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Daily Bento

29 Aug


Happy Friday!

I know you see it so let’s go ahead and discuss that brownie.

Camryn put in a special request for brownies in her lunch because her friends were all bringing them. Not homemade brownies either, they had to be the cool ones with the neon-colored candies on top. Personally, I think these brownies are severely lacking in the flavor department but I know how it is at that age and when your friends are doing something, you want to do it too.

Apparently, one of the girls at the lunch table puts her brownie on a straw and eats it like a lollipop. I had to draw the line there. I wonder how many times her mother has had to scrub chocolate frosting out of her daughter’s pants. Maybe never but I doubt it.

Along with her brownie she has cauliflower, strawberries, pineapple, salami, and crackers.



Daily Bento

3 May


How’s your weekend going?

Are you doing anything super fun?

I hope you are, unless you’re into relaxing this weekend and in that case, I hope that’s what you’re doing.

My husband and kids are currently in our living room watching video game previews :/ so I thought it would be a good time to share another work lunch that I made for my husband.

It was either that or folding a load of laundry and I think we all know how excited I get over that chore.

His Easy Lunchbox contains a turkey and romaine wrap on a whole wheat tortilla that I smeared with a little horseradish/dijon mayo, a few fresh raspberries, some homemade pickles, and a couple of apple slices that I smeared with Wild Friends Chocolate Coconut Peanut Butter, dipped in dark chocolate, and sprinkled with seat salt. Yum!

I made his wrap when the tortilla was cold so it ripped.

This is real life and in real life, wraps rip.

Say that three times fast.

If apples aren’t your thing or maybe you’re just in the mood to trash things up this weekend, have I got an idea for you…


chocolate chips

Just smear some peanut butter (I used Wild Friends Sesame Cranberry Peanut Butter) on a few chips, dip them in melted dark chocolate, and then sprinkle a little sea salt on top. Pop them in the fridge or freezer to set, and munch away!

I really like the addition of the dried fruit in these so if you have any, chop it up and add it to the peanut butter before you smear it on.

If you’re using a smooth peanut butter, you can just stir it into the chocolate, dip, set, and you’ll be good to go.

Happy snacking!


Daily Bento

18 Feb

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And that’s lunch!


Daily Bento

14 Feb


Happy Valentine’s Day!

For lunch today, Cam has a few chocolate pancakes cut with heart-shaped cookie cutters, organic fruit leather (also cut into heart shapes), fruit snacks, cheddar cheese hearts, red pepper slices, a tomato heart, and a few grapes on heart picks.

I hope you have a lovely Valentine’s Day!

Daily Bento & Snack

3 Feb

It’s Monday again which means that I had to pack lunch and a snack this morning.

I’m loving that my daughter gets to have a snack in the afternoon even if it is just once a week. She is so much more pleasant when she’s not starving.

I packed a chocolate hazelnut spread sandwich on whole wheat bread, some broccoflower, a few sweet potato tortilla chips, a Babybel, a small handful of tiny cookies, and some grapes.

Plenty of food for both lunch and snack for a six-year-old and it all fits neatly in our Easy Lunchbox Brights container.

I also packed a thermos full of ice water that will easily last all day.


Daily Bento

3 Dec

Lunch today is in one of our ELB Brights and consists of a chicken sandwich, strawberries, one single solitary grape, sweet pepper rings, and some veggie straws.

I smooshed a My Little Pony ring into the sandwich to cutify it a bit. I think that’s Pinkie Pie but I’m not totally sure.

Daily Bento

6 Sep


I don’t know about you, but I couldn’t be happier that it’s Friday.

Two days of sleeping past 5:40! Sounds good to me.


My favorite grocery store makes pizza dough in-house and it’s delicious. So when I see it go on sale, I always grab a couple pounds of dough to stash in my fridge. There are so many things beyond pizza that you can make with it.

Last night however, my kids wanted cheese pizza. So that’s what they got. They love flavored pizza crust so I brushed the crust with a little olive oil and then sprinkled some garlic salt and Italian seasoning on it before I put in the oven.

The leftovers went into their lunches today. My kids have no problem eating cold pizza.

I cut Cam’s into bite-sized pieces for easy eating. She also has a fruit leather, grapes, celery, and a flapjack from our Graze box.

Both lunches took me no more than 10 minutes to pack. I made them last night and tossed them into the fridge so that they were ready to go this morning.

Happy Friday!

Lunch for the 4th

4 Jul

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For lunch today Camryn had a BLT on a hot dog bun (BLT dog?) It’s so much easier for her to eat that way. Bacon is straight, hot dog buns are straight, how did I not think of this before?

She also has some cheesy cut-outs made to sort-of resemble fireworks and of course she had to have a cheese pig since there’s bacon on her sandwich. 😉

In the smaller sections she has apple fries, some star-shaped cereal, and a scoop of homemade mint chocolate chip ice cream with a few rainbow sprinkles on top.

Happy 4th!

Breakfast for Lunch

26 Jun

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We had pancakes and sausage for dinner last night and I was sure to make a few teeny tiny pancakes for Cam to have for lunch today.

Why is breakfast so much better at lunch or dinner time?

I mean I never want a bowl of cereal for breakfast but I can always eat it for dinner or an afternoon snack.

What’s that about?

My kids go nuts when I tell them we’re having breakfast for dinner.

It’s like we’re breaking a rule but it’s o.k. because I’m the mom so I can totally do that.

In her ELB are those four left-over pancakes from dinner last night. I flavored them with cinnamon and a little vanilla. She also has some all natural breakfast sausage in her silicone pig (I couldn’t resist), a few slices of an organic apple, some maple syrup for dipping, and some organic raisins.

I always make pancakes from scratch because it’s so easy there’s really no reason not to. Here’s the recipe I always use. It’s never failed me.


1 cup self-rising flour

1 cup milk (I use almond)

1 beaten egg

1/2 Tbsp sugar  (optional)

tiny pinch of salt (optional)


Whisk dry ingredients together until combined. Add wet ingredients and whisk just until combined. A few lumps are o.k.

Heat griddle or pan to medium.

I like to keep a little bowl of melted butter next to my stove to brush the pan with between pancakes but you can also use non-stick spray if you need it.

Drop desired amount of batter onto your pan. I use an ice cream scoop but you can also use a squeeze bottle which makes it really easy. Don’t have a squeeze bottle? Wash out an empty ketchup bottle.

Cook on first side until bubbles appear on top. I usually take a little peek underneath before I flip to make sure things are nice and brown. Cook about 30 seconds to a minute more on the second side and then plate it up!

I usually get 6-8 regular sized pancakes out of this batter but you can easily double or triple it if you need more. As long as you have equal parts self-rising flour and milk, and an egg, you have pancakes.

You could also add to the batter:

2 Tbsp melted butter


chopped fruit


chocolate chips (or any other kind of chips really)


pumpkin puree




melted chocolate

greens or protein powder

Daily Bento

14 Jun


For lunch today, Camryn had a grilled cheese sandwich cut into a cupcake shape using our Lunch Punch, organic strawberry mango fruit snacks that I found on clearance yesterday (Yay Target!), an apricot, and a few cucumber slices.



Items used in today’s lunch: