Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Doctor Who Alphabet N and O

Moving right along through our doctor who alphabet this week begins on the letter N for our little blue monkey. My first new doctor experience was the ninth doctor, Christopher Eccleston. He was fantastically dark and kept Rose Tyler on her toes.

N is for Nineth Doctor 

In this lunch : In an Easy Lunch Box
  • Nineth Doctor - Jelly sandwich
  • Rose Tyler strawberries
  • N in cantaloup
O is for Ood 

 In this lunch : In an Easy Lunch Box
  • Ood - Ham sandwich, provolone face, sour spaghetti candy tentacles and babybel cheese translation sphere
  • Strawberries
  • O in watermelon
This alphabet while challenging is also pretty fun, sure beats the I have no idea what to make routine.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Shel Silverstein's Birthday Blog Hop

We love birthdays around here, and books! So the Bento Bloggers & Friends are celebrating Shel Silverstein's big day with a blog hop of his beloved works. One of my all time favorites and my son's is The Giving Tree. They read it at school each year. This year is its 50th anniversary! As a parent it holds new meaning for me now that I didn't understand reading it as a child. But like the little boy, our needs change as we grow and so does our understanding.

"Once there was a tree, and she loved a boy very much....even more than she loved herself"
~Shel Silverstein

The Giving Tree 

In this lunch : In an Easy Lunch Box
  • The tree and her boy - Ham sandwich with provolone
  • Apples - Watermelon
  • Apple slices
In tough times it helps to read this book again and remember that all of the struggles, the tantrums, the work that goes into raising children is all part of our gifts as parents. They use up our resources and we gladly give as much of ourselves as we can, because we love them more than ourselves. And I love two boys very, very much. And the boys are happy. And this mom is happy. 

Now please click the button below and see what Amanda over at Food, Family, Fun has created. As always keep clicking until you have turned through all the pages and wind up back here. Enjoy!

For more learning fun check out Shel Silverstein's Learning Resources page.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

More Doctor Who Alphabet

So we're still chugging away at our alphabet. It's funny how some letters we all know what  we should make and some we are just stumped. No matter how many times we've watched the episodes over and over we still draw blanks sometimes. I'd blame the silence but not until "S".

London  - Big Ben
One  of the Doctor's favorite cities to save.

In this lunch : In an Easy Lunch Box
  • Big Ben - Peanut butter and jelly sandwich
  • Strawberries
  • L in cantaloup atop cantaloup and carrots
The Master 
One of the Doctors biggest enemies

 In this lunch :In an Easy Lunch Box
  • The Master and M - Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
  • Watermelon apple shapes
  • M in watermelon
If you have ideas for the rest of the alphabet feel free to chime in in the comment section and we may use it.

Monday, September 22, 2014

It's Monday And So The Beat Goes On

We are continuing the Doctor Who Alphabet this week for the little blue monkey. The big kid and I forgot to discuss what he wanted for lunch the night before, so I randomly picked Star Wars, because how can you ever go wrong with that? He loved it and it was fun for him to be surprised at lunch with his on-lookers. Every year I wonder when he will be too old for these "cute" lunches or napkins notes, but so far they still love them. Some day they will be too cool for me, some day they won't need me, some day I will miss all the little extras that fill our days, some day is not today :-)

K is for K-9 

In this lunch : In an Easy Lunch Box
  • K-9 - Peanutbutter and jelly sandwich, other half sandwich is placed behind it but not fancy.
  • Strawberries
  • K in cantaloup
Tie Fighter 

In this lunch : In an Easy Lunch Box
  • Tie fighter and asteroids - Jelly sandwiches
  • Carrots
  • Cantaloup

Friday, September 19, 2014

International Talk Like A Pirate Day

Arrr you ready matey? It's tha' time 'o year again. To set sail for buried treasure and talk like a pirate. Our scallywags didn't want to swab the deck or walk the plank but they did want to eat.

