Friday, March 8, 2013

Follow the Yellow Brick Road...

In anticipation of the new movie opening today, Oz the Great and Powerful, my friends at BBF have put together a big blog hop! Be sure to check out the first hop from yesterday as well as all of the great posts from today!

My homage to Oz begins with the Emerald City.

The great castle of Oz is a quesadilla made with a spinach tortilla and colby-jack cheese. The yellow sweet bell pepper road leads up to the gates of the Emerald City, through a poppy field of red bell peppers and cream cheese. Princess also has a rainbow of fruit to dip in yogurt.

Pretty fruit rainbow: red strawberry, yellow banana, orange mandarin, green grape, blueberries, and purple blackberries.

When Princess came home from school she asked, "Mom, what was my lunch supposed to be?" I said, "It was the land of Oz. You know, from the Wizard of Oz?" She replied, "Are you sure? My teacher said it was the Emerald City." Total moment of YES! Someone GOT IT! I love those moments. Makes it worth the effort! <3

Not all of my lunches are so easy to figure out though. Like the above. Not exactly easy to see Glinda the Good and the Mayor of Munchkinland in there!

Bean did like her fruit rainbow, with strawberries, banana, green grapes, and blueberries.

Bugles have always looked like tornadoes to me. Tell me I'm not the only one who sees that!

Yeah... didn't turn out quite right. But if you squint your eyes and tilt your head... turkey and colby-jack Glinda the Good sandwich and an EL Fudge Munchkinland Mayor. I used the CuteZCute cutter to make the sandwich.

So, we love Halloween. And my very favorite Halloween so far was Beaker's first - I convinced the whole family to dress in theme. And what better group theme than Wizard of Oz?!

From left to right: Brick, who was not interested in dressing in theme. He made his own costume at the last minute, sort of a tilted version of the Tin Man; Bean as Glinda the Good; the Dude (his tee shirt reads "The Wizard of Oz" and he printed a quote from the book on the back, though I can't remember now what it was); Beaker as the Cowardly Lion; little Princess as Dorothy; and G-man decked out as the Scarecrow. All of the costumes were handmade, the four youngest kids' costumes sewn by me. Took a couple of weeks to get them all made (and I was still stitching Halloween morning!) but they were worth the effort. The kids still use the costumes for dress up more than three years later.

Forget cowardly. This lion is CUTE! Beaker was only four months old.

I have been trying to convince the kids to do another group costume theme ever since. No luck so far, but I'm still trying!

Now, follow the yellow brick road to the next blog in the hop!

Products used: Bento Bento Bento Products


  1. Awesome lunches! I love your castle with yellow brick road and poppy field!

  2. Haha after your comments about the witch, I couldn't wait to see her -- She is CUTE!!
    You did such a great job, Jessie!

    1. Thanks! I still think she looks a little bit drunk. Like someone's silly sloppy drunk aunt.

  3. Love this! It is awesome!

  4. Amazing lunches, love the idea of the yellow sweet bell pepper road!:)

  5. Seriously awesome lunches! I love how you get in there and take pictures at different angles, and the family pictures... SO CUTE!!

  6. Love, love, love this! And, yes, tornados...Bugles totally look like tornados!!! And, they double as witchy fingers, too! Brilliant!

  7. AH! I almost stuck bugle tornadoes in mine :) Love the lunches they are so awesome!

  8. Awww, love the lunches! Sweet emerald city - how awesome the teacher got it right away - and adorable pix! :)

  9. Thank you for the compliments!

  10. Your spinach tortilla is a great idea for the Emerald City! SO clever! And your fruit rainbow is making my mouth water!

  11. Your kids are precious! Glinda is so cute!

  12. So cute! Love the green tortilla castle Emerald City, and the Glinda sandwich (I totally see it!)


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