Thursday, May 31, 2012

Hormel May - Ending the School Year with a Bang

Another Hormel topic that seems like it was designed for my blog--fun school lunches to end the school year with a bang!

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:
Even better?  These all have the ability to be made *BY* the kids.  I'm putting F&B in charge of summer lunches on some days since they are going on 10 and 7, and well, I need a break! They usually opt for the standard sandwiches, fruit, veggies and a treat, but Faith especially is beginning to like to make things in the kitchen, all on her own, so those recipes look perfect to try.

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

What's for Lunch Wednesday, Week 105


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.

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Monday, May 28, 2012

Angry Birds Memorial Day Bento

Since we are all off for Memorial Day, I had plenty of time on my hands to play around with a fun lunch for Ben.

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

Last Day, Half Day Bento

Today was the kids' last day of school and they only had a half day, over at 11:30. They both still had a short lunchtime, so I went ahead and sent them a little bento to tide them over, and hopefully counteract the goodies they were getting at their class parties.


In the bento, they each had two mini chili-cornbread muffins, some apple cinnamon granola bites we are taste testing for a blog review, some carrot sticks and some strawberries.  This is Faith's box, as evidenced by the bunny picks.

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

What's for Lunch Wednesday, Week 104


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.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Pretzel Roll Bentos!

It's the last week of school! So my current plan involves finishing out some of the random bits and pieces of food before that happens. While we do make lunches in the summer, the kids often fend for themselves and the husband comes home frequently for lunch so that justifies a bit of cooking at mid-day.
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

Quick & Crazy Morning Bento


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

Ben's Field Day Bento

Ben's field day was actually the day before Faith's, but only he needed lunch that day. Her basketball team was having an end of the season pizza lunch, so it was just one bento needed. Ben knew I had one corndog muffin hiding in the freezer and asked if he could have that, so I went with it.


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

A Froggie Field Day Bento for Faith

It's all alliteration, all the time around here.

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.


For Field Day, Miss Faith had a turkey and cheese sandwich on whole wheat rounds, topped with a cute little muenster frog (his eyes/smile are bits of cucumber peel). To go with that, she had regular cucumber rounds (peeled), carrot sticks, strawberries, and a cupcake I made for Ben's class, but I added white icing and strawberries to hers instead. Lunch is packed in our Easy Lunchboxes (also available on Amazon).

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

What's for Lunch Wednesday, Week 103

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, May 15, 2012

A Simple Bento and Meet Dante-Puppy!

As mentioned yesterday, Mr. Puppykins is keeping us kind of busy, which is making me a wee bit grateful for a freezer stash of food for the kiddos. Currently, I have both chili and corndog muffins in the freezer, and school will be out soon, so that should work perfectly to fill out the end of the year emergency meals.


So for a quick lunch, Ben had a chili muffin, along with carrots, strawberries and raspberries and two of his Star Wars cookies.  I think that's a Storm Trooper up top, and I can see Yoda's ears peeking out underneath.  I am completely fascinated with the Yoda cookies.


And since asked, this is Dante!  

He is a 10.5 week old border-collie something mix.  We got him from a rescue in Denver, but he is originally from Oklahoma.  A rescue there found him and his three siblings on the side of the road at two days old, with their umbilical cords still attached.  They brought them into rescue and hand raised & bottle-fed them, and saved all four!  

When they were 9 weeks, they patnered with a rescue in Denver to bring the pups to Colorado and we saw them online and fell in love with them.  We made the trek up to Denver two weekends ago and brought Mr. Dante home with us.  We find him adorable and full of fuzzy-wuzzy evilness.

Monday, May 14, 2012

A Lunchable-Style Bento

As often mentioned, F&B love the concept of lunchables, but they don't quite like what's in them. However, making one's own lunchable is a fairly easy task (and can be accomplished with a new puppy sitting at one's feet hoping for bits of leftover cheese; fyi, we got a puppy, his name is Dante!). So since it was a busy morning, and Dante-puppy was hanging out in the kitchen with me, F&B took homemade lunchables for today.


So today, the kiddos have rolled up ham, secured with picks, cheddar cheese cubes (shared with the puppy), some Ritz crackers, some blueberry pomegranate crisps, vanilla yogurt with sprinkles, strawberries, and in the case of Ben, raspberries too (Faith still hates raspberries).  Lunch is packed in our Easy Lunchboxes (also available on Amazon).  

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Friday, May 11, 2012

Yoda Bento & Teacher Appreciation

Ben's still on his Star Wars kick, so I went with it. Yoda amuses me, and the Yoda cookie cutter from my Williams-Sonoma set is probably my favorite.  It really takes the pattern well.  


