A few weeks ago we traveled to Nebraska to celebrate my grandparent’s 70th wedding anniversary.  Meme and Popo lived two blocks away from my childhood home so I spent a great deal of time with them  growing up.  On our recent trip to their home for the anniversary celebration we were pouring over hundreds of photographs.  While the rest of the family was drawn to the traveling photos or the funny family pictures I couldn’t believe my eyes when it came to Meme’s food creations.  Cakes, fruit displays, gingerbread houses…all made from scratch.  Seeing the photos reminded me of all the times I ooohed and awwwed over Meme’s food displays as a child.  It dawned on me that part of why I make these fun lunches probably stems not only  from my desire to feed my kids healthy foods, but also carry on this tradition of making food art.  I’ve developed quite a passion for this little project and now I think I know why. Thanks, Meme!

Here’s a photo of Meme and Popo with a cake Meme made for a party they were hosting:

Today’s lunch was inspired by Meme’s boat cake and includes:  ham, cheese and lettuce pita pocket with a green bean pole and cheese stacks for the flag, broccoli & carrots, grapes, almond flour cookies (I substituted regular honey with sugar free honey from Nature’s Hollow and I use sugar free chocolate chips).  The almond flour cookies are VERY filling and are loaded with protein making them a GREAT “desert” to throw in a lunch box.  (If peanut allergies are a concern you might consider using this sunbutter cookie recipe.)

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3 Responses to Roots…

  1. Karen says:

    Jamie! I always get excited when I receive a new post from your blog in my inbox! This one definitely made me tear up…I love how you tell a story through your lunches and especially love how creating food art has been passed down from generations. Thank you so much for inspiring us each day, you are the best! :)

  2. Love it. What a sweet picture of them. Love the boat cake. Next year I am going to make one of your lunch every week for my kids.

  3. Lorisavage says:

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! My son starts Kindergarten next year and your lunches are inspiring! They will definitely be a way for me to add a smile to his face while giving him healthy options :) I can’t wait to see what you come up with next.

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