Friday, December 21, 2012

A bunch of lunch, all at once.

Today is the first day of Lilly's Christmas break, so I figured
I'd post the lunches she's had for the last week or so.
She was sick last week (again) and missed two days of school.
Here's her lunch for the days she was actually well enough 
for school and ate home lunch.
Turkey and cheese sammies
Christmas pretzels with roasted garlic hummus 
Christmas cookies
Juiceheads strawberry banana smoothies
Packed in the GoGreen Lunchbox
Christmas shaped PB&J sammies
Christmas pretzels with Babybel Swiss cheese wedge
Chocolate strawberry granola
Cliff kid Z bar in chocolate brownie
Vanilla pudding with sprinkles
Juiceheads strawberry banana smoothie
This is one day that Lilly said she wished she would've had more
time at lunch to eat it all. :)
Christmas tree PB&J sammies
Christmas cookies
Celery (with Ranch dip in the Christmas tree container)
Red & Green M & Ms
Horizon organic lowfat milk.
Chobani Vanilla Greek yogurt
M&Ms (in the snowman container)
Snowman shaped sammies
Pretzel thins with Babybel Swiss cheese wedge
Horizon organic lowfat milk
Two days, Lilly wanted to eat school lunch and the other two
lunches were just tomato soup and mac n' cheese, so no pics.
We're off school until January 2nd, so have a very Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 17, 2012

No lunch post today.

Last Friday, the awful happenings at Sandy Hook Elementary School
left so many hearts broken forever.
I can't imagine what those parents and the entire community
must be going through.
I explained to Lilly what happened and her first reaction was
shock and then anger.
Anger that someone could do something so evil.
But we must focus on the lives lost that day,
the brave educators that gave their lives
to try and save the children in their care.
And the people who acted bravely to prevent further loss of such precious lives.
May they all never be forgotten.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Nyan Cat and other stuffs.

I'm so glad it's Friday!
Lilly ate school lunch one day this week, and macaroni
and cheese another day (no pic),
but here are the lunches for the rest of the week!
Bagel slices
Mozzarella cheese
Turkey pepperoni
Buddy Fruits blended strawberry
Juiceheads strawberry banana smoothie (not pictured)
Gingerbread girl shaped PB&J sammie
with four gingerbread marshmallows
Colby cheese squares
Dried strawberries
Penguin crackers (in the little gingerbread man box)
Gingerbread man cookie
Milk (not pictured)

Nyan Cat PB&J sammie
Colby cubes
Chocolate strawberry granola
Cucumber (with music note pics)
Ranch dip (not pictured)
Apple juice (not pictured)
This lunch is special.
It's not exactly how I pictured it when I thought I'd make it for her,
but I really wanted to cheer her up.
She's had a tough week.
A playground fall left her with two busted up knees
and the drama with her bully is still happening.
I had a phone conference with her teacher and she
assured me she would take the necessary
steps to end the bullying.
I sincerely hope she does.
Anyway, the theme here is Nyan Cat.
If you aren't familiar with Nyan Cat,
you can watch the super popular video here:
Lilly LOVES this video.
I can't explain why she (or countless others)
are so enthralled by this Pop-Tart, rainbow emitting cat.
She just loves it.
It's drawn in 8-bit style (which is Lilly's favorite),
it's set to a Japanese song (also one of Lilly's interests),
and it's a cat.
I guess I do understand why she likes it so much.
I'm not super happy with how this turned out.
It was late and I decided on a whim to make it.
I WILL attempt a better, more aesthetically pleasing Nyan Cat
bento in the future!

Friday, November 30, 2012

This week's lunches.

This week, we packed lunch four days!
One day was just tomato soup, so no pic.
Here's the other three.
PB&J rectangle sammies
Freeze dried apple slices
Stila strawberry bits
Peach applesauce
Cheddar pretzels
Babybel cheese
Angry Birds triple-decker PB&J sammie
German chocolate marshmallows
Angry Birds graham crackers (only the piggies)
Celery w/ranch
Sugar Free Vanilla yogurt
Juicy Juice Apple juice
1UP turkey & cheese sammie
German chocolate marshmallows
Colby Jack cheese cubes
Cheddar penguin crackers
Freeze dried apple slices with a Mario mustache
Mario fruit strip

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Very few lunches.

