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Anyone who knows me well knows I’ve been obsessed with everything French since high school.  I’ve never been to Paris or anywhere in France so at this point it’s a romantic dream and a bucket list item of mine to visit Paris and spend time roaming the countryside in Provence.  We read a lot of Madeline books too so my girls are familiar with the Eiffel Tower and many things French.

I decided to make my Parisian obsession into lunches for the girls. I used an Eiffel Tower cookie cutter for the sandwich and pastry cutters for the LOVE hearts for the “City of Love”.   I also made croissants (crescent rolls) that I stuffed with a few vegan chocolate chips for a special treat today which I rarely do.  The PARIS letters are cut with mini alphabet cutters in Stretch Island grape fruit leather.  At the top left are sugar snap peas cut in half and cashews with a French poodle pick.  At the top right are kiwi pieces and cloud shaped cantaloupe since it rains in Paris a lot with a black Eiffel Tower pick.  Lunch is packed in our good ol’ reliable Easy Lunch Boxes.

Little Miss 2 year old had a French poodle today.  The eyes and nose are Stretch Island Fruit Leather as well as the BONJOUR letters. The poodles ear, tail & legs have mini vegan marshmallows stuck on with a dab of agave.  She had the same croissant as big.  At the top left is a half of a plum and at the top right are kiwi pieces and cantaloupe clouds packed in her Easy Lunchbox.

For my husband’s lunch, I got most of the salad ingredients at the local farmer’s market here in Sarasota, FL.  Baby spinach leaves, organic sprouts, raw walnuts, seasoned pumpkin seeds and orange heirloom tomatoes.  In addition are sugar snap peas and plums packed in an Easy Lunchbox.

Things I used to make this lunch:

STILL TIME TO ENTER MY GIVEAWAY!

GREENPAXX STRAWS AND LIDS GIVEAWAY

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What better way to say you love your mother than to win a fun kitchen tool?  Or one that will help kids to make their own meals!  I was introduced to FunBites a few months back when they were kind enough to include me in doing a review for the Luv It cutter.

FunBites wants to celebrate Mother’s Day with my readers by giving away one of their cutters.  The winner may choose which cutter they want.  Please read the end of this post to find out how to win one of these!

I must admit that the first time I got the FunBites Luv It cutter, I played with it for a few minutes.  Then my creative brain took over.  My kids didn’t need any time to decide to play.  They still think it’s a fun toy.  Luckily, it is also seriously durable and washes clean quickly.  I am not afraid to let them have the FunBites cutters to experiment.  Yes, it’s been chucked across the table, accidentally dropped and well used by my 2 and 4 year old, and both cutters still look like new.  NOT that I recommend trying it, but with toddlers anything can happen.  The best part is that once you show them, even the littlest kids can use it to help make their own snacks.  Mine LOVE creating shapes and playing with the pieces of bread, fruit, pitas or anything cut out of these fun food cutters.

One of the most important parts of the piece for me when spending money on my family is the kind of business I support.  If you don’t think about who you’re buying from, you should.  FunBites is a family-owned business started by a mom just like you and me.  Their products are made of safe, BPA-free, non-leaching plastics, and are made in the USA supporting families here.  Please check out their brief story here: FunBites-Our Story.

Here is one of the FunBites lunches I recently did:

FunBites Kite Lunch

For Mother’s Day, I thought it would be great to think of all the things we do.   Without mom’s a house is just a house, but with love and care it becomes the place your heart and home are.  The cantaloupe at the top left was cut with the Cube It FunBites cutter.  At the top right is guacamole in the yellow flower cup.  In the green clover cup are small, square tortilla chips I made with the Cube It FunBites cutter (see how below!)  The sandwich is Justin’s almond butter & strawberry jam on Ezekiel bread all cut with the FunBites Luv It cutter shapes.  The sun’s rays are soy cheese cut with the same cutter, and the hearts are fruit leather cut from the FunBites Luv It cutter too.

So for the homemade tortilla chips, I cut a whole grain tortilla (also pita bread or flatbread is easy for these too) with the Cube It FunBites cutter.  I placed them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.  Then I lightly misted grapeseed oil (or any oil, just go easy with it) over the pieces and lightly sprinkled garlic powder over them.  I placed them in the oven on my low broiler setting and placed in the middle of the oven.  As long as you’re watching them, you can do this at 300-350 too.  They take about 5-7 minutes depending on your oven.  Again, just make sure to watch them.  Because they’re small pieces, they brown quickly.  My kids like the garlic chips with guacamole and hummus.  You can do the same thing and use cinnamon instead of the garlic powder.

