This is the last week of school for us before winter break, so I've now made my last school lunch of 2010. Had to go out in holiday style of course. I had grand plans of all kinds of creative things, but with the reality of time, I went super simple. And I'm always happiest when I do.
First up is a snowman themed lunch. I cut their sandwiches into sealed circles by accident. I couldn't find a circle cutter the right size so I grabbed a mug with a lip that curves out. So when I cut with it, it automatically sealed the two pieces of bread together. Happy accident. I gave him raisin features glued on with peanut butter, and of course a carrot nose. Another compartment is full of more "noses" on top of grapes, and the last is a marshmallow snowman on a bed of pistachios. The pistachios have no significance here, other than my kids really like them =). My kids are obsessed with making these snowmen, and I'm sure they are a classic but here's what we do ... spear three marshmallows with a pretzel stick, break another pretzel in half for the arms, and draw on features with food markers.
The gingerbread lunch is one the kids have been asking for for quite a while, ever since I bought the cutter. He is made from what I call the Lazy Mom Grilled Cheese. I toast two pieces of bread, put a slice of cheese in between and microwave for 10 seconds to melt. I used a gingerbread man cutter and added a few raisins. Then I have hollies and berries for the fruit and veggie. Grapes for the berries and sliced cucumbers cut around the edges with a small circle for points.
By the way, since I am always cutting things up for their lunches, I keep all of the "scraps" leftover and save them to add to their afternoon snack. Nothing goes to waste.
I hope to find time to post a little more holiday inspiration soon...