Wednesday, June 23, 2010


Annabeth shared with me the lunchbags she created to hold the easy lunchboxes for her children.  Each one is made specifically for that child's interest or personality.

The easy lunchbox fits perfectly inside.

Love these! 
Here is a link to her blog where you can get a better look!

Friday, June 11, 2010

'you're gonna need a bigger boat'

Love that line in the movie Jaws!
duh dun,        duh dun,          duh dun duh dun duh dun..... ahhhhhh!

For the last day of science camp this week,  I put the shark theme into full effect. 

I cut a little shark out of the tortilla dough and it just didn't look right to me.  I looked over at the dough scraps and could see a shark shape just calling to be chiseled out.  I went to town but the end result was big.  So, I closed the containers (used a little press and seal to keep the fish and seaweed in tact for transport) and the shark was placed on top of the containers inside the blue lunchbox.

soooo, shark tortilla, salad with cucumber, carrot and cranberry (fish eyes).  A little yogurt with homemade granola, kiwi.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

polka dot butterfly - fun at home

I like making lunches at home at lunchtime.  In the mornings I am not always fully awake and in the evenings there are always 20 bajillion things going, all competing for my attention.  So I love our light schedule days where the kids can help make and design their own lunches.  There is no rush to make the bus or desire to just get it done and go to bed for the night.

My daughter got herself dressed today.  She picked out a butterfly shirt and a (non matching) matching butterfly skirt.  Of course both are pink.  She always picks pink.  I think she did a great job at putting this together!

Her 5 year old sense of fashion became our lunch inspiration today. 
She helped me make a butterfly sandwich.  we added strawberry polka-dots and the larger dots turned into a Caterpillar (her awesome idea!).

shark fin!

At my son's science camp today, the kids will be learning all about sharks!  They are going to be able to get an up close look at a shark and will get a shark's tooth to bring home.
Had to get a shark lunch in there!
shark fin sandwich, grape natural fruit strip wave, romaine lettuce with 'blood sauce' (good ol' raspberry vinaigrette), strawberries and a country choice organic cookie I found on clearance at the grocery store. 

this lunch (and many more yummy lunches) posted on 'what's for lunch, Wednesday'

after the store

My son is attending a summer science camp this week and has to bring a lunch.  I had big plans for theme lunches and somehow the week has flown by and left me in the dust!   I didn't even bother taking lunch pics the first few days this week because they all pretty much looked the same.  I had to forget about making theme lunches, it was a struggle to just make a decent lunch! We were out of all fresh fruits and veggies!
This was after the grocery store run...

A grapefruit wedge, cut apple, celery sticks, a homemade banana blueberry wheat muffin, vanilla yogurt with homemade granola.

Friday, June 4, 2010

strawberry shortcake

Found this lunch on my camera from earlier in the week.

My husband loves strawberry shortcake.  For his birthday we got all the fixings and made it as a dessert at home.  My son took some of the leftover angel food cake (the bad kind... store bought all the way) and strawberries to add on top (those are the good kind- fresh, organic).  Also in this lunch are cut celery sticks, ranch dip, spinach salad with raspberry vinaigrette... all organic, btw.

Last day of School Lunch

Today is the last day of school. 

For the last few days, the elementary school cafeteria has been making sack lunches for the kids.  The one I saw the other day contained an apple, bag of chips, cookie (peanut butter.. hmmmm... interesting.... ) and I am thinking there was a sandwich in there?  I can't remember exactly. 

Anyhow, I had big plans of making some of my elaborate, fancy schmancy theme lunches for the last week of school.... but the kid wanted to buy lunch.  This year, we've had some ups and downs with home lunches.  There was a time not long ago that I don't like to talk about so much.  It was when mom's lunches were not too cool and the school lunch called his name. 
We got over that and eventually, I won the home vs. school bought lunch contest this year (oh, it wasn't a contest?... sure..... whatever.  Go me, I won!). 

I can be sportsman like.  I let my son purchase lunch these last few days.
here is my effort towards today's lunch.

So is that it for the summer... hee hee, no!
Signed him up for a few weeks of summer camp - next week is science camp and lunches are to be brought from home.  They'll be learning about sharks and squids with a little CSI style mystery mixed in.... I see theme lunches in my future! woo hoo! (I need a life....).

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

What's for Lunch Wednesday

Shannnon, at 'What's for lunch at our house' is starting a weekly link-up called "What's for lunch, Wednesday".

Check it out, add your own lunch pics, or get tons of inspiration HERE.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

dirty dozen and clean 15

(pic - my daughter and I made a happy plate for lunch today!)

I was chatting with a friend just the other day about their switch to organic/natural foods.  I sent her a link with a list of certain fruits/veggies that they should make a priority to purchase only organic, and others where they could save their money and just buy conventionally.  I realized I did not have that list posted on my blog and so I sat down to do so.  Ironically, this morning I looked at a few blogs, and Lorrie at Natural on a budget had posted about this same subject. 

 She wrote exactly what I wanted to, and probably better.  So..
Here is a link to her post.

And because it should be on this site, here are the...

Dirty dozen= produce to buy organic because it is more likely to be contaminated.
1. Celery

2. Peaches

3. Strawberries

4. Apples

5. Blueberries

6. Nectarines

7. Bell Peppers

8. Spinach

9. Kale

10. Cherries

11. Potatoes

12. Grapes (Imported)

Clean 15 = items less likely contaminated and ok to buy conventionally grown.
1. Onions

2. Avocados

3. Sweet Corn

4. Pineapples

5. Mangoes

6. Sweet Peas

7. Asparagus

8. Kiwis

9. Cabbage

10. Eggplant

11. Cantaloupe

12. Watermelon

13. Grapefruit

14. Sweet Potato

15. Honeydew Melon

here is the complete list listed by EWG

and another great article (not sure their list is in order) from CNN.

memorial day lunch

Ok, so it is really a 'day after memorial day' lunch.

My parents and grandparents came over for a brunch yesterday.  This lunch has some of the leftovers from the brunch.  This is a pretty sweet lunch - sweeter than I would normally send, but oh well!

Spinach salad with raspberry dressing, cantaloupe and honeydew melons, my mom's homemade banana bread garnished with tiny blueberries and cut strawberries to make an American flag (used honey as 'glue'), and as we call it, my mom's 'lem-ongelo'  (lemon jello and whipped cream) with a strawberry heart.


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