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30 December 2014

Top 14 of 2014

2015 is fast approaching so now is the time to take a look back at some of our favorite lunches from 2014!

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Here's to a happy and blessed 2015 to all full of good times, good friends, and good food!

18 December 2014

Breakfast for Lunch with The Happy Elf


 Just because the look on that poor reindeer's face made us both get giggling!

17 December 2014

A Very Merry BBF Blog Hop AND Well-Read Wednesday

Back again so soon? I feel so honored and loved and holly and jolly and .... 
Okay, I'll stop now.

It's double the pleasure and double the fun! Not only is today a super merry Bento Bloggers & Friends blog hop, but today is also the first Well-Read Wednesday here! Each Wednesday that I bother to make myself something to take to work for food, I'll attempt to tie it in to whatever is going on over at The Well-Read Pirate Queen -- my new book blog! Today's the perfect day to start, too, since the last book I read & rambled about just happens to be one of my favorite Christmas books:
In the large section of my EasyLunchbox I have some leftover lasagna on top of California blend vegetables with the cover art out of provolone cheese. The story takes place in a California town and they have a lasagna community dinner so it works well (and is mighty tasty to boot)! 

Speaking of boots, in the top right on top of some Cinnamon Apple Straws is Santa ... who's still wearing his boots but kinda got decapitated along the way. (He needed it. Really.) The top left has Cinnamon Apple tea bags .... because I really like it. Almost as much as I really like this book:

Now hop on over to Lunches Fit For A Kid to see what merriment they have going on!
Don't forget to keep hopping until you end up back here 
(and then use the links to check out that book blog of mine)!

BBF Holiday Hop : The Penguin Who Wanted to Be Different

John only has a couple more lunches to go before he's off for his holiday break and we're thrilled to be able to share today's for a Bento Bloggers & Friends Blog Hop!

When you're done here, make sure you click on the link at the bottom of the post to keep hopping ... and continue doing that until you end up here again! 

At some point last year or the year before John picked out The Penguin Who Wanted To Be Different from his Scholastic book flyer from school. 

And we never read it..... 
until now!

It's a cute little story about Dorothy the penguin who, well, wanted to be different. She gets a visit from Santa on the night of Christmas Eve and the picture of them walking in the moonlight is what John requested for lunch!
In his PlanetBox Shuttle, the moon is a bologna & cheese sandwich. The "snow" is Pirate booty. Santa and Dorothy are drawn on Empire Jack cheese. Christmas-themed fruit snacks were used for the stars and trees. In the small compartment he has a clementine and a couple of Christmas cookies.

Now, click the button below to go see the flurry of fun happening over at BentOnBetterLunches!

16 December 2014

Time Lord Tuesday : Wilf

Dear Santa:

For Christmas this year please give Steven Moffat the overwhelming urge to bring dear Wilfred Mott back into the Doctor's life.

Please please pretty please?

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Harry and Ron's Christmas Sweaters in @EasyLunchboxes

John had asked for something entirely different for lunch today, but when I gave up on trying to do that I came up with another idea thanks to a picture I found on Rock Your Ugly Christmas Sweater: Harry Potter and Ron Weasley rocking the Christmas sweaters that Ron's mom made for them their first year at Hogwarts!

Ron & Harry are small bologna & cheese sandwiches on top of holiday tortillas. He also has some strawberry gelatin with peaches and two chocolate frogs. You can't have a Hogwarts Christmas without chocolate frogs, now, can you?

15 December 2014

Murder Mystery Monday : Murder Under the Mistletoe (Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries)

I absolutely adore Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries - a wonderful Australian series that, luckily, is also available on PBS and Netflix! The final episode of the second season was Christmas themed (well, Christmas-in-July themed, anyway): "Murder Under the Mistletoe."  I opted to take the easy-ish way out for tonight's work lunch and rather then draw my beloved Phryne again, I drew her stocking from the mantel:
Packed in my EasyLunchbox, I have leftover eggplant parm with a provolone stocking on top, a couple of clementines, and some mini peanut butter cups.

