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Another day of lunch at home.  In an effort to teach my kids about other religions, we have a bunch of dreidels in the house and we’re talking about how some of our friends began their Hanukkah celebration yesterday.  For the Festival of Lights I put the 2 candles on their sandwiches made of Pocky sticks with cheese “flames”.  Little Miss A had a dreidel shaped sandwich with blue sunflower seeds for the Gimel on top with turkey and cheese on whole grain bread.  She also had a side of blueberries with white chocolate covered sunflower seeds mixed in.

Miss G had a PB & J on whole grain in the Star of David shape. Slices of avocado are on either side.   She got a provolone dreidel with blue sunflower seed Shin on it.  She also had Pocky stick candles with colby jack “flames on top.  Happy Hanukkah to all my friends who are celebrating!

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Thursday I was in a rush so both girls had a hodge podge of things in their lunches.  The main theme was elephants.  I just got a new Lunch Punch that I used for Miss G’s bigger sandwich that has a mother & baby huddling underneath.  I included a BabyBel cheese with a heart cut out.

The heart bento has peaches on the right side and on the left are dried cherries and Funky Monkey brand dried crunchy pineapple pieces.  She also had an applesauce pouch and an Orange Lifeway Kefir pouch.

Little Miss A is still very excited about school, and it’s a bit new for her so finding what she will eat is a bit tricky.  She hasn’t been much into the sandwiches, but I included 2 very small elephants PB & Js for her on whole grain.

The heart bento for Miss An included Annie’s Organic macaroni shells on the right with colby jack butterflies on top.  The left side had halved grapes on the bottom, dried cherries mixed in with watermelon butterflies.  She also had an Orange Lifeaway Kefir and an ice water.

Miss G chose to be Kai Lan last year for Halloween, and she still loves to watch her.  Ni Hao Kai Lan is a little Chinese cartoon on Nick Jr.  She teaches little kids words in Mandarin Chinese.   I admit that I woke up a little earlier today to work on this one to surprise her. I made an oval for Kai Lan’s face and cut a circle in half for her ears.  Her hair is all hand cut raspberry fruit leather as are the eyelashes.  The eyes, eyebrows, nose & mouth are cut with a small oval cutter .  The whites of her eyes (yellows) are gruyere cheese.  I cut dried apricot flowers for her hair bows and secured them with 1/2 toothpicks underneath.  I did the same with the eyes and split one of them doing it 😦  The Ni Hao (“hi” in Mandarin Chinese) was also cut with my alphabet cutters using dried apricots.  My husband got the outer parts of the apricots in his lunch!

To go along with the sandwich, I included flower shaped strawberries, mini carrots, cashews and a Clif Kid organic fruit twist for a treat.  Not shown are an applesauce pouch, Lifeway Kefir pouch and an ice water.   Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Happy Friday everyone!  My little A didn’t finish her Mr. Potatohead yesterday with all the excitement going on at school so I scaled back a bit today.  She loves baked beans so I included the leftovers from dinner with some pieces of colby jack on top for fun.

I also decided on some small flower sandwiches in the hopes that she’d finish her lunch today.  They are just small PB & Js on whole grain bread with heart candies in the middle.  The stems are blueberries on toothpicks.  Next to those is a bouquet of strawberries cut into flowers and the stem is a vanilla biscuit.  Under it all for the “grass” are organic green grapes sliced in half.

Miss G got a dachshund sandwich and some carrots with ranch dip and a strawberry heart.  In a separate container (unshown) are seedless green grapes & blueberries.  Both kids got lime Lifeway Kefir pouches today and ice water.

I was a bit apple happy this morning so Miss G got an apple shaped sandwich on whole wheat with peanut butter, jelly & honey.  I put some green sprinkles on the leaf part of the sandwich.  This picture isn’t the greatest 🙂  The strawberries are all cut into small apples.  I used a small tulip cutter to make mozzarella string cheese flowers & put them on picks with leaves.  I halved an apple after using the same large apple cutter.  Then soak the apple in some kind of citrus juice and water to prevent browning.  Little G loves lemon juice so that’s what I used today.  I also used some cute separators to keep the sandwich from getting soggy.

Just including another awful picture so you can see that I included some leftover Annie’s mac & cheese and carrots cut like suns.  Underneath them I spread ranch dip.

Little A joined her sister for the morning at school again today.  She got two little elephant sandwiches, cashews for nibbling along with a couple of pecans, sun shaped strawberries and a mozzarella cheese stick cut for grass underneath.  In the small round bento, she also got leftover Annie’s mac & cheese with a cut up a Dominex brand vegetarian eggplant meatball which she loves.  Both kids drink ice water and get a pouch of Lifeway Kefir in their lunches.

Oh, Monday.  Sometimes I wish I had a few extra hours on Monday mornings.  I find it tough to get moving at all much less to make lunches for everyone.  Today made a sailboat to save some time.  I just cut fruit leather to lay over the sandwich for the boat & sails.  I put blueberries for the water, cut 2 octopus and a whale out of fresh plums with the mini cutters I have from http://www.allthingsforsale.com and also the cheese fish were cut from the same mini cutters.   Not shown was applesauce and a Lifeway Kefir pouch as part of Miss G’s lunch.

Happy sailing this week!

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