Friday, March 30, 2012

2 For 1

I forgot to post yesterday's bento, so you get two today!
3/29: Colorful Butterfly- My daughter was telling me about the colorful stained glass butterfly craft they did at school, which was my inspiration for today's bento. Mini peanut butter sandwiches, stawberries, peas & corn, Nerds in our favorite (M&M) butterfly container.
3/30: Game Night- Our friends are hosting game night this weekend and I recently found a huge set of card suit picks for 25 cents. Peanut butter Ace w/ suit picks, strawberry, carrot sticks & dip.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Thematic Thursday 12: Easter

We got a variety of submission in the Spring link-up. There were 3 submissions tied for the most views.
Easter Trays from Mama of Many Blessings.
Bird's Nest Sensory Bin from Train Up a Child.
Birds and the Bees from Biting The Hand That Feeds You.
Week 12 Theme: Easter This week's theme is Easter. Please post the direct link to anything you've created, done, or posted that you want to share with us that is related to Easter. You can post more than one, but it needs to be your content/from your blog. Older posts are OK! No giveaways please. Grab a Thematic Thursday button if you want and please visit/comment on at least 2-3 other participants! Full guidelines on this meme can be found here.
Upcoming Schedule: 4/5 Easter, 4/12 Hello Kitty, 4/19 Birthdays

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Spring, Glorious Spring!

I love SPRING! It's ALWAYS been my favorite time of the year. And this year's early spring has brought much excitement! I have had a lot of blog design requests, so I am not outside enjoying the weather but I do sit by an open window. I love hearing the birds and feeling the breeze! Love, love, love!!!

Here is another boring bento today. I was in a rush this morning as I had a flat tire yesterday (nail) and I wanted to drive slowly on the spare. The tire place is not far from my daughter's school. They had me in & out quickly after I dropped her off. I am glad I only drove about 6 miles on that little donut of a tire. The van was really leaning.
3/28: ??- Peanut butter bites, mixed veggies, strawberries
linked to the following bento memes: Bento of the Week, What's For Lunch

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Another Lunchable

I know...kind of boring as we do these quite often, but that is what my daughter asked for. It does make for super quick lunch prep!
3/27: Lunchable- Saltines, turkey, Co-jack, strawberries, carrot sticks w/ dressing
linked to the following bento memes: Bento of the Week, What's For Lunch

Monday, March 26, 2012

Alligator Bento

Today was back to school after a long Spring Break. It's time like these that I am thankful for a weekly theme at Bento Blog Network. The current theme is reptiles. I was searching my kitchen for something green and I can across a zucchini.
3/26: Alligator-Peanut Butter Bites, zucchini alligator, strawberries, dried fruit.
linked to the following bento memes: Bento of the Week, What's For Lunch

Rapunzel Wig

Spring break seemed really long. I think trips & the warm weather had a lot to do with it. My daughter enjoyed wearing her new clothes and playing outside with the neighbors. It wasn't all fun & shopping, we also did some organization. We went through her clothes and pulled out the ones that don't fit, we organized her crafts & (home) school supplies, and did a long overdue craft.

Back in December I bought yellow yarn to make a Rapunzel wig for my daughter. We got busy with the holidays and it was just put off. We finally had the time to put it together. She is very excited and immediately wanted to watch Tangled. She said it was much funner to watch with a wig. It wasn't nearly has hard to make as I anticipated!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Thematic Thursday 11: Spring

Spring has sprung early across most of the US, which is perfect for this week's Spring theme. We are on Spring Break here and have had fun with play dates each day!

