feeling a little lunchy has left the building

So, I am sure if you're still hanging around here reading this blog, you may be wondering where I have gone...I mentioned before that my kids have grown up some and no longer want me to jazz up their lunches.  Last night at dinner, my soon-to-be sixth grader mentioned that while she still wants me to make lunch, she no longer wants it to be funky.  That's cool...I've got other things lined up to occupy my creative needs.  Photography has quickly filled the void left behind by sandwiches painted with food coloring gels.  

That being said, I have no aspirations of turning pro.  I do not wish to start up a portrait business or photography shop in any way.  I don't want to take something I am enjoying and turn it into a job.  I've got enough jobs these days!  I am really enjoying studying photography and editing photos...I like the possibilities that learning Photoshop and Lightroom provide, but my ultimate goal is to get the photo right while I am shooting it.  Quite often, all I edit in is some color correction or a filter to add depth to the photograph.

What do you guys think?  

feeling a little...photogenic?

My lunch blog is on hiatus...indefinitely.  It might be the end of an era for me.  My girls have grown tired of cookie cutter sandwiches and painted cheese.  I'm still making lunches for them, of course, but they're just plain lunches now.  I have been turning towards photography as a result.  I always seem to need something to occupy my mind and nowadays, that's figuring out my camera. I am hoping to get off of the auto-mode and get skilled at manual.  I am also dabbling into the realm of photo editing.  I do prefer that when I shoot a photo, that it doesn't need to be edited.  That's how I started when I was in high school...a 35mm Pentax camera and roll upon roll of black and white film.  I loved developing and sitting in the dim glow of the dark room.  I can still smell the chemicals and hear the scraping of the cylindrical door spinning in its tracks.  While that method is going the way of the dinosaur, I can still do my best to create great images right out of the gate.  On the flip side of that coin, is the fact that editing can make a photo go from OK to spectacular in seconds.  That takes some study and practice too.  So, maybe you'll follow me on my journey away from the art of lunches and into the art of images?

feeling a little country

Inspired by Wendy Thorpe Copley's book EVERYDAY BENTO, I made this lunch. Thanks Wendy!

Turkey and cheese on Italian white bread with an egg adorned with carrots, an orange with raisins and some pretzel thins. Not as pretty as what's in Wendy's book, but just as tasty! I used a CuteZCute cutter for the piggie and just some good old fashioned knife work on that egg.

And of course, we have almost the same lunch in a more acceptable way for a middle schooler...minus the egg and the raisins (she doesn't like raisins or eggs in her lunch like the wild child does.)

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feeling a little kindle love

Have a Kindle?  Don't know how to loan books on it? Here's a quick graphic I made to help you figure it out quickly. I've tried to explain it to a lot of people over the years...don't know why it took me so long to just make a step by step!  Here ya go!

Check out my friend Wendy's book, Everyday Bento, while you're at it! 

feeling a little easy...how many times do I have to say this??!!

EasyLunchBoxes are definitely easy...who wouldn't love being able to slap some food into one container instead of all those little bags and boxes?  I've been working a bit more, and focusing on some other things lately, so lunch is the last thing on my mind. In fact, the girls have been making their own lunches this week and after getting the eye-roll from the husband last night for not packing lunches, I felt I needed to step it up. And this is about as far as I stepped it up, folks. A mushroom ring on top of some grapes with salami and cheese on leftover hamburger buns and pretzel thins. 

Call me easy...I don't care. But please don't say "Ain't nobody got time for that" to me or my other bento moms...and never question what someone packs for lunch.  You don't know their entire meal plan.  Please try and recognize that there's real moms and real people behind these blogs and lunches...they're not just some random pictures. Their kids DO eat this food. Don't comment on their Facebook posts that there's too many carbs or not enough whatever. It's the Internet, yo...and quite frankly, the internet can't accomodate for what you do in your own home. Your kids might not typically eat it, but you'd be surprised if that's what you packed and they were hungry. My wild child won't touch a vegetable at the dinner table, but she scarfs down a whole EasyLunchboxes full of salad at school during lunch. 

Here's the wild child's lunch...she made it herself. Think she's learned it by watching me? (So glad we won't be featured in that Just Say No to Drugs ad campaign just yet). She even took the picture (explains the blur) and set it up on that black and white paper. There's some Star Wars action going on there with goldfish, a homemade chocolate chip cookie, a hot dog bun, peanut butter and jelly in the mini-dippers with a little cheese spreader for that. We are glad to report that there were no issues with her having a cheese knife at school...otherwise we'd have been on the news defending it's blunt edges and versatility. 

John Lennon said it best..."Time you enjoyed wasting wasn't wasted."  I'm living by that now and teaching my daughters to do the same. So much so, I felt the need to waste good time drawing on my chalkboard. And I wasted a LOT of time here...I have sensory issues with chalkboards and just doing that foggy chalk around the clock took like 15 minutes. Tickety tock.  You make time for what you enjoy...so just enjoy it.

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