31 December 2012

2012 Favorite Lunches

I hope everyone has a fantastic 2013!  I have not been posting as regularly due to the holidays.  I decided to do a count down of your favorite lunches and my favorite lunches from 2012!

YOUR FAVORITE LUNCHES (the lunches with the most page views from 2012)


Thanks for following me and I am looking forward to making more bento lunches in 2013!
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26 December 2012

The Letter S

 This week's letter theme is S at preschool. We are now officially back on track with the order of the letters of the alphabet.

Top left:  Strawberries in a square silicone cup.

Top right:  Sunbutter and tortilla sandwich with a letter S cookie on top.

Bottom left:  Salad with spring mix lettuce, carrots, olives, salami, and an American cheese snowflake on top.

Bottom right:  Santitas tortilla chips and mild salsa.

My first inclination was to use sun chips for this S lunch, but I could not find a small snack size bag and did not want to buy a large bag.  Luckily, I had tortilla chips in the pantry and I was happy to discover they were Santitas brand!

What I used to make this bento.

LunchBots quad.  Amazon. $$$$
Square silicone cups.  Daiso Japan. $

Mini snowflake cookie cutter.  Target. $$ (set)

Plastic deco diamond shaped cutter.  Daiso Japan.  $

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25 December 2012

A Fairytale Frog

We are back to work, preschool, and daycare tomorrow.  I made a quick fairytale frog lunch for my little princess using my lunch punch.

From left to right:  Frog prince sandwich with salami, cheese, and sourdough bread.  Yellow sunburst tomatoes and black olives.  Apple sauce with frog sprinkles in a frog silicone cup.

In the utensil tray I packed some Trader Joe's edamame crackers along with the utensils.
What I used to make this bento.
Hello Kitty bento box.  Gift. ?
Silicone frog cup.  Christmas Tree Shops.  $
Star (magic wand) pick.  Gift. ?
Frog prince lunch punch.  Amazon.  $$$$  (set of 4)
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20 December 2012

Last Christmas Lunch

We are probably amongst the last people to get a Christmas tree.  Finally, today we bought one.  It still needs to be decorated but that will have to wait till tomorrow.  I can't believe Christmas is almost here!  I am a little bummed that the holiday lunches will be coming to an end.  Here is the last Christmas lunch of the season.

Top Left:  Stocking shaped cucumbers and black olives.

Top Right:  Ornament shaped pears with sprinkles

Bottom:  Leftover corkscrew pasta,  holiday colored gold fish, and cocoa almond butter sandwich.

This lunch is packed in my EasyLunchbox.....speaking of, have you entered my giveaway yet? It ends on 12/23/12. Don't forget to enter for your chance to win! (click the button below)

   What I used to make this bento.
EasyLunchbox.  EasyLunchboxes.com  (set of 4)  $$$$
Holiday linzer cookie cutters.  Michaels.  $$
Ornament & stocking mini cookie cutters.  Target (set)  $$
Christmas tree silicone cup.  Gift. ?
Stocking picks and noel pick.  A cake shop. $
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The Grinch

Today is the third and final week of  Bento Blogger & Friends' holiday ho-ho hops.  Follow along and see what other fun holiday lunches others have made.  I decided to go with a Grinch themed lunch.  It seems I am not very merry this year, so I can relate to him.  Plus, my daughter has watched the Grinch show every night since it aired!

Left box:  The Grinch is made of sushi rice made green with a little food coloring, candy eyes, black olive eyebrows and nose,  green bean Grinchy smile, and green shoe lace licorice hair.  He is surrounded by green beans.

Right box:  You can't have the Grinch without his side kick Max.  Max the dog is made from a hot dog and a broken pretzel used as his antlers.  (I copied the dog from bento monsters.  Click here to see the tutorial).  The dog is surrounded by clementine wedges, cherry tomatoes, black olives, and brussel sprouts.

Now, hop on over to robot, squirrel, and the monkeys and check out Eileen's holiday lunch!


