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I admit there are days when I really miss the smell of dried leaves and the beautiful fall colors.  For my 4 year old daughter’s lunch, I tried to make a little autumn in her Easy LunchBoxes container.

I love finding new ways to reuse existing tools.  My readers have probably noticed my slight obsession with the small cookie cutter presses.  I loved the patterns they leave in the sandwiches.  This leaf cutter was part of a set for cutting fancy pie crusts.  I use them year-round for cutting fruit, vegetables and mini sandwiches.  The leaves are made from Rudi’s organic whole grain bread and filled with Trader Joe’s pumpkin butter.  The tree trunk is two pretzel rods.  Green grapes are the grass on a pick.  The top left is filled with organic rapsberries with an oak leaf & acorn pick.  In the top right there are 2 Crimson Gold tiny apples and a peeled clementine with a scarecrow pick.

Miss G’s snack is a Happy Tiffin brand stainless bento filled with cashews and dried edamame in the bottom container.  At the top are dried apricots, grape tomatoes and a peeled clementine.

For my 2 year old daughter, I packed a LunchBots Quad.  From the top left, she has long grain brown rice mixed with vegetables and black beluga lentils.  Green grapes and raspberries are in yellow silicone ovals at the top right.  In the bottom right compartment are Rudi’s organic whole grain bread cut into mini ice cream cones with a small cookie cutter plunger and filled with Trader Joe’s pumpkin butter and in the bottom left compartment is a peeled clementine and a small silicone container of marcona almonds.  Both girls have ice water with their lunches.

Things I used to make this lunch:

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Hot!  That’s what fall is like in Florida.  While everyone else gets cool evenings and crunchy fall leaves with gorgeous color, we’re still sweating and pretending it’s summer.  I remember the good old days when October meant snow in Minnesota where I grew up.  My kids don’t know any better so I made some Florida fall bento lunches.

Packed in her sistema brand lunchbox, my 4 year old has kiwi slices with a clementine peel squirrel on top, mini acorn sandwiches, black seedless grapes and orange cantaloupe leaves.

For her snacks today, Miss G has grape tomatoes with mini carrots and in a smaller container she has trail mix with cashews, walnuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds, and dried fruit.

I like to change things up between kids so my 2 year old is having the same trail mix with a squirrel cutout for decoration.  She also has acorn and pumpkin sandwiches, honeydew leaves and cantaloupe acorns packed in her LunchBots Quad stainless container.

And for the other snack I packed a fall themed squirrel bento with strawberries, plums (underneath) and a peeled clementine orange in the middle.

Today was my attempt at a pilgrim.  I ended up using a gingerbread man cookie cutter rather than hand cutting as I had hoped. The letters and buckle on the hat and the mouth are apple fruit leather.  For the pilgrim’s eyes, I used small candy pieces.   The acorns are dried apricots.  I found a bag of organic orchard apples at my local grocery store which are the perfect toddler size.  The “give thanks” is on sliced green apples.  The red BabyBel cheese with maple leaf removed is below the small apple, and on the bottom right are raspberries.

Little Miss A had a simple lunch today since she is discarding most of the bread I send.  She gets turkey rolled up, mozzarella string cheese sliced, and on the right are watermelon chunks underneath dried apricot leaves.  Both girls get ice water and flavored kefir with their lunches.

We’re off school next week and headed out of town so I have to get my Thanksgiving lunches done in the next couple of days.  This one was a lot easier than I thought it would be.  Just a soy butter and jelly on whole wheat with a carrot beak, fruit leather waddle and candy eyes.  His feathers are apple and carrot slices. Raspberries are to the left and heirloom grape tomatoes are in the squirrel cup.  Also included are an applesauce, Lifeway berry kefir & ice water.

Little sis gets some fall festive sandwiches in turkey, pumpkin & acorn shapes with just turkey inside.  Colby Jack cheese leaves are above with raspberries.  Also included in her lunch are Craisins, and applesauce, Lifeway berry kefir and ice water too.  Both girls’ lunches are packed in LunchBots stainless containers.

Happy fall Tuesday!

Miss G is finally back to school this week after a long spell of being at home sick.  She wanted a leaf today so she got a maple leaf turkey & cheese sandwich with mini carrots below and a small piece of Halloween candy wedged in.  On the right are watermelon maple & oak leaves and a pick of pineapple and grapes.  She had an ice water & Lifeway berry kefir pouch to drink.

My littlest pumpkin had a small lunch today.  She hasn’t been eating much lunch in the past week.  She also got 2 flowers (turkey & cheese) with green snap peas, a cup of pineapple chunks and watermelon and leftover Annie’s macaroni (her favorite food).  She also had an ice water and a Lifeway flavored kefir with her lunch.


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