Wednesday, November 30, 2011

What's for Lunch Wednesday, Week 79

What's for Lunch Wednesday

Welcome to "What's for Lunch" Wednesday!!!

Thanks so much for joining in last week if you did and looking forward to seeing all the fun lunches this week!

Want to join in?

Just choose a bento (please, just one bento or post or link) you've made from the last week you want to share, copy the URL of that post from your blog (you may need to click on the title to get it), and enter it into the linky below.

Click on the "Add Your Link" button to add yours and follow the steps, it's simple, I promise!


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A Fishie Bento for Ben!

Faith had a field trip today, so only Ben needed a lunch today. Well, let's rephrase that, only Ben needed a bento; Faith needed a disposable lunch, which did not thrill me.

Since it was just the boy, I decided to keep it simple and fill his lunch box with his favorites.


He has a cream cheese and jelly sandwich on goldfish bread, complete with a sugar eye, two homemade chocolate chip cookies, some carrots, a boiled egg and cantaloupe. (Faith had similar, but no egg and wanted an apple instead of cantaloupe chunks.) Ben's is packed in our Easy Lunchboxes (also available on Amazon), whereas Faith had baggies. :oP

Monday, November 28, 2011

A Simple Lunch Bento with a story

Happy Monday! Hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving break! We had a fun first Thanksgiving in CO, complete with a bacon wrapped turkey, the kids' favorite side dishes, and lots of Black Friday shopping.

I had good intentions last night of making some sort of fancier bento for the kids, since we've been doing simple ones lately. But, while cleaning up from dinner, I heard a bang. Now, living on post, there are cannons and all sorts of things that go bang, but this bang came from my fridge. I assumed the fridge was dying and was wondering what i was going to do with 3/4 of a bacon wrapped turkey (yeah, kind of overshot the turkey purchase). Either way, I opened the fridge, which is just fine, to discover that a can of biscuits exploded. So I did what anyone would do with a can of biscuits that had popper, we made pizza biscuits!


So Faith has a pizza biscuit with a cheddar snowflake on top, cantaloupe, carrots, and a piece of lemon bar. (Side note, the lemon bar is really more of a lemon spongecake, I was slightly disappointed in how it turned out. Now, if you were wanting a lemon spongecake, it's yummy, just not really a lemon *bar*.)

So, boring bento today, but at least I didn't waste the biscuits!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

What's for Lunch Wednesday, Week 78

What's for Lunch Wednesday

Welcome to "What's for Lunch" Wednesday!!!

Thanks so much for joining in last week if you did and looking forward to seeing all the fun lunches this week!

Want to join in?

Just choose a bento (please, just one bento or post or link) you've made from the last week you want to share, copy the URL of that post from your blog (you may need to click on the title to get it), and enter it into the linky below.

Click on the "Add Your Link" button to add yours and follow the steps, it's simple, I promise!


Monday, November 21, 2011

Thanksgiving with Hormel

November's Hormel Family of Bloggers topic is, of course, Thanksgiving!

This is our first Thanksgiving in Colorado, so it will just be the four of us. Because of that, I've tried to carefully craft a menu that won't yield too many leftovers, except of the turkey. I want leftover turkey. It's vital to my freezer cooking plan, which includes making a couple of turkey pot pies and a couple of pans of sour cream turkey enchiladas, as well as leftover turkey sandwiches and soup!

The plan, so far, includes:
  • Bacon wrapped turkey (thanks to Hormel, I have some lovely bacon in the freezer to go with our turkey)
  • Stuffing
  • "Orange" potatoes - a sweet potato casserole with pecans that Ben loves
  • Deviled peas - Faith's request
  • Steamed rice, in lieu of mashed potatoes - that would be Shaun's choice
  • Fresh rolls
  • Pumpkin pie
  • Lemon bars - I'm trying a 2 ingredient version I found on Pinterest
Need advice for cooking a turkey? Jennie-O can help! Just head over to their website and checkout the Turkey Basics section. I've consulted it many times already and I'm sure I'll be back.Looking for some great sides? I blogged our peas and sweet potato recipes on Momtrends last year, they're linked above. They are two standing requests for holiday meals at my house. My favorite pumpkin cheesecake recipes is at the Momtrends link too. Having company over and needed centerpiece ideas for a beautiful table? I love these simple but elegant ideas, and they are easy enough for the kids to help create.

As for what to do about the leftovers? What about a yummy turkey and stuffing pie? Just switch the canned turkey for some diced leftover pieces in this recipe, perfect for the busy shopping weekend after the holiday.

