Happy New Year 2015 Lunch

2015 Quesadilla Lunch

Happy New Year! Today I have a simple cheese quesadilla meal.

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Left Side: Cheese quesadilla with 2015 cut out with small cookie cutters

Top Right: Green olives with pimentos on frilly toothpicks

Bottom Right: Celery with bourbon blue cheese (I used less bourbon)

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Top 14 Bento of 2014

Top 14 Bento 2014

Keeping with tradition I am happy to share my favorite bento from the year. It was difficult picking only 14.

Momotaro (Peach Boy) story

peach boy bento lunch

I made this lunch as part of a series of Japan travel photos and bento I made at home after the trip. The meals were inspired by my photos and memories.

Buddha Quesadilla

Buddha lunch

This is another lunch inspired by my trip to Japan in 2014. I made this Buddha quesadilla lunch for my niece. I smile every time I see this photo.


Miyajima Bento

This is the third bento inspired by my trip to Japan to make this list. I love the simplicity of this lunch.

Canada Goose

Canada Goose Lunch

I made this lunch for a hike with my nephews at a nearby nature preserve. It stands out for me as one of my better bento from the year.


Dragonfly Lunch

This is another lunch I made for the hike at the nature preserve. It was incredibly simple – made with a cookie cutter but I thought it was beautiful.

Snow Globe

Snowglobe Bento Lunch

I was delighted when I found this cookie cutter and knew that I needed to use it to make lunch. It is another simple cookie cutter lunch but I loved it.

Taco Salad Flag

Taco Salad Flag Lunch

I made this for my 17 year old nephew as part of 14 Fourth of July themed meals.


July 4 Fireworks

My niece came up with the idea for this meal. Maybe you did not know it was fireworks until I told you but I love how this turned out.


Babar Lunch

After making this Babar out of mashed potatoes I was so delighted I had to share it immediately with my Mom and husband. If I had to pick one favorite from the year it is this one.

Fox in the Snow

Fox in Snow Bento Lunch

Another simple cookie cutter lunch but it was a delight to make and eat.

Pumpkin Calzone

Jack-o-lantern calzone lunch

This was another one that made me smile a lot. Why eat a regular calzone when it can be cute like this?

Onigiri Faces

Onigiri Face Bento

I made this simple more traditional Japanese bento for my niece.

Bunny Sandwiches

Bunny Sandwiches Bento

Sprouts make perfect grass for these sandwich bunnies. Also this year I had fun decorating pistachios.

Lily of the Valley

ELB Lily of the Valley

This lunch was part of a series of flower themed lunches. I actually had a negative comment on this one on Pinterest. A person assumed that cute lunches were only for kids and that if we teach kids not to eat toxic plants we should not make lunches that look like them. I made this lunch for myself not a kid and I was pleased that she thought it looked so good. It is cream cheese and chives.

I hope that you enjoyed seeing my favorite bento from the year. Please be sure to subscribe to my blog by email if you want to see what I make in 2015.

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Christmas Cookies 2014

Christmas Cookies 2014

I like to make many different types of Christmas cookies it but does take a lot of time including cleaning up the kitchen afterwards. Many years ago I started making cookies that did well in the freezer so I could make batches over a few weeks but serve many different types at once. I frost before serving.

I assembled this cookie tray to send to my husband’s business. I still have more in my freezer for the next time I want to make a cookie tray.

  • Reindeer Spice Cookies (I made my own frosting with confectionery sugar, butter, and milk) I frost them before serving.
  • Peanut Butter Munchies These cookies take a little bit of effort but it is worth it! I put the cookie dough and filling on separate sheets of waxed paper to divide each into the 32 portions.
  • Coconut Macaroons This is my first year making this recipe. I ended up making them the day before assembling this tray. The leftovers are in the freezer but I have not tested how they freeze yet.
  • Pumpkin Pecan Tassies My husband loves these and requests them every year.
  • Sugar cookies I frost these before serving.

What types of holiday cookies do you make?