What I used to make this bento.

Hello Kitty bento box.  Gift. ?

Foodoodler marker.  Sur La Table.  $$

Wilton candy eyes.  Walmart. $  (not in photo)


Paring knife.
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Bento of the Week

18 December 2012

The Polar Express

Tonight, we went on the polar express train ride.  So, I had to make a polar express themed bento for tomorrow's lunch.

Top Left:  Carrots, black olives, and yellow sunburst tomatoes.
Top Right:  Clementine (cut to look like a sleigh bell) and Trader Joe's candy can joe joes. (when you ride on the polar express they give you hot chocolate and cookies.  How can you have a polar express lunch without cookies?!)
Bottom:  "polar express"  cucumbers, train sandwich with sunbutter, bananas, and blue corn tortilla.
This was packed in my EasyLunchbox.....speaking of, have you entered my giveaway yet?  It ends on 12/23.  Don't forget to enter for your chance to win! (click the button below)
Linking up at:
Bento of the Week
What I used to make this bento.
EasyLunchbox.  Easylunchboxes.com  (set of 4)  $$$$
Train cookie cutter.  I got this at a gift shop at the Grand Canyon a long time ago. $
Alphabet fondant cutters.  Michaels.  $$$$
Foodoodler marker.  Sur La Table.  $
Crinkle cutter.  Pampered Chef.  $$$
Santa cupcake pick.  A cake shop. $  (not in photo)
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17 December 2012

Christmas Presents

Tonight I asked my child what she would like to see in her lunch box tomorrow.  Her response, I want a present lunch!  That has to be a typical almost 4 year old answer!  This has to be one of the fastest lunches I have made.  It took under 10 minutes.

Top Left:  Clementine.

Bottom Left:  Yellow sunburst tomatoes, black olives, and crinkle cut cucumbers.

Right:  Present sandwich with blue corn tortilla and ham.  A side of pretzels.

What I used to make this bento.

EasyLunchbox.  (set of 4)  EasyLunchboxes.com $$$$

Foodoodler markers.  Sur La Table.  $$

Spring loaded present cookie cutter.  Target (set)  $$$

Present cupcake picks.  A cake shop.  $

Present silicone mold.  Gift.  $  (not pictured in photo above)

Crinkle cutter.  Pampered chef. $$ (not pictured)

Have you entered my EasyLunchboxes giveaway yet?  If not click the button below to enter!

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16 December 2012

EasyLunchboxes Review and Giveaway

In honor of my 100th post, I am doing a review and giveaway of  EasyLunchboxes

The above photo is a collage of some of my favorite lunches I have made in my EasyLunchbox.  To see more lunches that I have done in these awesome lunch boxes click here.

I have grown to love my EasyLuncboxes.  They are awesome, especially when you are in a hurry and don't have time to plan and map out the placing of the food in a regular bento box.  My EasyLunchboxes have actually saved me a few times when I did not plan and measure properly.   Rather than redoing my lunch art, I just switched lunch boxes and used my EasyLunchboxes instead. 

EasyLunchboxes can hold a significant amount of food and you can fill the box with appropriate portions per your child's needs.  My preschooler has not had issues with opening the box  or with spills in her lunch bag. 

EasyLunchboxes are free of  lead, vinyl, PVC, Phthalates, or Bisphenol A (BPA). They are safe for use in the dishwasher, freezer, and microwave.

We love our EasyLunchboxes :-)

*This review is based solely on my opinion and experience with my EasyLunchboxes*

Now here is your chance to win your own set of EasyLunchboxes and a cooler bag of your color choice.  

Note:  This giveaway is offered to US residents only. Please do not enter this giveaway if you have won or received free product from EasyLunchboxes within the past 3 months.

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13 December 2012

Driving in the Snow

Happy Friday!  We are expecting a snow storm this Friday.  It will be our first of the season.  I suspect we will be driving in the snow!

