Hands and Feet Lunch

I made this hands and feet themed lunch for myself in my quest to to use some cookie cutters for the first time.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side:  Hand and Foot – polenta, pesto

Top Right:  Almonds, Walnuts

Bottom Right: Hand and Foot – melon, frozen blackberries

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Outer Space Bento Meals

I made this meal for my friend Deborah on an evening we ate dinner in her garden. When I asked for theme ideas, she said planets/space. I enjoyed using my Saturn cookie cutter for the first time.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Saturn – sweet potato cut with a cookie cutter then roasted, black beans, corn, tomato, lime vinaigrette

Top Right: Stars – radish cut with a mini cutter, olive tapenade (I didn’t use the capers and used ordinary black olives)

Bottom Right: Blackberries and pistachios

Mini Dippers: Stars – flour tortilla cut with a cookie cutter, brush tortilla stars with olive oil, place on cookie sheet and bake in a 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes or until lightly browned and crisp.

I made this spaceship meal for myself with the same ingredients as the planet bento for Deborah. Most of the friends I showed this photo to did not know what it is supposed to be.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Spaceship – sweet potato cut with a cookie cutter then roasted, black beans, corn, tomato, lime vinaigrette

Top Right: Stars – radish cut with a mini cutter, olive tapenade (I didn’t use the capers and used ordinary black olives)

Bottom Right: Blackberries and pistachios

Mini Dippers: Stars – flour tortilla cut with a cookie cutter, brush tortilla stars with olive oil, place on cookie sheet and bake in a 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes or until lightly browned and crisp.

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Watermelon Lunch

I made this for my friend Carol on an evening when we ate in her garden. It is pizza that is supposed to look like watermelon. Another friend and my Mom both said that it does not look like watermelon, it looks like pizza.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side:   Watermelon – homemade pizza dough, pesto, Asiago, tomato sauce, black olives

Top Right:   Pistachios

Bottom Right:  Watermelon

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Moose Rice Lunch

moose rice bento lunch

I made this cheesy moose for my Mom to enjoy at her Lake House. As usual she smiled when I gave it to her.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Top: Moose – hot cooked Nishiki rice press into a cookie cutter with plastic wrap, carefully push rice out of cookie cutter, cheddar cheese broiled on top in toaster oven, eye – hazelnut skin, peas

Bottom Left: Cherries

Bottom Right: Hazelnuts

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Fresh Cantaloupe Cake

Fresh Cantaloupe Cake Blueberries

Fresh “cake” made entirely from fruit is delicious, healthy, and fun to eat. Other years I made one from watermelon and honeydew. This year I  made a beautiful “cake” with fresh cantaloupe. It was a tasty and beautiful dessert for my parents and myself at their Lake House.

Cake – fresh cantaloupe (slice off the top and bottom and cut off the skin with a knife), remove the seeds and then fill the melon with fresh blueberries

Decorations – fresh blueberries (giant and normal sized), cantaloupe flowers (cut with a cookie cutter), ricotta cheese.  I attached the cantaloupe flowers and blueberries with toothpicks and warned the eaters that there were toothpicks in the food.

Cantaloupe Cake

Inside of Melon Cake

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Smiling Corn

Smiling Corn

I received beautiful corn in my CSA share. My Mom thinks the mouth looks like a beak. I was trying for lips but regardless, we think these are cute.

Container: Wooden box purchased in Kyoto at Bento&co.

Contents: Corn – zucchini and tomato details (bento food cutters), broccoli, (CSA), cabbage leaves (CSA)

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Smile Emoji Lunch

Smile Emoji

I made this for myself. It was simple but very cute. Maybe it will end up being the first in a series of different emoji.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side:  Smile Emoji – Niishiki rice shaped with plastic wrap in a cookie cutter, Chrddar broiled on top (before putting in this box), Eyes – peas, Nose – hazelnut skin, Mouth – raspberry, frozen peas

Top Right:  Hazelnuts

Bottom Right: Cherries

 

