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Hot!  That’s what fall is like in Florida.  While everyone else gets cool evenings and crunchy fall leaves with gorgeous color, we’re still sweating and pretending it’s summer.  I remember the good old days when October meant snow in Minnesota where I grew up.  My kids don’t know any better so I made some Florida fall bento lunches.

Packed in her sistema brand lunchbox, my 4 year old has kiwi slices with a clementine peel squirrel on top, mini acorn sandwiches, black seedless grapes and orange cantaloupe leaves.

For her snacks today, Miss G has grape tomatoes with mini carrots and in a smaller container she has trail mix with cashews, walnuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds, and dried fruit.

I like to change things up between kids so my 2 year old is having the same trail mix with a squirrel cutout for decoration.  She also has acorn and pumpkin sandwiches, honeydew leaves and cantaloupe acorns packed in her LunchBots Quad stainless container.

And for the other snack I packed a fall themed squirrel bento with strawberries, plums (underneath) and a peeled clementine orange in the middle.

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I had all the right intentions.  Last week was “P” week at the kids’ school.  I thought I’d be proactive and ask Miss G what she wanted for her “Q” lunch.  The only thing she could come up with was quail so it was decided.  All good if NEXT week wasn’t “Q” week, and this week is a review.  So much for planning!

So a quail it is on whole grain flat bread with a carrot leg,  almond butter & jam inside in a stainless LunchBots container.  The 3 baby quails following behind are watermelon chunks.  The pink bunny container has mini carrots, the orange sauce container has dip for the carrots and the pink muffin cup has raspberries, blueberries and a big strawberry.

Miss A has a heart shaped  flatbread sandwich with almond butter and jam. Underneath it in the squirrel cup are cashews.  On the left side are watermelon flowers and heart shaped strawberries below.  Both girls have ice water in their kids CamelBak water bottles.

I admit that I’m having a bit of trouble finding my creative energy to make fun lunches this calendar year.  I’m still quite busy putting the house back together and getting organized after the holidays.  You will definitely see some changes in the girls’ lunches this new year.  We are trying to better our health, and we made a decision to eliminate meat from our diets.  It’s a big decision, but one we’ve been thinking about for a while.  Their dad and I are on the path to becoming vegan.  You may see some remnants of cheese and other items left in the fridge until they disappear, but for the most part our lunches will be meat and dairy free from now on.  The decision was made purely on a health basis.  We both have genetically high cholesterol and heart problems on both sides of the family.  Neither of us are overweight, but yet we still battle high cholesterol issues.  A plant based diet seemed to be the best answer for us.  I know that it’s not for everyone so please know that I will remain honest about things that work and don’t work in lunches.  There is nothing worse to me than a meal that doesn’t taste good and I don’t enjoy.  I hope my readers will stick with me through the ride and know that you can make your own substitutions for whatever works best for you & your family.  Much peace & prosperity in the new year!

Our family went to DisneyWorld for a couple of days over the weekend to celebrate little A’s upcoming 2nd birthday.  The girls had a blast, tried our patience and were happy and exhausted at the end.  In any case, they have a renewed love for the big mouse again.  I did find a Mickey cookie cutter there. I didn’t have as much time as I would have liked to perfect him today so I may attempt Minnie again soon.  The sandwich is an almond butter and jam on whole grain bread.  The ears & outside of the face are the heel of the bread.  His eyes are provolone and the rest is fruit leather.  To the right are grape tomatoes, below are dried cherries, , the bottom left are small picks of blueberries and mini carrots with a tiny container of ranch for dipping.

 

 

Little Miss A got the short end of the stick since I ran out of time.  She got 3 little bear sandwiches on whole grain with almond butter and jam.  Their faces are fruit leather.  Next to them are 2 bear shaped dried apricots.  On the right side clockwise are a squirrel container of shelled edamame, blueberry picks, Snap Pea crisps and a bunny container of dried cherries.  Both girls have ice water with their lunches.

 

 

The girls are finally back to school today!  I bought myself the new Sweet Treat Lunch Punch cutters as a present to myself.  How thoughtful of me!  The girls LOVE them and are excited for their new sandwich shapes.  Today Miss G got a cupcake to celebrate the new year and her first day back after the holidays.  She had a soybutter and jam on whole grain bread.  I used honey to stick on the fun sprinkles.  The mini apple got a party hat pick for fun.  To the bottom right are cheddar soy crisps and to the left are blackberries and small picks of blueberries above the sandwich.  She had ice water to go with her lunch.

Little Miss A hasn’t had much of a lunch appetite again this week so I kept it small today.  She picked a little at each thing but didn’t eat much.  She’s at that funny toddler age where she either chows down or eats like a little bird.  I made her a small soybutter and jam squirrel sandwich on whole grain bread.  With that she had a few blackberries, and in the squirrel cup she had blueberries with chocolate covered sunflower seeds on top and a couple of mini carrots.  She also had ice water with her lunch.

Back to the grind, everyone!  Wishing everyone a prosperous year of kept resolutions.

After a long weekend, I sent little Miss A back to school this morning.  When I kissed Miss G good morning, she was feverish so she stayed home with me today.  We’ve been fighting off something for almost 2 weeks now in our house.  We did get a small box of new, fun bento tools this weekend.  Our favorite so far is this little pick bus to hold all of our cute picks.  I have found http://www.allthingsforsale.com to be one of the best resources for bento supplies.  They are the most affordable with a wide selection of things.  This is the link for the pick bus:

http://www.allthingsforsale.com/bento-food-pick-chopsticks/1841-japanese-bento-animal-food-pick-with-school-bus-case-8-pcs-set-4904705158638.html

Miss A had leftover Annie’s macaroni with edamame and leftover chicken satay today in the small round container. In the heart container are parmesan goldfish crackers, red seedless grapes underneath blackberries and star shaped strawberries.

Since Miss G is at home, she wanted to help make her lunch.  She chose an airplane and a bus for her sandwich shapes today.  In the pink sheep container are her gummy vitamins.  The brown squirrel container has red seedless grapes in it.  She chose all the new pics to poke in her fruit.  She loved the little hat on the strawberry and the jewels, flower and animal picks for the blackberries.

Thanks again for reading.  Hoping everyone had a restful Labor Day weekend!


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