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My dad died last week.  Just as I was typing away about the things I was grateful for last week, I realize now that the small things, tiny things we think are so insignificant can sometimes be the most precious memories.  My dad was a gifted writer and storyteller.  He loved to write and shared that love with me.  My dad read my blog.  I think he appreciated that I was using my writing and creativity, making a hobby out of it and feeding my kids healthy food. I live 3400 miles from my family so I was not there for this holiday.  All my siblings were fortunate enough to be there.  He had been ill for a while, but it doesn’t make his passing any easier.   I did have the chance to talk to him to say hi, catch up for a minute and to tell him I loved him the day he died.  And for that I am truly grateful.  The conversation was nothing significant, but it is one I will always remember since it was our last.  Today, more than most, I am grateful for the time I had with my dad.  Life is fragile and fleeting so be sure to stop and appreciate all the gifts in your life, no matter how small they seem.

My 4 year old daughter had an Easy LunchBoxes container filled with angels.  From the top left are pear pieces and angel shaped pears.  In the top right compartment are honeydew angels.  And in the main compartment are carrots, farfalle pasta with vegan parmesan sprinkled on top, grape tomatoes on wing bento picks and a spinach angel on top.  In the bottom right corner is a Crimson Gold apple surrounded by purple sweet potato chips and in the bottom left corner are Field Grain veggie sausages with wing food picks.

For her snack today, Miss G has a Happy Tiffin brand stainless bento box filled with dried cranberries, medjool dates, sliced kiwi, and apple angel and whole cashews.

Miss 2 year old is back to school this week to with a LunchBots Quad stainless container.  From the top left she has dried cranberries, cashews, farfalle pasta with small Field grain Italian veggie sausage pieces and a slice of Field Grain sundried tomato angel on top.  In the bottom right compartment are pear angels and in the bottom left are honeydew angels.

I packed my husband his daily fruits and vegetables in his Easy LunchBoxes container to go with his leftovers for lunch (not shown).  He has raw walnuts, the negative cutout angel pieces of honeydew melon, mini carrots, medjool dates, an apple and a clementine.

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Lots of love in these lunches today.   Some leftover love too.  I don’t like to waste food so Miss G has leftover spelt pasta with marinara today.  At the top right is forbidden rice with sweet potatoes and a baked potato heart on top from last night’s dinner.  In the main compartment are mini almond butter heart sandwiches on Rudi’s Whole Grain bread, strawberry and watermelon hearts and green seedless grapes packed in her Easy LunchBoxes container.

Miss G started a new preschool this fall, and she’s not allowed to have any characters on her lunchboxes, water bottles, etc.  Luckily we get a ton of use out of our Easy Lunchboxes and LunchBots containers.  I did scour the internet for new bento boxes to have on hand, and I found a company called Happy Tiffin.  They make old school tin lunchbox containers, stackable stainless containers, and they have an adorable line for kids that is perfect for us.  The one we chose is called “Lunch Time”.  They’re a bit more expensive, but from experience my stainless bento boxes stand the test of time.  Since these are going to be passed down to Miss A (2),  I decided it was worth it.

I packed the Lunch Time tiffin for snack with strawberry hearts, large green grapes and coconut milk peach yogurt in the stainless container for dipping.

My husband had leftovers today too with a giant bento of leftover pasta (not shown).  He has a mixed green salad with purple cabbage and carrot hearts.  At the top left are seedless green grapes and top right are jicama slices sprinkled with chili powder and lime for squeezing on top packed in his Easy LunchBoxes container.

Things I used to make this lunch:

I have a bento supply and accessory addiction.  It’s no secret to anyone who knows me well. Here is a photo of my recent orders from Bento USA by All Things For Sale.  In my opinion, they are probably the most complete and affordable resource for bento supplies that can be purchased on line.

In my most recent package, I had a gift from Bento USA by All Things For Sale to try out so I made little Miss A’s lunch with it.  She loves the smaller sandwiches I make for her.   They don’t last long!  These cute cutters are a rabbit, an elephant and a bear.  Her sandwiches are on Rudi’s Whole Grain bread with Tofurkey brand deli slices (vegan) and Vegan brand cheese.  In the pink bunny container are dried cranberries, in the middle are green grapes with an elephant pick and in the blue bear are blueberries.