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Crab Vegetable Potato Salad

Crab Vegetable Potato Salad

I made this meal for myself. Recently I am fascinated with my potato vegetable salad series. I keep thinking about new ways to present this theme. Fresh cantaloupe makes cute crabs and is especially delicious this time of year.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side:  Crabs – Cheese (cut with a cookie cutter), paprika put on with a toothpick, roasted potatoes (cut with a cookie cutter), red bell pepper (cut with a cookie cutter), ricotta with dried basil and garlic powder

Top Right: Hazelnuts

Bottom Right: Crabs – melon with mini chocolate chip eyes

 

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Italy Flag Lunch

Italy Flag Lunch

I made this lunch for my Dad. He did not know what it was supposed to be. I tried to make it look like the flag of Italy. Regardless, I was told that it was tasty.

Container: Book Bento Box

Contents: Nishiki rice with homemade lemon basil pesto, salsa, raspberries

 

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Corn Flowers Lunch

Corn Flowers

I made this meal for myself with fresh vegetables from my CSA. It may not look like much, but it was delicious.

Container: U Konserve

Contents: Corn, carrots (cut with a cookie cutter), cabbage, broccoli, tomato, Asiago

Small Round Container: Frozen blueberries, blackberry, Greek yogurt, cinnamon

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Birthday Lunch 2020

Beet Tarts with Spinach Salad

Today is my birthday and I took the day off from work. My parents came to visit me today. They arrived in time for lunch and I made this for us. The flowers are birthday flowers from my parents.

Menu

beet tart with spinach salad lunch

Peanut Butter Mousse

My critique of the meal: This easy meal looked impressive and was delicious. All 3 of us enjoyed this meal. My Dad joked that the chocolate looked so good he thought it was plastic but he knew I would not serve something non-edible. The only thing I would change about this meal is the vinaigrette. I did not measure and my splash of vinegar was too much.

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Bee Themed Lunch

Beehive Lunch

I made this bee themed lunch for my Dad. He loved it, especially the honey walnut cream cheese.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Beehive – focaccia cut with a cookie cutter, honey walnut cream cheese (softened cream cheese with chopped walnuts and a drizzle of honey)

Top Right: Bees – cucumber cut with a cookie cutter

Bottom Right: Bees – apple cut with a cookie cutter, dipped in water and lemon to prevent browning and sprinkled with fresh ground cinnamon

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Birdhouse Lunch

Birdhouse Themed Food

I made this lunch for my Mom. She loves birds and I was happy to use some cookie cutters for the first time.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Birdhouse – cheddar mashed potatoes cut with a cookie cutter, Birds – carrots cut with a mini cutter, peas

Top Right: Birds – carrots cut with a mini cutter, snow peas

Bottom Right: Birdhouse – watermelon cut with a cookie cutter, frozen blueberries

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Butterfly Snack Lunch

Butterfly Snack Lunch

I made this fun snack meal for myself and served it with mixed nuts.

Container: ELB Snack Boxes

Contents:

  • Butterflies – carrot cut with a cookie cutter
  • Butterflies – tortilla chips – flour tortillas cut with cookie cutters, (place on cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray, brush with olive oil and bake in a 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes or until lightly browned and crisp)
  • Butterfly – cucumber cut with a cookie cutter, hummus,
  • Butterfly – cantaloupe cut with a cookie cutter, watermelon,
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Bamboo Themed Meal

Bamboo Vegetable Potato Salad

I made this meal for myself on a night I brought individual dinners to Carol and we ate in her garden.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Bamboo – green bell pepper, roasted potato with basil, zucchini, (cut with a cookie cutter), over a homemade pesto with fresh lemon juice

Top Right: Celery with hummus

Bottom Right: Bamboo – apple imprinted with a cookie cutter, walnuts

Bamboo Vegetable Potato Close

 

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Bunny Pancake

bunny pancake

I made this for my 18 year old niece. She selected the theme and styled the chocolate chips. It follows a similar concept as this.

