Monday, March 2, 2015

The Lorax Snack

Today is Dr. Seuss' Birthday! Happy Happy Birthday to him!
I made this simple Lorax Snack for Eliana to celebrate :)

Ever since Samantha was born life seems to have slowed down and gone faster all at the same time. I cannot believe how fast this past year has gone! My priorities have become more revolved around her well being in addition to Eliana's and it was a lot to juggle for me! and so everything else that was extra went on the back burner.. including fun food. And while I pack Eliana's lunch every day for school, I have missed making extra fun and special fun food for her. Packing lunch every day can become mundane.. even though we make it fun with cookie cutters. I am so glad I was able to actually photograph this and share it!

Today I surprised Eliana with this Lorax Snack for her after school snack and she was SO excited, loved it and gobbled it all up. Her reaction brought me back to why I got into making creative fun food in the first place and it was such a good feeling. I hope to surprise her more often this year :)

I used a circle cookie cutter on a sundried tomato tortilla (filled with ham) and made his face with cheddar and provolone cheese. I used two Enjoy Life Foods mini chocoalte chips as his eyes.  Cucumber slices and raspberries finished it off. This fun snack was SUPER simple and easy to make! Eliana loved it, and I loved it too!

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Easter Egg Hunt Lunch

An Easter Egg Hunt for lunch! A FUN food idea for Easter!
Lately, especially this past week (well and since Sammy was born lol), Eliana's school lunches have been on the plain side. Don't get me wrong-- I'm not upset at all about "plain" lunches! I'm happy to feed her fresh, healthy and good food for lunch every day :) However, both of us miss the special fun lunches I used to make more often.  So because today is Eliana's last day of school before break I decided to make her an extra special and fun lunch! 

And what could be more fun than an Easter egg hunt during lunch?! (well.. hopefully this goes well.. and is fun... if not-- I apologize in advance to the lunch monitors haha)

First I filled her yubo lunchbox with fake Easter basket grass. Then I took some plastic eggs (I washed and dried them) and filled them with food for her lunch. Inside she has a chocolate soy butter sandwich (cut with a FunBites square cutter so they fit inside the eggs), blackberries, goldfish, a cut up cheese stick, dried cranberries and some teddy graham crackers. I also used the yubo drink holder and attached her Thermos to the side of the lunchbox.  This is seriously the easiest lunch to put together!

You could fill your eggs with anything, but I would suggest to stay with dry smaller foods.  Other great fun food fillers would be pretzels, grapes, cherry tomatoes, raisins, any dried fruit, nuts (for those of you without nut allergies), baby carrots, celery sticks etc. I just wouldn't pack anything that could leak :) I would also make sure you thoroughly dry your washed fruits and veggies to make sure no water leaks through.
I believe I put 9 eggs in her lunch but there were room for more if you packed it tighter. If your child has a bigger appetite than my very talkative slow eater you could always do this for half of the lunch and then use one of the yubo containers to hold bigger food items :)

Eliana was SO excited to bring this lunch that on the way to school she told me she wished it was lunchtime NOW (at 8:00 am) so that she could eat it :) 

I hope you all have a wonderful Easter weekend!


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Friday, March 14, 2014

Birthday Bento School Lunch!

Happy 6th Birthday Eliana!
Today is Eliana's 6th birthday! I cannot believe she is SIX!

She has school today so I made her this fun lunch!  I made a birthday lunch for her birthday last year and she asked for her lunch this year to be similar to that lunch, but with a cupcake instead. 

I packed her strawberries (her favorite fruit!), yogurt, and a wowbutter with mini chocolate chip cupcake sandwich.  I "glued" everything with honey.. not sure it will all stick together as well because of all the little pieces but I know she'll love it!

 Wishing you a wonderful birthday Eliana! I LOVE you!

 
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Simple St. Patrick's Day School Lunches

Like I've said before, I LOVE the month of March. Eliana's birthday, the beginning of spring, St. Patrick's day and the color green!  St. Patrick's Day is always one of my favorite holidays to make fun lunches and this year is no different! While I might be a lot more tired this year, due to my adorable almost 3 month old :), I still enjoy making Eliana's lunches fun. However I can't always spend time making them intricate, so I have gone with simple fun ideas that I can put together quickly the night before.

All of Eliana's lunches this week were quick to put together -- 15 minutes or less for each lunch. And that is including washing and cutting of fruits and vegetables, and at least one interruption ;)  I took all these pictures with my phone, literally the moment before I put it into Eliana's lunch bag, pack her backpack and we are out the door! If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen I shared these lunches throughout the week :)


Monday:

On Monday Eliana had green grapes with a clover bento pick, cucumbers, a shamrock sandwich filled with wowbutter and Enjoy Life Foods mini chocolate chips and dried cranberries (in the small green container) packed in her EasyLunchbox.

I gave her clover cucumbers all week because 1) I had a huge cucumber in the fridge, 2) Eliana loves cucumber, and 3) it is a great fun way to get rid of the peel while making a fun shape :)

Tuesday:

For Tuesday's school lunch she had cucumbers, cut up cheese sticks with two clover bento picks, goldfish in a mini dipper and a chocolate soy butter sandwich with a shamrock cut out.  The bread shamrock cut out was eaten by me.. usually I leave it in the lunch but I was hungry when I was putting her lunch together ;)

Wednesday:

On Wednesday Eliana had green grapes, cucumbers, Lucky Charms cereal, cheese, and crackers, all packed in her EasyLunchboxes :)  I only buy Lucky Charms cereal once a year, for right around St. Patrick's day. We barely eat one fourth of the box and then it gets forgotten in the back of the cabinet LOL. But I just have to get it! It is just a fun cereal and treat for this time of year and I know Eliana always looks forward to it! 

Thursday:

For Thursday's lunch Eliana had cucumbers, Granny Smith apple slices (with the core cut out with a shamrock cutter), and a Leprechaun sandwich. The Leprechaun is a wowbutter and mini chocolate chip sandwich decorated with cheese and Enjoy Life Foods mini chocolate chip eyes.  The hat I cut out of a spinach tortilla and added cheese decorations.  I "glued" the pieces together with honey.  The Leprechaun has some Lucky charms cereal hidden in the small green container :)

Last year I made some fun and simple St. Patrick's Day lunches too! You can see them HERE :)

Friday, today, is Eliana's birthday! So no St. Patrick's day lunch. It will be a fun birthday lunch instead! I can't believe my baby is SIX years old!! :)

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