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Shamrock Noodles Lunch

I made this festive lunch for myself. The cold peanut noodles are an old favorite. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Shamrocks – cucumber cut with cookie cutters, Peanut Noodles Top Right: Clementine with a Leprechaun sticker Bottom Right: Greek Yogurt

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Garganelli Pasta Dinner

A week ago, I made a pasta dinner for my companion Ken to celebrate his birthday. When I asked for his request, he said homemade pasta with asparagus. I was excited to try making garganelli with my gnocchi board. It … Continue reading

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Shamrock Pesto Pizza

I made this delicious meal for myself. Recently I have been crazy for pesto and frequently make it. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Shamrock – homemade pizza cut with a cookie cutter, pesto and fresh mozzarella Top Right: Shamrocks – carrot cut … Continue reading

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Thor Lunch

I made this Thor themed meal for my companion Ken. I picked this theme since I wanted to use the hammer cookie cutter he bought for me as part of my Christmas present. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Thor – Spinach cut … Continue reading

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Mickey and Minnie Bagels

I made this for my friend’s daughter Elizabeth. When I asked her what theme she wanted, she said Mickey and Minnie. Here are all of the Mickey and Minnie Mouse lunches I have made. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Mickey and Minnie … Continue reading

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Happy Leap Year

Happy Leap Year! To recognize that February has 29 days this year, I made this lunch for myself. The “Happy Leap Year” is a little difficult to see but I like that all 3 food items are themed and looking … Continue reading

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Helicopter Meal

I made this meal for myself. I have flown in airplanes and even piloted them solo but never flew in a helicopter. I sat inside one as a kid as you can see in the photo below. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Top: Helicopter … Continue reading

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Teddy Bear Wearing Tie Meal

I made this meal for my companion Ken. He is not a tie guy. The Teddy Bear in this lunch is wearing one because I wanted to use a cookie cutter from my accessories category. Now that I have a … Continue reading

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Smiling Snail Lunch

I made this snail themed lunch for myself. I have created many snail themed meals. Actual snails scare me a little but since I was a child I have drawn a cartoon snail along with a sheep. Of course, I … Continue reading

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Duck Pond Lunch

I made this duck themed lunch for my companion Ken since he likes ducks. It was his first time having blue potato mashed potatoes. He enjoyed them! Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Ducks – cheese cut with cookie cutters, blue mashed potatoes, … Continue reading

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Heart Ravioli

I made a heart ravioli dinner for my companion Ken on Valentine’s day. He gave me the gorgeous flowers you can see in these photos. 3 Cheese Heart Ravioli with Garlic Tomato Sauce – This is my favorite pasta dough, … Continue reading

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X O Bagel and Soup Lunch

My friend Renae, her husband and daughters came over for a Valentine Themed lunch. X and O Mini Bagels Cheddar Hearts –  cut with a cookie cutter Lentil Soup – I did not use the coriander or grains of paradise … Continue reading

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Black Beans and Salsa Lips Lunch

I made this lip themed meal for my companion Ken. I was glad to use a different cookie cutter. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Lips – Black Beans and Salsa, Nishiki rice cut with a cookie cutter Top Right: Lips – Apple … Continue reading

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Fish Themed Pesto Pizza

I made this Naan pesto pizza fish meal for myself. It was delicious and satisfying. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Fish – store brought Naan bread cut with a cookie cutter, spread with pesto (I make mine with garlic, basil, olive oil, … Continue reading

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Rooster and Hens Lunch

I made this simple meal for my companion Ken. Container: EasyLunchBoxes  Left Side: Rooster – carrot cut with a cookie cutter, hens – cucumber cut with a cookie cutter, Peanut Noodles Top Right: Pistachios Bottom Right: Clementine

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Freezer Meal Gift

Last year I started a tradition of making freezer meals for my friend Carol’s birthday gift. It was well received so I decided to do it again this year. I made 4 different types of meals and gave her 15 … Continue reading