The link with the most views this past week was Rainbow Necklaces from Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds. What a fun project!
Just one click behind was this fun Leprechaun Trap from What's In John's Lunch Bag?
Week 11 Theme: Spring This week's theme is Spring. Please post the direct link to anything you've created, done, or posted that you want to share with us that is related to Spring. You can post more than one, but it needs to be your content/from your blog. Older posts are OK! No giveaways please. Grab a Thematic Thursday button if you want and please visit/comment on at least 2-3 other participants! Full guidelines on this meme can be found here.
Upcoming Schedule: 3/29 Easter, 4/5 Easter, 4/12 Hello Kitty, 4/19 Birthdays

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Monday, March 19, 2012

Spring Break

It's Spring Break. My daughter & I went to St. Louis over the weekend and visited friends. It's an annual spring trek we take. I didn't take many photos at all. Bummer! I did capture this one of the girls enjoying the rhino at the St. Louis Zoo.
I ate way too much over the weekend!

My hubby & son left for Washington DC (school trip) a few hours after we got back from St. Lou. They took my phone with them so that they could take photos and keep in touch. They visited Gettysburg this morning, the White House this afternoon, and are visiting the war memorials now. I went to DC when I was in 7th grade. I hope it's a good experience for them.

It's super warm (around 80) so my daughter is spending a lot of time outside with the neighbor kids. The oldest is on Spring Break too, so he's in and out and spending a lot of time with friends from high school. I really need to hit the store as our fridge is quite empty. My daughter just wanted to eat with her friends today, so no bento. Not sure if I will make any this week.  I don't even know what I am making for dinner! Sounds like I am being lazy and doing nothing, but I am doing some organizing.

Hope you have a great week and it's warm wherever you are!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Baileys Irish Cream Mint Chocolate Cupcakes

Today is teacher conferences and the PTA provides a meal for the teachers. I recently saw this recipe at Family Fresh Meals for fabulous looking cupcakes, and decided to make my own version for the teachers.
Baileys Irish Cream Mint Chocolate Cupcakes
Cupcakes: I used a Devil's Food cake mix and added a little peppermint extract and baked.
Icing: 8 ounces of cream cheese, 1 stick of butter, 2 cups of powdered sugar, and approximately 5 ounces of Bailey's Irish Cream. I used the mint chocolate variety. I drizzled some thinner green icing on top.

Several teachers saw me carry them into the school and were very excited. They promised to just have 1 before meeting with parents! LOL!

Thematic Thursday 10: St. Patrick's Day

Hi All! I am sorry to once again have this posted late. It was on my to-do list yesterday. I should have done it early in the day when I had a little time. What do you think of my new SPRING look on the blog? I had fun creating it.

The link with the most views this past week was Cornbread Bento with Sausage from Bentoclub. This blog is run by a teenager who is committed to eating better foods! Keep up the good work, HR!
I also loved this Rapunzel Hairdo Hat linked up by Sew Can Do.
Week 10 Theme: St. Patrick's Day This week's theme is St. Patrick's Day. Please post the direct link to anything you've created, done, or posted that you want to share with us that is related to St. Patrick's Day. You can post more than one, but it needs to be your content/from your blog. Older posts are OK! No giveaways please. Grab a Thematic Thursday button if you want and please visit/comment on at least 3 other participants! Full guidelines on this meme can be found here.
Upcoming Schedule: 3/22 Spring, 3/29 Easter, 4/5 Easter, 4/12 Hello Kitty, 4/19 Birthdays

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Happy Pi Day!!

Today is Pi Day (3.14) and to we are celebrating with a Pi Day bento. I don't think my daughter understands what Pi is, but we are all math nerds so we had to start teaching her young!

McGraw-Hill, the makers of Everyday Math, are offering free Math Apps today! Normally they are $1.99!
3.14: Pi Day- Strawberry sandwich circle with the Pi symbol, blueberries, peas, Panda Cookies, and 3.14159 out of Rainbow Punch. I could have extended Pi further, but my daughter only knows 3.14!
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Cookie Party for the Win!

I am the Box Tops for Education coordinator for my daughter's school. We are having monthly contests with prizes for the class that turns in the most Box Tops. Mrs. B's class turned in nearly 700 in February and they won a cookie party. I made big sugar cookies on a stick for everyone in the class and delivered them this morning. They were very happy with their win!
 

