I was trying to figure out what I was going to do for St. Patrick’s Day’s lunch and thought up a few different themes. In the end, I decided to go really simple clover themed (with a couple of extra goodies in there!). I just love when a simple lunch comes together and practically anyone can make this!
In this lunch:
Main A PB&J heart sandwich with a cut out clover. The green under the cut out was a small spot of peanut butter with some green food dye. I cut out the clover with a tiny heart cutter.
Sides Trail mix with two little chocolate coins and green grapes cut into hearts (and held together with a toothpick) and arranged like a clover. The grape-clover sits on top of a piece of lettuce, but there are more grapes under that.
Also Included but not Pictured Yogurt and a banana
Today, I used:
I have a lot to learn about pancake art… it really is an art! You need the right tools, the right temperature, the right consistency. Alas I will never be a pancake artist! Not for not wanting to, but because after much study (ie, youtube tutorials and several craft blogs), gathering the right tools and all that stuff, I made pancake leprechauns for St. Patrick’s Day breakfast. There was much ooohing and ahhing from the kiddos. However, it wasn’t the awesomesauceness of the illustrations, nor the care it took to brown certain parts of the pancakes and not the others, or… oh forget it. They oohed and ahhed over the leprechaun’s eyes.
They were chocolate chips.
Alas 2 chocolate chips and three bites later, the smaller kiddo proclaimed she did not like pancakes and the older one did not like (REAL CANADIAN BEAUTIFUL GOLDEN BROWN) maple syrup.
This heart I just made for myself. To eat by myself after ushering the kids outside to play and putting the littlest one to nap. And I ate it alone, and happy, WITH MAPLE SYRUP.
In keeping with the St. Patrick’s day theme, today’s bento is an Elmo leprechaun. A couple of weeks ago, the kiddo and I were shopping and found an Elmo cutter at the supermarket. Ever so caring, she thought her sister would love an Elmo sandwich and begged me to buy it. So here I am, trying to get some work out of that Elmo cutter! I’m also making use of a Christmas present from my cousin-in-law: a mustache cutter! I love this mustache cutter– so fun.
PB&Jam as usual. The eyes have (dried) blueberry pupils and a mellowcreme pumpkin reshaped nose. The mustasche is the crust end of the sandwich.
Green Grapes and kiwi cut into shamrocks; in the additional container, I put strawberries, clementines, green grapes and dried blueberries.
Today I used:
With three days until St. Patty’s, I thought a bento to commemorate was in order! In the full sized Steeltainer container, the Kindergarten Kiddo got a shamrock (PB&J) sandwich along with a couple of little treats — some gold coins and a third of a rainbow sour belt! Despite the little bits of candy making up some of this bento, most of her lunches are fairly healthy. For sides today, she had a stick of fresh mozarella and a little bowl of green grapes.
My Preschooler Kiddo often talks about how I only make “pretty lunches” for her sister and it’s true; Preschool Kiddo gets her lunch from the preschool, so there is no need to pack a lunch for her. I think that makes her feel left out so since she doesn’t have school today, I packed her this extra little bento (in the snack size Steeltainer ) with my shamrock scraps.
On to the details!
PB& Jam as usual. I’ve been trying to include other types of non-sandwich lunches on non-bento days and sometimes they get eaten and sometimes not… still experimenting. To build the four-leaf clover, I just cut hearts up and gave them a smaller heart-shaped “window.” The peanut butter has a little green food coloring and the jam is on the inside part of the window part of the sandwich, so that it doesn’t show through. Nesting heart cutters were perfect for this! The little four leaf clover was made of my window scraps.
Sides In the large bento, a sandwich ball wrapped with a Rainbow Sour Belt and 3 chocolate coins (the funny thing about these coins is that they’re actually not just generic coins but in fact they’re Euros! That cracks me up.) Not pictured in the large bento are the extra green grapes and the stick of fresh mozarella that I put in her lunch as well.
In the small bento, a cutie orange broken up into the classic orange flower, with a green grape middle.
Today I used:
Over the Rainbow Cupcakes
occasion st. patricks day
decoration vanilla frosting clouds, green sugar, Air Heads Extremes Sweetly Sour Belts – Candy Rainbow Berry
honorable mention in Food2’s Cupcake Cup Challenge