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Counting down…8 more days until Halloween! Included in the link below are quick photos and simple ideas of how to fill little tummies before the sugarfest!  Click the link below for my post from last year’s kids’ party.

2011 Halloween Party Ideas For Kids

Miss G (4 years old) is having a batty bento.  She has a larger bat and smaller bat sandwich on top.  They’re pumpkin butter and almond butter sandwiches made from Rudi’s Whole Grain bread and cookie cutters.  Above them are a seckel pear with bat sticker and red seedless grapes.  At the top left are mini carrots and grape tomatoes and at the top right is cannellini bean bruschetta with multi colored heirloom tomatoes packed in her Easy LunchBoxes container.

Miss G’s snack today is Sabra hummus with pretzel sticks, dried apricots and the heart shaped container with a bat has a few cinnamon apple almonds in it as a treat.

My husband had something far less organized for lunch.  I grabbed an Easy LunchBoxes  container and threw in a rainbow of fruits & veggies.  In the main compartment are snow peas, carrots, grape tomatoes, a seckel pear and a mandarin orange.  At the top left he has quinoa lentil tabouleh from Whole Foods and at the top right is my homemade cannellini bean bruschetta.

The quickest, simplest way to get your kids to eat their fruits and vegetables is to make it fun!  If it has a peel that they’re not going to eat like a banana or an orange, color on it or put a sticker on it!  This was a simple Sharpie marker on a clementine orange that took about 1 minute to make.

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After I made the recent Batman bento a couple of weeks ago, I got a thoughtful message from my friend Kelly who liked the lunch. She happened to mention that her husband, Loren Lester, was the voice of “Robin” in Batman: The Animated Series. She thought it would be fun for me to create a Robin bento & dedicate it to him, and I’m always up for a new challenge. Please visit his website at www.lorenlester.com. He has not only done some amazing voice acting but also film, stage and TV over the past 35 years. He and his lovely wife are certainly not lacking in talent!

And even though you can’t eat it, I hope you enjoy the lunch I made for you, Loren!

Robin’s made from Rudi’s Oat & Nut bread and hand cut. His hair, mask and part of his cape are made from Stretch Island brand grape fruit leather. His eye whites are Vegan brand cheese. His torso is a Pink Lady organic apple with yellow squash stripes and R on his chest. His green sleeves are zucchini. In the top left are cherry tomatoes and in the compartment at top right are pieces of zucchini and yellow squash packed in an Easy Lunch Boxes container designed by Loren’s amazingly talented wife, Kelly!

Below is the Batman post from from a couple of weeks ago. Please click the photo to see the whole post along with my Spider Man bento too. Thanks!

And the best lunch containers a mom can ask for:

Easy Lunch Boxes

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Today’s theme was vampires.  The face was cut from a circle cutter and then the top of the head & wings were made of pumpernickel bread.  The eyes are royal icing (pre-made), mouth of fruit leather and red fangs were cut from juicy gummy treats that ooze.  Above his head are cheese bats, below are skewered grape tomatoes, red seedless grapes and edamame.  To the bottom right is a pair of gummy fangs and to the bottom left are prune bats (and yes they eat them!).  I also used an owl and moon cupcake sugar toppers which I purchased from my favorite local cupcake shop, Cupcakes-a-go-go (https://www.facebook.com/CupcakesagogoSRQ) or http://www.cupcakesago-go.com/.  The bento is in a LunchBots stainless bento box.

My 1 year old had a scaled down version for her lunch.  The same vampire face with cheese bats, edamame and sliced red grapes below.  She also had a pouch of applesauce.

And some mandarins with a sugar pumpkin, also from Cupcakes-a-go-go.

 

I received a lovely package from a good friend who sent me all kinds of fun Halloween things including these ghost and bat shaped corn chips.  Miss G will use them to dip in her hummus sprinkled with pumpkins & bats.  To the right is a sliced plum, and below is a homemade corn muffin stamped with a ghost.  I also cut up a string cheese with a crinkle cutter to make little ghosts and next to those are mini carrots with ranch dip in the bunny container.

 

Little A has a similar lunch today.  Her picture is a bit out of focus today, but I didn’t notice until now so it’s blurry. Sorry!  She’s got a small container of Sabra hummus too with sprinkles, green snap peas for dipping, red seedless grapes sliced in half,  the same string cheese ghosts, grape tomatoes halved and a bunch of yogurt covered raisins with ghost faces.

I use these Foodoodler food safe markers for writing on food.  You can buy them through their site, on Amazon and even at most local kitchen stores in the baking section.

http://www.foodoodler.com/markers.htm

Hope you’ll forgive my absence!  I took an unexpected trip, but I’m back on target now.   Back to Halloween!

Little Miss 3.5 got an eyeball surprise in her lunch today.  I used a wine glass to cut the circle for her PB & J.  I took a red food safe marker to draw the veins and a gummy eyeball for the center.  The sandwich is surrounded by grape tomatoes and 2 marshmallow bats.  The mouth below is 2 large apple slices (soaked in lemon water for a few minutes to prevent browning) with mini marshmallows for teeth.  Around the mouth are red seedless grapes.

Little Miss 1.5 also got a fun lunch today.  To the left is Annie’s Organic spiral macaroni leftover with a tomato face on top. On the right are mandarin oranges with a colby cheese ghost on top.

And a jack-o-lantern PB & J with a couple of fun marshmallows for a treat.  On the left are red, seedless grapes and 2 colby cheese ghosts on top.  For bigger kids, you can make the jelly bleed out of the face by removing punchouts, but my kids just end up with lunch all over them so I try to save the clothing.

Every little girl needs some pirate fun in their lunch.   Miss G had a skull & bones soybutter and jelly sandwich today surrounded by Halloween themed marshmallows for a surprise.

She had grape tomatoes, bat & skull head watermelon chunks (black sesame seed eyes), and on the right are Dominex brand Eggplant parmesan bites and a BabyBel cheese.

Little A finally went back to school today after a week of sniffles.  We’ve had the back-to-school crud here for weeks! She had pumpkin shaped watermelon on the left with green seedless grapes and blackberries.  On the right was Back to Nature brand bug shaped macaroni & cheese.  I mixed in leftover corn ,carrots, peas & edamame to get her to eat her veggies.

She also ate all her Sabra hummus with green pea sticks for dipping.

My husband also got a sandwich today (not pictured) and a bento full of fruits (black seedless grapes and blackberries) & veggies (mini carrots & grape tomatoes) for munching at his desk.  Wishing everyone a lovely fall weekend!

 

I was running so late this morning that this picture was taken in my car.  Miss G got a ghost sandwich with chocolate Pocky stick tops for eyes.  He’s surrounded by marshmallow bats & a crescent moon.  On the right are decorative picks of blackberries, blueberries and ghost shaped strawberries on top.  She also had an applesauce in her lunch today.


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