwich pigs with spinach pesto topper & graham crackers

Amy's Angry Birds Planetbox
It's mostly the same ingredients except I made ham sandwich sticks and
just represented the pigs with green grapes
In the little square if you look closely there is an angry birds fruit leather & cheese :)

These birds are all my work but not my ideas at all! I saw the ideas in this lunch months ago :)

These were pretty easy but tedious! I used a circle cutter, a round icing tip (both sides)
and a teeny weeny oval cutter and then cut the piece in half for the ears

I knew this would take some extra effort on my part so I made them the night before. Poor decision -- Amy ended up being sick so she stayed home and Rose declared that she wanted the blue Sassy box again and she didn't want those piggy sandwiches!!! SO I did a little switching around, convinced her to take the planet box and she ended up with the white boiled egg bird, the fruit leather bird, the babybel cheese bird and the green grape piggies! I repacked Amy's into a little bento and put it in the fridge ( she managed to eat most of it). I did not realise how much input they really do give me in the mornings!! Heidi ate hers at home as she had a school event in the morning at nursery school and wanted to come home with me after. What a crazy morning we had!

Here are some items that I used to make this lunch. These are affiliate links and I may earn a small commission if you purchase from them. Thanks for supporting my blog!

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Thursday, April 19, 2012


Rainbow lunches again for the girls.
Rose really wanted to use this lunch container again :)
grape tomatoes, cantaloupe, pineapple, granny smith apple slices, purple grapes,
nilla wafers, rainbow coloured sandwich, ranch dip for the tomatoes, apple slices

Amy & Heidi had the same thing - this is Amy's lunch -- no photo for Heidi's lunch
red apple slices, cantaloupe, pineapple, granny smith apple slices, plum slices,
nilla wafer, Rainbow coloured ham sandwich ( Heidi had cheese)
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Friday, April 13, 2012

Hello Kitty

Hello Kitty lunch for Amy
2 HK ham sandwiches, HK moulded boiled egg
plum slices, carrot sticks, celery sticks
cucumber round with orange pepper center

This was a pretty fast at home lunch from yesterday. I used a Hello Kitty rice mould as a cutter to cut out the Hello Kitty mini sandwiches. When I served it to Amy she instantly proclaimed that she isn't going to eat those bows. Literally the first words out of her mouth! I told her to please try it - she licked it and said no way!
Oh, that picky one. She ate all of the rest though.

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Rainbow lunch for Rosie

A rainbow lunch to cheer up Rosie
Ham shooting star sandwich, apple stars
rainbow star boiled egg, plum slices
cucumber cutouts with orange pepper fill ins
carrot & celery sticks with ranch dip in the little cup

Did you notice that the food colouring markers look better? It's a new brand! I bought them at International Imports. They were a bit expensive and I was hesitant to spend money on them without knowing if they would be just as annoying as the others. It was a good decision :) The brand is Ateco. I've only used them today so no report yet about how long they will stay so bright.

Rose is still unwell. We've been to the Dr once this week and are supposed to call in to report tomorrow. I imagine they will want to see her again. This lunch certainly cheered her up and she wanted me to take a photo of her with her lunch. She still picked at her food - ate the whole egg and all of the apple stars plus a few bites of everything else. Success in my book.

check out Rainbow Connection for some other rainbow food, crafts and activities:

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The accidental rainbow

Finally all three girls were well enough to go back to school. We ended up being in a bit of a rush this morning so I just started packing lunch without any theme, fruit first as usual. Suddenly, I looked down and I had been using the colours of the rainbow - in order even  - top to bottom! I quickly remembered that I had some cute new rainbow cups, added a row of purple grapes & turned it into a rainbow themed lunch.

strawberries, clementines, pineapple, green & purple grapes
cucumber stars, carrots & PB dip in the little cup
Rainbow sandwiches - Ham

Rose's lunch
all the same - except she has ranch dip in her little cup :)

Heidi's Lunch
the same except no dip for her.

If you look really closely you'll notice that the colour yellow is missing from the rainbow sandwiches. I couldn't find the yellow food writer and we really were behind schedule today. The husband was complaining as I was colouring their sandwiches. I just couldn't let this accidental rainbow lunch go without a rainbow sandwich!! I was fast I promise.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

hippity hop!

Amy's lunch
strawberries, grapes, granola bites
mini ham sandwiches with frog & bunny stamps

These are new cutter/stamp sets. I think I need a little practice!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Cupcake party

Rose's lunch. Would have been a great birthday lunch.

strawberries with party hats, green & purple grapes, granola bites
ham sandwich cupcake

I made it for her the day after her birthday party. So it still kind of fit with the whole party atmosphere.

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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 :)

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Bunny lunch

This was for Rose.

clementine, strawberries
honeydew melon, lemon wafer cookie
Annie's bunny shaped cheddar crackers
Bunny sandwich - (ham or cheese I can't recall!)

Easy, Peasy Lemon Squeezy!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Amy's Birthday lunch

Yup - my two eldest children have birthdays really close together. It works out pretty nicely for now since we have been having joint birthday parties without any complaints! (I'll post some photos from their Barbie birthday party shortly)
This was Amy's lunch on her birthday.
clementine, strawberries, Annie's buttery crackers
honeydew melon & a pair of balloon grapes, mini square lemon wafer cookie
#6 sandwich - ham. She specifically asked me to colour it like that :)
I couldn't find my large number 6 cutter so I tried a freehand 6. Not the neatest but clearly a number 6. I made the circle cutout into a balloon as once I cut it out the sandwich seemed a little skimpy. She ate all of her lunch but said it was plenty so that's good news. She specifically asked me to colour it with the food writers, so I obliged. I wish I had planned ahead and ordered some "happy birthday" cupcake toppers to use as picks. Those would have gone over well. Next time ;)

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

3 simple butterflies

3 almost identical lunches. They were all very simple as it was a busy morning.

Rose's Lunch
raspberries & clementines, granola bar
strawberries, blueberries, craisins
Ham butterfly sandwich with a fruit leather center

Heidi's Lunch - same as Rose's
you can't really tell but I cut her butterfly in half,
the fruit leather center hides the separation :)

Amy's Lunch
clementine's & blueberries, granola bar
grapes & strawberries, craisins
butterfly sandwich

The verdict is in - Chewy granola bars need to stay in their wrappers. I will likely go back to making homemade. It's just been so busy here with the new baby I haven't had much time for extra baking!