  • Bunny – Pancake cut with a cookie cutter, chocolate chip eye
  • Tail – Fresh whipped cream
  • Droppings – Chocolate chips
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Cherry Themed Lunch

Cherry Themed Lunch

A few weeks ago, I received these delicious cherries in my CSA share. They were the inspiration for this theme.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Cherries – cheddar cut with cookie cutter, angel hair pasta, zucchini, basil

Top Right: Cherries – radish cut with mini cutter, lettuce (from CSA)

Bottom Right: Cherries (from CSA)

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Butterfly Bread and Jam

Butterfly cream cheese and jam

I made this simple lunch for my Mom at her Lake House. It delighted her since it had been a long time since she had cream cheese and jam. I was not sure if she would like it since I don’t remember her giving it to me. I thought my Aunt made it when I was a kid.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Butterfly – focaccia cut with a cookie cutter, cream cheese, strawberry jam, snow peas

Top Right: Butterflies – carrot cut with tiny cutter, snow peas

Bottom Right: Butterflies – watermelon cut with a cookie cutter

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Fire Breathing Dragon Lunch

Fire Breathing Dragon on a Plate

I made this dragon themed meal at the request of my 18 year old niece. I am always asking people what theme or food they want and it makes me happy when they give requests.

Dragon – cheddar mashed potato with Kerrygold butter, milk, heavy cream, salt, cooled then cut with a cookie cutter, peas

Fire – carrot cut with a knife

Balls – cheddar mashed potato cooled then shaped into balls

 

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Statue of Liberty Cheese

Statue of Liberty Cheese

I made this meal for myself. I like this potato salad recipe since it uses cottage cheese instead of mayonnaise. Green olives always remind me of my Grandfather. He loved them.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side:  Statue of Liberty – cheddar cheese cut with a cookie cutter, cottage cheese potato salad

Top Right: Green olives with pimento

Bottom Right: Star – apple cut out, peanut butter

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Woodland Snack Lunch

Woodland Snack Lunch

I made this snack lunch for my Mom. I served it with mixed nuts.

Container: ELB Snack Boxes

Contents:

  • Carrot sticks
  • Hedgehogs – tortilla chips – flour tortillas cut with cookie cutters, (place on cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray, brush with olive oil and bake in a 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes or until lightly browned and crisp)
  • Moose – cantaloupe cut with a cookie cutter, watermelon
  • Snail – cucumber cut with a cookie cutter, hummus
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9 Year Blogiversary

9 year blogiversary

Today is my 9 year blogiversary! 9 years ago, I could not have imagined how much Eclectic Lamb would impact my life. Creating and sharing my creative food brings me so much joy! I look forward to many more years.

Container: Wooden box purchased in Kyoto at Bento&co.

Contents: 9 Years – carrot cut with cookie cutters, broccoli and cheese mashed potatoes, strawberries (from my CSA), blackberries, lettuce (from my CSA)

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Gorilla Lunch

gorilla lunch

I made this gorilla themed lunch for my Dad. I questioned if it looked like a gorilla. When I gave this to my Dad I asked him if he knew the theme. He hesitantly said, elephant. I asked my Mom and 18 year old niece who were nearby and they said it did not look like a gorilla.

I was excited to find the baby bananas! In 2013 when I made this Jungle meal, I wanted to use baby bananas but could not find them. This was my first time buying them. My Dad did not want to try them at first but when he tried it he said it was slightly sweeter than normal size bananas. My Mom agreed. My 18 year old niece and I don’t eat bananas so we did not try but they looked adorable.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Gorilla – cheddar mashed potatoes cut with a cookie cutter, smoked paprika, peas

Top Right: Palm trees – cucumber, carrot, over romaine

Bottom Right: Baby bananas

photo gorilla lunch

I made and photographed this meal at my parents Lake House. I think that this is the first time to take and share a behind the scenes photo of a photo shoot. It was such a beautiful day and location!

