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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Hedgehog Shaped Bread

Hedgehog shaped bread themed food

I made this hedgehog shaped bread meal for my nephew for lunch at home. My nephew added the almonds after I baked the bread.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Hedgehog bread with almonds and food marker details, cheese sticks

Top Right: Cantaloupe hedgehog, blackberries

Bottom Right: Snow peas

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Waffle Day

Waffle Quesadilla Lunch

Today is International Waffle Day so I have a lunch quesadilla waffle and a dinner or dessert waffle with ice cream and fruit. I got the idea for the quesadilla waffle from here.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Cheddar cheese quesadilla made in my waffle maker

Top Right: Baby carrots

Bottom Right: Plain Greek yogurt with frozen raspberries

Waffle Day Dinner

I made this waffle with ice cream and sour cherries for my husband. I think that he would be happy if there was a waffle day every week.

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Muffins for Lunch

Fruit Muffin Lunch

Today is my husband’s birthday so I made a special lunch for him. He loves muffins and fruit so it was a natural choice.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Fruit muffins with streusel topping (I used Welch’s Antioxidant Fruit Blend of frozen fruit which contains strawberries, blueberries, sweet cherries, sour cherries, and blackberries)

Top Right: Cashews

Bottom Right: Raspberries

Above Box: Peach Yogurt

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Aries Bento Lunch

Aires Zodiac Food

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

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Top Left: Lettuce, radish

Bottom Left: Blueberries, raspberries

Right Side: Penne pasta with a little butter, Parmesan cheese, orange Cheddar cheese Aries symbol

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