Today's post is showing two lunches: Last Thursday and today.
Lilly has only asked for home lunch TWICE in the last two weeks.
She says she wants to be like her friends
and eat at school.
I was trying to step back and let her try things
because it's a new experience and she's just getting into it.
But it's not working.
She has been STARVING the last couple of days
when I picked her up.
She doesn't like this or that on the lunch menu.
Yesterday, she only ate a clementine.
That's it!
I told her as much as she may want to
just eat what her friends eat,
she can't function without a proper lunch.
This is the last day before Thanksgiving break,
but after that, we'll be going back to home lunches 
at least four days a week.
I can make sure she's getting enough to eat
and I know what she's eating.
Here's Thursday's lunch.
Two ham & cheese leaf sammies
Cubed cheddar and mozerella
Goldfish crackers
Buddy Fruits lemon tartlet
Juiceheads strawberry banana smoothie
First off, the lemon tartlet.
Lilly specifically asked for this in the supermarket.
She did NOT like them.
They're not listed on the manufacturer's website,
which is odd, but they also came in raspberry.
Not a repeat purchase here, though.
Here's today's lunch.
PB&J double layer turkey and leaf sammies
Mini Babybel cheese with leaf cutout
Goldfish crackers
Dried strawberries
Sun Rype fruit & veggie strip
Juiceheads Berry smoothie
And a Hostess cupcake (!)
I normally don't buy the cupcakes because I bake quite often
and I'd rather she eat home baked things.
I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Lilly asked for a salad...

Today's lunch is a little bit of a surprise.
Lilly asked for a salad.
I was so surprised that she asked for it.
She'll eat salad from time to time, but usually only when it's 
part of a larger meal.
Salad w/ranch dressing
Dried strawberries and bananas
Cocoa almonds
One Hershey Kiss
Minute Maid Grape juice
I found a little baking set at my local Wal-Mart last night.
I opened it before I thought to get a picture, but it's AWESOME.
It's a Christmas baking set for children that comes with an 
apron, a small rolling pin, a spoon, a spatula,
and the best part...
It came with the big star (the other star cups are from Amazon),
 a gingerbread man, a Christmas tree,
two larger than normal silicone cups, two regular size and two mini.
All for a total of $6.97 before tax!
VERY good deal, if you ask me.
Check out your seasonal isle at Wal-mart to find it!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Fewer Bentos than I'd like.

Happy Wednesday!
Lately Lilly has been asking to eat school lunch.
She's actually tried a few things she normally wouldn't and the lunches
are very healthy, so why not?
We had a snowstorm last week that resulted in three days
off school and she asked for school lunch on Monday,
but today the school had something she knew she wouldn't like.
So we Bento'ed. :)
Turkey and cheese rollups
Mini Reese cups
Celery with peanut butter
Angry Birds graham crackers
Green and red grapes
Cheezy penguin crackers
Juiceheads Strawberry banana smoothie (not pictured)
I used the Rubbermaid Lunch Blox again for this lunch.
They're really quite handy if your child doesn't mind opening
several containers to get at their lunch.
It might be a bit difficult for smaller children.
I especially like the ice pack that comes with this set.
It snaps onto the bottom of the sandwich container or 
all the small containers.
There are plenty of ways to use this system.
We like it!

Friday, November 2, 2012

It's a bento...can you believe it?

Lilly had no school in the first part of the week due
to the Frankenstorm brought by Hurricane Sandy.
AND, she's decided she wants to eat school
lunch a few days a week.................
not quite sure how I feel about that.
Anyway, I only have one lunch to post and it 
isn't at all creative.
PB&J heart shaped sammies
Angry Birds CheezIts
Quaker Popped chocolate rice cakes
Mini Hershey bar
Lilly asked for PB&J (what a suprise ;) and for the
With Halloween just over, I thought I'd throw a little
chocolate bar in for good measure.
I'd planned to do a whole Wreck-it-Ralph Bento
as today is the highly anticipated (at least in my house)
release date, but time got away from me
and it didn't happen.
Lilly and her dad have a Daddy/Daughter movie date tonight,
so I'm sure it'll be even more appreciated
after she gets to see the film.
Maybe Monday???

Friday, October 26, 2012

The rest of this week's lunches.

Today is Japan Day at Lilly's school, so for the first time,
she's asked to eat at school...
We'll see how it goes.
Here's Wednesday and Thursday.
Turkey and cheese pumpkin shaped sammies
Celery with ranch dip
Count Chocula treat bar
Apple slices
Juicehead Berry smoothie
Ham & cheese Mummy sammie
Goldfish crackers
Caramel apple skewers (these did NOT hold up)
Carrots and ranch dip
Juicehead Strawberry banana smoothie
I smiled at my cleverness with the caramel apple
skewers until Lilly told me they turned to 
a gooey, inedible mess in her lunchbox.
I'll have to rethink this...

