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My fellow blogger friends and I are doing a summer blog hop.  We each got to choose what we thought reminded us of summer.  We hope this inspire some fun ideas for your summer picnics and lunches.  When you get to the end of each post, please click on the blog hop button or link to get to the next blog’s page.  Some people are posting later than others so make sure you loop through everyone’s creations during the day.  Enjoy!

These were fun afternoon snacks for my kids.  We live on the Gulf Coast of Florida.  I’m the big water fanatic in the family so we spend as much time as possible out walking the beach and playing outside.  We found a crab last week while walking the beach so I included him.  From the top left is a fruity drink made of watermelon and a cantaloupe strip on top with an orange slice garnish.  To the right is a beachy scene.  All the sand is cous cous with food coloring.  The crab is made of grape tomatoes, a tiny piece of uncooked pasta to attach his pinchers and 2 candy eyes.  The coconut palm is made from a pretzel stick trunk, kiwi palm fronds and dates rolled up for coconuts.  The flip flop at the bottom right is a pineapple chunk with Stretch Island brand fruit leather straps.

I also love to standup paddleboard which little Miss G did with me on Mother’s Day.  She was a bit nervous, but she ended up having a great time.  I did a scene with her half in the water hanging onto a surfboard (paddleboard) in the water which was cous cous dyed with food coloring.  The sun is a pineapple wedge.  The face and body of the girl are made from Stretch Island brand fruit leather and Vegan brand cheese.  Miss G knows that sharks live in salty water so I gave her coconut milk yogurt a water color too, and I put the fish(fruit leather) close to her & the shark far away.  At the top left is hummus with sea grass (snap peas) and an anchor.  Not shown were the quinoa chips for dipping.  Both snacks were packed in their Easy Lunch Boxes.

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We are so fortunate to live in Florida where we have exposure to so much marine life and education.  My kids get great learning experiences whether it’s at the beach or at the local aquarium.  We also get to visit the birds and mammals who have been injured from fishing lines, plastic bags and other various injuries and watch them rehabilitate here and be released.   During turtle nesting season here (now, spring through fall) we see the roped off sea turtle nests and have even found sea turtle eggs after they’ve hatched.  At our local aquarium, Mote Marine Laboratory, we get to visit the hatchlings when they are there before their release and the older turtles who live there.  They have loggerhead and green turtles which are both native to the area.  Mote does a lot of great research and education in our area and in other areas of the state.  We are lucky!

Miss G has my cartoonish version of a sea turtle.  They’re much cuter in person!  She has a Justin’s Almond Butter and jam sandwich on Rudi’s Whole Grain bread.  The fun pie pieces on its back and its eyes are made from dairy free cheese.  His legs are made from the crusts.  At top left are nectarine slices and a watermelon octopus.  At the top right are watermelon chunks with soy cheese fish on top packed in her Easy Lunch Box.

Miss A has mini boats for her lunch below.  At the top left are watermelon chunks and a soy cheese boat on top.  At the top right are nectarine slices and a nectarine boat on top.

And to go with his rice, tofu & veggie bowl lunch, I packed my husband an Easy Lunch Box of a salad of mixed greens and spinach leaves, locally grown grape tomatoes and a red sweet pepper “I heart you”.  At the top left is a homemade zucchini mini muffin.  At the top right is a single serve container of Sabra hummus and not shown are whole grain crackers for dipping.

My LunchPunches saved the day with a cute fish lunch for little A.   They are doing an “Under The Sea” week which this week can also be known for me this week as Mom’s under water, behind in her duties and “floundering”. Her sandwich is on Rudi’s Whole Grain bread with Justin’s almond butter & raspberry jam.   I also used my Cube It FunBites cutter to cut the watermelon and honeydew in cubes and leftover corn off the cob from the previous night’s dinner is in the star container packed in her LunchBots Uno stainless bento.

Miss G is still busy working on her 50 states so I made her a USA map sandwich with a tiny soy cheese Florida stuck to it.  She also has the leftover corn off the cob with fruit leather FLORIDA letters on top.  At the top left are homegrown yellow & a red grape tomato with a strawberry pick and at the top right are watermelon chunks with an orange pick packed in her Easy Lunch Box.

And my husband gets a salad to go with his lunch made of baby greens, salad cucumbers and heirloom tomatoes from the local market.  At the top left are cantaloupe pieces and at top right are organic mini carrots and leftover corn.

The girls’ school has been celebrating Dr. Seuss all week for his birthday.  He would have been 108 years old!   My fellow bloggers have been making fabulous foods all week for their kids, and now it’s time to hop!  Blog hop that is.  At the bottom of this page you’ll find a link to visit the next bento blogger who also worked hard on a Seuss lunch.  Please make sure to visit all our pages to check out my fun, creative bento friends !

I also discovered that this is my 100th post!  Yea, me!

It’s still “Q” week at school so she chose the quacking quackeroo from the Dr. Seuss ABC book.  I hand carved a gardein brand  “chicken” breast for the bird which was leftover from dinner last night.  I hand cut and carved the carrots out of organic mini carrots and also a bit for the tongue.  His eyes are small pieces of fruit leather.  The marshmallow fuzzy collar is made from vegan marshmallows by sweet & sara.

The Q above the quackeroo is made with whole grain bread, and the orange star shaped silicone cup is filled with edamame.  On the top right are watermelon stars and underneath that are pieces of blood orange.  Below that in the purple cup are green tea rice noodles with carrot stars on top.

Little Miss A’s very favorite Seuss story is “Cat in the Hat” or cat hat as she calls it.  I rolled out whole grain bread with a rolling pin which makes it much easier to cut and cut out Cat in the Hat.  His bowtie and facial features are all fruit leather.  His hat is strawberry and banana slices, and the umbrella is the kind you find in fruity drinks here in Florida!  The sandwich has Smart Deli “turkey” and Veggy “cheese” inside.  In the top right red cup is the same green tea pasta with watermelon fish, and below in the blue cup are edamame and a cucumber pinwheel.  Both girls’ lunches are packed in Easy Lunch Boxes.

For more awesome Dr. Seuss themed food ideas, please click HERE to see what Kandice at We Aren’t Scared of Sugar did this week!  Happy Blog hopping!

Things I used to make this lunch:

The girls don’t go to school on Fridays.  This morning we went to a local market that grows their own fruits & veggies.  They also have cattle, a burro and sheep there that they let us feed.  That was the highlight of the day so far.

I made them lunch on these awesome plates our friend Pinky sent for Christmas.  Thanks, Pinky!  The girls love them.  They both had hummus, healthy pretzel sticks, and star fruit/carambola which are in season here in Florida.  Miss G had an almond butter & jam on whole grain bread.  I made the fish the princess’ hat.  Little A had a strawberry with her lunch.  Have a great weekend, everyone!


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.

I am feeling a bit uninspired this week.  We’re going on vacation for the first time in a long time, and I am just not motivated to cook!  I am hoping the break gives me time to dream up new ideas & come up with something a bit more creative than this.  Little Miss G would be sad if she didn’t have a special lunch for school so I whipped up a little seahorse sandwich on whole wheat.  He has a royal icing eye and cheese designs cut with a small wave cutter.  I cut the fish from hard boiled eggs and gave them black sesame seed eyes.  I used blueberries for the water, crinkle cut carrots for more waves and then cut octopus shapes out of strawberries.  Ranch dip is in the yellow container for the carrots & unseen is her Lifeway Kefir pouch to drink and ice water.


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