Nephews Favorite Lunches


For the second day of school (2 weeks ago) I made favorite lunches for 3 of my nephews. My back to school tradition is to make mini Jam tarts with their school year on them (grades 7, 10, and 11 this year). My 12 year old nephew wanted brownies instead of jam tarts so I made brownies and jam tarts for them. I still gave the 12 year old 1 tart with his grade on it.

This first one is for my 16 year old nephew. I have made many variations of these lunches for him over the years.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Tomatoes, Taco cheese blend, black beans mixed with some salsa, shredded lettuce

Top Right: Brownie

Bottom Right: Blackberries and strawberries

Above the box: Mini Dippers with Taco Sauce, and tortilla chips with a hint of lime

Not in Photo: Jam Tarts


My 12 year old nephew loves waffles and strawberry butter. I know it is not the healthiest lunch but I caved and made his favorite to celebrate back to school.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Homemade waffles (I made them in the morning and cooled them on wire racks before packing them for lunch)

Top Right: Pepper Jack cheese

Bottom Right: Mini Dippers: Strawberry butter – I mixed fresh chopped strawberries with softened butter and added a little bit of confectionery sugar 

Not in Photo: Brownie and 1 Jam Tart


My 14 year old nephew has a microwave at school so this lasagna meal was made to be heated. I put the sides in silicone cups for easy removal before he heats the rest of the lunch.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Lasagna (I made it the night before for my husband’s dinner and this was a planned leftover)

Top Right: Pistachio nuts

Bottom Right: Blackberries

Not in Photo: Brownie and Jam Tarts

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Power Rangers Lunch


I made this Power Rangers lunch at the request of my 4 year old nephew. I was fortunate to be able to make lunches and eat with him, his brothers and their Mom that day.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Power Ranger sandwich – peanut butter with strawberry jam on wheat bread, strawberry fruit flat details

Top Right: Raspberries and blueberries

Bottom Right: Power Ranger – Cheddar cheese

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Cat Birthday Party

Cat Birthday Collage

I was thrilled to help my friend create cute food for her daughters 11th birthday party. We made cat themed ice cream sandwiches, cat shaped cinnamon tortilla chips with fruit salsa, giant cat cookies and decorated paper plates to look like cats. We also served walking tacos, a vegetable tray, and salsa layered dip with tortilla chips.

Ice Cream Sandwiches

cat cookies after baking

When searching for ideas for the birthday pool party I found this. When I heard that my friends daughter liked the idea of cat shaped ice cream sandwiches, I came up with three proposals. She choose the one that used the CuteZCute Animal Friends cutter set. She wanted mostly chocolate cookies with a few vanilla for people who don’t like chocolate. I used this vanilla recipe and this chocolate recipe. It was a bit of a struggle to get good imprints on the cookies. I had to use extra flour and a dry pastry brush to brush off the flour before baking. Also a lot of patience! You can make and freeze these cookies (without ice cream) several weeks before your party.

Vanilla and Chocolate Cat Ice Cream Sandwiches

The night before the party my friend, her husband and I assembled the ice cream sandwiches. We sliced the ice cream and used the same cookie cutter to cut the ice cream (it worked out great and fit the cookies exactly). When the ice cream started to melt we sort of pushed it into the cutter and then put it on the cookie. My friends husband was ready with pieces of plastic wrap and he individually wrapped the ice cream sandwiches. Then they went straight into the freezer.

Cat Chocolate Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwiches

We made vanilla with strawberry ice cream, chocolate with strawberry ice cream and a lot of chocolate with chocolate ice cream. By far the chocolate – chocolate combination was the most popular but everyone seemed to enjoy their treat. I loved watching everyone enjoy their cat shaped ice cream sandwiches. It was a highlight for me.

Cat Vanilla Cookie Strawberry Ice Cream Sandwich

Chocolate Cat Cookie Strawberry Ice Cream Sandwich

Cat Tortilla Chips

cat tortilla chips after baking

I used the same cutter set to make cat shaped cinnamon tortilla chips. It did take time to cut out the faces on the tortilla chips but I enjoy that type of work – it is relaxing for me. We used an olive oil mister to spray the cut tortilla chips and then sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. I baked at 350 for about 7 minutes (but bake until lightly browned and crisp).  We served them with a fruit salsa.