Disclosure: I have received product and information from Hormel Foods in exchange for being a Hormel Foods Extended Family Blogger. All opinions expressed within the post are my own.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Featured Friday - Thanksgiving!

In the process of this week's Sandwich Spin posts, I decided to hold the Featured Friday for the weekend. Since it's Thanskgiving week, what could be better than a bunch of turkey bento ideas!

Turkey shaped sandwiches don't have to be complicated at all. Actually, from a round sandwich, it's pretty easy to make a turkey! Just use your favorites to make feathers, faces and beaks, and voila! A turkey!

Mine from last year--the turkey is cut from cheeses, using a circle cutter and part of a duck cutter.

Multi-colored apple slices make cute turkey feathers in this bento from Bentology

From Our Lil' Kingdom, scalloped cheese slices poke out as the turkey feathers

From Cute Food for Kids, a simple turkey sandwich with cheese feathers and a bit of pepper and nori for accents.

From Crouching Mother, Hidden Toddler, this turkey has feathers made from multi-colored bell peppers, using a the ears on a bunny cookie cutter to shape them.

Want more Thanksgiving lunch inspiration?
Check out Ten Thanksgiving Lunch Ideas on Parent Map!

As always, all pictures belong to their blog owners, click on them or their attached links to see the full posts on the original sites. (If you would prefer your link not featured, please let me know and I will remove it.)

Friday, November 18, 2011

5 Simple Sandwich Spins Bento #5 - Slider/Stacker Sandwiches


Last day of sandwich spins today and we went with another F&B favorite--sliders/stackers!

For these, I typically will roll the bread flat and cut multiple smaller circles out to build stacked sandwiches (crusts go in the freezer of course). These just *have* to be 3 layer sandwiches, because there is something fun about three layer sandwiches. We did a semi-club sandwich with two kind of cheese, turkey, ham, and a bit of mayo.


You may have to zoom in on the picture to see it better, I had to turn the sandwiches on their sides to fit into the box better. Ben has two mini sliders, skewered on a pick so they'd stay together. Side dishes include carrots, honeydew and zucchini bars; the box is a Monokuro Boo box that is neutral enough that Ben can use it too.

Hope you all enjoyed the series! F&B are off school next week, but we may do some fun lunches for Thanksgiving while we have the time!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

5 Simple Sandwich Spins, Bento #4 - Shaped Sandwiches


Day 4 of sandwich spins brings us the shaped sandwich. It might be the simplest idea yet, but there is something about a simple cut out shape to brighten up a lunch. Lots of options are available for these--regular cookie cutters, specialty sandwich cutters like the Lunch Punch, or simple sandwich cutters from the dollar stores and Walmart (we have a dino set from Walmart that is adorable and only around $2). Remember to save the crusts in the freezer, they make for great breadcrumbs and croutons.


Today, Faith has a roast beef and cheese sandwich on the same multigrain bread we've been using all week, cut into a butterfly using a LunchPunch and accented with a wee bit of cheese to pretty it up. Side dishes including carrots, cucumber flowers, cantaloupe and zucchini bars, and it's packed in our Easy Lunchboxes (also available on Amazon).

One more day of sandwiches spins! See you tomorrow!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

5 Simple Sandwich Spins, Bento #3 - Kebab Sandwiches


I've often said on here that F&B are convinced that food on a stick tastes much better than food not on a stick. The same is true with sandwiches--sandwiches on sticks taste better than sandwiches that are not.

In keeping with the sandwich theme, it was imperative to use the same bread to get the full sandwich effect. Cubes of cheese and rolls of sandwich meat have all the elements of a sandwich without being an actual sandwich. (This also works with crackers, but for the purposes of this series, it's sandwich or nothing.)


Today, Ben has sandwich kebabs with ham, turkey, cheese and bread. The picks are actually drink stirrers from the Dollar Tree last summer, keep an open eye shopping and you'll be surprised what works well to skewer food. Side dishes include kiwi, honeydew, and a piece of garden fresh zucchini bars I made last night, mostly to warm up the kitchen!

Day 3 of sandwich spins done, 2 more to go! See you tomorrow!

What's for Lunch Wednesday, Week 77

What's for Lunch Wednesday

Welcome to "What's for Lunch" Wednesday!!!

Thanks so much for joining in last week if you did and looking forward to seeing all the fun lunches this week!

Want to join in?

Just choose a bento (please, just one bento or post or link) you've made from the last week you want to share, copy the URL of that post from your blog (you may need to click on the title to get it), and enter it into the linky below.

