Wednesday, 4 March 2015

How to Train Your Sheep?

 I'm a little late posting this Lunar New Year Yumbox. We've been on a How To Train Your Dragon bender so I thought it would be nice to celebrate the Year of the Sheep with Silent Sven's flock.
I love that the Yumbox reminds me to pack vegetables, something I tend to overlook. A small floret of cauliflower toped with some pepperoni coloured with FooDoodlers and served with ranch dressing.
I left some seeds in a few of the lychees so they looked like little sheep too :-)

Vegemite sandwiches topped with cheese. the one black sheep had Vegemite on top too.

Yoghurt dotted with sultanas and the brain break popcorn didn't quite get a close up.







For treat I saved a marshmallow sheep from Miss M's party. More on that later!


Details of my tools & toys can be found on this page.

~J

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. This post was written for Loving Lunches. No product was received for this post. All opinions expressed are my own, based on my personal experience with the product. This post may contain affiliate links.

Monday, 2 March 2015

Happy Birthday Dr Seuss!

I missed the opportunity to make a 'One Fish, Two Fish' lunch for Miss M when they read the book a few weeks ago, so I have been determined not to miss Dr Seuss' birthday. When I was explaining to Miss M whose birthday it was and we looked at her books she said 'the Cat books'. I went with that!









I tried to make jelly directly into our Easy Lunchboxes, but I'd already set aside some of the liquid for my back up plan and forgot to take that into account when measuring out the water to be added. Oops! At least I had a back up :-)

This was it. Jelly set in a mini container.

With a few sections removed.
Then with a little ingenuity we filled the spaces with yoghurt. Miss M was very excited to help with that part!
I think it looks the part, don't you?



I forgot to add some dip for her apple. When I remembered I thought I'd give that the red & white striped hat treatment too! I've discovered cashew butter which is accepted at our school as well as Nutella. Today I added some plum jam too.

I found this cute idea for the cheese stick and just had to try. The link goes to a private blog, sorry, but I do want to give credit. Brain break is her favourite pepperoni & cheese with crackers. Just arranged slightly differently  :-)

Some cheaty cheese art atop her plain Vegemite sandwich adorned with a bow food pick and some fruit leather (roll ups) complete this lunch.

I've been asked a few times about cheese art, so I finally made up a tutorial. This technique is based on one I learned from Robot Squirrel & the Monkeys and I really tend never to stray too far from this now.

Select your image and reverse it if need be. There have been times when I've let the finished product be the mirror reverse, or I've traced with pen from my computer screen, flipped over the paper and traced from there. I like that the computer acts as a little light box and I can easily resize to suit simply by zooming in & out.

You can trace in whatever colour you choose, you can also colour in at this stage, but you do have to move quickly before the 'ink' dries.

Line up your cheese, press & rub firmly. Depending on your image sometimes I find it easier to place the cheese onto the image rather than the other way around.

Once you're happy the image has transferred, gently peel back the baking paper to reveal your work of art! You can add more detail directly onto the cheese or if some of the lines need touching up you can do this now. Be warned - once you start touching up lines your image may look uneven. It's up to you whether you continue to touch up or let it go. I tend not to touch up too much any more.

I have found that the 'floppy' plastic covered cheese works best with this technique rather than sliced block cheese.

What do you think? Will you be giving cheese art a go? I'd love to hear about it if you do! Comment below or send me a photo on Facebook!


Details of my tools & toys can be found on this page.

~J

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. This post was written for Loving Lunches. No product was received for this post. All opinions expressed are my own, based on my personal experience with the product. This post may contain affiliate links.

Friday, 27 February 2015

Hookfang Lunch

How have you been enjoying our How To Train Your Dragon lunches? Today's instalment is HookFang.

I lost part of his jaw with this nori cutting (using this image as a template) but was able to improvise with an offcuts. I think my cheese 'shield' was a little better today. And I know that this image isn't necessarily a Monstrous Nightmare, but Miss M thought it was & that's all that matters!
And she quite liked her Dragon kiwi fruit too :-)
Nestled in her double snack box with a smaller container of yoghurt for afternoon tea.


Details of my tools & toys can be found on this page.

~J

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. This post was written for Loving Lunches. No product was received for this post. All opinions expressed are my own, based on my personal experience with the product. This post may contain affiliate links.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Stormfly Lunch

After Miss M requested a How To Train Your Dragon lunch the flood gates opened. First it was Toothless (see this previous post), and then Stormfly.

I used this image as a template for some nori cutting, a technique I discovered last year thanks to Little Miss Bento (check out her tutorial here)
Packed in a mini Rubbish Free Lunchbox from Nude Food Movers with some yoghurt & mango in the double snack pod. Drink under her sandwich.
I tried free-handing this image but again I failed miserably. This went with her favourite brain break of cheese, pepperoni & crackers.


Details of my tools & toys can be found on this page.

~J

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. This post was written for Loving Lunches. No product was received for this post. All opinions expressed are my own, based on my personal experience with the product. This post may contain affiliate links.

Monday, 23 February 2015

Toothless Lunch

If you've been following on Instagram you may have noticed Miss M has discovered How To Train Your Dragon. While I'm holding off showing her the second movie for as long as possible, she is thoroughly enjoying the TV series (Dragons: Defenders of Berk), and I do believe that, today at least, Toothless is her favourite.

I made this cute little plum Toothless by adding a bat food pick, carving a smile and using some raw spaghetti to hold some halved & FooDoodler'ed grapes in place.
I used the offcuts from the smile to make a tongue, although you can't really see it :-)
And there he is, nestled amongst some grape 'dragon eggs'.
I was kind of glad that my cheese art smudged a little. It makes it look more 'authentic', don't you think?
For afternoon tea Miss M had some biscuits, rainbow carrot and some dip.
I jazzed up some cheese to go with her brain break of pepperoni, cheese & crackers. Not the prettiest of things, but she got the idea ;-D

Details of my tools & toys can be found on this page.

~J

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. This post was written for Loving Lunches. No product was received for this post. All opinions expressed are my own, based on my personal experience with the product. This post may contain affiliate links.
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