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Both girls wanted Hello Kitty lunches for school today.  This will officially be their last bento lunch of this school year since tomorrow is a water day with lunch in the the classroom.  You never know how much you appreciate all that teachers do until you have your kids at home for a week straight with no curriculum planned!  Thank you to each and every teacher, aide and friend who touches my kids’ lives.  You are truly a gift!

Miss A has Hello Kitty face on Rudi’s whole grain bread.  The face, bow & whiskers are cut from Vegan brand cheese.  To the left are raspberries with a blueberry in the middle.  At the bottom left are watermelon pieces and at the bottom right is a giant strawberry heart with Hello Kitty picks of edamame on either side packed in her pink Sanrio brand Hello Kitty bento box.

Miss G has the same Hello Kitty face sandwich with a fruit leather face, bow & whiskers.  Above the sandwich are two Hello Kitty picks of edamame.  To the right of the sandwich is a giant strawberry heart and a Hello Kitty container above that with dried cranberries and cashews inside.  In the purple flower cup are raspberries with a Hello Kitty pick and at the top right are watermelon pieces in Hello Kitty’s face shapes.  The top piece has a bow pick and black sesame seeds for eyes and a nose.  Her lunch is packed in an Easy Lunch Box.

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Today’s W lunches are a witch and a watering can.  I offered a few other options, and Miss G came up with watering can on her own.  I had to cut both sandwiches by hand since I don’t have any cookie cutters that fit the bill.

The watering can is made with Rudi’s Whole Grain bread.  I microwaved each piece for 10 seconds and then use a rolling pin to flatten them before cutting.  I do like to garden, and Miss G loves to help too.  The holes in the spout are black sesame seeds.  At the bottom are tulip carrots with leaf picks at the bottom.  In the tiny butterfly container are dried cherries with a carrot butterfly on top.  In the small cup at top left are honeydew melon butterflies and carrot butterflies.   In the larger cup at the top right are strawberry hearts with a carrot butterfly on top.

Miss A has a friendly witch.   Her face and eyes are made of vegan cheese,her pupils and mouth are fruit leather as are the bands on the hat & broom.  Her broom handle is the bread crust and the broom bristles are the heel of the bread.  I wasn’t thrilled about the way her face turned out.  She looks like she could use some sun, but I didn’t have time to alter it.  She is flying across a leftover corn off the cob crescent moon.  The honeydew melon shapes at the top right are a witch’s hat, stars and crescent moons.  In the other cup are strawberry hearts and blueberries.  Both lunches are packed in Easy Lunch Boxes.

My kids aren’t normally in school Tuesdays, but my mother-in-law is visiting this week.  Their school was kind enough to let me switch days so I could get a few things done at home.  For the pip squeak, I decided on little bears.  She loves Goodnight Moon and the 3 bears sitting on chairs.  These are just PB & Js on whole grain bread. The faces are stamped out of fruit leather with my tiny face cutters.  I used a tiny silicone bear to put her blueberries in.  The separate smaller bento is raspberries and a Babybel cheese with a teddy bear stamped out of the wax.   Both of the Elph & Epha bento containers are part of the new collection I bought from http://www.japanistic.com.  They are the perfect size for little lunches and snacks, and they are BPA free so no worry of leaching chemicals into food.  I usually include a Lifeway kefir pouch for their daily probiotics and an ice water.

Big sis wanted to help with her lunch today so it got a bit sloppy.  She wanted 3 bunnies sandwiches in her lunch.  She also has PB & Js on whole grain with fruit leather faces, a packet of Annie’s organic fruit bunnies for dessert.  The top part of the LunchBots Duo bento is a silicone bunny container with cashews, organic strawberries & blueberries and colby jack bunnies with black sesame seed faces.

So my friend E mentioned how much she loves manatees.  I am lucky enough to live in Florida where West Indian Manatees are in abundance even though they are endangered.  My husband was kind enough to watch the kids last night so that I could escape the house for a paddleboarding yoga class at sunset for the first time.  As we were paddling out into a quiet cove, a manatee swam right up to the edge of our boards to check us out, surfacing a couple of times.  It is times like these that make living here a special treat.   They are truly gentle giants.

I used an egg shaped cutter for the body and hand cut the tail, arms and nose.  Pre-made royal icing eyes were purchased through Amazon, the nostrils are fruit leather and the sesame seeds for the whiskers.  Also included are organic Ranier cherries, strawberries and green grapes along with a berry flavored Kefir.
Below are a few fun facts about manatees:

They are the closest living relatives to the elephant.

Manatees only breath through their nostrils, since while they are underwater their mouths are occupied with eating. Manatee lungs are 2/3 the length of its body.

It is estimated that there are only about 3,000 manatees left in the United States.

Manatees live between 50-60 years in an ideal environment.

About 20% of manatee deaths are due to boating accidents.  They move so slowly that they don’t have enough time to escape the watercraft.  Please remember to respect the laws in slow wake zones to protect marine life!


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