Cat Cinnamon Tortilla Chip Close

Cat Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Chips

Cat Paper Plates

cat plates in progress

The birthday girl and I are both early risers so we decorated the plates first thing in the morning before everyone else woke up. It was peaceful and enjoyable to do this craft with her. I was inspired by these. I folded the pipe cleaners in thirds and cut with a scissors. We cut the ear pieces out of card stock. We then glued the pink parts to the gray ears and taped the ears and the whiskers to the paper plates.

cat paper plate

Giant Cat Cookies

Smaller Monster Cat Cookie

My friend made these gorgeous cat cookies! They were served at the family party which was held after the friends party. It is a monster cookie recipe and she frosted it using a silicone basting brush to make it look like fur. Her 11 year old daughter added the whiskers.

cat cookie outside

I enjoyed helping out with this party and hope that you now have some ideas for your cat themed party.

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Chocolate Candy Salsa Rice Lunch

M and M rice lunch

Since I am always looking for new ways to serve salsa rice, I made this M&M themed lunch for my nephew. Please let me know if you have any ideas for other themed lunches with salsa rice.

Container: LunchBots Trio

Top Left: M&M – cooked hot Nishiki rice mixed with a little salsa and packed into a round cookie cutter (used plastic wrap between my fingers and the rice), M cut from a fresh spinach leaf with a cookie cutter, black beans and salsa

Top Right: Radish, cucumber, carrot

Bottom: Raspberries, M&M’s

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Sunflower Bread Lunch

Sunflower bread lunch

My 14 year old nephew and I have a special tradition but he does not think it is special. We plant sunflower seeds together in my garden each year. We have done it for 3 years so far. I enjoy this tradition and look forward to continuing it with him but he would be glad if I forgot about it.  But when I thought about making a sunflower themed meal I immediately thought of my nephew as the perfect person to have it. He enjoyed this meal.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Sunflower shaped bread (used this recipe) with sunflower seeds on the outside, cheddar cheese sticks

Top Right: Melon & cherries

Bottom Right: Sunflower – corn on the cob with poppy seeds in the middle

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Ice Cream Cone Themed Lunch

waffle ice cream themed lunch

I made this lunch for my waffle loving nephew. I love finding new ways to include waffles in lunch.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Ice Cream Cones – waffles cut with an ice cream cone cookie cutter, bell pepper cut with an ice cream cone cookie cutter

Top Right: Caramel peanuts

Bottom Right: Kiwi


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Graduation Themed Food

grad veg appetizers close

When I make themed food for an occasion the food becomes part of the memories of that event. I am thrilled when I have new occasions to plan for and create cute food. My niece graduated from high school and she had a large party this summer. I was so happy that I was tasked with making graduation shaped appetizers. I was also thrilled that I received so many positive comments from party guests about my creations.

The top photo was a large tray of vegetable and cheese graduation appetizers.

  • Graduation hat cucumber slices (1.5 inch cookie cutter), cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella balls (threaded on a small wooden skewer)
  • Green pepper square (used small cookie cutter), carrot tassel (used lemon zester), green olive with pimento, piece of mozzarella string cheese (on a fancy toothpick)

graduation tortilla chips

I made these plain diploma and graduation cap tortilla chips to go along with dips that my sister-in-law made. I cut flour tortillas with these cookie cutters, sprayed a cookie sheet and the cut tortillas with olive oil and baked at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes or until lightly browned and crisp. Of course you can add salt or cinnamon sugar if that fits into your menu.

year celery appetizers

I also made a large tray of celery for appetizers. While they are great for graduations, it would also be fun for New Years Eve or other occasions that you want to mark the year in a special way.

  • Celery filled with peanut butter, numbers are fruit by the foot cut with mini metal cookie cutters
  • Celery filled with cream cheese, numbers are carrot cut with mini metal cookie cutters

I hope that some of these ideas will be useful for your special event!

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