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31 May 2012

If You Give A Moose A Muffin

When John got off of the bus yesterday we asked him what he did at school and he told us the story of If You Give A Moose A Muffin. Of course, it had to be lunch.


The couch is a turkey sandwich on whole wheat colored with natural colors. The antlers and little boy and “moose” are monterey jack cheese. The rest of the letters are American cheese. In the top left are three mini blueberry muffins stacked like they are on the cover. In the top right are grapes and Life Saver Gummies. All of it is packed in an Easy Lunchbox!

30 May 2012

Marvin The Martian & K-9 Lunch

We’re pretty big Looney Tunes fans around here. It floors me that this is the first time I’ve made any of them into a lunch! Marvin The Martian has always been one of my favorites and thanks to the wonderful world of YouTube I made sure John had his hilariousness fresh in his mind before I made his lunch for tomorrow ;)

Marvin and K-9 are drawn onto cheese. The stars are mini bologna sandwiches. The “asteroids” are Sixlets. At the bottom is an all natural strawberry twist from Aldi’s and a mini Slim Jim. He’ll also get an apple or banana and probably a yogurt cup.

29 May 2012

House Full of Love

John asked to have the three of us and our house for lunch tomorrow. Uhhhhh … sure, kid. I actually pulled it off with the help of some little circle cutters for their heads, an upside tulip mini cutter for mine, and our FunBites for everything else!

The three of us and the two hearts on top are monterey jack cheese. The house and top heart are I.M. Healthy Chocolate SoyNut Butter on whole wheat (except for the door which is white). On the bottom are grapes. To each side are Ocean Spray fruit snacks. He’s also getting his Capri Sun Super V pouch and a Trix Yogurt cup.

28 May 2012

Back to School with Spongebob & Patrick!

Tomorrow John goes back to school after a super long weekend and he asked for Spongebob & Patrick for lunch. When I was googling for a good picture to copy John fell in love with this one from a Spongebob Wiki:

So here’s the bologna & cheese version:
The face on Spongebob is the cheese on the second layer of the sandwich! I screwed it up on the bread so just cut it out & redid it on the cheese. Worked GREAT and cracks John up :)

Also an apple (which has since been replaced with applesauce), Spongebob fruit snacks and gummy Krappy Patty, shark crackers & Gary GoGurt tube.

20 May 2012

Love & Kisses

John asked for kisses and an “I love you” for tomorrow’s lunch. 
He’s such a sweet little boy sometimes!
His sandwiches are bologna & cheese. The words are cheese. Surrounding them are Sixlets. 
He’ll also get an applesauce or yogurt cup and his juice.

It’ll be a short week for lunches this week. He has a field trip Tuesday to the zoo which will need a lunch but he’ll probably do Pizza Day on Wednesday & is off Thursday, Friday and Monday for Memorial Day (and to make up for no snow days this winter).

18 May 2012

Doctor Who -- The First for the Eleventh

After giving myself a short period of mourning, I’ve continued on with the Doctor Who Fest on Netflix. I only saw part of Matt Smith’s first season on tv before changing tv lineups or something foolish like that. I wasn’t that enthralled with him — in large part, I think, because I loved 9 & 10 so bloody much. I’ve decided to give him another go, though, and made a crack earlier that the best way I would think of to endear myself to 11 a bit more is to put him in a lunch box … so here is a lunch with highlights from his first episode, The Eleventh Hour.

Top Left: oriental blend vegetables topped with haddock sticks & cheese “Who da man?”
Top Right: thousand island dressing, egg whites & tomato chunks
Bottom Left: salad with “Still Not Ginger” in cheese and colored egg white
Bottom Right: Vanilla Pudding (standing in for custard) with “bowties are cool” drawn on

And no, I have absolutely no intention of dipping my haddock into my pudding!

