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We all mourn, celebrate & come to terms with things in our own way.  Like anyone living in the United States in 2001, I remember quite vividly where I was 11 years ago today.  It was a dark and horrible day.  For those of you who lost loved ones, served as first responders, and were directly affected, I extend my deepest condolences to you.

Our children can be a great example to us.  They don’t worry about the mistakes they made yesterday, and they aren’t concerned about what happens tomorrow.  They simply live and appreciate what’s in front of them right now.  It it easy for us as adults?  No, certainly not.  In my own way, I try to use  9/11 to appreciate those who are currently serving now.  It doesn’t mean we forget, but we must move forward.  A simple smile and a thank you go a long way for those who currently protect and serve us.  Spend time volunteering, giving your talents in some way and lending a hand to others who may not be as fortunate as you.  I try to appreciate the small things in life that I have had the opportunity to see.  Even the painful lessons are the ones that sometimes bring great joy and building blocks for future successes later down the road.  Every day has something to teach us.  At our house, we are going to use our pain, frustration, anger, disappointment and sadness to make the world around us a little bit better.  Blessings to you and your families on this day of remembrance.

Sarah

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Hello Bentoriffic readers! I’m Cristi, a friend of Sarah’s and
a fellow bento blogger
(at BentOnBetterLunches). I’m delighted to
have this opportunity to guest post on one of my favourite blogs!
Sarah is an inspiration in healthy food choices and creative bento
making! I chose our PlanetBox for this guest lunch, since I know she
doesn’t have one of those … yet!

We did Kid’s Choice lunches at our house today. That’s something we do
when I don’t have a lunch plan, and/or we are low on groceries, and
maybe don’t have enough of everything for everyone. I take out a
selection of what we do have from all the food groups, and let the
little ones decide what to fill the sections of their bento boxes
with. I’m often pleasantly surprised by their choices too!

3½ year old Birdie and I packed this PlanetBox together, but she chose
everything that went in it. Birdie loves elephants, so it was no
surprise that she wanted to include elephant picks, or that she chose
to put them in the strawberries and pluots – they were the first
things she asked to have in her lunch. I think she could happily live
on fruit alone – well, no, she’d want cheese as well. But we were out
of cheese.

She liked these colourful silicone mini squares, so we picked out some
little nibbles to fill them with – NatureBox dried apples &
organic Mighty Mix, raisins, and Annie’s Homegrown Cheddar Bunnies:

Like her mama, Birdie has a sweet tooth, so she also chose some
chocolatey peanut butter granola bars her big sister Bella made over
the weekend (that are secretly healthy), marshmallow stars, sprinkles
on her yogurt – specifically butterfly sprinkles. And she insisted
her spoon be included in this photo:

Of course, the sweets were the first things she ate. She eventually
did eat some of everything – although she spit the dried apple back
out, pronouncing it “yucky chewy”. Oh well, at least she tried it! A
sampler-style lunch like this is good for that.

My other sproutlets had similar lunches, except for my middle son, who
had his usual PB. Here’s his “plane” peanut butter sandwich, made with
a Lunch Punch:

I hope you’ve enjoyed this peek at what’s for lunch at someone
else’s house while Sarah’s away – although I’m sure you’re looking
forward to her return, and seeing more of her terrifically artistic
& nutritious lunches – I know I am!

Miss A had to skip camp today due to a runny nose so I sent Miss G to school with her small square bento.  From the top left she has organic nectarine sections, star shaped sandwiches on Rudi’s Whole Grain bread with almond butter & jam and organic red seedless grapes with a star baran (food separator/decoration) on top.

My husband had another baby green salad with baby bok choi and spinach.  I found a black radish at our local Whole Foods which I’d never seen before.  It’s larger than the traditional red radishes and a charcoal colored black on the outside, but it tastes very similar to the red radishes and is completely white in the middle.  The black radish slices are in the middle, next are small slices of a baby zucchini, and I also julienned a larger carrot I had left in the fridge for the outer edge of the salad.  Not shown is his favorite ginger dressing.  At the top left are mixed nuts and goji berries and in the flower at the top right are strawberry pieces packed in his Easy Lunch Box container.

