Sagittarius Zodiac Lunch

Sagittarius Zodiac Lunch

Next in my monthly series of Zodiac symbol lunches, here is Sagittarius.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Top Left: Mixed nuts

Bottom Left: Cinnamon Apples – sauteed with butter and cinnamon

Right Side: Fruit muffins with cheese garnish

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Panda Rice Bento Lunch

Panda rice lunch

I made this lunch for a neighbor. The “Panda” pistachios will shift in traveling but I was alright with that.

Container: LunchBots Trio

Top Left: Panda rice with spinach details, shredded lettuce

Top Right: Pistachios (some with food marker lettering)

Bottom: Star apples with cinnamon, carrots

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Baptism Food

My youngest niece was baptized in the Catholic church on Sunday. I took the opportunity to make some Christian themed food. I focused on the cross, dove, and church. It was fun to make something different and the party guests enjoyed my baptism themed side dishes.

Baptism chocolate covered cross strawberries

Chocolate covered strawberries are always a hit at a party. We put them on the dessert table. I made the strawberries special by piping small white crosses on them. I melted chocolate chips in my microwave and it was easy to dip the strawberries. I had a bit of a struggle with the white candy melts. They did not melt enough. I googled it and tried adding a little shortening. It worked! I kept it simple and cut a small end off of a zip-lock bag to pipe the crosses. In this photo you can’t really see the paper doily I put under the strawberries but it was visible and attractive as people ate the strawberries.

Cross Church Tortilla Chips

Even though I have a large cookie cutter collection I actually did not have a cross or a school/church so I borrowed the cutters from my sister-in-law. I used this recipe to make the chips. I had limited time the morning of the party so my husband and I cut the tortilla shapes the night before and I kept them in a zip-lock bag in my refrigerator. I baked them the morning of the party. My sister-in-law made a corn and bean dip to go along with my chips but you could also serve them with hummus.

Vegetable tray for baptism

I kept this vegetable tray simple by only cutting the carrots in the shape of doves. I used the largest cutter from this set. Originally I was going to cut everything in the shape of doves but I had limited time. It was my Mom’s idea to only cut some doves. I love the contrast between the dove shaped carrots and the cucumbers. I always have trouble finding carrots large enough to cut with small cutters. My mother-in-law gave me carrots from her garden which were larger and easier to cut since they were fresh. But when cutting carrots with cookie cutters I do find it more comfortable to put a folded dish towel between my hand and the cutter.

Baptism Cheese Tray Doves

I used the same concept with this cheese tray as I did with the vegetables. The doves were a contrast and by not cutting everything in shapes it was faster to make and I think ended up visually appealing. The doves are Cheddar and pepper jack, orange Cheddar surrounds the doves. I served crackers on the side.

Some of these items take a little time to cut but overall they would be easy to make for your party. Enjoy!

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Elephant Sandwich for Lunch

Elephant sandwich for lunch

For lunch at the zoo I asked my nephew what theme he wanted. He looked through my animal cookie cutters and picked the elephant. The cutter was too large for my bread so I cut the head separate. The crust is part of the ear.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Elephant shaped jelly sandwich on wheat bread, white Cheddar tusk, dried blueberry eye, snow-peas

Top Right: Peanuts

Bottom Right: Strawberries

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Fox Salsa Rice Bento Lunch

Fox Onigiri Bento

I made this Fox themed lunch for my niece. She loves black beans, salsa and rice. I think that it made an attractive fox.

Container: ECO Lunchboxes

Main Container: Fox – cooked Nishiki rice mixed with some salsa and shaped in a fox cookie cutter with plastic wrap, cooked broccoli, salsa rice with black beans, carrot flowers (cookie cutter)

Round Container: Vanilla Greek Yogurt, blueberries

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5 Snoopy Themed Lunches

I am excited about seeing the Peanuts Movie with my nephews tonight. In anticipation of the movie opening, I made these Snoopy bento lunches. I am also in the process of making an ice cream cake for dessert tonight that I hope will have a chocolate Snoopy on top. If it turns out alright I will add a photo to the end of this post. (Edited: see the end of this post for a photo of my cake)

Snoopy and Woodstock Rice

I made this lunch for my niece. I got a little crazy with the turmeric as a natural way to dye the rice yellow, I don’t know if she even tried it but she did not eat Woodstock. I did have an extra Snoopy that I gave to her.

