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Lion

Hannah requested a lion for her lunch today and since I had all the supplies for a lion, I agreed.  She even suggested a Cutie for the lion’s hair/mane so apparently she is getting pretty good at this creative lunch thing.

Here’s a fun tip: To get the face pieces (cheese and carrots) to stay put on the bread, use a little mayo.  It goes with the sandwich anyway since there are little rolls of ham underneath the bread.

Hannah’s lunch container came back completely empty today so the lion is a winner 🙂

If you’d like to see all of the creative lunches I’ve made thus far you can visit my Lunchbox Creations board on pinterest.

Happy lunch making!

*Linked up at New Nostalgia

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Today was all about getting treats made for Hannah’s preschool party tomorrow and making Valentine’s goodies to those we want to say “I love you’ to tomorrow.

First up, Red Velvet Whoopie Pies for Hannah and her classmates.  I used the same recipe from this post but I made them heart shaped for extra Valentine’s Day spirit.  Here is a photo of the completed pies:
005Hannah made some old fashioned valentines for her teachers.  I basically just cut her a heart out of red foam and let her go crazy with the glitter glue and silver hearts.  Then, Hannah & I decided some good tea would be fun to attach to the hearts since her teachers will probably be bombarded with sweets tomorrow.  Here is the finished product:
011What can I say, we love puns around here.  Our final project was chocolate covered strawberries and cake balls.

I had some of the cream cheese frosting I used for the whoopie pies left over so I mixed that with a homemade chocolate cake.  I bought this huge chunk of Ghiradelli dipping chocolate from Sam’s for only about $3.  It was perfect to coat the berries and cake balls and tastes delicious. I just melted it in a bowl set over a pan of boiling water.  This ensures your chocolate doesn’t burn.  Hannah thought pink and red sprinkles would be fabulous on both products and we also did coconut and sliced almonds on the berries.
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And, since I don’t have a picture of Leia on here…
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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Hannah (with the assistance of her sous chef, yours truly) made this really neat snack mix idea we found on pinterest of course.  We put it in cute bags so she could give it to her teachers at preschool today since today was her last day of school before Thanksgiving break.  The snack mix is super easy to make (great for your 4 year old chef) and you can modify the ingredients to your liking but here is what we included in ours:

  • Bugles (we used the caramel variety which are super good and super addictive)
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Dried cherries (could also use craisins or raisins)
  • Candy Corn (Hannah’s favorite)
  • Classic Knot Mini Pretzels

We poured the snack mix into Wilton’s clear plastic icing bags and secured the top with a pipe cleaner and a sparkly brown ribbon.  We used the free printable from this site and attached that to the pipe cleaner.  I used some craft paper I had in my stash to glue the printable to.  The printable includes a description of what each item in the mix stands for regarding Thanksgiving.  Here is a photo of our snack mix label:

Of course, Hannah and I had to “test” the mix after we made it to make sure it was safe for her teachers.  We proclaimed it very safe 🙂  This also would be fun to have out for your Thanksgiving guests to snack on!

Linked up at: New Nostalgia and Women Living Well

October was a busy month for us.  It seemed to fly by!  We survived our first long car trip with Leia when we traveled to Connerville, Oklahoma for my family reunion.  Even though it was only 2 hours, this was a big accomplishment for Leia who used to start screaming the instant her carrier snapped into the base.  Both kiddos did great being in the car for 4 hours in one day.  It was fun seeing so many of my cousins that I had not seen in many years and of course getting to see my Grandparents, who I had not seen in almost a year.

Hannah finished up her Fall Blastball season on the 27th.  She really came a long way during the season.  She began by being totally freaked out by the squeaking first base and ended the season jumping as hard as she could on it to make it squeak as loud as possible.  Not sure what we’re going to do yet for the Spring but I have a feeling with her love for baseball that this will not be the end of her T-ball career.  Here is her official Blastball picture:

Go Marlins!

