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Is everyone getting in gear for the holidays?  I’m still planning our Thanksgiving meal.  It will be just the 4 of us this year so the pressure’s off.  I am starting to get a bit jittery about the holidays.   So much to do!  It’s all good, family fun though.

Miss A doesn’t have school this week so I’m just packing for Miss G, 4, and her preschool lunch.   I made some almond butter mini pocket sandwiches with Rudi’s brand Honey Sweet Whole Wheat bread.  It helps to flatten the bread a bit before making these pockets so the filling is less likely to pop through the bread.  To the right of her mini sandwiches are watermelon hearts surrounded by steamed edamame and dried apricot tulips.  In the bottom tier from the left are black seedless grapes, a piece of cauliflower, 2 Hail Merry macaroons in between the cups, and a silicone flower cup of grape tomatoes on the right.

Miss G’s snack is 2 Crimson Gold organic apples, sliced plums, mango hearts and a dried apricot shape on a ring pop holder.

I will be posting my Thankful Giveaway on Wednesday of this week.  Stay tuned and come back to enter to win some fun goodies!  It will be a good one!

Things I used to make this lunch:

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School’s almost over for us.  It’s hard to believe since the days drag, but the weeks fly.  This week is a continuation of Under The Sea theme.  Miss G requested a submarine.  I have to admit it would be one of the last things I ever would have come up with.  It was so creative that I agreed.

She has a Justin’s Almond Butter and jam on Rudi’s Whole Grain bread.  I used a rolling pin to flatten the bread before hand cutting the submarine.  It has fruit leather portholes.  She has a date whale with coconut flakes on top next to the boat.  At the top left are mango slices with a blowfish pick and at the top right are watermelon slices with a small sea turtle pick.

I didn’t feel like making 2 subs so Miss A got an octopus today.  Hers was cut from a biscuit cutter and then I used the biscuit cutter to cut “legs” out of the remaining bread.  His hat is a date roll with coconut flakes shaped into a hat.  The eyes are candy eyes stuck on with almond butter and so is the fruit leather mouth. At the top left is a mandarin orange with a dolphin pick, at top right are watermelon pieces with an octopus baran (food separator), and in the yellow oval are mango pieces with an octopus pick.

My husband has a salad & sides to go with his lunch today.  His salad is organic romaine lettuce,with a locally grown, sliced tomato courtesy of my generous neighbor (Thank you!), unsalted, raw walnuts, mini carrots and cauliflower.  At the top left are dried apricots and a date roll with coconut flakes and at the top right are watermelon slices.  All 3 lunches today are packed in Easy Lunch Boxes.

I was looking at the calendar today, and I’m a bit sad that my kids only have 3 more weeks of school left after this week!  They are really going to miss their teachers and friends this summer.  Where did the time go?

I haven’t really been looking forward to X week at school.  I took the lazy way out and broke out the Halloween cutters for this one.  I decided on a skull since it was the closest thing to a skeleton without me having to cut out bones at 10pm!  At 2 and 4, the only things my girls know that begins with X are an X-ray and a xylophone.

So a cheater’s x-ray it is for both.  Miss G’s skull x-ray is on Ezekiel bread with Justin’s Almond butter and jam.  She has the tomatoes on either side which she has helped plant, water and grow.  She could eat bowls of the small tomatoes so she’s enjoying her crops. Separated by an octopous baran are cauliflower and a carrot X in between.  At the top right are blueberries with a watermelon X and below are sliced mangoes with a fruit leather X on top packed in her Easy Lunch Box.

Miss A has a smaller version with the same skull x-ray sandwich.  Hers is surrounded by mini carrots.  At the top left are mango pieces with a fruit leather X on top and to the right are 2 picks of blueberries made into an X surrounded by watermelon triangles.

I looked at the school calendar yesterday and realized it’s rainbow week at the girls’ school.  I didn’t have anything naturally blue today so I just left it out & put food in blue cups instead rather than coloring something blue.  Boring, I know.

