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Dinosaur Ravioli

I enjoyed this meal with my friend Renae. When I was a kid, I drew sheep. Renae drew dinosaurs. I thought it was fun to make dinosaur ravioli. I made and froze the ravioli several weeks before the meal. It … Continue reading

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Dragonfly Pesto Pizza

I made this fun meal for my Mom. It may not look like much but I am told it was delicious. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Dragonflies – pesto, pizza crust cut with cookie cutter than baked Top Right: Macadamia nuts Bottom Right: Strawberries and … Continue reading

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Llama Mashed Potatoes

I made this llama meal for my Mom. The carrots were a hit from Easter. In my haste of making this meal I added twice the amount of pepper by accident. They were spicy! Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Llama – garlic mashed … Continue reading

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Mother’s Day Gyoza Dinner

My parents came to my house for Mother’s Day weekend. I finally made a meal my Mom loves but had not made it in a long time. Vegetable Gyoza – I made my own with store bought dumpling wrappers. I … Continue reading

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Star Grilled Cheese

I made this simple but fun grilled cheese lunch for my Dad. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Star – push cookie cutter into cooked grilled cheese, sourdough bread, sharp cheddar Top Right: Black beans, corn, salsa Bottom Right: Blackberries

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Cow Pancakes

My Mom and 19 year old niece made these pancakes when at my house. Cows – Pancakes cut with cookie cutter, Nutella and fresh whipped cream Calves – Pancakes cut with cookie cutter, fresh whipped cream Droppings – Chocolate chips … Continue reading

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Heart Grilled Cheese

I made this simple but fun grilled cheese lunch for my Mom. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Heart – push cookie cutter into cooked grilled cheese, sourdough bread, sharp cheddar Top Right: Cherry tomatoes, feta cheese Bottom Right: Blueberries, mango

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Butterfly Mac and Cheese Bento

I assembled this meal for my 19 year old niece. My Mom made the Mac and Cheese. Container: Wooden box purchased in Kyoto at Bento&co. Contents: Mac & Cheese, rainbow carrots, broccoli

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Rice Tulip Lunch

I made this simple lunch for my Mom on a day in March when my parents helped me get settled into my new house. I moved in January, it is taking longer than I want to make this my home … Continue reading

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Easter 2022

We had a wonderful Easter. It was my first major holiday in my new home. My parents and 19 year old niece came to my house for the weekend. My friend Carol joined us for the Easter main meal. My … Continue reading

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Easter Egg Mashed Potato

I made this cute Easter themed meal for my Mom. She was delighted to see it. Container: U Konserve Contents: Easter Egg – cheese mashed potato with pesto and dried cherries, lettuce, Rosemary Macedonia Almonds, Bunnies – melon cut with an imprint … Continue reading

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Alligator 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 and installing of wall decals. I appreciate her skillful help. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side:  Alligators – … Continue reading

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Tulip Ravioli Dinner

I made tulip shaped ravioli for my parents and myself. My dining room is not yet complete. At the time of this meal, I still didn’t have a table. But it is enjoyable to eat in this room. Tulip Ravioli – … Continue reading

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Tulip Tortilla Chip Salad Lunch

I made this meal for myself on the same day I made this meal for my friend Deborah. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side:  Tulip chips – tortilla chips cut with a cookie cutter, brushed with olive oil, sprinkled with garlic – bake in … Continue reading

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Bee Hive Mashed Potatoes

I made this Bee / Honey themed meal for my Mom. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Bee Hive – mashed potatoes cut with a cookie cutter, cheddar broiled on top, peas Top Right: Bees – melon cut with a cookie cutter Bottom Right: Plain Greek … Continue reading

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Rhino Pizza

I made this meal for my Dad. I added radish since he enjoys them. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Rhinos – cheddar pizza cut with a cookie cutter, black sesame seed eyes Top Right: Celery, radish, hummus Bottom Right: Strawberries

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Pesto Shamrock Potato Meal

Happy St. Patrick’s Day. I made this Pesto Potato Shamrock meal for my Mom. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Shamrock – homemade pesto on top of mashed potato cut with a cookie cutter, mashed rutabaga Top Right:  Pistachios with shamrocks drew with … Continue reading

