Wednesday, September 19, 2012

school lunch: Mickey Mouse is in the ... PlanetBox

Another day, another lunch! This one made me smile. We got Mickey Mouse in the house PlanetBox! 

Mickey sandwich in a PlanetBox

This lunch consists of:
- a peanut butter and fruit preserve sandwich
- pretzels
- cucumber sticks
- raspberries
- Goofy shaped shortbread cookie

The sandwich is a little special. It is stamped with a Mickey Mouse bread stamp and then sealed with my old trusty (though never crusty) sandwich sealer. 

Here's the process to make a sealed and stamped sandwich:

Step 1 - cut the bread. If you have a two-piece sandwich sealer like mine, use the cutting piece (for mine, it's the brown piece).

how to make a sealed sandwich

Step 2 - stamp the bread. One side or two. Your choice!


Step 3 - add sandwich contents. Whether it be gooey butters and jellies, egg salad, or something solid like ham and cheese: you MUST leave a clean border around the edges of the bread. The sandwich will seal on that border and if there is stuff in the way the results will not be ideal. The results will be messy at best, and most likely will not seal at all.

(the "good" side of the Mickey face is facing down on the cutting board. The impression seen here is the inside of the bread.)

Step 4 - bring your sandwich together and press with your sandwich sealer.  Admire your handiwork!
sandwich stamp

Often people are curious about how much bread is left to waste when making cutesie sandwiches. Usually there is not much wasted at all. Even though I use large bread (the wide loaves, not the typical sandwich sized kind), there is not much left behind at all....


What to do with the crusts? Sometimes I leave them out to dry a bit and then add them to a bag of other bread and cracker scraps to feed ducks when we go to a park. Sometimes I collect enough to make bread crumbs for a recipe. Sometimes my toddler eats them off the cutting board. Sometimes I toss them in the trash without a second thought.

The Mickey Mouse sandwich stamp (and the Goofy cookie) were purchased at Disney World on our recent trip. I got a few other lunchy goodies while there too. I'll share more about what I found after I get a chance to figure out the mess of photos from the trip. I have pictures spread out over 5 devices (two iPhones, a point & shoot camera, my good DSLR camera, and Disney's PhotoPass). Ay yi yi! 

Speaking of Goofy and Disney World, one quick picture share, in honor of it being Talk Like a Pirate Day. :)  Here we are on our first day in the Magic Kingdom with Pirate Goofy. He greeted us just outside Pirates of the Caribbean. 

Pirates at Disney

Ooh, but then later that afternoon, Ethan was chosen from the audience to go on stage with Jack Sparrow for a pirate tutorial. So fun! Owen was called up at the end too, to take the Pirate Pledge.

Pirate Ethan

I'm such a dork, I had scheduled all our outfits for the whole trip. I was so thrilled that Ethan and Owen got to go up for the pirate tutorial, but the whole time I was thinking "oh no! They are going to wear their pirate shirts on our next day at Magic Kingdom! If only they were wearing them today!". I swear I'm not generally a type-A personality. Just when it comes to certain things. Like kids clothing and their lunches. :p 

Pirate shirts. Not sure Buzz appreciated them the way Jack and Goofy might have.

Buzz Lightyear

Okay, that's enough from me. For now anyway. Heh!

Supplies used in the making of this lunch:

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Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

I'd like to emphasize that bowl cuts are not flattering. On anyone.

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

And I would like to emphasize that if you don't have anything nice to say, it's best to keep your thoughts to yourself. Thanks!

Liz said... [Reply to comment]

We have Planetboxes also. My daughter loves raspberries too. Do they leak? That is my biggest worry. I have heard some people put a piece of Press n Seal over some compartments. Thanks!

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

Hi Liz! I haven't noticed any dripping from raspberries, but I only pack them when they are firm. Squishy berries go in the freezer for smoothies. :) I've used press n' seal for some really juicey things, like pickles. Here's a post on using it with the PlanetBox: Press n' Seal in a PlanetBox

Meredith said... [Reply to comment]

Cute post! Ha, I totally get you on the clothes...I have a Christmas program picture of my 5 year old when he was 3, in a Halloween shirt, because that was his 'accident outfit' and apparently he missed while going potty and got his cute shirt and vest all wet...before the Christmas program:)

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

Oh no, Meredith! That would haunt me! LOL

Daylynne said... [Reply to comment]

I love it! I wish my little one ate sandwiches. I love the way the look with the cutters and the stamps. It looks like you all had a blast on your trip. Yay for Disney!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

I just LOVE your blog! Your family is so cute (and ALL your hair styles!) keep up the awesome posts.

Michelle | Creative Food said... [Reply to comment]

I love the sandwich stamp! Cute lunch as always :)

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say it at all! Thanks for the great post, as always!

Georgine said... [Reply to comment]

I am going to say something not so nice - I am green you went to Disney and I didn't (I mean my family didn't). My favorite place on earth. My friend is there with her family now. Totally green faced!

Thanks for showing how to use the sandwich cutters. I bought a set from Pottery Barn kids but haven't used them yet. I wasn't sure how they worked and my girls don't eat sandwiches (I thought the cutters might help with that!). Can't wait to explore hit blog more, I always need lunch ideas.

Joe said... [Reply to comment]

We have an old set of these (Mickey and other) bread stamps which I still use in the mornings when making toast (we call it "Fun Toast"). My kids are in college & high-school, but I still see a random smirk when I set the breakfast plate out with the stamped, toasted bread!

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