Category Archives: Food

Groundhog Day Themed Food

Happy Groundhog Day! Here is my collection of groundhog themed meals. As with my other collections, I will update when I create something new. 2023: Nutella and Whipped Cream Pancake 2022: Ravioli 2021: Polenta 2019: Quesadilla 2018: Rice 2016: Mashed … Continue reading

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Groundhog Pancake

My niece and my Mom made this breakfast when at my house. Groundhog – Pancake cut with cookie cutter, Nutella, eye – chocolate chip Droppings – Chocolate chips Snow Covered Ground – Pancake with whipped cream Others in this series: … Continue reading

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Vegetable Wellington with Roasted Garlic Carrots

Tuesday was Carol’s birthday so I had her over for a birthday meal. The wellington is a favorite and I have made it for many Thanksgivings and Carol’s birthdays. This year I served it with spiralized carrots to add something … Continue reading

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Mexican Vegan Birthday Dinner

My friend Deborah’s birthday is this week. I had her over for dinner. I asked for food requests and she said, “Mexican flavors / spices”. I find it so much fun to get menu inspiration from friends. We both enjoyed! … Continue reading

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Quinoa Cats Lunch

I don’t think that these look like cats but that is what they were supposed to be. I made this for my friend Carol. When I asked for her food or theme requests, she requested the quinoa cakes I shared … Continue reading

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Rice Cow

My niece and I made this meal for her lunch. The theme was her request. Container: Prep Natural Glass Meal Containers Top: Yogurt Pudding with mini chocolate chips on top (see recipe below) Bottom: Cow – Niishiki rice shaped with plastic wrap in … Continue reading

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Snowman Polenta

I made this adorable snowman lunch for my Mom. I was inspired to do a snowman since I was making polenta and she likes cream cheese. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Snowman – Homemade polenta (cut with a cookie cutter), cream cheese, Hat … Continue reading

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Rice Snowflake

I made this rice and peas lunch for my Dad. I included Radish since it is one of his favorites. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Snowflake – Niishiki rice shaped with plastic wrap in a cookie cutter, pearl fresh mozzarella attached with spaghetti, … Continue reading

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Snowflake Fougasse

I made this meal for my Mom. The fougasse bread was supposed to be a snowflake. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Snowflake – Fougasse (ladder) bread – Great Breads by Martha Rose Shulman (see below) Top Right: Honey Walnut Cream Cheese – chopped walnuts, … Continue reading

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Sloth Pancakes

My Mom and 20 year old niece made these pancakes when at my house. Sloth – Chocolate chip pancake cut with cookie cutter Branch – Chocolate chip pancake cut with cookie cutter, Nutella Droppings – Chocolate chips Others in this … Continue reading

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Cheese Snowman on Tortellini

I made this snowman themed tortellini lunch for my Mom. It was an easy but attractive meal on a busy day. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Snowman – cheddar cheese (cut with a cookie cutter), food marker details, cheese tortellini with Italian dressing, … Continue reading

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Homemade Ramen Lunch

On New Years Day, my niece made homemade ramen. She did most of the work. I only helped with the broth, some toppings and prepared the dessert. Five of us enjoyed the delicious ramen with toppings (my friend Carol joined … Continue reading

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New Years Eve Party 2023

I am a true morning person. I am normally awake and active by 5 am. Staying up until midnight is rare for me even on New Years Eve. This year when my 20 year old niece made plans to be … Continue reading

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Happy New Year 2023

Happy New Year! I made this snack meal for my friend’s 14 year old daughter Elizabeth. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side:  2023 – Cheddar cheese cut with a cookie cutter, celery, tortilla chips cut with cookie cutters, brushed with olive oil, sprinkled with salt … Continue reading

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Christmas 2022

My first Christmas in my home was special. My 20 year old niece joined my parents and me on December 27. We celebrated Christmas Eve on the 27 and Christmas day with her on the 28. We waited for stockings … Continue reading

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White Christmas Dinner

This year for my fancy Christmas meal my theme was “White Christmas”. During the planning stage, whenever I told people my theme, they looked at me strangely. It was a little unusual to plan an entire meal with all the … Continue reading

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Top 10 Bento 2022

As is my tradition, here are my Top 10 Lunches from 2022! It was a busy and often stressful year renovating and decorating my new house. I did not put as much effort into planning and making cute meals as … Continue reading

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Lentil Soup Spinach Salad Dinner

My friend Caroline Korn came over for dinner. When I asked her for theme/food requests she texted, “USA and salad/soup.” I was not sure what to do with the USA part since there are not many American vegetarian soups. I … Continue reading

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Friendiversary Dinner

My friend Deborah and I celebrated our 4 year friendiversary with a dinner at my home. (I was in the middle of decorating my dining room for Christmas.) I don’t know the date I became friends with the other people … Continue reading

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Zucchini Ravioli Advent Dinner

My friend Renae, her husband Jeff and daughter Elizabeth came over to visit, help me with some tasks, and have dinner. Renae requested my zucchini ravioli. We know I rarely make the same thing twice but I love these zucchini … Continue reading

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Reindeer Snack Meal

I made this snack meal for my friend’s 14 year old daughter Elizabeth. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side:  Reindeer – tortilla chips cut with a cookie cutter, brushed with olive oil, sprinkled with salt – bake in 375 over for about 10 minutes, cherry … Continue reading

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Vegetarian Thanksgiving 2022

My Mom and I prepared a Vegetarian Thanksgiving this year in Delmar, NY. My friend Carol and I drove the 3.5 hours to the Albany, NY area on the morning of Thanksgiving we mostly had the roads to ourselves! There … Continue reading

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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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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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