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Turkey Vegetable Potato Salad

Happy Thanksgiving! I made this lunch awhile ago for my Dad. We all enjoy this series of cute vegetable potato themed meals. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Turkeys – sweet potato cut with a cookie cutter and roasted, orange Cheddar cut with a cookie … Continue reading

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Turkey Hand Pie Lunch

 I made this turkey themed meal for my Mom. She loved it! Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Turkey – (hand pies) pie crust with apple, brie, and chopped walnuts in-between the 2 crusts cut with a cookie cutter, press with fingers to seal … Continue reading

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Individual Corn Lasagna Dinner

A little while ago, my friend Dennis came for dinner. I made something I have wanted to make since 2011! Individual corn lasagna recipe that Giada De Laurentiis made for Prince William and Kate during a visit to California. Table: … Continue reading

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Cardinal Rice Tart

I made this meal for myself. It is a basic vegetable and rice meal made fun by using cookie cutters and a mini tart pan. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Top: Cardinal – red bell pepper cut with a cookie cutter, sautéed onion, cheddar cheese, … Continue reading

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Red Panda Mashed Potatoes

I am not sure if this looks like a red panda but I was inspired by a recent visit to the Seneca Park Zoo. The Red Panda posed for me! The dill pickles were from a neighbor friend. They were … Continue reading

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Halloween Treats 2022

This was my first Halloween in my new home. It was also my first time to have trick-or-treaters since I last had a house in 2016. I don’t have a prominent porch as I did before. Maybe in future years … Continue reading

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Mummy Hand Pie Lunch

Happy Halloween! I made this meal for my Dad. After 11 years of themed food, this is actually my first time making a mummy theme! Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Mummies – (hand pies) pie crust with tomato sauce and mozzarella, strips of … Continue reading

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Ghost Peas and Rice Tart

I made this fun meal for myself. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Ghost – Radish cut with a cookie cutter, Eyes – paprika, peas, cheddar cheese, rice Top Right: Pumpkin Seeds Bottom Right: Ghost – apple with cut out (cookie cutter and knife), Eyes – … Continue reading

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Ghost Grilled Cheese

My 20 year old nice and I made this meal together. Tomato soup with grilled cheese is an delicious combination. Container: Insulated Contents: Campbells Tomato Soup Container: U Konserve Contents: Ghost Grilled Cheese – sourdough bread cut with a cookie cutter, grilled … Continue reading

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Ghostly Peanut Noodles

I often make peanut noodles for myself or anyone who is willing to eat them. They are always delicious but when I create a theme they are more fun to eat. Container: Prep Natural Glass Meal Containers Left Side: Ghosts – Cucumber … Continue reading

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Ghost Mashed Potato Lunch

Today I have the first of this years Halloween themed meals. I made this meal for my Dad. Look here for past Halloween meals. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Ghosts – Cheddar mashed potatoes cooled then cut with a cookie cutter, Eyes – … Continue reading

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Polenta Star Lunch

I made this simple meal for myself. I should serve polenta with homemade tomato sauce more often. I enjoyed the combination. Container: Prep Natural Glass Meal Containers Contents: Stars – Homemade polenta cooled then cut with cookie cutters, tomato sauce with … Continue reading

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Cheese Deer Potato Salad Lunch

I made this simple and satisfying lunch for myself. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Fawn – cheese cut with a cookie cutter, cottage cheese potato salad, assorted lettuce Top Right: Macadamia nuts Bottom Right: Red grapes

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Squirrel Vegetable Potato Salad

I made this lunch for my Mom to celebrate the season and continue my series of cute vegetable potato themed meals. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Squirrels – sweet potato cut with a cookie cutter and roasted, orange Cheddar cut with a cookie … Continue reading

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Fall Themed Dinner

To celebrate the change in seasons and find an excuse to use Leaf Shaped Tortilla chips in a meal, I made a fall themed dinner for my parents and friend Carol. The meal also showed off my newly decorated for … Continue reading

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Mashed Potato Owl Lunch

I made this shaped mashed potato lunch for my Mom. She enjoyed it! Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Owl – Cheddar mashed potatoes cooled then cut with a cookie cutter, Ears – slivered almonds, Eyes – mashed potatoes with paprika, peas, Nose – … Continue reading

