Lunches for Hike at Nature Preserve

Nature Lunches Collage

I made these lunches for my nephews and myself on a day we hiked at a nature preserve. One of my nephews wanted a Canadian Goose themed lunch. The other nephew wanted a beaver dam lunch. I used the opportunity to make a dragonfly themed lunch for myself.

I used a lot of the same ingredients to make these lunches somewhat easy to make. The goose took the longest of these three lunches. The beaver dam was easy to make but I made it earlier so it could set. I packed it with an ice pack. It was still a little messy to eat but the kid did not complain.

Dragonfly Lunch

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Contents: Dragonfly shaped cheese quesadilla (2 on top of each other), snowpeas, blueberries, pistachios

Beaver Lunch

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Contents: Beaver shaped wheat sandwich with strawberry jam (food marker details), yellow bell pepper, beaver dam (I used this recipe without the peanuts and tried to shape them to look like a beaver dams. I made 1/2 a batch and everyone ate the extras for dessert).

Canada Goose Lunch

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Contents: Pistachios, snow-peas, pumpernickel and wheat bread sandwich with peanut butter (neck) and strawberry jam (body), white details (cream cheese)

It was a beautiful day for a hike and these lunches made it a little more special.

My blogiversary giveaway is still going on. If you did not yet enter you have until (tomorrow) Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. EDT.

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3 Year Blogiversary Giveaway

Giveaway Collage

Edited: The giveaway is now closed. I will notify the winners.

It is that time of year again! I am celebrating my 3 year blogiversary with a giveaway in appreciation for my readers. During my trip this year to Japan, I went shopping for these prizes. There is one prize for a person with an United States of America address and one prize for a person with an international address (outside of the U.S.A.) The international prize is a smaller (lighter) one but I think a good one. I bought the same cookie cutters for myself since I liked them so much.

3 Year Giveaway USA

Items in the USA prize:

  • Frog bento box
  • Stars egg molds
  • Cutter set to make box with bow
  • Cutter set with various small shapes including rabbit and bear
  • Small silicone cups (pink, yellow, green)
  • Medium silicone cups (pink, green, yellow)
  • Bear, cat, and rabbit small silicone cups
  • Sweets picks
  • Cat and dog picks
  • Cutter and stamp set (bear, rabbit, and elephant)
  • Mini cutters (dog, car, fish)
  • Spoon and fork cookie cutters
  • French house picks

3 Year Giveaway International

Items in the International prize:

  • Red, yellow, white, blue and green picks
  • Vehicle picks
  • Animal picks
  • Cookie cutters (hedgehog, deer, squirrel, rabbit)

How to Enter:

  1. Please submit a comment telling me if your address is in the U.S.A or international (outside of the U.S.A).
  2. Make sure that I have your email address with your comment.
  3. For an additional entry please subscribe to my blog by email and tell me in your comment that you subscribed.

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Prizes cannot be shipped to P.O. Boxes. Winner will be randomly selected by a random number generator and notified by the email submitted with your comment. Entries that do not fulfill the mandatory requirements will be deleted. Winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest are in no way associated with this giveaway. If you’ve chosen to subscribe by email for an additional entry, you must still be doing so at the time of the drawing or you will be disqualified, and I will draw again. I do not share or sell information and will use any information only for the purpose of contacting the winner. This giveaway ends Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. EDT. (Edited: The giveaway is now closed)

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Strawberry Rice Bento Lunch

3 Tools Week 10 Eclectic Lamb

I am honored today to participate in the 3 Tools, 4 Lunches series at Wendolonia. Each of us used the Lunchbots Trio, Lace Cutter, and Wilton Romance Mini Cookie Cutters to make our lunch. Visit Wendolonia to see how each blogger used the same tools.

I was inspired by the tools to create designs. It was a simple lunch to make but delicious to eat!

Container: LunchBots Trio

Top Left: Strawberry rice – I pushed a whole strawberry into the center of the rice. I used the blossom cutter to cut strawberry slices and decorated with black sesame seeds.

Top Right: Raw spinach leaves with toasted sunflower seeds. I used the lace cutter on a slice of mozzarella cheese.