The Polar Express

It's one of our favorite books AND movies for the holidays and John's having his third lunch based on The Polar Express today!
Packed in his Pottery Barn All-n-One, has has mac & cheese in a tree shaped silicone cup gifted to him by his beloved Aunt Cristi with cheese train and letters on top (we even did a "jump up and down" test to make sure they would all stay put), veggie straws, a clementine, some Christmas-shaped gummies, and Christmas cookies that he helped me make over the weekend to enjoy and share.

11 December 2014

The Dinosaur's Night Before Christmas in @EasyLunchboxes

When John was just itty-bitty I bought him The Dinosaur's Night Before Christmas and it's still a favorite! For the first time last night we noticed that in the cover where it shows all of the different types of dinosaurs, it included the little boy's Sockosaurus .... so he became lunch!
In his EasyLunchbox, John has a clementine, peaches in strawberry jello, holiday tortilla chips, pepperoni slices, holiday gummies, and the Sockosaurus drawn on empire jack cheese.

10 December 2014

The Dinosaur That Pooped Christmas .... Again.

It's the third year that The Dinosaur That Pooped Christmas has been in our lives and, as such, the third lunch. The first year the only art was done by decorating a Thermos container. Last year was the dinosaur eating Santa. This year John chose a picture mid-poop with the family dog surfing on a wrapped guitar!
It's a simple little lunch with grapes, fruit snacks, a ham and cheese sandwich and veggie straws. He also has a yogurt tub in his bag.

09 December 2014

Time Lord Tuesday : Handles

Tuesdays are being declared "Time Lord Tuesday" in the realm of theme days for my work lunches! After all, I love Doctor Who and I love making Doctor Who lunches.

Tonight I'm revisiting last year's Christmas special, "Time of the Doctor," and the Doctor's longest running companion (300 years, give or take): Handles.

Packed in a Laptop Lunchbox, Handles and his farewell phrase are provolone cheese. They're sitting on top of Philly Cheese Steak & Eggs (recipe HERE). In the top right is banana yogurt (because, still, you always take a banana to a party). The bottom right has my cinnamon apple tea bags (because I didn't want my entire bag smelling like cinnamon and shutting them in here will contain that a bit).

Rise of the Guardians Elf

John read the second story in the Rise of the Guardians mini two-story graphic "novel" on his iPad. John has never been a big fan of comics or graphic novels, but we enjoyed this short one so much that he may have been swayed! The story told about how North (Santa) got his elves. Of course, the main elf had to be lunch!

In his PlanetBox Rover, John has a ham and cheese sandwich, Scrabble Jr Cheez-Its on top of veggie straws, sugar free jello, yogurt raisins, and Wild Winter fruit snacks.

08 December 2014

Murder Mystery Monday : Rest You Merry by Charlotte MacLeod (in @EasyLunchboxes)

I was lamenting on the blog's Facebook page about not having any inspiration as of late to make lunch to take to work. I typically just toss some instant oatmeal or a can of soup in my purse and call it a day. SO we brainstormed some "theme days" that might make lunch more fun to make and eat for me. We start today with the first Murder Mystery Monday (thought up by our awesome friend Amy from Yummy Bites By Amy)!

I've been reading Charlotte MacLeod's Rest You Merry, which is the first in her series starring Professor Peter Shandy. He's a snarky piece of work and I love him. The college where he works is one of those where pretty much everyone lives on campus and every year they rake in lots of money with the Grand Illumination festival. Pretty much everyone except for Shandy who refers to the event as the "Annual Fleecing" .... until this year. This year he hired decorators to make his house as bright and loud and obnoxious as he could and then he, himself, escaped on a ship out of Boston called the Singapore Susie. Of course, Shandy ends up back on campus before the festival is done and ... well ... you can read for yourself.

And you should. (It's only $1.99 for Kindle right now and ooooh so worth it!)

I was on a city bus on my way into work when I read this the first time and snorted so loudly that one of my co-riders asked if I was okay.

And now it's lunch.
Packed in one of our EasyLunchboxes, the large section is a mish-mash of grilled chicken, mixed vegetables, pasta and light alfredo sauce. The words and Santa are provolone. I used AmeriColor food gels for the art -- the larger segments with a water color brush; the details with a toothpick. The top right section has some polish sausage chopped up. The top left has some mayo to dunk the sausage into and some Peppermint Andes for a festive little sweet treat.

