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26 August 2014

Egg-Fast Friendly Shuttle for Work

I fell off the LCHF wagon a couple of months ago. Actually, I sorta jumped off willingly ... and foolishly. I decided that I would jump back on and after a couple of weeks (and the dreaded keto flu symptoms) passed, figured I'd further jumpstart myself with an egg fast. It's pretty basic, actually -- eggs, fat, cheese. (I Breathe, I'm Hungry has awesome information & recipes I have yet to try!)

Since there's absolutely nothing I can eat at work now besides little tubs of cream cheese I'm back to packing food. Packed in my PlanetBox Shuttle, I have an egg salad made with two eggs, two tablespoons of mayo and two tablespoons of cream cheese with a sprinkling of Garlic & Herb Mrs Dash. I also have an extra hard cooked egg and an ounce of sharp cheddar stars. After all, I work for eight hours ... I'll probably need more than just egg salad!

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22 August 2014

Doctor Who: Here We Go Again

The Doctor is back tomorrow night!!!
Of course, the Edible Geekery crew thought this would be a perfect time for a blog hop.
Once you're done here make sure you click on the button at the end to see 
what's going on in the rest of time and space for Doctor Who yums!
John and I have been so excited about the return that we've watched the trailer over and over again:
The trailer (and my giddiness over the return of the Paternoster Gang) is where I got my inspiration:
Packed in my EasyLunchbox, I have drawn Vastra onto a low-carb spinach tortilla using food markers. Under her are grilled yellow squash ribbons. To the right is a bed of tuna salad with cheddar cheese letters. The top left has cottage cheese. The top right has hard cooked eggs -- one with the TARDIS drawn onto it (also with the food markers).
I'm sure this is just the first of many lunches for Season 8!
Now, don't forget to click on the TARDIS below to continue your journey at BentoForKidlet 
(and keep clicking until you end up back here!)

19 August 2014

Back to School Essentials (According to John)

John starts 3rd grade in two weeks so we've been talking about what he'll need to go back. We don't have the list from the school yet for what they want him to have, so instead we've been talking about the lunch essentials. Luckily, we already have everything on his list ... but in case you don't we thought it would be nice to come up with a little shopping list for you! Everything here is available on Amazon (and the links are all affiliate links which, if you use them, will help us pay for things like crayons and dry-erase markers).

The Lunch Bags
Of course, one can't very well take lunch to school without something to put it in so here are John's top choices for lunch bags:
(Two of his favorite lunch bags come with the lunch boxes they're for ... we'll get to those next!)

The Lunch Boxes
Over the years we have had a lot of lunch boxes in our possession. John has more or less decided that my lunchbox hoarding has become pretty silly and insists that we only really need four basic boxes in our possession:
(The PlanetBoxes come with bags. The Shuttle we often use with other bags but the Rover always ends up in a Rover bag.)
The Lunch Box Add-Ons
Because sometimes you need your lunch to have a little extra something, we keep the following on hand for add-ons:

The Lunch Box Personalization
The PlanetBox sets come with magnets that can be switched out for more personalized box looks. For an even more personalized approach, grab a pack of printable magnet sheets:
Here are some of the ones we've made:

Personalizing The Lunch Itself
Now that the external issues of lunch have been covered, what about the lunch itself?
The older John gets the less he seems interested in overtly "cute" lunches. Luckily for me, he still loves to have lunches based on favorite books, movies, tv shows, or video games ... so we still need a stash of certain artistic tools, picks and cutters to make these easier to accomplish.
(We do have a lot more cutters in our collection but the silly child seems to think they're unnecessary and that I can just draw or cut anything. The Animal Friends apparently has a better pig than I can freehand, though, for Angry Birds lunches!) 

04 August 2014

The Lego Movie's Emmet Made Easy in a Laptop Lunch Box

If you have kids (or are simply a kid at heart), you undoubtedly know what one of the biggest blockbusters of the year has been The Lego Movie. We've seen it twice at the cinema, bought the digital copy as soon as it was released, have multiple building sets, and can often hear John singing "Everything Is Awesome" at the top of his eight-year-old lungs.

With so many kids getting ready to head back to school, why not try your hand at making a lunch based on the movie's hero, Emmet? You don't even need any great artistic ability -- just a few simple tools that can be easily picked up on Amazon (yeah yeah ... they're affiliate links):

A set of food markers and a fun lunch kit (and a simple kitchen knife) and you'll be all set! We love the kits from Laptop Lunches -- especially since you can pick up the Bento Buddies in multiple color combinations for even greater variety!  (To see the other lunches we've made using various box configurations, just click HERE.)

So, really. That's all I needed to turn a simple lunch that started out looking like this:
... into something awesome for my little Lego fanatic!

Using the food markers, a simple kitchen knife, and a slice of cheese I was able to turn John's ham & cheese sandwich into an Emmet sandwich!

I started by cutting the shape of the head with the knife. I drew the eyes and mouth on with the black marker and his hair with the brown. After I removed the excess cheese I discovered that Emmet fit perfectly on half of the sandwich -- which works well since half of a sandwich fits perfectly in the long rectangular boxes in the Laptop Lunch Box! I then used the orange marker to write his name directly on the bread for the other half. The smaller boxes got his peaches (that box has a lid) and some Pringles (his absolutely favorite snack), and the lunch is done!

Of course, the markers can be used to draw anything you can think of. They work great on cheese, sandwiches ... we've even used them on pancakes. Combining this simple tool with the fun colors and combinations from Laptop Lunches and every lunch can be, well, awesome!