Sunday, June 08, 2008

Clowning Around



Shmoo recently hosted a clown workshop for his friends, where they tried their hands at juggling, tumbling, acting in skits, plate spinning, and more.

Here's my shmoo in his graduation nose, hair still a bit damp from the pie fight. He took to clowning like a natural, who would have guessed? Actually, I've been calling him a clown most of his life.

I packed shmoo a lunch box to run off and join the circus with ("Now be sure to do what the carnies tell you, and don't forget to eat all your deep-fried vegetables-
on-a-stick"). A veggie dog clown (Yves) in a whole wheat bun has a lettuce ruffle and sugar snap buttons. The face is a mix of Vegenaise and ketchup. Cantaloupe and honeydew are decorated with two clown picks which can also be used for eating. Vegan animal crackers and in-shell peanuts complete the circus theme.

Verdict: Clowns -- cute or creepy? Whatever you decide, keep in mind that circuses with animals suck, so it's a good idea to get your clown kicks at animal-free circuses. Shmoo ate everything but the lettuce and the peanuts, which he wants to keep to feed to the squirrels. 3 rings.

21 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

Haha, such a cute workshop and lunch!! And hooray for animal-free circuses :0)

Paulina said...

What an adorable lunch you packed your son! I love the little face on the veggie dog :)

SweetParadise said...

that is so cool!! I didnt even know you could use those clown things for bentos!! My mom uses those for cakes. lol, I learn something cool everyday.

Vegan Knitting said...

Oh, that hot dog is too cute!

Please tell Shmoo to eat the peanuts himself because, unfortunately, raw peanuts are unhealthy for squirrels. They contain a tryspin inhibitor which prevents them from absorbing the protein they eat. Also, the shell is flimsy and when they horde peanuts, the chances that they'll be edible later on in the season are small. If the squirrels are going to eat the nuts right away, then roasted peanuts without salt is OK for them. Hazelnuts are the best though.

Bianca said...

How precious! I remember having of those creepy clown heads when I was a kid...though I'm not sure where I got them.

Jennifershmoo said...

Thanks, vegan knitting. Luckily, they are roasted unsalted peanuts. I never thought about giving them hazelnuts. Yum!

Roxy said...

oohh--I love Yves veggie dogs--easily the best!!

I'm so happy you're blogging again--we really missed you!!

bLu eYd YoGi said...

hooray for you! what an awesome blog! i'm needing some great ideas for my 3 vegan kids!
~hUgS~
eRiCa
www.blujaystudio.com

Giulia said...

Clowns are creepy, but your lunchbox is absolutely adorable!! :-)

Mandy said...

You are so creative and inspiring. Thanks for this blog!

Charrisse said...

I love your creativity in his lunch box. I bet that really makes him happy. Happy Blogging :)

http://inspiredbywilliam.blogspot.com/

Janet said...

What an adorable lunch! I love the little "hat" on the hot dog's head. Sooo cute ;)

Marisa said...

Thanks for the list of animal-free circuses! I was happy to see such a long and geographically diverse list!!! Horray!

Erin said...

Perfect circus-themed lunchbox, animal crackers and peanuts. I'm actually going to cirque du soleil this weekend and never thought of it as an animal-free circus, cool!

Linda L. said...

My kids have been going crazy for juggling too ever since my 6 y.o. had “circus day” at school in Jan.
My 11 year old is getting pretty good at it. We use juggling balls made of a small baggie of rice inside a few layers of round balloons with their ends cut off. If you don’t already know about these, you can see them on
http://www.abc.net.au/science/surfingscientist/jugglingballs.htm
However if you put the rice into a plain sandwich bag first (not the Ziploc kind) and fold or tape it over, you can skip the inflating step and stretch it over the first balloon layer as the demo shows for later layers.

We have also started learning about otedama, a traditional Japanese game, a cross between juggling and jacks, which is described on Wikipedia. Otedama is better with small cloth beanbags.

Linda
Dartmouth NS Canada

Jennifershmoo said...

Those are what we use for juggling, too!

I've never heard of otedama -- sounds like fun!

:-)

Lisa Braithwaite said...

It's great to have you back, Jennifer. I've missed your posts. I don't have a little shmoo, and I work at home, but your lunch boxes are so adorable, and I get some great ideas for fun lunch combinations, even if I don't get to put them into tiny cute containers!

Muir said...

Hi! I'm visiting you blog since 2005, and I would love to buy a copy of your book. Do you think the new edition will be sold anywhere besides Amazon? I live in Argentina and I don't have an international credit card and that's the only way in Amazon.

Jennifershmoo said...

Hi, Muir! It will be available all over the place starting in August, but I'm not sure about Argentina specifically. Here's a list:

http://www.veganlunchbox.com/tobuy.html

If nothing else you can write the company and mail in a check. Hope that helps!

genrefiction said...

How very creative. Love your clown hot dog!

red said...

thank you








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