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Halloween Bento!

Yesterday was an In-School Service day for the teachers,
so that meant no school for Lilly.
I think I'll start posting only once or twice a week and
showing all the lunches.
It might be easier.
PB&J rollups
Carrots & ranch dip (little pumpkin container)
Chobani Kids Berry yogurt
Juiceheads Smoothie

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Lilly's been ill...

Today is the first Bento of the week...Lilly's had a nasty virus.
Having been homeschooled for the last three years,
we've avoided the awful reality of school absences
and the need for doctor visits.
Lilly has a checkup once a year and that's about it.
She's only had antibiotics twice, the first time when she was
18 months old and the second time was three weeks ago.
*sigh* What can ya do?
On to her lunch!
Ham and cheese tombstone sammie
Grapes on bat picks
Quaker Oats Stila strawberry bits
Banana chips
Chocolate pumpkin
Minute Maid 100% Grape Juice
Hopefully, she'll adjust and her immune system will adjust!

Friday, October 12, 2012

More Halloween goodness and a new bread!

I found a new bread (at least to us) last night at Kroger.
Or rather Lilly found it.
She LOVES this!
She asked for a whole strawberry banana lunch.
We also found a new smoothie to try.
Lilly is SO picky when it comes to smoothies.
You'd think any blended milk and fruit would do, but
you'd be wrong. :)
We didn't get the orange mango because Lilly can't tolerate
oranges or orange juice.
The acid hurts her mouth and her tummy.
I put the strawberry banana smoothie in her lunchbox today,
so we'll have to see if she digs it.
Here's her lunch.
PB on strawberry banana bread
Pizza Goldfish crackers
Quaker Oats Stila Crispy Oat strawberry cookie bar (cut up)
Juiceheads Strawberry banana smoothie
We'll see if she gets strawberry banana'd out...

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Another Halloween Bento!

I got my new Bento picks in yesterday!
I didn't order quite as much as I thought, but I'm super happy with
the holiday picks.
Here's Lilly's lunch today!
Turkey pepperoni and mild cheddar skeleton skewers
Quaker Oats Stila cranberry and yogurt bits
Three cheese crackers
Two Peep pumpkins
Capri Sun Super V berry juice
To make her regular silicone cups more festive,
I turned a Halloween cupcake liner inside out
and stuck it in the regular cup.
That way, I can see the festive liner, but it has the support of a silicone cup.
It worked well enough. ;)
I normally order from All things for sale, but some of the
things I wanted were out of stock.
I ordered all these from the cake supply store I normally
order from. :)

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Pink Ninja lunch!

Today's lunch is quite important.
Lilly's been having trouble at school with two bullies.
Two BOY bullies.
I anticipated this problem somewhat, but in all honesty,
I never expected BOY bullies.
We're addressing the issue and hoping we can navigate
through the muddy waters of elementary school
bullying, but in the meantime, I've talked
to Lilly about it in a way that makes her feel better.
She draws A LOT.
She draws series' of artwork, her favorite being 
"Pink Ninja Art".
She draws herself as a pink ninja. :)
To quote Lilly on the pink ninja's qualities:
"She's strong, but kind and she always helps people.
She doesn't let anyone be mean to her, but sometimes she 
falls for practical jokes because she's new to the ninja academy."
This is one of her drawings.
We have an entire folder of these drawings at home,
but each one is fantastic in its own way.
I wanted to remind her to be strong, but kind with today's lunch.
PB&Strawberry jelly sandwich
Two strawberry Pocky sticks
Dried strawberries
Reduced fat colby cheese
Vanilla Chobani Greek yogurt with lots of sprinkles
Strawberry Yoohoo powder for her milk
I included a blank Lunchbox Love note that I'd 
written a little reminder to channel her inner Pink Ninja.
Oh and the little purple thing on the corner of her sandwich is
an illustration of a glitch in a video game.
Lilly LOVES gaming and she especially likes to find
glitches in the gameplay. 
She said she finds things that aren't supposed to exist to be very interesting. :)

Monday, October 8, 2012

Day 25!

Today's Bento is in one of the My Bento Meal boxes.
First tier:
Ham and cheese sammies
Angry Birds Cheezits
Angry Birds graham crackers 
Second tier:
Hello Panda strawberry cookies
Nature's Park Organic chocolate coconut bar
Carrots with low fat Ranch dip
Capri Sun Super V juice
I've ordered some new Bento supplies that should be
here shortly, so there will be lots
of different Bentos.
In theory. ;)

Friday, October 5, 2012

More Halloween Bento goodness!

