Wednesday, January 20, 2010

the lasts, and the puzzle flower

I waited till right before bed tonight to make lunches for tomorrow... bad idea.  I was in zombie mode.  I looked over at the fruit bowl and saw the last apple sitting there.  So, I got out my apple cutter and sliced it up.  My husband walked in the room and asked what I was going to make.  I looked at him with my clueless face.  I think that said it all, cause he rolled his sleeves up, opened the fridge and started spewing ideas.  "How about using the last of these sandwich rounds?"
"Excellent, now how can I fancy that up?"
"How about using the apple cutter and make a puzzle", the genius man said.

To my brain dead, sleep wanting, procrastinating self, it was like he just announced winning lottery numbers.

Looks more like a flower to me than a puzzle, so we'll just call it the puzzle flower.  Also thrown in with the last apple and last of the sandwich rounds, is the last of the edamame, the last of the banana chips, the last of the sesame sticks (they are hard to see... I mixed them in with the banana chips for sweet/salty combo - well, that and there were so few of each left).  Almost the last of the fruitabu strips, and the last of the spinach (well, there is a handful still in the container which is wilting away... but will be perfect for an after school green smoothie tomorrow).

so there you have it - the lasts, and the puzzle flower!


  1. So creative! Nice of your hubby to chime in, too :) I would be afraid if I put this in my sons lunchbox it would be all jumbled up by the time he saw it, but then again, I don't have a bento box, you are truly inspiring me to get one! :)

  2. Ih trust me, my kids do jumping jacks with their lunchbox in tow I think... they shake them!
    I put some press n'seal over the sandwich flower to 'lock it' down.

  3. denise - this one was all my husbands idea! I get no creativity credit today.

  4. I cannot beleive you are feeding you kid edamame. Asian cultures only eat a very small amount of soy thgat has been fermented for weeks-months. Soy IS toxic.

    This latter issue is one of the most crucial and serious, as millions of Americans feed soy formula to their infants. In The Whole Soy Story, Daniel explains how the estrogens in soy can irreversibly harm the baby's future sexual development and reproductive health. She exposes and discusses these important, yet little known, facts about soy that would have any parent up in arms (if, that is, they were to read this book to find out the truth):

    •Soy impedes the sexual maturation of boys (p. 335)
    •Soy accelerates the sexual maturation of girls (p. 339)
    •In newborns, the hormonal effects of soy may be irreversible (p. 333)
    •The average daily dose of soy estrogens in soy formula (38mg) is higher than the amounts that cause thyroid problems and endocrine disruption in adults (p. 334)

    Some of my favorite parts in this book, aside from the extensive reference section at the end, are the revealing testimonials included throughout. You'll read about an avid runner who developed thyroid damage after adding more soy products to her diet (p. 322), a 9-month-old baby girl (fed soy formula) who showed signs of puberty (p. 348), and a natural bodybuilder whose libido plummeted after he switched his protein intake to pure soy protein isolate (p. 367), just to name a few.

  5. They eat it in moderation. Since I post pictures of the food I buy, I can go back and see that over the course of 6 months, I have purchased 3 or 4 bags of edamame. With soy being in every other packaged food in one form or another, my children eat way less pre-packaged foods than an average US child and so they are not consuming it on a day to day basis.



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