I’ve been in a funk lately. Work has been busy, home has been busy. Those combined have made me a slacker-blogger.

However, today I have caught up with the laundry, went grocery shopping, and got the kiddos asleep at a reasonable hour so here I am. Speaking of grocery shopping, I’m seriously addicted to couponing. Strangers in the store were admiring my coupon binder and the guy in line behind me was amazed that printing out coups on the internet dropped my grocery bill by $104. Woot-woot! It was like getting one-third of my groceries for nothing. I’m such a dork that I get excited about that. I wish I could figure out how to buy $1000 worth of groceries for 10 bucks like those extreme couponers, but I don’t have the time (or energy) to go to 7 different stores to do my grocery shopping.

I’m looking at my receipt now and I see the cashier screwed me out of one dollar and kept my coup. Betch!

Look at this receipt though, I didn’t think it was ever going to stop printing.  I think I will wear it like a scarf to work tomorrow it’s that beautiful.

I take it back. I want to be one of those cray-cray extreme coupon bishes. I think I’m well on my way there. 😛

Hmm, probably should post some of Turtle’s lunches, right? I have to admit something here though. I let him buy school lunch. Twice. In the same week. Mom Fail. He asked to buy lunch on chicken nugget and pizza days. How could I resist this purty face?

Here’s a good lunch. I was informed by his teacher that the cheese shark was met with great approval by all the other kids in his class. I love the Pepperidge Farm Goldfish bread. It’s adorable.

This one I was trying to be “Thanksgiving-y” It’s a turkey. I promise. Use your imagination. OK?!

By the way, a sprinkling of Fruity Pebbles inside the PBJ and banana wrap = mind blown. Good stuff.

Chomp, chomp, chomp. Everybody’s favorite ghost eater.

This lunch came back completely empty. Even the grapes. I was very impressed.

And now for something completely different. Dumb employee of the week goes to 1-800-Flowers. Occasionally, I get to order flowers for the office. I put my name as the orderer of flowers and as the the person receiving said flower arrangement. I get this on my voicemail from someone at 1-800-Flowers “Hello Catherine. We’re just checking to see if you want to put a message on the card with the flowers you are sending to Catherine. You can give us a call, blah blah blah.” Note: I checked the “No card” box on the order and the billing and shipping address for the flowers is the same. That and you know, my name is the same on both places too. Le sigh.

At least the flowers were pretty.


Bento giveaway!

Go check it out! All Things For Sale is giving away a Beginner Bento Kit.


Cute bento beginner kit includes the following great bento accessories items and accessories case.

 – 20 Food Picks 2.12 inch long (measuring with animal head), semi transparent colorful long food picks, orange, pink, yellow, green, great for bento decoration. No Microwave ABS

– Food Pick Stand
– 6-piece Set of Ham, Cheese Cutter – Use to cut Ham, Cheese, Cookies or other similar thin sliced piece of food or vegetable. This cutter set can create bear, tree, heart, and house, to create fun animal family theme. ABS
– 4 Soy Sauce Containers with Filling Dropper- about  4ml each, works great with soy sauce or any runny sauce. The filling dropper makes it easy to refill your sauce into the cute animal containers. PP, PS
– Soy Sauce container Stand
– 6 Paper/PET Food Cups with Animal Tips – (2 designs x 3 pieces each)- Microwave safe,  Food cup is about 2.25 inch long x 2.25 inch wide x 1.88 inch tall2
– Mayo Cups (dip sauce) – randomly selected from 4 designs: fish, elephant, bird, bear – Great for dipping sauce (This item includes 2 mayo cups, which will be randomly selected between the 4 colors) about 14 ml each. PP
– 1 Furikake Spice Container – Yellow chick, Great for spice, and Japanese seasoning furikake. It holds about 54 ml each. PP, PS
– 4 Long Baran Food Partition Sheets This baran sheet can be cut into smaller sheets, if cut, 16 small pieces. Microwave Safe. PP, PET
– Baran Stand
– 2 Seaweed Nori Punchers – randomly selected from 4 designs (star, heart, bear, rabbit)

AND Free Shipping, shipping of the prize is on us, no matter where you are. (✿◠‿◠)”

This is the store that I got most of my bento items from for Turtle’s lunches.

Enter to win. If you don’t want it, give it to me. ;-P

Here comes Halloween

Turtle loves Jack Skellington. He sleeps with his stuffed Pumpkin King every night; that’s how much he loves that thing. Out of all the cutesy stuffed Disneyana on that huge display they have in every Disney store, I let Turtle choose whatever one he wanted and the 4 year old (at the time) chose a skeleton. Uhmkay. I was thinking more Mickey Mouse but alright; we’ll go with it.
Anyway, because he loves that movie I wanted to surprise him with a Jack Skellington lunch.

20111030-231416.jpg Cream cheese and nori make Jack’s face on wheat with strawberry jam. I told Turtle to take Jack’s face off when he was ready to eat. A Jello jiggler bat, goldfish, teriyaki tofu gravestones, and the scariest thing in the box: SpongeBob berry applesauce.

We carved our pumpkins today too. Of course one of them HAD to be Jack.

Wowza! The flash on my iPhone is ridiculously bright, by the way. />

If you look very closely in the first pumpkin pic you can see this one. I just didn’t have the right tools to make the inner carving thin enough but it looks ok in person.

20111030-234415.jpg It’s supposed to be a ghost. I’m just now realizing it looks more like a blow up doll. Sigh.

Turtle also made a Captain Daddy jack o’lantern.

20111031-000551.jpg See the mustache? LOL

We went to the Boo at the Zoo event at the Maryland Zoo today. Guess how many animals we saw.

