Another Snack Bento Lunch

Snack lunch with eggs

My husband enjoyed his last snack bento lunch so much that I made another one.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Above Box: Banana

Left Side: Goldfish Pretzels, raisins, Ritz snack mix, carrots

Top Right: Dill Pickles

Bottom Right: Hard boiled eggs

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5 Vegetarian Lunches

Pretzel Roll Sandwich Lunch

This was an easy and delicious sandwich lunch I made for myself.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Pretzel roll purchased at my Wegmans grocery store with Dijon mustard and Swiss cheese, sugar snap peas.

Top Right: Pistachio nuts

Bottom Right: Blueberries

Cottage cheese tomato lunch

This lunch was made over the summer with a tomato from my neighbor’s garden. I love cottage cheese with fresh tomatoes.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Mixed lettuce and spinach salad with carrots, tomato filled with cottage cheese and sprinkled with Vermont Country Seasoning.

Top Right: Slivered almonds

Bottom Right: Strawberries

Tomato and Feta lunch

I love tomatoes and feta and this lunch came together fast with ingredients I had in my house.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Yellow, orange, and red grape tomatoes, feta cheese, a little olive oil, salt and pepper

Top Right: Blueberries and slivered almonds

Bottom Right: French bread

Belgian Waffle Lunch

I needed to pack a lunch for myself and did not have much in the house. So I toasted a freezer waffle. I enjoyed it and would make it again.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Toasted Frozen Belgian waffle, cheddar cheese

Top Right: Blueberries and peach

Bottom Right: Plain Greek yogurt with cinnamon

Rice and Broccoli bento

I made this easy lunch for my 16 year old niece on a day that we were out and about.

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

Contents: Nishiki rice with black beans and salsa, cooked broccoli

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Halloween Treats 2014

Halloween Pumpkins 2014

I enjoy handing out treats to trick-or-treaters on Halloween. Usually around 250 – 300 kids come to my door in a 2 hour period on Halloween night. This year we had 244 but it was cool and a little rainy.

This year my parents visited for Halloween. I believe that you don’t need to have kids to carve a pumpkin.  My mom, dad, and I each carved a pumpkin.

Teal Pumpkin

Halloween morning when reading the news I learned about the Teal Pumpkin Project. So I searched my craft room for the closest paint I had to teal, quickly painted my pumpkin, printed out the sign, and gathered some non-food items. I was glad that I learned about this project when a mom noticed my pumpkin and asked about the non-food treats. Her son had food allergies and my teal pumpkin was the first one she found that night in my town. He picked out a glowing finger.

non-food halloween treats

This is a basket of some non-food items I gathered: glow fingers, bouncy balls, stickers, mini puzzles.

candy bars

I have a tradition of handing out something special to my first 25 trick-or-treaters. This year I did not make a craft for them but I gave out large candy bars to the first 30 kids. The Reese’s and Kit-Kats went first and then the Hershey bars.

Halloween treats 1

I hand-out a variety of treats. Pretzels, cheese balls, chocolate.

halloween treats 2

Potato chips and Goldfish

Halloween treats 3

Popcorn balls, coffee filter bundles with chocolate.

It was a fun evening and the kids seemed to enjoy the treats they received!

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Onigiri Face Bento

Onigiri Face Bento

I made this easy bento for my 16 year old niece to take to school. She loved the fun book box and it’s contents!

Container: Book Bento Box

Contents: Onigiri filled with black beans and salsa, spinach face details, broccoli, baby carrots, green grapes, blackberries

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Sweet 16 Bento Lunch

Sweet Sixteen Birthday Lunch

My niece turned 16 this week. I made this “sweet” themed bento for her to bring to school for lunch on her birthday. She loved it!

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Cooked Nishiki rice, cooked broccoli and cauliflower (in a little vegetable broth). I used an ice cream cone cookie cutter to shape the vegetables, placed rice around the cookie cutter, then carefully lifted off the cookie cutter. I sprinkled a little bit of paprika on top of the rice.

Top Right: Junior Mints

Bottom Right: Yellow bell pepper (cut with cupcake cookie cutter), edamame

Outside of Box: Nutella to Go

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Pretzel Crust Pizza

Pretzel Crust Pizza Lunch

I was inspired by Little Caesars Soft Pretzel Crust Pizza commercial to try it. I don’t have any Little Caesars locations near my house so my only option was to try making it myself. Mine does not look as beautiful as theirs. Also I like my pizza crust thin and crispy so I am not sure why I liked the idea of pretzel pizza. This was a planned dinner with leftovers for lunch meal. I would not make this again but if you like deep dish or soft pizza crust you may enjoy making these.

I mostly followed this pretzel recipe but made small rounds (easier to boil and will fit in a lunch box). I cooked the pretzel rounds plain for about 8 minutes (time will vary depending on the size of your round). I then sprinkled the edge with salt, spread with tomato sauce and covered with cheese. I then continued baking until the bottom of the crust was brown and cheese melted.

Basic Instructions: Follow a soft pretzel recipe but make small rounds and only sprinkle salt on the edge. Bake for part of the cooking time, take rounds out of the oven and add sauce and cheese. Bake until cheese is melted and the crust is done to your liking.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Pretzel crust pizza with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese

Top Right: Carrots

Bottom Right: Apple

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Fork and Spoon Lunches

Today I am sharing 5 different lunches that used the same cookie cutters. I bought the fork and spoon at the Seria 100 Yen Store on my trip to Japan last March. I was so excited to find these two cute cutters for less than $1.00.

Fork Spoon PB Sandwich

I made this lunch for my husband. I am guessing that he put the fork and spoon back in the bread before eating it but I am really not sure.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Peanut butter and black raspberry jam on wheat bread, fork and spoon cut-outs

Top Right: Greek yogurt, cinnamon

Bottom Right: Synder’s Pretzel Spoonz

Top of Box: Banana

Fork Pasta Lunch

I made this pasta lunch for my 15 year old niece.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Top Left: Broccoli and slivered almonds

Bottom Left: Blueberries

Right Side: Pasta with tomato sauce, Naan bread fork

Fork Spoon Rice Lunch

I made this quick lunch for myself. The cheese fork and spoon made it fun.

Container: LunchBots Trio

Top Left: Chickpeas

Top Right: Rice with Cheddar cheese fork and spoon

Bottom: Raspberries and snowpeas

Fork Spoon Place Setting

I made this place setting quesadilla lunch for myself.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Top: Cheese quesadilla with food marker details, cheddar cheese fork, knife, and spoon

Bottom Left: Blueberries

Bottom Right: Dry Roasted Edamame

Dish spoon cow moon lunch

I asked for help when brainstorming ways to use my fork and spoon cookie cutters. My 10 year old nephew gave me the idea for this meal.

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: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Green and red butter lettuce, dish (tortilla with food safe marker), spoon (Colby-jack cheese)

Top Right: Baby carrots with dog (cucumber), Ha Ha – laughing picks

Bottom Right: Cow (Pepper-jack cheese), moon (Colby-jack cheese)

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