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National Reading Month – It’s a Tiger

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

its a tiger 2


Today’s lunch is based upon a book that my 4 year old son Trevor has asked me to read to him each night for the past couple of weeks! It is packed in a Laptop Lunches Bento Box 2.0 and the photo will be highlighted as part of a Laptop Lunches weekly feature during National Reading Month.


“It’s a Tiger”
by David LaRochelle
illustrated by Jeremy Tankard

I entered the bookstore purposefully looking for a “read aloud” book for my 4 year old Trevor. I wanted a book that would allow us to interact when we read it together. After browsing the “read aloud” section, I picked this very book. I don’t regret it! It has quickly become Trevor’s favorite bedtime story. The first page invites him in from the get go. The opening line asks, “are you ready for a story”? Some nights Trevor shouts yes and some nights he likes to make me wait until “he’s ready”! We then continue through the story journeying with a young boy running from the tiger! “It’s a tiger, run”! The book gives plenty of opportunity for the reader to play act the story with voice and for the listener to respond in kind. It is a delightful, fun, read and just the right length for a 4 year old’s attention span! The illustrations are colorful, eye catching and support the story on each page very well. Trevor always giggles and I’m quite sure he will request the book again on this very night!

Of course when I mentioned making a lunch based on a book for National Reading Month, all in the family agreed I HAD to do this one!

This lunch contains:

  • Cucumber leaves (leaf detail on the top 2 pieces only made by cutting portions of the skin away with a knife)
  • “Jungle” fruit salad (kiwi, watermelon and mango flowers cut with a mini veggie cutter)
  • Pretzel thins
  • 1/2 ham sandwich with swiss and cheddar cheese on the outside (all cheese details are “adhered” with mayo)

I used a CutezCute (link below) cutter upside down for my tiger shape cutting the intended “ears” off and using them as “paws”. The nose was also cut using the panda face cutter from the CutezCute set. All remaining details were done with a sharp knife and a straw (eyes). Although perhaps looking complex, the whole lunch really was simple and took me about 15 minutes to make!


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Baby It’s Cold Outside

Monday, December 9th, 2013

cold outside themed lunch

Focusing on small fun details while trying to provide an interesting and nutritious lunch is what I try to do best, but every now and again I just can’t resist joining in with the Bento Bloggers and Friends for a themed blog hop. My bento peers are such an inspiration to me! Today’s Winter Wonderlunch hop showcases lunches with winterscapes, snow flakes, snowmen and even more winter fun! I can’t wait to see what everyone has come up with. I had many ideas bouncing in my head when this theme was first chosen. Honestly I only nailed myself down to this one the day before this hop! Ironically in the end I actually drew inspiration from my very own blog!

Last year I did a small portioned lunch for my son Brendan (now a big 6th grader who doesn’t appreciate themed lunches as much anymore). I called the post Home for the Holidays. That lunch featured a cute little house set in a winterscape. I decided to recreate that lunch in a larger scaled version in my EasyLunchboxes container. Looking back I still love that lunchbox I created BUT I am very happy with the updated version I made this year. Tell me, what do you think? Although my house is nestled in red and green I like to think of the blueberries above as a dark, cold sky hence this year’s Baby it’s Cold Outside theme.

This lunch includes:

  • Blueberries
  • Yogurt pretzels
  • Sugar Snap peas & Red peppers
  • A PB&J sandwich
  • Cheese star and moon

Now for more frosty fun, be sure to go visit Grace my amazing friend in the UK to see what she’s got cooking on her blog Eats Amazing! Now hop along and keep warm! :) Happy Holidays!




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Scary Spider Healthy Lunch

Monday, October 28th, 2013

scary healthy lunch


Honestly I had no real theme in mind for today’s lunch so I just put in some fun and “scary” details for my own amusement! Halloween is not over yet after all!  The jack-o-lanterns may not be that scary but they are fun and were cut using a vintage style cookie cutter. I tucked in leaf picks for that pumpkin look. The spiders on the log were made with black olives and the eyeballs in the upper right are also black olives (filled with cream cheese and a tomato dot added as the pupil).

Packed in a Laptop Lunches Bento Box this lunch menu contains:

  • 2 jack-o-lantern PB&Js (however do sub out for the sandwich filling of your choice).
  • Plums and mangos with black olive eyeballs (secured with a spider food pick)
  • White cheddar popcorn
  • Cucumbers and celery topped with cream cheese and black olive spiders (you could sub out your favorite veggie dip in place of the cream cheese).



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