Click on the "Add Your Link" button to add yours and follow the steps, it's simple, I promise!


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

5 Simple Sandwich Spins, Bento #2 - Pocket Sandwiches


F&B have always been thoroughly intrigued by the concept of Uncrustables, except for one small problem. They both dislike peanut butter, which is the hallmark of the Uncrustable empire.

Almost 2 years ago, a good friend of mine was doing the Komen 3Day and one of her fundraisers was a Pampered Chef event. There, I discovered a little treasure called the Cut-N-Seal, which allows you to make your own Uncrustables at home, with your choice of bread and fillings! Perfect for a sandwich switch up around here!


Faith has an egg salad Uncrustable on 12 grain bread. The cutter even leaves the cute little crimped edges, but the filling is much more palatable to my kids. Side dishes include apple cinnamon crisps, strawberries, and carrots with ranch, again. It was supposed to be cucumber, but I apparently don't have a cucumber in the fridge. Today, it's packed in our Easy Lunchboxes (also available on Amazon).

There are other options for pocket sandwiches too. Wonder Bread makes one option (though I don't have it), the Krustbuster is another (Biting the Hand That Feeds You has a great looking KB lunch here so you can see how it seals). Muffin Tin Mom also has a great post on how to make pocket sandwiches with just a round cutter and fork.

As for the extra pieces? I have a ziploc bag in my freezer for all the leftover bits of bread, end pieces, leftover garlic bread, etc. Once there's enough, I dry it in the oven and make bread crumbs. No waste!

Come back again tomorrow for sandwich spin #3!

Monday, November 14, 2011

5 Simple Sandwich Spins, Bento #1 - Sushi Rolls


I've had this series floating around in my head for awhile, so decide that this week, I'm finally going to write it!

The humble sandwich is still the main staple of the American elementary school lunchbox, but after awhile, two slices of bread, some meat/cheese or PB&J gets a little old. But what about a way to jazz up the sandwich? Or better yet, 5 simple ways?

That's what we're doing this week, 5 different sandwich options, all using a regular loaf of the same bread!


First up, of course, is the sushi sandwich. Our very first bento, way back in 2007, featured sushi sandwiches. These are great with meat and cheese, peanut butter and jelly or cream cheese and jelly, just as long as you have something to stick the last bit together. It helps to trim the very edges of the crusts first and then roll the bread flat with a rolling pin. Spread with fillings, leave a little bit empty at the one edge, then roll tightly and slice!

Faith has cream cheese and raspberry jam sushi sandwiches (side note: plain white or wheat bread works a lot better, but we like 12 grain bread). Side dishes include honeydew, carrots & ranch, and strawberry yogurt (a bit of press&seal made sure the yogurt stayed in place). It's packed today in a Lock & Lock 4 square box.

Tomorrow, another day, another lunch, and another sandwich bento! See you then!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

The Long-Awaited, Hotel Room, $5 or Less Meal Plan, Week 1

AKA, you too can eat in a hotel room, without a stove, for less than $5/dinner (oh, and that's a collective $5, not $5 per person)!



Bit of background:
When we arrived here at Fort Carson, our house wasn't ready. Instead, we had 10 days booked at on-post lodging, then extended that another 10 days. We were told we had two rooms with a kitchenette to join them. Perfect! So along with the necessities, I added one of my crockpots, a small electric frying pan, the toaster oven, and the rice cooker, figuring I'd have a fridge and cook top in the kitchenette.

However, my interpretation of a kitchenette and theirs were a wee bit different. We had a sink, two microwaves, and a mini fridge in each room. One mini fridge froze *everything* while the other barely kept things cool. It was a hoot, really. Hence, most of my "this is what we can eat" planning went right out the window, since pasta is a staple of quick & easy cooking (no way to boil water) and I kind of bank on being able to store food in a fridge.

However, after a couple of days of eating out on the road, we were all tired of restaurant food & its prices, and a little sick to our stomachs from it all. So after a few grocery store trips, we managed to come up with two meal plans of 5 meals each, along with a bonus soup each week. Prices are based on Colorado Springs pricing (which I found higher than Dallas). Shopping varied between Safeway, King Soopers (a Kroger affiliate), Albertson's, the Commissary on post, and some basic necessities at the Dollar Tree (they sell HFCS free ketchup, along with cheap spices).

