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Happy Monday!  It’s a perfect fall day here in Florida.  Hope everyone enjoyed their weekend!

Miss G is the only one in school today.  She has a Rudi’s brand Cinnamon Raisin spelt bagel with almond butter & jam.  I stuck on two candy eyes with almond butter.  Next to the sandwich she has grapes and raspberries.  The hair is Shirataki tofu noodles.  The face reminds me a bit of Beeker from The Muppets.  At the top left is leftover rice pilaf and the top right are watermelon pieces packed in her Easy LunchBoxes container.

For her snack she has sliced kiwi and sections of Dapple Dandy Pluots packed in a sistema snack bento.

We recently got in our new LunchBots thermal insulated containers for winter soups & stews.  It keeps foods hot of cold for hours.  This morning I put in boiling water, let it stand in the container for about 10 minutes, poured it out and poured in the heated stew.

Last night’s dinner was Gardein brand “beef” tips made of vital wheat gluten and cooked in vegetable broth with a mixture of vegetables including potatoes, carrots, fresh corn off the cob, celery, edamame and tomatoes with some spices added.

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Hi everyone!! I’m Michelle from Creative Food(creative-food.blogspot.com).  I’m so happy to be here on Bentoriffic! I am such a fan and am always in awe of what Sarah creates for her little girls Miss G and Miss A. I am such a fan of Sarah and her food artwork. She is incredible! Even though I haven’t met her in person (yet!) I am happy to call her my friend 🙂 So here I am honored to guest post on her amazing blog!

My blog, Creative Food( creative-food.blogspot.com), is a collection of snacks and lunches that my daughter Eliana and I make together in the kitchen.  I started making creative food because she would literally live off of bread alone if it were up to her.  So I began to present fruits and vegetables in a fun and creative way to encourage her to eat better, which has worked tremendously! It is fun creative outlet for me, and she loves it (win, win!)  We also found out this year that Eliana is allergic to peanuts, cashews and pistachios, so most of the meals (with a few exceptions) are peanut free and nut free.

So without further ado..I made this cute Frog bento in an EasyLunchBox with Eliana last week:

This lunch was very simple, quick to put together and she loved it! 🙂

The frog is a ham and cheese sandwich on a spinach tortilla cut with a frog cookie cutter.  I added edible candy eyes and used a food safe marker to draw a mouth.The lily pad is sliced cucumber.The “water” is white cilantro lime rice dyed blue. (I took some leftover rice, put it in a bowl and mixed in two small drops of blue food dye.) I added some goldfish crackers for added cuteness 🙂 The fly is a raisin with sunflower kernel wings (you can easily put almond slices as wings instead. For example see my spider lunch (http://www.creative-food.blogspot.com/2012/06/very-busy-spider-lunch.html) Eliana isn’t allergic to almonds but has now decided she will not eat them either because they are a nut).

In the upper right Eliana had some “flies on a log” (raisins, sunflower kernels wings, and I.M. Healthy Creamy Honey Soynut Butter on celery. Chocolate sprinkles were used to show the path of the fly).

In the bottom right she has a fruit salad or blueberries and strawberries in a frog silicone cup.  Eliana wanted to add the cute frog pick to finish the lunch!

This really was a simple to do and Eliana loved it and ate it all up. That always makes me happy and keeps me making Creative Food 🙂

Thank you to Sarah for inviting me to share this bento as a guest post on Bentoriffic!  I hope you have a wonderful day!! 🙂

~Michelle

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My fellow blogger friends and I are doing a summer blog hop.  We each got to choose what we thought reminded us of summer.  We hope this inspire some fun ideas for your summer picnics and lunches.  When you get to the end of each post, please click on the blog hop button or link to get to the next blog’s page.  Some people are posting later than others so make sure you loop through everyone’s creations during the day.  Enjoy!

These were fun afternoon snacks for my kids.  We live on the Gulf Coast of Florida.  I’m the big water fanatic in the family so we spend as much time as possible out walking the beach and playing outside.  We found a crab last week while walking the beach so I included him.  From the top left is a fruity drink made of watermelon and a cantaloupe strip on top with an orange slice garnish.  To the right is a beachy scene.  All the sand is cous cous with food coloring.  The crab is made of grape tomatoes, a tiny piece of uncooked pasta to attach his pinchers and 2 candy eyes.  The coconut palm is made from a pretzel stick trunk, kiwi palm fronds and dates rolled up for coconuts.  The flip flop at the bottom right is a pineapple chunk with Stretch Island brand fruit leather straps.

I also love to standup paddleboard which little Miss G did with me on Mother’s Day.  She was a bit nervous, but she ended up having a great time.  I did a scene with her half in the water hanging onto a surfboard (paddleboard) in the water which was cous cous dyed with food coloring.  The sun is a pineapple wedge.  The face and body of the girl are made from Stretch Island brand fruit leather and Vegan brand cheese.  Miss G knows that sharks live in salty water so I gave her coconut milk yogurt a water color too, and I put the fish(fruit leather) close to her & the shark far away.  At the top left is hummus with sea grass (snap peas) and an anchor.  Not shown were the quinoa chips for dipping.  Both snacks were packed in their Easy Lunch Boxes.

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Tools I used to make these lunches are:

Normally I do lunches for Miss G when she’s off to preschool, but every now & then I find the time to do something quick for both girls at home.  These are just tiny PB & Js with cherries and plums.  Miss G wanted to make her own so I try to keep it as simple & mess free as I can.  Even little Miss A who is 17 months is starting to enjoy the fun shapes.   It doesn’t have to be complicated to make it fun for them.  Remember, their tummies are small so try to make realistic portions (size of their fist).  The plate should be half fruits and veggies at every meal!

Things I used to make this lunch:

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!

Anyone can do this.  I had never heard of the word bento until 2005 when I moved to Portland, Oregon for a short spell.  I didn’t know what a bento was.  More traditional bento is Japanese in descent.  It usually includes a takeout container or small box sized portion of a variety of foods like rice, fish, vegetables and meat.  Again, this is traditional bento.  My dear friend in San Jose, CA piqued my interest in the bento idea while she was posting fabulously fun meals for her boys.  I have two little girls that aren’t always the best eaters so I wanted to try some fun encouragement of my own.  I also wanted to Americanize my bento using regular ingredients already in the house so that my kids would eat it.  After a ton of interest from friends on Facebook,  I decided to attempt to teach others how to do the same.  And since imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, copy away my friends!  It’s how I learned.  Please let me know if you have questions, suggestions, positive feedback or recommendations for me.  I appreciate it!

Today’s lunch is a fancy shoe cookie cutter with pink sprinkles on it (apply honey first).  Leftover Annie’s whole wheat macaroni shells, strawberries, blueberries (with gem picks) and strawberry mushroom biscuits for a treat.

I also made my husband a turkey & provolone bagel sandwich with spinach and stuck some royal icing eyes on for fun.


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