Taurus Bento Lunch

Taurus Zodiac food

Next in my yearly series of Zodiac symbols in food, is Taurus.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Rice, peas, corn, diced tomatoes, Parmesan cheese (made and used stencil)

Top Right: Cucumber

Bottom Right: Grapefruit

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Titanic Themed Lunch

titanic lunch

Today is Titanic Remembrance Day, on April 15, 1912 the Titanic sank. Other than cutting the cheese quesadilla in the shape of the Titanic, this lunch is very easy to make.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Top: Cheese quesadilla with food marker details, blueberries

Bottom Left: Popcorn (air popped)

Bottom Right: Radish

Not Pictured: Greek Yogurt

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Pecan Day Cookies

Pecan Cookies and Milk

Today is National Pecan Day so I am sharing some cookies I made for my husband to take to work.

I baked these Crispy Praline Cookies. I made half of the batch without chocolate chips and half with chocolate chips.

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Trio of Bird Themed Food

Bird Themed Food Ideas

This trio of bird themed lunches came about because they were planned bentos to enter a contest. I only ended up entering the first one in the contest but I thought I would share all of them here.

Nest and Bird in Woods

This came about because I wanted to make a birds nest out of peanut noodles. The rest of it just happened.

Container: LunchBots Trio

Top Left: Angel hair pasta with peanut sauce, cucumber, lettuce

Top Right: Pistachios, flour tortilla, food marker details

Bottom: Grapefruit, feta cheese, lettuce

Hummingbird Pesto Pizza

I guess that technically this is not pizza because it does not have cheese? But I think you can have pizza without cheese. I made several versions of this hummingbird pizza, some with cheese and some without.

I had the homemade walnut pesto sauce in my freezer. It was labeled 2012. I made it that year from basil in my herb garden. I once heard at a herb workshop that you should not freeze pesto with the cheese and should add it afterwards. I froze it with cheese and it tasted fine after a few years and I did not get sick.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Hummingbird shaped pizza dough with pesto sauce

Top Right: Alfalfa sprouts nest with Cheddar cheese eggs (I did look up the color of hummingbird eggs but it did not work artistically with this bento so I used orange.)

Bottom Right: Strawberries with dried blueberries attached with spaghetti (they are supposed to be flowers)

Above Box: Post Great Grains Bar Undone Granola Snack Mix

Bird Bread

I think that this one is funny looking. I made the beak stay open the same way I made this alligator (with aluminum foil in it’s mouth while baking).

Container: Book Bento Box

Contents: Homemade bird shaped bread, dried blueberry, broccoli, peanuts in shell, green pepper, sweet potato

I hope that you enjoyed viewing this trio of birds as much as I enjoyed making them!

Linking to:

Eats Amazing Fun Food Friday

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The Cow Jumped Over the Moon

The Cow Jumped Over the Moon

I enjoy working with nursery rhyme and fairy tale themes. When I showed this to friends from Japan they were confused and did not know the significance. They did not know the nursery rhyme. They said if there was a rabbit and the moon it would have made sense to them. Culture is fascinating to me.

Hey diddle diddle, The Cat and the fiddle, The Cow jumped over the moon.
The little Dog laughed, To see such sport, And the dish ran away with the Spoon.

Container: Book Bento Box

Contents: Black beans, Cheddar cheese, mashed potato, white potato, grapefruit, yellow and green pepper

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Marbled Easter Eggs

marble egg tree

My niece and I have a tradition of decorating blown out eggs for Easter. Each year we try a different technique but keep with the blue and white color scheme. For this year (our 5th time) we experimented with 4 types of marbling techniques.

Year 1 – Paper Cut-out

Year 2 – Simplified Ukrainian

Year 3 – Quilling

Year 4 – Ribbons

Year 5 – Marble. We tried Crayon, Nail Polish, Oil and Dye, and Shaving Cream techniques.

