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Angel & baby Jesus bento by bentoriffic

So maybe this isn’t the most reverent representation of the manger scene, but I was limited on time this morning.  I wanted Miss G to have the manger scene for her lunch…the reason for the season.  Baby Jesus is made from Stretch Island fruit leather on a bed of cashews.  The angel is Justin’s Almond Butter on Rudi’s Organic brand Whole Grain bread.  The star is a dried apricot and next to the angel are a Christmas tree pick of grape tomatoes.  At the top left are organic blueberries with a gift food pick and in the top right compartment of her Easy Lunchboxes container are organic raspberries.

Gingerbread girl bento by bentoriffic

And above is the elusive mom lunch.  I say this because I rarely get lunch.  I’m lucky if I have a protein bar or smoothie while on the run.  Today I am driving down to Miss G’s school to have lunch with her so I packed myself a cute lunch too.  I’m having a gingerbread girl on Rudi’s Organic whole grain bread with almond butter & blackberry jam.  I stuck some raisin buttons on with almond butter.  She has cinnamon candy eyes and a fruit leather mouth.  I used a Hello Kitty bow for her hair pick.  She is surrounded by grape tomatoes on Christmas tree picks.  In the top left compartment are pineapple chunks with a candy cane food pick and the top right has organic blueberries and raspberries.  Merry Christmas to you all!

I will be taking a break to spend time with my family while the kids are out of school.  Hoping everyone has some time to relax and appreciate all the little things in life.  I look forward to hearing from you in the new year!

Much Love, Sarah

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Christmas snack box by bentorifficMiss G (4) has an Easy Lunchboxes container full of goodies today.  Her entree is separate.   We are loving the mini Crimson Gold organic apples this year.  They’re a bit tart and quite crunchy.  Best of all they are preschooler sized and fit into any lunchbox.  Nothing goes to waste since even a 2 year old can finish one of these.  I made gingerbread men and Christmas tree pumpkin muffins this week. In the top is a Christmas tree pumpkin muffin I made in a smaller silicone muffin tray.   The gingerbread men came out without limbs (can’t say I recommend the silicone mold on those).  They were all delicious but not too pretty for pictures.  In the bottom compartment are a peeled clementine orange, grape tomatoes with a candy cane food pick, mini carrots and a mixture of cashews, almonds and pistachios for munching.

LunchBots Insulated Chili by bentorifficThis LunchBots Insulated stainless container is filled with homemade vegan chili for Miss G’s main dish for lunch today. The recipe for the chili can be found here and modified depending on how you like it.  Vegan Chili Recipe  I fill the container with boiling water and let it sit for about 10 minutes with the lid on.  I heat the chili during that time, dump the water after 10 minutes and fill the container with chili.  She says it’s still warm at lunchtime 5 hours after packing it.  The best part about these containers is the wide mouth opening.  She can eat out of it just like a bowl without fumbling to get to the bottom or dumping things over.

Snowman LunchBots Quad by bentorifficMy 2 year old daughter took a LunchBots Quad  for lunch today.  From the top left she has a dairy free pumpkin muffin in a Christmas tree shape, a peeled clementine with snowman ring, small mini snowmen sandwiches on Rudi’s organic whole wheat bread made with a small pastry cookie cutter stamp, and pineapple pieces.  Both girls always have ice water with their lunches.

Happy lunch packing!

FunBites Santa by bentoriffic

A while back I put this Santa in the chimney lunch together for FunBites.   I used their CubeIt cutter and some Rudi’s Organic Whole Grain bread to make the mini sandwiches.  I used the crust bread scrap for the top of the chimney and some remaining bread for his face.  His eyes and nose are made with Stretch Island brand fruit leather.  I used some agave nectar and sprinkled some unsweetened coconut on his face for the beard.  His hat is a strawberry half and the top of his hat is a tiny piece of a vegan (dairy free) marshmallow.  Above the mini sandwiches are a cup of honeydew melon trees with a Santa cupcake pick and in the top right cup are strawberry stars with a candy cane food pick.

I admit there are days when I really miss the smell of dried leaves and the beautiful fall colors.  For my 4 year old daughter’s lunch, I tried to make a little autumn in her Easy LunchBoxes container.

