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Daily Bento

11 Feb

 

I’m just going to go ahead and point it out (as if you haven’t noticed by now anyway).

I took the picture with the scrapbook paper upside down.

Insider secret: All those super cute backgrounds you see in most bento pics – most likely scrapbook paper.

That’s right. I just blew the lid off this whole operation!

Okay so not really, but it did deflect from my lack of attention to detail for a second.

Whoopsie.

Anywho… the contents of this lunch include:

  • 8 salami and cheese stars on saltines
  • Strawberries with organic fruit leather flower cut-outs placed on top and speared with a leafy pick
  • A brownie heart with a few chocolate covered sunflower seeds
  • Some Disney pretzels I found in the Valentine’s section of Super Target

The pretzels are shaped like cars and tiaras. Although I don’t think you can actually see any tiaras in that picture up there.

 

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Daily Bento

5 Feb

It’s World Nutella Day!

Yes, that’s an actual holiday. And any holiday centered around food is a holiday that I can get on board with.

It’s also National Frozen Yogurt Day so if Nutella isn’t your thing you can always celebrate frozen yogurt.

Or you could celebrate both and have some Nutella flavored frozen yogurt.

If that’s not already a thing, it should be!

In the interest of full disclosure, I have to tell you that in our house, we prefer Jif Hazelnut spread. We think it tastes better and you get more for your money. And that’s not even a paid endorsement. Although if Jif wanted to send me some free product to review on this blog I’d be more than happy to accept it.

So I guess we’re not really celebrating Nutella Day here but we love our chocolate hazelnut spread none the less so I put it on a sandwich anyway.

Aside from the chocolate hazelnut spread kitty sandwich, I packed Cheez-its, strawberries, carrots, cheese stars, and the rest of the sunflower seeds that were leftover from lunch yesterday in the star box.

 

Daily Bento – 100 Bites To Celebrate 100 Days

4 Feb

Today is the 100th day of school for my kids.

This means nothing to my oldest who is in high school. For him and his classmates, it’s just another day.

My daughter on the other hand, basically gets an all day party.

Kindergarten does it right!

Since I don’t have any letter or number cutters yet (husband take note) I thought I’d do what I had seen all my bento bloggy friends do and pack 100 bites to celebrate 100 days.

Thanks for the inspiration BBF’s!

I had to do things a little differently though. Since my kid eats like a bird, I had to plan very carefully so that her bynto wasn’t loaded with food. Because in the end I would have ended up throwing most of it out and I hate throwing food out.

 

100 bites for 100 days

  • 35 sunflower seeds
  • 10 fruit-filled mini wheats
  • 10 clementine wedges
  • 10 baby carrots
  • 10 pretzels
  • 10 goldfish
  • 8 cheese bites
  • 5 sandwiches
  • 2 all natural mango peach gummies

 

Daily Bento

29 Jan

I can’t tell you how long I stood in my kitchen last night, looking at food spread out all over my counter and trying to figure out how to situate it in this bento box.

The issue is never what to put in the bento. I know what my girl will eat and what she won’t. For me, it’s more a matter of how to arrange everything. It’s similar to writer’s block. Where you stare at a blank page with an empty brain, waiting for an idea to jump out at you.

Well, I happily discovered that one of the sections from her Lock & Lock box fits nicely in her HK bento. That was a nice surprise. It also made it much easier to figure out where to put everything.

In this bento there are salami and turkey roll-ups, green beans, carrots, tomatoes, Ritz crackers, cheese, two blueberry donuts, and honey roasted peanuts in the little box.

For the donuts, I used a packaged muffin mix, added apple juice instead of water, and baked them in a mini donut pan. Easy peasy.

Daily Bento

28 Jan

For lunch today I packed a turkey sandwich on a Hawaiian sub roll with two cheesy bears on top.

Saltines and a clementine round out this lunch.

 

Daily Bento

26 Jan

I normally don’t post lunch pics on the weekends but I thought today’s lunch was pretty cute and worth a quick post.

Camryn and her Dad had a park day today so I made her a quick lunch to bring with her.

Since the park sits right on the bay, they always take time to walk down the pier and watch the fish and the boats go by. Since I had fish and a boat cutter, I couldn’t resist.

I packed two dolphin sandwiches, cheese fish, waves, and a boat, Goldfish, and grapes.

 

Daily Bento

25 Jan

Happy Friday!

Today’s lunch is pretty simple.

Camryn asked for more meat and cheese roll-ups so I made some for her using salami and mozzarella. She also has a cat sandwich filled with Jif Hazelnut spread, strawberries, grapes, and tiny saltines.

I hope everyone has a great weekend.

 

Daily Bento

22 Jan

I ♥ our new Lock&Lock box.

The sections are removable so it can be configured many different ways to accommodate what you want to pack or how you want things to be arranged. There’s a lot of food happening today and it’s all fitting snug as a bug in that 6″x6″ box up there.

For lunch today I removed one of the divided sections and put a granola bar on the side, then I slid the remaining section up against the granola bar to hold it in place.

In the divided section there is a salad (sort of) of grape tomatoes, celery and carrots, and there are two butterfly sandwiches in the lower part.

On the side are four turkey and cheese roll-ups, grapes, and those teeny saltines that Cam is nuts about.

 

Daily Bento & A Quick Product Review

29 Nov

I ordered one of these bento boxes from Pottery Barn Kids last Friday:

They are $16.50 (except for the lavender box which is only $11.99) and all come with free shipping. Guess which one I ordered…

Yep.

I obviously haven’t had this box long enough to do a thorough review yet so here are some quick pros and cons:

Pros:

  • Compartments – I like compartments. No need for baran or silicone cups.
  • Lots of room – Measurements are 7″ wide x 8″ long x 2.5″ high so while it is roomy, it should still fit in most lunchboxes.
  • Seems durable  – Time will tell.
  • Dishwasher safe on the top rack which is nice.

Cons:

  • All the compartments (except the largest one) are the same size. Some people will love this. I however, would have preferred if they had extended the largest compartment a little to fit a standard sized juice box or an uncut sandwich and left two smaller compartments for smaller items like nuts or dried fruit.
  • May be too large for smaller kids. My kindergartener eats about 5 bites at lunch so this box is a little large for her now but I have no doubt that she’ll get good use out of it when she’s a little older.
  • That little door on the top left compartment does not stay closed when the lid is open.
  • Not leak proof.

So even though there are a couple of things I’d like to change if I could, overall I do like it so far.

If you’re interested, this bento box can be found here: http://www.potterybarnkids.com/products/spencer-bento-box-containers

In today’s bento, I packed chicken and cheese roll ups, grapes, carrots, green beans, tortilla chips, graham crackers, and a fruit and oatmeal bar. Whew! That’s a lot of food.

I also want to mention that PBK included a $10 gift card in my package which I thought was super awesome of them. I’m not sure if that’s a special thing that they’re doing for the holidays and I can’t guarantee you’ll get one too if you order but you just might.

Daily Bento

13 Nov

Isn’t it weird when things just sort of come together on their own? Without meaning to, I created a frog/insect theme for today’s bento.

I cut some carrots into butterfly shapes last night using a small fondant cutter. I also grabbed the first CuteZCute insert that my hand touched this morning when I made Cam’s sandwich and it just happened to be a frog. The first pick I grabbed was also a frog. And lastly, when I tossed in some Cheez-Its, I noticed once they were in the bento that they were Spiderman Cheez-Its. See all the spiders?

There is some sliced celery under the carrot butterflies and the froggy sandwich is filled with sliced chicken.

I wonder if my little miss caught the theme at lunch time today.