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Alligator Noodles

I made this meal for myself. The peanut noodles are a standby lunch. I made it more fun with some cookie cutters. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Alligator – cucumber cut with a cookie cutter, peanut noodles Top Right: Pistachios Bottom Right: … Continue reading

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Vegetable Wellington Birthday Dinner

Last Friday was Carol’s birthday. Instead of going to a restaurant, I offered to make dinner for her at my home. I made the Vegetable Wellington from Thanksgiving 2018 that she loved. Note: Since this dinner was on a Friday … Continue reading

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Donkey Pizza Lunch

I made this for my companion Ken. He likes donkeys. This is the second donkey theme meal I tried to make for him. The first was rice and looked like a horse not a donkey so I didn’t share it … Continue reading

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My Cookie Cutter Collection

This is my 1000th post! It’s fitting that it is a photo catalog of all my cookie cutters. I use cookie cutters a lot! A majority of my collection is based on what I think I will use (rarely for … Continue reading

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Frog Pesto Pizza

I made this lunch for my friend Carol on a warm January day. We walked in my neighborhood before having prepared lunches in my home. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Frogs – cheddar cheese cut with a cookie cutter, homemade pesto and … Continue reading

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Snowflake Snack Lunch

I made this snowflake snack lunch for my friend Carol. I don’t enjoy driving in snow but snowflakes are a natural fun theme for this time of year in Rochester, NY. Container: ELB Snack Boxes Contents: Snowflake tortilla chips (flour tortillas … Continue reading

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Fire in Fireplace Lunch

I asked my companion Ken for theme suggestions and he said fire. I actually had a mini fire cookie cutter! I was excited to try a new theme. I think that Ken enjoyed this meal. The wood burning fireplace at … Continue reading

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Happy New Year 2020

I made this easy meal for myself. Happy New Year! Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: 2020 – Cheddar cheese (cut with cookie cutters), rice, kidney beans, salsa Top Right: Macadamia nuts Bottom Right: Mandarin Oranges

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Top 10 Bento 2019

As is my tradition, here are my Top 10 Lunches from 2019! I have enjoyed sharing my cute food for a long time. Here are my past favorites:  2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012. I made this Eagle for … Continue reading

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Snow Globe Lunch

I made this snow globe themed meal for myself. It was a delight to eat. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Snow globe: Roasted garlic mashed potatoes cooled then cut with a cookie cutter, Reindeer – carrot cut with a cookie cutter, … Continue reading

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Angel Polenta

I made this for myself the same day I made the Gingerbread Polenta Man meal for my friend Mark. The harp is a vegan version of this I made many years ago. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Angel – polenta made … Continue reading

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Eggplant and Garlic Toast Dinner

My friend Renae came over for dinner on a night that her family was out of town. Since we both like eggplant and a lot of people don’t, it seemed like the perfect choice for dinner. This meal was mostly … Continue reading

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Polenta Gingerbread Man

I made this adorable Polenta Man meal for my friend Mark. He had an awesome smile when he opened the lid to reveal this meal. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Gingerbread Man – polenta made with broth and cornmeal (stir 1/2 … Continue reading

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Gingerbread Repository

Over the years, I have developed a love for making Gingerbread Creations. When people ask to see my gingerbread, I have shown them various blog posts but it is convenient to have all of my gingerbread in one place. I … Continue reading

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Gingerbread Village

This is the 3rd year in a row that I entered a gingerbread house in Sweet Creations at the Eastman Museum. I planned for this to be a miniature village and easy to transport but it got a little big. … Continue reading

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2019 Gingerbread Sweet Creations

For the 3rd year in a row, I made gingerbread for the Eastman Museum’s Sweet Creations gingerbread show. I enjoy seeing the variety. Here is a sampling of some of the creations that were memorable to me.  

