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It was Miss A’s birthday this week.  She turned 3.   I think every mother sits back and asks where the time went.  It certainly doesn’t feel like 3 years ago!  In any case, I made her a special birthday lunch, and her Easy LunchBoxes container came back empty which is always a sign of success to me.

Bentoriffic- Three Years Old bento

I used the LunchPunch birthday cake cutter on Rudi’s Whole Wheat bread.  Inside is Justin’s Almond butter with a bit of agave nectar.  I cut a 3 out of  Stretch Island fruit leather and used a tiny heart cutter for the flames of the candles.  On either side of the sandwich are heart picks of organic blueberries.  In the top left compartment are 3 pineapple chunks and three candle cupcake picks and in the top right are 3 number 3 pieces of watermelon and a date and raisin ball rolled in coconut.

Stitch present

Her favorite present?  A Stitch action figure which I found on eBay.  He speaks alien, makes laser gun noises and comes with green alien drool.  I know, I’m not winning mother of the year in some people’s eyes, but she LOVES her Lilo and Stitch Disney movies.

Bentoriffic- Cupcake by Miss G

Miss G wanted to make her own lunch today so I obliged.  She had a cupcake shaped sandwich with the same LunchPunch set.  She filled it with chocolate almond butter and cut a fruit leather cherry for the top.  She also has organic blueberries and ice cream cone shaped watermelon pieces in her Easy Lunchboxes container.

Bentoriffic- BBQ beans and veggies bento

My husband is having last night’s leftovers of barbeque black eyed peas, beans and vegetables.  It’s as simple as it sounds. Cook black eyed pease and your favorite beans (I used pintos) or open the can & dump into a skillet.  In a separate skillet I cooked 2 carrots chopped, 1 shallot finely chopped, 1 cup of peas and 2 turnips and sauteed them in a separate skillet until cooked.  I used about a 1/2 cup of barbeque sauce and coated the beans while heating them.  When the vegetables were done cooking, I merged the two and coated it all with the barbeque sauce.  Dinner is served!  In the top left are pineapple pieces and in the right compartment are watermelon pieces in his Easy Lunchboxes container.

Please click on each photo to find out where I bought tools I used to make this lunch:

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Thanks to a recommendation from a few blogging friends a few months ago, my kids watched the Disney movie Lilo and Stitch for the first time.  They are officially hooked.  In fact, even though the original movie was in 2003, the girls decided they had to be Lilo and Stitch for Halloween.

Scrump (Lilo’s doll) and Stitch

Miss A is loves her little alien Stitch.   I made her this little Stitch bento for school this week.  I received the Stitch bento from one of my generous blogger friends and found the cookie cutters, picks and small containers through eBay.  All the Stitch baran are available at All Things For Sale.  The links and photos are listed at the end of this post.

The mini Stitch sandwiches are made from Rudi’s Whole Grain bread with SunButter.  Underneath the sandwiches are apple slices.  To the left are red seedless grapes, mango slices, raspberries and a piece of kiwi.

A project I volunteer for is a Pack A Sack food program at my church.  The program feeds kids at a local elementary school each weekend that would otherwise go hungry.  Last year I helped bring fresh fruits and vegetables to be added to their packed meals.  For Halloween I did a decorated clementine for each child in their meal before Halloween.  They were a huge hit with the kids.

These are a small sample of the clementines I did this week.  My husband even helped draw them and enjoyed the project with me.    Each one is different.  I used a non-toxic Sharpie marker.  The oils from the fruit dry them out quickly, but it’s worth the fun.  It’s even a great, healthy idea for your trick or treaters.  Hope everyone has a relaxing weekend ahead!

Stitch items available at All Things For Sale:

I couldn’t resist.  The girls have Mouse fever.  Like Hello Kitty, they can never get enough of Disney.  I found some Mickey & Minnie sandwich cutters on eBay, and I had to have them.  I made them chocolate almond butter and agave nectar sandwiches with fresh fruit.  From the top are pineapple, pear, mango and apple mice inbetween the sandwiches.   I found the fabulous vintage looking plate on clearance at my local Target store.

I rely on a few websites for great tasting, vegan recipes.  This one is adapted from Oh She Glows. Angela Liddon has amazing, original recipes that taste great.   This one’s called the Back On Track Wheat Berry and Bean Salad.  You can revise it how you like as I did.  I had spelt berries and garbanzo beans in the pantry which is what I used.  I love extra vegetables so I used lots of grape tomatoes, cucumbers, 3 colors of sweet peppers and green onions.  The dressing is also by taste.  It’s a great, filling salad for summer or a potluck dish too.

