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Thank goodness I put it on my calendar.  I check my schedule last night, and Miss G’s school is celebrating International Peace Day today.  At first, I had a good laugh over what’s NOT appropriate for a kid’s lunch box that reminds me of peace and the 60s.  Cheech & Chong movies, protests, stinky hippies, a lot of grass (and I don’t mean to walk on) and some really good music I will pass on to my kids some day.  But for now, I decided on the basic peace sign lunch.

At the top left are barley and brown rice and black beans on top.  At the top right are blackberries, raspberries and a strawberry.  The peace sign is cantaloupe and piel de sapo is the greenish white melon.  It’s also called a Santa Claus melon and tastes a lot like honeydew.  I used a cookie cutter to cut the melon.  The PEACE letters are Stretch Island fruit leather.  The heart and Have A Nice Day sandwiches are Rudi’s Whole Grain bread with almond butter and sliced berries with fruit leather faces packed in her Easy LunchBoxes container.

In all seriousness, I think it’s great that they’re teaching 4 year olds about respecting others from all walks of life and all nations.  Being kind to others always goes a long way in accepting even when we don’t understand.

Miss G’s snack today is a sliced nectarine surrounded by more melon pieces.  In the round container is So Delicious brand coconut milk strawberry yogurt packed in her Happy Tiffin stainless container.

Have a great weekend!

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Live music thumping on the streets, gorgeous old architecture, cobblestone streets and lots of interesting people.  What’s not to love about New Orleans?  I spent a long weekend there for a blogging conference.  I met some wonderful people, left with many pearls or wisdom and a large to do list and had a bunch of fun too.  I thought that hurricane Isaac would be hitting my house in Florida when I got home.  Luckily all we’ve seen is a bunch of rain and now the sun peeking out.  Just hoping for my New Orleans friends that they escape the worst.  Sometimes we need a little reminder of how lucky we are to have each day, and that our true needs are few.

A rainbow lunch is what I decided on for Miss G’s school lunch today.   A rainbow after the storm.  We have a new LunchBots Quad stainless container for the new school year.  At the top left are flower sandwiches on Rudi’s Whole Grain bread, top right are mini carrots underneath sugar snap peas and yellow bell pepper strips.  At the bottom right underneath are lots of pineapple pieces, and papaya and strawberry flowers on top.  And at the bottom left are picks of blueberries and blackberries.

For her snack today she had Sabra hummus with Sesmark brand Ancient Grain crackers made of amaranth, millet, sorghum and quinoa.  She also has sugar snap peas and pistachios mixed with dried cranberries packed in her sistema brand bento.  Not shown is her Kleen Kanteen water bottle.

And I sent my husband off to work with some leftovers (not shown) and a mixed green salad with sugar snap peas and mini carrots.  At the top left are organic blueberries and at top right are organic plums and nectarines packed in his Easy LunchBox container.

A fiesta sounds a lot better than leftovers, right?  They don’t look so appetizing left in the bowls or on the plates after dinner, right?  So I put things in pretty silicone colored cups, call it something new and it’s lunch made from last night’s meal!

We had veggie crumbles with taco seasoning, and all the taco fixings. From the top left are blackberries.  Instead of tortillas or shells, I included sweet potato chips for her to dip in her soy crumbles and guacamole. Grape tomatoes which Miss G loves to eat whole are below the chips.   I put some sliced black olives on the soy meat crumbles (which are mixed with a bit of Tofutti sour cream.  I revised it a bit for the lunchbox version. At the bottom left is lettuce and some Daiya cheddar “cheese” dairy free shreds.  I’m quite sure she won’t eat the lettuce, but I try to include something new at almost every meal.   Instead of avocado slices, I froze guacamole in grape ice cube shapes.  It should be thawed by lunchtime for dipping.  All of it packed in her Easy LunchBox.

Her morning and afternoon snacks are packed in these smaller strawberry shaped bento containers.  The larger one has nectarine slices and pieces and halved strawberries.  In the smaller container are medjool dates and dried mangos cut into pieces along with dried cranberries and shelled pistachios.

And my husband had a left over fiesta too.  Underneath his veggie crumbles is the israeli cous cous mixed with quinoa.  Then a mix of soy taco flavored crumbles, black beans cooked in shallots, sliced grape and heirloom tomatoes, sliced black olives, lettuce shreds, Daiya cheddar cheese shreds and a side (not shown) of salsa verde as a topping.  At the top left are blackberries and sliced figs and at the top right a whole plum sliced into sections packed in his Easy LunchBox.

Happy 4th of July!  How did that sneak up so quickly?  It seems like school just ended, and now summer’s half over!   My lovely blogging buddies decided to do another blog hop to spark some fun ideas for your Independence Day weekend and upcoming celebrations.  So proud to be a part of such a talented group of women!  Be sure to click on the 4th of July button or link at the end of each post to find the next blog’s creations.

My first creation is a lunch for one of the girls.  It’s 3 star shaped sandwiches on Rudi’s Whole Grain bread.  On both sides of the stars are firework picks of blackberries and raspberries and an American flag flying on top of the sandwiches.  I managed to find some fun vintage picks for my holiday lunches and snacks this round.  At the top left is Lady Liberty sitting on a pile of blueberries.  And at the top right are watermelon stars topped with an Old Guard fife and drum corps pick all packed in an Easy Lunch Boxes container.

The next Easy Lunch Boxes is an afternoon snack.  At the top left is So Delicious brand coconut milk mango yogurt topped with pomegranite seeds and topped with a Liberty Bell pick.  At the top right are blackberries with a strawberry star and a firecracker July 4th pick.  In the large compartment is a star shaped homemade cornbread muffin and pinwheel picks of raspberries and blueberries.

Please click on the button below to see what Keitha made over at Keitha’s Chaos:

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The girls are finally back to school today!  I bought myself the new Sweet Treat Lunch Punch cutters as a present to myself.  How thoughtful of me!  The girls LOVE them and are excited for their new sandwich shapes.  Today Miss G got a cupcake to celebrate the new year and her first day back after the holidays.  She had a soybutter and jam on whole grain bread.  I used honey to stick on the fun sprinkles.  The mini apple got a party hat pick for fun.  To the bottom right are cheddar soy crisps and to the left are blackberries and small picks of blueberries above the sandwich.  She had ice water to go with her lunch.

Little Miss A hasn’t had much of a lunch appetite again this week so I kept it small today.  She picked a little at each thing but didn’t eat much.  She’s at that funny toddler age where she either chows down or eats like a little bird.  I made her a small soybutter and jam squirrel sandwich on whole grain bread.  With that she had a few blackberries, and in the squirrel cup she had blueberries with chocolate covered sunflower seeds on top and a couple of mini carrots.  She also had ice water with her lunch.

Back to the grind, everyone!  Wishing everyone a prosperous year of kept resolutions.

So I may be a bit overexcited about fall & Halloween this year.  I admit it.  I guess living in Florida makes me wish for the leaves & cooler weather every now & then.  Miss G has 2 owls on a branch for her lunch.  The owls were a simple cookie cutter with royal icing eyes, a carrot triangle beak and carrot feet sitting on honey wheat pretzel braids.  They are surrounded by blueberries, raspberries, black seedless grapes, blackberries and 2 pumpkin shaped strawberries.

Baby sister had the smaller version of the same lunch.  She had blueberry eyes instead and a pumpkin shaped watermelon surrounded by berries.  She also had hummus and wheat pretzels not pictured here.

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!

 


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