Sunflower Bread Lunch

Sunflower bread lunch

My 14 year old nephew and I have a special tradition but he does not think it is special. We plant sunflower seeds together in my garden each year. We have done it for 3 years so far. I enjoy this tradition and look forward to continuing it with him but he would be glad if I forgot about it.  But when I thought about making a sunflower themed meal I immediately thought of my nephew as the perfect person to have it. He enjoyed this meal.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Sunflower shaped bread (used this recipe) with sunflower seeds on the outside, cheddar cheese sticks

Top Right: Melon & cherries

Bottom Right: Sunflower – corn on the cob with poppy seeds in the middle

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Ice Cream Cone Themed Lunch

waffle ice cream themed lunch

I made this lunch for my waffle loving nephew. I love finding new ways to include waffles in lunch.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Ice Cream Cones – waffles cut with an ice cream cone cookie cutter, bell pepper cut with an ice cream cone cookie cutter

Top Right: Caramel peanuts

Bottom Right: Kiwi


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Graduation Themed Food

grad veg appetizers close

When I make themed food for an occasion the food becomes part of the memories of that event. I am thrilled when I have new occasions to plan for and create cute food. My niece graduated from high school and she had a large party this summer. I was so happy that I was tasked with making graduation shaped appetizers. I was also thrilled that I received so many positive comments from party guests about my creations.

The top photo was a large tray of vegetable and cheese graduation appetizers.

  • Graduation hat cucumber slices (1.5 inch cookie cutter), cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella balls (threaded on a small wooden skewer)
  • Green pepper square (used small cookie cutter), carrot tassel (used lemon zester), green olive with pimento, piece of mozzarella string cheese (on a fancy toothpick)

graduation tortilla chips

I made these plain diploma and graduation cap tortilla chips to go along with dips that my sister-in-law made. I cut flour tortillas with these cookie cutters, sprayed a cookie sheet and the cut tortillas with olive oil and baked at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes or until lightly browned and crisp. Of course you can add salt or cinnamon sugar if that fits into your menu.

year celery appetizers

I also made a large tray of celery for appetizers. While they are great for graduations, it would also be fun for New Years Eve or other occasions that you want to mark the year in a special way.

  • Celery filled with peanut butter, numbers are fruit by the foot cut with mini metal cookie cutters
  • Celery filled with cream cheese, numbers are carrot cut with mini metal cookie cutters

I hope that some of these ideas will be useful for your special event!

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Mountain Day Japan Bento Lunches


This year on August 11, Japan has a new national holiday. Mountain Day (山の日) is a day to appreciate mountains. Growing up I spent a lot of time in the Adirondack Mountains since my family has a summer home there. I am all for appreciating mountains so I decided to create two lunches in celebration of this new holiday. I am sharing this on August 10 because tomorrow morning in the U.S., Mountain Day in Japan will be mostly over.

Container: LunchBots Trio

Top Left: Mountain – cream cheese sandwich on toasted wheat bread, snow peas

Top Right: Broccoli and carrots with homemade bento picks (used shrink plastic and my oven to make them) my neighbor made them with me

Bottom: Strawberries and blueberries

Yama no hi mashed potato lunch

I don’t like the way this looks as it looks like a blob of mashed potatoes but it was delicious to eat so I am sharing it. The blobs are supposed to be mountains.

Container: Book Bento Box

Contents: Broccoli and cheese mashed potatoes, toasted walnuts, homemade bento pick (used shrink plastic and my oven to make them) my neighbor made them with me, raspberries, blackberries, pineapple

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2 Adirondack Themed Lunches

moose themed quesadilla lunch

My nephew and I visited my parents at their Adirondacks lake house. I packed these easy lunches for our trip in case we had a late arrival. We arrived on time and ate our lunches on the front deck overlooking the lake. I have seen moose several times (Canada and Massachusetts) but never in New York State. One year I did see evidence of a moose visiting our property over the winter.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Moose – cheese quesadilla (cut with cookie cutter), trail mix

Top Right: Green pepper

Bottom Right: Blueberries

Adirondacks text lunch

My lunch was very simple – quinoa with white Cheddar and carrot lettering.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Adirondacks text – carrots (cut with cookie cutters), cooked quinoa with white Cheddar cheese

Top Right: Asparagus

Bottom Right: Blueberries

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Olympics Soccer Themed Lunch

olympics soccer themed lunch

I love making themed food and my nephew likes soccer and bagels so this was the perfect lunch for him. I drew the Rio Olympics soccer pictogram using a plastic sandwich bag and cream cheese. My nephew was pleased with how it turned out.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Bagel with cream cheese soccer pictogram (put softened cream cheese in a ziplock sandwich bag – use scissors to cut off a small corner of the bag, pipe shape) background – cream cheese mixed with black raspberry jam

Top Right: Kiwi with soccer ball pick

Bottom Right: Rio – carrot letters cut with cookie cutter, cucumber

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3 Robin Hood Themed Lunches

Robin Hood Sandwiches lunch

Today as part of our 50 Summer Activities, I have Robin Hood themed food. We read the book, watched the BBC Robin Hood TV show and ate bento lunches. I used vintage cookie cutters to make sandwiches and crackers and I also made a mashed potato and cheese wanted poster.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Maid Marion, Castle, and Alan A Dale – peanut butter sandwiches on wheat bread (when using cookie cutters with sandwiches it is best to cut the bread separately then make the sandwich)

Top Right: Green beans

Bottom Right: Assorted melon

Robin Hood Cheese and Crackers lunch

My nephews don’t like sandwiches for lunch and I wanted to use the Robin Hood cookie cutters so I made some homemade crackers. You can see some of the vintage cookie cutters in the photo.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Castle, Crusader, Robin Hood homemade crackers with pepper jack cheese

Top Right: Gold – Rolos (I bought a small package and did not realize they were not individually wrapped so I cut the wrapper to individually wrap a few pieces)

Bottom Right: Deer (cut with cookie cutter) in forest – melon, kiwi

Robin Hood Wanted Lunch

This one is a little goofy but my nephew requested his Robin Hood food have a mustache. It was a struggle but this is what I created (his younger brother helped). I was feeling a little mischievous with the arrow in the kiwi and did not put it in the center. My younger nephew told me it should have been in the center since Robin Hood was a perfect shot and he moved it (but after I already took the photo).

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Wanted Poster lettering – carrot, white Cheddar mashed potatoes cut with mini letter cutters, Robin Hood – orange and white cheddar, food marker, spinach, oval cookie cutter, mini mustache cookie cutter

Top Right: Gold – Ferrero Rocher chocolate

Bottom Right: Raspberries, kiwi, arrow pick made from card stock, tape and a toothpick

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