Welcome! I am a mom to two wonderful kids, a lovely retired greyhound, and a wife to a great husband. Needless to say, there are a lot of daily messes to clean up around our house. Daily Messes is my blog to share ideas on things to do with your kids, snack and meal ideas, crafts, and holiday fun. I hope you find something to enjoy!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Valentine's Day Lunch

I've made holiday themed lunches for Octopus Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. We've even made special lunches for a picnic and for rainy days. I haven't made a Valentine's Day themed lunch yet, so I've been playing with some ideas. Lunch finally ended up being a puzzle sandwich with fruit flowers and a strawberry heart.
I made a peanut butter and jelly (strawberry of course for the red color) sandwich. I used a puzzle sandwich cutter to cut out the pieces. You could also use a heart shaped sandwich cutter, but my boys love the puzzle one the best. I placed a strawberry heart in the middle of the sandwich. To make the strawberry heart, you just need a red strawberry that ends in a single point. Cut a V shape out of the middle to remove the stem area and you have a heart shape!

Next, I peeled a kiwi and cut it into slices. I used a small flower cookie cutter to cut out flower shapes from the kiwi. DM Tip: I found that the firmer kiwis worked better and held the flower shape once they were cut. The really ripe ones tended to sag and fall apart at the edges. I placed the kiwis around the plate and topped with blueberries and raspberries to create fruit flowers.

Higgins ate the last of the yogurt for breakfast, or I would have made the frozen Fruity Yogurt Flowers to go with the lunch. The boys loved the lunch and gobbled it all up.

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