Thursday, December 1, 2011

Sweet New Lunch Punches!

Today's the day! I am oh so delighted to be giving away a set of The Lunch Punch's brand spanking new Sweet sandwich cutters! And I'll get to that, but first, let me show off the sandwiches I made with them, and gush a little  :)

You saw the Cupcake in Tuesday's lunch, Wednesday's featured the Gumball Machine, and now for the last two...  so, how about a couple of Ice Cream sandwiches for lunch? Yes please! To be honest, I made this sandwich for Bella on the weekend - I just couldn't wait for a school day to try out these awesome Ice Cream Cone Lunch Punches!


To make this sandwich, I stacked a slice of white wheat and a slice of brown wheat and punched them out before making the sandwich. Then I flipped the cut out bread stack over and used the cutter again on the other side. Next I separated the 2 slices of bread and following the lines imprinted on it, trimmed the "ice cream" away from the "cones". I then spread peanut butter on the smooth sides of the bread, and put the sandwiches together with the bread colours swapped - so I had white "ice cream" on beige "cones".


Since the first time I pressed the sandwich there was no filling in it, the image wasn't pressed into the bread as deeply. So lastly, I used the punch one more time to re-impress the image on the side of the sandwich facing up. Yes, that means the bottom of this sandwich has a less defined white cone with beige ice cream - but who looks at the bottom of their sandwich, right?


And finally, the Cake. With candles!


This cake was for Pickle, who prefers his sandwiches plain (I couldn't resist "lighting" the candles with peanut butter "flames" though, and he loved that), but just think of the possibilities with this one if your kid isn't as picky as mine! This punch cuts the sandwich in two pieces, at the wavy line, so you could even do a "filling" layer :) Fun!

But why should the kids have all the fun?
I made myself a toasted ham & cheese cupcake sandwich for lunch!


For the cheese "frosting", I used the punch again on a slice of cheese, topping the "frosting" part of the cupcake-shaped sandwich with the "frosting" piece of cheese, and adding the rest of the slice into the sandwich. I did the same thing with a slice of ham for the "cherry". Then I toasted it in the toaster oven. Oh, and when I took it out of the oven I added some grated mozza "sprinkles" :)


Mmmm, looks good enough to eat!  Thanks Lunch Punch!

So there they are all together, the four newest, Sweetest Lunch Punches to join the Lunch Punch party in my sandwich cutter drawer.  Want a set too? Stay with me, I'm getting to that :)


Now, if you read my blog, you already know I love my Lunch Punches, but in case you're just here for the giveaway, I'll say it again: I love Lunch Punches. Not only are they the best sandwich cutters on the planet, (click here for all my posts tagged Lunch Punch if you want to see proof), but they are also an all-around awesome small business owned and run by the amazing Kiersten, inventor of the Lunch Punch, and a lunch-making work-at-home mum herself. 

Just a few months ago, when this blog was only weeks old, I sent The Lunch Punch a comment through their website, to tell them how much Pickle and I loved the Lunch Punches, and to share the link to this post about my 101 Peanut Butter sandwiches challenge. I didn't really expect a response, so I was totally surprised to get an email from the owner/inventor, and not just a form response, a real, personal, chatty email. And even more surprised at her offer to help me out with my challenge by sending me the Lunch Punch sets I didn't have yet. No strings attached, no request for a review... just because she is a kind and generous person who was genuinely pleased that her Lunch Punches made my little boy so happy. ♥ 

And today, thanks to her continuing generosity, I get to share some of the Lunch Punch love with one of you!  Oh, right, the Sweet Set Giveaway!  Yes, I'm finally getting to that :) 

HOW TO ENTER:  

1. Leave a comment on this post, and I'd love it if you'd tell me your favourite lunch that I've made, or make a suggestion of something you think my picky sproutlets might like me to make in the future. Or just say hi :)

That's the only mandatory entry - but you can make up to 2 more optional entries, by leaving a separate comment for each of these options, including if you're already doing them:

2. Like both Bent On Better Lunches and The Lunch Punch on Facebook
3. Follow me on Google Friend Connect 

* Make sure I have a way to contact you if you win! If you post as Anonymous, or your email address is not visible on your Blogger profile, please include your name and email address in your comment.

The giveaway will run until 11:00 PST Sunday night, December 4th. The winner will be chosen by comment # using Random.org. I'll announce the winner the following Monday morning.  Good luck!

Disclosure: I received 2 Lunch Punch sets, 1 as a gift to me and 1 to give away to anyone I wish.  No other compensation or payment was given. All opinions and descriptions are my own. 

