Thursday, 18 December 2014

Santa's Reindeer Round Up and a Hop

You know Dasher & Dancer, & Prancer & Vixen,
Comet & Cupid, & Donner & Blitzen. . . but do you recall. . . the most famous Bento Bloggers & Friends Blog Hop of all?

It's that time of year again and we are celebrating, as we do, with a blog hop. Simply click on the Christmas button at the bottom of this post to hop to the next festive feast. Continue 'hopping' until you return here.

If you've been following on Instagram you will have seen this cute little series I made for Miss M. Last year I made a Vixen Sandwich at Miss M's request and it inspired me to tackle the complete set this year. We sat down together and planned each character. It was a lot of fun having her input.
Dasher is outfitted for the running track and is accompanied by strawberries and yoghurt with juice not pictured. Also not pictured is the fruit sent for shared morning tea.

Dancer is modelling the latest in tutus with a cheese tiara and plum jam leg warmers. She is accompanied by strawberry and kiwi fruit Christmas Trees as well as some yoghurt. Not pictured is milk and shared morning tea fruit.

Prancer I struggled with a little. I could imagine a person prancing about, but how do you translate that to a reindeer? After looking up the definition I found it could also refer to a horse with a 'fire in its belly' or to walk with a spring in your step. *light bulb*. So Prancer has a FooDoodler fire 'tattoo' and spring shoes. The name didn't quite fit below so had to be relocated above, hence the jam marks underneath. She is accompanied by ham, cheese & tomato flowers, as well as grapes and watermelon balls. This was the first day of no longer sharing morning tea in preparation for Prep (Pre-School) next year, so Miss M took her yoghurt in a Sinchies Food Pouch. There's also her drink of juice.

I ended up using a Nude Food Movers drink bottle cover to absorb any condensation which worked a treat.

And her bottle got strapped to the top of her Easy Lunchbox.

Vixen has discovered lipstick and beauty spots since her last appearance ;-). She is accompanied by cheese and pepperoni along with some blueberries and a watermelon smile/lips. There's a few crackers on the side with yoghurt and a drink too. 

Comet is flying through a starry night, accompanied by cheese, rockmelon star, blueberries and frozen yoghurt stars. Yoghurt, crackers and drink on the side.

Cupid has wings and arrow at the ready. Accompanied by kiwifruit and watermelon, as well as banana cake. Yoghurt and milk on the side.

Miss M had a fantastic time decorating these.

Donner was another I struggled with, so I hit Google and discovered a wonderful story about Donder & Blixem in the original 'Night Before Christmas' poem (and do you think I can find that story now?), and how they translate to 'Thunder & Lightning'. So I called on some My Little Pony inspiration and gave Donner a cutie mark. She also had some meat balls with tomato sauce (I'm not going to call them Thunder balls, but you know the thought crossed my mind) as well as blueberries with a cheese cloud. Yoghurt and milk on the side. I also included a cat food pick after this photo seeing as we recently indulged in Thunder and the House of Magic.

Blitzed takes her inspiration from Frozen's Elsa wearing a FooDoodler blue gown on turkey slice and a turkey crown with spaghetti hair mane. She is accompanied by Olaf and honeydew snowflakes. I know they are orange and I was so surprised when I cut open the fruit. I had to turn it over a few times to make sure. Maybe I picked up the wrong one at the store, but I'm positive it's a honeydew. Ah well, my colour scheme had a slight change in plan. There's a white chocolate snowflake there too.

Olaf was made from luncheon meat and decorated with FooDoodlers, pretzels and a baby carrot. You can see some of the luncheon meat 'snowballs' I made underneath him. I have discovered that Miss M doesn't' like luncheon meat. Oops.

And of course there is Rudolph. Accompanied by tomatoes and cheese balls, with red grapes and watermelon balls. Yoghurt and milk on the side.

Each lunch was made in our Easy Lunchboxes and included a reindeer food ring and Christmas Greeting pick.

Now you can hop aboard the sleigh to My Epicurean Adventures. Keep hopping until you return here. 
Merry Christmas!

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, 17 December 2014

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

 This is the last lunch I packed for Miss M for her Kindergarten year. I asked her what she'd like in her lunchbox and she requested an Angel.
After a quick Google I found the perfect inspiration in an Easter lunch from Bento, Monsters. I love the idea of repurposing and turning the CuteZCute cutter upside down is a brilliant one. And her nori work is so beautiful!