(You can go see my rambling review of the book at The Well-Read Pirate Queen!)

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Judy Moody & Stink : The Holly Joliday in @EasyLunchboxes

We decided to re-read The Holly Joliday so that means, of course, a whole new lunch! Last year he had asked for the cover picture for lunch and this year the title page! I'm wondering what he'll ask for next year from it ...

Judy Moody and her brother, Stink, are drawn on American cheese. I cut the top slice of his bologna sandwich out so it looks like the ornament. He also has grapes, yogurt raisins, Pirate Booty, Mini Slim Jims, a chocolate Santa, a cookie, and his vitamin/Omega-3 gummies are hiding under the cookie. Of course, it's all packed in an Easy Lunchbox.

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05 December 2014


Many moons ago I first read Mooseltoe to John and made him a lunch.

This week he read it to me ... and I made him another lunch!

I've been dreading the day when I would have to make another Mooseltoe lunch for almost three years because the pictures are pretty complicated. When John asked for the very last page of the book I couldn't have been happier!!!
The sandwich is ham & cheese on wheat and I used a large watercolor brush and food gel to blacken the top slice. The eyes, stars and lights were all cut out of the American cheese (the rest of which is what went inside the sandwich). Ho Ho Ho is spelled out of alphabet cookies and Scrabble Jr CheezIts. He also has Cinnamon Apple Straws, Veggie Straws, grapes, and a small chocolate Santa on top of his vitamin/Omega-3 gummies.

04 December 2014

A Toy Christmas

Another day, another Christmas story lunch!

Today it comes from the first story in the Disney Christmas Storybook Collection.

"A Toy Christmas" features the whole gang from Toy Story & Toy Story 2 in a sweet little story about them having to spend Christmas without Andy. Of course, it all worked out in the end with a happy  little holiday ending thanks to all of the toys working together.
For lunch, John picked out Sketch's contribution of being the roaring cozy fire:

In the lunch: half of a ginormous blueberry muffin, yogurt raisins, Sketch drawn on a small block o' cheddar, Mini Slim Jims and a Christmas chocolate under the cheese .... and Pirate Booty in his Toy Story container that he's had since pre-school!

03 December 2014

SpongeBob's Christmas Wish

Today's lunch comes from SpongeBob's Christmas Wish
Last year John had a lunch from the book (Squidward Santa), so this year he wanted something different - the seahorse reindeer from when Sandy's first telling SpongeBob all about Christmas! (or would those be seareaindeer? hmmmmm)
Packed in an EasyLunchbox, John has a bologna and cheese sandwich, white cheddar popcorn, grapes, his vitamin/Omega-3 gummies, and banana yogurt.

02 December 2014

Mater Saves Christmas

It was decided yesterday after school that from now until Christmas John will be bypassing his beloved Wednesday pizza days at school in favor of "countdown lunches" (and idea borrowed long ago from KeeleyMcGuire).  We're also bypassing chapter books for his homework reading. Instead, he'll be doing his big pile of Christmas books with lunches for each one! (He does have a couple of unread Christmas-y chapter books, but they're parts of series and, like me, he has issues with skipping around.)

Anyway, the lunch:
in his PlanetBox Shuttle: turkey sandwich on wheat, veggie straws, grapes, Christmas cookies (one to share), vitamin/Omega-3 gummies in Lightning McQueen
The Saturday before Thanksgiving FirstBook and our school district put on a book giveaway for the teachers and students in the district. John brought home a great big wonderful haul since each family was allowed ten books and one of them got turned into the lunch above : Mater Saves Christmas! (He also picked up the Disney Christmas Storybook Collection  which will help with about 18 lunches all on its own!)

01 December 2014

Simple snacky for the first of December

Mini Slim Jims, colby jack cheese stick, Tings, Kisses (in snowflake foil), grapes, granola bar, "Frozen" yogurt cup, and vitamin/Omega-3 gummies in the tree box.