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Today’s lunch was a quickie.  My kids were starving and not willing to wait for my usual lunch antics and photos before eating.  Sheesh!  After all, they are 2 & 4.  They have the patience of a gnat.  So I whipped out my latest fun tool to try out, and this is what I got.  4 hearts and a diamond sandwich pockets made from Rudi’s Whole Grain bread, Justin’s Almond Butter and jam.  The owls are “sitting” on 2 Snyder’s braided whole grain pretzel sticks.  There are 2 heart watermelon pieces and a bunch of seedless red grapes below.

I pressed them in my newest toy from Bento USA below.

My husband gets a baby green salad with swiss chard, arugula and spinach underneath.  On top are orange heirloom tomatoes slices, baby carrots, chopped celery, green onions and sugar snap peas packed in his Easy Lunch Box.  At the top left are watermelon chunks and at top right are Rainier cherries.

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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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My girls are learning about Florida today.  Miss G was asked to dress like a tourist at preschool to celebrate things about our state.   Since I recently did two lunches showing where the state is, I decided to make things that they like & see often.   The mockingbird is our state bird.  We feed the birds at our house, and a mockingbird sits atop the large oak tree in our front yard and sings most days.  It imitates the songs of many other birds so it’s pretty to listen to.  They are also fierce protectors of their nests so if we (or the dogs) get too close, they will swoop down & chirp at us to give us a warning.

The mockingbird is made from Rudi’s Whole Grain bread.  And the wings and tail feathers are the heel of the loaf.  Its eye and beak are made from fruit leather. His leg & tree branches are made from pretzel sticks and the leaves are unsalted pumpkin seeds stuck on with almond butter.  Next to the bird is a mandarin orange peeled at one end to make a sun since Florida is the Sunshine State.  At the top left in an orange cup (the orange blossom is our state flower) is a cornbread muffin and at the top right are locally grown blueberries from King Family Farm and Market and organic raspberries with an umbrella pick.  Her lunch is packed in an Easy Lunch Box.

And Miss A gets a flamingo today.  Flamingo “stuff” is sold in every tourist shop in our state.  When I first visited Florida over 20 years ago, I was shocked to not see one flamingo.   They aren’t native here, but we see plenty of them at our local attractions.  If you’re visiting here, Sarasota Jungle Gardens is a fun place to visit in Sarasota.  They have many flamingos that walk around the grounds, and the kids can hand-feed them.  They are also at the Tampa Lowry Park Zoo where we spend a lot of time.  So even if they’re not native, we do get to see them often.  It is a rare thing if we see them anywhere in the wild, and in fact they are mostly in the Florida Keys and Miami area.  Other than that you won’t really see them here if you’re here for vacation.

Miss A’s flamingo was made of the same Rudi’s Whole Grain bread.  I stuck some pink sprinkles on with agave nectar.  The state tree of Florida is the sabal palm (also known as the cabbage palm) so her palm tree trunk is made from dates and coconut flakes, and the palm fronds are honeydew melon.  At the top left are orange blossom cups with blueberries and raspberries, and at the top right is a mini cornbread muffin with a flamingo pick packed in her Easy Lunch Box.

School’s almost over for us.  It’s hard to believe since the days drag, but the weeks fly.  This week is a continuation of Under The Sea theme.  Miss G requested a submarine.  I have to admit it would be one of the last things I ever would have come up with.  It was so creative that I agreed.

She has a Justin’s Almond Butter and jam on Rudi’s Whole Grain bread.  I used a rolling pin to flatten the bread before hand cutting the submarine.  It has fruit leather portholes.  She has a date whale with coconut flakes on top next to the boat.  At the top left are mango slices with a blowfish pick and at the top right are watermelon slices with a small sea turtle pick.

