Eat: Memorial Day Inspired Lunch
Memorial Day is right around the corner. But I want my kids to know that it’s not just a good day to hang at the beach or pool and buy some furniture or a car. I want them to respect and appreciate what Memorial Day symbolizes–the men and women who gave their lives so that we can live in freedom. That is truly something worth celebrating.
And so to spark a conversation (and to make meal time a little more fun), I put together this Memorial Day inspired lunch.
The lunch itself is pretty basic: peanut butter and jelly, banana, cheese and crackers, carrots, and some chocolate for dessert. But, true to my form, I had to jazz up the presentation of these basic things a little. 🙂
First, I made a flag. It’s patriotic; it’s definitely Memorial Day decor. I spread peanut butter all over a slice of bread. Then, I took some raspberry jam and made some stripes. Next came blueberry jam in a rectangle in the upper left corner. To make the white stripes, I sliced some banana and then cut those slices in half. Then I laid each half moon banana along the exposed peanut butter.
I was going to leave it at that, but I decided I needed stars on my flag, so I added a few shakes of white sprinkles.
Next, I made an assortment of flowers, since that’s what you leave at a grave and Memorial Day is for the soldiers who have passed away. For the cheese flowers, I simply used a couple of small flower cookie cutters on some slices of cheese. I used extra sharp Cheddar (orange and white) because I love that stuff, but the sharper you buy, the more crumbly it is. So if I were to do it again, I would use milder, smoother cheeses like Monterey Jack, Munster, or mild Cheddar.
For the carrot flowers, I peeled a carrot and the cut long wedges down the side of it. Then I cut the carrot into slices. The resulting effect looks like flowers!
To finish off the meal, I made some stars out of red modeling chocolate (or candy clay). This stuff is really easy to make and very easy to work with. I followed the instructions found on Jessicakes.
And there you have it. A Memorial Day lunch fit for a kid! Dessert to be served afterwords. 🙂
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