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31 August 2012

Doctor Who Blog Hop -- Waiting for Who

You have no idea how long I’ve been waiting for this hop! We’ve done quite a few hops with the Bento Bloggers & Friends group but this? Oh … this one makes me all sorts of wibbly wobbly inside.
Unless you’re a new follower, you have probably guessed by now that I’m a huge Doctor Who fan. Waiting for this hop (and the new season!) has left me feeling a bit like poor little Amelia Pond sitting in the back yard waiting for that beloved Vworp-Vworp sound of the TARDIS. In fact, it was that feeling that inspired my lunch:


Well, that feeling and this screen capture:


Now, my John is only six years old and has a tendency to not think that he can handle anything that might be deemed as scary. He loves cartoon monsters and computerized zombies, but he isn’t real keen on any that appear “real” on tv. I figured that because of this I would have to wait at least a couple of years until I could really introduce him to Doctor Who. Thanks to bits and pieces and YouTube clips, though, John is becoming a little Whovian!


I was thrilled to finally be able to make him a Doctor-ed lunch and it has three of his favorites: a Dalek, Eleven, and an Adipose*.
*(Yes, I am fully aware that Ten was the one who met the Adipose. Same character. Different face. Your argument is invalid.)

Now click on the TARDIS and travel on over to see what’s going on over at Bento for Kidlet and then continue your travels from there! (I do highly recommend that you also take some time to check out her past Doctor Who posts!)


24 August 2012

Oh, there you are, Perry!

John slept in this morning and I was up around 6:30 …. so I decided to surprise him by making a cute lunch! Summer school ended on the 16th and he doesn’t start 1st grade until September 4th so I’ve pretty much slacked off on the cuteness and we’ve just been eating whatever we grab when we get around to it.

Today when John finally gets around to going “Moooooom I’m hungry!” he’ll be able to just go grab his Perry the Platypus lunch from the fridge! (Complete with a Phineas & Ferb thermos of Crystal Light lemonade!)

Perry is drawn onto a salami sandwich on Rudi’s Multigrain with cheese tail and beak. Holding the tail up is an All Natural Grape Fruit Twist from Aldi’s and below him are Veggie Straws. He also has a Phineas & Ferb GoGurt tube on the side.

21 August 2012


The last night of work for the week (off until Saturday!!! WOOT!!!), so we’re wrapping up with another Pegg/Frost flick — Paul

Paul is provolone on top of gluten-free pizza surrounded by sausage links because of this clip:

Kristen Wiig gets high in Paul out on DVD and… by grapevine_digital

The side sections are trailmix and Chobani blueberry yogurt with Craisins underneath the yogurt dish.

20 August 2012

Hot Fuzz on Cheese Dog Pancakes

Night two of the Simon Pegg/Nick Frost/Edgar Wright love-fest!

In my Easy Lunchbox: cheddar-topped Cheese Dog Pancakes with little containers of ketchup & mustard for dipping, grapes & hard-cooked egg. It’s going to be hard waiting until work to devour this! I’ll wait, though, because I think it’ll be more fun to eat it while watching the movie which is already on my iPad waiting for me.


So. Wondering about the “Cheese Dog Pancakes,” aren’t you?
Another case of “hmmmm … that might actually taste okay” being more than okay!

Mix together: 
2 Tbs melted margarine
1 cup Bisquick 
1 cup milk
1 egg

Stir in:
very thinly sliced hot dogs
2 tsp mustard
1 Tbs ketchup
1/2 ounce finely shredded cheddar cheese

Scoop onto griddle & cook like you would normal pancakes. 
Using an 1/8 cup scoop I got 14 pancakes.

John had the first test of them for dinner last night and definitely approved!

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Allergy-Friendly Friday with Cybele Pascal

19 August 2012

Shaun Of The Dead "You've got red..."