I love finding new ways to reuse existing tools.  My readers have probably noticed my slight obsession with the small cookie cutter presses.  I loved the patterns they leave in the sandwiches.  This leaf cutter was part of a set for cutting fancy pie crusts.  I use them year-round for cutting fruit, vegetables and mini sandwiches.  The leaves are made from Rudi’s organic whole grain bread and filled with Trader Joe’s pumpkin butter.  The tree trunk is two pretzel rods.  Green grapes are the grass on a pick.  The top left is filled with organic rapsberries with an oak leaf & acorn pick.  In the top right there are 2 Crimson Gold tiny apples and a peeled clementine with a scarecrow pick.

Miss G’s snack is a Happy Tiffin brand stainless bento filled with cashews and dried edamame in the bottom container.  At the top are dried apricots, grape tomatoes and a peeled clementine.

For my 2 year old daughter, I packed a LunchBots Quad.  From the top left, she has long grain brown rice mixed with vegetables and black beluga lentils.  Green grapes and raspberries are in yellow silicone ovals at the top right.  In the bottom right compartment are Rudi’s organic whole grain bread cut into mini ice cream cones with a small cookie cutter plunger and filled with Trader Joe’s pumpkin butter and in the bottom left compartment is a peeled clementine and a small silicone container of marcona almonds.  Both girls have ice water with their lunches.

Things I used to make this lunch:

Still spring break here so lunches are at home every day. Miss G insisted on helping me with lunch today. I promised her that I’d let her help me more often so she chose the cutters to use and wanted to make lunch for her sister too. Here she is learning how to cut the shapes out of the bread.

She wanted the cute animal faces on her sandwiches so we stamped those on there too. She had peanut butter & agave nectar sandwiches on whole grain bread. A pick of seedless green grapes and below that watermelon squares and 2 halves of a black plum. In the middle is a strawberry. She ate the entire thing because she was SO proud that she made it.

Then next she was on to little A’s lunch. She made her a small car, a star and a shell shaped sandwich that looked more like a small tree when it was done. She also made her a bowl of grapes and car & shell shaped watermelon pieces. Even little A ate almost all her lunch today.

So the kids are out of school for the next couple of weeks which means lunches at home.   Today Miss G requested candy canes so I threw together a simple version for her.  She had a ham sandwich on whole grain bread.  I used small apple slices to make the stripes on the candy cane. Next to it is a BabyBel cheese with a Christmas tree cut out of it.  Above the sandwich on the right is another apple shaped like a candy cane with stripes cut out of it and to the left are raspberries.

I found out today that Miss G will be in angel in her Christmas program tomorrow.  Nothing like finding out last minute!  I guess she decided that it wasn’t important enough to tell me.  Today she had an angel shaped Wow! soybutter and jelly sandwich in her LunchBots stainless bento box. I “painted” the wings with honey and sprinkled on snowflake candy to make them white.  The halo is a snack from a friend who sent Asian treats.  If I only read Japanese, I could tell you what they are!  They tasted sort of like salty potato chip rings.  She has bread crust hair, eyes and mouth.  The BabyBel cheese has a small angel cutout and the wax leftover was placed on the sandwich for fun.  In the red silicone cup are mandarin oranges with sunflower seeds covered with red, white & green chocolate. I love them because they look like little ornaments or the vintage colored lights.  Also hidden to the far right is a long pick of fresh blueberries.

Miss A has actually been eating more of her mini sandwiches so I decided to try again today.  She got a tree and Santa’s sleigh on whole wheat with ham and provolone inside with a side of leftover Annie’s Organic macaroni shells to the right.  I put tree and star shaped marshmallow shapes on top for her treat.  She also had a mini container of mandarins sprinkled with the same sunflower seeds.  Both girls also had Lifeway flavored kefir with lunch.

OK. So posting this a day later, the sunflower seeds on mandarins was a terrible idea.  The chocolate melted & made them look nasty!  In the future I’d only put them on something that isn’t so runny or if you’re serving them right away it should be fine.

Hope everyone finds some peace and enjoyment during the holiday chaos!


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