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Lunch with Giraffes

Giraffe Themed Lunch

I made this lunch for my 18 year old niece. I gave her a few theme choices and she selected giraffe.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side:  Giraffes – carrot cut with a cookie cutter, food coloring details, focaccia

Top Right: Green beans

Bottom Right: Giraffes – watermelon cut with a cookie cutter

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Daisy Vegetable Potato Salad

Daisy Themed Potato Vegetable Salad

I made this for my friend Carol. It was a hot evening and we ate cute meals in her garden. I will share the meal I made for myself on another day.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Daisies – cheddar cheese, orange and yellow bell pepper, roasted potato (cut with cookie cutter), over a homemade pesto with fresh lemon juice

Top Right: Daisy – yellow bell pepper cut with a cookie cutter, celery with hummus

Bottom Right: Daisies – apple cut with a cookie cutter dipped in lemon juice and water to prevent browning with food coloring marker details, blackberries

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Under the Sea Snack Meal

Under the Sea Snack Lunch

I made this snack meal for my Dad. It was served with mixed nuts.

Container: ELB Snack Boxes

Contents: Fish – carrot cut with cookie cutter, Fish – cantaloupe cut with a cookie cutter, watermelon, Turtles – tortilla chips – flour tortillas cut with cookie cutters, (place on cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray, brush with olive oil and bake in a 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes or until lightly browned and crisp), Turtle – cucumber cut with a cookie cutter, hummus

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Star Peanut Noodles

Star Peanut Noodles

I made this meal for myself. It is an ordinary but delicious meal I often make.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Stars – cucumber cut with a cookie cutter, peanut noodles

Top Right: – Sunflower  Seeds

Bottom Right: Blackberries

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Red White and Blue Dinner

red white blue dinner

My Mom, Dad, 18 year old niece, and I enjoyed a Red, White, and Blue themed meal at my parents Lake House on the 4th of July. Each of us contributed to the meal in some way. My Mom made the tomato sauce and decorated the table. My Dad cooked on the grill. My niece made the breadsticks. I made the white pesto and ice cream sundae’s.

Red, White & Blue Platter  – tomato, fresh Mozzarella, grilled eggplant

White Pesto – without the pasta

Breadsticks – with tomato sauce to dip

Red, White & Blue Sundae – raspberry sauce, vanilla ice cream, blueberry sauce, fresh whipped cream, red and blue sanding sugar (berry sauce – frozen blueberries and raspberries each cooked with a little simple syrup – cornstarch to thicken)

July 4 table

4th of July for 4

Red White Blue Food

garlic herb breadsticks

red white blue sundae

flag in radish

My critique of the meal:

My Mom had paper American flags and as a last minute idea I stuck them in radishes. They were easy and looked cute. After the meal my Dad ate all of the radishes. It is already well-known that my Dad loves radishes. My Mom decorated the rest of the table. I would not make the white pesto again. It was not special enough for me. My 18 year old niece’s breadsticks were amazing. I shaped them (since I love working with bread dough) but she did everything else, including making and applying the delicious topping. It was my first time making a fruit sauce sundae. My Mom, Dad, and I loved it. The niece had chocolate which is her favorite.

In full disclosure, I am the only one that ate the meal as pictured. The others also had grilled hot dogs. 

 

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USA Patriotic Compilation

Here is a collection of United States of America themed food I have made. Happy 4th of July!

AMERICAN FLAG

USA Potato Vegetable Salad Lunch

Salsa rice beans american flag

Flag Day Lunch

Taco Salad Flag Lunch

Open Face Flag Sandwich Lunch

Cheese Flag Lunch

4th of July Corn Avocado Tomato Salad

American Flag Bread

USA COUNTRY SHAPE

America 4th of july food

USA Lunch

USA Red White Blue Lunch

4th of July Muffin Tin Lunch

USA Tortilla Chips Lunch

LANDMARKS

Statue of Liberty USA Lunch

New York Bento Lunch

new-york-inspired-lunch

New York State Themed Lunch

Statue of Liberty Cheese

Capitol Lunch

Liberty Bell Lunch

FIREWORKS

July 4 Fireworks

Fireworks beans over rice

BALD EAGLE (National Bird)

Cream Cheese and Cinnamon Eagle

bald eagle rice

Bald-Eagle-Bento

PRESIDENTS

george-washington-lunch

Abe Lincoln Lunch

abe-lincoln-lunch

Abe Lincoln Money bento lunch

Buchanan Log Cabin Lunch

PATRIOTIC STARS

USA Quesadilla

star-lasagna

RED, WHITE, & BLUE

red white blue sundae

USA

USA Bread Lunch

If you have ideas for any American themes I am missing, please let me know.