It's Friday, YAY!
Here's Lilly's lunch for today!
Fat free cream cheese and strawberry 
jelly finger sammies
French onion Sunchips
Fiber One PB & strawberry jelly bar
Cinnamon apples and blueberries
Three gummy pumpkins
Reduced fat chocolate milk
For the finger sammies, I rolled light wheat bread REALLY thin, 
spread it with the cream cheese and jelly, then rolled it up and pinched it to look like a finger.
I added a couple of lines with my food marker.
I added a little smear of cream cheese and the cocoa almond nail.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

A spooky lunch!

Lilly asked for a "spooky" lunch today.
I attempted to oblige.
Ham and cheese ghost and bat sammies
Mozzarella skeleton skewer
Celery with low fat ranch dip
Apple mouth with caramel dip (container underneath)
Two pieces of candy corn salt water taffy
Minute Maid Apple juice
I love how the little apple slices turned out.
Hopefully, Lilly will, too!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

New Bento box!

Yesterday I found some new Bento boxes
at Tuesday Morning.
I couldn't really get a good pic of it, but these boxes are super cute.
This is the oval container and it cost $7.99.
I grabbed a two tiered teal rectangle container and a one tier purple, 
each of those cost $9.99.
Pretty good deal, right?
Here's what this one held this morning.
Top layer:
PB&J girl sammie (I was going for Harajuku Mini,
but I think it's lost in translation ;)
Goldfish crackers
Bottom layer:
Quaker Stila bits in strawberry
Two strawberry hearts
Milk (not pictured)
I really like these containers.
This one is oval and has handles, but it fits perfectly in her 
regular lunch box.
Here's the link to the company that makes them.
You can't buy online, though. :(
I'll post tomorrow with one of the other boxes.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Happy First of October!

It's officially October...
I ♥ October!
I don't really plan on doing a Halloween themed
Bento everyday this month, but for 
the first day, I did a little something.
Ham & cheese sammies
Reduced fat Wheat Thins
Apple slices
Mozerella stick arms ;)
Two peanut butter eyeballs
Minute Maid grape juice box
I am SO excited for Autumn!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Bento Day 20!

This is the last Bento for September...I can't believe it's almost October!
Today's Bento isn't that big.
And it's Lilly's request.
I'm not sure how many different ways I can do PB&J...
PB&J rollup skewers on wheat bread
Jif chocolate and peanut butter rollup skewers on wheat bread
Green and red apple slices w/peanut butter and chocolate dip
Goldfish crackers
Sour cream and onion fat free Pringles
Apple juice box
I found the container on the right at Old Navy and it is AWESOME.
I wish I would've gotten the larger one, too.
It works perfectly for broken up Bentos like this one.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Bento Day...19!

We're back to small Bento today.
Lilly brought home a bit of her big lunch yesterday...because I went overboard.
I'm still getting the hang of her portion sizes.
I just don't want her to be hungry at school!
Here's today's Bento.
Salad w/low fat Ranch dressing
Sliced carrots
Ham and colby cheese skewers w/wheat crackers
100 calorie Brownie bites w/Hello Panda cookies
Minute Maid 100% grape juice
I found the Hello Panda cookies at Target.
They're Japanese cookies!
Lilly will be so excited!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Today is a special day!

Today's Bento is super special to me.
Lilly let me in on a secret yesterday...
She's been volunteering her recess time to sit with
kids in her class and other third grade classes
to help them get caught up on classwork.
Her teacher has nominated her as a "Peer Tutor".
As difficult as this adjustment to public school from
home school has been, this info was like music to 
my ears!
Lilly didn't think she was doing anything selfless or 
even important enough to tell me about.
I'm quite proud of her today.
She asked last night if I was planning to do
a special Bento in honor of her tutoring surprise.
I said, "Of course".
This is what I came up with.
Turkey and cheese notebook and pencil sammies
Yogurt covered raisins
Smore's kit
Sour cream and onion Pringles
Sugar free, fat free chocolate pudding
Small cup of cookie crumb and flower sprinkle "dirt"
I used Wilton food markers to draw the notebook lines.
I just cut the sammie into a rectangle and used a straw to 
punch the little holes.
The GoGreen made an appearance today because 
I knew I wanted to send a BIG lunch.
I also wanted to write a special note on the dry erase board inside
her GoGreen lunch box. ♥

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

I've been slacking!

