Happy Birthday, Miss C!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Miss C turned 5 during the last week of school. So between end of the year activities and party planning, I had to figure out preschool birthday snacks. Her birthday party that weekend was going to be Strawberry Shortcake theme, so we ran with the strawberry theme all week.  

Her preschool snacks:
Easy Strawberry Mini Trifles
Using clear party cups, layer the following:
- cubed angel food cake
- vanilla pudding
- strawberries w/syrup
- a dollop of whipped cream. 

Her birthday lunch! 
"Cake" turkey and cheese sandwich 
blueberries, grapes, veggie and snap peas chips. 
The cake cutter is from the SWEET set from LunchPunch.

She also wanted to share a snack with her lunch buddies at her extended preschool class. Since I know that all of the kids will have packed lunches, we just did mini strawberry kabobs with flower marshmallows for that little sweet treat.

That weekend, Miss C had her Strawberry Shortcake themed birthday party!

Desserts included Strawberry Cakeballs, Strawberry Wafers, Strawberries & Cream Cupcakes
Strawberries Shortcake Push Pops, Strawberry Trifle and The Cake (chocolate)
Happy 5th Birthday, my sweet C!

Last week of school!

Miss C's last week of school was 2 weeks ago... it was also her birthday week. (I will have the birthday stuff in the next post). She will be going to daycare during the summer, so I don't have to pack her lunches. Its only week 2 of summer break and I already miss packing her lunches. She misses school too. And since I'm not doing her lunches, I've been slacking in my own lunches. I have to come up with fun stuff this summer so this blog doesn't get stale. I'm thinking about posting some recipes, summer themed lunches (zoo, beach/pool, Disney, etc) and prepping for the next school year (how to get started, my supply stash and where to buy, hints/tips. etc)

Ladybug lunch: turkey sandwich, banana, 
cheese stick, grapes & fruit snacks

The "I-have-nothing-in-the-fridge" lunch:
cucumbers, grapes, triscuits w/cheese and pepperoni, and lime jello

Last day of school lunch: Sunbutter&jelly sandwich sushi
Wheat Thins, cheese, pineapples and blueberries

maybe next year?

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

My dearest Cubbies,

Please snap out of this losing streak and start winning? Thanks in advance!

The S Family

P.S. We have a 5-year-old fan who used to call playing baseball or softball "playing Cubs!"

Cubs Lunch!
turkey and cheese sandiwch, veggie chips
strawberries, red/blue mini M&Ms, cheese stick and yogurt

Busy May!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Nothing says quick and easy than a salad and a few animal picks on an EasyLunchBox
with vanilla yogurt w/sprinkles and fruit cocktail

Dinosaur sandwiches with flower watermelon and cucumbers 

Teriyaki chicken and vegetables with rice
strawberries, graham crackers and marsmallows

"Just Cheese sandwiches cut into Just Squares"
was Miss C's request for her lunch.
strawberries, with a few marshmallows and yogurt...
Ham roll ups, cheese stick, grapes and pudding

May is absolutely one of the craziest months for our family next to December! I had to prioritize all the preschool events, cakes, and birthday festivities, on top of our day-to-day activities, and blogging did not make it into the higher priority list. So in the next couple days, I'll try to catch up. 

May the 4th be with you

Friday, May 4, 2012

Happy Star Wars day! 
Yoda (snow peas) with grilled chicken
Wookie cookie (oatmeal) w/Ewoks (teddy grahams) and mango

We are doing a galactic hop across blogosphere featuring Star Wars lunches! 
Click on the link below to see more awesome lunches. Keitha is up next!
May the force be with you. :)


Spring time!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Peanut-free Sunbutter & Jelly Sandwich
flower cookies and flower marshmallows
flower cucumbers, green peppers, strawberries and blueberries

More April Bentos!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

C's lunch: Ham sandwich, snap pea crisps,
carrots, strawberry, grapes

C's lunch: ravioli, snap peas crisps,
strawberries, pound cake

My lunch: salad, bubble pizza, banana
(my husband made the bubble pizza and it was awesome! I will have to post the recipe. I am planning on posting recipes during summer break.)

C's Hello Kitty Bento w/deli rolls, clementine, 
carrots, Babybel cheese (ranch inside the little chick)

C's lunch: Mac&Cheese, edamame, grapes and yogurt

C's lunch: Turkey sandwich w/veggie chips, maraschino cherries
banana chips, and carrots

C's lunch: clementine, edamame, snap pea crisps, deli rolls

C's lunch: butterfly sunbutter&jelly sandwich
veggie chips + apple

C's lunch: rolls w/butter, chips&salsa
yogurt, strawberries
(C specifically asked for just bread and butter. We don't usually have bread/butter during dinner, but I think she had plain bread and butter at daycare, and it stuck)

C's lunch: Bread & butter (see above) salad, watermelon, corn puffs

Lock&Lock Lunches

I love the squareness of these Lock & Lock containers and I like the removable containers. This is my second favorite container for my own lunches. 

My lunch: broccoli+carrots, radishes, meatballs

My lunch: Salad, Cajun fish with cilantro lime rice
in a bigger rectangular Lock&Lock

C's lunch: ham, banana bread, Babybel cheese
carrots/tomatoes/cauliflower and ranch

C's lunch: granola bar, clementine, cheese stick,
broccoli/carrots/tomatoes w/ranch and marshmallows

Bentos in EasyLunchBoxes

Instead of trying to remember lunches and days, I thought I'd group the lunches based on lunch container types. Just because. It's something different. And it's easier. So first up, is one of my favorite lunch box: the EasyLunchBox. I was reading up on other bento blogs when I first started and it seemed like everyone else were using Easylunchboxes (or ELBs.)  I was quite content with my a disposable/reusable brand that I got at the grocery store... but I was intrigued. So I bought a set.  My disposable brand ones warped in the microwave and dishwasher, the ELBs can withstand the microwave and the hubby put it in the bottom rack of the dishwasher. (Plus it's BPA-free!) One of my pet peeves is when the plastic gets discolored when you put spaghetti sauce or chili in it... I have not noticed that with my ELBs. Plus, if you're into being green and environmentally conscious, its probably worth investing in a set of these. I already had to throw away some disposable ones because they melted slightly in the microwave (I wonder if any melted into my lunch!),  discolored, or badly warped. Plus, we haven't lost any ELB lids! We always seem to lose those plasticware lids. While Miss C loves her cutesy bento boxes, I tend to use ELBs more for my lunches because its easy to compartmentalize my food to have better portion control.

my lunch: teriyaki chicken, rice, teriyaki noodles

my lunch: taco omelet with rice, strawberries +choc cookie

C's lunch: celery w/sunbutter, ham, cauliflower, 
banana bread, Babybel cheese, clementine

My lunch: leftover fried chicken, apple, clementine and edamame

My lunch: taco salad and watermelon

Anyway, a little bloggy disclaimer: I bought the ELBs with my own money and didn't get anything in return to  write about this.