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I may have created a lunch monster.  For the first time ever, Miss A (2)  asked for a specific lunch for tomorrow.  She said she wanted a seahorse.  I did one last year for Miss G, but I’m quite sure neither one of them remember it.  Here was last year’s:

Seahorse Lunch 2011

A few fun seahorse facts. 

*It is the male seahorse who is impregnated, gestates and gives birth to the babies in their species.  

*Seahorses are terrible swimmers.  The do have fins to propel themselves but spend a lot of time drifting and resting in one place

*Seahorses, like many species, are vulnerable to extinction.  Please don’t buy the dried souvenirs that you see in shell shops or purchase ones for your aquarium.  They are best left along in the wild. 

Today used the same cookie cutter for this one too for the sake of ease.  I used Vegan brand mozzarella cheese for the markings and a Wilton food marker to color the blue.  She has a cup of shrimp and shell shaped watermelon pieces. Below that is a cup of thinly sliced strawberries and a piece of baran for sea grass below packed in her LunchBots stainless bento container.

Miss G and I were reading a book before bed, and she saw a piece of swiss cheese.  She decided she would like that as her sandwich for today along with a little mouse too.  The sandwich is made from the same Rudi’s Whole Grain bread.  I used my small circle cutters to make the impressions in the bread without pushing it all the way through and then smooshed the middle for the indentations.  The strawberry mouse is just hulled.  I used Vegan brand cheese to hand cut a tail and I used tiny cutters for the face and ears. Under the sandwich is a pick of blueberries.   In the top right compartment are grapes and a piece of watermelon.  Below that is a flower cup of So Delicious brand strawberry flavored coconut milk yogurt with a strawberry flower on top.

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School’s almost over for us.  It’s hard to believe since the days drag, but the weeks fly.  This week is a continuation of Under The Sea theme.  Miss G requested a submarine.  I have to admit it would be one of the last things I ever would have come up with.  It was so creative that I agreed.

She has a Justin’s Almond Butter and jam on Rudi’s Whole Grain bread.  I used a rolling pin to flatten the bread before hand cutting the submarine.  It has fruit leather portholes.  She has a date whale with coconut flakes on top next to the boat.  At the top left are mango slices with a blowfish pick and at the top right are watermelon slices with a small sea turtle pick.

I didn’t feel like making 2 subs so Miss A got an octopus today.  Hers was cut from a biscuit cutter and then I used the biscuit cutter to cut “legs” out of the remaining bread.  His hat is a date roll with coconut flakes shaped into a hat.  The eyes are candy eyes stuck on with almond butter and so is the fruit leather mouth. At the top left is a mandarin orange with a dolphin pick, at top right are watermelon pieces with an octopus baran (food separator), and in the yellow oval are mango pieces with an octopus pick.

My husband has a salad & sides to go with his lunch today.  His salad is organic romaine lettuce,with a locally grown, sliced tomato courtesy of my generous neighbor (Thank you!), unsalted, raw walnuts, mini carrots and cauliflower.  At the top left are dried apricots and a date roll with coconut flakes and at the top right are watermelon slices.  All 3 lunches today are packed in Easy Lunch Boxes.

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.


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