If you’ve seen Shaun of the Dead, this needs no explanation. If you haven’t, you should … unless your name is Jenn and zombies give you the serious heebie-jeebies …

In the large section is mashed potatoes and chicken breast topped with cheese. The top right has a strawberry gel cup and some Sixlets. In the bottom right is SmartFood Cinnamon Popcorn.

No. There’s no “Mission: ImPineapple” today. I’m getting a little tired of pineapple. And I’m out.

18 August 2012

The Seventh Doctor and Mel (Classic Doctor Who)

Aaaaah Sylvester McCoy and Bonnie Langford — the Seventh Doctor and Melanie Bush. I found Paradise Towers online and was able to enjoy a little trip down memory lane …

Clockwise from Top Left: Fruity Zucchini Muffin & dried pineapple, mushrooms, Teriyaki rice with cheese. And I know I’m going to be slightly glutened tonight from the teriyaki sauce on the rice, but it will be a miniscule amount (less than 2% according to the package) and I’m not worried about it. I probably wouldn’t give it to John …. but I’m willing to risk it for myself  ;)

14 August 2012

Come Along, Pond

Pineapple flax bread, ham TARDIS, provolone words & Amy Pond, Snapea Crisps, dip & fruit snacks all in an EasyLunchbox.

13 August 2012

Simple salad in @EasyLunchboxes

Feeling little inspiration today so I’ve got a nice big salad in an Easy Lunchbox for tonight. Lettuce, tomato, carrots, hard cooked egg and cheese. Fat free ranch in the little cup surrounded by some fruit snacks. Rolled ham slices in the other corner. I did cut the cheese (stop it, LM!) with some mini star cutters so at least there’s a little cute factor going on :)

John Designed: John & Sonic

I asked John to draw me a picture of what he wanted his lunch to look like before he left for school this morning. He said he wanted his head, the heart and Sonic The Hedgehog’s head out of WOWbutter and jam and the words out of cheese … and that’s what he has! I also added some cheese stars, turkey bites, veggie straws and on the side grapes and fruit snacks. I should get him to design my lunch for work tonight because right now I still have no clue :)

12 August 2012

SyFy Warehouse 13's Farnsworth

Warehouse 13 is one of the few non-reality shows that Tom and I watch together. Our work schedules are so drastically different and whacked that it takes a special kind of show to make us make the time to sit and watch. We may end up a week or two behind by the time we find the time and energy, but we always seem to pull it off sooner or later.  If you also watch then you already know about Farnsworth. If you don’t, you should. Head to Amazon and buy the dvds or download the instant videos or watch it on Netflix. It’s worth the time.
John actually decided what the pasta would be tonight — gluten free mac & cheese mixed with pasta sauce and cut up pepperoni slices. Farnsworth and the letters are provolone.

Picktastic Powerpuff Girls!!!

On Sundays Tom has to be to work before I get out of work. Luckily we work in the same hotel so he’s able to bring John in with him and then John just walks home with me when I’m done. On our walk home this morning we were discussing lunch for tomorrow and I mentioned that he would be getting some new picks in the mail from one of our friends soon. He wanted to see what they looked like so I hit google and one of the options that came up didn’t actually have the picks in question but did have the inspiration that he used for tomorrow’s lunch!

We were visiting over at Adventures of a Gluten Free Mom and came across the Lunchbox Kabobs that she made for her son back in April 2010. John immediately pulled open the drawer we keep the picks and rings in and started thinking about what he wanted. While the drawer was open the Powerpuff Girls started to show off their sports prowess with the football and baseball picks and there was no more debate as to what we would use!

The girls each have monterey jack cheese, Old Wisconsin Turkey Snack Bites and Domino’s Gluten-Free cheese pizza (they were on sale this past week and I bought a ton for the freezer!). The football and baseball have pizza and turkey bites. Surrounding them are grapes there are some fruit snacks on the top.

