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Christmas ornament bento in ELB

Happy Holidays!  This is week one of the Bento Bloggers & Friends festive holiday hop.  Please be sure to click on the button at the end of the post to see the next fun lunches.  Packed in her Easy Lunchboxes container are some ornament sandwiches on Rudi’s Organic Whole Grain bread.  She has 2 Christmas tree picks of blueberries in between and tomatoes around the sandwiches.  In the top left are ornament shaped honeydew melon pieces with a Christmas light pick and in the top right are organic raspberries.

Candy cane apple snack bento by bentoriffic

In her Happy Tiffin stainless bento are a candy cane apple cutout surrounded by purple sweet potato chips and whole cashews in the round container at the bottom.

Square ornament bento lunch by bentoriffic

Little sis has the mini version of ornaments on Rudi’s Whole Grain bread.  She also has purple sweet potato chips, honeydew pieces with a candy cane apple on top and berries with a honeydew ornament on top.

PLEASE CLICK ON THE BUTTON BELOW TO SEE WHAT KANDICE AT WE AREN’T SCARED OF SUGAR MADE FOR HER LITTLE ONE!

I don’t know about everyone else, but I’m definitely in the middle of the holiday scramble of trying to pull it all together.  This time of year although festive can cause a bit of stress too.  Hoping that everyone is finding some joy in all the details.

CuteZCute Pig in Goodbyn

My four year old has a raspberry colored Goodbyn Bynto today packed with a CuteZCute pig.  I love this sandwich cutter kit for its ease of use and a TON of options.  There will be a few in packages for friends and family this year from me!  I used Rudi’s Whole Grain bread, Justin’s brand maple almond butter & jam.  I also added some shiny sprinkles behind the eyes & snout for color.  Dried apricots and a Crimson Gold organic apple surround the sandwich.  In the middle compartment are mini carrots, pineapple pieces and cantaloupe chunks.  And in the top are raspberries and a silicone pig cup of whole cashews on top.

CuteZCute Pig close up

Close up of the CuteZCute pig.

Christmas tree snack bento

For her snack today, Miss G has a LunchBots Duo packed with tomatoes, crackers and a seckel pear in the left compartment.  On the right is an apple cinnamon Christmas tree muffin, an Apple Pie Larabar and dried cranberries.

Rocket space lunch

Little sis has a spaceship lunch in her LunchBots Quad.  From the top left are dried apricots, a Crimson Gold organic apple and a Stretch Island fruit leather crescent moon, rocket shaped cantaloupe pieces, raspberries and mini carrots and small space ship sandwiches on Rudi’s whole grain bread.

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CuteZCute Food Deco Cutter Kit with 2 photos

Pig silicone cup

My dad died last week.  Just as I was typing away about the things I was grateful for last week, I realize now that the small things, tiny things we think are so insignificant can sometimes be the most precious memories.  My dad was a gifted writer and storyteller.  He loved to write and shared that love with me.  My dad read my blog.  I think he appreciated that I was using my writing and creativity, making a hobby out of it and feeding my kids healthy food. I live 3400 miles from my family so I was not there for this holiday.  All my siblings were fortunate enough to be there.  He had been ill for a while, but it doesn’t make his passing any easier.   I did have the chance to talk to him to say hi, catch up for a minute and to tell him I loved him the day he died.  And for that I am truly grateful.  The conversation was nothing significant, but it is one I will always remember since it was our last.  Today, more than most, I am grateful for the time I had with my dad.  Life is fragile and fleeting so be sure to stop and appreciate all the gifts in your life, no matter how small they seem.

My 4 year old daughter had an Easy LunchBoxes container filled with angels.  From the top left are pear pieces and angel shaped pears.  In the top right compartment are honeydew angels.  And in the main compartment are carrots, farfalle pasta with vegan parmesan sprinkled on top, grape tomatoes on wing bento picks and a spinach angel on top.  In the bottom right corner is a Crimson Gold apple surrounded by purple sweet potato chips and in the bottom left corner are Field Grain veggie sausages with wing food picks.

For her snack today, Miss G has a Happy Tiffin brand stainless bento box filled with dried cranberries, medjool dates, sliced kiwi, and apple angel and whole cashews.

Miss 2 year old is back to school this week to with a LunchBots Quad stainless container.  From the top left she has dried cranberries, cashews, farfalle pasta with small Field grain Italian veggie sausage pieces and a slice of Field Grain sundried tomato angel on top.  In the bottom right compartment are pear angels and in the bottom left are honeydew angels.

I packed my husband his daily fruits and vegetables in his Easy LunchBoxes container to go with his leftovers for lunch (not shown).  He has raw walnuts, the negative cutout angel pieces of honeydew melon, mini carrots, medjool dates, an apple and a clementine.

There are still 2 days left to enter my Grateful Giveaway.  Please click below to enter to win 1 of 2 prizes.

