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My LunchPunches saved the day with a cute fish lunch for little A.   They are doing an “Under The Sea” week which this week can also be known for me this week as Mom’s under water, behind in her duties and “floundering”. Her sandwich is on Rudi’s Whole Grain bread with Justin’s almond butter & raspberry jam.   I also used my Cube It FunBites cutter to cut the watermelon and honeydew in cubes and leftover corn off the cob from the previous night’s dinner is in the star container packed in her LunchBots Uno stainless bento.

Miss G is still busy working on her 50 states so I made her a USA map sandwich with a tiny soy cheese Florida stuck to it.  She also has the leftover corn off the cob with fruit leather FLORIDA letters on top.  At the top left are homegrown yellow & a red grape tomato with a strawberry pick and at the top right are watermelon chunks with an orange pick packed in her Easy Lunch Box.

And my husband gets a salad to go with his lunch made of baby greens, salad cucumbers and heirloom tomatoes from the local market.  At the top left are cantaloupe pieces and at top right are organic mini carrots and leftover corn.

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What better way to say you love your mother than to win a fun kitchen tool?  Or one that will help kids to make their own meals!  I was introduced to FunBites a few months back when they were kind enough to include me in doing a review for the Luv It cutter.

FunBites wants to celebrate Mother’s Day with my readers by giving away one of their cutters.  The winner may choose which cutter they want.  Please read the end of this post to find out how to win one of these!

I must admit that the first time I got the FunBites Luv It cutter, I played with it for a few minutes.  Then my creative brain took over.  My kids didn’t need any time to decide to play.  They still think it’s a fun toy.  Luckily, it is also seriously durable and washes clean quickly.  I am not afraid to let them have the FunBites cutters to experiment.  Yes, it’s been chucked across the table, accidentally dropped and well used by my 2 and 4 year old, and both cutters still look like new.  NOT that I recommend trying it, but with toddlers anything can happen.  The best part is that once you show them, even the littlest kids can use it to help make their own snacks.  Mine LOVE creating shapes and playing with the pieces of bread, fruit, pitas or anything cut out of these fun food cutters.

One of the most important parts of the piece for me when spending money on my family is the kind of business I support.  If you don’t think about who you’re buying from, you should.  FunBites is a family-owned business started by a mom just like you and me.  Their products are made of safe, BPA-free, non-leaching plastics, and are made in the USA supporting families here.  Please check out their brief story here: FunBites-Our Story.

Here is one of the FunBites lunches I recently did:

FunBites Kite Lunch

For Mother’s Day, I thought it would be great to think of all the things we do.   Without mom’s a house is just a house, but with love and care it becomes the place your heart and home are.  The cantaloupe at the top left was cut with the Cube It FunBites cutter.  At the top right is guacamole in the yellow flower cup.  In the green clover cup are small, square tortilla chips I made with the Cube It FunBites cutter (see how below!)  The sandwich is Justin’s almond butter & strawberry jam on Ezekiel bread all cut with the FunBites Luv It cutter shapes.  The sun’s rays are soy cheese cut with the same cutter, and the hearts are fruit leather cut from the FunBites Luv It cutter too.

So for the homemade tortilla chips, I cut a whole grain tortilla (also pita bread or flatbread is easy for these too) with the Cube It FunBites cutter.  I placed them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.  Then I lightly misted grapeseed oil (or any oil, just go easy with it) over the pieces and lightly sprinkled garlic powder over them.  I placed them in the oven on my low broiler setting and placed in the middle of the oven.  As long as you’re watching them, you can do this at 300-350 too.  They take about 5-7 minutes depending on your oven.  Again, just make sure to watch them.  Because they’re small pieces, they brown quickly.  My kids like the garlic chips with guacamole and hummus.  You can do the same thing and use cinnamon instead of the garlic powder.

Here’s how they turned out:

And then I arranged them into a fun flowery snack with some hummus:

Don’t forget to do something special for yourself this weekend if you’re a mom!

Here’s how to win your choice of a Luv It or Cube It cutter from FunBites.  You must submit separate entries for each one of these items to receive separate chances to win.

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GOOD LUCK!

This contest will go through midnight on Thursday, May 10th, 2012 at 10pm.  I will choose a winner by random.org and contact you.  You will have 48 hours to respond, or I will choose a new winner.
Wishing everyone a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend!

Happy Hump Day!  In addition to the letter X this week, the girls are also learning about flowers in school this week.

Miss G has 2 flower sandwiches on Ezekiel Low Sodium bread.  Above the flowers in the flower cup she has raspberries surrounding a cantaloupe flower.  At the top right are blueberries underneath a pear flower with a blueberry in the middle.  At the bottom right are sugar snap peas with a cup of brown and wild rice in a flower cup on top of them and a flower cup of cashews.

Miss A has 2 matryoshka dolls, also known as Russian nesting dolls, for lunch.  They are also on Ezekiel bread with fruit leather hair and faces. Underneath the dolls are sugar snap peas.  At the bottom left she has watermelon and cantaloupe flowers.  At the top left she has a cup of pineapples underneath blueberry stuffed raspberries.  I saw some of my other blogger friends doing this, and I thought it was so cute and clever!

My husband has a spinach salad today topped with a cucumber X and heirloom tomato slices.  At the top right is white bean bruschetta with tomatoes, fresh basil, garlic and red wine vinegar.  At the bottom right is a cup of mini carrots and a piece of purple cauliflower in the middle and blueberries around the cauliflower.  All 3 lunches today are packed in Easy Lunch Boxes.