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Busy, Busy, Distracted

WOW! I am *LOVING* this early spring, High 70s in March in Illinois? It's awesome! We went over to a friend's for a BBQ last night. Amazing! The forecast looks like it's going to hold, which will be great for our girl's weekend in St. Louis and my son's school trip to Washington DC next week. Hubby is going with as a chaperone.

With the warm weather I am more active. We are doing a 5K at the end of April (hubby & son will run/walk and my daughter & I will walk with my sister) so I've been stepping up on walking around here. I need to track down one of the many cheap little steppers we have around the house and keep track of how many steps I am taking. My other activity is converting our perennial bed out front into a vegetable garden. Our plot is 9x13, which is a big size for a first garden. I cleaned out-dug up about 1/6th of it over the weekend. I didn't want to be sore, so I only did a little bit. I got a little advice from a friend who stopped by on Saturday on what/where to plant things. She said cucumbers are really easy. My daughter said she doesn't like cucumbers, but she loves pickles. I think she will be proud to eat anything we grow, but we might look into pickling. I do not want to worry/learn about canning, so I am going to stagger my green beans. If I do end up with more than we can eat I will share with friends or donate to the food pantry. Prepping the bed will be hard work (especially as it's up against the house and there are lines running underneath so we cannot till), but the biggest challenge will be keeping the bunnies out!

I am very distracted from my computer with my new Iphone. I am learning more and more, but there is so much more to figure out. I've downloaded a handful of apps, but want to get more. Any recommendations? I like to play Words with Friends & Scramble with Friends so leave a comment if you want to play against me and I'll send you an invite. I just got Draw Something, but I haven't played it yet.

Speaking of phone, I took a pic of today's bento with it. Hubby is taking the phone with him to DC to take photos. We opted for the phone instead of a new camera.
3/13: Lunchable #?- round crackers, CoJack cheese, turkey, peas, strawberries
linked to the following bento meme: What's For Lunch

Monday, March 12, 2012

Happy 100th Birthday Girl Scouts

We've done a few special things to mark today's 100th birthday of Girl Scouts. My daughter wore a Girl Scout shirt today, I made a 100th Birthday bento, and we posted a sign outside our house saying Happy Birthday. My daughter is also working on a special 100th Birthday Patch over the next few weeks.
76 degrees in Illinois in early March...gotta love it!
3/12: Happy 100th Birthday Girl Scouts- GS Trefoil strawberry sandwich, peas, strawberries in separate container.
linked to the following bento memes:  What's For Lunch

Friday, March 9, 2012

Thin Mint Leprechaun Hats

Today was my daughter's snack day at school. She wanted us to bring Thin Mints. I wracked my brain and came up with this idea to make Leprechaun hats.

I took Thin Mints, marshmallows, chocolate chips, and M&Ms. (I used mini, but regular would work just fine!)
My daughter picked out yellow M&Ms while I melted the chocolate chips. I dipped a marshmallow in the melted chocolate and placed it on top of the Thin Mint to form the hat. My daughter then put on ayellow M&M for the buckle. It was messy, but they turned out pretty well!
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Thematic Thursday

Snoopy Bento

Here is my (lame) attempt at Snoopy!
3/9: Snoopy- Turkey & chez sandwich, peas, orange, cashews, Snoopy made out of tortilla and black egg sheet
linked to the following bento memes: Bento of the Week, What's For Lunch

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Thematic Thursday 9: Anything Goes

Thank You to everyone who participated in last week's Dr. Seuss theme. There were so many great ideas and I hope you had fun Dr. Seuss celebrations! I am sorry I was last to post this week's link-up!