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Carrot Leaves Snack Meal

I made this easy and delicious snack meal for myself. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Leaves – carrot cut with cookie cutters, hummus Top Right: Energy ball made with peanut butter, graham cracker crumbs, dry milk powder, and a little espresso powder Bottom Right: Strawberries … Continue reading

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Savory Apple Hand Pie Meal

I made this apple themed meal for myself. It was a delicious treat. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Apples – (hand pies) pie crust with apple, brie, and chopped walnuts in-between the 2 crusts cut with a cookie cutter, press with fingers to … Continue reading

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Airplane Rice Tart

I made this meal for myself. It is a basic vegetable and rice meal made fun by putting it into a mini tart pan. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Airplane – zucchini cut with a cookie cutter, sautéed onion, cheddar cheese, rice Top … Continue reading

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Squirrel Polenta Lunch

I made this delicious lunch for myself. The polenta and vegetables are a repeat of a recipe I tried for one of my most popular blog posts. I should make it more often. Container: Prep Natural Glass Meal Containers Left Side: Squirrel … Continue reading

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Vegetable Potato Salad Collection

This is my collection of themed vegetable potato salad. “Salad” is used loosely. Each has shapes cut with small cookie cutters, some type of potato, vegetables, cheese and a sauce or dressing. Sauce / Dressing / Accompaniment ANIMALS Giraffe Birds … Continue reading

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Zucchini Ravioli Dinner

Not long ago, my friend Renae came over for dinner. I asked her for a vegetable idea. She said, “zucchini”. I planned this meal around zucchini which is perfect for August. It was delicious! We ate in my newly finished … Continue reading

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Whimsical Dining Room

This is my dining room. I am calling it “whimsical” since I am not sure what else to call it. It took longer to reveal it here than some of my other rooms since I had to wait for the … Continue reading

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Hurricane Pizza

I made this meal for my Dad. I thought that it did not look good so I tried another time to make hurricane pizza. I think the second time came out worse (see below). Maybe hurricanes are difficult to depict … Continue reading

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Zucchini Frog Rice Tart

I made this meal for myself. It is a basic vegetable and rice meal but I made it fun by putting it into a tart pan. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Frogs – zucchini cut with a cookie cutter, shredded carrots sautéed with … Continue reading

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Ice Cream Theme Lunch

My 20 year old niece and I made her this Ice Cream themed lunch. She selected the theme. Container: U Konserve Contents: Ice Cream Cones – (hand pies) pie crust with tomato sauce and mozzarella in-between the 2 crusts, use fork to … Continue reading

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Camel Melon Bento Lunch

I made this fun and easy meal for myself. Container: Cloud box from Japan (set of 3) Large Box: Camels – cantaloupe cut with cookie cutters, Eyes – cinnamon, cottage cheese with cinnamon, blueberries underneath Small Box: Palm Trees – zucchini cut with … Continue reading

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Camel Pancake

My Mom and my 20 year old niece made these pancakes when at my parents lake house. Camels – Chocolate chip pancakes cut with a cookie cutters Droppings – Chocolate chips Ground – Whipped cream Others in this series: Bunny  Cow, Dinosaur, Ghost, Moose, Raccoon, … Continue reading

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Birthday at Lake

This year I celebrated my birthday a little early (last weekend) at my family Lake House with my parents and 20 year old niece. When I woke, a “birthday fairy” was there overnight. The table and fireplace were decorated and … Continue reading

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Kangaroo Snack Meal

I made this snack meal for my friend’s 14 year old daughter Elizabeth. It was on a day that she helped me with some Cricut crafting. I appreciate having a crafting buddy. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Kangaroos – tortilla chips cut with … Continue reading

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Fox Mushroom Rice

This was my brother’s theme request when we spent time at the family Lake House. He likes mushrooms so I used some leftover mushroom gravy my niece made for a different meal. Left Side: Fox – Niishiki rice shaped with plastic … Continue reading

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Thunder Storm Potato Vegetable Salad

I made this for my Dad. When I don’t know what theme to make for him, I use weather. This is part of my on-going Vegetable Potato Salad series. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Clouds: white potato roasted, white Cheddar, radish, Lightning Bolts … Continue reading

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Pink and Green Bedroom

Here is my Pink and Green bedroom with gold accents. When planning this room before I moved into the house, I knew I wanted pink walls as I had in my childhood bedroom. This pink is deliberately softer than the … Continue reading

