Tuesday, March 13, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Lunches

Céad míle fáilte! If you were here earlier when I hadn't posted ALL the lunches - it's thankful I am you've returned :)

Birdie & Sprout will be at a friend's for lunch, but I packed them each a shamrock & rainbows snack to take with them.

They will be so thrilled to have Lucky Charms cereal! I never buy it for them anymore since they only eat the Charms (marshmallows), and leave all the Luck (cereal) - today is their lucky day :) They also have grapes, celery sticks with a peanut butter dip, and melon gelatin topped with an apple fruit leather shamrock. I love how their snack boxes turned out, they are so cute!
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Bella loves a holiday lunch, so lots of shamrocks went into hers. She also loves rainbows, so I packed her a rainbow of grapes & tomatoes :) Under the rainbow is a pot of gold cheddar cheese, and turkey.


There's even a shamrock at the bottom of the cup the slices of carrot gold are in :) Underneath them are some celery sticks, and in the little clover-leaf container, almond butter to dip them in. She also got a stack of English cucumber shamrocks.

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Beanstalk on the other hand, does not usually like a special holiday lunch. But like it or not, I packed him a St. Patrick's Day PlanetBox. He would definitely not like rainbows, shamrocks & pots of gold, but I thought he might think it was cool if his lunch reflected a bit of his ancestry. I'm not of Irish descent, but his great-grandparents on his Dad's side emigrated from Ireland.

OK so I did sneak a couple of shamrocks in his - but they're subtle, not cutesy. I doubt the melon gelatin shamrock is even recognizable without being told that's what it's supposed to be :) He has lots of green: green gelatin, green checkered apple, green grapes, green repurposed M&M's container (filled with spiced almonds)...

I tried to make some yogurt coated pretzels look like the Flag of Ireland... well, at least they have the colours of the flag :) Green & orange fruit leather rolls flanking a yogurt coated granola bar are also meant to look flag-like. The white stripe looked kind of bare... then I looked down at my hand, at the Claddagh ring his Dad gave me our first Christmas together - perfect! I cut it out of apricot fruit leather.

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It's Tuesday, Breakfast for Lunch at school, so Pickle's having his usual pancake hot lunch, no shamrock sandwich for him.  But Sailor Boy got a St. Patrick's Day lunch! I packed him a hearts of romaine salad with cucumbers and green peppers, which are also on the shamrock chicken skewers. I couldn't resist putting his vinaigrette in the little rainbow container - especially once I'd decided to cut the pineapple into gold coins :)

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Thanks for hopping by! But don't stop here! Follow the rainbow on my page and the one on the next, and so on, until you get back to me! If you've been looking for fun St.Patrick's Day lunch ideas, you're in luck, our blog hop is your pot of gold! Do you know what the colours of the Flag of Ireland represent? I didn't! Hop over to Keeley McGuire , admire her fantastic lunches, and find out!

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26 comments:

  1. Love them! I'll be back to see the rest :)

    Salad looks delish and love all the little touches in both of them!! Very festive and delicious to boot.

    Thanks for the sweet shout out too. ;-)

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  2. Very cute lunches! Can't wait to see the rest.

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  3. Love your grape and tomato rainbow and that delicious looking pepper and chicken Kabob, mhmm. I can't wait to see the other two!

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  4. Yum! Bella's rainbow lunch looks so beautiful, tasty and healthy!

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  5. Awesome colorful lunches and love the little cup with the shamrock, so perfect for your theme!

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  6. Sarah F. @bentoriffic3/13/2012

    Gorgeous, amazing, incredible detail & I can only dream of your organizational skills :) <3 LOVE this!

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  7. All of them look amazing, as usual!!! How did you get the shamrock on birdie and sprouts jello in their snack? It looks fantastic!

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    1. I chilled the gelatin in the Loc & Lock cup, and half way through the chill time I placed a shamrock cut from fruit leather on top, lightly patted it and let it finish chilling. It was an experiment that worked out great!

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  8. um you did an AMAZEBALLS job making that Claddagh - the claddagh is so special to me. my mother gave me a claddagh necklace when I turned 16 and to this day it is my most cherished piece of jewelry. For almost 4-5 years, I wore it daily and nothing else.

    Oh and a hundred thousand welcomes to you as well! ;)
    ERIN GO BRAGH!

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    1. Thank you Keeley! I love the Claddagh and it's very meaningful to me too. Your lunch is amazeballs too! That word is still not old, heheh.

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  9. Your claddagh is amazing. The meals are wonderful. Each contains such a variety of Irish symbols.

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  10. such beautiful lunches for some very lucky kids! you've given me lots of great ideas, thanks!

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  11. I LOVE LOVE LOVE everything!!! and I dont think your pretzels were a flop at all!!!!! Kawaii!!!!

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  12. These are AMAZING! I love the rainbow!

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  13. WOW!!!!! Amazing!!

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  14. Argh! Amazing, as always, darn you!

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  15. heheh I agree with Ludicrous Mama! Holy Moly! Love the Flag of Ireland. The pretzels are so great!

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  16. Eeep! Beanstalk's Claddagh is amazing!! All of the lunches are so pretty an wonderful :D

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  17. These were ALL incredible!!!

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  18. Love all your St. Patrick's day lunches! Green pepper shamrock is a cool idea!
    I wonder is St. Patrick's day is originated from Scotland ? As I find they love shamrocks while I was studying in scotland..

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    1. Thank you!
      Keeley MacGuire (the next blog in the hop) gives a little history of St. Patrick's Day in her post :)
      And I am soooo jealous you studied in Scotland!

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    2. haha.. Thanks, i will drop by Keeley's blog to check it out.

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  19. I love all your ideas! Thank you so much for sharing this one on St. Patrick's Day themes. We loved it so much and shared it today with our Let's Eat a Rainbow with Little Hands that Cook with Books. http://theeducatorsspinonit.blogspot.com/2012/03/little-hands-that-cook-with-books-lets.html

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    1. Thank you Kim! I will check out your post after I tuck the kidlets in!

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  20. So many great ideas! Thanks for linking up!

    Diana
    Diana Rambles
    Bento Blog Network

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