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Miss A has really been testing her 2 year-old limits and asserting herself at home, dressing herself and lunch is part of that too.  She has been eating her sandwiches and leaving all else.  

So I did what any mean mom would do.  I left the bread out.  I used carrot flowers and put almond butter inbetween them to make carrot bites at the top left.  At the top right are cucumber flowers with hummus in the middle.  At the bottom right are red seedless grapes with a carrot flower on top and the bottom left are pineapple pieces with a green apple flower on top.  The bento box is a LunchBots “Quad” stainless container, perfect for a small toddler or adult snacks.

Tomorrow is International Talk Like A Pirate Day.  The Bento Bloggers and Friends are doing another blog hop.  There are 30+ blogs involved with countless pirate themed lunches.  More importantly, there is booty involved.  NO, not that kind of booty.  Loot, prizes to be won and lots of fun to be had.

Please be sure to stop back tomorrow to make your way through all the blog hop.  Or we’ll make ye walk the plank!

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Miss G’s first day in pre-Kindergarten was yesterday.  I definitely had a proud mom moment realizing she was excited to go and well socialized enough to look at the positives of new friends and a fun new classroom.  I also had my sad moment where I felt like I was saying goodbye to my oldest baby.  She is definitely all girl now and ready to go out & meet new friends.  It’s hard to let go sometimes.  After all, it seems like only months ago when I was staring down at a new baby wondering, “What do I DO with her?”.  There is no manual.   As parents, we just do our best one day at a time.  Off to school she goes.

She will be in school until mid-afternoon which means she needs lunch AND snacks daily that I pack for her.  She wanted her trusty almond butter and jam today, but I told her we’re working on more variety from now on.  For today, the apple sandwiches are on Rudi’s Whole Grain bread with Justin’s Maple Almond butter and strawberry jam.  Along with the sandwiches are an apple pick of red seedless grapes, a silicone apple container with small Apple Cinnamon Larabar bites (I cut them into small pieces) and grape tomatoes.  She also LOVES Israeli cous cous (top left) so I mixed it with quinoa and edamame which were cooked in vegetable broth.  At the top right are blackberries and raspberries packed in her Easy LunchBox container.

For her snack I used a small 2 tiered bento box. The top compartment is mini carrots and sugar snap peas.  In the green sauce container is Tofutti sour cream for dipping and below that is a mini vegan apple cinnamon muffin.  At the bottom are dried cranberries on the left and the right has sprouted pumpkin seeds and cashews.

The hubby has a salad again.  His mixed baby greens are arugula, tat soi, baby green and red chard, and baby bok choi.  On top is a piece of teriyaki marinaded tofu, a yellow roma tomato, a green heirloom tomato and sprouted pumpkin seeds on the sides.  At the top left are blueberries and raspberries and the top right is a wild rice salad with red & green peppers and pecans packed in his Easy LunchBox container.

Wishing all of my readers’ families a smooth transition during this back to school time!

Today is the first day back to school for us.  Not sure that I’m feeling quite ready for this, but here we go.  These lunches are from last week’s playdate at a friend’s house.  Tomorrow I will post the back to school lunches.  I got 2 new sandwich makers to try.  The first one is from Bento USA by All Things For Sale.  I saw a lunch that they did, and I thought it was the cutest thing.

Expect more pandas from us throughout the school year!  This makes sandwich pockets and even toast cute for your little picky eaters.  Fill the panda face with vegetables or fillings to make them different colors or simply use different kinds of bread.

I was in a rush so I went for simple.   The panda sandwich is on Rudi’s Whole Grain bread with Justin’s Almond Butter and strawberries in the middle.  A homemade mini vegan cornbread muffin is above the sandwich and heart shaped strawberries.  At the top left are organic raspberries with vegan chocolate chips in the middle and panda baran.  At the top right are sliced red seedless grapes and sliced dried apricots packed in an Easy LunchBoxes.