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Reindeer Hash Brown Potatoes

Reindeer Hash Browns

I made these Reindeer Hash Browns because one of my friends is hosting a cute reindeer snacks party (round-up) and I am not one to miss out on cute food parties.

The first time I tried making these I used reindeer shaped metal cookie cutters that had narrow legs. It was very difficult to pack in the potatoes and it was a mess. Luckily I found a reindeer cookie cutter in my grocery store that had fat legs. I tried making the hash browns again with this cookie cutter and it worked out great. It would have been easier if my cookie cutter did not have a handle but you could probably cut it off with tin snips if you were going to make a lot of these.

Reindeer Cookie Cutter

I only made one reindeer hash brown with this cutter. I was pressed for time and decided not to stay up all night testing different ways to make reindeer shaped hash brown potatoes. Although it would have been delicious and memorable. So if you try this and have advice please share them in the comments.


Peel and shred potato (I used a box grater). You could also try buying frozen hash brown shredded potatoes.

Heat a small frying pan with oil. I sprayed my cookie cutter with cooking spray but I don’t know it it is necessary.

Pack enough shredded hash brown potatoes into the cookie cutter so it holds it shape but not too much that it is difficult to get the potatoes in the middle cooked. You will need to experiment and get the feel for it if you are not accustomed to making hash browns. I removed the cookie cutter after packing it with shredded potatoes.

I cooked the hash brown at medium heat and did not move it until I could tell that it was browning. I also pressed down with a spatula because I was afraid it would fall apart when flipped. It did just fine! Cook until both sides are brown and the middle is cooked. You may need to reduce the heat to give the middle enough time to cook.

If you want it to look like Rudolph put a dot of ketchup for the red nose.

So whether you are making these for Christmas breakfast or for a Frozen themed breakfast, let me know if you try these.

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Ho Ho Ho Holiday Bento Blog Hop

Snowman Quesadilla food for lunch

Today I am joining some Bento Bloggers and Friends on a Holiday themed bento blog hop. Since we already had quite a bit of snow this year, I ended up with a Frosty themed lunch and snack.

My 10 year old nephew did all of the amazing drawing (food safe markers) on the snowman shaped cheese quesadilla and he ate this lunch.

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Left Side: Cheese quesadillas with food safe marker details

Top Right: Snowmen shaped apples dipped in water with a splash of lemon to prevent browning

Bottom Right: Snowman doughnut – purchased mini powdered doughnut, added mini chocolate chips and carrot for nose

Snowman Bagel

I wanted to make something else in the snowman theme so I made this fun snack. Thomas bagel thin with cream cheese, dried blueberries, and a dried apricot.

Please click on the button below to see what Jackie of Loving Lunches made to share with you.


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Hanukkah Shield Lunch

Hanukkah Shield Food Lunch

I am not Jewish but I have an appreciation and interest in world cultures and religions. I made these Hanukkah lunches last year. This year I wanted to do something different so I looked at my Hanukkah cookie cutters for inspiration. It was not immediately apparent to me why there was a shield cookie cutter in my cookie cutter set. After researching it for awhile I found this activity and explanation. Hanukkah is the celebration of the Maccabees winning battles. They returned to Jerusalem and brought the Temple back to its Jewish roots of worship. My shield and Star of David represent this.

My 10 year old nephew ate this quesadilla lunch for lunch at home.

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Left Side: Cheese quesadillas, shield –  blue food coloring and water applied with a dedicated paint brush, lettering – food safe marker

Top Right: Dreidel shaped green bell pepper

Bottom Right: Clementines, pistachios

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Poinsettia Lunch

Poinsettia Lunch

Today is Poinsettia Day so I made this simple Poinsettia themed lunch. It was easy to make and delicious.

Question: What are the second and third most popular Poinsettia colors? (answer is at the end of this post)

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Left Side: Toasted Thomas’ English Muffins with cream cheese, mint leaves, and strawberries

Top Right: Cauliflower and Red Bell Pepper

Bottom Right: Air popped popcorn and Jolly Ranchers candy

Answer: white and pink

Poinsettia facts

Linking to:

Eats Amazing Fun Food Friday

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