Making Lunch Fun, One Box at a Time

ben·tol·o·gy (ben t äləjē) Noun : The study of making nutritious and fun lunches for my daughters.

I get a lot of inspiration from other blogs. So, in hopes someone might get some inspiration from me, I've decided to post some pictures here.

This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.Proverbs 3:7-9

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer

Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer had a cherry tomato nose!

Ok, so that's not how the original song goes, but that's how Haley's lunch goes.

- 2 Salami and cheese on whole wheat reindeer sandwiches (stacked). His features are made from a cherry tomato nose, sugar eyes and fruit leather antlers.
- strawberries with a candy cane pick.
- Babybel cheese with a snowman cutout
- Carrots and cucumber slices

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Monday, November 29, 2010

Deck the Lunch with Lots of Cuteness! Fa La La La La La La La La!

I'm sure my excitement over the Christmas lunches will wear off, but so far I'm having oodles of fun :)
Both girls have the same lunch:
- PB&J on whole wheat Christmas tree sandwich. Garland and star are cheddar cheese and the ornaments are made from dyed provolone.
- red grapes with a Christmas tree pick
- cheddar cheese Christmas trees
- cucumber slice ornaments. The ornaments were based on an idea I saw in Family Fun this month. It is a cucumber slice with cream cheese decorated with red bell pepper slices, diced carrot and peas.

Here is a close up of the veggie ornament.

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Christmas Bentos Can Begin!

As you know, I have been quite anxious to get the Christmas bentos going. I had such a good time with the Halloween theme that I think the Christmas ones will be even more fun!

We're starting things out with Mr. Snowman. The girls are so anxious for the first big snow. My parents gave the girls Hallmark's "Count Down To Christmas" ornament so the girls have been counting the days down. Today Ave asked "How many days until it snows"...they don't make an ornament for that! ;)

Lunch: Turkey and cheese on whole wheat snowman. His hat and buttons are made from fruit leather and the holly on his hat is cucumber and tomato and of course, a carrot nose! She also has a cheddar cheese snowflake, strawberries with snowman picks, carrots and celery sticks with ranch and a couple Hershey kisses.

Monday, November 22, 2010

One Last Turkey

Can you tell I'm excited about getting to start making Christmas themed lunches? I got so many cute Christmas themed bento supplies for my birthday and I can't wait to bust them out!
But, alas, we have one more school lunch before Thanksgiving break. I made turkeys, one more time. This time, I used the food coloring technique to make multi-colored feathers.

They have the exact same lunch...2 PB&J sandwiches with provolone turkeys on top, celery and carrots with ranch and red grapes.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Slim Pickins'

We were out of town this weekend so I haven't been to the store yet - it was pretty slim pickins' at our house. This is what we came up with for lunch tomorrow:
Salad with cherry tomato flowers and italian dressing, cheddar flowers with wheat crackers, and pineapple slices with blueberries.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Ribbit Ribbit

Some new birthday bento supplies arrived today (thank you, Rachel!) so you know, I had to try them out right away. I got a fun froggie cutter and these cute froggie picks. I remembered a tutorial from one of my favorite bento blogs, Crouching Mother Hidden Toddler, and thought I'd give it a try. The girls helped me color the cheese and thought it was REALLY cool!!

Lunch: They have the same lunch with the exception of the type of sandwich. Haley's is ham and cheese and Avery's guessed it...PB&J! They both have 2 frog sandwiches (stacked) with a colored provolone frog on top, carrots with ranch (I know that's a ton of carrots but I needed them to stabilize the sandwich. We'll see how they do with them), strawberries and blueberries and a cup of yogurt.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Salad was a hit!

I'd like to start off this post with a "thank you"...Thank you for taking the time to look at my little blog and thank you to those who have taken the time to leave me comments. I love to read your words and am touched by the kind words of encouragement you've given me.
Okay, enough with the mushy stuff...back to lunch!! ;)
Yesterday's salad was a HUGE hit and Ave wanted salad in her lunch for tomorrow. Here's what we came up with:
Ave's Lunch: PB&J pinwheels with cheese leaves (faces are made from cucumber peel), grapes, salad with cherry tomato tulips and pretzels.
Another view of Ave's lunch...trying to jazz up my pictures a bit.

Haley's lunch: Ham and cheese pinwheels, pretzels sticks, salad with cherry tomato tulips, and grapes.

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Leafy Lunch

I've been in a funk with the girls lunches recently. I think I'm just looking forward to Christmas bentos and not being very patient about it! But, I'm happy with this one -- I'm not sure why...but it was quick and easy but I think it still looks yummy and fun.
Ham and veggie cream cheese on a whole wheat mini pita with cheese leaves (one cheddar and one provolone), blueberries, strawberries and slices of pineapple, and a garden salad with cherry tomato balloons and a bottle of italian dressing.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Pilgrim Turkeys

Well, these didn't turn out quite like I had hoped. In fact, in looking at the pictures, I feel like I should have redone their heads. But, it's ok...I know the girls will love them.

They both have the same lunch except for the type of sandwich (H's is ham and cheese and A's is PB&B). 2 mini Pilgrim turkey sandwiches, carrots with ranch, grapes and a Babybel cheese.

