4 Woodland Animal Lunches


These are lunches that I made awhile ago and did not yet blog. In this set I have a deer quesadilla, moose and owl shaped rice, and a soft pretzel shaped as a turtle.

I made this deer lunch a long time ago so I actually am not sure who ate it. I think that I made this for myself. It is the type of lunch I would make for my 12 year old nephew but I would not normally give him salad so it was probably for me.

Container: Book Bento Box

Contents: Deer – cheese quesadilla (cut with cookie cutter), lettuce, carrot, sugar snap peas, blackberries, raspberries

Not in Photo: Greek yogurt


I made this moose themed lunch for myself. I loved the Black Bean and Corn Salad.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Moose – hot cooked Nishiki rice pressed into a cookie cutter with plastic wrap, carefully remove cookie cutter, brush on soy sauce, cooked broccoli

Top Right: Blueberries

Bottom Right:Black bean and Corn Salad (did not use onion)


I made this for my husband to eat on a night he came home late from work.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Owl – hot cooked Nishiki rice pressed into a cookie cutter with plastic wrap, carefully remove cookie cutter, Cheddar cheese and food coloring marker details, cooked zucchini

Top Right: Owl – chocolate covered pretzel owl with almond nose and Wilton candy eyes – there are a lot of different versions of them out there, plain pretzels

Bottom Right: Dried apricots


My husband enjoys homemade soft pretzels, I like making cute food – these turtle pretzels pleased both of us.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Turtle pretzel, with mini chocolate chip eyes, raw broccoli

Top Right: Turtles – white Cheddar cheese (cookie cutter), orange Cheddar cheese

Bottom Right: Peaches, leaf sticker on top of plastic cup

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3rd Flower Show Entry


This week I entered my 3rd Flower Show. I tried to think about what I learned from my 1st and 2nd flower shows when I worked on my entry. Some things I kept in mind were hiding mechanics, something to lead eye through the piece, color and proportion. When I submitted my entry I was concerned since it appeared very different from the other entries (less sophisticated in my opinion). I was very surprised that I won first in my category and a blue ribbon for best of all of the artistic crafts!

The overall theme of the Flower Show was Holidays at the Inn. I entered under Artistic Crafts “Creative Gifts, Gifts for the Birds”. A feast of bird food suitable for hanging from a tree. Not a conventional bird feeder. No greater than 8 inches in any dimension. To be hung from a rod near eye level.


My blue ribbon for Artistic Crafts!


The angel is a miniature mostly edible corn husk angel.

Head: Shelled Hazelnut

Eyes: Chia Seeds

Mouth: Red Pepper Flake

Hair: Corn Silk

Body: White Millet

Bow: Shelled Sunflower Seeds painted red


The tree is a Styrofoam cone covered with sticky back moss (it was a moss sticker and very easy way to cover the cone).  I used additional moss to cover mechanics (hot glue that was visible). I made a garland by threading pieces of dried pineapple, dried Goji berries, and dried blueberries on white thread. I wanted something to lead the eye through the piece. My fingers became very sticky but it was relaxing to make the garland. Other tree decorations are dried corn, cardamom seeds, mixed seeds on circles of hot glue, and red pepper flakes. I used hot glue to attach the decorations to the tree. I hung it by sticking a skewer with a pointed end through the tree and tied raffia on each end. I cut off the pointed end.


Paperwork and my blue paper ribbon for first place in my category.


In this photo you can see the display with the four entries in my class and the peanut at the bottom of my tree for the trunk.


This entry won 2nd in my category “Gifts for the Birds”.


This entry won 3rd in my category “Gifts for the Birds”.


This entry won honorable mention (or 4th) in my category “Gifts for the Birds”.

Since I won over all the other Artistic Crafts I am sharing photos of entries in the other categories.


This won 1st for “Gifts for Friends”. Brooch made entirely of dried plant material (except clasp). Plant surfaces may be embellished. To be displayed on a black velvet square six inches by six inches.


This won 2nd in the”Gifts for Friends” category.


This won 3rd in the “Gifts for Friends” category.


This won honorable mention (or 4th) in the “Gifts for Friends” category.


This won 1st in the “Gifts for the Tree” category. Ornament decorated with dried plant material. Plant surfaces may be embellished. Non-plant material may be added, but plant material must dominate. Ornament no greater than 3 inches in any dimension. To be hung from a 2 dimensional tree at eye level.


This won 2nd in the “Gifts for the Tree” category. It is made from pecan, rice, cattail, and milkweed.


This won 3rd in the “Gifts for the Tree” category.


This won honorable mention (or 4th) in the “Gifts for the Tree” category. It has cockscomb, allspice, and coriander seeds.

I enjoy entering flower shows with Artistic Crafts and look forward to entering again when I have the opportunity.

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Chess Themed Food

Today I have four chess themed lunches that I made for my 14 year old nephew. The chess cookie cutters are from here. I have the smallest sized set.


