21 June 2015

Aviation Bento

We pulled out our stash of Lunch Punches the other day.  My son picked out the airplane cutter for use in his lunch.  Thus, an aviation theme came to fruition.


In this bento:  Ham & cheese on wheat airplane sandwich, star crackers, orange slices, and black olives.


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17 June 2015

Hello Kitty Burrito Bento

A breakfast burrito bento adorned with a cute piece of Hello Kitty baran and packed up in our Hello Kitty shaped bento box.  Perfect for my daughter who loves Hello Kitty and loves to eat burritos <3
*Edit update ~ I had some fun comments on Facebook suggesting this bento should be named Hello Kitty Purrito :-D  Love it!!!!!!


In this bento:  Breakfast burrito (eggs, refried beans, and cheese on whole wheat tortilla), watermelon balls, steamed broccoli, and red grapes tucked into the empty spaces.



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14 June 2015

Basic Ballet Box

My daughter recently finished up her first semester of ballet dance class.  The most exciting part for her, of course, was the dance recital!  I made her a quick ballet bento box for the morning after her recital.  Nothing fancy just red, yellow, and pink food with the addition of a ballet slipper cupcake ring.


In this bento:  Rainier cherries, salami, and red & yellow pepper rings.



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10 June 2015

Pandas with Bamboo

Wow, it's already the 10th of June.  I have not blogged at all this month!  You have probably already guessed that my kids have started summer vacation.  I have been on a little blogging hiatus since summer break began.  I am back now and ready to share more fun bento lunches.  If you missed my posts follow me on Instagram, I post there more often during the summer :)

Today I am posting my Pandas with bamboo bento that I made for this year's Bento & Co contest.  This year the theme was sandwich.  This is what I came up with...


In this bento:  Corn on the cob, roasted asparagus on top of a lettuce leaf with sprouts added to give the bamboo more of a forest feel, panda sandwiches (ham & mozzarella cheese on dark rye bread) on top of a bead of sprouts, strawberries, blueberries, and watermelon flowers.

My panda bento did not make the finalists list, but I still had fun creating & eating it.  I always love to participate in bento competitions!


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28 May 2015

King Candy Bento

King Candy from Wreck it Ralph.  Another bento made for MomoCon.  We will be making King Candy in Sunday's workshop - crafting a villain.  Looking forward to all the fun events at MomoCon this weekend.  Next stop Atlanta!


In this bento:  King Candy sandwich (for full details see below), rocket shaped cheese crackers, a piece of peppermint stick, and Rainier cherries.


The King Candy sandwich is ham on white bread.  He is decorated with cheddar cheese (crown and shirt bottom, jack cheese (eyes, collar, and shirt), red pepper (bow tie), blue corn chip (hair and eye brows), ham (eyelids and nose), and nori (mouth).  The details on the shirt and collar are drawn on with gel food coloring.  I used a toothpick to apply the food coloring.  Most of the parts were free hand cut with a paring knife except for the circle parts, I used a small circle cutter for those.  


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27 May 2015

Baby Groot inspired sandwich from Guardians of the Galaxy.  This bento was made as a mock up design for MomoCon 2015 bento workshop - making a hero.  I will be on the bento panel for both of the workshops this weekend.  We will be guiding the attendees through the process of making this fun themed bento box.  If you live in the Atlanta area, you should definitely stop by and say hi!  Can't wait to meet all the bento enthusiasts there this weekend.


In this bento:  Steamed broccoli, strawberries, Annie's fruit snacks (in the bottom of the pot), alfalfa sprouts, red grapes, and a ham & cheese sandwich on wheat bread.  Baby Groot's parts are made up of:  twisted crust trunk, crust arm branches, crust mouth, olive eyes, and some alfalfa sprout foliage on his head.  The crust arms are held up by a toothpick pushed into a strawberry.


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25 May 2015

Introducing my book: Happy Bento!


Hello everybody!  I am so happy to share some exciting news with you.  Over this past year, I have been busily writing a bento book.  The book is now complete and was sent off to the printing press last week.  Introducing my new baby, Happy Bento!  Lunches on the go, coming soon to a book store near you.



The last time I physically held the book, it was on a USB drive :)  Things have come a long way since then.  The next time I hold my book it will be, well, an actual book!

This book is full of lunch packing inspiration.  Lots of entrĂ©e ideas for bentos.  Step by step written directions with photo tutorials of different techniques along the way.  Themed lunch ideas for almost any occasion.  Plus, tips on shopping for bento boxes and supplies.

Happy Bento! is scheduled to be released on August 11th, just in time for back to school.  Pre-order on Amazon to reserve your copy.



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