From left to right:  Peanut butter with a sugar snowflake on top.  Leftover hamburger with snowflake cheese.  Tucked under the burger are crinkle cute cucumbers.  Apple snowflakes sprinkled with cinnamon. (I have just recently learned that my daughter loves to dip her apples in peanut butter).

What I used to make this bento.

Car Tiffin.  $!  (For more info about this product click here)

Large snowflake cookie cutter.  Sur La Table.  $

Mini snowflake cookie cutter.  (set)  Target.  $

Mini plastic deco cutters.  Daiso Japan.  $

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Now, on to the linky party. There is only one established rule. The rule is that your post must use leftovers. Please grab my leftovers on Fridays button and help spread the leftovers love.

Thanks to everyone for your participation last week!  I look forward to seeing what you have done with your leftovers this week!



12 December 2012

The Letter Q

A letter Q lunch today to continue along with the letters at preschool.  If you recall preschool had skipped over Q last week.  This week they decided to through the letter Q back in to the lesson plans.  Next week we should be back on an alphabetical order track with the letter S!

Top left:  Crinkle cut cucumbers and cherry tomatoes.

Bottom left:  Clementine and apple slices.

Right:  "Q"  Mushroom and cheese quesadilla and a Q cookie.

Things that I used to make this bento found here:
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11 December 2012

A Candy Cane Lunch

Today's lunch is featuring the iconic candy cane.  My kids love candy canes.  Sometimes I think the messier the food item the more they love it :-)  Nothing like sticky pink hands and faces!  This lunch, however,  has non-sticky candy canes.

Left Box:  Pretzels and a ham and tortilla candy cane sandwich.

Right Box:  Crinkle cut carrots, black olives, candy cane shaped cucumbers, and apple slices.

What I used to make this bento.
Hello Kitty bento box.  Gift  ?
Candy cane cookie cutter (regular size)  Gift.  ?
Mini candy cane cutter (set of mini Christmas cutters)  Target.  $$
Crinkle cutter.  Pampered Chef.  $$$
Foodoodler marker.  Sur La Table.  $$
Candy cane cupcake pick (did not make it into above photo)  Cake shop.  $
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Bento of the Week
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10 December 2012

Sick Day Muffin Tin Meal

It has been a constant state of illness around here lately.  We are all just getting over a stomach bug and now we have been hit with the respiratory crud!  On top of that my daughter was diagnosed with an ear infection today :-(  Needless to say, we did not attend preschool today.  We did try to make the most of our "sick" day and made a fun muffin tin meal (minus the tin but with fun Christmas shaped cupcake baking cups).

Starting top left:  Crackers, black olives, chicken noodle soup, steamed broccoli and purple cauliflower, and apple slices sprinkled with cinnamon.

Linking up to:


What I used to make this muffin tin meal.

Pyrex baking dish.

Japanese soup bowl.  Marukai.  $

Christmas silicone cups.  Gift.  ?

Christmas cupcake picks.  A cake shop.  $

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09 December 2012

Christmas Lights - A Copycat Bento

This weeks challenge at Bento Blog Network is to do a copycat bento.  I decided to take this opportunity to copy my friend Debby's (from iPackLunch) bento called Lights A Glow.

Top:  Clementine wedges, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers.

Bottom:  Peanut butter fairy bread sandwich.  There are orange turtle and blue shark sprinkles filling the cutouts.  Marshmallow bases with green licorice wire.  (I looked and looked for the black peel apart licorice but could not find it.  I did end up finding rainbow colored shoe string licorice.)  In the original bento she used a square crinkle cookie cuter.  I tried to duplicate this by using my crinkle cutter knife, this did not work well.

Side:  Trader Joe's apple sticks and TJ's edamame crackers.

*I did not have a mini Christmas light cookie cutter on hand and I just used a Christmas bulb ring to punch through the bread.

Another Meatless Monday

What I used to make this bento.

LunchBots Trio.  Amazon.  $$$$

Christmas light cupcake rings.  A Cake Shop.  $

Crinkle cutter.  Pampered Chef.  $$$

Paring knife.

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