Posts Tagged ‘Blog Hop’

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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Halloween Hungry

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

healthy halloween jack-o-lantern bento lunch

It’s time once again to hop! Hop, hop, hop! Are you hopping? Now?

No, seriously today I am participating in a Fall/Halloween themed hop with my colleagues at Bento Bloggers and Friends. Today is the first of three days full of Halloween and Fall lunches. I hope you see some inspiration to attempt your own creepy or not so creepy creation… I mean lunch! I decided to go with something not too scary but no doubt about that it is a Halloween themed lunch!

Packed in an Easylunchboxes container this lunch includes:

  • Mini Pretzel Twists
  • Peacharines and strawberries with spooky bat cupcake picks tucked in (see link at bottom of post for picks)
  • A sliced chicken sandwich but fill the sandwich with whatever your preference is (another bat pick is included here for affect)
  • Carrot & Snap pea details

The jack-o-lantern in front of the moon image was created by first placing a slice of provolone cheese on top of my sandwich. I then cut a pumpkin out of a slice of cheddar using a cookie cutter (the link below at bottom of the post is for a similar cutter). I happened to have a small triangle cutter from a another bento set which I used for the eyes and nose. I also happened to have a mini canoe cutter which I used for the mouth.  You could easily turn that smile upside down for a scarier looking jack-o-lantern! The mini canoe cutter was purchased at a cake supply shop but available online as well (link at bottom). I secured the cheese to the bread using a leaf pick. I used a swizzle stick to create the pupil in the eyes but easily a straw could be used. Finally, I tucked additional leaf picks in the cooked carrots (picks will not easily go in to raw carrot) to create a pumpkin patch at the bottom along with sugar snap peas. If you make carrots for dinner simply pull aside a few for this detail!

Cheese scraps from the jack-o-lantern were placed inside of the sandwich so no need to waste! All the cheese details could easily be pulled off and put inside of the sandwich at lunch time or eaten as is! The pumpkin patch may get jostled around a bit en route to school or wherever but not too badly. At a minimum they will be in that compartment still. You could secure them down with raw spaghetti if you want the patch to stay intact! Oh and obviously you’ll need to tuck those bat picks in a little further to put the cover on! All in all a fairly simple and healthy lunch to make! You could leave off the pumpkin patch and skip the bat picks to save time and this is still a fun Halloween lunch!

Now don’t stop here! Please click through on the button below to hop on over to visit Bento, Monsters to see what haunted creation she conjured up into her lunch box! She is amazing! You won’t be disappointed!



Oh and did you enter my 12 months of picks giveaway yet (ends 10/17/13)?

Happy hauntings,

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The Fake “Stache”

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

February 3rd is International Fake Mustache Day! Ha! Sometimes I feel there is a celebration day for near everything! It’s all in good fun so I’ll play along! This day pays tribute to the FAKE mustache, the kind you adhere to or hold up to your face. The kind that has become an international craze! The kind spawning silly photo booth opportunities. The kind adorning coffee mugs, aprons, stationary, t-shirts and other novelty items like food picks ;) ! All this pays tribute to the REAL thing of which there are many varieties! There’s the handlebar mustache, the Fu Manchu, the “Dali”, the Pancho Villa and the Walrus to name a few. Some we think of as Italian, English, Mexican or French. Some we associate with cowboys, truckers or old time horror movie actors. Mustaches can also instantly bring us back in time to the Victorian age or even to to the nearer past, the 1970s. All of this from some facial hair. No wonder the world has made the fake mustache it’s latest fad!

With so many types of mustaches it took me awhile to circle around to the type of mustache I wanted to pay homage to! At last I have decided! The lunch I have packed is a tribute to cowboy mustaches! Admittedly I am more celebrating the mustache itself rather then reveling in the “fakeness” factor but I think it works! I have built my lunch packed in an Easylunchboxes container in a Western theme complete with:

  • A ten gallon hat sandwich with fruit leather band and 2 peanut butter stars tucked behind
  • Trader Joe’s Veggie Sticks with a cowboy boot kicking around
  • Blueberries on 2 mustache food picks (fake ones I assure you ha)
  • A cactus sunrise with Cara cara orange slices, blueberries and a cactus cut from cucumber
  • Peanut butter filled pretzels from Trader Joe’s with a cactus food pick tucked in for fun

So I know Brendan , my 10 year old son, will find this lunch fun to see and fun to eat!

I “mustache” you a question? Want to see more mustache fun? Hop along over to Bento for Kidlet to see what they have come up with for International Fake Mustache Day! Or click the image below!


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