Monday, November 25, 2013

Silly scarecrow.....

Hi everyone......sorry I've been MIA for a few days. My oldest son has been sick, so I've been taking care of him the last couple of days. Here is fall themed lunch #4 from last Thursday.....Silly Scarecrow. I used a clown shaped cookie cutter to make him. I thought it lent itself very well to a scarecrow. I cut the tip of the hat off to make it flat...much more scarecrowish than clownish, huh? I think he turned out pretty cute.

This lunch is packed in Easy Lunch Boxes.
*scarecrow peanut butter and all-fruit spread sandwich with candy corn nose and mini chocolate chip eyes. I used raw linguini for his hair, and I cut a paper muffin liner for the collar.
*Ritz Bitz cheese crackers
*Natural Selects hotdog in the little suitcase box
*sweet corn with cornucopia pick and red cherry tomatoes
*strawberries with fall sunflower pick
*linked to: Eats Amazing/ Fun Food Friday
*linked to: What's for lunch Wednesday

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Some of the things I used to make this lunch:
Suitcase style silicone food cup

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The footless turkey lunch...

Today is day 3 of my week of fall themed lunches. I've seen many of my blogging friends create these amazingly cute turkey sandwich lunches, so I was inspired to do one myself. I have to admit, my turkey didn't turn out quite as I had envisioned him. And, I didn't notice that he was footless until it was time to pack him up in the lunch bag and send him off to school. A footless turkey......there's just something not right about that. Sorry Mr. turkey! Oh well...the little guy will like him no feet and all, so I guess that is what matters.

This lunch is packed in Easy Lunch Boxes.
*Applegate bologna "turkey" sandwich with candy eyes, cheese beak, and fruit leather wattle (I had to Google what the turkey hangie down thingie was called. It's called a wattle. Who knew??).  His feathers are bologna pieces that I colored with food safe markers.
*pretzel rod "logs" for turkey to stand on (Well, he would stand if he had feet.)
*sweet corn with acorn shaped carrots
*strawberries and blueberries with cute turkey pick
*linked to: Bento of the Week

Some things (or similar things) I used to make this lunch:
Wilton square silicone baking cups
Turkey food pick
Easy Lunch Boxes

Check out these great "turkey sandwiches that are so much better than mine" lunches from my blogging friends:
Bentology/ Turkey bento
Lunchbox Dad/ Happy Turkey Day
Green lunches Green kids/ First Thanksgiving lunch of the season
Bento School Lunhes/ Turkey bento

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Fall Fairy sandwich

Here is lunch #2 for my week of fall themed lunches. I used my Pampered Chef Cut-n-Seal to make this sealed "fairy sandwich". I have made sandwiches like this before, but I didn't realize there was a name for them until I saw this super cute squirrel fairy sandwich over at Feeling A Little Lunchy (see it HERE). Isn't it cute? I could have gone a little heavier with the leaf sprinkles on my sandwich, but it still turned out cute.

To make a "Fairy sandwich",  cut out any shape of your choosing from the top slice of bread. A cookie cutter works great for this. Then, fill the cavity with sprinkles. I used Wilton autumn leaves sprinkles. I used the Pampered Chef Cut-n-Seal to make a sealed pocket Fairy sandwich. The leaf cookie cutter that I used in my sandwich came from Hobby Lobby last fall.

This lunch is packed in Easy Lunch Boxes.
*peanut butter and all-fruit spread "fairy sandwich"
*cheddar cheese pretzels with leaf pick on top
*red seedless grapes with fall flower pick
*baby sweet pickle
*carrot rounds and green olives with acorn pick

Some things I used to make this lunch:
Baking Buddies silicone baking cups
Pampered Chef Cut-n-Seal

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Finally Fall in Memphis...

Well, it finally feels like fall here in the M-town, so all this week, I'm going to do fall themed lunches. Today's lunch is served up in the Yumbox. You may have noticed the turkey off to the side. No, ok, take a look at him. If you scroll down a bit, there is a larger photo of him. Go ahead........I'll wait for you. Did you look at him? Isn't he crazy cute?? He's made entirely from candy and Oreo cookies. My stepmother, who is a baking phenom, made him. She creates some of the cutest and yummiest treats, cookies, cakes, and candies.  This little guy is perfect for the fall, so, of course, I had to include him in a fall themed lunch. I plan to include more of my stepmother's baking goodies in future lunches.

