Friday, August 22, 2014

Doctor Who Starry Night PlanetBoxes

One of my favourite episodes of Doctor Who is Series 5's Vincent and the Doctor, where the Eleventh Doctor & Amy go back to 1890 & spend time with Vincent Van Gogh. I'll not give any spoilers about the episode in case you haven't seen it yet, I'll just tell you that every time I watch it I get a serious case of the feels. Bella loves it too, so she loved this Van Gogh-inspired PlanetBox:

Bella's PlanetBox Rover contains:
  • Cucumber & cantaloupe stars
  • Chocolate sprinkle-topped oatmeal muffin sunflower 
  • Green grapes on the vine
  • Cheddar tortilla swirls on swirly picks
  • Babybel cheese carved with a really lame DW logo ;)
  • Spiced sunflower seeds
  • Starry Night cloth napkin from Beneficial-Bento
  • Happy little fork - for the stars
  • & a Lunchbox Love note

Before closing the lid, I folded the Van Gogh print napkin under the Little Dipper, turned the Babybel over, placed the Lunchbox Love note over the sunflower muffin, & challenged Bella to guess the theme of her lunch. 

I'm pleased to report that not only did she guess correctly, she also recognized my terrible logo carving :) Pickle, on the other hand, did not get his. But that's ok, I didn't really expect him to, and he liked it anyways:

Pickle's PlanetBox Shuttle contains:
  • Mozzarella cheese stick bites with a bow tie pick
  • Yogurt with star sprinkles & blue sugar swirls
  • Peanut butter sandwich sunflowers with chocolate sprinkles
  • A Van Gogh's  Starry Night cloth napkin from Beneficial-Bento
  • A happy little spoon for the yogurt
  • & a Lunchbox Love note 

The sproutlets & I all loved the Eleventh Doctor, but that doesn't mean we aren't looking forward to getting to know the Twelfth! And we don't have to wait much longer, Series 8 begins tomorrow :)  A new season of Doctor Who is an excellent reason for the bento bloggers of Edible Geekery to do a blog hop, so we are! Click the TARDIS button to be taken to Loving Lunches!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Have you seen my keys?

Last week I was a guest on my friend Stacey's blog,  Student Bento. Stacey & I have something besides bento in common - a family member on the autism spectrum - so I decided to make my post about my Pickle's lunch. Here's my little man waving hello as he eats that very lunch. Can you guess what it is?

If you follow my blog you probably already know that Pickle has autism & is quite stuck on having a peanut butter sandwich for lunch, every day, which inspired my 101 peanut butter sandwiches challenge. When I began that challenge I made a list of creative sandwich ideas, & I still haven't gotten around to making all of them. Piano keys is one from way back, I'm so glad I finally made it! Here's Pickle pretending to play his piano sandwich:

Piano keys was an idea that I kept putting off because I thought it would be a bit time-consuming. And it was, especially since I don't play piano,  so I had to keep checking a photo of one to be sure I got the key shapes right! But hooray, it's summer, I had plenty of time! And Pickle helped! Read how in my post at Student Bento :)  And in case you don't care to read more & just came here to look at the pictures, here's Pickle's piano peanut butter sandwich:

FYI: No scraps were wasted in the making of this sandwich. Pickle stood beside me while I made it,  happily snacking on the bits I cut off ;) 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Dollar Store Storage Solution

I found these interlocking drawer organizer containers sold in sets of 3 at Dollar Tree. They perfectly fill the space in my kitchen drawers!

Perfect for all those little cookie cutters & silicone cups! There were also rectangular ones - I put our used Lunchbox Love notes in one, most of the time they're still good for another few uses :)

Want to see the rest of my drawers? Click here: A Place For Everything

Friday, August 15, 2014

Shark Week Sharknado Hero

Birdie's my mini-me in so many ways - one of which is our taste in TV shows. She's been enjoying Discovery Channel's Shark Week with me, and she loved Syfy's Sharknado 1 & 2,  and Sharktopus vs Pteracuda. Science or science fiction, it's all good to her :)  Monday we watched Discovery's Monster Hammerhead, after which she requested I use a hammerhead pick in a Sharknado lunch for her. Here she is with it, making a shark face, she says:

Remember I wrote in yesterday's post that the sproutlets loved the Sharknado cinnamon rolls & wanted me to bake more Sharknado rolls the next day? Well, I did bake rolls, just not cinnamon... I baked Sharknado Pizza Rolls!

Baking is not my forte.  I use premade Pillsbury crescent roll dough, roll it out but 
don't separate it, brush with marinara sauce, sprinkle with cheese, roll up again,  
slice, & bake at the temperature & time suggested on the package.
Birdie's shark lunch contains:

I packed Birdie's shark-themed lunch in one of our new Goodbyn Hero lunchboxes. We're loving this addition to the Goodbyn line! It's comes with 2 sizes of leakproof lidded inner containers, & there's even enough room to fit the Goodbyn drink bottle inside :) And there's always room for a Lunchbox Love note Especially one with trivia that goes with the lunch!


Stuff I used to make this lunch:

Birdie & I had fun playing with SyFy's Go Shark Yourself App. She made this pic of herself about to be attacked while sunbathing on our back porch :)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Sharknado Cinnamon Rolls!

Yesterday was a gloomy, rainy day, but I didn't mind, that made it the perfect day to stay in and watch Shark Week on Discovery, and since it was a little chilly, to bake!  The sproutlets love cinnamon rolls, and watching Sharknado 2 the other day, I got the idea to make Sharknado rolls!

I took the easy route and used Pillsbury Grands! place & bake cinnamon rolls. I frosted them while they were still warm, and while the icing was still all melty, sprinkled them with shark shaped Wilton sugar sprinkles. Easy peasy!

Aren't they fun? Sugary sharks swimming in a swirl of sweet icing atop cinnamon roll tornados. Of course the kids loved them!

Today was another gloomy day, and the kidlets asked if I would bake Sharknado rolls again. I kind of did... just not cinnamon rolls... but that's for tomorrow's post :)
Speaking of baking... Eek! Have you seen these Fred and Friends Snack Attack Cookie Cutters
I totally want to bake some shark attack cookies for my next snack attack! Too bad I don't own them - yet :) But my friend Keitha does, & she used hers to make a Shark Week breakfast for her little guy - complete with ketchup blood! Check it out on her blog, Keitha's Chaos!

Here's one more pic of my sharky cinnamon rolls, because I'm hungry!

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