11 August 2012

Gluten-Free Tomato Pancake Cheese Rolls

A few days ago I had the idea of making savory pancakes and tonight I finally did! While I was mixing them up I thought it might be extra-awesome to wrap them around mozzarella … and it was!

It went together quite easily:

1 cup Gluten-Free Bisquick
6 ounces milk
1 egg
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
2 ounces pasta sauce

Combine all ingredients. Pour into heated pan. (I use an 1/8th cup scoop per pancake.) Flip like you would a normal pancake.

Unwrap and cut in half 6 mozzarella sticks/string cheese. Before pancakes cool (I did this step after every 3 made) wrap one pancake around one cheese stick half and secure with a toothpick (I found it best to sit them seam-side down while I made more).
I ended up with 12 total and put 3 in an Easy Lunchbox with the rest of my food for tonight!
3 Tomato Pancake Cheese Rolls with pasta sauce for dipping, Snapea Crips with french onion dip, Kinnikritters mixed with dried pineapple chunks and dried cranberries.

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07 August 2012

Jurassic Park Logo

Very much a “throw leftovers in a bowl and top with cheese” lunch.

The JP logo drawn on provolone on top of leftover chicken & pasta with a tomato basil sauce.
A certain someone asked me where the pineapple is…. I think the dinosaur ate it.

06 August 2012

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

In spite of the Jeff Goldblum love-fest, today he gets shot ….

05 August 2012

Earth Girls Are Easy

Every time I’m stumped for ideas for lunch I have one friend who recommends Earth Girls Are Easy and since every other lunch this week has a Jeff Goldblum slant, I’m finally doing it.

Eggs, tomato & ham topped with ham & cheese. Tropical fruit in the side container.

Veggie Tales Larry (AND Larry-Boy!) in @EasyLunchboxes

When John was too little to really pay attention and understand much we watched a lot of Veggie Tales. It was on tv still and we have a bunch of the dvds. Then he lost interest …. until he recently stumbled upon his old friends on Netflix and there’s been no turning back. I even made him a bunch of stick puppets of his favorite characters because finding the toys has proved to be difficult (and a lot more expensive than craft sticks, printer ink and crazy glue!).


Larry is definitely his favorite — as is his alter-ego, Larry-Boy.


Larry is a salami sandwich on Rudi’s Multigrain. His hero costume is monterey jack cheese. They’re sitting on a beef stick. In the top left are grapes and dried cranberries. In the top right are a couple of gummy worms and some Orgran Itsy Bitsy Bears.


And Larry can even put his costume on!

04 August 2012

Transylvania 6-5000

Another favorite movie from years gone by is another Jeff Goldblum flick — the super-cheesy Transylvania 6-5000! Unfortunately, his character wasn’t very lunch-worthy so I went with his ex-wife’s character, Odette.

Even though I’m not actually working tonight (taking a mental health/sleep deprivation sick day), I still need to eat so I have some leftover spaghetti topped with provolone, a hard cooked egg, and some Pirate Booty.

03 August 2012

New Jersey from "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai..."

I’ve adored Jeff Goldblum for as long as I can remember. Well, at least since The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension which is probably the first movie I saw him in back in 1984.

I’ve got a small side salad, dressing, and dried pineapple bits in the top sections of my Easy Lunchbox. The large section has meatloaf mashed potatoes (something I used to have a lot growing up — simply meatloaf chunks stirred into mashed potatoes) with monterey jack cheese stars, letters and cowboy.

01 August 2012

John Designed: Angry Birds Pig-In-A-Box

John designed the concept for tomorrow’s lunch with a stuffed pig and cardboard box. It’s a Pig-In-A-Box!!! Like a Jack-In-A-Box but with a pig. See the pepperoni spring? That was his idea, too!

The box is ham & cheese on Rudi’s Multigrain (of course). The pig is provolone (3 layers!). The red bird ring is sitting on top of some clementines and there are also all-natural fruit snacks in the box. He’s also going to have some yogurt on the side and his ever-present juice box.