I got a few Christmas-themed cookie cutters on sale at Michael’s a while ago, and now that Thanksgiving’s behind us, I can finally break them out! Believe me, it took some self-restraint (which I lack, along with patience ;)). Jack’s eagerly anticipating the purchase of a Christmas tree, so I made that the theme of his lunch today, packed in a two-tiered box:
In the bottom layer of the box, there is a stack of three pieces of Trader Joe’s naan cut into Christmas tree shapes. I got the idea to use naan from the Wendolonia blog — Johnny and I love TJ’s naan, but it never occurred to me to use it for Jack’s lunches. Thanks, Wendy! The bottom two pieces aren’t perfect, so as to minimize scraps. I decorated only the top tree with green and brown food markers, and just a few Christmas-themed nonpareils as ornaments. I cut the tiny star out of a mini yellow bell pepper and affixed it to the naan with a dab of softened cream cheese. So that Jack can make his own sandwiches, I put two silicone muffin cups in the box and filled them with ham and cheese strips. Cherry tomatoes and the leftover mini bell pepper (cut into little chunks) fill in the empty holes around the tree.
The top tier has Tuscan melon balls (Tuscan melon is very similar to cantaloupe). I cut three candy cane shapes out of slices of Asian pear and laid them on top of the melon. Originally, I had planned to draw red stripes on the pears, but they’re too juicy for the color to hold. Then, I had the brilliant (I mean that sarcastically) idea to use the nonpareils instead to make stripes on the candy canes, but a) it was difficult to get them aligned, and b) the juice of the pears caused the color to run. So I quickly abandoned that effort, but decided to put the one decorated one in the box anyway. Finally, I included an animal pick so Jack can pick up the fruit without using his fingers.