Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Pizza Day

I made pizza for dinner on Monday night.  It gave me the bright idea to make an extra pizza for the kids' lunches the next day - a calzone, actually, to be exact. I thought it would be less messy.

I didn't make up the calzone-in-a-bento idea myself; I got the idea from Judith, who is a bento queen, and will hopefully contribute to this blog.

Isla, in particular was delighted. She's a pizza lover. The pizza was refrigerated overnight and put directly into their bentos cold, but we love cold pizza. I included a couple of tomatoes with the calzone, and in the other box, sliced strawberries, blueberries and green grapes. In the lid were some Marks & Spencer "Mad Frogs" that were sent to us from Scotland.  On the side, the kids got a cupcake, a bag of Quavers (also from Scotland), and a juicebox.

Isla came home off the bus and the first thing she said to me was, "Mummy I ate ALL of my pizza! I LOVED it! Can we have it again tomorrow?!"

Looks like I'll be making another pizza tonight!

Monday, 25 August 2014

High Tea (aka Jello for Lunch)

A few years ago, my daughters received these little teacup and saucer muffin cups for Christmas from their "Auntie" Sarah.  They were so cute, I bought several more. (I even used them as the base for party bags for Fifi's "Mad Hatter Tea Party" when she turned six.)

I've been frustrated at my inability to find jello molds like these in America, thus unable to send homemade jello in the kids' packed lunches. (And by homemade, I mean, of course, simply from a jello box.)  I got the idea last night, though to put jello in these durable muffin cups, and if I do say so myself, they turned out cute!

I did have to wrap them in cling film and then put them in an EasiYo tub (which I then realized are also perfect for putting jello in), but I think the kids will have fun with them at lunch anyway.

Their lunches today consist of cheddar cheese and summer sausage slices, saltine crackers (also wrapped in cling film to keep the moisture out so they don't get stale or soggy by lunch time), blueberries, kiwi, baby carrots and mint chocolate chip cookies.  They also go a juice box and a banana (not pictured).

Think this qualifies as "high tea"? Probably not. Maybe next time I do the jello teacups, I'll do cucumber sandwiches and fairy cakes too.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Animals For Lunch

Yesterday I wanted to do a cutesy animal-themed lunch, but it only half turned out.  I had a little teddy bear shaped cutter which I imagined would make adorable little jam sandwiches, but they came out looking pretty scraggly.  I got five out of one sandwich, leaving very little waste, but they didn't look as cuddly as I hoped.  I included some Annie's Bunny Grahams and some "Penguins" (the Great Value version of Goldfish) and a Babybel with a heart cut out of the wax to complete the bottom tier.

The top tier consisted of baby carrots, blueberry-stuffed raspberries and banana slices. The lid contained some cucumber slices, and I put in a vanilla milk (which neither of the kids liked, it turned out.)

That was Isla's lunch. Fiona, being older, got similar, but instead of the animals, I just gave her heart-shaped PBJ sandwiches, and Bunny Grahams in the lid. She had a cheese string on the side and cucumber slices in a separate container. 

Today I tried a different lunch idea (though still keeping somewhat with the animals, I guess). I put on the oven as soon as I woke up this morning and baked some dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets. I used to do this fairly regularly in Scotland, so I'll find out after school today if it was a hit with the kids or not.  In one tier, they had nuggets with ketchup in a container. In the other tier, I placed baby carrots, cucumber sticks, black grapes and a silicone cupcake liner filled with Penguins.  Inside the lid are 2 fudge-striped cookies and as an added treat, they got a Tunnocks caramel wafer on the side.  Special treat from Scotland!  Not pictured was their apple juice boxes.

I also made some EaisYo yogurt last night. Unfortunately, EasiYo isn't easy to find here in the States, and I'm down to my last five packets.  Today's flavor is Greek & Honey, which hasn't ever been their favorite, so I added some raspberries and blueberries to the cup.  I'm hoping they eat it. It's good for them.  (I don't know what I'll do when I run out of EasiYo.  It will be a sad day.)

In other news, I've been working on rebuilding my collection of cookie cutters (after mine got presumably stolen out of my suitcase at the airport, presumably by a cookie-loving TSA agent), and in the mail today, I received my new Star Wars cutters! Star Wars might feature in tomorrow's lunch. So glad to have some of these back again!

Monday, 18 August 2014

Lunch Is Boring is Back!

New school year, new blog!

Isla started kindergarten today.  The kids told me they wanted me to start making 'fun lunches' again, so I gathered up some motivation, started combing through my old photos and old blog posts, and I'm getting back in the game. I'm trying to retrieve my old posts from my old blog, but I'm having some trouble with ftp blah blah blah stuff I don't understand.  Hopefully, I'll be able to import all the old files back into this blog and have all the archives available to peruse for ideas - not only for you, but for me too!

Today's lunch was a 'Garden Party' lunch.   On the left, both girls had blueberries, frozen grapes (our new favorite treat) and Annie's Bunny Grahams (because it's a garden).    On the right, they have a tulip-shapred ham and cheese sandwich, with a cheese tulip on top, some matchstick carrots, lettuce and cucumber (they won't even realize they've just eaten a salad!) and a Babybel cheese with a flower cut out of the wax.

Inside the lid is a spoon and their names cut out in cheese.  They each got a chocolate pudding and a juice box.  

My favorite part today is the little felt pillow. It's a recordable message charm.  For both kids, I recorded a special first-day-of-school message and put it in their lunchbox.  I wish I could've found two apples, but there weren't many left to choose from.  So an apple and a band-aid. Whatever.  The messages can be re-recorded each day, so every now and then, I'll give them the charms in their lunchboxes with a new message. 

I'm excited about getting back into bento!  Maybe one day, I'll reopen my shop too. Maybe. :)

Happy school year, everyone!