68 comments:

  1. I started following your blog when my kids started their new school year in the Fall. Now, I'm an addict. I love making the lunches look as colorful as possible....and I LOVE that you accomplish this with healthy, fresh foods. My favorite idea so far has been the heart egg. And the cheese square patterns. And the sandwich cutter. And.... you get the picture. Thanks again!

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  2. I'm also FB follower of BOBL and will hop on over and 'like' the Lunch Punch.

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  3. Hi i love your train and cabooses. Already like both pages, my claim to fame is that i am Lunch Punch's very first liker i was onto this very early LOL. i would like to see some more ideas with wraps 'breads' if that makes sense

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  4. I love your blog and ideas, you are so creative!
    One of my favorite sandwiches you did was the angry birds one, I showed my son and he went crazy over it, so fun!
    As I mom who packs lunches everyday I truly like reading your blog, it is fun and full of awesome and nutritious lunch ideas. I am excited about this giveaway as I can't wait to get some lunch punches for our sandwiches too!
    Thanks for sharing your great ideas with us!
    Ana

    Ps: The favorite sandwich was the angry birds, but the "Hooray it is puzzle cookie day" was the most wonderful post ever, I loved reading that, you are a great mama to your amazing kids! :-)

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  5. I already like both your and lunch punch pages on facebook!
    Ana Cardia

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  6. Anonymous12/01/2011

    Hi
    I would love to win a lunch punch! I follow you on facebook, and really really enjoy all your posts. It helps me be more creative!

    Sakina
    (saku_1atyahoodotcom)

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  7. Hi! Love your blog. I've gotten so many ideas for my own sons lunch from here. :)

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  8. My son started school in September and when his first day didn't go very well, he and I decided that if I made him a special lunch everyday, he could remember how much I loved him every time he opened his lunch! I've come here for so many ideas since then! This is one of the few blogs that I really watch for the lunches everyday.

    I opened a packet of fruit snacks the other day, and it was all witches, and wizards, and princes/princesses and dragons. I made a castle sandwich with crown shaped cheese, but couldn't help but know that if you made a castle sandwich it'd be much better hahahaha!

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  9. Me me me me!!! Hehehe
    I don't have any lunch punches yet, and Little Miss would looooooooooove this sweet set!

    If I'm being truely honest, my favorite lunch you've made was the sandwich balls ice cream sundae - SO creative & adorable. Keeps with the theme of this Lunch Punch set too. ;)

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  10. I follow you both on facebook too. :)

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  11. I'm also already a GFC friend. :)

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  12. Oh I hope I win! I also do not have a set of lunch punches yet :) My girls would LOVE these!!!
    My favorite lunch is your "Sea How Cute" So bright and colorful. Makes me smile every time I see it.

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  13. I have been liking you both on Facebook for sometime now :)

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  14. I LOVE the ice cream sandwich. Yummy! Going to follow your blog now cause I am kind of new into cookie/sandwich cutters and need to introduce my son more to sandwiches. Glad I found your blog that will inspire me.

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  15. Anonymous12/01/2011

    This is so much fun, I love all your ideas. I enjoy putting the effort in my kids lunches as much as you do. What an opportunity we have!!!!
    Oh and I would love to make a ham & cheese cupcake sandwich for myself lol!
    alegori5@yahoo.com

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  16. Congrats on your first giveaway! Your blog was the first bento exposure we had, and whenever we have the time we try to spruce up my daughter's lunch box. She would love these! We also like you on FB.

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  17. Hi! I don't really have a favorite, but I love the inspiration your blog brings. After I found your blog, I was inspired to make my own bento lunches - and I have some of the lunch punches (specifically the vehicle one with the trains) on my amazon wish list for my son.

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  18. I just "liked" lunch punch, but I already liked you on facebook!

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  19. I am now your google friend too (I was just following you on fb before)

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  20. I don't have a favorite, because they're all so cute and creative! I wonder where you get all of your little picks - I haven't searched your blog to see if you mentioned it. My kids buy lunch at school every day (they have a lot of options and with 2 working parents, it's so much easier!), but when we're all home, sometimes we get creative and use cookie cutters on their sandwiches and snacks! They'd love the lunch punches.

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  21. I've "liked" both BOBL and TLP on Facebook!

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  22. I've also followed you with the Google Friend Connect.

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  23. I absolutely love your blog, I check it daily!

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  24. You have SO many creative ideas I don't know if I have a favorite, but the angry birds was so unique, love it. I get so many ideas from you and your blog.

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  25. Hi!! I love your blog! :)

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  26. I'm a follower through Google Connect!