This lunch is packed in the Yumbox.
*Natural Selects ham sandwiches with Colby-Jack cheese leaves on top
*tomato salad (one of Z's faves- cherry tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, Craisins, croutons, balsamic dressing)
*strawberries and grapes with fall flower pick
*Ritz Bitz cheese crackers
*all-natural applesauce with leaf sprinkles
*2 candy corn pieces in the treat/dip cup
*linked to: What's for lunch Wednesday

Here is a close up of the candy
turkey. Isn't he super cute?
This would be too much of a
sweet treat to put in Z's lunch
at one time, so I let him eat
the turkey little by little.
Makes eating him kind of
fun because Z gets to choose
which part gets gobbled up
next....sorry, a little turkey
humor for you.

Some of the things I used to make this lunch:

Friday, November 15, 2013

Mimi's spaghetti is the Bomb.....

Last night, we went to my mom and dad's for dinner....Mimi and Pa to my boys. There are 2 things you should know about Mimi: 1) she makes the most delicious spaghetti EVER, and 2) Mimi only knows how to cook for 50 people. I definitely benefit from both of these things as my kids devour her spaghetti as if they haven't eaten in a week, and I get to bring home copious amounts of spaghetti leftovers. YAY for leftovers!!!! YAY for Mimi!!!!

So, of course, lunch today for both boys is spaghetti. A few posts ago,  I sent mac and cheese in a thermos for Z's lunch for the first time. He liked the thermos idea very much. A thermos is a great idea for sending hot foods for lunch. Paired with 3 of his other favorite foods- corn, strawberries, and yogurt- I expect this lunch box to come home completely empty.

I added a few homemade puppy picks for a bit of cuteness.

In this lunch:
*Mimi's amazing spaghetti served in a Thermos.
*sweet corn and red cherry tomatoes
*Yoplait Trix yogurt (We love the Trix  yogurt. It has no artificial colors or sweeteners and tastes great.)
*green olives and Applegate bologna rolls
*linked to: Becoming a Bentoholic/ Leftovers on Friday

Some of the things I used to make this lunch:
10oz Thermos
Baking Buddies silicone baking cups

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Animal friends and Yumbox

Happy Wednesday friends! The little guy wanted to use his Yumbox today which was fine with me. Yumbox makes it so easy to pack a great lunch. I cut the bologna in the shape of a bunny and added a few cute animal picks....easy peasy lemon squeezey (as Z would say). I just love that little raccoon peeking out of the sunflower seeds. Food picks are one of the best ways to cutify (hmm, is that a word?) a lunch. This cute animal pack is definitely a fave of mine!

This lunch is packed in theYumbox.

*bunny shaped Applegate bologna decorated with blue food marker
*Ritz crackers
*peaches and blueberries
*Yoplait vanilla yogurt
*carrot rounds and green olives in a bunny shaped cup
*candied sunflower seed in the little treat/dip cup
*linked to: Eats Amazing/ FunFood Friday

Eats Amazing Fun Food Friday

Some of the things I used to make this lunch:
Wilton pastel silicone baking cups
Cute animal food picks

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Angry Birds...

Here's one more lunch from the summertime......Angry Birds. We love Angry Birds!!!! Z loves to play the game, and I have to admit, so do I! This lunch went over very well with Z. I found the cute AB tin when I was shopping at my favorite thrift store (thrift store shopping is a favorite pastime of mine). It went along quite well with the lunch. 

In this lunch:
*Applegate bologna and cheddar cheese Angry Bird pig sandwich made using the CuteZCute  pig cutter, decorated with candy eyes and black food marker
*pretzel rods 'house'
*blackberries and grapes
*green olives
*carrot rounds and red cherry tomatoes
*Angry Birds fruit gummies

Some things I used to make this lunch: 

A very Heart-y lunch...

February is usually the month with lunches full of hearts, hearts, and more hearts. But, I love hearts all year round. So, today's lunch is a very hearty lunch. Get it....heart-y lunch?? I like how this lunch turned out especially the frozen strawberry applesauce heart. Hearts just make you happy no matter the time of the year, don't they?

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This lunch is packed in Easy Lunch Boxes.
*double heart peanut butter and all-fruit spread sandwiches with heart pick in the center
*honey wheat pretzel sticks
*heart shaped carrots and black olives
*heart shaped Red Delicious apple
*all natural applesauce with frozen strawberry applesauce heart in the middle (the frozen heart will have thawed by lunchtime.)
*one pink conversation candy heart (yes, this is from a box that I bought when all the Valentine's Day candy was marked down 80%. I found this unopened box 'hiding' in my pantry. The expiration date  was still good, so Z and I did a taste test on them, and they got a thumbs up! Gotta love marked down holiday candy!!)
*linked to : Lunchbox Dad/ Throwback Thursday

Some of the things I used to make this lunch:

Monday, November 11, 2013

Playing catch up....

