31 August 2012

Leftovers on Friday: Butterflies

I am feeling creative again tonight!  We had farfalle (bow tie) pasta the other night and my daughter likes to think that it is butterfly pasta.  Of course since it is Friday I need to use leftovers, therefore, it is an automatic butterfly theme.  Have a safe and happy Labor day weekend!

Top Box:  Butterfly pasta, black olives behind the butterfly baran, sesame cashews (they look like butterflies if you lie them next to each other just right).  cucumbers, and grapes

Bottom Box:  Butterfly shaped banana bread, craisins, ham,  pirate booty (also looks like butterfly when put side by side), red sweet pepper, blueberries, coconut, and cucumber.  **This was the big creative moment tonight.  I took one of the cucumbers that i had punched out the butterfly shape from and filled the cut out with blueberries and used the red pepper to sprinkle around it.**

Linking up at:

Bento Lunch

What I used to make this bento.

Panda Bento Box.  Discount Tokyo.  $$$$

Silicone Baran.  Pictured is green leaf but used pink flower and yellow butterfly in bento.  allthingsforsale.com. $$

Flower picks.  Daiso Japan. $

Silicone cups.  Daiso Japan. $

Plastic butterfly cutters.  Daiso Japan. $

Heart cookie cutter.  Kitchen Collection. $

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30 August 2012

Flower Garden

With labor day around the corner and fall here before we know it, I thought a flower bento was in order.   I can't believe it is almost September.  Time does fly!  Let's all remember to stop and smell the roses or in this case the flowers.

Left cup:  Ham, black olives, blueberries, sugar snap peas, carrot, red sweet pepper, and coconut.

Top right cup: Cucumbers, carrot, and red sweet pepper.

Bottom right cup:  Yellow sweet pepper and grapes.

What I used to make this bento.

Flower bento box.  Marukai. $$$$

Pink silicone flower cup (green one pictured).  Daiso Japan. $

Plastic deco cutters.  Daiso Japan. $

Flower sandwich cutter.  Allthingsforsale.com  $$

Green leaf baran (yellow butterfly pictured).  Allthingsforsale.com $

Red silicone cup.  Kitchen Collections.  set of 12.  $$

Tulip cookie cutter.  Daiso Japan. $

Flower vegetable cutters.  set of 6.  Allthingsforsale.com $$$

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28 August 2012

American Red Cross

There was a blood drive today in my town and I was talked into giving blood today by one of my co-workers.  This was my very first time giving blood and to my delight it was really a good experience.  However, after taking care of my kids this evening I am feeling a little fatigued.  Perhaps I have a little less blood flow to my brain tonight that is making me not think clearly!  So, as a result we have ended up with an American Red Cross preschool lunch!  Give the gift of life :-)

Top Box:  Strawberry cereal bar with craisin cross.

Middle Box:  Ham, cheese, and tortilla USA sandwich on top of carrots and sugar snap peas.

Bottom Box:  Blueberries, midnight grapes, and cherries.

What I used to make this.

Bento Boxes.  Allthingsforsale.com $

USA cookie cutter.  Sur La Table. $

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Ice Cream

I was suffering from a lack of inspiration tonight.  I was looking through my bento stuff and the kids started playing with their Melissa & Doug ice cream set.  As a result, I ended up just going with an ice cream theme :-)

Left Box:  Whole grain pita bread and peanut butter sandwich decorated with food coloring markers.  There is a bite out of the ice cream due to a mishap with the wrong colored marker.  Tucked underneath is an ice cream shaped graham cracker.

Top Box:  Sugar snap peas with mini ice cream shaped olives and cucumber ice cream cones in a cup.

Bottom Box:  Salami ice cream cones in a bow cup, nectarine slices with blueberries and coconut ice cream cones on top.

What I use to make this bento.

Sanrio Bento Boxes. Sanrio. $$$

Blue silicon cup (yellow pictured).  Daiso Japan. $

Bow silicone cup.  Marukai. $

Ice cream cone cookie cutter.  Sur La Table. $

Mini ice cream cone cutters.  Set of 3 (these are actually clay cutters)  Hobby Lobby. $

Foodoodler food markers.  Sur La Table. $$ (did not make it in photo).