Pirate Ship 

In this lunch : In an Easy Lunch Box
  • Skull and crossbones - Jelly sandwich, Cheese stick mast and boat
  • Carrots
  • Strawberries with skull pick
Walk the Plank 

 In this lunch : IN an Easy Lunch Box
  • Sharks - jelly sandwiches
  • Walk the Plank - cheese stick
  • Pirate on Grapes
  • Strawberries
I hope you land lubbers arrr ready fer a fun filled day of piracy.

One pirate said to his fellow crew-mate, "Arrrgh, that be a fine looking hook and peg leg ye got for ye'self!"

The pirate replied, "I should think so, it cost me and arm and a leg!"

The Bento Bloggers & Friends have also created a fun Linky Paaarty so cast off and bento ahoy!


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Thursday Toss Up

Yesterday I posted all 3 of little blue monkey's lunches so today I'm posting big green monkey's lunches. We really love baby Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy, our kitchen dance-off's are pretty epic.

Baby Groot 
Funny aside : I totally cheated for his companions because I didn't have a raccoon for Rocky I used a Koala and for Starlord I used Ironman....close enough right? 
In this lunch
  • Groot - Jelly sandwich, gummy eyes, tree pick, babybel cheese pot
  • "Rocky" - carrots
  • "Starlord" peaches
Then big monkey got on a cyberman kick so we made that 2 days in a row, because children love repetition even in 2nd grade.I thought I'd post them anyway because these are my fast, make in the morning within 5 minutes lunches.

In these lunches : In Easy Lunch Boxes
  • Cybermen - Jelly sandwich, I suppose its worth mentioning we use organic fruit spread on whole wheat bread since he has sworn off all other kinds of sandwiches.
  • Carrots
  • Top lunch - strawberries
  • Bottom lunch - pear and peach slices (no sugar added)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Doctor Who Alphabet continues

If you have been following along we are up to the letter H in our Doctor Who themed alphabet. H is for hats, whether you're a fan of the Fez or the stetson no doubt the Doctor rocked them.

Hats : Fez and Stetson 

In this lunch : In an Easy Lunch  Box
  • Stetson and Fez - Jelly sandwiches
  • Grapes
  • H in cantaloup
I is for the great Intelligence 
Ok so kind of a stretch but in the Christmas episode the great Intelligence possessed snowmen.

 In this lunch : In an Easy Lunch Box
  • The Great Intelligence
  • Grapes
  • I in cantaloup
J is for Jack Harkness 

 In this lunch : In an Easy Lunch Box
  • Captain Jack Harkness - Jelly sandwich
  • Strawberries
  • J in cantaloup
I have been pretty surprised at how challenging this has been. We have a lot of fun trying to figure out something for each letter.

Monday, September 15, 2014

International Dot Day

It is international dot day! A day dedicated to creativity, courage, and collaboration. Imagine how great the world could be if every day we tried to make a new friend, create great works of art, and work together. Both monkeys had nearly identical lunches so I'm including the video of The Dot story at the end of the post.

In this lunch : In an Easy Lunch Box

  • Smile! - Jelly sandwich with dot candy smiley face
  • Carrots
  • Peaches and pear slices with Orange crayon
 In this lunch : In an Easy Lunch Box
  • Smile! Jelly sandwich with dot candy
  • Grapes
  • Carrots
  • Vashti - mandarin orange drawn in edible marker

Now go make your mark!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Roald Dahl Day Blog Hop

Happy Birthday Roald Dahl! A beloved author of some of our favorite books. To celebrate Bento Bloggers & Friends are hopping through the book stacks and bringing his creations to edible fruition. So read, nibble and get lost in a wonderful world of imagination. Click the hop button at the bottom of this post to check them all out, when your library card is full, fill your head and your belly with magic.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory : Violet you're turning violet! 

