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So I said it would be the last lunch yesterday, but I ended up having to make one for Little A today.  I remembered to pay for Miss G’s lunch, and in the rush out yesterday forgot to include her.  Oops!

I also volunteered for the snack for the 2 year old room since it was a water day for them spending the morning in the hot sun.  I offered for a few reasons.  I really dislike the “snacks” that most other moms bring with tons of added sugar, food dyes, and the like, and I want to see all the kids refuel on the right foods.  After some great suggestions from friends, I went to the fruit skewer idea.  I had some issues this round though.  These are 2 year olds.  Not only do they put everything in their mouths, but they are also clumsy by nature.  I knew I couldn’t use the sharp, wooden skewers.  I poked myself plenty of times just making them so I was hoping to avoid injuries.  I decided on cake pop sticks.  They are the thicker, paper sticks with blunt, rounded edges like on a large lollipop.  There is one big problem with those sticks and fruit.  Paper and water don’t go well together.  DUH!  So they ended up being ok, but the sticks were wobbly by the time the kids ate them.  They didn’t fall apart, but they were not ideal.  Next time I will look for a different alternative.  Lastly, watermelon is terrible for the skewer idea. If you’re going to use it, you’ll have to do it in large pieces or it falls apart.  I also like the idea of leaving the rind on and poking the stick through it as separate snack.  All in all, the kids loved them, it was a healthy snack and they looked good.  They were made of cantaloupe flowers, pineapple chunks, honeydew melon stars, cherries and black seedless grapes.

Here is Miss A’s last minute lunch for her.  I used the puzzle cutter by LunchPunch for the sandwich and made a piece of vegan cheese and a piece of fruit leather on top.  To the right are mandarins and watermelon pieces packed in her LunchBots Duo.

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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.

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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!

Happy Hump Day!  In addition to the letter X this week, the girls are also learning about flowers in school this week.

Miss G has 2 flower sandwiches on Ezekiel Low Sodium bread.  Above the flowers in the flower cup she has raspberries surrounding a cantaloupe flower.  At the top right are blueberries underneath a pear flower with a blueberry in the middle.  At the bottom right are sugar snap peas with a cup of brown and wild rice in a flower cup on top of them and a flower cup of cashews.

Miss A has 2 matryoshka dolls, also known as Russian nesting dolls, for lunch.  They are also on Ezekiel bread with fruit leather hair and faces. Underneath the dolls are sugar snap peas.  At the bottom left she has watermelon and cantaloupe flowers.  At the top left she has a cup of pineapples underneath blueberry stuffed raspberries.  I saw some of my other blogger friends doing this, and I thought it was so cute and clever!

My husband has a spinach salad today topped with a cucumber X and heirloom tomato slices.  At the top right is white bean bruschetta with tomatoes, fresh basil, garlic and red wine vinegar.  At the bottom right is a cup of mini carrots and a piece of purple cauliflower in the middle and blueberries around the cauliflower.  All 3 lunches today are packed in Easy Lunch Boxes.

Today’s W lunches are a witch and a watering can.  I offered a few other options, and Miss G came up with watering can on her own.  I had to cut both sandwiches by hand since I don’t have any cookie cutters that fit the bill.

The watering can is made with Rudi’s Whole Grain bread.  I microwaved each piece for 10 seconds and then use a rolling pin to flatten them before cutting.  I do like to garden, and Miss G loves to help too.  The holes in the spout are black sesame seeds.  At the bottom are tulip carrots with leaf picks at the bottom.  In the tiny butterfly container are dried cherries with a carrot butterfly on top.  In the small cup at top left are honeydew melon butterflies and carrot butterflies.   In the larger cup at the top right are strawberry hearts with a carrot butterfly on top.

