Snoopy Taco Salad


I made this for my taco loving nephew. As usual I did a theme because it makes me happy and I am very glad that he does not mind. In this case once the cheese is dumped into the salad, the theme mostly disappears except for the adorable Snoopy pick.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Snoopy – white Cheddar with spinach details in this, Woodstock – orange Cheddar with spinach details in this, shredded lettuce, cherry tomatoes

Top Right: Watermelon and cantaloupe

Bottom Right: Black beans with some salsa

Above the Box: Mini Dippers with Taco Sauce, and Fritos corn chips

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Quilting Themed Lunch


Awhile ago, my 14 year old nephew and I had his great-grandmother (my grandmother-in-law) over for lunch. While over the years I have had her over for tea with her great-grandchildren, it was my first time to make her a themed lunch. While brainstorming for suggestions I asked my husband. He said quilting. His grandmother does enjoy quilting and has made many for her multitudes of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She had 9 children! I enjoyed making a focaccia quilt as part of this meal. The great-grandmother was very pleased with our lunch and visit.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Homemade focaccia made with half whole wheat, half wheat flour, quilt details – spinach and Cheddar cheese

Top Right: Needle and Thread – cucumber, food coloring dyed spaghetti, carrot

Bottom Right: Raspberries

Not in Photo: Brownies, Strawberry Cheese Ball


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Sombrero Burrito Lunch


I made this awhile ago for my 14 year old nephew. He likes good food, I like making fun lunches. I gave him the Happy Bento!: Lunches on the Go book to look at and to choose a lunch idea. He picked the lunch with a burrito, sombrero and mustache. I did not have the sombreros or mustache picks but was able to get them. This lunch was easy to put together and satisfied both my nephew and myself – good food and fun.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Flour tortillas stuffed with rice, beans, and salsa, candy eyes, lettuce

Top Right: Cucumber

Bottom Right: Peaches with cinnamon

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Parchment Paper Dinner

For many years I was fascinated about the idea of cooking in parchment paper packets. To find recipes and directions I searched underĀ  “vegetarian” and “cooking in parchment”, “cooking en papillote”, and “cooking al Cartoccio”.

I finally made the opportunity to try it for a dinner with my parents. My photos are not great since I was hungry and in a hurry to eat but at least I took photos. I worried about my technique folding the parchment paper since it was not as beautiful as in the photos. It did not matter. I was concerned about some leaking since parchment nowadays is very thin – but I doubled it and it was fine. It may not have been necessary. Some of my packets were not folded neatly but it did not matter.


Veggie Packets – broccoli, carrot, green beans, mushrooms, lemon slices, and pine nuts (I added them they were not in original recipe) cooked in parchment. I LOVED this recipe. It had a robust lemon flavor! My Dad also loved this one. My Mom was not as much in love – the lemon was a little too much for her.


Farfalle with Artichokes al Cartoccio – We mostly followed this recipe but did not use black olives. My Mom LOVED this recipe. My Dad and I were alright with it.


Fruit en Papillote – We followed this recipe but did not use the blueberries. Once it was out of the oven we served it with vanilla ice cream. I think all of us enjoyed this but how can you go wrong with fruit and ice cream.

Cooking in parchment paper was a different way to make and serve dinner. Now that I tried it once, I would do it again.

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Harry Potter Lunch


I made this Harry Potter themed lunch at the request of my 7 year old nephew. I was happy to also eat lunch with him.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Harry Potter peanut butter and jelly sandwich on wheat bread, crust, cheese (lightening bolt cut with a mini cookie cutter), and food coloring marker details, broom peanut butter and jelly sandwich (cut with a cookie cutter)

Top Right: Sorting hat caramel – This was quick to make

Bottom Right: Hedwig – apple cut with a small owl cookie cutter and dipped in water with lemon juice to prevent browning, blackberries

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Squirrel Pancakes for Lunch


I made this lunch for my pancake loving nephew. I find it easiest to make round pancakes first and then cut it with a cookie cutter. My nephew is happy to eat the scraps.

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Left Side: Mini Dippers with Maple Syrup, squirrel pancakes cut with a cookie cutter, sugar snap peas

Top Right: Acorn treats

Bottom Right: Peach slices with cinnamon

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Pokemon Lunch


I made this lunch for my 8 year old nephew at his request. I love it when people in my life request a theme! It was also fun to be able to have lunch with him.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Charmander – Colby-Jack cheese slice cut into the shape with kitchen scissors, food coloring marker details, peanut butter sandwich on wheat bread

Top Right: Pokeball – I was inspired by this. I used white candy melts and piped chocolate around it (melted chocolate chips and put in a Ziplock bag and cut off a small corner). I could not find a small white candy so I just used more of the white candy melt.

Bottom Right: Pikachu pick – raspberries and blackberries

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