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The Wrong Sort of Bees…

Friday, January 18th, 2013

Today, January 18th, marks the birthday of A.A. Milne: novelist, playright, poet and creator of the Winnie-the Pooh! Milne passed away in 1956 but his works of Winnie-the-Pooh and friends will live on in the hearts of both children and adults alike for eternity! Pooh, as he has come to be known as today, was originally created after a teddy bear loved by Milne’s son. The real life Christopher Robin’s dear friend was named Edward but Winnie was adopted as the character’s name after a Canadian black bear who became a military mascot of World War I.

Stories of a plump teddy bear began to appear in Milne’s poetry but the first actual appearance of the name “Winnie-the-Pooh” came on Christmas Eve 1925 in a short story called “The Wrong Kind of Bees” published in the now defunct London Evening News newspaper. I have actually never read this short story even though my family has long been a fan of Winnie. I have chosen anyway to give a nod to that story with my tribute lunch today.

For those looking for Gluten-Free Friday I apologize for changing my focus today in tribute of A.A. Milne and his legendary Winnie-the-Pooh. Do remember of course that this lunch can be made gluten-free by making a few easy changes! My traditional gluten-free Friday will be back next week!

Served in an Easylunchboxes container, this Pooh lunch for my three year old Trevor includes:

  •  A beehive sandwich cut with a beehive cookie cutter and topped with the word “POOH” cut from cheddar cheese with mini alphabet cookie cutters (there are a handful of pistachios under the beehive to lift it up a bit for the photo).
  • Sliced mini cucumbers topped with a pepperoni cut into a heart by a mini cookie cutter
  • Ritz crackers topped with a Pooh bear carved out of a slice of cheddar cheese and topped with a blueberry nose. I was inspired by this post over at Disney Baby but made a few slight alterations and did Pooh’s face free hand with a paring knife.
  • Pretzels with a bee ring nestled in
  • Apple slices


3 of the 4 iPackLunch children




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I am not the only blogger paying tribute to Milne today! Please go check out my colleague’s blogs for more inspiring lunches!

Small Details and Leaf Peepin’!

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012



Fresh, home-packed lunches doesn’t have to involve cookie cutters, sandwich cutters and food picks but for me it often does. Why? It is fun and for me a creative outlet! Also food when presented in an interesting and colorful way is more appetizing for kids and let’s be honest, for grown ups too! Not every lunch I make is a work of art but I try to have fun with each and every one in some way. Sometimes it is a fun container or a variety of colorful food as opposed to a well thought out themed masterpiece lol. Let’s all just find a happy balance for our individual life style. One small detail is just as much fun as of a box of them!

Some of the details in my lunches today (as pictured above):

  • A Piggie sandwich (which Trevor picked out himself and I cut with a CuteZcute deco cutter)
  • A ham rose (1/2 a ham slice, folded, rolled and secured with a leaf food pick.
  • A smiley sandwich (cheese scraps from my CuteZcute deco cutter on a bread cut with a cookie cutter)
  • Fall leaves (cut from red & orange peppers as well as cucumbers)

Maybe you could try just one?



P.S. The Fall Leaves are a detail that I have been having quite a bit of fun with lately and I have noticed quite a few other bloggers are as well! It just goes to show that fall foliage isn’t just for peepin’… it is also for Eatin’! Check out some of my blogger friends for more leaf peepin’:

Beneficial Bento

Creative Food


A Boy and his Lunch

Glory’s Mischief

Becoming a Bentoholic

Zoe’s Lunchbox

Molly’s Lunchbox

Bento For Kidlet

Biting the Hand That Feeds You

Bent On Better Lunches


Brendan’s (age 10) Lunch today presented in a Lunchbots Trio: He has the leaves, the ham roses and the smile sandwich filled with peanut butter and banana slices. He also has Popcorners Kettle Chips, a small section of banana and a Chobani Champions greek yogurt for morning snack (not pictured). Brendan is my pickiest eater yet all these details should appeal to him!


Trevor’s (age 3) lunch today presented in a Lunchbots Duo: He also has the leaves and the rose details not to mention a piggie sandwich cute with the CuteZcute tool (see below for product photo link). His lunch is finished off with bananas and cheddar bunnies. His preschool provides morning snack!



Lunches for the grownups to take to work in Easy Lunch Box container: Egg muffins surrounded by ham roses. The fall leaves salad and some Popcorners White Cheddar chips.


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