The link with the most views this past week was Three Seuss Inspired Meals from Mom's Heart. Such fun food ideas that I am sure her kids LOVED!
Repeat Crafter Me linked up some adorably easy Thing 1 and Thing 2 Glove Puppets. How fun!
Week 9 Theme: Anything Goes This week's theme is Anything Goes. Please post the direct link to anything you've created, done, or posted that you want to share with us. No specific theme! You can post more than one, but it needs to be your content/from your blog. Older posts are OK! No giveaways please. Grab a Thematic Thursday button if you want and please visit/comment on at least 3 other participants! Full guidelines on this meme can be found here.
Upcoming Schedule: 3/15 St. Patrick's Day, 3/22 Spring

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Iphone Bento

Had to make a bento to match my new phone!
3/8: Iphone- Strawberry Iphone Sandwich w/ food pick Apps, pear, peas, IPHONE out of Co-Jack Cheese
linked to the following bento memes: Bento of the Week, What's For Lunch I link to food memes listed here. I link to creative memes listed here.
Thematic Thursday

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

New Phone!!

This morning I discovered that I was already eligible for an upgrade on my cell phone. We thought we'd have to wait til the end of the contract in May as we are making changes to the other line. So I sprung for a fancy phone!
I am a little overwhelmed by all I have to learn! I know I will like it much better than my junky old dumb (smart) phone! I need to find a good cover for it right away! Any suggestions?

Feels like Spring Bento

I loved our mild Winter and our early Spring. The only draw back is that I am already taking allergy meds. I like the trade-off!
3/7: Feels like Spring- Butterfly strawberry jam w/ strawberry cream cheese sandwich, peas, blueberries, Peanut Butter Patty GS Cookie.
linked to the following bento memes: Bento of the Week, What's For Lunch I link to food memes listed here. I link to creative memes listed here.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Bears

This is kind of a lame bento. I just used the bear accessories I had. I'm very sore today as I helped sort & load cases of Girl Scout cookies for our council yesterday. Then I sorted our troop's boxes. I am very thankful that we have a small troop!
Spring is in the air, which means I need to change this blog design. Not sure when/what I will do, but I will probably change the background now.
3/6: Bears- Mac & chez topped with turkey bear, bear food divider, pickle w/ bear pick, cashews, blueberries w/ a tree & koala pick.
linked to the following bento memes: Bento of the Week, What's For Lunch

Friday, March 2, 2012

Cat in the Hat Bento

My daughter is home with a fever today. She is so sad that she's missing the Seuss birthday celebration at school. I tried to cheer her up with this bento.
3/2: Cat in the Hat- Thinga-ma-jigger made out of egg sheet & nori, edamame, fruit leather fish in a blue yogurt bowl, with strawberrry & pear hat
linked to the following bento memes: Bento of the Week, What's For Lunch I link to food memes listed here. I link to creative memes listed here.
Thematic Thursday

Thursday, March 1, 2012

March 1st Bento

In like a lion...
3/1: March in like a Lion- PB&J sandwich, edamame, blueberries, strawberries, cheesy lion w/ nori features, MARCH out of fruit roll-up.
linked to the following bento memes: Bento of the Week, What's For Lunch I link to food memes listed here. I link to creative memes listed here.

Thematic Thursday 8: Dr. Seuss

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Leap Year Thematic Thursday. I hope everyone enjoyed their extra day this year. It was a warm spring-like day here in the Midwest.

The link with the most views this past week was Free Printable 2012 Calendar from waddlee-ah-chaa.
I was inspired by the frog on Bug and Monkey Mama's Leap Year Snack to make my Leap Day Bento.
Week 8 Theme: Dr. Seuss This week's theme is Dr. Seuss. Please post the direct link to anything you've created, done, or posted that shows how you are celebrating his birthday. You can post more than one, but it needs to be your content/from your blog. Older posts are OK! No giveaways please. Grab a Thematic Thursday button if you want and please visit/comment on at least 3 other participants! Full guidelines on this meme can be found here.
Upcoming Schedule: 3/8 Anything Goes, 3/15 St. Patrick's Day, 3/22 Spring

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