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My fellow blogger friends and I are doing a summer blog hop.  We each got to choose what we thought reminded us of summer.  We hope this inspire some fun ideas for your summer picnics and lunches.  When you get to the end of each post, please click on the blog hop button or link to get to the next blog’s page.  Some people are posting later than others so make sure you loop through everyone’s creations during the day.  Enjoy!

These were fun afternoon snacks for my kids.  We live on the Gulf Coast of Florida.  I’m the big water fanatic in the family so we spend as much time as possible out walking the beach and playing outside.  We found a crab last week while walking the beach so I included him.  From the top left is a fruity drink made of watermelon and a cantaloupe strip on top with an orange slice garnish.  To the right is a beachy scene.  All the sand is cous cous with food coloring.  The crab is made of grape tomatoes, a tiny piece of uncooked pasta to attach his pinchers and 2 candy eyes.  The coconut palm is made from a pretzel stick trunk, kiwi palm fronds and dates rolled up for coconuts.  The flip flop at the bottom right is a pineapple chunk with Stretch Island brand fruit leather straps.

I also love to standup paddleboard which little Miss G did with me on Mother’s Day.  She was a bit nervous, but she ended up having a great time.  I did a scene with her half in the water hanging onto a surfboard (paddleboard) in the water which was cous cous dyed with food coloring.  The sun is a pineapple wedge.  The face and body of the girl are made from Stretch Island brand fruit leather and Vegan brand cheese.  Miss G knows that sharks live in salty water so I gave her coconut milk yogurt a water color too, and I put the fish(fruit leather) close to her & the shark far away.  At the top left is hummus with sea grass (snap peas) and an anchor.  Not shown were the quinoa chips for dipping.  Both snacks were packed in their Easy Lunch Boxes.

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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.

My big shout out this week goes to my kids’ teachers.   I love my kids.  They’re wild, fun and ran like a pack of small, cute wild animals last week while they were out of school.  I am hoping that the teachers got a bit of a break because today it’s back to school for them.

My husband got a big spinach salad today with snow peas, carrots, tomatoes, and scallions.  In the small striped containers are his ginger dressing.  He also has green grapes and leftover Hoppin’ John (black eyed peas and rice) salad with tomatoes, scallions, italian parsley and celery seasoned with salt, lemon juice and garlic packed in his Easy Lunch Box.

Miss G has a seascape today.  Now that we’re back to school it’s “S” week.  The water is blue colored barley.  The starfish is an almond butter and jam on whole wheat pita, the sun is a yellow tomato, the waves and whale are made from Veggy brand soy “cheese” and the whale’s eye is a piece of quinoa.  The top right are watermelon stars and on the bottom right are green grapes and a plum octopus with Veggy cheese eyes and mouth all packed in her Easy Lunch Box.

In keeping with the “S” theme again today for little A, she has a whole wheat pita STOP sign sandwich.  On the right are green grapes with a plum and watermelon heart on top and on the bottom right is a peeled clementine packed in her LunchBots Duo.  Both girls have ice water with their lunches.

Oh, Monday.  Sometimes I wish I had a few extra hours on Monday mornings.  I find it tough to get moving at all much less to make lunches for everyone.  Today made a sailboat to save some time.  I just cut fruit leather to lay over the sandwich for the boat & sails.  I put blueberries for the water, cut 2 octopus and a whale out of fresh plums with the mini cutters I have from http://www.allthingsforsale.com and also the cheese fish were cut from the same mini cutters.   Not shown was applesauce and a Lifeway Kefir pouch as part of Miss G’s lunch.

Happy sailing this week!

Things I used to make this lunch:

It was water day at school for Miss G so I decided on a shark.   I hand cut the shapes which was a lot tougher than I thought. I decided to make a cartoon shark instead of the real thing since it’s a whole lot easier to improvise.   I used provolone cheese for the teeth & eyes and the nose & eye center are black sesame seeds along with grapes, blueberries and grapes.  Not shown is a Berry Kefir pouch.  If I’m in the mood, I also make a fun lunch for my husband too.  I just did a smiley face with black sesame seeds on his turkey, cheese & spinach sandwich.  The LunchBots container is filled with his fruits & veggies.

I am feeling a bit uninspired this week.  We’re going on vacation for the first time in a long time, and I am just not motivated to cook!  I am hoping the break gives me time to dream up new ideas & come up with something a bit more creative than this.  Little Miss G would be sad if she didn’t have a special lunch for school so I whipped up a little seahorse sandwich on whole wheat.  He has a royal icing eye and cheese designs cut with a small wave cutter.  I cut the fish from hard boiled eggs and gave them black sesame seed eyes.  I used blueberries for the water, crinkle cut carrots for more waves and then cut octopus shapes out of strawberries.  Ranch dip is in the yellow container for the carrots & unseen is her Lifeway Kefir pouch to drink and ice water.


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