Bottom: Green grapes and toasted hazelnuts

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Shark Watermelon

shark watermelon

I made this shark watermelon for my nephews 6th birthday party. I followed the directions from watermelon.org for this shark. I only made a few changes. I did not cut the watermelon pieces into triangles and I put blueberries at the base instead of watermelon. Also I could only find red Swedish Fish so I did not put any in the shark’s mouth. I used a blueberry for the eye and attached it with a small piece of spaghetti.

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Lunches for the Zoo

Zoo Lunches Collage

My husband and I took our nephews to the zoo. Of course I made themed lunches for each of us. They were quick to make with cookie cutters. The only template I had to make was for the flamingo.

Elephant Pizza Lunch

My husband loves pizza for lunch so I made an elephant pizza for him.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Contents: Broccoli, Elephant shaped cheese pizza, peanuts, strawberries

Flamingo Lunch

I prepared this flamingo lunch for myself. I tried putting an eye on it but thought it looked better without.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Contents: Broccoli, brazil nuts, spinach, Naan with homemade strawberry cream cheese

Penguin Pizza Lunch

My 12 year old nephew requested a penguin lunch.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Contents: Penguin pizza, spinach leaves, penguin shaped cucumber, Penguins crackers

Elephant Sandwich Lunch

My nephew who is now 10 ate this elephant themed lunch. My cookie cutter was too big for the bread so I cut the head out separate. I should have added an ear.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Contents: Granola bar, jelly sandwich on wheat bread, candy eye, peanuts, green pepper

Linking to:
Eats Amazing Fun Food Friday

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Lunch with Cuddle Palz

Cuddle Palz Collage

This week I had my niece, 5 nephews and my sister-in-law over for lunch. Since I had recently received the new CuteZCute Cuddle Palz I thought it would be the perfect time to use the set for our crowd of 8. I made bento lunches for my three youngest nephews and the rest of us had lunch on a plate (pasta, vegetables, fruit, cheese) with cute Cuddle Palz tortilla chips, muffins, and cookies.

These cutters were easy to use and clean afterwards which is always a plus. I loved that the faces had a stamp and a cutter side. I used the stamp for the cookies and the cutter side for the sandwiches and tortilla chips.

Cuddle Palz Koala Lunch

My 9 year old nephew requested a Koala lunch. He helped to assemble it.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Contents: Strawberry jam sandwich on wheat bread, sugar snap peas, hazelnuts, and strawberries.

Cuddle Palz Bear Lunch

I made this simple bear lunch for my 6 year old nephew.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Contents: Red pepper, red grapes, peanut butter and strawberry jam sandwich on wheat bread

Cuddle Palz Tiger

I made this simple tiger lunch for my 3 year old nephew.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Contents: Baby carrots, blueberries, cheese sandwich on wheat bread

Cuddle Palz Tortilla Chips

I was inspired by this to make Cuddle Palz tortilla chips. I used flour tortillas, brushed with olive oil and baked. We served them with salsa. Everyone enjoyed eating these adorable chips.

Muffins with Cuddle Palz

Originally I planned to use the Cuddle Palz with cheese for the faces on these apple muffins. But since I had the pieces from my tortilla chips, I saved time and used what I already had. My 9 year old nephew put the faces on the muffins.

Cuddle Palz Cookies

I made cut-out sugar cookies and sprinkled with sanding sugar before baking. I decorated the tigers with a Wilton’s Black Decorating Gel tube I had leftover from our How to Train Your Dragon Viking Ship.

I had so much fun using the Cuddle Palz set that I know I will use it again soon. It has so many possibilities to create fun food. Please visit the CuteZCute website for information and inspiration.

Disclosure: I received the products shown here for review. I was not financially compensated. All opinions stated here are 100% my own.

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Tanabata Bento Lunch

Tanabata Lunch

In celebration of the Japanese holiday Tanabata, I made this lunch. Last year I hosted a Tanabata Dinner Party for my niece, nephews and my husbands young cousins.

Tanabata is a Japanese star festival. According to a folktale, Hikoboshi (star Altair) and Orihime (star Vega) were lovers and separated by the Milky Way to only meet once a year. Typically people celebrate on July 7 but some regions of Japan celebrate on a different day.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Angel hair pasta with star shaped carrots and homemade Hikoboshi and Orihime Tanabata picks. I resized these, printed them, cut them out and then taped them to wooden picks.

Top Right: Hazelnuts

Bottom Right: Carrots and cucumber stars

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