17 May 2012

Shaun The Sheep & Bitzer

Right after it was decided that today’s lunch would be Wallace & Gromit John ran upstairs and grabbed his stuffed Shaun The Sheep from his bed and said that Friday’s lunch needed to be Shaun and Bitzer since they all go together. (Shaun, of course, made his debut with Wallace & Gromit)
Bitzer is turkey on whole wheat. Shaun is cut from cheese. Both were colored with natural coloring from Chocolate Craft Studio (which reminds me — I need to place another order soon!). They’re standing on vanilla wafer cookies topped with all natural fruit snacks. On top and to the side of Shaun are Turkey Sausage Sticks. He’s also getting the last of his Yoplait Trix yogurt and the always present (and unpictured) juice bag or box.

16 May 2012

Wallace & Gromit

A simple little Wallace & Gromit lunch for Thursday.
Small SunButter & Fluff & Jam sandwiches on whole wheat are joined by string cheese (because they love cheese and so do we), grapes, and a couple of Sherbet Oreos. 

15 May 2012

Doctor Who - 10th Doctor Collage

I have four hours of the 10th Doctor left and I’m smashed over it. Tonight is my last night of work for the week (my “weeks” start on Friday) so we’re going out with a big beautiful bang.


My lunch for tonight is flaxmeal bread topped with an egg sheet type mess, some pillow-pack sliced beef, tomato, and cheese. Most of the tomato is hiding under the beef with the exception of the two hearts. We also have the Doctor wearing his 3D glasses (I borrowed the image idea from an awesome t-shirt found on redbubble), his hand in its jar, his sonic screwdriver, a red Converse All-Star high top, The Master’s Pocket Watch, and his ever-uttered “Allons-y!”

14 May 2012

Doctor Who -- Adipose

The baby Adipose from Partners in Crime are far too cute not to be included in any sort of tribute to the 10th! When I went looking for the perfect picture to use as inspiration I happened upon an amazing site called Springfield Punx and this amazing image:


As soon as I saw the Adipose with the glasses I knew I had the perfect picture! 

Here are the four little cuties out of cheese on top of some pasta with sauce and a small salad:


Swampy from Where's My Water?

Another favorite game of John’s is Disney’s Where’s My Water? 
Of course, Swampy had to become lunch sooner or later!
Swampy is bologna & cheese on whole wheat. He’s joined by string cheese, grapes and fruit snacks.

13 May 2012

Doctor Who "Are You My Mummy?" for Mother's Day

If you’re a Whovian you may be calling foul right now. I said I would be doing a week of lunches based on the 10th. ’Are you my mummy?’ was from an episode with the 9th (whom I also adore, of course).

Which is true … except for an amazing little “blink and you might miss it” moment from “The Poison Sky.” 

So, in honor of the 9th and the 10th and Mother’s Day, here’s my lunch for tonight:

Top Left: Chicken & Sausage Gumbo with cheese gas mask & words

Top Right: Low-fat cottage cheese

Bottom Left: Salad

Bottom Right: Thousand Island dressing, grapes

Mother's Day Off! A lunch for John BY John!

I typically make John’s lunches a day ahead of time but since today is Mother’s Day I got the day off from making his Monday lunch and he did it (almost) all by himself!

I was thinking he would want to just grab some Slim Jims or Turkey sticks, but nope! 
He wanted to make his own sandwich and picked out salami and cheese with mayo.

He picked out an apple cookie cutter from the cabinet and cut through almost all of it on his own (salami’s a little tough with a plastic cutter so I helped finish that part off).

He picked out Pizza Goldfish and fruit snacks…

He even took a picture of it with his iPod Touch since you can’t make a lunch without a picture :)

With an apple and a pouch of Capri Sun Apple Super V, I think he did a great job making his apple-themed lunch!

I’m not the only Bento Blogger & Friends mom getting the day off! 
Some are getting lunches made for them. 
Some are getting their kids to make their own lunches like John. 
Click on the button below to see what’s going on over with Emily at BentoBloggy!

