Friday, September 30, 2011

Apple Tree!

The inspiration was from One Hungry Hungry Hippo!

If I would've been more prepared, I think I could've done better. But I think it turned out cute!!
I am about to make some bentos for Taia's Apple Jon, Tigger and myself! They are in town so we are heading up to the school for lunch! She has been calling them Apple Jon and Tigger since she learned how to talk. We aren't really sure why but how fitting that Apple Jon would visit during apple week!!

She has:
-Spinich grass?? Background
-Cheese Stick tree trunk
-Apple shaped apples
-Carrot Flowers
-Buttered Shell pasta

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Supply Organization

How do your organize your supplies?

I rearrange mine constantly.

I have WAY too many cookie cutters to keep them all together.

Some are in buckets in the hall closet.

Some are stashed in baggies under the cabinets.

A few of my most used and some that I plan to use soon are kept in a drawer with my picks and most used boxes.

The really small ones are in a tackle box so they are tossed around and forgotten about in the bottom of my drawer like they were for the longest.

My picks and small muffin cups are kept in tackle boxes. They are typically $5-$6 are work really well.

I would love suggestions on storing larger cookie cutters.

I forget what all I have because I have so many. I buy those big value buckets so I really have no idea what all I have!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Snacky lunch

I only have two apple cutters if you couldn't tell! So I'm sort of out of ideas. And they're eating apples at school for snacks so I'm trying not to send a lot.

For tomorrow she has:

-PB and banana sandwiches on apple shaped tortillas
-Fruit Snack Apples
-Bear egg
-Cheese stick cut up to fit

I HOPE to come up with an apple tree type idea for Friday.... I just need to get creative and go shopping. But I have company coming in tomorrow. So either they'll help or distract me with fun stuff! :)

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Apple Patch!

It's still apple week! She LOVED the apple shaped apples today. She thought it was super cool. So today she has peanut butter and apple shaped apple sandwiches on tomato tortillas. Sounds gross but she stole one while I was making them and devoured it! So.... apparently it was yummy!! The first picture was taken before I realized that I needed peanut butter on both sides to use as glue.

-Cheese Apples
-Apple and PB sandwiches
-Apple shaped apples
-There's also a squeezey apple sauce tossed in her lunchbox.

I need to find some cute apple picks!!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Green Apples!

I try not to use a lot of packaged foods, other than her Capri Sun Roarin' Waters. (Those are only because her thermoses and water bottles make her backpack too heavy.) But with my lack of inspiration, She's getting some packaged food tomorrow!

Here she has:

-Squeeze Applesauce
-Mott's Fruit Snacks (They are the apple juice people afterall! :) )
-Apples in the shape of APPLES! Yes, I realize how incredibly ironic and awesome it is. ;)
-Peanut butter sandwich with a cute cheese apple.

I think my favorite part is the apple shaped apples.... even though you can't quite make them out. I assure you, they're cute and you'll be seeing them tomorrow. ;)

Yet again, I'm having a hard time adding dye free color... always up for your awesome suggestions! !

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Johnny Appleseed Day

I struggled a bit on this one. I didn't want to put actual apples in her bento because they'll be eating lots of apples at school this week.

So she has:
-Apple straws
-Apple sauce with organic sprinkles
-Fruit shaped fruit snacks
-Nutella sandwich with a cheese apple!

The colors are a little bland but apple colors are a bit bland....

Now hopefully I can get more creative as this apple week goes on!!!

Suggestions would be more than welcome!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Hello Kitty Revisited!

So I went all over town searching for Hello Kitty cookie cutters today!

I found them at Party City for $3.49! Wahoo!

It's still not perfect but I'm making progress!!!

I think she needs more color... but that's hard without using any food dyes! So I'll be thinking of ways to add color without adding food dyes! Suggestions WELCOMED!!!!

Here she has:

-Tortilla and PB Hello Kitty sandwich
-Cheese Hello Kitty
(raisin eyes, organic fruit snack nose, cheese bow and cilantro stem whiskers!)
-Grapes on a HK pick (also from Party City!) and carrot chips
-Apple straws and raisins

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

A ruff start.....