My nephew likes salsa rice and black beans and it was perfect for a chess board.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Hot cooked Nishiki rice mixed with a little salsa and pressed in a square cookie cutter, black beans mixed with a little salsa

Top Right: Pistachio nuts

Bottom Right: Mini sour cherry tart with chess piece cut from pie crust


This pizza chess lunch was previously published here.


I made this on a day that I made other focaccia lunches. My nephew is always happy to have a bread and cheese lunch.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Focaccia bread with squares of paprika added before baking. You could also use cinnamon (cookie cutter as stencil), Cheddar cheese stick

Top Right: Raspberries and pineapple

Bottom Right: Chess pieces – cucumber (cookie cutters), carrots


My nephew has a microwave at school so this lunch was made with that in mind. The squares of mozzarella will melt when heated and the side dishes are in silicone cups for easy removal before heating.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Top Left: Chess pieces – apple cut with these cookie cutters, apples were dipped in lemon juice and water to prevent browning

Bottom Left: Sugar snap peas

Left Side: Homemade lasagna baked without cheese on top, added squares of mozzarella cheese after baking

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Halloween Treats 2016


I enjoy Halloween at my house. Typically on October 31 I receive 250-300 trick-or-treaters in a 2 hour period from 6 pm until 8 pm. I make it obvious that I am open to hand out treats – carved and lit pumpkins and I turn my porch lights on.


I have a tradition that I give something special to the first 20 kids. I tell them that they are the first 20 but they don’t seem to care because I never had kids coming to my house the next year looking for the special treats. I do it for myself – it is fun.


The above photo is what I gave to my first 20 trick-or-treaters this year.


My porch before it became dark.


This was my third year to participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project. I wanted to try something different with my teal pumpkin so a friend and I drilled holes in it. I had non-candy treats available upon request for children with food allergies. This year two kids made the special request.

I tried a different type of nose this year. I like it. Yes, I know in this photo you can see my messy kitchen but it is realistic and not too messy.


I was comfortable asking this trick-or-treater for a photo since you can’t tell who it is and it was actually still light out.

Happy Halloween!

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4 Halloween Lunches


This year I have 4 fun Halloween lunches to share. I made all of them for my husband.

The first one is a candy corn themed mashed potato (the mashed potato cake is under the cheese).

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Mashed potato cake (cooled mashed potatoes cut with a candy corn cookie cutter), white Cheddar, orange Cheddar, and white Cheddar with a mixture of yellow food coloring and water brushed on, each cut with the same candy corn cookie cutter, cooked asparagus

Top Right: Reese’s Pieces

Bottom Right: Applesauce with cinnamon


This ghostly rice meal is prepared to be heated in the microwave. The cold sides are in silicone cups for easy removing before microwaving.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Ghost rice – hot cooked Nishiki rice pressed into a cookie cutter with plastic wrap, cooked zucchini

Top Right: Raspberries

Bottom Right: Carrots in pumpkin shaped silicone cup


This Jack-o-lantern is made from cooked cheese mashed potatoes and cut with a cookie cutter.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Jack-o-lantern – cheese mashed potatoes with orange Cheddar cut with a cookie cutter, face details – raw spinach cut with cookie cutters, cooked zucchini

Top Right: Raw green beans

Bottom Right: Pineapple and blueberries


The meal was very easy but has a whimsical element of surprise.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Charlie Brown flexible pick, romaine, cherry tomatoes, hard boiled egg, mozzarella cheese (ranch dip not in photo)

Top Right: Peaches

Bottom Right: Halloween themed chips from Trader Joe’s


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Snoopy Taco Salad


I made this for my taco loving nephew. As usual I did a theme because it makes me happy and I am very glad that he does not mind. In this case once the cheese is dumped into the salad, the theme mostly disappears except for the adorable Snoopy pick.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Snoopy – white Cheddar with spinach details in this, Woodstock – orange Cheddar with spinach details in this, shredded lettuce, cherry tomatoes

Top Right: Watermelon and cantaloupe

Bottom Right: Black beans with some salsa

Above the Box: Mini Dippers with Taco Sauce, and Fritos corn chips

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Quilting Themed Lunch


Awhile ago, my 14 year old nephew and I had his great-grandmother (my grandmother-in-law) over for lunch. While over the years I have had her over for tea with her great-grandchildren, it was my first time to make her a themed lunch. While brainstorming for suggestions I asked my husband. He said quilting. His grandmother does enjoy quilting and has made many for her multitudes of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She had 9 children! I enjoyed making a focaccia quilt as part of this meal. The great-grandmother was very pleased with our lunch and visit.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Homemade focaccia made with half whole wheat, half wheat flour, quilt details – spinach and Cheddar cheese

Top Right: Needle and Thread – cucumber, food coloring dyed spaghetti, carrot

Bottom Right: Raspberries

Not in Photo: Brownies, Strawberry Cheese Ball


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