Monday, April 25, 2016

Ladybug Lunch for Spring Bento

It's feeling like spring in Washington right now. Being that it's the end of April, I really really hope I'm right too!  I am loving the sunshine and opening the windows to let in the fresh air.

To celebrate, we needed a spring themed lunch, and what says spring like ladybugs?

In this lunch, I made 3 ladybug sandwiches, ham and cheese on white-wheat.  I cut multiple circles from two slices of bread, plus the meat and cheese to make mini-sandwiches.

I used extra cheese to try two different wing shapes, semi-circles and pointed ovals, then used a straw to poke holes for the ladybug spots.  I added eyeball picks to make faces and hold the sandwiches together.

In the bottom compartments, I peeled a cutie orange and added a ladybug pick and finished the rest of the blackberries with a bee and butterfly pick.  Not pictured, I included a yogurt and a granola bar that didn't look cute in the box.

What we used:

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Up, Up & Away Bento Lunch

Back in March, we flew back home to visit my family.  Since we took Southwest, we had the cutest drink stirrers in our drinks (hot cocoa and tea) which I wanted to save since they had the potential to be really cute food picks.  We had an awesome flight attendant who gave me a couple extra when I told him about the whole blog plan for them.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Plated Train Lunch

Weekends are always a bit more relaxing around here, and a great opportunity to play with our food!  Today, I had an idea for a train lunch, so Ben and I created one on a plate to see if we could make it work.

For lunch, we made ham and cheese sandwiches on white-wheat, then cut them with the train cutter from the Lunch Punch transportation set.  I added a stripe of fruit leather to decorate the engine and M&Ms for the wheels, plus a cute pick for the driver  For cargo, I sliced grapes to pile in the follow-on car and the tracks are made from butter pretzel grids.  I peeled a cutie orange and stacked a few circles of three segments to make the sun.

With a few adjustments (and the right box), I see a train bento in our future.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Dinosaur Lunch Plate

I'm finally starting to feel some creative inspiration seeping back into life.  I swear that a bit of a break did me wonders.  So, to celebrate, we made dinosaur plates!

You can make them too--all you need is a dinosaur sandwich cutter.  I recommend the DynoBytes from the Dollar Tree.  This is what you're looking for on Amazon, but I see them at the dollar store frequently, so go there!

On this plate, I made ham and cheese sandwiches on white-wheat, cutting them out with a DynoByte cutter, and adding two sugar eyes to make them look cuter.  The tree trunk is a granola bar (I had Nature's Valley Oat & Honey ones handy) and the tree leaves are peeled Cutie orange sections.  I realized after that we could have made a really cute hill out of a banana half, but the kids ate the last bananas at breakfast.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

How to Road Chip, Snack-Style

We've been road-tripping a lot lately--while we were in Ontario visiting my parents, to and from Wyoming and Teton National Park with a great stop at the Craters of the Moon National Monument, and around Washington for various things.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Camping Foil Packs - Breakfast & Dinner

The boy is officially a Boy Scout now, which involves a camping trip about once per month!

In most cases, the boys plan their meals as a group, but this weekend was a bring-your-own food weekend, Ben and I decided to try two new foil pack meals for Saturday night's dinner and Sunday morning's breakfast.  The boys left Saturday morning and there were coolers available to keep the food safe overnight.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Meal Planning Monday

One of the things on my agenda this month is to get ahead on meal planning!

The kids have quite a few evening activities as the weather gets nicer, so the easiest way to ensure that we eat healthy dinners is to plan them in advance.  We generally eat at home anyhow, but the "What sounds good tonight?" option will be hard to work with now that springs sports are happening.  Faith and I sat down over the weekend to make up a list of meals for this week.

This week, we are eating:
  • Spaghetti Carbonara - my recipe and a Ben favorite
  • Roast Pork Loin with Potatoes and Veggies - marinade tbd
  • Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas - a new recipe that we think sounds really good!
  • Korean Beef - recommended by a friend and another kid favorite
  • Chicken Parmesan Sandwiches - the husband sent me a link with a picture of one
  • Beef Stew - quick comfort food
Two quick notes about our meal planning--
I usually plan 5-6 days, factoring in leftovers, pizza, or eat a sandwich nights.
I don't assign days to meals, I defrost items and we work from there.

What's on your menu?  We're always looking for new ideas!


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