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Hope Chest Lunch

When I was a child, I loved looking inside my Grandmother’s hope chest. It held family historical items such as a baptism gown, rolling pin from her bridal shower, the sweater and one of the socks she wore when she … Continue reading

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Dragonfly Vegetable Potato Salad

I made this meal for my Mom. The dragonfly is her cookie cutter. I made a blueberry vinaigrette but it was not popular so I need something different to represent sky and water for this type of salad. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left … Continue reading

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Bug Snack Tortilla Chips

I made this for my 20 year old niece. My niece, my brother, and I hiked up a nearby mountain. In the photo below I asked her to hold out the snack box so I could get her back, the … Continue reading

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Crab Melon Lunch

I made this crab themed fruit and cottage cheese lunch for my Mom. Container: U Konserve Contents: Crabs – cantaloupe cut with a cookie cutter Eyes – mini chocolate chips, cottage cheese, cinnamon, blueberries, brazil nuts Container: U Konserve Contents: Cheddar goldfish crackers

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Fish Vegetable Potato Salad

I made this for my friend Yuko’s husband when he and Yuko visited my family Lake House. Because he was a guest, I gave him a choice of sauces: blueberry vinaigrette that I had planned for this fish theme, or … Continue reading

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Pirate Rice Lunch

I made this meal for my Dad on a day that I made rice themed lunches for many people. I did not take enough time making this one. The other people felt that this was my best looking lunch of … Continue reading

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Skunk Rice and Beans

My friend Dennis came over for dinner and helped me with a few items around my house. When I asked for theme and food suggestions, he said rice and beans skunk. I was happy to make it! Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Skunk … Continue reading

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Boat Pizza

My 20 year old niece and I made this themed pizza for her. Boat: Pizza dough cut with a cookie cutter, tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese Hull: Black olives Water: Blueberries

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French Horn Focaccia Lunch

I made this lunch for my friend Yuko’s husband. When I asked Yuko for a theme idea, she said French horn. I was happy to revisit a theme I have only done once before. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: French Horn – Cheddar cheese … Continue reading

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11 Year Blogiversary

Today is my 11 year blogiversary! This is my 1,304th post! The traditional gift for an 11 year anniversary is steel. I decided to serve this simple meal in a metal box. Container: LunchBots Trio Left Side: 11 – Raspberries, … Continue reading

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Music Vegetable Potato Salad

I made this for my friend Yuko at the family Lake House. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Music Notes: white potato roasted, orange Cheddar, yellow bell pepper, light colored carrot cut with a cookie cutter, black bean sauce – black beans, salsa, balsamic … Continue reading

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Travel Themed Home Office

This is my travel themed home office. I spend a lot of time in this room since I currently work from home. The last photo shows my favorite neighbor. I completed my home office decorating (minus the padded part of … Continue reading

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Little Green Man Meal

I made this meal for my friend Dennis at his request. My friend Renae used her 3D printer to make the alien and UFO cookie cutters. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Little Green Man – Cheddar mashed potatoes cooled then cut with a … Continue reading

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Fun Ravioli Collection

This is my collection of cute shaped ravioli. As with my other collections, I will update when I create something new. FLOWERS Flower Ravioli Rose Ravioli Tulip Ravioli ANIMALS Swan Ravioli HOLIDAYS Pumpkin Ravioli Bell Ravioli Heart Ravioli Groundhog Ravioli … Continue reading

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Piano Lunch

I made this lunch for my friend Yuko. When I asked for her desired theme, she said piano. I was happy to revisit a theme I have only done once before. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Top Left:  Carrot Apple Slaw with Pistachios Bottom … Continue reading

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July 4 Appetizer and Pizza Dinner

One of my Japanese language partners actually lives in Philadelphia. Over 4th of July weekend, she and her husband visited me and my parents at our family Lake House. We all had a wonderful time! USA Theme Individual Appetizer Plate … Continue reading

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Watermelon Fireworks Lunch

I made this cottage cheese and fruit lunch for myself. It was refreshing and fun. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Fireworks – watermelon cut and stamped with a cookie cutter, cottage cheese, blueberries, cinnamon Top Right: Hummus with smoked paprika Bottom Right: USA – carrot … Continue reading

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