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I got caught with my hand in the Play Doh cabinet again.  I found these cute little bread cutters, washed them off and made these mini sandwiches today.  I cut Stretch Island grape fruit leather faces for both of them.  Just above the sandwiches are picks of green and black olives.  At the top left are raspberries and top right are blueberries.

Little Miss 2 year old is my finicky eater.  She had three little birds today for her lunch.  My kids love that Bob Marley song.  A pick of black olives is just above the sandwiches.  Raspberries, blueberries and a cantaloupe bird are at the top.  Both lunches are packed in Easy Lunch Boxes.

And I’m working on a local food story so my husband’s lunch today included foods I purchased at the local farmer’s market.  The base of the salad is baby spinach leaves.  I placed okinawan spinach leaves (purple and green) on top for color and for him to try, organic radishes which I bentoed out with these cute faces, and topped the salad with fresh sunflower sprouts.  I had never seen the okinawan spinach before so we had to try it.  Here’s a link to find out more about okinawa spinach.  Besides adding awesome color, it apparently has cholesterol lowering properties in it.  All of the ingredients came from My Mother’s Garden at the Sarasota, FL Downtown Farmer’s Market on Saturdays.  In the top compartments are organic blueberries and organic red quinoa at the top right (cooked in vegetable broth) packed in an Easy Lunchbox container.

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Anyone who knows me well knows I’ve been obsessed with everything French since high school.  I’ve never been to Paris or anywhere in France so at this point it’s a romantic dream and a bucket list item of mine to visit Paris and spend time roaming the countryside in Provence.  We read a lot of Madeline books too so my girls are familiar with the Eiffel Tower and many things French.

I decided to make my Parisian obsession into lunches for the girls. I used an Eiffel Tower cookie cutter for the sandwich and pastry cutters for the LOVE hearts for the “City of Love”.   I also made croissants (crescent rolls) that I stuffed with a few vegan chocolate chips for a special treat today which I rarely do.  The PARIS letters are cut with mini alphabet cutters in Stretch Island grape fruit leather.  At the top left are sugar snap peas cut in half and cashews with a French poodle pick.  At the top right are kiwi pieces and cloud shaped cantaloupe since it rains in Paris a lot with a black Eiffel Tower pick.  Lunch is packed in our good ol’ reliable Easy Lunch Boxes.

Little Miss 2 year old had a French poodle today.  The eyes and nose are Stretch Island Fruit Leather as well as the BONJOUR letters. The poodles ear, tail & legs have mini vegan marshmallows stuck on with a dab of agave.  She had the same croissant as big.  At the top left is a half of a plum and at the top right are kiwi pieces and cantaloupe clouds packed in her Easy Lunchbox.

For my husband’s lunch, I got most of the salad ingredients at the local farmer’s market here in Sarasota, FL.  Baby spinach leaves, organic sprouts, raw walnuts, seasoned pumpkin seeds and orange heirloom tomatoes.  In addition are sugar snap peas and plums packed in an Easy Lunchbox.

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My kids love Play Doh.  I really hate the mess it leaves.  What I DO love is the Play Doh cutters.  As a bento lunch freak, I look at everything as an idea for a lunch.  I have used Play Doh and play kitchen cutters (well washed, of course) to cut kid foods before.  I used a cookie cutter this sandwich to make the princess crown.  The sandwich is Justin’s Almond Butter & Jam on Rudi’s whole grain bread.  I also stuck a few candy hearts on the crown for the jewels with almond butter.  At the top left are kiwi flowers and the top right are watermelon shoes and magic mirrors for my little princess.

This time of year seems to drain many of us having to buy new shoes, school supplies, uniforms, tuition and just paying for growing kids in general.  Cristi from BentOnBetterLunches did a great post on how to make budget bentos.  She is a mom of 5, and has such a wonderful eye for organization, fresh ideas and keeping kids well fed.  I love that she finds use out of every day items like Play Doh cutters, paper muffin cups and rubberbands that make great bento items.  Her post here on Budget Bento by BentOnBetterLunches can help give you some creative ideas for lunches without spending a penny!  Thanks for the inspiration, Cristi.

Little Miss A, my 2 year old, is having mini square sandwiches.  She has been licking the filling off of the bigger sandwiches I made for her and leaving the bread.  When I switched to something more bite sized, she seems to pop the whole thing in her mouth.  I used the FunBites Cube It cutter to cut the bread and then filled the sandwiches.  In the middle is a silicone heart shaped container with seasoned pumpkin seeds.  The sandwiches are surrounded by dried cranberries.  At the top left are raspberries with a kiwi heart on top and at the top right are watermelon flowers.  The lunch is packed in a LunchBots Duo stainless container.

Chevrons have resurfaced in design, fashion and now I’m putting them into my food.  I love them.  The bright colored Vs in this salad are all different colored sweet peppers.  Underneath the salad is baby spinach and around the salad are cucumber flowers packed in an Easy LunchBox.  At the top left are carrot & celery sticks and at the top right are fresh nectarine slices & raspberries.

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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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