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Shamrock Ravioli

I made Shamrock ravioli for a meal with my parents. I came up with the idea of adding Irish Whiskey to our cheese sauce. It was delicious! Shamrock Ravioli – I used my favorite pasta dough, and added some spinach powder … Continue reading

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Irish Hat Pizza

I made this pesto pizza lunch for my Mom. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Hats – pizza dough cut with a cookie cutter, pesto Top Right: Shamrocks – cucumber cut with a cookie cutter, black olives Bottom Right: Orange

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Cardinal Pizza Lunch

I made these cute cardinals for myself. I am calling them pizza but they are just tomato sauce on pizza dough. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Cardinals – pizza dough cut with a cookie cutter, tomato sauce, Eye – dried blueberry Top Right: Rosemary … Continue reading

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Lace Tortilla Chip Salad Lunch

I made this for my friend Deborah on a day she came over to see my new house and have lunch. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side:  Lace chips – tortilla chips cut with a cookie cutter, holes punches with a straw, brushed … Continue reading

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Lamb or Lion Pizza Dinner

Happy March! I hosted a Lamb or Lion themed dinner with my parents and friend Carol. Carol made the flower arrangement. I love that some of the flowers look like lion manes! March weather described as a lion or lamb … Continue reading

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George Washington Mashed Potatoes

I made this simple George Washington themed meal for myself. It is only the second President Washington themed meal I made. Five years ago, I made him from rice. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: George Washington – Cheddar mashed potatoes cut with a … Continue reading

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Puzzle Heart Meal

Happy Valentine’s Day! I made this simple but delicious meal for myself. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Heart – beets and mashed potatoes cut with a cookie cutter, roasted cauliflower Top Right: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Heart Bottom Right: Cottage cheese with cinnamon

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Groundhog Ravioli Dinner

Happy Groundhog Day! This year my parents and I enjoyed a Groundhog shaped ravioli dinner. I made the ravioli weeks before my move so it was an easy dinner during a busy time. Groundhogs – I used my favorite pasta dough, … Continue reading

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New House Ravioli

On January 4, I closed on a house. I moved in on January 21. It has been a whirlwind of stress, planning, and hard work. The house needed a large amount of somewhat cosmetic work that does not seem minor … Continue reading

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Dad’s Pizza

During my life, my Dad did not do a lot of cooking but he is known for making a few dishes: Onion Rings, Easter Bread, Blueberry Blintzes. Now I am finally getting around to posting about his thin crust pizza. … Continue reading

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Snowman Pizza Lunch

I made this snowman pizza meal for my Mom. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Top Left: Cauliflower Bottom Left: Macadamia nuts Right Side: Snowman- cheese pizza with black olives and cheese nose (assembled after baking).

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Moon Stars Sweet Potato Meal

I made this sweet potato, cheese and black bean meal for my Dad. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Moons – cheese cut with a cookie cutter, Stars – roasted sweet potato cut with a cookie cutter, Black Bean Sauce – I did not use … Continue reading

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Happy New Year 2022

Happy New Year! I made this fun meal for myself. Container: Glass Container with Lid Contents: 2022 – Homemade polenta cut with a cookie cutter, sautéed zucchini, pearl mozzarella balls

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Top 10 Bento 2021

As is my tradition, here are my Top 10 Lunches from 2021! I made this Hug Your Cat meal for my friend’s daughter Natalie. I made this Ghost Melon salad for myself. I made this Nutella Bunny lunch with my … Continue reading

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12 Days of Christmas Themed Meal

This year for Christmas dinner, I prepared and served a 12 Days of Christmas themed meal (12 Courses!) My parents, friend Carol, and her son Mike joined me. Table Decor I like the look of placemats on top of a tablecloth. I … Continue reading

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Easy Christmas Eve Dinner

I made an easy to prepare but festive Christmas Eve meal that I enjoyed with my parents. Asparagus Christmas Tree tarts – Puffed pastry with asparagus, Boursin cheese, Cheddar cheese stars (cut with a cookie cutter) Blue Cheese Dip – … Continue reading

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Santa Pizza Lunch

I made this for my 19 year old niece. She had more pizza with this meal that we didn’t photo. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Santa – Pizza cut with a cookie cutter, mozzarella, Eyes – spinach (cut with a straw), Mouth – … Continue reading

