Sandwich Sushi for Kids

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Over the summer I’ve tried a lot of creative lunches for my kids and I’ve shared a few of them with you already here and here.  Today’s idea incorporates one of my kid’s favorite food items…the tortilla.  I love tortilla as much as the next person but my kids have a unhealthy fascination with this bread product.  They would eat it as a snack all day long if I let them.  Just this morning I caught my daughter sneaking a tortilla from the fridge this morning to eat with her breakfast. (Who does that? lol)

Not only does this lunch include their favorite things tortilla, Buddig Premium Deli meat, blueberries, Craisins, and peanuts but it’s also fabulous because the kids can make their own lunch themselves!  My kids still need a little supervision, especially with the cutting part, but it’s exciting to watch them make their own creations.  I’ve watched this time and time again, when my daughter helps prepare a meal she seems to takes ownership of it and will eat it better than if I prepared it myself.

This creation is a smiley face.  The sandwich sushi rolls are the eyes and nose.  The blueberries and Craisins make up the smile.  The peanuts make the hair.
Sandwich Sushi

Check out our amateur stop action how to video:

A video posted by Ashley (@embracingbeauty) on

Totally doable and fun, right?  Spinach leaves or lettuce could easily be added as ears.  Ranch dressing could be earrings.  The sky is the limit!

Summer of Smiles:

Buddig not only makes great tasting and affordable lunch meat but they’re offering a fun contest this summer.  The summer of smiles! 🙂  There are so many reasons this time of year that make us smile – warm weather, sunny days, picnic lunches, family vacations & more.  Consumers are asked to post a picture of their family enjoying summer and flashing their biggest smiles on Facebook using the #BuddigSmiles.

Every week from June 16 – August 18 Buddig will randomly select 12 entries to receive a $25 American Express gift card – that’s 108 total winners and a whole lot of smiles! 🙂

Colored Ice Balls

Colored Ice Balls

What you need:

  • – Balloons
  • – Food coloring
  • – Freezing temps {or a freezer}
Instructions:
  1. Put a few drops of food coloring inside your balloon {mixing colors is fun too}, fill with water, tie water balloon  and shake gently to mix the color(s).
  2. Place the balloons outside in freezing temperatures or in a freezer for around 12-24 hours to freeze.
  3. Use scissors to cut the top of the balloon off and simply peel the balloon off your beautiful ice ball.

Warning:  Your fingers will turn the color of the ice ball when holding it.  Black gloves or paper towels are recommended for transporting them around.

Slight Variations:

  • – Check out the cute yard decor my friend Robyn from The Neighborhood Moms created with her kids.
  • – When I told Trisha from Mom Dot about this post she recommended adding Kool-aid instead of food coloring so the kids could lick the ice balls.  That definitely sounds like a fun thing to do with ice balls in the summer!

With all the school closings across the country going on now, this might be a great time to make colored ice balls with your family.  If you or your kids give this a try let us know how it turns out!

I saw this idea featured on another blog back in the summer and they said that they first saw it on flickr a few years ago.  I don’t know who came up with this idea originally {if it was you, let me know!} but I think it’s a fun one!