Thanks!

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Cheese Flag Lunch

Cheese Flag Lunch

I made this meal for my Dad. He rarely gives me food or theme suggestions but is happy to eat whatever I make for him.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side:  USA Flag – Swiss cheese, food coloring marker details, Lemony Artichoke Pasta Salad

Top Right:  Mixed nuts

Bottom Right: Stars – flour tortilla cut with a cookie cutter, cherries

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Individual Vegetable Tarts Dinner

Individual Spiral Tart

I made this dinner for my parents and myself. We enjoyed the meal on their back deck. Our dinner entertainment was watching a Robin find food to feed her newly hatched babies.

Individual Spiral Vegetable Tarts – Homemade pie crust, goat cheese with lemon zest, garlic powder, fresh ground black pepper, cut carrot and zucchini with vegetable peeler, roll in spirals, drizzle with a little olive oil, bake at 350 for about 40 minutes.

Tomato, Cucumber, Black Olive, Feta Salad

Spiral Tarts Dinner

Veg Tart Meal

My critique of the meal:

This was easy, attractive and delicious. I did not need to keep the tarts in the pans but did it because I was concerned they would fall apart. After taking the photos we took them out of the pans and it made it easier to cut and eat the spiral vegetables. When I made similar tarts before I used Boursin herbed cheese and cheddar. I think I prefer that combination to the lemon garlic goat cheese. Maybe a little honey would be tasty with the goat cheese combination. Fresh basil could be a good addition to the tomato salad.

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Fish Swimming Potato Lunch

Fish swimming mashed potatoes

I made this simple but fun lunch for myself.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side:  Fish – cheddar cut with a cookie cutter, food coloring marker details, mashed potato, green peas

Top Right: Almonds

Bottom Right: Fish – apple cut with a mini cutter, mandarin oranges

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3D Sailboat Crackers

3D Sailboat Cracker

I made this basic meal for my parents and myself. It has been awhile since I made 3D Crackers and Soup.

Sailboat – 3D Crackers made with a cookie cutter set, pistachios

Strawberry SoupI did not use the Riesling and reduced the sugar.

Strawberry Soup and Crackers

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Cheese Octopus Lunch

Octopus Themed Lunch

I made this Octopus themed lunch for my Dad.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side:  Octopus – cheddar cut with a cookie cutter, cottage cheese potato salad

Top Right: Seahorses – carrot cut with a mini cutter, black olives

Bottom Right: Jellyfish – apple skin cut with a cookie cutter, peanut butter inside apple pieces

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Gardening Artichoke Pasta Salad

Gardening Pasta Salad

I made this simple meal for my Mom. She loves artichokes.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side:  Flower in Pot – cheddar cut with a cookie cutter, food coloring marker details, Lemony Artichoke Pasta Salad

Top Right:  Radish, carrot

Bottom Right: Watering Can – flour tortilla cut with a cookie cutter, cherries

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Butterfly Peanut Noodles

Butterfly Peanut Noodles

I made this meal for myself.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Butterfly – cucumber cut with a cookie cutter, peanut noodles

Top Right: – Pumpkin Seeds

Bottom Right: Raspberries

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Hummingbird Cheese Lunch

Hummingbird Themed Lunch

I made this lunch for my Mom. She enjoys feeding and watching hummingbirds. Sometimes bats and raccoons enjoy her hummingbird nectar also.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side:  Hummingbird – cheddar cut with a cookie cutter, food coloring details, cottage cheese potato salad

Top Right: Hummingbirds – carrot cut with a mini cutter, green olives with pimento

Bottom Right: Hummingbird – zucchini cut with a mini cutter, mandarin oranges

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Online Reypenaer Cheese Tasting

Erik Cheese Man

My Dad wanted a fun social distancing activity for us so he ordered cheese from Amsterdam for an online cheese tasting. It took 3 weeks to arrive because mail is not as good these days but the cheese arrived! We attended their Saturday afternoon tasting in English via Zoom. My parents have traveled to Amsterdam several times and went to the Reypenaer Cheese shop in person for a tasting.

