Apr 19
2013

Fuji Bites — April 19, 2013

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1. Last weekend we took the girls to see the movie The Croods.  Have you seen it?  We loved it.  Mr. Fuji and I were laughing right along with the girls the whole time.  Afterwards we went outside the theater where there’s a huge fountain, and the girls insisted on stopping so they could sit on its edge.  If they hadn’t, we would have just walked to the car and driven home.  I’m so grateful for my kids.  They remind me to stop and appreciate the details in life.  As an adult it’s all to easy to rush from point A to point B and on to point C.  Sometimes I forget that there are infinite points in between!

Making a wish and enjoying the sunshine

2. I’ve always been a chilihead.  I love anything spicy and my heat tolerance seems to know no bounds.  Mr. Fuji and I went to Cancun last month to celebrate our wedding anniversary and I came back hooked on El Yucateco’s Habanero hot sauces.  They have fantastic flavor!

El Yucateco Habanero Hot Sauce

3. We have always loved Eric Carle’s books.  Squirrel is now obssessed with The Very Hungry Caterpillar due to her kindergarten class doing a big unit on his books.  She spent several hours painting Eric Carle-esque pictures during the week.

Squirrel painting inspired by Eric Carle

I decided I’d give her a little surprise and packed a The Very Hungry Caterpillar inspired bento for school on Wednesday.  I created the caterpillar using sliced cucumbers, a plum tomato, and cut pieces of seaweed on a bed of rice.  The flowers are cut from sliced cheddar cheese.  She’s already begging for another one, so I’ll have to dream up some new scenes to surprise her with next week.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Bento

4. We went from 50-degree temperatures to the 80s this week.  80 degrees with bright sunshine feels a lot warmer than it actually is with that kind of temperature swing.  Yesterday when we were at the park the ice cream truck came swinging by, which I was prepared for.  I had grabbed a bunch of loose change, figuring I’d grab some fruit popsicles as a special treat.  A word to the wise: If you intend to get fruit popsicles for your kids, don’t let them come with you to the ice cream truck window and see the colorful assortment of everything but fruit popsicles.  (I know, I know, it was a “duh!” moment.)  I think all of this sunshine has addled my brain, because we walked away with very unnaturally colored blue popsicles that turned the kids’ mouths a delightful shade of blueberry and took 30 minutes of bath time to erase.

Blue Popsicles at the Park

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Chris Jones April 19, 2013 at 4:23 pm

That bento box is especially cute.
What is it about blue ice cream that’s so appealing to kids???

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Fuji Mama (Rachael) April 19, 2013 at 11:17 pm

@Chris — I have no idea! But mine adore blueberries as well…so at least there’s one natural source of blue that they love!

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Iryna April 20, 2013 at 10:52 am

Yes, we did watch The Croods! It is such a cool family movie. It was my daughter’s first time in the movie theater – usually she doesn’t like loudness, but was OK watching this movie.
You Hungry Caterpillar looks very realistic and like a drawing in the book!
I also saw Cabocha pumpkin at the local grocery store.
Yay!

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Carina April 20, 2013 at 8:05 pm

I love Yucateco hot sauces too – my favorite is the kutbil-ik flavor!

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Bianca @ Track Pants and a Tot April 21, 2013 at 8:43 am

This post made me smile. I was just at a first birthday party with a Hungry Caterpillar theme!

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Fuji Nana April 21, 2013 at 9:49 am

I am loving your Fuji Bites posts. Looks like you are having lots of fun!

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