Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Pumpkins, Spiders, and a Princess - Oh My!

I forgot to post pictures of Beaker's lunch yesterday. Oops!

Fixing that now! He had a ham pumpkin sandwich with carrots and broccoli with ranch, little colby jack pumpkins, Ritz crackers, and candy pumpkins. Which do you think he ate first?

See, I thought it would be the candy, too. I was wrong - he dove for the broccoli! Gobbled it up and asked for more. I always forget how much this kiddo loves broccoli until I put some in front of him and it magically disappears.

Today Brick took a big salad with pepper jack cheese and crumbled bacon. The white tub has ranch dressing and the green cup holds croutons. He also has apple slices and two Hershey Nugget chocolates.

G-man wanted to get his lunch at school (as usual - his school offers a pizza selection, his favorite food, every day), but today was his first day of Jazz Band. He had to be to school an hour early and knew he would be hungry before lunch, so he asked for a big snack. "Party mix theme, Mom. Remember: PARTY MIX. Please send a party mix themed snack." I think he reminded me to put in party mix twelve or fifteen times before he went to bed.

So, G-man has a big snack of (you guessed it) Cheez Its Party Mix with apple slices and green grapes.

Bean also requested a snack, in addition to her lunch. Her fourth grade class has a time each day when kids who bring snacks can take them out and eat them while working on schoolwork. It gets them through the long stretch of time before lunch and helps them concentrate. Usually she grabs a couple of crackers or something small for snack, but she said it's not enough and she is "staaaaarving" by lunch, so today I packed her a bigger snack. She said it was just the right size, and has requested more like this.

For Bean's snack I tucked in applesauce in a Solo cup with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top, two graham crackers (broken up), and a peeled and segmented clementine.

For her lunch she requested "Princess lunch, please." I packed her a side salad with bacon crumbles and pepper jack diamonds with a small cup of ranch dressing and carrot and celery sticks on the side, Italian sausage chunks leftover from dinner, and a couple of Fig Newtons.

The salad and sausage are tucked into these Fred and Friends AristoCakes silicone crown cups that I found on Amazon. Love them! I also tucked in two princess crown food picks.

Princess requested spiders. I? Am terrified of spiders. Ridiculously severe fear of spiders. So, as you can imagine, I don't have a lot of spider stuff here and certainly wasn't about to Google spider ideas! This is what I came up with. It's not much in the spider department. I put in creepy eyes to make up for that.

For her lunch, I skewered slices of Italian sausage leftover from dinner with small squares of wheat bread and tiny bits of pepper jack cheese to make "mini kabobs". I used a spider silicone baking cup to hold a couple of Fig Newtons and a few Annie's Organic Bunny Grahams, and cut up a grape tomato to make a pair of red spider eyes. On one side of the spider are green grapes and on the other side are grape tomatoes. She also has applesauce with a sprinkle of cinnamon, and carrot and celery sticks with ranch dressing.

I have mentioned before that I use Press-N-Seal to create a liquid-proof seal for messy foods in our Easy Lunchboxes. This is what that looks like. I just cut a small piece and press it over the messy foods, like applesauce or yogurt, then put the lid on like usual. So far this has worked very well at keeping the messy foods from leaking!

And a bento for ME! I went to hang out with a friend today (the amazingly talented and all around wonderful artist of Green Baboon Designs!) after class today, so I packed up a lunch for myself. Carrot and celery sticks with pumpkin shaped colby jack cheese, pepper turkey and pastrami rolls, a peeled clementine, mini Triscuits with Laughing Cow cheese wedges, Greek yogurt with a sprinkle of cocoa (I attempted to use a furikake stencil, but it didn't work out so well. If you squint you can see the vague Jack o' Lantern face. Note: hold the furikake stencil closer to the yogurt/whatever next time instead of hovering it above.), and a pumpkin silicone cup filled with mushed up chocolate chunk cheesecake for dessert.


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