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I am not posting for the rest of the week so I can spend time with my family for a long weekend.  Just wanted to wish everyone a happy and safe 4th!

Miss G had a large star made from Rudi’s Whole Grain bread and a pumpernickel star sandwich.  Next to that she has a star container of organic cherries.  At the top left is a homemade mini pumpkin spice muffin.  I cut a star out of the top and filled it with a small bit of vegan cream cheese.  At the top right are watermelon and cantaloupe stars packed in her Easy Lunch Box.

Little Miss A had her version of the same with stacked peek-a-boo star sandwiches.  Above the sandwich is the same homemade mini pumpkin spice muffin with a small star of vegan cream cheese in the top and a star of cherries. At the top left she has blueberries sprinkled with raw goji berries on top.  At the top right she has cantaloupe and watermelon stars packed in her Easy Lunch Box.

My husband got in on the festivities with as much flair as I could pull off in his salad.  His salad is baby kale & spinach topped with sunflower seeds, zucchini stars and cherry tomatoes.  At the top left is a black plum and at the top right is a homemade vegan cornbread muffin all packed in his Easy Lunch Box.

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The girls were starving by the time we were ready for lunch today so I had to come up with something quick!  They often want Hello Kitty which you may be tired of seeing by now, but they always like it.

Miss G had a Hello Kitty face sandwich on Rudi’s Whole Grain bread.  She also had organic seedless green grapes, Hello Kitty shaped cantaloupe pieces and a small container of dried cranberries packed in her Sanrio brand Hello Kitty bento box.

Little Sis had the same thing just in different shapes.  She had Hello Kitty sitting down with the same Hello Kitty stamped cantaloupe, green grapes and Craisins packed in her Hello Kitty bento box too.

The sandwich cutters came from the local Sanrio store and are cookie cutters.  The small vegetable & fruit cutters with stamps I found on eBay in Japan along with the Hello Kitty bento picks.

My husband has another healthy salad for lunch today.  He has all baby greens (spinach, kale, arugula and radicchio) topped with an orange heirloom tomato sliced and star shaped carrot slices.  At the top left are grapes and pomegranate seeds sprinkled on top.  At the top right was last night’s dinner here.  It’s Einkorn rigatoni, lemon juice, lemon zest, garlic, and white wine vinegar mixed with sweet peas, grape and plum tomatoes sliced, garbanzo beans (chickpeas) and topped with a small bit of soy feta cheese.  All if it is packed in his Easy Lunch Box.

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Happy 4th of July!  How did that sneak up so quickly?  It seems like school just ended, and now summer’s half over!   My lovely blogging buddies decided to do another blog hop to spark some fun ideas for your Independence Day weekend and upcoming celebrations.  So proud to be a part of such a talented group of women!  Be sure to click on the 4th of July button or link at the end of each post to find the next blog’s creations.

My first creation is a lunch for one of the girls.  It’s 3 star shaped sandwiches on Rudi’s Whole Grain bread.  On both sides of the stars are firework picks of blackberries and raspberries and an American flag flying on top of the sandwiches.  I managed to find some fun vintage picks for my holiday lunches and snacks this round.  At the top left is Lady Liberty sitting on a pile of blueberries.  And at the top right are watermelon stars topped with an Old Guard fife and drum corps pick all packed in an Easy Lunch Boxes container.

The next Easy Lunch Boxes is an afternoon snack.  At the top left is So Delicious brand coconut milk mango yogurt topped with pomegranite seeds and topped with a Liberty Bell pick.  At the top right are blackberries with a strawberry star and a firecracker July 4th pick.  In the large compartment is a star shaped homemade cornbread muffin and pinwheel picks of raspberries and blueberries.

Please click on the button below to see what Keitha made over at Keitha’s Chaos:

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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.

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