I've been busy!
I forgot to post Friday's Bento!
Leftover pizza
Yogurt covered raisins
Cinnamon raisin granola
Cupcake Goldfish Graham crackers
Dried fruit
Minute Maid grape juice
Yesterday, Lilly had Double Noodle Chicken noodle soup,
so no pretty Bento there.
Today however is QUITE the important day for Meanie.
It's her first "Silly Hair" day at school.
I realize this isn't terribly silly, but it's baby steps. :)
Here's her Bento for today, in honor of Silly Hair Day!
PB&J "Hair" sammies
Rice Krispie treat skewers
French onion Sunchips
Red seedless grapes
Land O Lakes reduced fat colby cheese
A Hershey's Kiss
Capri Sun Super V in Berry flavor
I only gave her one kiss because of the krispie skewers.
Of course I doodled on her sammies.
I figured they were kinda silly so they should be weird colors.
That is my thought process.
Also, my favorite Bento supply site is having a huge giveaway!
All Things for Sale is giving away this!
All you have to do is click here to register!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Back to the small lunch box.

Today we're back to the small bento.
I noticed the larger portions in the GoGreen were too
large, especially when Lilly was bringing
home half of what I packed.
Sooo, we're back to the smaller bento today.
At least until I can force myself not to fill
every compartment of the GoGreen quite so full.
Fluffernutter sandwich (Meanie's favorite)
Chocolate chip Cliff's Z Bar
Cinnamon raisin granola
Yogurt covered raisins
Dried fruit
Fat free sour cream and onion Pringles
Minute Maid apple grape juice
I drew a little flower on her sandwich (Wilton food markers)
to hopefully brighten her mood.
The transition from homeschool to public school has been
a little difficult for her lately. 
We keep working on it, but she has days that aren't quite as
great as we hope for when we start out the door.
I also included a Lunchbox Love note.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Today's lunch is...kinda bento.

Today, Lilly asked for mini corn dogs.
I've seen the recipes on Pinterest for the ones
made in mini muffin tins, but before I could
whip some up, she asked specifically
for the kind we usually eat.
Lilly loves these and they're all veggie!
I know it sounds a little weird, but trust me...
they do not taste veggie!
And here's why her lunch is KINDA bento.
Five mini corn dogs w/ketchup
Carrots and low fat ranch dip
green and red grapes
Three peach apricot Fig Newtons
Capri Sun V juice
To heat the mini corn dogs, I popped them in the oven
while Lilly ate breakfast.
I also heated the Aladdin container at the same time.
(Just fill 1/2 way with water and microwave 3 minutes.)
When they came out, I immediately wrapped them in foil
and put them inside the dried Aladdin container.
One other GREAT thing about the GoGreen lunch box is that
the bag for the green container is large enough
to accommodate the Aladdin container
AND the small dip container.
Speaking of which, this container is AWESOME.
I found this at Kroger for $3.99!
It's perfect for so many things.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Bento 13!

It's raining here.
I wish I would've thought about the forecast when
I fixed Lilly's lunch.
She'd have gotten hot soup.
But, since I can't go back and do it again,
here's what was actually in her lunch.
Colby cheese cubes
Turkey pepperoni
Wheat crackers
Breadstick crackers
Fiber One Chewy PB&J bar
Celery with low fat ranch dip
3 Hershey's Kisses
Skim milk
Yesterday was the first day Lilly used her GoGreen
lunch box, and I'm happy to report
that it kept her food perfectly
separated and was super easy to clean.
While I do love the GoGreen, I think we'll
go back to regular Bento tomorrow.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Bento Day 12!

It's Monday.
'Nuff said. :)
Last week, Lilly had a bad upper respiratory infection.
She missed Thursday and Friday from school, which also
means she missed picture day. :(
Four days down of a five day course of antibiotics, and she's
back to being Lilly.
Today's bento is in Lilly's new GoGreen Lunch Box!
This is super neat.
I have to say I REALLY like this lunch box.
This is the pattern on Lilly' lunch box.

It's so pretty!
Here's what I was able to fit in it.
PB&J rollups (3 with grape jelly, 3 with strawberry)
Red and green grape kabobs
Goldfish crackers
Carrot chips with low fat ranch dip
Apple juice
There are just so many compartments in the lunch box!
I feel like I might've put more than I normally would
because of all the space!
Hopefully, Lilly eats it all...