Eat, Drink and Be Merry Holiday Hop 2014

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Christmas time has always been one of my most favorite times of year from the time I was a little kid. It's taken on a different meaning now that I'm a mother of 2 little girls, though. Their excitement is my excitement, renewed. They light up the holidays and remind me what it's all about just when I think I'm about to explode from all the stress and busy-ness that surrounds it.

This year in particular, I've had to learn that it's OK if I don't bake 6 different goodies to give to teachers, neighbors and friends - that's what stores are for. My sanity is much more important. It's OK if my tree still isn't decorated. It's up, has 3/4 of the lights on them and the rest will come in time. It's OK if I have barely even thought about Christmas cards yet - they're more fun to get in January, anyway! It's OK if my house is a mess and unorganized when my family and friends come to visit. They will still love me even if it's not perfect. As long as I remember to stop and take a breath here and there and appreciate the important things in life, it's all good. :) Because in the end, it's all about the time you spend with your family and friends.

With that, this year's lunch I made for the Ho Ho Holiday Blog Hop, brought to you by my fellow Bento Bloggers and Friends, is all about simple yet fun and healthy. Here's Santa chillin' with his elves. It took all of 10 minutes to make! :)

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In this lunch:
  1. 3-D Santa sandwich made using Nature's Own 100% Whole Wheat Bread with Applegate American cheese and oven roasted turkey
  2. Utz Holiday Pretzels - made in a peanut/tree nut-free facility!
  3. Carrot Sticks with a side of Marzetti's Simply Dressed Ranch Dressing
  4. Yogurt snowman using Stonyfield Organic Smooth & Creamy Whole Milk French Vanilla Yogurt, mini Ghirardelli chocolate chips and a sliver of carrot (hope the girls will forgive me!)
  5. Dried Organic Cranberries from Trader Joe's
  6. 2 Keebler's E.L.Fudge Butter Sandwich Cookies with Fudge Creme Filling 
A very merry christmas, happy holidays and a most stellar new year from me and my family to you and yours! :)

Now hop on over Bebento-Kids to what what festive holiday lunch Ariani has created for us!

Thanks so much for stopping by and please feel free to make my day by leaving me a comment, joining my blog in the top right corner or liking my on Facebook at MyEpicureanAdventures - the more the merrier! :)

Christine, aka happyvballgirl :)

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Candy Girl said...

Super super cute! That snowman makes me melt :) And I love how you used the hop button right in your image, great idea!

Jackie LovingLunches said...

Cute snowman and *love* that 3D Santa!

Sarah Denton said...

Very cute snowman

eclecticlamb said...

Love your snowman yogurt and 3D Santa! I have that cutter but have not used it yet.

Keitha said...

You are so right, Christmas is for family and friends. Love the Santa sandwich.

Anna Adden said...

Loving the 3D Santa!

Diana Hansen said...

The yogurt snowman is my favorite part!!

Ariani Rahardjo said...

I love your 3D Santa sandwich..What a gorgeous lunch!

Shirley Wong said...

Love the 3D sandwich!!