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I found out today that Miss G will be in angel in her Christmas program tomorrow.  Nothing like finding out last minute!  I guess she decided that it wasn’t important enough to tell me.  Today she had an angel shaped Wow! soybutter and jelly sandwich in her LunchBots stainless bento box. I “painted” the wings with honey and sprinkled on snowflake candy to make them white.  The halo is a snack from a friend who sent Asian treats.  If I only read Japanese, I could tell you what they are!  They tasted sort of like salty potato chip rings.  She has bread crust hair, eyes and mouth.  The BabyBel cheese has a small angel cutout and the wax leftover was placed on the sandwich for fun.  In the red silicone cup are mandarin oranges with sunflower seeds covered with red, white & green chocolate. I love them because they look like little ornaments or the vintage colored lights.  Also hidden to the far right is a long pick of fresh blueberries.

Miss A has actually been eating more of her mini sandwiches so I decided to try again today.  She got a tree and Santa’s sleigh on whole wheat with ham and provolone inside with a side of leftover Annie’s Organic macaroni shells to the right.  I put tree and star shaped marshmallow shapes on top for her treat.  She also had a mini container of mandarins sprinkled with the same sunflower seeds.  Both girls also had Lifeway flavored kefir with lunch.

OK. So posting this a day later, the sunflower seeds on mandarins was a terrible idea.  The chocolate melted & made them look nasty!  In the future I’d only put them on something that isn’t so runny or if you’re serving them right away it should be fine.

Hope everyone finds some peace and enjoyment during the holiday chaos!

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Today was my attempt at a pilgrim.  I ended up using a gingerbread man cookie cutter rather than hand cutting as I had hoped. The letters and buckle on the hat and the mouth are apple fruit leather.  For the pilgrim’s eyes, I used small candy pieces.   The acorns are dried apricots.  I found a bag of organic orchard apples at my local grocery store which are the perfect toddler size.  The “give thanks” is on sliced green apples.  The red BabyBel cheese with maple leaf removed is below the small apple, and on the bottom right are raspberries.

Little Miss A had a simple lunch today since she is discarding most of the bread I send.  She gets turkey rolled up, mozzarella string cheese sliced, and on the right are watermelon chunks underneath dried apricot leaves.  Both girls get ice water and flavored kefir with their lunches.

We’re off school next week and headed out of town so I have to get my Thanksgiving lunches done in the next couple of days.  This one was a lot easier than I thought it would be.  Just a soy butter and jelly on whole wheat with a carrot beak, fruit leather waddle and candy eyes.  His feathers are apple and carrot slices. Raspberries are to the left and heirloom grape tomatoes are in the squirrel cup.  Also included are an applesauce, Lifeway berry kefir & ice water.

Little sis gets some fall festive sandwiches in turkey, pumpkin & acorn shapes with just turkey inside.  Colby Jack cheese leaves are above with raspberries.  Also included in her lunch are Craisins, and applesauce, Lifeway berry kefir and ice water too.  Both girls’ lunches are packed in LunchBots stainless containers.

Happy fall Tuesday!

So I think it’s nice to share failures, lazy weeks with little motivation and lunches that even a 3 year old can’t decipher.  I had great intentions of making a lovely mermaid for the 3 year old.  I used a cookie cutter I recently bought.   The sandwich part was fine.  I used carrot slices for the scales.  They look ok, but they wouldn’t stay on for anything.  The spaghetti hair was alright too.  The face was another thing.  With limited time in the morning, I am forced to live with my mistakes.  So she’s in a side pose, but there’s no nose.  I just couldn’t make this one look right so I’ve decided she’s a sleestak mermaid (just google sleestak, and you’ll see what I mean).  She just looks creepy.  Worse yet, my daughter thought it was a seal.   Below her are grape tomatoes and goldfish crackers.  She also had applesauce again, Lifeway Kefir and ice water with her lunch.

The 1 year old got more rolled up ham & cheese with snap pea crisps and craisins underneath.  On the right side were orange slices and watermelon flowers on top.  She too had an applesauce, Lifeway kefir and ice water.

Miss G is finally back to school this week after a long spell of being at home sick.  She wanted a leaf today so she got a maple leaf turkey & cheese sandwich with mini carrots below and a small piece of Halloween candy wedged in.  On the right are watermelon maple & oak leaves and a pick of pineapple and grapes.  She had an ice water & Lifeway berry kefir pouch to drink.

My littlest pumpkin had a small lunch today.  She hasn’t been eating much lunch in the past week.  She also got 2 flowers (turkey & cheese) with green snap peas, a cup of pineapple chunks and watermelon and leftover Annie’s macaroni (her favorite food).  She also had an ice water and a Lifeway flavored kefir with her lunch.

It’s been well over a week since I’ve made a decent meal for my kids so thank you for being so patient as we recover from our ailments!  The girls are both back for their half days of preschool this week.  Little A, who is 19 months, is either finishing her whole lunch or barely eating.  She adores school so sometimes she’s just distracted.  She has definitely decided for now that she does not like sandwiches so I have to be very creative with what to feed her. Miss G on the other hand only wants peanut buttter & jelly or turkey & cheese on whole grain bread every single day.  Yesterday she requested a butterfly.  I used a plastic cookie cutter (SUPER simple), cut the body out of strawberry fruit leather & stuck candy heart decorations on the wings with honey.  The antennae are decorative picks.

Miss G’s favorite fruit as of late is pluots.  They’re a hybrid of a plum & apricot mixed.  They look like a wild plum.  There are a few different varieties, but our favorite kind is the dapple dandies.  They taste like a slice of candy.  If you haven’t had one, they are a must try in any variety.  Her fruit container has half of a pluot sliced underneath, heart shaped strawberries, raspberries and blackberries.

Miss A got leftover Annie’s Organic spiral macaroni with edamame mixed in, Babybel cheese hearts on top with 2 of the candy heart decorations on top. On the left side in the silicone sheep are cashews and above are mandarin oranges, blackberries and raspberries.  The girls both had Lifeway kefir pouches and apple sauce as well.

I have quite a few new followers in the past week!  Thank you kindly for your support & encouragement!  As always I welcome feedback (and appreciate it!).  I have gotten some great tips from others.  I’m also open to any ideas or things you’d like to see me attempt.

Today was a little panda sandwich for Miss G.  Lots of simple circles for this one using mostly whole grain bread and eyes and mouth of fruit leather.  I got the little chocolate panda cookies from my mom friend who frequents a great Asian market in her area.  On the left side of the LunchBots container are crinkle cut mini carrots, edamame “bamboo” on decorative pics and a small panda container with ranch dip.  Not seen but included in her lunch was a small container of blackberries and strawberries.

We just got through our first school cold of the year, so I try to keep probiotics as a daily part of their diet whether it’s Kefir for school of just yogurt with breakfast or lunch.  Almost every day in my kids’ lunches, I include a Lifeway Kefir squeeze pack.  There are 3 flavors pictured.  The only one I never buy has bananas in it because we have a severe banana allergy in the family.   I only include them on school days so it’s a special treat for them.  Have a great week everyone!


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