Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Two Simple Snack Bentos

Here are two different bentos packed with snacks to keep away the growlies. Something healthy for the kids.

We have carrot and celery sticks, sliced strawberries, pumpkin bread and some laughing cow cheese (or en francais, la vache qui rire.)  I remember that laughing cow was a staple when I was travelling in Europe living off of bread and cheese. 

I did end up taking out the cheese as I found out that is is only edible on crackers (according to the four year old).

I don't have a picture of the backside of the pig pick but it has a little curly tail. Then I had to check out all the other animal picks and yes... they all have tails on them. 

Here is the second bento - this container is decorated with a bear in a basket with balloons.   Love the brown bear's little buddy!  However, they don't look too happy being up in the balloon.

This bento was filled with some of our favourite fruit and veg - strawberries and cukes.   A whole wheat tortilla cheese wrap was added too.  With the kids' bland taste in sandwich wraps, preparing them is so easy.

I do not have a bear pick so the lion was put in this time.   If I had a tiger pick to add, I could have called this bento "Lions, tigers and bears, oh my!"

Now that I been taking a little extra time to make more bentos, I want get out to Daiso to pick up a few more items.   And I have been eyeing those nori punches too!

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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Camellias and Tulips in the Garden

Our garden is starting to show some life and our Camellia plant is in full bloom.  I hope you enjoy looking at some of the pretty pink blooms below.

And our tulips are showing their beautiful colours too!   We wanted to bring in some of the loveliness indoors.  Our bouquet of 5 tulips looks quite full by placing it front of a mirror.

Have a happy spring day and enjoy the weekend!!

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Pumpkin Bread

Are you looking for a delicious Pumpkin Bread?   I am not a big pumpkin pie fan but I really like this loaf recipe!   The recipe made 3 mini loaves and 2 large loaves.  I do find it sweet so maybe next time I will cut down on some of the sugar.

A friend of my was recovering from surgery so I decided to package up some as a get well soon gift.

I spotted a lovely little bird and flower image at The Graphics Fairy and I made a simple wrap around label for the pumpkin bread.

I packaged it up and sent it over.  I hope her family enjoyed it!

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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Sweet Strawberry Stackable Bento Box

Hello everyone!  Thanks for stopping by today.

I have been trying to make lunch a little more interesting for the kids these days.  And trying to make use of the different bento containers in the cupboard.

Today, I used a stackable bento box that has 2 main compartments and a thin top one which is held together with a bento box elastic.   I picked up this cute strawberry box a couple of years ago at Daiso.

I was able to fit in bite sized home made pizza (leftovers from last night's dinner), sliced strawberries, cantaloupe tulips, butterfly cucumbers, baby carrot sticks and a granola bar.

My 4 year old ate it all and a banana too!  She has a very healthy appetite!!

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Friday, April 6, 2012

Easter Basket Cupcakes

Happy Easter!!

Today we had a some friends over to make some Easter treats.  

Check out these Easter basket cupcakes.

The cupcakes are decorated with buttercream icing, coloured shredded coconut, chocolate eggs, jelly beans, and liquorice.

I think that is enough sugar to get you hopping like the bunny!

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Spring Flower Bento

With the spring flowers starting to make their appearance, I thought a flowery bento would be the perfect lunch today.

Cucumber flowers, cantaloupe tulips, peanut butter and honey daisies, strawberry slices and carrot sticks.

We like adding some colourful flower picks to make eating those bite sized morsels fun.

Using cute food picks has been a solution to get our youngest to eat food she normally doesn't.  For example,  somehow meatballs taste better using food picks.  However, if the same meal was served with a fork, those little meatballs would be feeling lonely left on her plate.

So, what did you have for lunch today?

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Monday, April 2, 2012

Cookies and Flowers

Hello and Happy April!!
I was in the mood to bake something this afternoon so I tried a new cookie recipe.

These cookies were fantastic!  YUM!!   It was the first time I have made this Peanut Butter Cookie recipe from the book Barefoot Contessa Parties by Ina Garten.

I halved the recipe so there would not be an overabundance of temptation around.   These cookies are a hit with the kids and they are really tasty so we will see how long they will last in the pantry.  My guess they will not last once my husband tries them.

Even though it is not that warm outside today, the kids spread some towels out on the deck for a picnic.  We ate our cookies outside.   They added a few "floral" arrangements of some freshly picked weed-like vegetation.... I was told they are "be-ooooooo-tiful flowers".

Cookies and Flowers.   It was a good afternoon!

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