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Monday Munchies

After a weekend out of town, I went with "quick and easy" for today's lunch. But, I think she'll still find it yummy!

Lunch: Ham and cheese roll-ups on whole wheat bread, peas, strawberry yogurt and grape kabobs.

Snack: Honey wheat twists with honey mustard dipping sauce and strawberry slices.
I have to admit, I'm counting the days until I can start making Christmas lunches. I have so many fun cookie cutters that I can't wait to bust out!!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Teddy Bear Picnic

In looking back at some of my other lunches, I feel like all the ones I put in this Sassy box look the same. But I LOVE THIS BOX! So, I shook things up a bit and put the sandwich on the other side! Ooooh, I know...I'm wacky!

Lunch: They have the same lunch except for the contents of their pita. Haley has salami with veggie cream cheese and Ave guessed it!...PB&J. I garnished it with a provolone teddy bear. They also have carrots with ranch, grapes, and a Simply Go-Gurt that I squeezed into a cup and froze (the cups fit easier in their lunch boxes than a tube.)

Snack: Cheddar bunny crackers and teddy bear fruit leather.

My Bento Baby

Avery didn't have school today so she's home with me. She wanted to make her own lunch and decided to make it "bento style". She decided on a "stars and moon" theme.
She used a large moon shaped cookie cutter to cut her sandwich and then had fun using my new food markers to add faces. (One was me and one was her Daddy.)
Then she used small moon and star cutters to cut a piece of cheese. She used the markers to add faces to those too...the stars were her and her sister and the moons were me and her Daddy.
Her finished product!
2 PB&J sandwiches on whole wheat (I would have had the moons facing the other direction but who am I to direct an artist!), cheddar moons and stars, peas, and a fruit salad made of strawberries, banana moons and blueberries on star picks.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Wednesday's Lunch

Well, apparently Haley is a theme girl...she wasn't overly impressed with yesterday's lunch. "It was just wasn't quite as pretty as usual". Hmmm, perhaps I've created a monster. So, we're backed to leaves for tomorrow. I think I need to expand my fall supplies. I have acorns and leaves - that's about it! Not so patiently looking forward to Christmas bentos!

Lunch: Wheat thins, colby jack leaves and salami on a leaf pick, fruit salad (kiwi leaves, strawberry leaves and a few blueberries), cucumber slices and a kit kat bar.
Snack: Teddy Grahams and grapes

Monday, November 8, 2010

Tuesday's Bento

Today I got back to basics with their bentos. Nothing too exciting or fancy but hopefully they will enjoy nonetheless!
A's Lunch: PB&J pinwheels, babybel cheese (with star cutouts, but you can't see them), a clementine flower, and carrots and cucumber slices with ranch.
H's Lunch: Turkey and cheese pinwheels, babybel (with star cutouts), grapes, and carrots and cucumber slices with ranch.
Snack: 2 pumpkin chocolate chip muffins and strawberries with a couple blueberry picks.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Too Early for Turkey?

Okay, I know I'm probably pushing the season making a Thanksgiving bento. But, I had this idea for a turkey and wanted to see if it came out like I pictured it in my head. I'm pretty happy with it.
Lunch: Turkey (what else?) and cheese sandwich, grape kabobs, carrots and ranch (ranch cup is under the cheese), colby jack cheese leaves and a mini Milky Way.
Snack: Sunflower seeds (in container), yogurt covered pretzels and a couple of strawberry hearts.
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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Birthday Bento!

I'm not the only one out there that puts bento supplies on my birthday list, am I? My birthday was yesterday and I'm very excited to try out some of the new fun things I got. This little chick is just too cute (Thank you, Vicki!)
Lunch: Salami and cheese on a wheat mini pita with an adorable little chicky made of cheese, peas, strawberry hearts with a few picks of blueberries and a Milky Way for dessert.

Snack: Yogurt covered pretzels and fruit leather hearts

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Flower Power!

I ditched the harvest/fall themes for tomorrow and went with FLOWER POWER!!

Lunch: 4 flower PB&Js, carrots and cucumbers with ranch, strawberry flowers with blueberry centers on a bed of pineapple (Can you believe how red those strawberries are in November?!) and a cheese flower.

Snack: 2 banana chocolate chip muffins and red grapes

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

You're a Star

Hopefully tomorrow's lunch will remind Haley that she's my star.
Lunch: Ham and cheese on whole wheat, carrots and cucumber slices with ranch, grapes, a babybel with a star cutout and a few candy corns to fill in the space.

Snack: I went super easy with tomorrow's snack...Cheese bunny crackers and a Clif twisted fruit.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Tuesday's Bento

Another "favorite" school lunch has been beat out by bento. Tomorrow the school is serving grilled cheese and tomato soup, which was always a guarantee "buy" in the past. But, Haley wanted to pack tomorrow. Okay by me!
Lunch: ham roll-ups, cheddar leaf cut-outs, and wheat thins, carrots with ranch (ranch cup is hidden under the dessert), grapes, and a bit of honey roasted peanut/candy corn mix for dessert.
Snack: 2 banana chocolate chip muffins and 2 fruit kabobs.