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It’s a rainy, cooler day here in Florida today so there’s some sunshine inside the lunchbox.  I made Miss G some vegan BLTs for lunch.  I found these mini slider buns at Whole Foods in the bread section, and they’re they perfect size for preschool lunches.  I cooked some vegan tempeh (fermented soy) bacon.  I use a tiny bit of Earth Balance vegan mayo on the bun, then romaine leaves and sliced tomatoes.  Above the mini sandwiches are grape tomatoes and pineapple pieces.  In the top left of her Easy Lunchboxes container are honeydew melon pieces and in the top right is a sunshiny face clementine.

Mini BLTs with happy orange by bentoriffic in ELBs

My girls also love sliced avocado or guacamole on their BLTs.

Side view blt

Miss G’s snack today is freeze dried mango pieces, a Crimson Gold organic apple and roasted cashews in her Happy Tiffin stainless bento box.

Freeze dried mangos and apple snack bento

Vroom!  Miss A is off with her LunchBots Quad filled with cars.  From the top left are pineapple pieces with 2 honeydew melon cars on top.  In the top right is chickpea hummus with a pita bread car on top.  In the bottom right corner are honeydew melon pieces with dried apricot cars on top, and in the bottom left are Laurel Hill brand peace sign pretzels for dipping and mini carrots.

Car and hummus bento by bentoriffic

Happy Lunch Packing!

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Spiders!  These are the delicious kind.  I happen to like most spiders, but I know many people are creeped out by them.

Miss G’s lunch today is an almond butter sandwich (bottom left) on Rudi’s Whole Grain bread.  She has spider picks of grape tomatoes on either side and a homemade vegan cornbread muffin with raisin eyes.  At the top left are strawberries with a honeydew spider and a plastic spider ring for decoration.  At the top right are red seedless grapes with honeydew spiders on top packed in her Easy LunchBoxes container.

For her  snack, Miss G has a Happy Tiffin bento packed with a seckel pear and raspberries.  In the container is apricot soy yogurt with some spiders for fun.

I packed another snack for a longer day so Miss G also had watermelon cubes in her sistema container with a raw date treat with coconut sprinkled on it.  It reminded me of a tarantula.

Little Miss 2 year old had her LunchBots Quad with red grapes at the top left in the spider cup, raspberries and a strawberry, almond butter spider sandwiches at the bottom right and at the bottom left is a cup of dried cranberries and sprouted seasoned pumpkin seeds.

I can see clearly now.  The rain is gone.  It’s gonna be a bright, bright sunshiny day! Now that you have that classic Johnny Nash song stuck in your head I made a lunch about it!

From the top left are black seedless grapes and watermelon suns.  At the top right is barley, white beans and carrot pennies from dinner the night before.  In the bottom compartment is a smiley sunshine sandwich on Rudi’s Honey Wheat bread.  Above the sun are pineapple pieces with a honeydew bird.  To the right are honeydew pieces with a cantaloupe sun and the bottom right pink cup are cantaloupe pieces with a honeydew palm tree and some fun face picks for decoration.  Her lunch is packed in Easy LunchBoxes container.

For her snack, my 4 year old has a matching smiling sun d’anjou pear surrounded by dried cranberries and raisins.  In the orange blossom cup are carrot bread circles.

Little Miss 2 year old has a veterinarian visiting her class today so I made her a dog.  We actually have a long haired dachshund so this looks a lot like him, without the raisin eye and nose, of course.  I used the leftover crust for his ear.  She also has carrot bread circles in the tiny green bucket above the dog.  In the Stitch container is trail mix of mixed nuts, dried fruits and seeds.  At the top left are pineapple pieces with a watermelon sun and the top right are black seedless grapes packed in her LunchBots Uno stainless container.

And packed in his Easy LunchBoxes container are leftovers for my husband.  The last night we had barley with white beans, carrots, onions and a bit of celery seasoned with cinnamon and oranges from one of my new plant based cookbooks.  Yum!   I made a smiley face with the carrots.  At the top left are honeydew and cantaloupe pieces and at the top right, a clementine.

Happy Friday!

If I haven’t raved about them enough, The LunchPunch makes some of the greatest sandwich cutters out there.  They are cute, they waste little bread, they’re sturdy and they save SO much time with lunches!  This one is Rudi’s Nut and Oat bread with a pumpernickel dog piece in the middle.  I used bread crust for his collar and the flowers cutouts are from the apple at the top left and a tree trunk pick.  On the dog picks on either side are green seedless grapes.  The top left is an apple tree with flower cutouts and more green grapes underneath.  At the top right are watermelon fire hydrants because we all know dogs are drawn to them!

Miss G’s snack today is sugar snap peas, grape tomatoes and mini carrots.

And Little Miss A is doing the letter C this week so the topic of the week was the circus.  From the bottom left is a round clown face sandwich.  The eyes are vegan chocolate chips, the nose is a dried apricot, the cheeks are raspberries, the mouth is Stretch Island fruit leather and the hair is Shirataki brand tofu pasta.  The hat above is watermelon and cantaloupe triangles surrounded by green grapes.  At the top right are mini carrots and a honeydew melon elephant with a pick hat. He’s standing on a circus stand below made of watermelon and cantaloupe with circus themed picks of the big top, another elephant and a seal in her LunchBots Quad.