Our angel also has a CuteZCute body with her 'hands' holding up a fruit leather with 'Hark' in cheese. A couple of wing food picks are a must.

A small piece of fruit leather for a mouth and nori cut using a punch for the lashes. Some cheese for hair and a gorgeous pick from my Bento Buddy Eclectic Lamb for a halo.

Sides of grapes with musical picks, yoghurt and rainbow carrots with a little dip in that small half-hidden container. I added a bunny pick because Fluttershy's rabbi friend is named Angel in My Little Pony. I'm not sure Miss M quite understood my little in joke, but it made me smile :-)
Her milk is under the sandwich protector in our Nude Food Rubbish Free Lunch Box.

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.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

And His Name is Santa Claus

 How are your holidays going? We're busy busy and I haven't had much of a chance to share our last lunches of the year yet. You may have seen them on Instagram, but if you missed it, here's the lunch Miss M had the day of her Kindy Concert.

They've been practicing for months and I think her favourite song has been this one.






He has a red, red coat (salami with vegemite and cheese detail) (Pinspiration here)


And a red, red hat (strawberry with marshmallows held in place with raw spaghetti).
His boots are black (black grapes on apple wedge pants held in place with raw spaghetti), (Pinspiration here)

And he carried a sack (strawberry jam puff pastry parcel)

He has a twinkle in his eye (FooDoodler eye on her Vegemite sandwich with cheese-y star)
And a friendly smile (apple wedge with marshmallow teeth above)
And his name is Santa Clause!

Served in our Easy Lunchbox.

We also had a take-a-plate for morning tea so I used our Kambrook donut maker to whip up some mini chocolate yummies before adding a smidge of icing and a red M&M. The morning of I pressed in some smashed pretzels.

Perfectly imperfect and a tonne of fun!

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, 12 December 2014

Bread & Butter Pudding Single Serve

Ahh. . . holidays at last! But what to do with that half loaf of bread that didn't quite get used this week? Or those crusts you've been saving from your little person's sandwiches?

Make yourself a bread & butter pudding I say! And don't share - you'll be doing enough of that over the break ;-)


Take 2 cups of bread scraps

Tear into pieces and place into a large bowl or soup mug

Mix in a dessert spoon of butter or margarine, and a dessert spoon of your favourite jam. I like plum :-)

Give it a good mix. Feel free to use your hands

Combine 1 tablespoon of custard powder with 1 tablespoon of sugar

Add 1 cup of milk and stir to combine

Pour over your bread mix until it is well soaked, but not completely covered.

Zap in a high microwave for a minute or two depending on the wattage and how cooked you like your pudding. For me I like a little on the firm side so I go for 2.

This is great served as is but is especially nice hot from the microwave with cold cold ice cream. . . so it can melt and get all gooey. . . . And if you're game try sprinkling with some brown sugar before you cook it. . . or a little cocoa .. . or both. Please excuse my drool, and enjoy your Friday night!

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, 10 December 2014

Sweet Potato Quinoa Apple Stuffing Balls

What else is there to say? The simple little yummies are just that. Simple. . .little. . .yummy. Perhaps they wouldn't have been quite so simple had I included all the ingredients I'd intended, but that's another story!

The original recipe called for nuts which meant this wouldn't have been able to go to Kindy. Thank you to Kendra at Biting the Hand that Feeds You for the suggestion of sunflower seeds! I had bought them. . . and laid them out. . . and then completely forgot to add them in *sigh*. I also forgot to rinse the quinoa like Kendra suggested which might explain the slight bitterness of these. Unfortunately it turned off Miss M & Mr Loving. Looks like it's back to his Quinoa Stroganoff - no arguments here! Back to the task at hand. . .

I took inspiration from our #52NewFoods Cookbook and combined 1 part roasted apple, 1 part roasted sweet potato and 2 parts basic quinoa in a bowl. Pressed the mix into a silicon cake-pop mould and let it set in the fridge. Later I rolled the balls in bread crumbs. Next time I think I'll cut the roasting ingredients smaller, or puree them before mixing. And I'll also include some crunch. Those sunflower seeds I forgot :-(. What do I love most about these? Leftovers! We had roast pork with roasted vegetables and apple. Easy enough to add a few extras and then the second night we served with quinoa instead of potatoes. How simple is that?

I made these for our Teacher Gift this year, which you can see in this previous post. That cute little box is from Daiso.

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 & 52 New Foods Challenge who generously provided me with a copy of their book. All opinions expressed are my own, based on my personal experience with the product. This post may contain affiliate links.
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