Friday, December 7, 2012

Cold Weather Friends

I am having a lot of fun with the winter themes right now. Up here in the PNW, we don't get much snow. The temp is still frequently in the 50s here, and all of those jokes about constant rain are pretty accurate. We haven't had so much as a snowflake here yet this year, not a single morning when an ice scraper was needed, and only a couple of days when there was even frost on the ground.

Now, I'm not complaining. I am not a fan of cold, wet, slippery snow. It's pretty to look at for a few minutes, but then it's just cold and wet and slippery. However, I do enjoy winter stuff.  All of the glittery and shiny, the happy and joy, the snuggly and cuddly. All of the accessories of winter make me smile, even if cold isn't high on my list of Things I Enjoy. Winter theme lunches mean I get to play with all of the stuff I love most about winter, without the stuff that I don't. Win-win for me!

If I had to choose one animal which represents Winter for me, it would be the penguin. I love penguins. They're so adorable, with their sweet little faces and the way they waddle across the ice. And baby penguins? Squee to the Nth degree.

For lunch today, Bean has a penguin lunch. Her little penguin sandwich has black olives and carrot bits to snack on, with sprinkle-topped yogurt, clementine segments, and Goldfish crackers, too.

Little fishies - perfect lunch for a penguin!

The little penguin sandwich is made with whole wheat bread and smoked turkey, topped with nori (seaweed) and provolone cheese. The eyes are Wilton's candy and the beak and feet are made with bits of carrot, held on with decorating gel. The little bow tie makes him extra fancy - he's all dressed up for dancing!

Today Princess is watching Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in class as part of a unit studying habits for success. I'm not really sure how they're going to work those two together, but it will be interesting to hear from her what she learned.

For her lunch, I packed... Rudolph, of course!

She has a Rudolph sandwich, with black olive "black noses", like the fake nose Rudolph wears over his real nose to hide the shine when he is trying to fit in with the rest of the reindeer. Rudolph also has a small bucket of carrot bits to nibble on, some snowy yogurt, and a clementine-and-grape-tomato ornament to hang on his antlers.

The snowy yogurt is just regular yogurt with a candy snowflake and snowflake/blue sprinkles for decoration. Looks and tastes like dessert, but it packs in a bit of protein and calcium for a nice bonus.

Rudolph is made with whole wheat white bread and smoked turkey, with Wilton's candy eyes, an M&M nose, and pretzel antlers.

Hope your December is going beautifully so far!

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