The event was informative and fun. Our class happened to be small with only one other group. We made a lunch of it with crackers and fruit since it happened to be 11 am Eastern time.

6 Cheese to Taste

Cheese

Cheese Class

Flavors Detect in Cheese

The card above lists flavors it is possible to detect when tasting cheese.

Cut Cheese

I would recommend this experience if you are looking for a delicious and memorable activity.

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Cheddar Fox over Potato Lunch

Cheese Fox Lunch

I made this fun lunch for my Mom. She loved it!

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side:  Fox – cheddar cut with a cookie cutter, Face – food coloring marker, mashed potato, green peas

Top Right: FOX – carrot cut with cookie cutters, green olives with pimento

Bottom Right: Fox – cut apple with cookie cutter, peanut butter

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6×6 Art Submission 2020

6x6 Snail Embroidery Submission

In January, I created a list of 20 Goals to Accomplish in 2020. One of my items was to enter a piece into the 6×6 Exhibition. Today the global online purchasing begins. There are many submissions for this gallery fund-raiser. My piece is #1842.

It is a mixed media piece:

  • Homemade abaca paper (I made during a class years ago in college)
  • Felt
  • Embroidery thread
  • Beads

Snail Close

back of snail 6x6

Normally the gallery has in-person viewing and online. This year because of COVID-19, the show is entirely online. If you wish to purchase my piece (all submissions are priced at $20), go here and enter 1842 in the artwork search number. Each of the submissions are amazing in their own way. Take a look! Thanks!

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Leaf Themed Peanut Noodles

Leaf Themed Peanut Noodles

I made this meal for myself for lunch at home. It is convenient to have meals prepared and waiting for me.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Leaves – cucumber cut with a cookie cutter, cherry tomatoes, peanut noodles

Top Right: – Pumpkin Seeds

Bottom Right: Raspberries

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Beer Themed Lunch

Beer Themed Lunch

I made this beer themed lunch for my Dad since I wanted to use my beer mug cookie cutter and he enjoys an occasional beer.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side:  Beer – mashed potato cut and imprinted with a cookie cutter, paprika, Cheers – carrot cut with cookie cutters, green peas

Top Right: Beer – carrot cut with a cookie cutter, sliced radish

Bottom Right: Pretzel – cheddar cut with a cookie cutter, mixed nuts

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Summer Dress Lunch

Summer Dress Bento

It is that time of year in Rochester, NY when I can wear dresses again! I love mostly wearing dresses in the summer. This year it is especially exciting to wear all new dresses since my ones from last year are now too big. I was also happy to use cookie cutters from my collection for the first time.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side:  Sun – lemon slice, dress – cheddar cut with cookie cutter, homemade cauliflower macaroni and cheese made with frozen riced cauliflower, Gemelli pasta, homemade cheddar sauce

Top Right: Pumpkin seeds

Bottom Right: Dress –  green apple cut with a cookie cutter, mandarin oranges

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Cinderella Lunch on a Plate

Cinderella Proposal Salad

I made a themed Cinderella lunch for myself. I was inspired by some fun cookie cutters from my collection.