And I got a new sandwich cutter from Pampered Chef friend.  It’s called the cut & seal & makes uncrustable looking sandwich pockets.  I get the feeling I’ll be using this one a lot as makes things quick for me, and I can easily make sandwiches ahead of time and freeze them!

I decided to make a pig out of it for Little Miss 4  year old.  I used candy eyes and the heel of the bread is great for dark accents (the nose and ears).  She also has a vegan mini cornbread muffin and blueberries.  At the top are carrots and Tufutti sour cream for dipping in the small pig container.  At the top right are strawberry hearts with a raspberry in the middle and pig pick packed in her Easy LunchBox.

I packed myself a plain almond butter sandwich and a LunchBots Duo full of fruit.  From the top left are fresh, local Florida mango chunks, blueberries, rasperries and mini carrots.

Things I used to make this lunch:

We’ve been hunkered down all weekend and part of this week just trying to stay safe and dry form Tropical Storm Debby.    We’ve had torrential downpours, flooding and 60 MPH gusts of wind.  The girls wanted to watch Despicable Me while snuggling so I made a lunch to match.

The sandwich is Gru the so called villain of the movie.  He’s made of Rudi’s Nut & Oat bread.  His nose is the bread crust, his teeth are vegan cheese, his eyes are Florida grown lychee halves and the pupils and eyebrows are made from plums.  The stars and rocket are homemade biscuits from the weekend.  I made the minions from pineapple chunks and fruit leather for the goggles and eyes.

Our storm lunch is a lightning bolt made from the same Rudi’s bread.  Above it are more of our homemade crackers shaped like clouds and an umbrella.  In the yellow flower cup are plum sections with an umbrella pick.  Below in the oval cup are red seedless grapes.

And the sides for my husband today are a salad made from baby kale, spinach and arugula.  At the top right is edamame succotash with edamame, corn, tomatoes, white wine, garlic, parsley, basil, jalapeno peppers,  and pepper.  At the top left are lychee fruit unpeeled all packed in his Easy Lunch Box.

Tools I used to make this lunch:

It’s spring break week here in Florida so the girls are eating at home.  It’s incredibly warm here again too so it feels like spring too.  Miss G is definitely in a girly girl phase.  Everything must be princesses, pink, flowery and fancy.  I went with butterflies for today’s theme.  In the yellow butterfly cup is leftover cannellini bruschetta with rice vinegar, fresh basil from the garden, mini heirloom and grape tomatoes from the local market mixed with salt & pepper.  It’s great on bread but awesome without it too.  At top right on the plate are heart-shaped strawberries, below that is a small black plum cut into a butterfly shape with pick antennae.  Her sandwich is a whole grain bread butterfly with almond butter and agave nectar.  On top are peeled plum slices on the wings and another slice of black plum for the body and more colored picks for antennae.

Little A had a flower themed lunch today.   Since she turned 2 it’s pretty much anyone’s guess as to whether she’ll devour the whole lunch or smile and chuck it all on the floor.  Today she went with option C which was to push the food around on her plate a bit, make a pattern in the applesauce and then proclaim that she’s “all done”.   I try.  Her sandwich is a whole grain flower with almond butter and agave with a blueberry on top and a snap pea crisp for the stem.  The yellow flower cup has cinnamon applesauce and a grape in it.  Below that are sections of black plum in a flower shape and next to that are a couple of strawberry flowers.

It’s my first review and giveaway!  FunBites was generous enough to offer me the opportunity to try one of their FunBites cutters.  I chose the Luv It heart shaped cutter to review, and they also will be giving one away to one of my lucky readers!  Details below for this giveaway and a few others too!