Miss A has a friendly witch.   Her face and eyes are made of vegan cheese,her pupils and mouth are fruit leather as are the bands on the hat & broom.  Her broom handle is the bread crust and the broom bristles are the heel of the bread.  I wasn’t thrilled about the way her face turned out.  She looks like she could use some sun, but I didn’t have time to alter it.  She is flying across a leftover corn off the cob crescent moon.  The honeydew melon shapes at the top right are a witch’s hat, stars and crescent moons.  In the other cup are strawberry hearts and blueberries.  Both lunches are packed in Easy Lunch Boxes.

I am complying with yesterday’s request from Miss G for a van for V week at preschool.  It didn’t seem all that exciting to me, but if she’ll eat it I’m in.  She gets a Rudi’s whole grain van with Veggy brand vegan cheese VAN letters and a window.  Below the van is a road made of what my mom used to call “ants on a log”, celery with Justin’s Almond Butter and raisins on top.  Above the van are cashews and homegrown cherry tomatoes.  At the top right are watermelon flowers and on the bottom right are mango flowers in her Easy Lunch Box.

Little A gets a VASE for her V letter today made from the same Rudi’s whole grain bread.  In the large flower, she has a bunch of watermelon flower cutouts.  In the smaller cups she has dried apricots and dried cherries and cashews at the top right packed in her LunchBots stainless bento.

Tomorrow is our Bento Bloggers Earth Day Blog Hop.  Please make sure to stop back, and click on the button below to check out all the great ideas for fun Earth Day foods!

The week before Easter is fun for me because I love building up the excitement for my girls.  How many more “sleeps” until the Bunny comes?  My kids, like most, adore little animals.  They recently got their spring pictures taken with some little baby chicks.  Miss G was VERY into mothering them and holding them while little A just stared at them.  She wasn’t sure whether or not they were scary, and every time these 3″ high chicks walked towards her she would shriek.   These chicks are the best kind.  Nothing to clean up!

Miss G has watermelon flowers at the top left with a chick pick, at the top right are blueberries and a strawberry butterfly with a duckling pick.  The chick sandwich is on Rudi’s Nut & Oat bread with almond butter & jam.  On top are slices of mozzarella and cheddar Vegan brand cheese, a candy eye and a carrot beak.   In the yellow chick cup are edamame and carrot butterflies on top, and in the Easter egg are cashews packed in an Easy Lunch Box.

Little Miss A has a duckling today with the same sandwich and Vegan soy cheese on top wearing a hat pick.  The beak and wing are carrots and the eye is a pre-made candy eye.  At the top left are blueberries with a strawberry butterfly and a chick pick, a clementine orange is next to that, and in the yellow chick cup are edamame with a carrot butterfly on top.  Her lunch is in a Hello Kitty bento box.

I also made a salad for my husband to go with his Amy’s brand frozen rice & veggie bowl lunch.  His salad is all spinach leaves underneath topped with a quartered watermelon radish (the purple slices with the green edge).  I hadn’t ever seen one before until a few months ago.  They are pretty plain looking outside, but inside they’re amazingly pretty.  They are also much spicier (I think) than a normal radish.  I also included orange & yellow carrots from the local King Family Farms and a handful of walnuts packed in his LunchBots stainless bento.

Please check back tomorrow, as I’ll be linked to Stephanie from A Pocket Full of Buttons and 15 other bento bloggers for a Bunny Hop with awesome springtime ideas for lunches!

I had all the right intentions.  Last week was “P” week at the kids’ school.  I thought I’d be proactive and ask Miss G what she wanted for her “Q” lunch.  The only thing she could come up with was quail so it was decided.  All good if NEXT week wasn’t “Q” week, and this week is a review.  So much for planning!

So a quail it is on whole grain flat bread with a carrot leg,  almond butter & jam inside in a stainless LunchBots container.  The 3 baby quails following behind are watermelon chunks.  The pink bunny container has mini carrots, the orange sauce container has dip for the carrots and the pink muffin cup has raspberries, blueberries and a big strawberry.

Miss A has a heart shaped  flatbread sandwich with almond butter and jam. Underneath it in the squirrel cup are cashews.  On the left side are watermelon flowers and heart shaped strawberries below.  Both girls have ice water in their kids CamelBak water bottles.


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