At that, the food's simple, it's reasonably healthy, but not all-organic, perfect balances, less veggies than I'd like, and we did a lot of raw fruit as snacks just to up the fruit/veggie count. If you're expecting well-planned, gourmet meals, this is not the place. However, it's not bad, considering the lack of storage, appliances and the fact we had to live in a hotel for three weeks. And it's way better than takeout!

Without further adieu, week 1 of hotel living, the meal plan!

Day 1: Shaun's Pseudo Stir Fry (don't ask, it's his thing)
1.5 lb ground beef @ $1.92/lb = $2.90
1 bag frozen mixed veggies = $.69
1 oz garlic (32oz jar @ $4.99) = $.16
3oz soy sauce (20oz @ $2.29) = $.34
3 cups steamed rice (6cents/serving, from the web) = $.36
Total = $4.45
Servings = 1 for me, F, B, 2 for Shaun, plus 1 leftover lunch for Shaun
6 bowls at $.74/bowl
Dinner only = $3.74
Directions: Saute ground beef & garlic in electric skillet, drain fat, add frozen veggies & soy sauce, lower heat and cover to steam, serve over steamed rice (we buy 20lb bags of rice and cook in a rice cooker, this may vary if you buy Minute Rice)

Day 2: BBQ Chicken Sandwiches (Faith's Birthday)
2lb Split Chicken Breast (5lb @ $5.30 sale at Safeway) = $2.12
1/2 bottle HFCS free BBQ sauce ($1.25/bottle) = $.62
6 slices cheese (10 slices at $2.29) = $1.38
6 fluffy buns (8 @ $2.36) = $1.77
Total = $5.89
Servings = 1 for me, F, B, 2 for Shaun, plus 1 leftover sandwich for Shaun
6 sandwiches at $.98/bowl
Dinner only = $4.91
Directions: Place chicken breasts in crockpot, cover with BBQ sauce and a bit of water, cook on low all day, remove bones at end, then shred, mixing with sauce to cover. Slice rolls, top with chicken and cheese (and onions if you're my husband, but I don't like onions on my sandwiches). Since it was Faith's birthday, we just had cake and ice cream after this.

Day 3: Taco Stuffed Baked Potatoes
1.18lb ground beef @ $1.92/lb = $2.27
Taco seasoning = $.47
1/3 container of sour cream (@ $1.25/container) = $.41
1/2 bag of shredded cheese (@ $2.29/bag) = $1.15
5 potatoes (10lb bag = 33 potatoes @ $2.49 = 7.5 cents each) = $.38
Total = $5.89
Servings = 1 for me, F, B, 2 for Shaun, no leftovers
5 potatoes at $.94 cents/potato
Dinner only = $4.68
Directions: Thankfully, you can microwave baked potatoes. Put several fork holes into each side of each potato. Place in the microwave for about 2 minutes per potato (I cook four at once, so 8 minutes), when done, flip to the other side, microwave another 8 minutes (or whatever number of potatoes you have). This does assume your microwave works properly. Ours did not, so it took longer. It's really not surprising, given the fridge issues we had too. Now, using the electric skillet, sauté and drain the ground beef, add taco seasoning and water, cook as directed. Slice the potatoes in half, mash up the insides a wee bit, top with a bunch of taco beef, cheese, sour cream (and onions, once again if you're Shaun). We actually really like this as meal instead of regular tacos. In my head, potatoes are healthier than tortillas.

Day 4: Citrus Stir Fry (possibly my husband's favorite meal)
1.01 lb Beef Round Tip (50% off at Safeway) = $3.27
1 bag frozen mixed veggies = $.69
1 package Italian dressing (4 for $3) = $.75
1 oz soy sauce (20oz @ $2.29) = $.11
4 oz orange juice (64oz for $2.19) = $.14
2 oz oil (can't find where the breakdown of this is, but) = $.14
6 servings of rice = $.36
Total = $5.37
Servings = 1 for me and B, 1.5 for F, 2 for Shaun, plus 1 leftover lunch for Shaun
6.5 bowls at $.83/bowl
Dinner only = $4.54
Directions: Shaun's favorite stir fry recipe, serve with steamed rice

Day 5: Italian Chicken with Rice & Veggies
2lb Split Chicken Breast (5lb @ $5.30 sale at Safeway) = $2.12
1/2 bottle Italian dressing ($1 @ Dollar Tree) = $.50
1 bag microwave steamed veggies = $.79
6 servings of rice = $.36
Total = $3.77
Servings = 1 for me, F, B, 2 for Shaun, 1 more split by F&B&me
6 servings at $.63/each
Dinner only = $3.77
Directions: Chicken in the crockpot, cover with Italian dressing and water, cook on low all day, remove bones but don't shred. Steam rice, steam veggies in microwave according to directions, serve.