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Rose Ravioli Dinner

I made this Rose themed meal for my parents and friend Renae’s family the weekend they went to my parent’s Lake House. Renae’s daughters were very helpful with making enough cute ravioli for 7 people. Rose Ravioli – I found … Continue reading

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Dia de los Muertos Meal

Awhile ago, I hosted a Day of the Dead themed taco meal for my friend Renae, her family, and my friend Mark. It was mostly a gluten free and vegan meal. This was actually my first time making this theme! … Continue reading

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Ireland

The last weekend in September, I went to Ireland for the weekend. My parents were there and it was a good opportunity to see them and my cousins. My Grandmother was born in Ireland. This was my second visit to … Continue reading

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Vegan Thanksgiving

This year was my first Friendsgiving. My friends Mark and Carol and companion Ken joined me for a 4-course Vegan autumn themed meal. It was the first time for each of them to meet each other but I think that … Continue reading

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Penguin Lunch

I made this lunch for my companion Ken. I asked him what theme he wanted for his first themed lunch and he requested Penguin. He enjoyed it! Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Penguin – 30 minute cheese bread, with cocoa powder, eyes … Continue reading

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Cat Cheese and Bread Lunch

I made this lunch for my friend’s daughter Natalie. She likes cats so it was a natural theme for this meal. Also, I have a LOT of cat cookie cutters. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Cat – cheese cut and imprinted … Continue reading

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Beatles Lunch

I made this simple meal for my friend Renae for lunch at my parents Lake House. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Top: Beatles – Carrots cut with cookie cutters, focaccia bread Bottom Left: Cheddar cheese, sugar snap peas Bottom Right: Pistachios

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Mickey Minnie Cheese & Bread

I made this theme at the request of my friend’s daughter Elizabeth. She ate this lunch at my parents Lake House. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Mickey & Minnie – cheddar cheese cut with a cookie cutter, focaccia bread Top Right: … Continue reading

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Cat Cheese & Asparagus Lunch

I made this meal for my friend Carol for dinner at my house. I have made many cat themed meals for her since she has a cat named Sasha. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Cats – cheddar cheese cut with cookie … Continue reading

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Jellyfish Themed Meal

I made this simple meal for my friend Mark with leftovers from this meal. Container: Prep Natural Glass Meal Containers Left Side: Jellyfish – rainbow carrots cut with a cookie cutter, lentils cooked in vegetable broth Right Side: Fish – … Continue reading

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Cat Snack Lunch

I made this snack lunch for my friend Renae’s daughter Elizabeth. It was a bonus cute meal since I knew she would not like the soup everyone else had for lunch that day. I was happy to make it for … Continue reading

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C3P0 Lunch

I made this lunch for my friend’s husband Jeff during a weekend at my parent’s Lake House. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: C3P0 – cheddar cheese cut with a cookie cutter, focaccia bread Top Right: Pistachio nuts Bottom Right: Blackberries

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Ghost Rice Lunch

I made this ghost lunch for myself on a day that I made other rice lunches and wanted an easy theme for myself. EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Ghost – hot cooked Nishiki rice pressed into a cookie cutter with plastic wrap, … Continue reading

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Photography Lunch

I made this photography themed meal for my friend Mark. He requested the theme and it was actually one I never did before! I represented photography of nature and people. Container: Book Bento Box Contents: Photographer – roasted garlic mashed … Continue reading

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Maple Leaf Polenta Lunch

I made this meal for myself to eat at work. I don’t often make themed meals just for me but I enjoy it. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Maple Leaf – polenta made with broth and cornmeal (stir 1/2 cup cornmeal … Continue reading

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Owl Lunch

I made this meal for my Mom at her Lake House. The owl has extra indentations since it was difficult to release the cheese out of the cookie cutter but my Mom did not complain. She enjoys my themed lunches. … Continue reading

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Dad’s Blueberry Blintzes

For as long as I can remember, my Dad sometimes makes his special filled pancakes for a weekend breakfast. Similar to his Onion Rings, my Mom does a lot of the work but gets no credit. My Dad is skilled … Continue reading

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Elephant Polenta Lunch

I made this meal for my friend Mark. I like how the elephant turned out. The polenta was not smooth which gives the elephant some texture. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Top: Elephant – polenta made with broth and cornmeal (stir 1/2 cup … Continue reading

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