Zero. Well one really, but it was on the way out and it was a skunk. Very cute though. They were letting the kids check him out. He’d been de-whatever-they-call-it so he couldn’t spray. We had a great time there today. Turtle was in the costume contest. He didn’t win, but he was happy to get a coupon for a happy meal at McD’s (:-x), go trick-or-treating an extra day, and wear his costume another day.

If you haven’t seen Tron: Legacy, he’s Rinzler; a character in the movie. One kid standing near us today said to Turtle in a loud whisper, “You know you’re a bad guy, right?” Kids crack me up.

Why did the witch refuse to have a relationship with the vampire?

Because he had a hollow-weenie. ba-dum-ching!

I know. It’s a terrible joke, but I love everything about Halloween. I’ve been on a Halloween kick lately. All Halloween. All the time.

Here is my yard.

Ooh! Spooky!

I made these delicious Sweet Potato-Coconut-Banana muffins by the Barefoot Kitchen Witch. They were excellent. Drool.

Turtle told me he wanted a “Spooky Lunch”. Uhm, alright… Jack o’ lantern quesadilla (had to cut it for him to be able to eat it) and tortilla chips. Tofu cubes with “Boo” cheese, crackers with ghost cheese, vegan zucchini muffin, sour cream in the tub and a leftover cake pop sans stick.

Speaking of the cake pops. Here they are too. Aren’t they fantastic? The inside is carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. Evilly delicious.

I’m so looking forward to Halloween. Making Turtle’s costume this weekend probably. I will post when it’s complete.

Happy Hauntings!

May the Force be with you

I freely admit to being the biggest nerd ever. I’m doing my best to get Turtle to be a nerd with me. His interests lie more in Batman than Star Wars. Le sigh. Maybe I can start getting Giraffe interested already…

At any rate, Turtle does like Star Wars stuff – especially if he can eat it. So far I’ve made two lunches using the Williams-Sonoma Star Wars sandwich cutters I bought for my birthday.

Here is the Tie fighter:

PB&J on whole wheat with a sprinkle of wheat germ inside. I used one of the Star Wars cookie cutters to make the Death Star cheese. Isn’t it cute? At the top of the photo, it’s hard to see, there is tofu on a stick – I told Turtle it was a Tofu Lightsaber. He thought that was hilarious. This lunch came back almost completely finished. I think he might have even eaten a piece or two of the kiwi. GASP!

Most children have a dream of becoming a ballerina or astronaut when they grow up. Me? I wanted to be Princess Leia. To my little girl self, she was kick-ass. Talked back to the baddies and held her own with the boys. Not to mention, Han Solo was a hottie. Harrison Ford was rawr-worthy 30 years ago. Not so much now.

Captain Daddy had a Millennium Falcon toy back in the day. You know the one that’s worth bookoo bucks now? He tells me he thinks he had an ultimate battle on the beach one day and lost it. It’s probably still floating around in the Pacific Ocean somewhere. Oh well, I guess a Millennium Falcon sandwich will just have to do instead. Another PB&J. How unoriginal of me. At least these lunches weren’t back-to-back. Not that Turtle would mind. I’m pretty sure he would be content with one every day. He was very excited for the cosmic brownie and applesauce.

He brought home half of the sandwich and had eaten everything else. Pretty good for him.

All in all, I really like the sandwich cutters. They’re well made and pretty sharp. I wish they had smaller sizes so I could make battle scenes. I guess I’ll have to figure out how to freestyle cut shapes.

So Happy Together

I’m baa-aack.
I have been such a slacker when it comes to writing. I’ve got a few excuses but probably the worst one is that I had some stuff due at work last week and it cut into writing time… at work. Shhh.
We had a super busy weekend. Captain Daddy drove up to spend the long weekend with us. It’s one of the best things in the world to see Turtle’s face when he sees that Daddy is home. That joyous yell of, “DADDY!” and the full speed launch onto Daddy always brings a tear (or 3) to my eye. Even Giraffe had a big gummy grin and excited coo when he spied the big guy.

Here they are watching some football game. Or an episode of Sergeant Frog. That is one funny, yet very strange, show.
At any rate, I haven’t been very creative with the lunches lately but I still took pictures. If nothing else maybe one day Turtle will read this and see how much I love his little stinky butt.

20111010-235148.jpg The wheels on the bus go round and round. PB&J bus with cheese windows and wheels. Cheese straws. Monterey Jack cubes. Apple carrot sauce and grapes. Just now realized how much cheese is in this lunch. Oops. I do think sometimes that Turtle is part mouse. He eats cheese like it’s going extinct.
I also made some yummies for Giraffe. Peas, carrots, and butternut squash.
Note. When cutting butternut squash, make sure the squash is dry or this can happen.

20111010-235526.jpg I know better too. Not my brightest moment for sure. Giraffe will know how much I love him by my willingness to bleed for the kid.
It was worth it though for me to be able to make stuff that looks like this for him.

20111010-235731.jpg Doesn’t that just look divine? Peas, blueberry-oatmeal mix, and carrots. Gorgeous.
Jarred stuff just doesn’t have that same vibrancy. Homemade smells better too.
The last picture tonight is one of the last-minute-mommy-is-exhausted lunches.

Mini cheese ravioli from Trader Joe’s in marinara with pizza blend shredded cheese. Goldfish bread toast. Berries and yogurt.
Good night. Talk to you again soon.

Short and sweet

Today was a very long day. Went to visit my baby sister at the Jersey Shore. Auntie lives in Chicago which is a 12 hour drive one way, while today was a 6 hour round trip drive. She is there for a week long training. I am bleary eyed but want to post Turtle’s lunch before I forget.
I ❤ My Turtle. I'm hopeful he will try the edamame. The little squeezer pack of applesauce-carrot fits in there like it was made for it. Yet another Trader Joe's find. The I love you, I cut out of fruit leather.
Cavorting pandas make me giggle.