After a weekend full of festivities, it is finally Halloween! I wanted to make another bento-inspired healthy lunch for our son to take with him to school today, so here’s what he will open at the lunch table:

A mummy-wrapped turkey dog

Candy Corn made of cheese slices – I used monterrey jack, sharp cheddar, and provolone

Raspberries with a spider ring and a bat ring surprise

A pumpkin made out of carrots, cheese cut into face shapes, and a green bat ring for the stem

And for dessert – sliced green apples dipped in a thin glaze of caramel

Wishing you a happy, healthy, and safe Halloween! ~Linden

 

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In taking inventory of the clothes I have for baby Lace I realized how many plain white onesies we had acquired. I am all for a plain white shirt now and again, but decided I would take some of the onesies and make them into dresses. iphone 7 cases women It was an incredibly quick sew project and turned out great. Here’s how it’s done: 1. Decide on and gather your materials.

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[I decided to add a bow belt to my dress with a different fabric to add more detail. Feel free to add a belt, bow, flower or whatever you like. I created the belt by cutting a 20 inch x 4 inch piece of fabric, folding the fabric in half and sewing shut.

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