(links should be live sometime Sunday or Monday!)

12 May 2012

Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey Lunch

Also from Blink, one of the greatest Doctor quotes …


which came from this scene …

and is simply cheese words on top of gluten free pasta & sauce left over from Friday dinner :)

11 May 2012

Don't Blink! Doctor Who's Weeping Angel

I realized this morning that this week I’ll probably have to say goodbye all over again to my beloved Tenth. As such, this week I plan on covering some of my favorite moments from his three seasons starting with the Weeping Angel from the episode Blink.

The angel and words are cut (and colored) from cheese and sit on a salad with cherry tomatoes. The side has ranch dressing, hard cooked eggs, and sliced ham.

10 May 2012

Magneto & Cyclops

I think I mentioned the other day that John recently got a set of Classic X-Men figures thanks to his grandmother and the Disney Store. Two of his favorites from the set (who also appear in The Super Hero Squad Show) are Magneto and Cyclops. For tomorrow’s lunch he has them by way of small salami and cheese sandwiches with Space Adventure Goldfish and vanilla wafer cookies (I actually found some without the nut warning at Dollar Tree!). He’ll also had a yogurt and juice box.

09 May 2012

Captain America -- he's "too cool" :)

John just said this lunch for tomorrow was “too cool” and said I needed to make it “just cool but not too cool.” 
I asked him if I should take out the Mini Slim Jims at the bottom of the box. 
The Ocean Spray fruit snacks? 
The little Ritz crackers? 
Captain America made with Biscoff & Jam? 
So how I’m supposed to make this not “too cool” is beyond me. If you have any ideas, let me know!

08 May 2012

RIP Maurice Sendak - Really Rosie in an EasyLunchbox

I was pretty smashed when I read this morning that Maurice Sendak had passed away. He was such a huge part of my childhood and one of the first things I did when I found out I was pregnant was stock up on new copies of his books for John to enjoy.

Really Rosie was one of my favorite things to watch when I was little. Carole King and Maurice Sendak was a perfect combination and oooooh how I wanted to be Rosie! Now, I just have her in an Easy Lunchbox:

Rosie herself is drawn onto flaxmeal bread with the words and stars cut from reduced fat cheese. 
They’re sitting on top some of the leftover stir fry vegetables from last night. 
The smaller containers have a clementine and sugar free strawberry jello.

Plants vs Zombies -- Cactus vs Balloon Zombie

John has got the dart shooting cactus going up against the balloon zombie for tomorrow.

The sandwiches are berry cream cheese and jam. The balloon is cheese. Under the zombie are beef bites. Above the cactus are all natural fruit snacks from Aldi’s. He’s also getting a banana and his Capri Sun Super V juice bag.

07 May 2012

The Hulk

After lunch at Johnny Rockets yesterday we stopped by the Disney Store before leaving the mall just like we always do and as always John made out like a bandit bringing home a big almost as big as he is packed with awesomeness. (Remember, Johnny Rockets is a rare treat so Grandma going a bit bonkers on the boy at the Disney Store is a treat, too! Just so you don’t get it in your head that he’s super-spoiled …. which he is …. oh never mind!)

Thanks to Disney buying Marvel for a ton of cash a few years back and thanks to The Avengers and all of their awesomeness, the store was full of super hero stuff. John hasn’t been all that into them aside from a few random Batman and Spiderman things here and there but it looks like that’s all changing. He picked out a big talking Hulk figure and a set of small Classic X-Men figures (and then I got to explain to him who they all were when we got home — a Geek Mom’s dream come true!) and Avengers swim trunks. (He also got a Toy Story nerf-type gun and a Stitch mug.)

So he could get to know his new “friends” a little better I started downloading the Super Hero Squad episodes for him to watch since they’re geared for a slightly younger crowd than the newer cartoons seem to be and so far he loves them. He almost missed his bus this morning because we got too caught up watching!  He really really likes Hulk so that’s who’ll be starring in the lunch tomorrow:

Hulk is a pepperoni sandwich on wheat. His name is spelled with monterey jack. There are some cherry fruit snacks under the grapes (both green and purple so they match the star of the show lunch!).