Bonus Weekend Soup - Leftover Chicken Crockpot Soup:
1lb Split Chicken Breast (5lb @ $5.30 sale at Safeway) = $1.06
1/3 bag of carrots (baby carrots @ $.89/bag) = $.30
1/3 onion (onion at $.59/each) = $.20
2 oz garlic (32oz jar @ $4.99) = $.32
5 cubes chicken bouillon (25 cubes for $1 at DT) = $.20
Soup only = $2.08
Directions: This is not my typical chicken soup recipe, but it worked OK. I usually use more herbs, more veggies, a better stock/bouillon, and I really prefer cooking chicken soup on a stovetop. But in a pinch, this will do. Use precooked chicken, I actually cooked the third breast with the previous day's Italian chicken. Dice the onions and carrots a lot, since you can't sauté them easily without a stove. Shred chicken, discard bones, put it in the crockpot with everything else and cook on low all day. I actually didn't use all the chicken in the soup, I used most of it for chicken salad sandwiches to go with the soup. We all prefer a more broth-based soup anyhow, but make it to your taste.

Like I said, less than exciting food, but it's filling, well-priced, and reasonably healthy. Obviously, I didn't count salt/pepper in the mix since I couldn't figure out how to price it. We bought a salt/pepper pack at the Dollar Tree and we are still using it almost 2 months later, so I am guessing it's pennies at best. We also go through a lot of fruit, but I don't usually price/measure that, it's just chopped up in the fridge for the kids to eat whenever they'd like.

Week 2, coming soon!

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Some Simple Sandwich Bento

Still trying to solve the lighting issues in the kitchen for photography, but wanted to at least share a few simple sandwich bentos. Mr. Ben is home sick today (and yesterday), so had to keep it really really simple. Then again, sometimes simple just works!

This bento features a cream cheese and jelly sandwich on multigrain rounds (penguin pick for a teeny touch of cuteness), strawberries, carrots, and a bit of homemade brownie.

This one's actually similar, except the sandwich is a tuna salad pocket with the same side dishes. Come to think of it, this may have been Ben's on Tuesday.

Nothing dramatically exciting, but we're heading into a 3 day weekend, so I will get some new lunch fixings before Monday.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

What's for Lunch Wednesday, Week 76

What's for Lunch Wednesday

Welcome to "What's for Lunch" Wednesday!!!

Thanks so much for joining in last week if you did and looking forward to seeing all the fun lunches this week!

Want to join in?

Just choose a bento (please, just one bento or post or link) you've made from the last week you want to share, copy the URL of that post from your blog (you may need to click on the title to get it), and enter it into the linky below.

Click on the "Add Your Link" button to add yours and follow the steps, it's simple, I promise!


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

A Pizza Bun Bento!

I had the choice today between making a cute bento or a new recipe for pizza buns that also looked really intriguing. In the end, the pizza buns won out, and my house smelled nice and garlic-y last night!

These were pretty simple, I found them on a recipe linky, who in turn found them on Pinterest, and now I can't remember what the link is (I'll look for it in a bit). In summary, roll out refrigerated pizza dough (like Pillsbury). Sprinkle with Italian seasoning and garlic powder, top with parmesan, shredded cheese and diced pepperoni, then roll up tightly. Slice into rounds, put on a baking sheet and bake at 425 for 10-12 minutes.


So today, Faith has two of the pizza buns, along with a small container of marinara for dipping (side note, I need bigger little containers), some carrots, some honeydew, some strawberries and a piece of brownie I made a couple of nights ago. It's all packed in one of our Easy Lunchboxes (also available on Amazon). Nice and easy this morning, as the recipe yielded 10 buns. Shaun and I sampled one last night, the kids took 4 in their lunches between the two of them, Shaun had three in his and I had the last two here.

Monday, November 7, 2011

A Fall Bento for Ben and a Little Favor from You!

It's getting quite a bit cooler in Colorado, but with the time change it was entirely too bright at 6:30 am when the cannon boomed and woke me out of a sound sleep. But alas, had to get up, get the kids up, and get lunches going.


Ben opted for a cream cheese and jelly sandwich on multigrain bread, with a cute cheese leaf topper (I am missing a few cutters still, boxes aplenty in the basement), some carrot sticks, some honeydew chunks, and two homemade pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. What can I say? I like cookies.

