Sunday, March 16, 2014

A Tale of St Patricks Day Lunch

Tomorrow is St Patrick's Day. Now, we are not religious at all, but I was brought up to be connected to my Irish heritage and cleche as it may be St. P's Day is a part of that. I try to make it something my kids can connect with as well. Tomorrow I have a long work day ahead of me so we celebrated tonight with corned beef and soda bread. Yum! 
Corned Beef!
Soda Bread! 

For lunch tomorrow I am sending my daughter a four leaf clover for lunch, apples and one big cookie. 

Happy St Patrick's Day Everyone!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

A Bunny Tale

Last summer my kids found a bunny in our neighbors roses.
One of the kids feeds our new bunny a treat
The poor little guy was clearly someone's pet that had gotten loose. No one in our neighborhood claimed him and within a day we had a new pet.

Anyway, Spring is here and so I made a lunch for the 6yo that looks like the bunny.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Tale of a School Spirit Sandwich

Friday is School Spirit day at my daughter's elementary school. When I have the time (aka get up nice and early) I try to make her a lunch that reflects the school mascot which is a bee. I didn't sleep much last night so I had plenty of time to think about what to do today. 

Here is her painted bento lunch for Friday March 14, 2014. 
I hope she likes it!

PB&J sandwich with apple slices and cookies

Close-up of today's sandwich

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

A Tale of Tuesday's Lunch

Here is the lunch that went with L today. It's a pb&j sandwich painted with food coloring. On the side she has apple slices and a rice cake snack. To tie the the two boxes together I used the disposable grass for bento lunches my last remaining silicone flower and leaf (where do they go?) 
To rid the sandwich of it's crust I got used a sandwich sealer that I got at Northgate Market and made by Wonder Bread. It's a fantastic little device that seals the sandwich and removes the crust. The final product is similar to an uncrustable but you are in control of the content of the sandwich and the type of bread used. 

Ta-Da! The finished product. 
Happy Tuesday!

Monday, March 10, 2014

A Tale of…Doctors Orders

At my last physical the Doctor told me I need to increase my calcium intake. 

Today while looking for something to eat for lunch I found a half eaten pint of Ben and Jerry's Mint Cookie Ice Cream and was confronted with the question:If I eat it for lunch, am I following Dr's orders? 

Thursday, March 6, 2014

A Tale of Thursday's Lunch

This week in school the 6yo is studying the life cycle of butterflies. Last night we spent time looking at different illustrations and graphs of the life cycle and stages. We talked about the process and tried to remember each stage by more than one name (larva and/or caterpillar), and at dinner we talked about how the butterfly's tongue works.
This morning while making her lunch I made her a lunch fitting someone studying the butterfly.
I thought the yogurt covered rasins were a bit like eggs...
I hope she likes it! Happy Thursday! 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

A Tale of A Hump Day

This week's hump day is hitting hard at my house. 
Last night we went to a family event and didn't get home until nearly 10:00. Not too late, until you consider the kids are accustomed to going into their bed between 7:30 and 8 with lights out at 8. The 4yo actually turned to me and said "Mommy I think it's past my bedtime" last night. Thankfully she doesn't have school today but the 6yo does and it starts in a little over half an hour. As for me. I got to bed at a normal time, actually maybe a bit early. SO why am I so darn tired today? NO IDEA. My guess is the change in schedule. 

Anyway, this morning I woke with a start at 6 on the dot already 45 minutes behind schedule. WTH? I seems I forgot to set my alarm. D'OH! Well, I am more or less caught up but still feeling sluggish and in need of a laugh. 

In the spirit of Hump Day I wanted to share this clip from the 1990's tv show Friends. It's one of my favorite story lines and the reaction of the friends is priceless. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do and wish you all Happy Wednesday! 

Saturday, March 1, 2014

A Tale of Three Lunches

Here are a couple of the lunches from this week. 

Oh so simple, yogurt covered raisins, a couple of cookies, and a simple sandwich.
Another quick flower with apples and a couple whoknew cookies.
Anticipating St. Patrick's Day and Easter with a clover and tiny bunny, gummy hearts left over from Valentines Day, cookies, apples and pears.  

Tale of a Confused Mom

My children have an alarm that is set for 6:35 Monday through Friday. On Saturday we have a standing 8:30 breakfast date but I let them sleep until the last possible moment. Strangely the past few days they have started getting up before my alarm, not their alarm, but almost an hour earlier than that. What is going on?!?!?! I need that time to do stuff, like shower. This has got to stop.