In this lunch : In an Easy Lunch Box
  • Willy Wonka : Violet Beauregarde - Apple english muffin with jelly, babybel cheese head
  • Carrots with books pick
  • James and the Giant Peach : Miss Spider - Peach slices and spider 

Now come along, and discover the magic within his pages brought to lunch rooms around the world starting with  Summer Mum.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

And The Doctor Goes On

I kind of like long themes because I have at least a conversation starter with the monkeys as to what to make for lunch the next day. Since we're doing the whole alphabet in Doctor Who its been a lot of fun o try and think of something Who related for each letter. We didn't map it out so we're still thinking it over day by day.

F is for Face of Boe 

In this lunch : In an Easy Lunch Box
  • Face of Boe - Nutella sandwich
  • F in carrots
  • F in watermelon
  • Strawberries
  • Grapes
G is for Gallifrey 

 In this lunch : In an Easy Lunch Box
  • Gallifrey - Apple cinnamon english muffin with jelly and an alien attack
  • Grapes
  • G in watermelon
  • Strawberries

Monday, September 8, 2014

Doctor Who Alphabet for 2

Week 3 of school begins and we're continuing the Doctor Who alphabet with D for Dalek and E for Earth.

D is for Dalek 
Inside the Dalek

In this lunch :
  • Dalek (Inside and out) - Jelly sandwich
  • Carrots
  • Strawberries
I forgot to add a cut letter D, but as this went to my big monkey not the little guy no one noticed.

E is for Earth
The Doctor's favorite planet to visit and save from extermination

In this lunch
  • Earth - Nutella sandwich
  • Carrots
  • E in cantaloup
Week 3 is when homework begins. Also when I went back to work, so you can expect short "Look Lunch" posts most of the time with a few fun hops along the way to play with our Bento friends.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

C is for...

Continuing our Doctor Who alphabet for little monkey, inspired big monkey to come up with a Star Wars twist. I don't think he wants the whole Star Wars alphabet but I will squirrel that away for another time :)


In this lunch : In an Easy Lunch Box
  • C is for Carbonite - Han Solo frozen apple sauce
  • C is for carrots too
  • Millennium Falcon and X-Wing fighter - Jelly sandwiches

 In this lunch : In an Easy Lunch Box
  • C is for Cyberman - Ham sandwich
  • C in cantaloup
  • C in honeydew melon
Both kids had a great day and earned buying lunch tomorrow, so happy pizza Friday boys.  What I love most about these cookie cutters are that they take no time at all to make a fun fancy lunch.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Doctor Who for 2

Yep still on our Doctor Who kick, but don't worry other themes come up eventually. If there was ever a doubt as to who was coming up with these things, I think it's pretty clear its the monkeys who run this kitchen.


In this lunch : In an Easy Lunch Box
  • Strax - Jelly sandwich
  • Carrots
  • Strawberries
 B is for Bowties 
Continuing our fun alphabet

In this lunch : In an Easy Lunch Box
  • Bowties - Nutella sandwich
  • B in cantaloup
  • B in Honeydew melon

  Simple and fast lunches for Wednesday.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Week 2 begins

Some times its the simple things that matter most. My kids don't care if their lunch is artistically perfect. They know that it's a mid-day hug from me. So we're starting out simple while we all adjust to our new schedules. My big kid loves to tell me what to make next, and the little monkey usually tries to copy him at least in theme if not exactly. You'll see a lot of repeated characters and themes because it's a kids world to repeat repeat repeat.

A New Doctor 
Peter Capaldi as the 12th Doctor

In this lunch : In an Easy Lunch Box
  • Peter Capaldi - Jelly sandwich and babybel cheese hair
  • Carrots
  • Strawberries
A is for Adipose 
Little monkey is going to be having the Doctor Who alphabet this month

 In this lunch : In an Easy Lunch Box
  • Adipose - Nutella sandwich, mozzarella cheese stick limbs *Boo he still won't eat cheese but had to try.
  • A in cantaloup
  • A in watermelon
 Despite knowing they won't eat certain foods I keep trying hoping that some day they will. I subbed out veggies for 2 servings of fruits because both celery and carrots were declined.