Thursday, May 31, 2012
Now that is something I can definitely write about. F&B finished school last week and I will admit, the last couple of weeks of lunches were a creative struggle. I was done making them, they were done eating them, and we got a puppy which takes up a lot more time than I was thinking. I've had my moments thinking why in the world would I get a creature who doesn't sleep through the night??? I like my sleep.
Anyhow, thanks to Hormel, I've got a few great recipe ideas that might help for the end of the school year lunches, as well as fun summer lunches. I use summer as my experiment time for new ideas for the next school year (or in the case of the Angry Birds bento last week, a creative moment or two).
A few fun suggestions:
Any great summertime kid-friendly recipes to share? I'd love to hear them, especially if they can be kid-made, not just kid-eaten!
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.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Monday, May 28, 2012
I've been wanting to try an Angry Birds one for awhile as it's one of his favorite iTouch games. (We also still love OmNom and Cut the Rope.) Of course, being Memorial Day, the Angry Bird had to be flying in with his American flag, which did amuse the husband as well.
Ben has Angry Bird cream cheese and jelly sandwiches. The three pigs, plus the bird, used out about two whole slices of bread, so pretty close to a regular sandwich worth. I used the heel of the bread to make the pigs' noses and the upper layer of the bird. The eyes are Wilton candy eyes, the beak on the bird is cheese, and the eyebrows/tail on the bird are grape fruit leather from the Stretch Island Fruit Company. To go with that, he had pineapple and vanilla yogurt with sprinkles (oddly enough, I do not own red/blue sprinkles; this must be remedied). Lunch is packed in our Easy Lunchboxes (also available on Amazon).
Friday, May 25, 2012
We'll still be bento-making in the summer. Ben has Cub Scout Day Camp, the kids like to picnic, and I have ideas in my head that might be a great test-run in our kitchen. Plus my 5 year blogaversary is at the end of June and I'll have goodies to give away for that! Stay tuned!
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
We did have pretzel rolls in the fridge and that is what both F&B requested today.
Faith had a turkey and cheese sandwich on a pretzel roll, along with strawberries, grapes and carrots. I also added some creme brûlée crisps after the picture.
Ben had the same sandwich, carrot and grapes, along with a cutie orange, plus I added some granola bites to his box. It was early, I flaked on a treat for both till after I looked at the pictures!
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Monday, May 21, 2012
This is what happens when you get up too late, half to resort to default items in the fridge, lose your new camera (which you didn't lose but forgot how tiny it was and thus missed it in your purse), and half to take a picture on the floor, while holding a puppy who wants to eat the lunch! Yes, it was one of those mornings.
Ben had a turkey and cheese sandwich that he didn't eat the yesterday, so I cut it in half, stuck it in a bento box and planned to use it today. It's topped with a cute little cheese car with opposite color wheels (the puppy ate the other cutouts for me). To go with it, he has strawberries, carrots and little granola bites. And the picture is crooked, thanks to the puppy. But I did find my camera as soon as the kids had left for school.
Sunday, May 20, 2012
He has the corndog muffin, raisin granola bar, a strawberry, raspberries, carrots and cucumber. I figured they'd probably have treats at field day (I was right), so decided against too many goodies.
Friday, May 18, 2012
Yesterday was the fourth grade science fair, highlighting a project entitled "Fabulous Fungi" by Faith. Then today is Field Day, so we've got a frog lunch for Miss Faith as well. I'm easily amused.
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Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Monday, May 14, 2012
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Friday, May 11, 2012
Thursday, May 10, 2012
So we were just a little excited when Nature's Own contacted us to see if we wanted to take some pictures for their Portrait on a Plate contest! I turned the kids loose with sandwiches, lots of toppings, some knives and bento supplies, and they got to work creating sandwich faces!
I had to share a few of our favorites, I see bento making potential in the kids!
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
All sealed up and ready to go! Had to adjust Yoda and Darth to make them fit.
Friday, May 4, 2012
Well, OK, this is mostly for my son and my husband, as my interest in Star Wars is only as far as it entertains Ben. I try, but I'm just not a big science fiction fan. I do find the Ewoks rather adorable, and Yoda amuses me. But Ben was up for something different, we made Yoda last year, and we've got R2D2 for my boy.
Lunch is packed in our Easy Lunchboxes (also available on Amazon). And a fun day like Star Wars Day couldn't be complete without a bento blog hop!
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Thursday, May 3, 2012
And so is my girl! She came in 5th out of all the fourth graders in the individual competition (each school picks their top 5 to send, and there are 8 elementary schools in our district).
Lunch is packed in our Easy Lunchboxes (also available on Amazon).
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
So both kids had two of the spaghetti cupcakes, the last of the carrots and cucumber, some apples, some strawberries, and some blueberry-pomegranate crisps; simple, yummy, and minimal work for me!