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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!

Frog PrinceThe “Sunburst” yellow tomatoes I bought at the store a couple days ago were my inspiration for Hannah’s lunch tomorrow.  I thought they would be perfect frog eyes (now you’ll never be able to eat these tomatoes).  Hannah’s frog prince consists of:

  • Whole wheat bread
  • 1 triangle of laughing cow cheese mixed with green and yellow food coloring
  • 1 sunburst tomato cut in half
  • Raisins (pupils & nostril)
  • Roasted and salted seaweed (nori) cut into the shape of a smile
  • Yellow gummy bear cut into the shape of a crown

It’s not the fanciest lunch I’ve done but I haven’t been feeling too hot since the weekend so this will have to do!  I’m sure she’ll take it 🙂

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

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*

I’ve been posting pictures of the fun lunches I’ve been sending with Hannah to Pre-K.  Through trial and error as well as great websites like this one, I’ve learned a few tricks for how to create fun lunches and keep them together until lunchtime:

  • Use a shallow container for your creation
  • Put other lunch items beneath whatever your main piece is (character, face, animals, etc) to keep it from shifting or falling apart by lunchtime.
  • Some items I’ve used to get the main piece high enough are a ziplock baggie filled with goldfish and craisins or raw veggies, pieces of ham or turkey and cheese rolled up together or a slice of bread.
  • There are a few common kitchen tools that are helpful in making creative lunches: an x-acto knife, various cookie cutter shapes, and an apple corer (the round end is great for making perfect circles  out of foods like cheese slices)
  • I have found that there are some foods that are common in most of the lunches I have made so these are good to have on hand: cheese sticks & raisins (great for eyes), Nori (roasted, salted seaweed–good for anything that is black/dark like eyelashes), bread, American Cheese, turkey, ham, goldfish, gummies/fruit snacks & craisins.
  • You might think Nori is an odd product but the roasted and slated variety tastes similar to a chip and my 4 year old loves it.  It also sticks very well to cheese, especially if you put a little drop of water on it before you stick it to the cheese.

So, if you ever want to make a fun lunch for your preschooler, I hope these tips help!  I leave you with the guy who lives in a pineapple under the sea….

 

I’m still doing fun lunches for Hannah so I thought I’d post the last 3.  Sean asked how long I’m going to keep this up and I told him until I run out of ideas or Hannah stops behaving well.  I will not admit to tell her she’ll get a PLAIN sandwich if she gets yellow or red at school.  So, here are the penguins, love bugs and letter “B” lunches:

March of the Penguins

In honor of studying the letter “B” this week at school