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Thank goodness I put it on my calendar.  I check my schedule last night, and Miss G’s school is celebrating International Peace Day today.  At first, I had a good laugh over what’s NOT appropriate for a kid’s lunch box that reminds me of peace and the 60s.  Cheech & Chong movies, protests, stinky hippies, a lot of grass (and I don’t mean to walk on) and some really good music I will pass on to my kids some day.  But for now, I decided on the basic peace sign lunch.

At the top left are barley and brown rice and black beans on top.  At the top right are blackberries, raspberries and a strawberry.  The peace sign is cantaloupe and piel de sapo is the greenish white melon.  It’s also called a Santa Claus melon and tastes a lot like honeydew.  I used a cookie cutter to cut the melon.  The PEACE letters are Stretch Island fruit leather.  The heart and Have A Nice Day sandwiches are Rudi’s Whole Grain bread with almond butter and sliced berries with fruit leather faces packed in her Easy LunchBoxes container.

In all seriousness, I think it’s great that they’re teaching 4 year olds about respecting others from all walks of life and all nations.  Being kind to others always goes a long way in accepting even when we don’t understand.

Miss G’s snack today is a sliced nectarine surrounded by more melon pieces.  In the round container is So Delicious brand coconut milk strawberry yogurt packed in her Happy Tiffin stainless container.

Have a great weekend!

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YO HO HO!  Weigh anchor and hoist the mizzen!  There be a pirate hop today for Talk Like A Pirate Day with booty, loot, doubloons, coins, stash and pieces of eight.  That’s what ye lads & lasses will find that’s different from the other hops.  It’ll be worth ye while to hop through each page this time because ye can win some serious loot so don’t try to hornswaggle your way out early!  Visit every page, savvy?

Me little 4 year old Buccaneer got a girl and a boy pirate.  The bow, bandana and eye patch are made of Stretch Island Fruit Leather.  The skeletons are Rudi’s Whole Grain bread with almond butter & jam.  Me found the cookie cutter in Target last year.  It’s one of me favorites.  Above ye sandwiches are grape tomatoes on bones from Davy Jones’ locker.  ARG!  At the top left is me parrot, a gold doubloon and some raspberries, and at the top right are blueberries, a strawberry X marks the spot for the booty packed in ye trusty ol Easy Lunchboxes.

What good be a little pirate if she’s got the scurvy?  Had to send along some orange slices with Jolly Roger pick,  piel de sapo and mango slices surrounding for more Vitamin C.  In the tin be So Delicious coconut milk raspberry flavored yogurt packed in ye new Happy Tiffin bento container.  A special thanks to me trusty bento pal for the extra pirate picks!

Blimey if I don’t have another little scallawag to feed.  I made her a mini pirate sammy with a Stretch Island bandana, eye patch, smile and a candy eye.   At the top left are blueberries, a treasure map and a pirate doubloon.  The top right are raspberries and at the bottom right more orange slices to fend off the scurvy with a sticker on top.  All ye rations are packed in a LunchBots Quad.  Both lassies had rum ice water in their CamelBak kid bottles.

HERE ARE YE DIRECTIONS: Every Blogger Buccaneer in this here Hop has a piece of the treasure map! You’ll need to “collect” each piece and put them together in the right order to find the treasure! You’ll want some parchment and a quill, to keep a log with each clue and each number, because there are 39 scurvy pirates running amok with 39 pieces o’ the map to collect! 37 pieces will guide you to the hidden treasure (by spelling out the URL where you can enter to win!) and there are 2 bonus pieces with the “secret passwords” to get two chances to win some pirate booty!

This here’s my piece o’ the map! Good luck, Mateys!

Ye landlubbers better get to checking the other blogs for pieces of eight until ye solve the riddle what will get ye the booty.  Be sure to click the pirate button below to see what Cap’n Cristi with BentOnBetterLunches
did for her little scallawags.

Ye Olde Contest is sponsored by Bento USA by All Things For Sale the Bento Bloggers and Friends.

If any of ye lads & lasses want to check out a few past skeleton bentos from me, you can find them here!

Skeletons & X Marks the Spot

Day 2 of the transportation theme, and Miss G wanted a train today.   She had Rudi’s Oat & Nut bread with soy butter and strawberry jam.  On top of the train I used some funky carrots that I found at the local farmer’s market.  They were orange, yellow and a dark red so I thought they would make great wheels.  I stuck them on with the soy butter.  I also wanted to make steam coming out of the top, but I think it looks more like clouds which is fine too. I stuck a blue elephant pick in the sandwich so the train would have a driver.  At the top right are honeydew, cantaloupe and a watermelon heart.  Below that is a small rail car with the same carrot wheels carrying a load of green grapes all packed in her Easy Lunch Box.

Miss A was still sniffly so she was at home with me again this morning.  Big daddy however needed lunch today.  I made him an almond butter sandwich with jam on the same Rudi’s Oat & Nut bread.  He got a big dollar sign made of Veggy Cheese on top.  He also had some left over hoppin’ john salad made of black eyed peas, collard greens, celery, green peppers, onions, and some spices. And at the top left is the same melon hearts that Miss G had in hers packed in his Easy Lunch Box.

And he also had a salad from a salad bowl I’ve been growing in the back yard.  I used the rest of the multi-colored carrots in his lunch, an orange heirloom tomato and walnuts on top packed in his Lunchbots Uno.


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