I am Thankful Giveaway

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I promised to do a giveaway when I got to 1000 likes on Facebook.  I didn’t forget!  This Thanksgiving, I’m grateful for many things, family, friends, a wonderful house and neighborhood, my group of bento bloggers who have been so supportive, and I’m also grateful for you.  Yes, YOU!   I started this blog as a way of helping a handful of friends with creative ideas, and now there are almost 1100 people on Facebook alone that follow bentoriffic, over 600 on twitter (bentoriffic) , over 600 on Instagram (bentoriffic), over 500 on Pinterest and the list goes on.  I really am grateful that you care, comment, read and offer suggestions.  I’ve gone from carnivore to vegan, inspired and creative to some days just throwing it together like we moms do some days.  I appreciate you sticking with me through it all.  THANK YOU!!!

These are the only turkeys my kids are eating this year.  I used pie crust cutters I had from last year as sandwich cutters.

My 4 year old’s lunch is a flock of turkeys on Rudi’s Whole Grain bread stuffed with almond butter.  Above the turkeys are a sliced kiwi and cashews.  In the top compartments are pineapple, honeydew and cantaloupe pieces packed in her Easy LunchBoxes container.

My 2 year old from the top left has raspberries, 2 of the same turkey shaped sandwiches on almond butter, maple leaf shaped watermelon pieces and dried cherries, Marcona almonds with maple leaf dried apricots on top packed in her LunchBots Quad.

DETAILS OF THE LOOT!

I decided on 2 separate prizes for the giveaway.

The first person will win the following:

1 complete set of Easy Lunchboxes

1 CuteZCute cutter kit

2 sets of cookie cutter shapes and 3 sets of bento picks

The first drawing is open to residents of North America only.

The second prize will be a $35 credit to spend at Bento USA by All Things For Sale and is open to readers worldwide.

All you have to do to enter to win is leave me a comment telling me what you are grateful for this year and in which country you live.  Please make sure you leave me a way to contact you, please!

Both winners will be chosen when the contest ends on Wednesday, November 28th at 11:59pm by random.org.  You will have 72 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

One of my favorite things to do when I have a moment of spare time is to find local grocers with imported foods and dive in.  I have found some tiny grocers in my town hidden in small strip plazas and off the beaten path.  One of my favorites is a small Asian grocer.  I’ve discovered vegetable and fruits I’ve never seen, foods that aren’t normally available here and more importantly some inspiration to look at food a little differently.  A few weeks ago we tried Forbidden Rice which has a heavier feel to it and is black in color.  This time I found black rice pasta.   It looks jet black before it’s cooked and then it takes on a purplish hue once it’s cooked.  It’s gluten free, allergy friendly and makes the same old dishes more interesting.

Miss G has black rice pasta mixed with a bit of Earth Balance coconut spread.  I sauteed some Field Grain vegetable sausages to go with the pasta and made a face of it.  The “hair” is vegan parmesan, eyes and nose are roma and grape tomatoes and the sausage pieces are the mouth.  In the top left compartment are dried cherries and cashews and at the top right are black seedless grapes packed in her Easy LunchBoxes container.

In her Happy Tiffin stainless bento are purple sweet potato chips, pear slices, clementine orange sections and sliced kiwi for her preschool snack.

And my little Miss 2 year old has a LunchBots Quad.  From the top left are black seedless grapes, black rice pasta and Field Grain sausage, pear and clementine pieces and raspberries for lunch.

I admit there are days when I really miss the smell of dried leaves and the beautiful fall colors.  For my 4 year old daughter’s lunch, I tried to make a little autumn in her Easy LunchBoxes container.

I love finding new ways to reuse existing tools.  My readers have probably noticed my slight obsession with the small cookie cutter presses.  I loved the patterns they leave in the sandwiches.  This leaf cutter was part of a set for cutting fancy pie crusts.  I use them year-round for cutting fruit, vegetables and mini sandwiches.  The leaves are made from Rudi’s organic whole grain bread and filled with Trader Joe’s pumpkin butter.  The tree trunk is two pretzel rods.  Green grapes are the grass on a pick.  The top left is filled with organic rapsberries with an oak leaf & acorn pick.  In the top right there are 2 Crimson Gold tiny apples and a peeled clementine with a scarecrow pick.

Miss G’s snack is a Happy Tiffin brand stainless bento filled with cashews and dried edamame in the bottom container.  At the top are dried apricots, grape tomatoes and a peeled clementine.

For my 2 year old daughter, I packed a LunchBots Quad.  From the top left, she has long grain brown rice mixed with vegetables and black beluga lentils.  Green grapes and raspberries are in yellow silicone ovals at the top right.  In the bottom right compartment are Rudi’s organic whole grain bread cut into mini ice cream cones with a small cookie cutter plunger and filled with Trader Joe’s pumpkin butter and in the bottom left compartment is a peeled clementine and a small silicone container of marcona almonds.  Both girls have ice water with their lunches.

