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Thanks to a recommendation from a few blogging friends a few months ago, my kids watched the Disney movie Lilo and Stitch for the first time.  They are officially hooked.  In fact, even though the original movie was in 2003, the girls decided they had to be Lilo and Stitch for Halloween.

Scrump (Lilo’s doll) and Stitch

Miss A is loves her little alien Stitch.   I made her this little Stitch bento for school this week.  I received the Stitch bento from one of my generous blogger friends and found the cookie cutters, picks and small containers through eBay.  All the Stitch baran are available at All Things For Sale.  The links and photos are listed at the end of this post.

The mini Stitch sandwiches are made from Rudi’s Whole Grain bread with SunButter.  Underneath the sandwiches are apple slices.  To the left are red seedless grapes, mango slices, raspberries and a piece of kiwi.

A project I volunteer for is a Pack A Sack food program at my church.  The program feeds kids at a local elementary school each weekend that would otherwise go hungry.  Last year I helped bring fresh fruits and vegetables to be added to their packed meals.  For Halloween I did a decorated clementine for each child in their meal before Halloween.  They were a huge hit with the kids.

These are a small sample of the clementines I did this week.  My husband even helped draw them and enjoyed the project with me.    Each one is different.  I used a non-toxic Sharpie marker.  The oils from the fruit dry them out quickly, but it’s worth the fun.  It’s even a great, healthy idea for your trick or treaters.  Hope everyone has a relaxing weekend ahead!

Stitch items available at All Things For Sale:

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I am fortunate enough to have been on the list of people who were chosen to try out the new CuteZCute cutter for fun sandwich and bento faces.  I have to say I’m super impressed at the easy of use and cleaning and the adorable, fun lunches in about 5 minutes flat.  I can’t wait to let my 4 year old make her own lunches with it.  For the affordable price it also will make for super cute gifts for the holidays too!  All these tools come in 1 box.

The cutter is available at my favorite bento supply store Bento USA by All Things For Sale as well as on Amazon.

The panda face is on Rudi’s whole grain bread with a Stretch Island fruit leather face.  The sandwich is on a bed of brown and wild rice with grape tomatoes and sugar snap peas.  At the top left are grapes in a flower shape with a piece of panda baran (food separator) for decoration. at top right is a clementine orange I colored a panda face with a marker & peeled the ears up for fun.  The lunch is packed in her Easy Lunchboxes container.

Miss G’s snack today was strawberry hearts, panda face shaped cantaloupe pieces and apricot mango soy yogurt in the round container in her Happy Tiffin bento.

Even Miss A gets a small version with the pig cutter.  On the left side of her LunchBots Duo are pieces of cantaloupe, pluots, and below in the white pig silicone cup are watermelon pieces.  Above the sandwich on the right is a small pig container with dried cranberries in it and sugar snap peas.  The sandwich is simply whole grain bread with almond butter on the bottom and strawberry jam on the top so that it squishes through for color.

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I’ve shared my love of farmer’s markets before.  I made another trip this weekend and found some dragonfruit and some pear cactus at the Sarasota Farmer’s Market.  The pear cactus turned out to be beautiful and in my opinion a pain to eat with all those tiny seeds.  The kids did try and like the dragonfruit though.

sliced dragonfruit

At the top right it’s mixed with pineapple chunks.  It’s a bit like a pear but definitely has its own distinct taste.  At the bottom right are sliced strawberries and blueberries and at bottom left are pears and grapes and almond butter heart pockets made of Rudi’s Whole Grain bread.  The lunch is packed in LunchBots new Quad stainless container.

Miss G has a hear pocket sandwich and 2 small containers of dried fruit and nuts packed in her sistema container.

And she has a LunchBots Uno with black seedless grapes, halved mini carrots, honey mustard in the sauce container, whole wheat israeli cous cous and Whole Soy & Co. brand apricot & mango flavored soy yogurt in the Duck container.

For her snack she has cubed dragonfruit and d’anjou pears in her new rabbit container.

And my husband has leftover dinner of cous cous pilaf with spinach, chickpeas, tomatoes, red onions, olives, and marinaded tofu on top packed in his Easy LunchBox container.  At the top are blueberries and strawberries.

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Back on the school train this week for a 4 day week.  Today I used the Lunch Punch train cutter for Miss G’s sandwich.  The wheels are fruit leather, and the cat is the train driver.  She has watermelon pieces, strawberry hearts and small honeydew melon trains below packed in her LunchBots Uno.

Miss A had her first day back to mom’s morning out.  She has a fruit heavy lunch with plums, pineapple, watermelon and raspberries and blueberries clockwise with an apple shaped sandwich for lunch packed in her sistema bento.