I didn’t feel like making 2 subs so Miss A got an octopus today.  Hers was cut from a biscuit cutter and then I used the biscuit cutter to cut “legs” out of the remaining bread.  His hat is a date roll with coconut flakes shaped into a hat.  The eyes are candy eyes stuck on with almond butter and so is the fruit leather mouth. At the top left is a mandarin orange with a dolphin pick, at top right are watermelon pieces with an octopus baran (food separator), and in the yellow oval are mango pieces with an octopus pick.

My husband has a salad & sides to go with his lunch today.  His salad is organic romaine lettuce,with a locally grown, sliced tomato courtesy of my generous neighbor (Thank you!), unsalted, raw walnuts, mini carrots and cauliflower.  At the top left are dried apricots and a date roll with coconut flakes and at the top right are watermelon slices.  All 3 lunches today are packed in Easy Lunch Boxes.

My lovely blogger ladies decided that it would be fun to give dads and/or little ones a chance to pitch in for lunch and give us a hand for a day!  What a great idea!  So please make sure to push the button at the end of each post to see what everyone’s families did to help mom out for Mother’s Day!

My little Miss G is 4.  She ALWAYS wants to help.  I do love for her to help me, but most of the time the help she wants to give is in the morning rush to finish breakfast, making lunches & run out to school.  This morning I started her early so she could choose all the things for her own lunch.  She chose the ice cream cone shaped LunchPunch for her favorite sandwich shape out of the hundreds of cutters that we have.  She also said she wanted LOTS of pink since it is her favorite color.

She filled her smaller compartments in her Easy Lunch Box with 2 pink silicone cups , cut her sandwich shapes out of the loaf of Rudi’s Whole Grain organic bread and asked for her favorite standard, Justin’s Almond Butter & raspberry jam.  She was surprised that it was tough to spread the almond butter without ripping the bread.

I let her choose which fruits & vegetables she wanted.  She chose the picks and put it all together by herself.  She said she wanted a lot of pink sprinkles, and I told her she could just for today.  She even knew that she needed honey (agave nectar) to make them stick.  I had to laugh.  I think I’m so special at this, but she has been watching me so intently that the lunch looked an awful lot like something I would have done myself (minus the loads of sprinkles and too much food) and just a tad bit messier than me.

Finishing up:

She wanted to choose the background paper herself for the official picture, and insisted that she also take the photo of her lunch too.  She included watermelon, honeydew melon, mini carrots and threw in cashews and dried cherries in the green cup at the end. She also chose a Hello Kitty pick and a pink racoon pick to add in the end.

Here is her photo which I only cropped:

And here’s the photo I took of her.  I’m not including her beautiful, proud face, but know that she has a HUGE smile from doing this all by her 4 year old self!

Please hop over to Ludicrous Mama’s page called Biting The Hand That Feeds You to see what her munchkin did for her lunch!

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.

I was looking at the calendar today, and I’m a bit sad that my kids only have 3 more weeks of school left after this week!  They are really going to miss their teachers and friends this summer.  Where did the time go?

I haven’t really been looking forward to X week at school.  I took the lazy way out and broke out the Halloween cutters for this one.  I decided on a skull since it was the closest thing to a skeleton without me having to cut out bones at 10pm!  At 2 and 4, the only things my girls know that begins with X are an X-ray and a xylophone.

So a cheater’s x-ray it is for both.  Miss G’s skull x-ray is on Ezekiel bread with Justin’s Almond butter and jam.  She has the tomatoes on either side which she has helped plant, water and grow.  She could eat bowls of the small tomatoes so she’s enjoying her crops. Separated by an octopous baran are cauliflower and a carrot X in between.  At the top right are blueberries with a watermelon X and below are sliced mangoes with a fruit leather X on top packed in her Easy Lunch Box.

Miss A has a smaller version with the same skull x-ray sandwich.  Hers is surrounded by mini carrots.  At the top left are mango pieces with a fruit leather X on top and to the right are 2 picks of blueberries made into an X surrounded by watermelon triangles.


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