I still have many lunches that I made back during the summer that I have not posted. So, today I'm going to post a few of them. I going to keep it simple and just post the pictures with a brief description underneath each photo. Have a question? Leave it in the comments and I'll be happy to respond back.

Pizza rolls, pretzel snaps, strawberries and grapes, carrot rounds, yogurt, tomato salad

Flower shaped sandwiches, pretzel snaps, yogurt with candy flower,
     carrot rounds, green olives, Italian green beans, strawberries

Applegate bologna and hotdog, carrot rounds and red cherry tomatoes,
cheese Nips, grapes and strawberries, black olives, applesauce in the
white cup

Friday, November 8, 2013

Good Bites sandwich box....

Don't you just love it when you find great things for making lunches when you least expect it? I found this super cute Good Bites sandwich box at ToysRUs the other day, and of course, I just had to get it. I love how it has the 2 separate compartments, and it's a really nice size. There is also a place on the lid for a 'Post It' note message or some other cute sticker. Z had no trouble putting the lid on, either. I paid about $6 for it, so it's pretty inexpensive which is a plus. So, I give the Good Bites sandwich box a thumbs up!

This lunch is packed in the Good Bites sandwich box.

*Applegate hotdog with star cutouts
*Ritz Bitz cheese crackers
*red and green seedless grapes
*all natural applesauce
*cherry tomatoes and black olives
*baby carrots in suitcase food cup
*linked to What's for lunch Wednesday
                                                                       Lunchbox Dad/ Throwback Thursday

Some of the things, or similar things, that I used in this lunch:

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Happy little dinosaur....

All this week, my little guy's class is studying about dinosaurs. We love dinosaurs in our house. So, of course, one of his lunches had to be a dinosaur theme. I froze some of the yogurt in a dinosaur shaped Jello mold to make the frozen yogurt dino. I wish I had frozen a different colored yogurt to make it stand out more, but it's still cute. This is a great idea for keeping the yogurt cold. By lunch time, it will have thawed enough to eat. Plus, this adds a ton of cuteness to a lunch. I've seen several other food bloggers freeze yogurt like this in a variety of cute shapes....stars, animals, flowers. Any cute shape Jello mold or ice cube mold will work great. I'm on the lookout now for cute shaped molds!

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This lunch is packed in Easy Lunch Boxes.
*dinosaur shaped Applegate bologna and Colby Jack cheese sandwich with white cheddar cheese Nips for spikes (I added an additional dino shaped piece of bologna on top.)
*pretzel rod 'logs' for dino to stand on
*carrot rounds sun
*red seedless grapes in the green dino egg
*Yoplait vanilla yogurt with frozen yogurt stegosaurus on top
*sugar stars under the sun
*linked to:   Eats Amazing
                    Lunchbox Dad/ Throwback Thursday
           What's for lunch Wednesday

Bento Lunch

Some of the things I used to make this lunch:

Monday, November 4, 2013

Puzzle pieces lunch

Today's lunch is pretty simple and easy. I used the Lunch Punch Sandwich Cutters in the puzzle shapes set. Lunch Punch has several different shaped cutter sets that can be used to create cute sandwiches very quickly. I used it to cut the apple and strawberry. It think would be great to use with cheese, fruit leather, and veggies, too. 

This lunch is packed in Easy Lunch Boxes.
*puzzle shaped peanut butter and all-fruit spread sandwich
*Ritz Bitz cheese crackers
*carrot rounds
*baby dill pickle and green olives
*Yoplait vanilla yogurt with strawberry puzzle piece
*puzzle shaped Gala apple
*linked to:
Following In My Shoes

Some things I used to make this lunch:

Friday, November 1, 2013

Smiley face potato kids....

My little guy is home sick today (insert frowny face here). I picked him up from school yesterday after his teacher called and said he was complaining of a sore throat. By the time I got him home, his fever was 101*. Boo!! I hate it when my kids don't feel well. So, I let him choose his lunch today, and he asked for smiley face potato kids (insert smiley face here). We love these McCain smiley face potato patties. They are all natural and are so stinkin' cute. I hope this lunch cheers Z up.

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In this lunch:
*McCain smiley face potato patties
*Oscar Meyer Natural Selects hotdog (I usually buy the Applegate brand preservative free hotdogs and lunch meat, but I found the OM Selects at Walmart and, since they are less expensive than Applegate, thought I'd give them a try.)
*strawberries and Honeycrisp apple wedge for the skirt
*sweet corn
*black olives
*linked to: Eats Amazing/Fun Food Friday
                  Lunchbox Dad/ Throwback Thursday

Some of the things, or similar things, that I used to make this lunch: