Monday, May 27, 2013

Muffin Tin Monday - Down on the Farm

What does Memorial Day and Muffin Tin Monday have in common? Today!

Totally lame joke? Yes!

Also totally lame? My muffin tin meal!

Muffin Tin Monday - farm day

The scheduled theme for today is Farm, but mine is not themed at all. Actually there is a little secret theme imbedded here, it's called "leftovers" and it's what Tyler had for dinner last night:
- rice pilaf (lots of mushrooms, celery, and onion packed in there)
- steamed broccoli
- bratwurst
- ketchup for the sausage
- strawberries and carrots

Supplies I used to make this muffin tin meal:

I'd love to see what muffin tins you whipped up this week!  Please share!! The more, the merrier. :) 

New to Muffin Tin Monday? Check out the MTM information page to read all about it. The schedule of themes can be found there too. The schedule has been updated and themes are now listed through the end of July!

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

PlanetBox preschool lunch: fantastic firetruck fun for my fabulous & feisty four-year-old

A couple days ago I had this fun lunch all ready to greet my youngest,Tyler, when he got off the bus from preschool. This little guy loves fire trucks a lot. And then yesterday that little guy turned 4. Four years old! I'm still wondering where the last four years have gone. Sigh. 

preschool Firetruck Fire Engine lunch
Packed in a PlanetBox:
- Fire Engine #4, a sandwich cut with the truck Lunch Punch. I fashioned a little ladder out of havarti cheese, along with the number four. The siren is a little organic jelly bean. :)
- waffle pretzels with a few firetruck cheese crackers (homemade recipe here).
- kiwi fruit and strawberries, with the helpful firehouse dog bento pick
- cucumber fire stations and a bunch of carrot coins
- the middle treat section holds some five-alarm spicy jalepeno almonds

Because I am afraid someone will ask: the tiny firetruck cutter is from a set of transportation vehicle mini cutters I bought several years ago from an online bento shop that is no longer in business. I haven't seen any similar in a very long time. :( The way they are designed makes them really hard to use on cheese (which I originally intended using them for), but they have been really cute for cracker making.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Lunchbots bento boxes | a little of this & a little of that

These bentos are on the small side, but there is a lot of variety packed into these small spaces. 

Lunchbots quad - butterfly flower garden bento box with blueberry mini muffins, salami & cheese
This bento is in a Lunchbots Quad (divided into 4 sections):
- two mini blueberry muffins with some pecans tucked in the corners
- butterfly crackers with organic cream cheese
- mini BabyBel cheese and slices of salami
- grapes & strawberries with a couple cute flower bento picks

deli roll-ups, strawberries, cucumbers, & more
Packed in a Lunchbots Duo (made with two sections):
- deli roll-ups, made with Applegate all natural ham & havarti cheese*
- cucumber slices, cut with a flower shaped mini cookie cutter
- tiny strawberries in a small silicone corner cup, with a cute bento fork to eat them with
- wheat crackers with organic cream cheese
- pumpkin kernels in the little corner cup, topped with an organic yogurt covered pretzel
- a couple strips of turkey jerky
- a few organic chocolate teddy cookies 

I packed this Duo box with the wet stuff on one side of the divider, and dry foods on the other.  Within each of these sections I used silicone grassy baran to further separate some foods: the deli roll-ups from the cucumbers, and then the teddy cookies from the turkey jerky.

Supplies used to pack these bentos:
* Applegate recently sent me a variety of deli meat and cheese to try out and enjoy with my family. :)

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Monday, May 20, 2013

Muffin Tin Monday - Nursery Rhymes

Welcome to Muffin Tin Monday!

Today's scheduled theme is Nursery Rhymes. :)

I totally phoned it in this week and whipped out this super simple muffin tin in mere minutes.
Muffin Tin Monday - Nursery Rhymes

Top row:
- Little Miss Muffet's spider, creeping up on her tuffet zucchini muffin
- Jack & Jill's pail full of dry roasted peanuts
- Mary's little lamb, waving from the top of a grape heap

Bottom row:
- Baa Baa Black Sheep (olives)
- Old Mother Hubbard's bare cupboard. Poor puppy. :(
- Twinkling Little Star, up above the world so high 

Those are dye-free organic "M&M" type candies in the star cup, the globe is a little piece of chocolate wrapped in earth-print foil.  Both these treats were found at Whole Foods in the bulk bins.

My intent for this muffin tin was to have Paige guess what nursery rhyme each space represented. This was a huge flop as it turns out Paige doesn't know the nursery rhymes!!! What what what?!! I was flabbergasted. After talking a while about them, she says they sound "kind of familiar", but definitely not second nature, not by a long shot. Yikes!  I guess we have a summer project on our hands: Nursery Rhyme Boot Camp. 

Supplies used to make this muffin tin meal:

New to Muffin Tin Monday? Check out the MTM information page to read all about it. The schedule of themes can be found there too.  The schedule has been updated and themes are now listed through the end of July!  :)

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

An Amazing School Lunch For My Best Girl

Okay, maybe it's not amazing, but Paige said it was "fantastic and delicious" and I'm pretty sure that's basically the same thing.

Kindergarten school lunch - ham & cheese rolls, nuts, veggie chips, strawberries and kiwi, organic dark chocolate
Packed in a PlanetBox:
- kiwi fruit pieces and strawberries, packed in the PlanetBox Big Dipper
- veggie chips
- two cute animal silicone cups hold peanuts (in the elephant, naturally) and pistachios
- deli pinwheels made with Applegate ham & Applegate cheddar cheese*, secured with simple bento picks
- a square of organic dark chocolate

That little orange fork tucked alongside the Big Dipper is from a set of bento forks I bought a few years ago. They were made by a bento company I never see around any longer called Caio (or something like that). There were a lot of bento accessories from that line that all coordinated, color-wise and with the same little animal characters. I think the line was called "Farm", though the animals featured were a bear, elephant, and bunny.  It's unfortunate miniature sized utensils aren't more available for bento, they are really such a great little size. Not as tiny as a bento pick, but much more compact than a full sized utensil!

Supplies used to pack this lunch:
* Disclosure: Applegate recently sent me a variety of yummy meat and cheese to try out and enjoy with my family. :)
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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Kindergarten school lunches (times three!) - piggies, pinwheels, & puzzle pieces

A few of Paige's Kindergarten lunches. I won't be able to say that for long...only one week of school for us to go! My little girl will soon be a big 1st grader! This year has flown. Like a turbo jet.
All these lunches are packed in EasyLunchboxes.
First, a lunch from last month that I forgot to post. :)
Easylunchboxes bento lunch with puzzle piece sandwiches for Autism Month
- sandwich cut into puzzle pieces with a Lunch Punch, cozied up in a large silicone cup
- veggie chips
- roasted chickpeas
- blackberries with a piece of organic fruit leather, cut with a small heart cookie cutter

Next, a lunch packed in a super big hurry. This lunch was no-nonsense. Put things in a box, apply the lid. Done.
EasyLunchboxes Kindergarten Lunch - deli roll-ups, etc.
- Applegate ham & Applegate havarti cheese rolls* with a bit of mustard, secrured with bento picks so they didn't unravel
- an apple cereal bar
- ripe organic strawberries & frozen blackberries
- pistacios

I left the cereal bar in the wrapper so it didn't get little crumbs all over the deli rolls, but cut one end open so Paige could slide it out easily.

Last lunch, TODAY'S lunch!
EasyLunchbox piggie lunch for Kindergarten
- a sandwich on multigrain of organic peanut butter & fruit preserves
- veggie chips
- sunflower kernels in the little piggie cup
- clementine wedges with strawberries
- cucumber slices, cut with a small flower mini cookie cutter (faster than peeling!)

The bread stamp that made that cute piggie face was a gift from a friend and I don't know where it came from, but the pig from this stamp set is similar. :)

Supplies used to make these lunches:

* Disclosure: Applegate recently sent me a variety of yummy meat and cheese to try out and enjoy with my family. :)
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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Planetbox | Ladies Who Lunch - a Mother's Day brunch box :)

Last Friday Paige's Kindergarten class hosted a little Mother's Day tea at lunchtime.  The kids and moms shared home packed lunches picnic-style.
PlanetBox - Ladies Who Lunch - Mother's Day Party school lunch
Packed in a Planetbox lunch box:
- homemade hummus with waffle pretzels
- cucumber slices
- cutie orange, kiwi fruit, and two gorgeous grape gemstones on ring bento picks ;)
- girly girly mini sandwiches of peanut butter and fruit preserves
- naturally colored chocolate covered sunflower kernels in the middle treat section

The Mother's Day lunch event was the perfect ocassion to break out my new "fancy lady" mini cookie cutters.  :)

Supplies used to make this lunch:

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Monday, May 13, 2013

Muffin Tin Monday - In the Garden

Welcome to Muffin Tin Monday!

This week's scheduled theme is "In the Garden".
Muffin Tin Monday - In the Garden
In my super simple garden muffin tin:
- grape tomatoes with cute pea pod bento picks
- homemade ranch dressing in an adorable carrot-shaped silicone cup
- cucumber pieces on more cute veggie-topped bento picks

- Annie's organic bunny fruit snacks in a bunny shaped silicone cup (we lost so many tomatoes to rabbits in our garden last year! Boo to the garden bunnies!)
- mini sandwiches, one shaped like a bell pepper, one like an eggplant
- farm fresh strawberries (Owen and I went berry picking this weekend - fun!)

I picked up the veggie shaped mini cookie cutters on ebay a couple months ago. I discovered I can get them practically dirt cheap from there, even with shipping. I loaded up on a few others sets I didn't have yet in my collection too. :)

Supplies used to make this muffin tin meal:
Now I'd love to see what muffin tins YOU cooked up this week. Please share!! The more, the merrier. :)

New to Muffin Tin Monday? Check out the MTM information page to read all about it. The schedule of themes can be found there too. The schedule has been updated and themes are now listed through the end of July! :)

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Peace, Love, & Mickey Mouse - more Mickey bentos :)

More Mickey in the house...and in the lunch boxes. :)
Ethan got some Mickey fun this time.
Mickey Mouse bento box school lunch - soft pretzel, carrots, fruit, furikake salt shaker
Packed in an EasyLunchboxes:
- soft pretzel
- cheddar cheese 
- organic baby carrots
- kiwi fruit & a strawberry on a puffy Mickey head pick

That cute little Mickey Mouse container next to the pretzel is called a furikake shaker bottle. Furikake is seasoning flavor/spices that is sprinkled on rice in traditional Japanese bentos and food. I have it filled with pretzel salt since this soft pretzel was unsalted. Ethan could add a sprinkle of salt to the top as he wished.

Peace Love and Mickey Mouse - preschool bento box lunch
Peace, Love, & Mickey Mouse! 
- multigrain peace sign pretzel chips
- kiwi fruit and a strawberry heart
- Mickey Mouse crackers (they are from Disney World)
- little Mickey Mouse sandwich of organic peanut butter & local honey

This lunch is packed in a 4 square Lock & Lock box. :)

Supplies used to make these lunches:

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