Posts Tagged ‘Winter’

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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Snowman Smiles

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Although New England is expecting some warmer weather this week (in the 40s), we still currently have plenty of snow on the ground thanks to some late December storms. Around the holidays, we were hit with snowfalls producing the kind of white stuff that makes you want to go sledding and build a snowman! How can you resist? My 2 oldest children on one of those snowy holiday vacation nights were just itching to pile on layers of clothes and trek out to our own personal backyard winter wonderland to build a snowman.

Yesterday I made lunches for my boys with their own personal snowman, built by Mom. For all the tools I have at my disposal in the kitchen, sometimes simple ones just work best! I merely used a round biscuit cutter and a straw! I used the biscuit cutter to cut 2 circles for my sandwich shape. I then used my straw to drill snowman eyes and a mouth. I put my spread in my sandwich and assembled it. To dress up it up I cut a nose out of crust and using a mini cookie cutter, a snow hat out of the heel of the loaf. I adhered both pieces using the sandwich spread. A small piece of carrot for the nose would have worked quite well too but I had none on hand! I did happen to own the hat cutter but you could use a small circle cutter, cut the circle in half and adhere a raisin or mini marshmallow to the top as the pompon.

To finish this lunch served in a Lunchbots Duo container, I added fresh grape tomatoes, blueberries, cheese stick bites and cheddar puffs (purchased at Trader Joes’s). I made a very similar lunch for both Brendan (age 10) and Trevor (age 3). I just made a few changes to suit each boy but they got the same sandwich, both got cheddar puffs and both got blueberries. The more similar I can make them the more efficient it is!







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Holiday Lunch Round Up!

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

I am a little behind in blogging due to sick children and the holidays so I am hitting you with a round up of holiday lunches! Most of my lunches are not really that complicated. I generally try to work in one detail and most of the time that is enough! Sometimes it is with cookie cutters, sometimes a food pick, sometimes a silicone baking cup but most of the time I just like to work with the natural color combinations of food!

Candy Cane (above) - This lunch has a couple of easy details. First the striped apples which I made by taking my apple wedges and slicing stripes through the skin with a sharp paring knife. I then simply slid the tip of the knife under the skin and removed every other stripe. I then took my bread and cut 2 circles with a round cookie cutter. On one circle I used a mini candy cane cutter. I assembled my sandwich after cutting. I added Trader Joe’s veggie sticks and yellow cherry tomatoes. I complete with a birdhouse food pick. Note there are 2 layers of apples and that they were soaked after cutting in cold citrus water. This is served in Brendan’s Lunchbots Trio container.

Simple Snowman (below) – This one is very simple actually! The snowman is a ring like you would use to decorate a cupcake. It is simple inserted in the middle of a mini bagel sandwich. The snowflakes are yogurt covered pretzels (I have no illusions that they are all natural so a slight rule breaking here). That compartment also contains the Trader Joe’s veggie sticks and 2 Pistachio Power Clusters from our Naturebox subscription. Finally Brendan’s Lunchbox Trio also containes strawberries and canteloupe.

Santa’s Staff (below) – Trevor’s Lunchbots Duo contains some members of Santa’s staff. The elf is a sandwich cut with a spring-loaded, cut and press, cookie cutter from Nordic Ware. I always cut and then assemble sandwiches because it is much easier! He is peeking out from behind a silicone cup containing Trader Joe’s Cheddar Corn Puffs. Above Santa’s reindeer is playing in a stripes of strawberries, canteloupe and English cucumber coins.

Elf in the Box (below) – Brendan’s lunch also contains the same items as Trevor’s does above but the strawberries were swapped for raisins in this Lunchbots Trio. There is also a Christmas Tree food pick (instead of a reindeer) sitting in the cheddar corn puffs that I thought looked like snow.

I have had some lighting challenges as we move through the winter season. I do not get much morning light before I leave the house each day and if it is overcast I am forced to use indoor lighting as opposed to natural lighting. I attempt to edit the lighting on each photo but placing all the photos in one post you can really see the differences! The snowman lunch is treated with a frost filter as well!

Happy holidays!


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