Container: Blue Box from Japan

Top Tier: Black beans and salsa, Woodstock – cooked Nishiki rice with turmeric (too much), spinach details, Snoopy – cooked Nishiki rice with spinach details. I used these rice molds and this to make the facial features.

Bottom Tier: Blueberries, sliced almonds

Easy Snoopy Quesadilla Lunch

I am not pleased with this lunch because it started with forethought and ended in a hurry. But that is realistic. I almost did not include it here because I was not sure if it looked like Snoopy. If I had left myself more time, I would have made two Snoopy quesadillas, added vegetables near the Snoopy and somehow colored in the ear (with either chocolate or food coloring in water).

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Top: Snoopy – cheese quesadilla with dried blueberry eye and dried cherry nose

Bottom Left: Charlie Brown’s shirt – pineapple with chocolate

Bottom Right: Peanuts

Snoopy Sandwich Stamp Lunch

This is a lunch of substitutions. I did not have these cute Snoopy containers so I put a sticker on a plain container. The only Peanuts stickers I had were for St. Patrick’s Day so I cut off the St. Patrick’s Day part. I do not have cute Snoopy picks but I had Snoopy push pins from my childhood. I would like to make them into food safe picks but I used them as-is for this lunch. I would not recommend using push pins in a lunch for children but I made this lunch for myself.

Container: LunchBots Trio

Left Side: Blackberries

Top Right: Stamped sandwiches – used these, peanut butter on wheat bread

Bottom Right: Broccoli, ranch in red cup

Bagels with Snoopy Cheese lunch

This lunch for my nephew was easy to make. I used this idea to decorate cheese to look like Snoopy.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Mini poppy-seed and cheese bagels, Cheddar cheese with snoopy (food coloring marker)

Top Right: Sugar snap peas

Bottom Right: Blackberries

Mini Dippers: Pistachios

Snoopy Stencil Rice

Here is another quick and easy lunch to make.

Container: Book Bento Box

Contents: Cooked Nishiki rice with Italian seasoning blend sprinkled over stencil, black beans (under the rice), blueberries and raspberries

Snoopy Ice Cream Cake

Here is my ice cream cake with a chocolate Snoopy garnish. I loosely followed this recipe but did not make my own fudge and did not make stabilized whipped cream because I don’t use gelatin. My nephews enjoyed the cake!

Previously Published Snoopy Food

Charlie Brown & Lucy Rice

Mashed Potato Snoopy & Woodstock

Mashed Potato Snoopy

Rice Snoopy with Bell Pepper Dog House & Woodstock

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Halloween Treats 2015

jack-o-lanterns dark

I love being at my house on Halloween. Usually we get around around 250 – 300 trick-or-treaters in a 2 hour period on Halloween night. This year we had 262 people come to my house. If parents are dressed up I give them treats also. In my opinion anyone can enjoy Halloween no matter their age.

Treat first 20

This is what I prepared for the first 20 this year. Every year I like to give something special to the first 20. I have done this since 2007 (our first Halloween in our house) and nobody ever comes back the next year asking if they are the first 20. So the kids don’t care but I enjoy doing it. I think I would have to hand out something much bigger (more expensive) for there to be an early run on my house of kids trying to be first.

Some treats for Halloween

These are some of the treats I handed out this year. It might be strange but I like to give an assortment of pretzels, cheese balls, candy and chocolate. I give out our favorite treats last in-case we have leftovers. I think that the pretzels were the least popular of what I handed out this year.

Teal Pumpkin Project Non Food Treats

I participated in the Teal Pumpkin Project again this year. This was my special basket of non-food treats that were available upon request. Two kids took a non-candy treat from my basket this year (the Jack-o-lantern note pad and Fairies puzzle). Their Mom said that they were avoiding a red food dye.

jack-o-lanterns light

My parents joined me for Halloween again this year. I was very happy for their visit. They live over 4 hours away. I painted and carved the teal pumpkin and my parents carved the other two pumpkins. This year the pumpkins came from my mother-in-laws garden. I received a lot of comments from kids and parents about my painted pumpkin but most did not know about the Teal Pumpkin Project.

pumpkin on balcony

We put a fake electric pumpkin on my balcony. One of my friends who lives in Japan asked me how kids know they can come to my house for Halloween. I told them that the universal symbol is to turn the porch light on. But that I also make it very obvious with carved and lit pumpkins. I am already looking forward to Halloween next year.

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