Thursday, December 29, 2011

A Down-Under Dinner & A Calm Down Jar

My Sailor Boy is back to work after his holiday leave, boo. It was so nice having him home every day, letting me sleep in and laze about, even making lunches and cleaning up! (xox thanks sweetie!) School is still out, so I'm not packing the sproutlets' lunches yet, but I packed the man an EasyLunchbox with a down-under theme:

His leftover-Christmas-ham sandwich in the shape of Australia (with a wee imprint for Tasmania, cute!) was made with a special Lunch Punch - it's a Landwich ;) There is a slice of pepper-jack cheese on there already but I added a cheddar kangaroo in case he wants more. Or maybe it's a Wallaby, the cookie cutter doesn't say. In any case, there are a couple of peppers underneath whatever marsupial it is :)  On the side, some sliced kiwifruit, and I wanted to include some kumara (sweet potato) but he said he wouldn't like that cold, so a raspberry, blueberry, and green grapes toss went into that compartment instead.

Bento Lunch


The following isn't food but I want to share it anyways:

Pickle's Calm Down Jar

A friend posted a pic of this craft on facebook a couple of weeks ago and I immediately thought of my Pickle, he had asked if we could make a craft with one of his empty peanut butter jars. I found the blog the pic came from to get instructions to make our own - thank you Chasing The Firefly!

The "recipe" is simple: 1 tablespoon of glitter glue per 1 cup of hot water, and add extra glitter as desired. Combine in a clean jar and seal.

Cross-eyed with concentration - cute!

We used 2 small tubes of Elmer's glitter glue - 1 blue, 1 silver, and added about a teaspoon each of blue and silver loose glitter. I'll use a bit more next time.
I wasn't keen on giving Pickle a glass preserving jar, plus we have heaps of empty plastic peanut butter jars at our house :) I don't know if the plastic makes a difference in the jar's ability to seal, but when we first turned it upside down, it leaked. I took the lid off, wrapped pipe sealing tape around the threaded part a few times then screwed the lid back on tight, and that did the trick. Pickle and the rest of the sproutlets have taken turns shaking, swirling, even accidentally dropping the jar, and Pickle prefers watching the sparkles swirl upside down... but no sign of a leak so far so I'd say it's sealed :)

Everybody wants one now! 

For the Kids Friday


  1. I want a calm down doze off to!

  2. My lunch was tasty. Thanks.

  3. Love the down under lunch :D and the calming jar is very cool!

  4. I love the calm down jar idea! Can't wait to try it with my kids!

  5. Was your lid already blue? Very Cute Idea! I am going to make one for my kids at school!


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