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Daily Bento

21 Feb

Cam’s school had a math based scavenger hunt at a local grocery store last night. She adores math and actually does math workbooks for fun so we thought this would be right up her alley. We were right!

Each kid was given a list of tasks based on their grade level and when their sheet was filled out completely, they turned it in to the Assistant Principal in exchange for a goodie bag and some popcorn.

She had such a good time last night so I thought I would make her a fun lunch today to remind her of her super fun scavenger hunt.



In this lunch:

  • Grape tomatoes
  • Carrots
  • Strawberries
  • Clementine – from goodie bag
  • Scooby Snacks – from goodie bag
  • Cheese shapes
  • Pumpkin seeds – in the star box
  • Organic fruit leather

There were also some meal time conversation cards in her little bag of treats so I thought it would be fun to include one today.

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.


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.


Saturday Lunch

2 Feb


Hi Guys!

Just stopping by to share a quick lunch with you.

One of our favorite dinners ’round these parts is also one of the easiest and fastest that I make.

I cut all natural chicken sausage, potatoes, sweet or bell peppers and a green veggie like asparagus or green beans roughly the same size, then toss them in extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper, and herbs. The herbs vary based on what I’ve got. Herbs de Provence, basil, oregano, whatever. It all works. Then that mixture gets roasted at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes. That’s it.

I usually give the potatoes about a 10 minute head start. Sweet potatoes get a little longer.

Back to lunch.

Cam & I had last night’s leftovers for lunch today. I put hers in one of her bento boxes and added some cheese cut outs to her rice. We also had some buttered Puerto Rican sweet bread on the side. Yum!

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

23 Jan

Cam had a big important test yesterday that took up most of her afternoon.

She still has another section of that test that needs to be done in 2 more weeks so we won’t know how she did for some time, but I know my daughter and even at 5, she takes academics very seriously so I thought a “great job” pick would be perfect for today’s lunch.

Cam has lunch meat and cheese roll-ups, carrot and celery sticks, tortilla chips, chocolate animal crackers, and strawberries for lunch today.

Daily Bento

20 Jan

Hi guys!

I was chomping at the bit to use Cam’s new Lock&Lock box so I made her a quick lunch in it today.


Cam has strawberries, tiny saltines (she loves those), grapes on the vine, a mozzarella penguin (for Penguin Awareness Day), turkey roll-ups on spinach, and some yogurt with a few colored sprinkles.

I hope you’re all having a great weekend! ♥


Daily Bento

15 Jan

For lunch today I put carrot and celery sticks, strawberries, grape tomatoes, salami roll-ups, and cheese crackers in Cam’s Goodbyn Bynto box.

I have to say that we are both loving the bynto. The stickers arrived in the mail yesterday and us girls spent a good part of the afternoon decorating the bynto and her Spencer bento box from PBK. That one definitely needed to be spruced up.

Daily Bento

14 Jan

I made corn muffins with sun-dried tomatoes, garlic and corn for a dinner with friends last night. They were delish and I had so many leftover. So I packed a couple for lunch today topped with cute mozzarella elephants. I also added salami rolls-ups, tortilla chips, strawberries and celery.

Items used in this lunch:


Daily Bento

10 Jan

Do your kids come home from school starving?

Mine do. And it’s not pretty.

For my kids, hungry = grouchy.  So I try to have something ready for my oldest when he gets off the bus so he can eat right away. For my daughter, I usually pack up a snack or smoothie and have it waiting in the car when I pick her up.

I made some chocolatey chip mini-muffins for them yesterday but swapped out the cow’s milk for almond milk. My kids can never tell the difference and it’s a lot better for them so why not? I had a lot of muffins leftover so I put some in Cam’s lunch today. I thought she might be getting tired of sandwiches so this should be a nice treat.

She also has clementines and strawberries in the top section, chicken and mozzarella cheese rolls ups and Annie’s bunny crackers in the middle section.


Chocolatey Chip Muffins:

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup sugar

2 tbsp cocoa powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/8 tsp salt

1/4 cup sour cream or yogurt – Use whatever you have in the fridge. Both are equally good.

1/2 cup milk  – Cow, almond, soy – whatever.

1 tbsp vegetable oil

1 egg

handful of chocolate chips



Preheat oven to 350.

Grease a mini muffin tin or drop in liners.

Whisk together all dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa powder, salt) in large bowl.

In a separate bowl, whisk together remaining wet ingredients until combined and pour into dry ingredients.

Stir just until combined then fold in chocolate chips. Be careful not to over-mix.

Fill cups in a mini muffin tin 2/3 full and bake for approximately 10 minutes. The tops should spring back when you press them lightly.

*I used vanilla almond milk this time but if I use regular milk, I like to add 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract.

Daily Bento

12 Dec

It’s 12/12/12. Had I been a little more with it and planned ahead accordingly, I probably could have come up with a themed bento today instead of a hodge podge bento. Oh well.

I made a quick pasta salad last night that consisted of veggie pasta, broccoli, peas, olives, tomatoes, chicken and mozzarella cheese. I threw the frozen broccoli and peas in with the pasta during the last minute of boiling time. Then I drained the pasta and veggies and mixed in everything else. I drizzled just a tiny bit of Italian dressing over the top and gave it one more good mix.

I slapped it into Cam’s bento along with some clementine wedges and a homemade carrot and pineapple muffin.

Lots of fruits and veggies going on today.