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Mom’s had her hands in the Play Doh collection again.  I found a mini Cinderella crown cutter in the Play Doh stash so I’ve scoured it off and I’m using it for lunches now.  Miss G has a princess sandwich today cut with a LunchPunch sandwich cutter.  She has yellow and red grape tomatoes surrounding the sandwich.  At the top left are crown shaped cantaloupe pieces with a princess wand pick and at the top right are kiwi slices with a tiara on top packed in her Easy LunchBoxes container.

For her snack today, my 4 year old has a Happy Tiffin stainless bento filled with sliced mangos, a peeled clementine, 2 Crimson Gold tiny apples and whole cashews.

My 2 year old had leftovers from last night.  She had plums, carambola (star fruit) spaghetti squash with marinara sauce topped with dairy free parmesan and pineapple chunks packed in her LunchBots Quad stainless lunch container.

Happy lunch packing!

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Happy Monday, all!  I had another kid activity & errand filled weekend, and the weather here in Florida was a bit warm but beautiful as usual.  My girls are having leftover homemade Pad Thai today for lunch.

Miss G has an Easy LunchBoxes container full of rice noodles with homemade sauce topped with sugar snap peas.  At the top left are organic raspberries and at the top right is a peeled clementine.  We’re accustomed to using almond butter in place of peanut butter almost 100% of the time.  It just makes it easier to have peanut-free lunches if I decide to send leftovers.  We don’t have a peanut allergy, but since it’s so common both schools are peanut free.  If your child’s school is nut free, there are great soy butter and sunflower butter alternatives that you can use in your cooking and baking.

I use the Happy Herbivore’s “Cheater” Pad Thai sauce recipe.

2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp smooth peanut butter ( I use almond butter or soy butter so I can send it to our peanut-free schools)
1 tbsp sweet red chili Asian sauce
1/4 tsp granulated garlic powder
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp hot sauce, or to taste (for the kid version, I do not add hot sauce.

I usually top this off with mung bean sprouts, snow peas or sugar snap peas and sometimes broccoli or carrot slices.  My kids love it!

For her morning snack, Miss G (4 ) has marcona almonds, cashews and dried cranberries in a small snack bento.

For her afternoon snack I grabbed a LunchBots Duo and filled it with fresh, organic fruits & veggies.  On the left are grape tomatoes and mini carrots and on the right is a halved pear and green grapes.

Little Miss A (2) has the mini Pad Thai version of the same lunch in her LunchBots Quad.  From the top left are rice noodles with pad Thai sauce, a sliced pear at the top right, green grapes and raspberries.  Both girls always have ice water with their lunches.

Today is an important day.  Not the day to be apathetic & say that your voice doesn’t make a difference.  It does.  As Americans, we have the great privilege of living in a country that allows us freedoms and rights that were fought for and earned.  Regardless of who you will vote for, please go today and exercise your rights!

GO VOTE!

I made Miss G a patriotic bento today.  She has grilled non-dairy grilled cheese (Daiya brand) sandwiches on whole grain and pumpernickel with 2 tiny crimson gold apples and a Liberty Bell pick, dried apricots and an Easy LunchBoxes mini dippers container with cashews.  In the top left compartment are yellow and red grape tomatoes and at the top right is vegan pesto pasta with an American flag pick packed in her Easy LunchBoxes container.

Miss G’s snack from the top left are carambola/star fruit slices, a peeled clementine, star shaped watermelon pieces and plum slices in her LunchBots Uno.

Miss A has her scaled down version of the same lunch.  From the top left she has sliced strawberries, vegan pesto pasta, watermelon stars and Daiya grilled (dairy free) cheese sandwiches.

Happy Monday, everyone!  Hope you all had a safe Halloween.  I packed some post-Halloween pasta today for the girls’ lunches.  I cooked some farfalle (butterfly) pasta and added orange grape tomatoes and black olives for the fall/Halloween look.  In Miss G’s Goodbyn Bynto, I added a small blue container of vegan parmesan for sprinkling over the top.  Next to that in the bottom compartment is a peeled clementine orange and coconut date balls for a treat.  Her ice water fits in the middle compartment.

In her Happy Tiffin stainless bento is half of a d’Anjou pear surrounded by red grapes.  In the round container is cinnamon applesauce for her snack.

Miss A usually has a smaller version of what everyone else is having.  In her LunchBots Duo is a peeled clementine at the top left surrounded by red grapes.  Below that is a coconut date ball surrounded by dried apricots.  On the right side is her farfalle pasta with halved grape tomatoes and black olives.  Hers is already sprinkled with a bit of vegan parmesan to minimize mess.

For her small snack today, she has cashews and a mini box of California raisins.

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