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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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Tools I used to make these lunches are:

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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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