Crayon marble egg

My favorite of the four techniques was the crayon one. We changed the water several times to make sure it was hot but it is easy and fast technique with beautiful results. My niece made small crayon pieces with a vegetable peeler. She used Periwinkle, Sky, Blizzard, Blue-Green, and White crayons.

Nail Polish Marble Egg

The nail polish technique was very smelly. The house stunk for awhile afterwards. At first we were not sure if we liked the technique so we only made two. I liked it better after it dried.

Oil and Crayon Marble techniques

The oil and dye technique was subtle in our color scheme. It is the egg in the left of the above photo. The egg to the right is the crayon egg.

Marble White Blue Oil Dye

This is the oil and dye technique with a white egg.

Shaving cream marble egg

The shaving cream technique was the favorite one for my niece. You need to let the shaving cream dry overnight and then wipe it off. It has a slight odor but not a bad one in my opinion.

Egg shaped bread and butter soup

We enjoyed a simple meal of Potato and Cheese Soup with a Pesto Oil Drizzle and Egg shaped rolls with egg shaped butter.

Marble egg chocolate egg garnish

Dessert of course was marble cake. I used the recipe in the Martha Stewart Baking Handbook. We garnished with fresh whipped cream and a mini Cadbury Chocolate Egg.

4 types marble easter eggs

Here are all four types in an egg carton. I accidentally broke one of the nail polish ones when I added the ribbon hanger. I use doll needles because they are long enough to easily go through the egg. My niece and I divided these eggs between us.

I look forward to whatever technique we will do next year.

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Easter Themed Lunch Food

Easter Food Collage

This year I have 6 new themed meals for Easter. I had fun with Easter Egg shaped food, chicks, and an English Muffin lamb.  See here for other Easter themed food.

Easter Egg Shaped Stuffed Bread

I often make and share shaped bread. For these Easter egg breads I stuffed them with a cube of mozzarella when I shaped them.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Stuffed mozzarella Easter Egg bread, lettuce

Top Right: Almonds

Bottom Right: Raisins

Chick with Woven Egg lunch easter food

I wove thinly sliced carrot and then cut it with an egg shaped cookie cutter. Then I carefully transferred it to my bowl. It was easier to make than I expected and fun to eat.

Container: Kokeshi box

Top Tier: Tea bag

Left Tier: Rice and green peas, egg shaped woven carrot, cheese chick

Right Tier: Radish, grapefruit, Vans Blueberry Walnut Granola, alfalfa sprouts

Chick Bento Lunch

I consider this one unsuccessful but it makes me laugh. The chick’s eye and too much of the color green are what I think is the problem with this one. But perhaps you can adapt some of the ideas to better use.

Container: Wooden box purchased in Kyoto at Bento&co.

Contents: Broccoli, turmeric rice, candy eye, radish, sugar snap peas, apple, alfalfa sprouts

Lamb English Muffin Lunch

I made this cute lamb with a cookie cutter and English Muffin. Inside the Lego box is Peanut butter to spread to make a sandwich.

Container: Book Bento Box

Contents: Angel hair (yarn), kiwi, broccoli, carrot, English Muffin (lamb) alfalfa sprouts

Easter Egg Cheese Lunch

A simple cheese garnish can make a meal special. I placed cheddar cheese egg shapes on top of my macaroni salad (made with Greek yogurt).

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Macaroni salad (Green yogurt, green pepper, carrot), Cheddar cheese with food marker details

Top Right: Blueberries

Bottom Right: Romaine lettuce

Easter Stamped Sandwiches

My Mom sent these Easter Egg Cookie Cutters and Press from Williams Sonoma as an early Easter present. They made wonderful sandwiches.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Stamped Easter Egg Sandwiches – Peanut butter on wheat bread, celery

Top Right: Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies

Bottom Right: Rabbit shaped melon

I hope that you now have some ideas for making your Easter food cute. Please share if you make something.

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