I also spent some quality time at the community pool over the weekend with the family.  We had a chance to try out our new picnic sized bento box from BentoUSA.  It was great for family sized snacks without the runny mess!  Hope everyone had some quality downtime to recharge over the weekend.

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It’s that time again to pop on through the awesomeness that my gal pal bento bloggers created for the 2012 Summer Olympic games in London.  Anything goes with this group so it surely won’t disappoint!

I wanted to do something a little different so I decided to check out the photos of Olympic shots in London.  I found that they had hung the Olympic rings underneath the top tier of the London Bridge.  That’s what I decided on.  Not very Olympic, but something I would love to see as a tourist.  Of course this is a terribly simplified version, but hopefully you get the point. The sides are made from Rudi’s Whole Grain bread, and the bridge crossings are the crust and heel of the bread.  The small white decorations are Vegan brand cheese.  The Olympic rings under the bridge and the LONDON are made from Stretch Island Fruit Leather.  At the top left are watermelon Olypmpic rings and at the top right are crinkle cut cantaloupe pieces and an Olympic wreath made from rosemary from the garden instead of olive branches.

I also made a sad attempt at making the foot of Hermes.  He was an ancient Greek god of the athletes and an Olympian.  His symbol of the winged foot is known now to represent track, running, athleticism among many other things.  He was also the personal assistant and herald to Zeus, king of the gods.

This didn’t really turn out like I wanted, but sometimes that’s the way it goes and I ran out of time for a remake.  I hand cut the foot, wing, and fruit leather sandal.  Small pieces of Vegan brand cheese are the detail on the wing.  The columns on the sides are baby zucchini cut in half. I used black olive slices for the Olympic rings.  At the top left are organic red seedless grapes and cantaloupe discus at the top right both with winged picks for decoration.  Both lunches are packed in my Easy Lunch Boxes.

Hop through by clicking on the button below to see Melissa from Tinkerbean.

I lost my mojo making lunches last night.  The girls requested animals, but I ran out of steam.  As much as I try not to do much processed food, sometimes it’s a wonderful time saver in a pinch.   I cooked some Soy Boy brand soy ravioli for the girls and cut the pieces in half.  Miss A had carrots & snap peas with heart shaped strawberries, sliced seedless red grapes and the small container is marinara sauce for dipping.Miss G had a similar version with heart shaped strawberries, pineapple wedges and red seedless grapes packed in her LunchBots stainless bento container.

And my husband’s lunch was baby spinach greens with locally grown red carrots and sugar snap peas, chickpeas (garbanzo beans) and ginger dressing not shown packed in his Easy Lunch Boxes container.  At the top are organic raspberries and strawberries.

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We’re back from a fun, long weekend away.  I hope everyone had a relaxing weekend and a safe 4th!  I can’t say I planned well for lunches today since I was feeling especially sleepy this morning.  The girls are off to a week of summer camp at their regular school, and the adults are back to the grind.

I got a new bear face sandwich cutter.  To be honest it was not what I expected.  Maybe that is because I haven’t learned how to use it properly yet (instructions in Japanese), and maybe I should have planned ahead.  In any case, Miss G gets to be the guinea pig on this one.  Whole grain bread, although it is the best FOR you does NOT make the best shapes and mold well in presses.  What I got was a bear with a bit of a skull fracture.  Oops!  It’s definitely not the prettiest lunch I’ve ever made, but I believe it’s important to show you that nothing’s ever perfect.  My daughter will still think it’s fun and like it even if his face is falling apart.  To salvage his face I stuck raisins in his eyes, almonds in his ears, a prune (which she really does love and eat) and dried goji berries in for the mouth.  The goji berries are a newer food to my girls.  I don’t expect them to eat it all, but they must TRY them.  The bread is Rudi’s brand Nut & Oat bread filled with almond butter & strawberry jam.  Above the bear at the top left are mini carrots & dip in the bear container.  At the top right are bear shaped watermelon pieces packed in her Easy Lunch Boxes container.

Miss A gets a simplified version with little bear sandwiches today.  She doesn’t do well with the bigger sandwiches so I made her 3 little bears.  Hers are also almond butter and jam on whole grain bread.  With the sandwiches are organic raspberries, a bear pick and bear baran (food separators) just for fun decoration.  On the left side of the bento box are mini carrots, bear shaped watermelon pieces and pineapple chunks with more fun bear picks.

My husband gets a baby spinach salad made into a funky food face.  Broccoli sprouts make up the hair, cherry tomatoes for the eyes, a sugar snap pea for the nose, a carrot for the mouth cut with a crinkle cutter and walnut ears.  I buried more walnuts and peas under the face for him to find while he’s eating.  At the top left are pineapple pieces and at the top right is leftover whole grain elbow macaroni with marinara sauce & veggy crumbles packed in his Easy Lunch Boxes container.

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