I was looking at the calendar today, and I’m a bit sad that my kids only have 3 more weeks of school left after this week!  They are really going to miss their teachers and friends this summer.  Where did the time go?

I haven’t really been looking forward to X week at school.  I took the lazy way out and broke out the Halloween cutters for this one.  I decided on a skull since it was the closest thing to a skeleton without me having to cut out bones at 10pm!  At 2 and 4, the only things my girls know that begins with X are an X-ray and a xylophone.

So a cheater’s x-ray it is for both.  Miss G’s skull x-ray is on Ezekiel bread with Justin’s Almond butter and jam.  She has the tomatoes on either side which she has helped plant, water and grow.  She could eat bowls of the small tomatoes so she’s enjoying her crops. Separated by an octopous baran are cauliflower and a carrot X in between.  At the top right are blueberries with a watermelon X and below are sliced mangoes with a fruit leather X on top packed in her Easy Lunch Box.

Miss A has a smaller version with the same skull x-ray sandwich.  Hers is surrounded by mini carrots.  At the top left are mango pieces with a fruit leather X on top and to the right are 2 picks of blueberries made into an X surrounded by watermelon triangles.

Back to school again today.  I feel like Sunday nights always sneak up and slap me in the face around 9pm when I realize all that I have to do for the following morning.  I wasn’t taking requests today so Miss G gets some square packages that I turned into a lunch “present”.  Her sandwiches are Justin’s Almond butter and strawberry whole fruit spread on Ezekiel Low Sodium bread.  I made my ribbon out of soy cheese and put a bow pick in the top to keep the two squares together.  At the top left is a pile of fresh blueberies from King Family Farm and Market that we visit weekly with a bunny pick and bunny baran (food separator) in the back for decoration.  At the top right are grape tomatoes and a blue monkey pick, and at the bottom right are watermelon squares packed in her Hello Kitty Sanrio bento box.

Miss A has the same sandwich on Ezekiel bread with Justin’s almond butter & fruit spread.  She has a pair of soy cheese shades and a fruit leather smile on her “cool” face today. To the left of the face is a small square of dried cherries and apricots.  At the top left are sliced pears with a pink bunny baran, the top right are watermelon squares and the bottom right is a small container of cashews packed in her pink Hello Kitty Sanrio bento box.  Both girls have ice water in their CamelBak kids bottles.

My husband is having black beans and rice with veggies not pictured here.  To go along with his main lunch, I packed him a salad of mixed baby greens.  On top are sliced baby cucumbers, red grape tomatoes and a mini sweet red pepper cut in half, seeded & shaped into hearts.  At the top right are heart shaped strawberries and at the bottom right are carrot & celery sticks packed in his Easy Lunch Box.

I’m not sure if my girls have seen Fantasia, but that would be the closest exposure they’ve had to a wizard. Today Miss G gets a wizard sandwich with vegan cheese stars and a crescent moon on his hat. He has candy eyes, a dried cherry piece for a nose and Daiya vegan shredded cheese for his beard. His wand is a pretzel stick with a strawberry star at the top. At the top right are watermelon stars and the bottom right are crescent sliced peaches packed in an Easy Lunchbox.

Little Miss A has some bad weather for lunch. Because it’s W week they are talking about different types of weather. I made her a cumulonimbus cloud with lightning bolts coming out of the bottom. She also has some Veggy vegan cheese smaller clouds above the sandwich, and at the bottom right of the sandwich are Snyder’s pretzel snaps. At the top right are frozen guacamole pinwheels and at the bottom right are strawberry slices with a Veggy cheese umbrella on top.

Thu hubby also gets another salad to go with his lunch. He has an all spinach salad today with cucumber slices, mini carrots and edamame sprinkled in. (Not shown is a container of ginger dressing). Last night I also made oven roasted chickpeas. They turned out pretty well although some are a bit too soft for my taste. They are like a healthier version of corn nuts if done properly. I rinsed & dried the beans, drizzled a bit of olive oil, placed them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper & baked at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes. Then I used sea salt & garlic powder to season once they were done (shown at top right). On the bottom right are mini grape & plum tomatoes from our plants out back. All 3 lunches today are packed in Easy Lunch Boxes.

I’ll bet you can’t guess what letter they’re teaching at school this week!  It’s W week so I attempted my version of a windmill for Miss G.  I hand cut the base out of whole grain bread flattened with a rolling pin.  Then I decided to do Snyder’s pretzel squares stuck on crackers with Justin’s almond butter to make the blades. . At the top right are yellow tomatoes we grew in our backyard for the hair and a larger cherry tomato for the face.  I used vegan cheese to cut a winking face to go with the W theme.  At the bottom right are blueberries and a strawberry W.   Her lunch is packed in her Easy Lunch Box.

Miss A is having a W and a worm for lunch today.  From the top left are watermelon stars, cashews, a sliced strawberry a pick of blueberries and dried cherries with an apricot heart on top.  Her lunch is packed in a LunchBots stainless container.

My husband also gets a salad today to go with his lunch.  His salad is baby spinach leaves and butter lettuce with watermelon radish shaped into small pie pieces and a heart in the middle.  He also has a green onion on it, yellow carrots from the local market.  At the top right he has a bunch of mini carrots, and at the bottom right .  His lunch is also packed in an Easy Lunch Box.

Happy Monday to everyone!


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