Friday, September 19, 2014

Swim Little Fishy

When I hear the word school, my Biology major kicks in and I immediately think fish. Course, now I think Kindergarten, but fish still comes in a close second. So, I sent my little fishy to school with her own fishy lunch. And, in case you're wondering.. because I know you are.. what comes in third for me is that blasted song from a Baby Einstein back in the day.. "Say hey, little fishy... do you wanna take a swim with me..swim around the reef all day, obeying all the rules cuz even though we're having fun, you know we're still in school..." Yup. That one.
Kindergarten bento
Turkey pastrami and Swiss sandwich, cucumber, grapes, yogurt raisins, and Goldfish crackers.
Kindergarten bento
I seriously love this little box. It's not the easiest for little hands because you have to get the lid seated on the base just right for it to clip and seal all the way around, but come on now, how cute is that fish swimming just above the waves?

Kindergarten snack box
PM Snack - Special K Pastry Crisp and (like it says) a banana.
I think this trick for writing on bananas has been around since I was a kid, at least. It's an oldie, but a goodie! If you don't know about it, just use a toothpick (or a fork tine since I'm too lazy resourceful to get out a toothpick when I have a perfectly good fork sitting right next to me) to score your design on the skin of the banana. Be sure not to pierce through. Within minutes, your message appears. Genius!

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Just 'Lion' Around

I was at a loss for what to pack for lunch today, so scraps from other lunches and some odds and ends I want to use up are what got thrown into this one. I thought to myself that this was a lunch with foods just lying around... and then I saw some lion picks. Eureka! 'Lion' around lunch it was!

Kindergarten bento lunch
Trader Joe's 12 grain mini crackers, cheddar cheese, smoked ham, Kalamata olives, frozen Chobani banana Greek yogurt, cucumber, mini snickers square, yogurt raisins, and pecans.

For snack, I tried to keep a patriotic color theme. It is Constitution Day, after all!
Kindergarten snack box
Boo Berry cereal (sorry, but no way was I paying $3.99 for a tiny container of blueberries), cherry tomatoes, and Babybel cheese.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

International Dot Day

Thanks to my wonderful Bento Blogging Friends, I discovered that it was International Dot Day today. I didn't even know there was such a thing, but once I started reading about it, I knew I had to join in and share it with others. The day was created in honor of Peter Reynolds' book, The Dot, to celebrate creativity, courage, and collaboration. According to the official website, The Dot is about a teacher that helps a student trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to "make her mark", inspiring children and adults around the globe. I can't believe I haven't read this book, but I placed it on hold to pick up this evening after school. Happy International Dot Day!

Easylunchboxes dot lunch
Grapes, yogurt raisins in the blue cup, cucumber 'dots', veggie dip in the pink cup, and a turkey and cheese sandwich.

Kindergarten snack box
PM Snack - Mozzarella cheese, pretzels, and a Trader Joe's yogurt star.

Yes, I obviously lost my mojo when it came to snack. But, honestly, I just grabbed what was dry and sitting on the towel from doing dishes. Yup.. lazy. However, I did end up making 'dots' out of the mozzarella and sprinkling them on top of the pretzels instead. Oh, and I sent my daughter to school in a polka dot shirt, too. So, there!

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Flower Power

This lunch was just a simple one to use up the scraps of deli meat and cheese, and the last little bit of peppers from previous lunches. Scrap lunches always seem to come together so easily. Another thing that worked out? My DIY chocolate pastry. I love those flaky, chocolate pastries from Panera and Starbucks, but can't splurge all the time, so I discovered that I could recreate it pretty easily at home. I just cut open a mini croissant, added a little bit of chocolate chunks (I like bittersweet, personally), microwaved for a few seconds, and inhaled slowly savored. For the lunchbox, I just let it cool, then packed it up. It's delicious room temp too!

Kindergarten bento lunch Smoked turkey, Muenster and cheddar cheese, orange bell pepper, cherry Jello, Trader Joe's mini 12 grain crackers, Trader Joe's yogurt star.

Kindergarten snack box
PM snack - mini chocolate croissant and grapes.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Kindergarten Week 2

 This going to bed early and getting up early business is for the birds. No, seriously. Let the birds do it. I'm a human being that needs to know what city and state has an afternoon elementary school. I am SO moving there. Two days into the second week of school and mama feels like a zombie, baby has barely had a single proper nap, hubby is on my not-so-helpful shit poop list, and my precious little Kindergartner? Let's just say that she isn't herself lately. She is tired with a capital 'T' and it translates into some not so nice behavior when she gets home. We'll just leave it at that. So, again.. school that starts at noon? I am SO there! Sign me up!
Really... where do I sign up?!

Kindergarten bento lunch
Mini Croissant with Muenster cheese and mustard, smoked turkey, grapes, peas, and orange bell peppers.
Bento snack
PM Snack - Mozzarella stick, butter pretzels, and Goldfish crackers.

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