Here are the cutters I used.  Please click on the photo to view more items at Bento USA by All Things For Sale.

And Miss G has a heart with a surprised face.  At the top left are green and red grapes and at the top right are honeydew melon chunks with face picks.

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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.

After a week or so of elaborate lunches, the girls get something simple.  Mom is just plain tired!  They both had hummus cups with heart sprinkles in them for fun with braided whole grain pretzel sticks.  Miss G’s Easy Lunch Box has mango and plum skewers on the left, heart shaped strawberries and a clementine orange with a bunny pick.

Little Miss A had the same hummus cup with sliced strawberries in the pink cup and in the pink heart container are small plum and mango chunks.  Her lunch is in a Crocodile Creek sandwich container.  Both girls had ice water with their lunch.

Happy Valentine’s Day!   It was a very long night in the kitchen last night for me.  I decided to make a special dinner for the family…which the kids hated and wouldn’t eat.  Sound familiar?   I wanted to make red pasta for them.  I bought a bunch of beets at the local market.  I washed, peeled and grated them.  Then I cooked them in a small amount of coconut oil and minced garlic.  I added them to cooked pasta with some of the pasta water & stirred until the color bled into all the pasta.  I left the shredded beets in the pasta.  Next time for the kids, I’ll probably remove them & eat separately.  I also made a cream sauce with coconut milk, Daiya “cheese” and garlic that was easy & tasty.

I also made purple cauliflower sauteed and carmelized which the kids also didn’t like.  At least my husband and I liked it and the kids did try it!

The next project was rice krispie treats for Miss G’s class.

And last and certainly not least were the lunches.  My husband even got a special lunch today in his new Easy Lunch Box container.  A spinach salad with cherry tomatoes and cucumbers.  Raspberries and heart shaped strawberries are in the top right and the bottom right was the leftover beet pasta with garlic.

Little G had to have Cupid explained to her.  It is sort of funny to tell her why a fat baby shoots arrows at people.  She thought it was silly. Cupid is on whole grain bread with Biscoff spread (thanks Keeley McGuire Blog  for the tip) and jam.  I used the leftover beet pasta for the hair even though she won’t eat it.  Above is a heart container with a tiny bit of dip in it for the carrots.  The bow is made of fruit leather and the pick is the arrow.  On the top right are picks of raspberries and a strawberry.  On the bottom right at the bottom are mini carrots, a heart shaped plum, kissing strawberry birds, a strawberry heart and a heart shaped mango in her Easy Lunch Box.

Little A had her mini version of cupid.  She barely ever gets picks.  She just turned 2 so very often I find objects in her mouth just for fun.  Cupid has a bow and no hair on her version with a fruit leather bow and carrot arrow.  Above in her LunchBots container are strawberries, a plum and a mango heart.  Both girls have ice water with their lunches.

Late last week I ordered some new lunchboxes.  Many of my friends and the majority of my bento blogger friends use Easy Lunch Boxes.  I wanted to see what all the raves were about.  They are already compartmentalized which is nice.  I didn’t have to use an additional container to keep fruits and veggies from making bread or other dry foods soggy.  I was also surprised at the thickness of the plastic.  Most of us have those Ziploc throw away containers which get banged up pretty easily and dented, and these are much higher quality and incredibly durable.  The best part for me as a mom is that they are super affordable and made of the type of plastic that doesn’t leach chemicals into our little ones’ foods.  They are BPA free, reusable and have different fun colored lids.  They are the perfect size for about 3 years old and up.  I will still use my other containers, but I think these will become a bento/lunch staple in our house!  Check them out on Amazon or click here on Kelly’s website to see what they’re about:     Easy Lunch Boxes

On that note, Miss G said she liked her new lunch box.  She had her usual almond butter & jam on whole grain bread with the jam peeking through surrounded by small apple hearts.  The purple container above had Kashi brand heart cereal and a heart shaped dried apricot.  The top right compartment has a heart shaped plum, 2 strawberry hearts and a small kiwi heart.  Below on the right is an apple with a smaller apple cut out and a heart shaped apricot stuff in the middle.

Miss A had the mini version of the same peekaboo hearts. In the pink container is a heart shaped plum.  To the sides are heart shaped strawberries halved with heart apple pieces on top.  The bottom corners have halved strawberries with heart shaped apricots on top.  Both girls had ice waters with their lunches.


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