And now for the favor--This is our friend Kate!


Kate's mommy is a good friend of mine and made Miss Kate's awesome Halloween costume. It's entered in a contest on Facebook and we would love if you'd take a minute to click on Kate's picture or this link and "like" her photo on the Facebook page.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Some Husband Bento Lunches

Since I've had a few comments about wondering what I feed my husband, I took a few pictures of his bentos this week.

They are definitely less exciting than the kids' bentos, just simple food that will keep him full till he gets home. In advance, apologies for the pics! I had to take them as he was trying to leave in the morning, so I didn't have time to keep trying different lighting.

Let's see, this one has a sub sandwich on sun dried tomato bread--ham, turkey, turkey pastrami, pepperonis, mayo, couple kinds of cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, etc. To the right, he has a chef salad with assorted veggies (I want to say lettuce, tomato, cucumber, onion, mushroom, maybe carrots?). He also had a thermos of soup that day, a chicken tortilla soup. The box is a jumbo sized Lock & Lock I've had for several years. The two inner containers lift out, so it's perfect if you have an item that needs to be reheated.

This one has a turkey pastrami sandwich on multigrain rounds (as usual, other meats, cheese, mayo, lettuce, tomato are all there too). He also took a thermos of homemade chili, a few pastries from the commissary bakery, and some honeydew that I was already cutting up for F&B's lunches. It's packed our Easy Lunchboxes (also available on Amazon).

In both cases, he's also been taking apples and peaches from the fridge, and who knows what other less than healthy snacks. I also made a batch of pumpkin chocolate chip cookies the other day, so those went along with him too.

I am highly amused though, the day of the Lock&Lock lunch above, he texted me from his training class that he was the envy of his peers. They all had to bring lunch. He had that. They were eating MREs. ;o)

Friday, November 4, 2011

An after-Halloween Bento

Of course, once Halloween is over, there's still room for an after-Halloween bento, mostly because I had already made a few things and they still needed to be eaten!


For lunch, Faith had a corn dog muffin (Halloween wrapper), pumpkin spice cupcake (Halloween wrapper and pick), cucumbers and carrots (cut with the pumpkin cutter because it was the perfect size) and grapes (not Halloween, but needed to be eaten anyhow). It's packed in a Lock & Lock, because it was handy. :o)

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Pita Pizza Bento!

By far, this isn't the most inspired bento ever, but it's the first one in a long time where F&B came home and were that excited about the food.

In reality, it was an attempt to use out some leftovers, but it ended up being pita shell pizzas. Basically, they are just round pitas cut in half and split open, then stuffed with pepperonis, cheese and a wee bit of sauce. I thought they were pretty simply, but they must have been unique enough to impress the kiddos.


Faith had two of the pita pizzas (I quartered them for easier eating and stuffing), pretzels, carrots and honeydew. Very simple, but apparently, you never know what's going to strike their fancy!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

What's for Lunch Wednesday, Week 75

What's for Lunch Wednesday

Welcome to "What's for Lunch" Wednesday!!!

Thanks so much for joining in last week if you did and looking forward to seeing all the fun lunches this week!

Want to join in?

Just choose a bento (please, just one bento or post or link) you've made from the last week you want to share, copy the URL of that post from your blog (you may need to click on the title to get it), and enter it into the linky below.

Click on the "Add Your Link" button to add yours and follow the steps, it's simple, I promise!


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Feeding the Husband Bento

One of the nice parts of living on base is that Shaun can come home for lunch. He's mostly been finishing off leftovers, having soup and sandwiches, but I don't have to think about it till lunchtime.

However, for the next couple of weeks, he has some kind of training where he won't be able to make it home. Since he doesn't want to eat fast food, this means bringing a lunch. On top of that, the place he is at doesn't seem to have a fridge or microwave, so it's cold lunches to go. (We did buy him a thermos, so I've been boiling soups in the morning so they are still hot at lunch time. Apparently it works well, he couldn't sip his soup till mid-afternoon because it was so hot.)


So this week, he's using our Easy Lunchboxes (also available on Amazon). In this one, he has a sandwich with Orowheat 12 grain bread, mayo, lettuce, pepperoni, ham, turkey, turkey pastrami, cheddar and provolone. Upper right is a boiled egg for extra protein, lower right is cantaloupe. He toted along a thermos of homemade chicken soup too.


And because he is awesome and tends to humor me, doesn't the green bag go nicely with his camo? Even in uniform, it's important to coordinate. ;o)
 

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