Wednesday, July 8, 2009

mr.cheesehead, and friends.

So, I've been told that the lunches around my place are getting pretty boring-- are lacking a certain "zing" or "flair".
I've been stuck in the-peanut-butter-and-jelly-sandwich-or-spaghetti-o's-for-lunch rut for about 2 months now, to my children's chagrin. This was brought to my attention right before, as my eldest asked the age old question "What's for lunch mom?"
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The answer actually brought tears to his eyes-- TEARS TO HIS EYES! I had to laugh, but also make a mental note to change it up a bit. I wouldn't want this subject brought up to any psychiatrist in about 20 years.
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Quickly, I grabbed the bread.
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What do I do? What do I do? I could feel the sweat start to collect on my brow-- I had 4 hungry boys chanting and waiting.
Remembering those very large, and oh so unnecessary crocodile tears, I put away the peanut butter jar. I know all too well about choosing my battles, and this one didn't seem fair. 4 to 1. I would loose for sure.
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This is when quick thinking delivered me an idea-- Mr. Cheesehead.
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I had limited ingredients on such short notice, but after a quick rifle around the refrigerator, I found some items fit for eyeballs, noses, and hair.
Chopping quickly, I placed the items on the table and set in front of each hungry boy a plate with a piece of bread topped with cheese. Lunch quickly became the Little Momma version of Mr. Potatohead, but cheesier!
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The boys were smitten with the fact that they could play with their food. Decorating their Mr.Cheesehead was just as much as an art lesson as it was lunch!
And oh! Even the veggies were gobbled down to crumbs. Who could resist taking a bite out of goofy Mr. Cheesehead's face? Not I.

9 comments:

badger girl said...

I love this idea!! So cute!

Oh, and FYI, Emily's flight went good last weekend. She wore the headset on one flight but not on the return. Some pics on her blog at www.emilyannekeyes.blogspot.com.

Have a great week!

Astrid said...

Too funny! Lunches around here have been pretty boring too. Last year I did a fun lunch- a muffin tin lunch with bread cut out in bunny shapes. My girlies could decorate their bunnies with the stuff available in the muffin tin (raisins, pb, etc). Lots of fun!

Dawn said...

So funny! I love that they forgot they were really eating vegies!

the duchess said...

The hair's my favorite part.

Tami said...

I laughed out loud as soon as I saw the picture! I love the Mr. Cheesehead!!! Your creativity really is a gift...to all of us! :)

Tamie said...

that is really cute....i will have to use mr. cheesehead for a lunch someday real soon...it might get my boys to eat more raw veggies that way....you're TOO creative em! ;-)

smilingsarahbear said...

This is such a great idea. I've been in a lunch rut forever and have been lamenting lunchtime for far too long. Thanks for the idea. And thanks for the granola recipe too. I've been needing more home-made snack ideas as well and this one was awesome. You rock sista!

Brian and Staci said...

Waaay cute! I'll have to spruce up our lunch some time with your Mr. Cheesehead :) THANKS!

Jennifer said...

Very cute. Mr. Cheesehead would be more than welcome in our home, too. I must schedule a visit-- lol. =)