A few of the first things I noticed when it arrived was that it was made in the USA. Who doesn’t love supporting a business that keeps their money and employees right here at home?  The next was that it’s a fun bright color which my kids were instantly attracted to, wanted to play with and wanted to try out.  The most important thing as a mom is that the product is sturdy.  I let the 2 and 3 year old have a go at it, and I honestly don’t think they could scratch or break it if they tried.  It’s a very well-made product and washes very easily.  As a bento-making mom I also want something functional that give me options.   It also has a “popper” to pop your food out without having to poke at it and ruin the shape.   I like the fun heart shape that it makes, and I wanted to try to find other things to make from it.

For little Miss G I chose to separate the large heart, turn it upside down and make some sailboats out of it.  The boats were cut out of two pieces of whole grain bread & filling was done after the cutting with almond butter & jam.  I cut a piece of Veggy  brand “cheese” to make the sun and fish.  The “water” is barley colored with India Tree natural food coloring.  I also used the FunBites cutter for the mango pieces in the green cup and the strawberries in the blue cup below.  Her lunch is packed in an Easy Lunch Box.

For Little Miss A I chose an ice cream cone theme.  Again, the FunBites cutter washed off quickly with little scrubbing for reuse.  Her bread was also cut from 2 pieces of whole grain bread and filled with almond butter & jam after cutting.  I used the cutter with a sweet & sara brand vegan marshmallow cut in half for the “ice cream”  and shook on some fun sprinkles. Both are topped with a fruit leather heart shaped “cherry”.  Inbetween the cones are dried apricots cut from the very same cutter.  The pink heart container has raisins in it.  At the top right is a clementine with a fruit leather heart and below are all watermelon pieces and a pineapple chunk all cut with the FunBites Luv It.  Her lunch is also packed in an Easy Lunch Box.

Now to WIN one of your own!

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.

You will receive one entry for each of the following things you do:

1. “LIKE” Bentoriffic‘s Facebook page.  If you’ve already done so, just leave me a comment that you’ve done so.

2. “LIKE” FunBites Facebook page

3. Follow my blog on WordPress by adding your email to the list,

and leave me a comment that you’ve done it.

4. Share my Bentoriffic post from today on your Facebook wall.

A winner will be chosen at random this on March 11th at 11:59pm EST, and the winner will be announced Monday, March 12th

for 1 Luv It! cutter of your own.

Winner will be responsible for contacting me within 24 hours (Tuesday, March 13th), or I will redraw for another winner.

Please check out the links below for my other blogger friends below for more giveaways!

Bobbi’s Bentos has a chance to win another Luv It! cutter

Lunches with Love has a third chance to win a Luv It! cutter.

Bent On Better Lunches has a chance to win Healthy Habits plates from Super Healthy Kids

Family Fresh Meals has a chance to win a 3 month free subscription to MOMables.

Bento School Lunches has a chance to win a Coach purse!

Veggie-Bento has a chance to win a FunBits Luv It! cutter.

Good luck, everyone!

For today I thought I might do a basic how to for faces using the basics from my kitchen.  People assume that I spend a lot of time making the kids’ lunches.  I don’t, and this is how to make things simply and fast.   I used a set of circle fondant cutters at the top left, on the right side are 3 biscuit cutters and the tools, a sharp paring knife, a straw and a vegetable peeler.

Cut out two pieces of bread with the larger circle cutters.

Next I peeled a strip of cucumber skin with the vegetable peeler, and use the straw to poke 2 small holes for the pupils of the eyes.  I used the smallest fondant cutter for the whites of the eyes and then a small dried cranberry (raisins work well too) for the nose.

To make things like eyes and noses stick to the bread, I use honey, agave nectar, cream cheese or a peanut butter substitute since the girls’ school is peanut free.    I used one of the circle cutters to cut a mini carrot into hair pieces and the mouth.  You can also grate a carrot for hair.  I sometimes use leftover spaghetti for hair as well.

And TA-DAH!  It’s a boy.  Add 2 more carrots on the side for a girl.  I used a crinkle cutter to cut the edges of the hair.

I did this all in under 10 minutes.  I also use the facial features as a way to get my kids to try something they may not normally eat without wasting a lot of food.  Now it’s your turn to try!


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