Ben has a turkey and cheese sandwich on multigrain rounds, topped with a Yoda cheese.  Yoda is cut from provolone, then stamped with food safe marker colored on the cookie cutter stamping piece.  Since green cheese would be an issue, he's stamped with green instead.  Below, Ben has fresh strawberries and raspberries, cucumbers (no peel) and carrots.  He also took Greek yogurt along that day.

This week was also Teacher Appreciation week. I had ideas bookmarked, but we also got a puppy last weekend.  Craftiness was sent to the back burner, and I went with the safe yet yummy option of a Starbucks card.  I got the guy at the store to give me 7 of the coffee sleeves (the kids each have a main teacher and they have the same 5 specials teachers, so 7 total), and I made a quick gift card holder.


I used hot glue to seal up the bottom of the sleeve, tucked in the gift card and added a flower and brad to tighten up the holder a bit (it was wider than the gift card).  On the back, each one had "Thanks a 'Latte' for being my (our) teacher!" and signed with one or both kids' names.    I really thought they turned out cute, so I'm filing this idea to make again.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Nature's Own Portrait on a Plate!

If you've read my blog for awhile, you probably know I'm a bit obsessed with Nature's Own bread (and the sandwich thins, and the bagels).  My personal favorite is still the Honey 7-Grain, but the kids love the sandwich thins too and they are perfect for school for them.

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!

A Ben face with a face made by Ben

Not sure which kid made this one

Faith's smiley faces

I made this one because Faith said I needed to make one

Outtakes - Eating the supplies!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

What's for Lunch Wednesday, Week 102




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, May 8, 2012

Ben's Field Trip Lunch

Today was Ben's field trip to some sort of fossil bed place and his teacher asked for disposable lunches please. We are low on disposable containers, so I recused this tomato one from my fridge, washed it out and figured, it could work. It's taller than the standard sized berry containers, so I used a bit of waxed paper to separate it into two levels (with nothing overly messy).


Bottom level - apple slices and raspberries in paper muffin wrappers so they wouldn't touch each other.  Raspberries sometimes leak.


Top level - on top of the wax paper, there are two slices of pizza (one on top of the other) and two of the Star Wars cookies we made--Darth Vader and Yoda!  We dyed some of the dough green for Yoda, as well as making a few Yoda cookie pops!


All sealed up and ready to go!  Had to adjust Yoda and Darth to make them fit.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Star Wars Bento - May the Fourth Be With You!

It's Star Wars Day, yay!

 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.

Ben has a turkey and cheese sandwich, topped with an R2D2. He is cut with the Williams Sonoma cookie cutters for the shape, then I used food coloring markers to lightly scribble over the indentations so that I was left with a nice blue imprint, his name is also cut from some new letter cutters I got for me at Williams Sonoma.  To go with this, he had carrots, yogurt with sprinkles and strawberries.  We were going to make Star Wars cookies, but our sugar cookie batch was a disaster (did not roll or cut, so I just gave up, rolled them in balls and we had round cookies).  We may still make some this weekend with a better recipe.

 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!

 Click the button below to visit Kendra at Biting the Hand that Feeds You for another fun Star Wars lunch idea:
MayTheFourthBeWithYou

Thursday, May 3, 2012

An Owl Bento for My Sweet Girl!

Faith had her math competition today and needed to bring a lunch with her. I was going to attempt to come up with a math theme to her bento, but apparently I have no number cutters and it was too late to get creative with the letters and attempt to turn them into numbers. So I went with an owl. Owls are smart.

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).


Faith has a peppered turkey and cheese sandwich on whole wheat rounds, topped with a very smart owl. The owl is made from provolone, with cheddar accents, and some cucumber bits to make his eyes. "Hoot" is also made from cheddar.  To go with her sandwich, she has carrots, strawberries and vanilla yogurt with butterfly sprinkles.

Lunch is packed in our Easy Lunchboxes (also available on Amazon).

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

What's for Lunch Wednesday, Week 101


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, May 1, 2012

F&B's Bento Pick - Spaghetti Cupcakes

I had a few ideas for lunch today, but F&B made it quite easy on me, wondering if we had any more spaghetti cupcakes. We did, although these ones had meat sauce "icing" instead of a meatball, because I had leftover meat sauce when I made them. Same recipe though, I just spooned a good teaspoon or two of sauce on top of each before baking.  Oh, and this time, we had leftover whole grain pasta, hence the color of the noodles!


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!
 

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