06 May 2012

Shag from Johnny Rockets

Tom got a call this morning from his mom asking if we’d up to having lunch at Johnny Rockets today.
Can you say “hell to the yes?”
We all LOVE Johnny Rockets but it’s one of those places that’s a once-in-a-great-while thing. I think this is the third time we’ve been in the past year even though it’s pretty close and convenient to get to.
One of the great parts of Johnny Rockets is how great they are for the young’uns. Not only did our Johnny get a super cool diner hat, but also a super cool activity booklet and crayons to keep him occupied until our food came. And when we got home it was decided that the picture he colored in said booklet has to be lunch for tomorrow.

Shag is ham & cheese on whole wheat. There are four Mini Oreos and a smattering of Goldfish Space Adventures in the box with him. He’ll also get a banana, yogurt cup and juice.

03 May 2012

Barf In A Box & A Star Wars Blog Hop!

I’m cheating here. I’m participating in the May The Fourth Be With You blog hop to celebrate Star Wars Day with a lunch inspired by the greatest Star Wars parody out there — Mel Brooks’ Spaceballs!

The large container holds Eagle V — the flying Winnebago and Barf (brilliantly played by the late John Candy, he’s a Mawg — half man/half dog … he’s his own best friend!) whom I just realized is backwards. Oh well. The Winnebago, letters and little stars are cheddar cheese. Barf is drawn onto ham. They all sit on flaxmeal bread with some salsa on the side.
The top left has a little salad with canadian bacon and cheese stars.
The top right has one of Mel Brooks’ characters, Yogurt, drawn with natural color onto, well, yogurt.

Now go see what Bobbi has in store at Bobbi’s Bentos and keep hopping from there!

May the Fourth Be With You! Darth Maul & Darth Vader

It’s another Bento Bloggers & Friends Blog Hop! This time we’re celebrating Star Wars Day. May the Fourth! (Get it? May the force = May the fourth?)

John’s not really into Star Wars yet, but he did get a Darth Maul pen in a box of cereal recently so he supposes that’s cool. I made him and Darth Vader out of ham & cheese sandwiches with their names cut from monterey jack cheese. The lightsabers are strawberry Pocky Sticks.

Now go see the awesomeness at BentOnBetterLunches and follow the hop from there!

Plants vs Zombies -- Hypnoshroom vs Disco Zombie

I’m getting a little tired of Plants vs Zombies lunches but John definitely isn’t!
Here’s a Biscoff & Jam Disco Zombie about to get turned around by a cheddar Hypnoshroom. He also have LifeSaver Gummies, a turkey stick and grapes.

02 May 2012

Plants vs Zombies -- Snow Pea vs Buckethead

Yes … it’s another PvZ lunch for John! Expect to see a lot of them over the next little while. There are enough different plants and zombies that he probably wouldn’t need to have anything BUT PvZ for the remainder of the school year but that would be just crazy. He has picked out enough to get us through Tuesday of next week, though and then we’ll see :)

Buckethead is turkey & provolone on whole wheat. Snow Pea is painted cheese. The peas are Sixlets candies and the top container has grapes. He’ll probably also get a yogurt tube or cup and his always present juice pouch.

01 May 2012

Plants vs Zombies -- Cattail vs Dolphin Rider

Tomorrow’s lunch is a special request — the Cattail plant (who shoots darts from his tail) and the Dolphin Rider zombie!  Cattail (and the selection boxes on top that John insisted on having) are cheddar cheese. The zombie is chicken breast on whole wheat. Behind them are turkey sausage sticks and they’re standing on Rainbow Twizzlers (blue for the water and green for the lawn since the zombie hasn’t made it into the pool yet!). Also included is a tub of applesauce.