My husband is having a mixed green salad with broccoli sprouts along the sides.  On top of the sprouts along the edges are sweet red peppers and cucumber Os.  His side of spelt berry salad is at the top right and heart shaped strawberries at the top left packed in his Easy LunchBox container.

Things I used to make this lunch:

And we’re off.  School’s off, it’s Memorial Day weekend, and we’re using the last day of our 3 day passes to visit DisneyLand for the day.  I think I’ve mentioned before just how fortunate we are.  We live near one of the top beaches in the U.S. (Siesta Key) and we’re under a 2 hour drive from the Disney gates.  The girls are excited, and lunches are packed.  For the sake of simplicity, I am not doing a full description of sandwiches today since we are in a rush to get going early.  I just simply loaded up all 4 of our Easy Lunch Boxes with as many fruits and veggies as I could fit.  We will be there all day, and the meatless and cheeseless selections at the parks are few, very far between and not so reasonably priced.  We may end up getting a small snack there, but I try to prepare as many simple, healthy options for us as possible.  I also pack Larabars wherever we go.

Daddy Mouse gets the bigger sandwich and I fashioned girls’ mouse face sandwiches & ears out of smaller sandwich pockets (and leftover bread for the girls.  The mouse containers all have Craisins in them.  I’m the one eating the kale salad with cucumbers and red carrots (mouse in the middle).  Wishing everyone a safe & relaxing weekend.

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I admit that I’m having a bit of trouble finding my creative energy to make fun lunches this calendar year.  I’m still quite busy putting the house back together and getting organized after the holidays.  You will definitely see some changes in the girls’ lunches this new year.  We are trying to better our health, and we made a decision to eliminate meat from our diets.  It’s a big decision, but one we’ve been thinking about for a while.  Their dad and I are on the path to becoming vegan.  You may see some remnants of cheese and other items left in the fridge until they disappear, but for the most part our lunches will be meat and dairy free from now on.  The decision was made purely on a health basis.  We both have genetically high cholesterol and heart problems on both sides of the family.  Neither of us are overweight, but yet we still battle high cholesterol issues.  A plant based diet seemed to be the best answer for us.  I know that it’s not for everyone so please know that I will remain honest about things that work and don’t work in lunches.  There is nothing worse to me than a meal that doesn’t taste good and I don’t enjoy.  I hope my readers will stick with me through the ride and know that you can make your own substitutions for whatever works best for you & your family.  Much peace & prosperity in the new year!

Our family went to DisneyWorld for a couple of days over the weekend to celebrate little A’s upcoming 2nd birthday.  The girls had a blast, tried our patience and were happy and exhausted at the end.  In any case, they have a renewed love for the big mouse again.  I did find a Mickey cookie cutter there. I didn’t have as much time as I would have liked to perfect him today so I may attempt Minnie again soon.  The sandwich is an almond butter and jam on whole grain bread.  The ears & outside of the face are the heel of the bread.  His eyes are provolone and the rest is fruit leather.  To the right are grape tomatoes, below are dried cherries, , the bottom left are small picks of blueberries and mini carrots with a tiny container of ranch for dipping.

 

 

Little Miss A got the short end of the stick since I ran out of time.  She got 3 little bear sandwiches on whole grain with almond butter and jam.  Their faces are fruit leather.  Next to them are 2 bear shaped dried apricots.  On the right side clockwise are a squirrel container of shelled edamame, blueberry picks, Snap Pea crisps and a bunny container of dried cherries.  Both girls have ice water with their lunches.

 

 

Miss G requested a fish this morning so I used the template from http://funkylunch.com/gallery.htm.  The cookbook that he has is great because it is simple and uses ingredients that most people have already in their refrigerators.  I made a sandwich and then sliced a large carrot with a mandoline and cut the slices to fit.  The eye is the premade royal icing eye and the smile is made from fruit leather.  Underneath the fish are heart shaped green crisps from the asian food store, and the bottom portion is red, seedless grapes and blueberries.

Little Miss A went for her second day today.  Her lunch was leftover Annie’s Organic Macaroni Shells with edamame topped with a cheese cat and fruit leather face.  She also had sliced blueberries, red, seedless grapes in a silicone cat cup and the same green crisps.  She also had a Lifeway kefir pouch and a GoGo squeez applesauce pouch.


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