Here’s how they turned out:

And then I arranged them into a fun flowery snack with some hummus:

Don’t forget to do something special for yourself this weekend if you’re a mom!

Here’s how to win your choice of a Luv It or Cube It cutter from FunBites.  You must submit separate entries for each one of these items to receive separate chances to win.

1. YOU MUST “LIKE” FunBites on Facebook

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Optional entries:

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4. Blog about this giveaway and leave me the link to your blog in my comments

5. Follow me on my blog by subscribing to my wordpress posts.

GOOD LUCK!

This contest will go through midnight on Thursday, May 10th, 2012 at 10pm.  I will choose a winner by random.org and contact you.  You will have 48 hours to respond, or I will choose a new winner.
Wishing everyone a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend!

If I had kept up with the paperwork that comes home from school, I would have known about kite day earlier!  Instead, Miss G’s teacher was kind enough to remind me yesterday.  I had another transportation lunch planned, but I decided to reroute.  It’s actually the perfect idea because my little girls have been very into Mary Poppins lately so I was thinking about the song, “Let’s Go Fly A Kite”.    I did a FunBites giveaway a few weeks back, and I had a kite idea that I didn’t use. The two kites at the bottom were cut using the FunBites Luv It! cutter.

FunBites Luv It!

At the top left are pineapple chunks cut with the FunBites Luv It cutter and topped with a heart strawberry.  To the right is Sabra hummus in an orange flower cup.  The heart in the middle is a snow pea, on the KITE picks are edamame and below are mini carrots for dipping in the hummus.  The bottom 2 kite sandwiches are made on Rudi’s Nut & Oat bread cute with the FunBites Luv It! cutter which can be found through their site or on Amazon.  Both have almond cutter & strawberry jam inside.  The kite to the left is topped with Veggy brand soy cheese, and the clouds are also made from the same cheese.  The kite strings are made from black rice vermicelli.  Miss G’s lunch is pack in an Easy Lunch Box, and she has ice water with her lunch.  In keeping with our new diet, her whole lunch is plant-based and vegan.

Below are the other lunches I made with the same cutter.  The giveaway is over, but there will be another one coming up soon so please stay tuned!  FunBites Fun Food Ideas for Kids (and big kids)

It’s transportation week at school for the girls, but only Miss G is at school today.  Little A woke up with a cold so she’s at home today.  As usual, my LunchPunches save the day.  I recently got the transportation set which will be put to good use this week.  It’s great for boys an girls to teach them about how we get around.  Today’s airplane is on Rudi’s Whole Grain bread with Justin’s Almond Butter & jam.  The white for the airplane on top is a piece of Veggy brand soy cheese.  To the left of the sandwich in the green cloud shaped cup are watermelon clouds.  At the top left is a clementine cutie with a purple koala pick, and at the top right are honeydew hearts all packed in her Easy Lunch Box.  She also has an ice water with her lunch.

Well, it’s sort of overcast anyway.  This bento was sent to me from a friend who found it on http://www.cutefoodforkids.com.  So this is my version for Miss G today.  The smiling cloud is handcut from an apple with royal icing eyes and a dried apricot mouth.  Underneath are raspberries and below the cloud is a sliced pluot (plum/apricot hybrid).  On the right side is a PB & J umbrella with fruit leather & sprinkles on top.  Below are Choco Boy biscuits for a treat.  Lots of sugar in this one.  She also had an applesauce and kefir for lunch.

Little A went to school for a half day today too.  She doesn’t care much for sandwiches so I gave her left over tortellini cut into pieces on the right side of the heart.  The left side is leftover corn off the cob and a BabyBel cheese on top.  The blue square is full of grapes, watermelon, blueberries and pinepple bits.  I use WasteNot Saks which I bought on http://www.etsy.com instead of ziploc bags and put her green bean crisps in there.  She also had an applesauce and a kefir today.

The girls won’t be in school tomorrow so no fancy lunches from me.  Wishing everyone a relaxing, safe Labor Day weekend!


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