Salad: Prince and Cinderella – flour tortillas cut with cookie cutters and baked into chips, romaine, cherry tomatoes, black olives, toasted walnuts, shredded Cheddar cheese

Dessert: Horse and Coach – flour tortillas cut with a cookie cutter, sprinkled with cinnamon and baked into a chip, raspberries, white chocolate chips

Cinderella Coach Dessert

Cinderella Lunch

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Cucumber Hearts for Lunch

Heart Cucumber over Peanut Noodles

I made this lunch for myself. Peanut noodles are a typical lunch I occasionally make but I rarely make it cute just for myself I am glad that I made the extra effort for me.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Top Left:  Blackberries & Raspberries

Bottom Left: – Pistachios with hearts drawn with food coloring marker

Right Side: Cucumber hearts cut with a cookie cutter, peanut noodles

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Fish Themed Cauliflower Mac & Cheese

Fish Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

I made this meal for myself. It was my first time using frozen riced cauliflower in a homemade macaroni and cheese. I bought the riced cauliflower in the middle of March when the freezer section in the grocery store was mostly empty. More expensive and generally less desirable items were left. I am glad I tried it and would buy it again.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side:  Fish – carrot and radish cut with cookie cutters, homemade cauliflower macaroni and cheese made with frozen riced cauliflower, Gemelli pasta, homemade cheddar sauce

Top Right: Fish –  red apple cut with a tiny cutter, peas

Bottom Right: Fish –  green apple cut with a cookie cutter, pineapple

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Walk Brighton Project Week 6

Sneakers

I did it! My Walk Brighton Project is complete. I walked all of the streets over a mile radius from my home. Of course, I will still walk in my town but my focus of exploring and documenting areas new to me in this town is over for now. I am still in awe of what I was able to experience by walking from my home.

Highlights:

  • Watching flowers and trees bloom.
  • The “hunt” of never knowing what I would find.
  • “Smile” spelled in Daffodils and Tulips in front of a dentist office.
  • Discovered a path near my place that I was not previously aware. It will make it easier to get to some beautiful areas when there is a lot of traffic again.
  • The many paper rainbows and hearts attached to doors and windows.

Details:

  • Completed between March 27 to May 5, 2020.
  • I walked to each of the locations from my home.
  • I called it the Walk Brighton Project but some streets in my radius were in The City of Rochester and Pittsford.
  • If a road was marked private, I did not walk it.
  • I focused on walking residential streets.
  • My longest walk was around 5 miles round trip. Some walks were around 4 miles.
  • I am not afraid of walking in cold, rain, or snow. I encountered very few people during these walks.

Thursday Evening 4-30-20 

  • Streets Walked
    • Pittsford Trail System (Railroad Loop Trail)
    • Highland Avenue
    • Gould Street
    • Kimberly Drive
    • Grosvenor Road
    • East Avenue
    • Council Rock Avenue
    • Thackery Road
    • Esplande Drive
    • Pelham Road

pelham

splendid spring tree

birches at ranch

tree leaves spring

Home of Brighton Senior 2020

roof chimney

Brighton Neighborhood

Tudor Segment

Driveway light

Magnolia

turret top

grey house

Saturday Morning 5-2-20 

  • Streets Walked
    • Elmwood Avenue
    • Chelmsford Lane
    • Chelmsford Road
    • Winton Road
    • Highland Avenue
    • Chadbourne Road
    • Warrington Drive
    • Oakdale Drive
    • Mayflower Drive
    • Glen Ellyn Way
    • Varianna Drive
    • Rhinecliff Drive

oakdale

Ship on Chimney

Brighton at Dawn

Blue Garage Doors

Turret with Sun

Sunday Morning 5-3-20 

  • Streets Walked
    • Elmwood Avenue
    • South Grosvenor Road
    • Babcock Drive
    • Clover Street (Route 65)
    • Georgian Court Road
    • Trevor Court Road
    • Ambassador Drive
    • Sandringham Road
    • Esplanade Drive

Sandringham

brick walk

Fairy Tale Turret

Stone House with Gate

Stone Center Turret

Sidewalk Mosaic

Monday Afternoon 5-4-20 

  • Streets Walked
    • Pittsford Trail System (Railroad Loop Trail)
    • Highland Avenue
    • Templeton Road
    • Ashbourne Road
    • South Winton Road
    • Wilshire Road
    • Hillside Avenue
    • Palmerston Road
    • Monteroy Road
    • Claybourne Road
    • Edgemoor Road
    • Chelmsford Road
    • Commonwealth Road
    • Elmwood Avenue

