Loon Lunch

Cream Cheese and Cinnamon Bread Loon

I am surprised that this is my first loon lunch! My Grandparents had and now my parents have a summer lake house so I grew up listening to and watching loons. They fascinate me. I made this meal for my Mom to take on a day trip in the Adirondacks to visit the Adirondack Experience museum at Blue Mountain Lake. When I asked my Mom for theme ideas she said, “loon”.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Loon – focaccia bread cut with a cookie cutter, cream cheese, cinnamon, dried blueberry, blueberries

Top Right: Mixed nuts

Bottom Right: Fish – assorted melon cut with cookie cutters

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Black Bean Rice Elephant Lunch

Black Bean and Rice Elephant Lunch

I made this black bean rice elephant for lunch for myself. I am not thrilled with the lack of color contrast but it was a tasty and fulfilling meal.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Top: Elephant – hot cooked Nishiki rice pressed into a cookie cutter with plastic wrap, black beans (I used my food processor to puree black beans with some lemon juice), cooked broccoli

Bottom Left: Elephant – apple cut with a cookie cutter dipped in water with lemon juice to prevent browning, mini chocolate chip, raspberries

Bottom Right: Pistachios

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Bald Eagle Lunch

Cream Cheese and Cinnamon Eagle

I made this cream cheese and cinnamon Bald Eagle for my Dad on a day that we went on a day trip in the Adirondacks. It was a weekend that I visited my parents at their Lake House. We went to the Adirondack Experience museum at Blue Mountain Lake. It was a long time since I was last there and they have updated exhibits with interactive technology. We had fun!

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Bald Eagle – focaccia bread, freehand cut into eagle shape, cream cheese, cinnamon, dried blueberry, cashew, sugar snap peas

Top Right: Mixed nuts

Bottom Right: Fish – assorted melon cut with cookie cutters

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Cat Face Bread for Lunch

cat face bread

I made this cat face shaped bread for lunch for my friend Carol on a day that we went to the Genesee Country Village & Museum.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Cat face – 30 minute cheese bread. I made the bread without the cheese and shaped it to look like a cat. The eyes and nose are cinnamon, mouth – food coloring marker. The whiskers are angel hair pasta. Sugar snap peas

Top Right: Trader Joe’s Mini Brie, a few Brazil nuts

Bottom Right: Cat – watermelon cut with cookie cutter, cantaloupe

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8 Year Blogiversary

Today is my 8 year blogiversary!  My life is very different now than 8 years ago but I am happy and have a good life. I maintain this blog because it enriches my life. I love the way that it motivates me to do things that I love–cooking for loved ones and making food cute and attractive.

I will share my 8 most memorable posts.

8. Sado Island Travel and Bento Lunch: This meal is memorable because my Dad ate the radishes I bought especially to make this meal.

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7. Snoopy Mashed Potatoes: At the time, I did not share what was most memorable about this meal. My husband had dinner with my nephews and myself. I guess that I made individual meals for each of us. We ate this meal on our large wrap around porch. My nephew had this one and commented that it was too cute to eat. My husband then mashed it with a fork and said that the nephew could then eat it.

Potato Snoopy Bento

6. May Day Basket for Neighbor: I made this basket for my neighbors on May Day many years ago. I fondly remember those neighbors and this bread basket I made to show my appreciation for their being wonderful neighbors.

Tulips in May Day Basket

5. Horse Themed Lunch: I made this for my supervisor at the time. She requested a horse themed lunch but there was a mishap and the horses shifted so they looked like they were having “fun”. We had a lot of laughs over this lunch!

Horse Themed Lunch

4. 3rd Flower Show Entry: When I see this post, I am reminded that I am resilient and/or that I need to create art in times of stress to soothe myself. I made this for a craft entry at a flower show and won a blue ribbon for all artistic crafts. The amazing thing was I did this weeks before my life drastically changed. I was preparing to move out of a house that I loved and was in the middle of a divorce. Yet I took the time to create a little edible bird seed angel tree topper with a hazelnut head and corn silk hair.Corn husk birdseed angel

3. Vegetarian Easter Dinner: My friend Mayumi’s 7 year old daughter Anna made this meal memorable. She loved helping me cook and serve and she was more skilled with making the Bunny bread than I am. It was a joy to spend time cooking with Anna.

vegetarian easter dinner

2. Girls Day Hinamatsuri Dinner: The memory of this meal is bittersweet since I enjoyed it with my 20 year old niece shortly before she moved back home. She now does not live as close to me. These were a more successful rendition of a meal that we created and shared years ago.

Hinamatsuri food dolls

1. My Grandmothers Funeral: This is my favorite blog post of all time. I am happy with my effort with the meals and eulogy at a difficult time. I am glad that I shared it here. Sometimes I look at the post and read the eulogy.

funeral themed dinner table

 

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Hands Shaped Bread for Lunch

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I made this hand shaped bread for lunch for myself on a day that my friend Carol and I went to the Genesee Country Village & Museum.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Hands – 30 minute cheese bread. I made the bread without the cheese and shaped it to look like a hands, sugar snap peas

Top Right: Trader Joe’s Mini Brie, a few Brazil nuts

Bottom Right: Numbers – assorted melon cut with cookie cutters

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Red Panda Lunch

red panda lunch

I made this Red Panda themed lunch for my 20 year old niece awhile ago when we went to the Seneca Park Zoo. I was inspired by this. I think that my version looks more like a fox but it is cute and she enjoyed it.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Red Panda – hot cooked Nishiki rice shaped with a rice mold, ears hot cooked Nishiki rice shaped with plastic wrap, salsa, daikon (Japanese radish) with food coloring marker and black olive details, cooked broccoli and asparagus

Top Right: Pistachio nuts

Bottom Right: Checkered apple, blueberries

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