Oct. 25th was Hannah’s Halloween Dress-Up Day and Party at her preschool.  She was Pinkie Pie from My Little Pony.  My mom, Leia and I hung around with some of the other parents after we dropped her off at her class to wait and see her “trick or treat” in the lobby.  We had no idea that this “little” trick or treating was actually the entire staff of the church dressed up and they created themed areas for the kids to visit.  They had Wizard of Oz, Charlie Brown, Snow White, Shrek, Little Bo Peep (who was hilarious because it was a male), Cinderella and some more I am forgetting.  They really went all out and it was so fun to see all the kids in their costumes light up when they visited each area.  Here are some photos of the day before we left and at school:

On the yellow brick road.

Hannah says this is her “real pony” pose.

Hannah’s Class–her teachers are Fancy Nancy.

The weekend before Halloween we did what all good Texans do–go to a Pumpkin Patch and take pictures of course!  We went to the Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch which I highly recommend.  It costs $5 to park and then everything else is free.  There are hay mazes, bounce houses, a big inflatable slide, a hay ride and tons of wooden cut-outs of characters kids love to take pictures beside.  Here are a few of my favorite pictures from our afternoon:

We also stopped by Sean’s work costume party and of course, Leia is in true form here:

So that sums up October!  I leave you with one final October photo of the girls that cracks me up:

Today I made two “pinterest projects”.  One is edible and one is not but both are equally cool.

1.  Moose Munch–Have you ever had this stuff from Harry & David?  I can polish off an entire huge bag by myself.  It is THAT good but this version I made is even better!  It is so easy to make and would be perfect for holiday gifts.  I put some in a cute jar to be given as a door prize at my family reunion this weekend.

On the baking sheet just out of the oven..I sprinkled some chocolate chips on top.

Gifted up for my family reunion

2.  Halloween Soap–I saw this pin and knew this would be the perfect gift for Hannah’s teachers at preschool. It would be a great gift for anyone though!  I made the tag using a template I found here.  I bought a 4 pack of nice soap from Sam’s Club for $6.98 so this makes an affordable gift as well.  The soap looks just like what you’d get from Bath and Body Works only a lot cheaper!  Here is my final product:

Confession: Tonight I had a glass of pinot grigio and a bowl of Moose Munch.  Yep, it has been that kind of week 🙂

*Linked up at New Nostalgia*

Well, Hannah got a plain (gasp!) sandwich on Tuesday because we’ve been having issues with her behaving at dinner time and Monday night was the final straw.  I wanted to find some way to get through to her and let her know I was serious about her attitude/behavior.  So, I decided to take away something that she REALLY likes, the “creative lunch” as she calls it.  It worked.

Since then she has done much better at mealtimes and with her attitude at home so tomorrow, fun lunch is back.  They are studying the letter “E” this week so in honor of that:

As a parent of a very “spirited” 4 year old, you have to get creative not just with lunch but with discipline too sometimes.  Between Hannah and my 6 month old not sleeping well this week, I am worn out.  They are only young once (thank God).  Goodnight!

This week I made Hannah Minnie Mouse and Winnie the Pooh lunches.  She wasn’t as impressed with Pooh and I admit he does look like he is dieting but you can only make a slice of American Cheese so wide.  I think the preschooler is starting to be a bit of a lunch critic–maybe I should make something REALLY bad so that she appreciates my work more 🙂

I used Nutella to make Minnie’s ears and top part of her head.  I used a pink lady apple for the bow and a red bell pepper for the mouth (trying to work a veggie in here).

For the “Skinny Pooh” I used American Cheese, Nori (eyebrows and mouth), half a red grape, strawberries and raisins (eyes).  The face is sitting on top of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

I almost always need bread in my lunchbox creations so I have been keeping a loaf of homemade whole grain bread on hand.  My recipe is adapted from Marathon Mom’s Amish White Bread recipe.

The only change I made to her recipe is subbing white whole wheat flour for half the amount of flour the recipe calls for.  Another tip is I never use the entire 6 cups of flour or the bread is too dense and therefore tough.  I first put in the 3 cups of white whole wheat flour and then add in cups of all purpose flour until the dough is just a little sticky but able to be kneaded without making a huge mess.  I usually end up using about 5 1/2 cups of flour total.

This recipe is super easy, fast and I love that it makes two loaves of bread.  I wrap one loaf in saran wrap then put it in a freezer ziplock and stash it in the freezer until I’m ready for it.  Here is a picture of my fresh-baked bread:

Happy Baking & lunch making!