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Sweet Potato Bells Meal

I made this meal for my Mom. She loved the blue cheese sauce. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Top Left: Pistachios Bottom Left: Hershey Kisses Right Side: Bell- Cheddar cut with a cookie cutter, cinnamon stripe, Bells – Sweet Potatoes cut with a cookie cutter and … Continue reading

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Wreath Themed Meal

I made this festive meal for myself. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Wreath – Fresh Mozzeralla with pesto and red bell pepper, Livera Italiana Pasta   Top Right: Cashews Bottom Right: Honeydew melon wreath (cut with cookie cutter), pomegranate seeds

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Candy Cane Polenta

I made this meal for myself. It is fun to think of how many different foods I can make into candy canes. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Candy Canes – Polenta cut with a cookie cutter, smoked paprika on cheddar, sautéed spinach with … Continue reading

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Candy Cane Bagel

I made this meal for my Dad. I gave him more than one candy cane bagel but one alone looked better in the photo. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side:  Candy Cane – use the dough from this recipe. Break off desired portion … Continue reading

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Turkey Themed Polenta

I made this turkey themed meal for myself. Container: Prep Natural Glass Meal Containers Left Side: Turkey – Melon cut with a cookie cutter, Eye – cinnamon, blueberries Right Side: Turkey – Polenta cut with a cookie cutter, Body – … Continue reading

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Fox Polenta Lunch

I made this fox themed polenta meal for my Mom. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Fox – Polenta cut with a cookie cutter, face – cinnamon (drew with a toothpick), sautéed spinach with onions Top Right: Cottage cheese with cinnamon Bottom Right: Apple Crisp

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Snake Pizza Lunch

I made this snake themed pizza lunch for my Dad. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Snakes – Pizza with Cheddar or Mozzarella cheese (cut with a cookie cutter) Top Right: Green beans Bottom Right: Brazil nuts

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Dinosaur Pancakes

My 19 year old niece styled and ate these dinosaur pancakes. Dinosaurs – Chocolate chip pancakes cut with cookie cutters Snow – Whipped cream from a can Droppings – Chocolate chips Meteor – Chocolate chip pancake, whipped cream with food … Continue reading

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Giraffe Polenta Meal

I made this adorable giraffe polenta and bean meal for my Dad. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Giraffe – polenta (cut with a cookie cutter), goat cheese with smoked paprika, kidney beans with salsa Top Right: Pecans Bottom Right: Clementines

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Cat Bread Dinner

I made a cat themed meal for my friend Renae and her family. Even the lentil soup had cats in it! Her oldest daughter Natalie helped me style the meal. Raw Vegetables and Hummus – carrot, cherry tomato, celery Lentil … Continue reading

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Unicorn Pizza Lunch

I made this easy pizza meal for my friend Carol. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side:  Unicorn – homemade cheddar pizzas, Eye – spinach leaf cut with a straw Top Right: Grapes Bottom Right: Blueberries

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Day of the Dead Potatoes

I made this festive lunch for myself. I used natural colorings on the mashed potato skull. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side:  Sugar Skull – Cheddar mashed potatoes shaped with a cookie cutter, Green – maccha powder, Purple – butterfly pea powder, Yellow – … Continue reading

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Halloween Dinner 2021

Happy Halloween! My 19 year old niece and I enjoyed planning and preparing this Halloween party. My Mom also helped. My parents, niece and I had a memorable meal! Table Decor Centerpiece – Carved pumpkin Tablecloth Pumpkin Name Cards – … Continue reading

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Ghost Pancakes

I made this today with my 19 year old niece. Ghosts – Pancakes cut with a cookie cutter Eyes – Chocolate chips Snow – Whipped cream from a can Droppings – Chocolate chips Others in this series: Moose, Bunny Raccoon

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Pumpkin Ravioli Dinner

My parents and I enjoyed a pumpkin shaped and themed ravioli dinner. Pumpkin Ravioli – I used my favorite pasta dough with a little canned pumpkin added to the dough for color, cut with a cookie cutter, filled with a mixture of … Continue reading

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Space Travel Meal

I made this space travel meal for my friend Dennis. I used my space shuttle cookie cutter. For my meal, I also ate the Cuban Black Beans and rice. It was delicious. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Space Shuttle – cheese (cut with … Continue reading

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