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  27. and I'm a fan of BOBL and LP on FB! :)

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  28. I'm inspired by every lunch you put together for your 5 kidlets. . .I have a hard enough time getting mine and 1 other one thrown together and out the door. You are a real inspiration!!<3

    Linli

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  29. You are incredibly talented! I absolutely LOVE looking at all the super creative lunches you've created for your ever so lucky children! My kids like looking at them too. Karley has a few favorites...she LOVES the ice cream and of course the princess cutters :)
    Josh on the other hand was completely impressed with your Angry Birds creations. I would love to be able to do these for my kids...I'm just not so sure I'm that creative! I'd have to steal all your ideas...lol
    Nice Work!
    Candy

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  30. I found your blog through my friend's Facebook link and have been following you for a few weeks. I loved the plane sandwich you made for Veterans Day!

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  31. I think all of the lunch punches you do are so awesome! I come here for inspiration to make my own lunch less boring, and you really give me a little boost I need sometimes. I've loved all of your lunches, and would love to try out the lunch punches!
    ky.jackson@gmail.com

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  32. I like both of you on FB. :)
    ky.jackson@gmail.com

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  33. I follow your blog!
    ky.jackson@gmail.com

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  34. I like you and the lunch punch on FB.

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  35. i follow your blog through google.

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  36. aside from these new lunch punch sandwiches, my favorites are the angry birds and monkey sandwiches.

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  37. These punches are so neat! Love that they use up all of the bread unlike when I use a normal cookie cutter.

    Sylvie

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  38. Love your lunch punch sandwiches. I think my favorite was the gumball machine. For the picky - my kids love eating mini-pickles. They never come home.

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  39. I love ALL of your lunches! Thanks so much for sharing them!!

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  40. I like you both on Facebook!

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  41. I follow you via GFC.

    I forgot to mention that one of my favorite posts was the post about your organizing!

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  42. I love those sweet lunch punch! My fav bentos of yours are 'angry birds' and ' you are my sunshine' .
    A great bento is made with love!

    Florence_chin@hotmail.com

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  43. I am a follower..:)

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  44. Liked your Facebook page and lunch punch too! Wish me luck.. Hehe..

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  45. I am very new to your blog.. just found it last week. I have seen some really neat lunch ideas by using muffin pans to cook individual things--meatloaf, quiche, pizza pockets, etc. I'm not sure if you have tried any of these but that would be my suggestion. So far I've seen a lot of lunches on your blog. :)

    sarah_mae_@hotmail.com

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  46. Anonymous12/01/2011

    My favorite was the ham and cheese sandwich. I really like your page, It is helpful beacuse I am a mom of two little girls that I homeschool, so we are always looking for fun lunch ideas. Im so glad Wendy Scott recomended this page on facebook :)Anna annamariehaggerty1981@yahoo.ca

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  47. Hey! I'd love to have a lunch punch! I am particularly impressed with your budget bento section. That gave me quite a few ideas when I was starting out with making fun lunches. I've been using their playdough cutters for a while now and they love it! :)

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  48. I am following Bent on Better Lunches and Lunch punch on Facebook as well :)

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  49. I am also now following you on Google friend and networked blogs.

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  50. Like you and lunchpunch on facebook :)

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  51. Oops....forgot to say hi...;) Hi, and have a nice weekend!

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  52. And now also following you on google friends :)
    Maybe you want to have a look at my blog too?

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  53. I'd love to win those sweet punches! These sweet treats would be a good substitution for the "real stuff" ;) I love ALL your lunches (but you already knew that!)

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  54. I am actually a new follower (missreneer) and I found you on Twitter. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway :)

    Renee
    fattybumpkins at yahoo dot com

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  55. Your lunches look so fun! Thanks for the giveaway -- Wendy wendysf at comcast dot net

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  56. You always have the cutest lunches. My daughter has demanded that I learn the skill of checkerboarding apples. lol. I don't know if I'm that skilled but I'll try. Very cool blog. Always inspirational.

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  57. I love this blog! It has inspired me to make my kids' pb sandwich lunches a little more visually appealing. I love the gumball themed lunch you recently did with your new lunch punches. It's my favorite so far. Keep up the great work!

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  58. I just "liked" BOBL and Lunch Punches on Facebook!

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  59. Wow, these punches are really cute, and I love your story about what a great company they are. I just checked out there other punches and love their transportation punches. Thanks for sharing. I just found your site so I can't tell you my favorite post, but I will be checking them out as I have a few picky eaters myself. Particularly my 3 year old. :)

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  60. I like you both on facebook

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  61. Saying HI and saying that I love your Ice Cream Sundae snack as my FAVORITE that you've ever made!

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