Friday, 19 September 2014

I'm a Little Pirate. . .

Avast! Could it be that time o' year ag'in when land lubbers fly the colours 'n don thar bandanas to celARRbrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day?!?

I shared some treasure wi' ye' all t'ther day. If ye' missed it, here be a link fer ye.

Me bonny lass ha' been singin' a shanty o' late that brings a smile to t'is ol' sea dogs' heart. Have ye' heard it before? To th' tune o' 'I'm a Little Teapot'. . .
Thar be some strawberries skewered with swords; pepperoni & cheese fer th' plug; apple, blueberry & yoghurt fer th' hat 'n eyepatch. Th' ship be a jam sandwich fancified wit' them thar FooDoodlers 'n some jolly food picks. Th' Flying Duckman will be sorely missed.

Details o' me treasure can be found o' this map.

~J

Disclosure: Tis be not a sponsored post. Tis post be written fer Loving Lunches. No product were pillaged fer tis post. All opinions expressed ARRR me own, based on my persARRRnal experience with th product.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Treasure Map Pizza

Arrrr ye' ready for International Talk Like a Pirate Day this Friday? If ye're lookin' fer some inspARRation ye can check out me swag here.

Miss M isn't in Kindy that day, but we've recently had Pirate Pete visit, so I made the most of that to get all my pirate-y-ness out :-)

I'm not sure where I first saw the idea of a treasure map pizza, but it's possibly this one from Little Nummies.
Miss M helped to plan how we should make this pizza treasure map. Helping to lay out the snow pea & asparagus 'palm tree', position the carrot 'x-marks-the-spot' and letting me put my giant mushroom 'skull' in the corner. She also helped to lay out the olive 'dashes' on the map to show the way to the treasure.

After making the first pizza I wasn't sure how far it would go with the 22 children in Miss M's class as well as teachers. Seeing as the pizza bases came in packs of two I thought that the perfect excuse to make another. This one wasn't quite so well planned. . .


Some pineapple 'gold treasure', and a ham ship navigate the seas where giant turtles live! I've wanted to try making one of Lunchbox Dad's broccoli & snow pea turtles since I saw his Finding Nemo lunch last year. Nowhere near as cute as his, but it did the job :-)

Again Miss M helped lay the olives on our treasure maps.

I couldn't resist carrying the theme through for her lunch that day. This jam sandwich was made on one slice multigrain, one slice white bread and cut with a Lunch Punch puzzle cutter. The top layer of white bread off-cuts removed, but I left the multigrain as a border and to help keep the sandwich in place in our Nude Food Movers. Decorated with FooDoodlers.

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.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Porcupine Helmet Sandwich

A what now?

If you're familiar with Magpies and spring, fair chances are you're also familiar with the swooping and diving and running for cover that comes with them. We discovered on our walk/scoot home from Kindy recently that we have quite a vindictive Maggie living along the way. Poor Miss M got the fright of her life that first swoop!


That afternoon Mr Loving helped us attach some zip ties to her helmet (as is the fashion during swooping season) and her 'porcupine hat' came to be.

Not long after I was lucky enough to win the international prize for Eclectic Lamb's 3 year Blogiversary giveaway! Checking out my new toys, and discussing the what each of the cookie cutters could be, Miss M said the hedgehog looked like a porcupine 'Like my porcupine hat!'. So I knew I had to make her a lunch with it :-)
Apparently I got the scooter wrong though. It's supposed to have two wheels at the front, not just one. So Miss M helped me to get it right the next night. She's still not satisfied with her image 'jumping' instead of scooting, but she let it slip this time, tee hee hee.


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.

Friday, 12 September 2014

August on Instagram

How did I miss this last week? Probably the same way I missed Honey's 12 month immunisations. Fear not, beloved reader. Both shall be remedied this week!
http://instagram.com/p/rJC6znI7zH/?modal=true

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.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Bento Storage

The last time I wrote about how I store my bevy of Bento Beauties was back in 2012 in a relatively newly renovated kitchen, You can read that post here. Since then we have moved town and our kitchen size has halved :-( It's taken a little while, but I'm slowly coming to terms with the space I have and how to manage all the wonderful toys tools I've collected over the past few years.

So what is in my cave cupboard of wonders? Quite a bit!


I recently re-arranged after purchasing another of the green Starmaid containers I use for my sandwich cutters. These used to live on the top shelf as they get quite a bit of use, but the three don't quite fit there, so it was a complete switcheroo. The top shelf now holds my box of 'that will be useful one day' and 'it was useful once, it could be again' goodies. Tackling that box is on my list. . .one day :-) It's also where I keep the boxes and containers I use most often, although my Easy LunchBoxes are in my Tupperware cupboard waiting for me to decide where to keep them.

My second shelf holds my sandwich cutters. I do also have a stash of biscuit/cookie cutters in my Tupperware cupboard, again waiting for a more permanent and suitable home. It's also where I keep some of my growing silicon collection, picks, egg moulds and lunch cutlery (which I will have to start sending with Miss M next year). One tip I picked up from this fantastic Pinterest Board by some of my favourite Bento Bloggers & Friends was to use some of my old/not so often used boxes to store some of my goodies in. It was a real light bulb moment! I told you some of those things in my 'useful' box would be useful again! I also learned that it's easier to store your cutter sets in ziplock bags. Why didn't I think of that?

But what about the rest of my boxes? Well. . . .
. . .most of them live above my overhead cupboards in very large Decor containers.

So what about all the washing up it creates? Considering we don't have a dishwasher I do feel like I spend a good portion of my day at the kitchen sink so it's not really too much effort to whizz through a few extras here & there. I do however tend to be a bit slack about packing away. Especially when there's offers from Mr Loving to do the washing up (how lucky am I, right?), I jump at the chance and quickly clear the 'clean' side of the sink so he can fill it again. Problem with packing everything straight into their homes (apart from there not really being enough room for two adults to work in the kitchen at the same time) is that most times things can be slightly damp still. In central Queensland packing them into storage is asking for mould to grow, so. . .

. . I repurposed a set of plastic storage drawers into a benchtop organiser! The top tier (which I left over-full for this photo) is where I pop any clean recycling to be taken outside. The second holds an assortment of fruit and/or vegetables, depending on the weather, seasons, and day of the grocery cycle. I have kept some of the plastic punnets that fruit has come in to help organise the shelf and rotate the produce quickly & easily. These punnets are also in use on the bottom tier that holds some of Honey's bibs & wash cloths as well as a punnet of things to be packed away. Again, giving you a glimpse of real life, I didn't clear it out before taking these photos.

Do you have any brilliant storage tips? I'd love to hear them in the comments section below!

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.
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