Posts Tagged ‘muffin’

Rings and Things… to Consider!

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

I seek inspiration for my own lunches out there on the web. I scour Pinterest. I check out other Bento Bloggers. I look high and low at craft stores, seasonal stores, party stores and bento retailers. I always try new recipes and test new snacks trying to find an interesting variety. All of these things help my lunches evolve and stay fun.

Lately I’ve noticed a trend, people using plastic rings as Bento Box decor. Perhaps it is not that new, but it is certainly new to me. I have resisted for awhile thinking, what is the purpose of that? It has no real value… it doesn’t make a kabob or hold food together so why bother? However, recently I spied a big bag of spider rings for $1.00 at the craft store and on an impulse I bought them. I used them in Brendan’s lunch today (pictured above).

You know what? It was fun! I think they look really cool. I also think fun and cool do have value especially for the kiddos. The rings are cheap, come in many different themes and are easily found at any store with a party aisle. I don’t mind if the kids lose them, trade them, give them away, throw them away or otherwise. As long as they don’t eat them! Hopefully though they will just come home in the lunch box for reuse!

That brings me to things to consider when using rings in lunches.

  • Age – I don’t recommend using rings or food picks for children under the age of three (choking hazards).
  • Maturity – for some kids rings might just be a distraction.
  • Sanitation – Be sure you wash plastic rings before use.

I’m not sure I will use rings regularly in my lunches but I do think that every now and again it will be fun! Especially spooky spiders for Halloween!

Brendan’s lunch today is served in a Lunchbots Trio and contained:

  • A pepperoni roll
  • Broccoli, Grapes, and Kiwi
  • Carrot muffin
  • Pretzels
  • Horizon Organic Milk Box (not shown) was also packed



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Back to Business…

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

I certainly enjoyed the long Labor Day weekend and I hope everyone else did as well. I definitely took a break from work!

I blogged less, ok not at all! I took less photos and posted less on Instagram. I tweeted less, well ok I don’t tweet much anyway! I did less laundry… ok got me again, the washing machine broke, new one is coming tomorrow. I also did not pack lunch! Oh the horror!

We did have some fun at a friend’s BBQ. I did bake Peanut Butter, Banana, Chocolate Chips muffins (add more milk if you make them and be careful not to over bake). I did make Kale chips… they were surprisingly delicious. I did go grocery shopping and also took my daughter to the eye doctor. Wait this is starting to sound like labor again ;) ! Seriously it was a great weekend!

SO now I am back to business!

I have some exciting things coming up:

  • If you enjoyed my Mario World lunch you will be glad to know I have another themed lunch coming up in the new few weeks so stayed tuned for more information about that.
  • We received a good sized jar of honey from a friend who keeps bees so I will be exploring and sharing recipes using honey.
  • I also will discuss how to make lunches throughout a week using the same basic ingredients. Lunch on a budget!
  • Finally I would love to take reader requests for topics! Put me to work for you! Ask questions, suggest topics and I will go to work! Feel free to leave a comment below, email me at or catch me on Twitter or Facebook!
  • OK maybe I’ll have some other surprises too! ;)
If your ever missing me and want more iPackLunch action then head over to Instagram where I share pictures of my family, food, fun and whatever else I fancy on a regular basis!
This lunch (in Easylunchboxes container) includes:
  • A Tuna Sandwich
  • A strawberry
  • Green Bean Chips
  • One of those muffins mentioned above
  • A tomato, mozzarella and zucchini salad in balsamic vinaigrette








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