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26 August 2012


On Saturday my little family finally got to go and check out Bearizona.  It is a pretty cool place.  The first part your drive through in your car and the second part is like a mini zoo.  There are many, many black bears there.  To commemorate this little visit we must have a Monday Bearizona bento and keep the fun going!

Top  Box:  Blueberries in a bear head cup,  bear shaped cucumbers in square cup with bear peeking over the side,  sushi rice made with soy sauce to add color and olive decorations, sliced black olives,  pretzels, and carrot bearizona.

Bottom Box:  Bear shaped homemade banana bread,  whole grain goldfish crackers, and bear shaped ham.

A couple photos of the bears we saw.
This one crossed in front of our car.
Here are some of the baby bear cubs.

What I used to make this bento.

Bear bento box. Discount Tokyo. $

Bear cookie cutter.  Seasoned Kitchen. $

Yellow silicone cup.  Daiso Japan. $

Blue bear shaped cup. (pink cat cup pictured) set of 3.  Discount Tokyo. $

Letter cutters.  Michael's. $$$

Bear rice mold.  Discount Tokyo. $

Bear sandwich cutter.  Marukai. $

Yellow square cup with peeking bear. (orange one pictured).  Daiso Japan. $

Plastic deco cutters.  Daiso Japan. $

Small bear cutter.  Wilton's Noah's Ark mini cookie cutter set.  Amazon. $$

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24 August 2012

Leftovers on Friday: Owl Pizza

Friday is here again.  Here is another bento made from leftovers.  I used another one of my smaller bento boxes today since my little chica has not been eating as much as usual.

Left Box:  Leftover Fratelli pizza cut into an owl shape with black olive details, black olives, leftover green beans and tomatoes.

Right Box:  Leftover apple pie (it is Friday, why not have some pie) in a silicone heart cup and blueberries on the side.

What I used to make this.

Onigiri bento box.  Discount Tokyo. $

Small plastic deco cutters.  Daiso Japan. $

Heart shaped silicone cup.  Daiso Japan. $

Cut off Motrin Syringe.   Free

Oval silicone cups.  Daiso Japan. $

Owl cookie cutter.  Sur La Table. $

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23 August 2012

Fish & Whale

Let the sea life theme continue....

My daughter has not been eating as much as usual this week.  So, today I have scaled down the size of her lunch.  This is a very simple lunch and took 10 minutes to make.

Top Box:  Ham whales, peanut butter on cheese cracker, baby carrots,  and blueberries.

Bottom Box:  Fish pita bread, craisins, flower cucumbers, and hummus.

Side Cup:  Applesauce.

What I used to make this.

Mini bento box.  Daiso Japan $

Dog cup.  Dollar Tree. $

Jole vegetable cutter.  Home Goods. $$

Oval silicone cups.  Daiso Japan. $

Small fish cutter.  Daiso Japan. $

Whale cutter.  Kitchen Collection.  Set of 3.  $$

Mini silicon cups.  Kitchen Collection.  Set of 20. $$

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22 August 2012

Sea Life

This lunch is filled with things from or on the sea.

Fish Box:  Pretzel sticks

Middle Box:  Fish sticky rice with ham accents, raspberries, Rainier cherries, and cucumber sharks.

Bottom Box:  pepperoni stick crab,  cheese stick fish, red bell peppers, black olives, ham boat.

I will be linking up with bentolunch.net for what's for lunch Wednesday.

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21 August 2012

Planes, Trains, & Automobiles

This lunch is a boy inspired theme of planes, trains, and automobiles.  I will be linking up again at bento blog network's theme of the week.

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Top Box:  Peach Jello

Middle Box:  Airplane and bus peanut butter and banana sandwich, cheez-its, black olives.

Bottom Box:  Carrot wheels, salami train, hard boiled egg car, red grapes.

What I used to make this.

Strawberry onigiri box.  Discount Tokyo. $

Panda bento box.  Discount Tokyo. $$$$

Pink and green silicone cups.  Cost Plus World Market. $

Silicone grass baran.  Allthingsforsale.com  $

Airplane and bus sandwich cutters.  Allthingsforsale.com $$

Vegetable cutter. set of 6. Allthingsforsale.com $$$

Egg mold.  Discount Tokyo.  $

Train cookie cutter.  Sur La Table. $

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