Wilshire

white tudor

Blue stone

Spring Street

dog

brick turret

round window

Tuesday Afternoon 5-5-20 

  • Streets Walked
    • Elmwood Avenue
    • Elmwood Avenue
    • Clovercrest Drive
    • Landon Parkway
    • Clover Street (Route 65)
    • Whitewood Lane
    • South Grosvenor Road

Whitewood Lane

Sycamore Trees

ranch

Whitewood Lane

“Life is a journey, not a destination.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Bird Rice

Cute Bird Rice

I made this meal for myself. My inspiration was a free webinar I took a few weeks ago from The Buffalo Audubon Society

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Top Left:  Musical notes – food coloring marker on pistachios

Bottom Left: Musical notes – carrot cut with a cookie cutter, peanut butter, celery

Right Side: Bird – hot cooked Nishiki rice pressed into a cookie cutter with plastic wrap, carefully push rice out of cookie cutter, Body color – salsa, Eye– piece of hazelnut, Beak – carrot, riced cauliflower and broccoli with garlic

 

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Walk Brighton Project Week 5

Cherry Tree

I am nearing the end of this project. I expect that Week 6 will be the last week. Friends ask me what I will do next. It is not as fascinating as Walking Brighton, but I will start training for my second virtual 5k this year.

Saturday Morning 4-25-20

  • Streets Walked
    • Elmwood Avenue
    • Winton Road
    • Highland Avenue
    • Reservoir Road

Reservoir Road

house highland ave

path around reservoir

Stay 6 feet away

Cobbs Hill Reservoir

view of rochester

Sunday Morning 4-26-20

  • Streets Walked
    • Elmwood Avenue
    • East Avenue
    • Allens Creek Road
    • Clover Street (Route 65)

Allens Creek

flowering cherry

Golf Course

wagon wheel

horse weathervein

stone wall

Sunday Afternoon 4-26-20

  • Streets Walked
    • Elmwood Avenue
    • Antlers Drive
    • Monterey Parkway
    • Hollywood Avenue
    • Fair Oaks Avenue
    • Sylvan Road
    • Sonora Parkway
    • St. Regis Drive South
    • Meredith Avenue

Fair Oaks

cherry blooming in rain

Stop Sign

new leaves on hedge

Monday Afternoon 4-27-20

  • Streets Walked
    • Elmwood Avenue
    • Chelmsford Lane
    • Chelmsford Road
    • Winton Road
    • Warrington Drive
    • Monroe Avenue
    • St. Regis Drive North
    • Mayflower Drive
    • Tarrytown Road
    • Glen Ellyn Way

warrington

Green Red Arch

St Regis

Stone House

We are all in this together

Tuesday Afternoon 4-28-20

  • Streets Walked
    • Elmwood Avenue
    • Commonwealth Road
    • Chelmsford Road
    • Winton Road
    • Monroe Avenue
    • Glen Ellyn Way
    • Imperial Drive
    • Varianna Drive
    • Warrington Drive
    • Rhinecliff Drive

lady of lourdes

Brighton Senior 2020 Sign

Moon Shutters

new leaves

pretty white house

Wednesday Evening 4-29-20

  • Streets Walked
    • Elmwood Avenue
    • South Grosvenor Road
    • Babcock Drive
    • Clover Street (Route 65)
    • Esplanade Drive
    • Sandringham Road
    • Ambassador Drive
    • East Avenue
    • Greenfield Lane
    • Lime Rock Lane
    • Penfield Road
    • North Landing Road
    • Penhurst Road
    • Clover Street
    • Dorking Road
    • Islington Way

Lime Rock Lane

Penhurst

trellis entryway

ranch

penfield road

lighthouse shutters

rainbow

“The hardest walk is walking alone. But, it also makes you the strongest.”
Unknown

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Asparagus Flower Lunch

Asparagus flower lunch

I made this lunch for myself.

Container: U Konserve

Contents: Flower – Cheddar cheese cut with a cookie cutter, cherry tomato, asparagus, celery leaves, brown rice, raspberries, white chocolate chips

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