The coolest thing in the lunches is the bread which, admittedly, I did not make.  I have to give full credit and mad props to my baking envy of Astrid over at Lunch Fit For A Kid.  I have seen her amazing baking skills from breads to cakes and homemade rolls.  This girl can BAKE!  So I begged, and pleaded and bribed her to make me a loaf of her rainbow pan de mie.  Please click on the link here for her recipe for the Rainbow Pan de Mie.  She “veganized” it for me by using soy milk in place of the cow’s milk whey.  It was even more beautiful than I’d seen in her blogs, and my kids went nuts over it.  I even made vegan Easter french toast with it this past Sunday, and it was yummy!  I am not a great baker, and so I was extra grateful to have Astrid make something so special for my family.  Thanks again!

Here’s how our loaf turned out:

And this is Miss G’s lunch today.  From the bottom left up, she has strawberries, a mandarin orange, pineapple chunks and yellow pear tomatoes from our garden.  At the top left in the blue cup are sauteed broccoli & cauliflower, green pear tomatoes and kohlrabi slices in the middle for the purple.  I’m betting they won’t get eaten, but the rule in our house is that she has to at least TRY it.  At top right are three prunes surrounding some organic Lemon Snap spelt cookies that I found at Whole Foods.  And at the bottom right is her tulip sandwich on the rainbow bread filled with almond butter and jam all packed in her Easy Lunch Box.

Little A had her own version of a rainbow lunch today. This week is also the letter “U” so her tiny sandwich is a U.  From the top left clockwise, she has strawberries, half of a mandarin orange, at top right are leftover pieces of a Quorn brand meatless & soy free Vegan burger, her rainbow “U” almond butter & jam sandwich, dried cherries, kohlrabi, and pineapple and honeydew melon in the middle packed in her LunchBots Duo.

Lastly is my husband’s salad for lunch.  He is in on the rainbow theme too.  He has a spinach and baby greens salad.  On top are red bell peppers, orange heirloom tomatoes, yellow zucchini, spinach, raddichio, and kohlrabi on top packed in his LunchBots Uno.  Everyone in our family totes CamelBak bottles with filtered ice water throughout the day.

For more great rainbow ideas, please go visit The Rainbow Connection at Bent On Better Lunches.

Happy Valentine’s Day!   It was a very long night in the kitchen last night for me.  I decided to make a special dinner for the family…which the kids hated and wouldn’t eat.  Sound familiar?   I wanted to make red pasta for them.  I bought a bunch of beets at the local market.  I washed, peeled and grated them.  Then I cooked them in a small amount of coconut oil and minced garlic.  I added them to cooked pasta with some of the pasta water & stirred until the color bled into all the pasta.  I left the shredded beets in the pasta.  Next time for the kids, I’ll probably remove them & eat separately.  I also made a cream sauce with coconut milk, Daiya “cheese” and garlic that was easy & tasty.

I also made purple cauliflower sauteed and carmelized which the kids also didn’t like.  At least my husband and I liked it and the kids did try it!

The next project was rice krispie treats for Miss G’s class.

And last and certainly not least were the lunches.  My husband even got a special lunch today in his new Easy Lunch Box container.  A spinach salad with cherry tomatoes and cucumbers.  Raspberries and heart shaped strawberries are in the top right and the bottom right was the leftover beet pasta with garlic.

Little G had to have Cupid explained to her.  It is sort of funny to tell her why a fat baby shoots arrows at people.  She thought it was silly. Cupid is on whole grain bread with Biscoff spread (thanks Keeley McGuire Blog  for the tip) and jam.  I used the leftover beet pasta for the hair even though she won’t eat it.  Above is a heart container with a tiny bit of dip in it for the carrots.  The bow is made of fruit leather and the pick is the arrow.  On the top right are picks of raspberries and a strawberry.  On the bottom right at the bottom are mini carrots, a heart shaped plum, kissing strawberry birds, a strawberry heart and a heart shaped mango in her Easy Lunch Box.

Little A had her mini version of cupid.  She barely ever gets picks.  She just turned 2 so very often I find objects in her mouth just for fun.  Cupid has a bow and no hair on her version with a fruit leather bow and carrot arrow.  Above in her LunchBots container are strawberries, a plum and a mango heart.  Both girls have ice water with their lunches.


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