I had a "ruff" start with the "Hello Kitty" bento that looked nothing like HK but Taia enjoyed that for dinner.
And here we have:
- a dog and bone nutella sandwich with cheese toppers and an icing eye.
-grapes ad carrot chips
-apple bones (I'm sort of addicted to cutting apples into shapes! :)
-And I'll toss a banana in her lunch box in the morning

Hello Kitty first attempt....FAIL....

I wanted to attempt a Hello Kitty sandwich since I've seen some adorable ones on Pinterest....

Apparently those people are very talented or have the right tools or maybe a combination...

Even my Hello Kitty egg revolted and I do those all the time..... I may toss this lunch (read that "feed it to her for dinner") and make something else for tomorrow.... I will update later...

If at first you don't succeed..... try and try again.....or just give up because you'll never be able to make a Hello Kitty sandwich....

I'm going in search of a HK cookie cutter!!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

A Cinderella Lunch!

It's doctor week...... And that's a really hard theme to work with.... So we're doing a fairy/princess far at least! :)

For tomorrow she has:

-Crown and Princess slipper nutella sandwiches with cheese tops
-Pocky wand
-Crown apples (These turned out cute!)
-Grapes and carrots!

I really need to find some princessy picks!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Fairy Princess

I've been struggling with my Lunch Punches for a while. Well, I've solved my problem!! My bread was too thick!! I bought thin wheat bread today and it didn't tear!! YAY for a pretty fairy princess!

-Fairy Princess Nutella Sandwich with a cheese skirt, fruit snack decorations, and a pocky and cheese wand (the leftover cheese and fruit snacks are under her.
-Carrot chips
All packed in one of my trusty Easy Lunch Boxes!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Gone Fishin'... again!

She really liked the PB and celery fishing snack that I took her class yesterday and sent in her lunch today. So I've packed it again for tomorrow.
-Chocolate chip Goldfish
-Colored Goldfish
-Celery and PB
-Hello Kitty boiled egg
-Cheese stick

Nothing fancy but it'll make for a happy kiddo! !

A little random. . . . .

-A bear shaped egg.
-Ritz crackers
-Heart shaped cheese and fruit leather
-Chocolate Chip Goldfish
-Celery and Peanut Butter to "fish" the goldfish!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Daddy to the rescue!

Before Daddy's help.... super boring...

After! Cute!

This week is "Dentist Week" in Taia's class. I'm having a heck of a time with the theme. So I gave up....... at least for now...

Her lunch looked so plain and boring for today. Until I walked in the kitchen last night and Taia's super awesome daddy was cutting her name out in cookies!! The metal cutters imprinted her name into his hand since the cookies were already baked! It was kind of funny! The right side still looks a little bland but it looks way better than it did!

She has:
-Cheese Quesadillas with organic sprinkles for color and a cookie "Taia"
-One random meatball..... I'm not really sure why I tossed that in there!
-Watermelon flowers (The press and seal wrap is to prevent the juice from leaking on the dry foods like they did yesterday. One of the benefits of the Easy Lunch Boxes is that kids can easily open them. But that also makes it easier for liquids to leak. The press and seal prevents it! Problem solved!
-Apple straws and a cookie that she and her daddy made last night.

Thursday, September 8, 2011


We are trying something new!
- A cheese quesadilla on top
- A nutella and PB quesadilla on bottom ( hopefully she'll try and like the cheese one first!)
- Fruit snacks
- Grapes
- White cheddar popcorn

Last minute and by request!

I've been a little spread thin lately and sort of forgot to make Taia's lunch for today! Whoops!
So this morning I asked her (in a rush) what she wanted.

She requested:
-a Nutella sandwich with her name in fruit snacks on top
I added

I think I'm going to head up to the school to have lunch with her today! If I decide to go,
I'll post a picture of my bento! Although I'm sure it won't be anywhere near as cute as hers!