31 October 2012

Trick or Treat Hello Kitty

Halloween is finally here!  As my daughter would say,"It's trick or treating time!"  I made her an extra special bento today :-)  I had fully intended on packing this lunch in a new Hello Kitty bento box I just received this week but, alas, Hello Kitty was too big to fit (message to self measure first then draw!)  No way I was redoing this so it was EasyLunchBoxes to the rescue!  Have a safe and happy Halloween.



Left compartment:  Witch Hello Kitty sandwich with blue corn tortilla, ham, and turkey.  Carrot letters and a candy corn.

Top right:  black olives, cherry tomatoes, snow peas.

Bottom right:  Hard boiled hello kitty egg with a carrot witch's hat.

What I used to make this.

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

Hello Kitty egg mold.  Ebay.  $$

Foodoodler markers. Sur La Table. $$

Halloween foam stamps.  Dollar Tree. $

Alphabet fondant cutters.  Michaels. $$$$


After I took the above photo I decided to switch the lid to the orange one and decorate it with a dry erase marker to make it more special for Halloween.

 
 
 
 
 
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30 October 2012

Trick or Treating Hello Kitty - old link

Tomorrow my daughter's preschool is having a boo bash and they requested the parents to bring in something that was NOT candy.  I drew jack-o'-lantern faces on mandarin orange packages.  Alternatively, you could draw faces right on the rind of mandarin oranges or cuties.  I decided to use the prepackaged ones so the teachers would not have to peel 16 oranges. 
 



Whats for lunch?

Halloween is finally here!  As my daughter would say,"its trick or treating time!"  I made her an extra special bento today :-)  I had fully intended on packing this lunch in a new Hello Kitty bento box I just received this week but, alas, Hello Kitty was too big to fit (message to self measure first then draw!)  No way I was redoing this so it was EasyLunchBoxes to the rescue!  Have a safe and happy Halloween.



Left compartment:  Witch Hello Kitty sandwich with blue corn tortilla, ham, and turkey.  Carrot letters and a candy corn.

Top right:  black olives, cherry tomatoes, snow peas.

Bottom right:  Hard boiled hello kitty egg with a carrot witch's hat.

What I used to make this.

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

Hello Kitty egg mold.  Ebay.  $$

Foodoodler markers. Sur La Table. $$

Halloween foam stamps.  Dollar Tree. $

Alphabet fondant cutters.  Michaels. $$$$


After I took the above photo I decided to switch the lid to the orange one and decorate it with a dry erase marker to make it more special for Halloween.

 
 
 
 
 
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Jack-O'-Lantern Mandarin Orange Cups

Tomorrow my daughter's preschool is having a "BOO bash" and they requested that parents bring in something that was NOT candy.  I drew jack-o'-lantern faces on the top of mandarin orange cups.  Alternatively, you could draw faces right on the rind of mandarin oranges or Cuties.  I decided to use the prepackaged ones so the teachers would not have to peel 32 oranges. (You're welcome preschool!)
 
If the expiration date printed on the top bothers you, it can be removed with rubbing alcohol or a magic eraser.  

I drew the faces on with a Sharpie freehand but if you are feeling less crafty you could always use a stencil.


All packed up and ready to go to the "BOO" bash.


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Chicken FINGERS

Well,  this bento is spooky, creepy, and a little on the gross side.....proceed with caution.  A little background about this lunch.  I have been wanting to try a chicken nugget recipe that I ran across online but, of course,  had not gotten around to doing.  I was at Joann's fabric and craft store checking out the sale Halloween bentoish items and ran across a witch fingers cookie pan.  Suddenly, I had a brain storm!  I will make the chicken nugget recipe in this witch finger pan and magically I will have chicken "fingers".   Worked like a charm.



Left compartment:  Homemade chicken fingers (made with a recipe found here) and a cheese stick thumb (I decided a thumb was needed).

Right top:  Clementine.

Right Bottom:  Snow peas,  yellow bell pepper sticks, and homemade cheese crackers in a spooky cat shape.  (cheese cracker recipe)


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What I used to make this bento.
EasyLunchbox.  EasyLunchboxes.com (set of 4)  $$$
Mini oval silicone cup.  Daiso Japan.  $
Betty Crocker Easy writer.  Albertsons.  $$
Foodoodler.  Sur La Table. $$
Witch finger cookie pan.  Joann's.  $$
Spooky cat insert for Wilton linzer cookie cutters.  Joann's $$ (for the set)
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28 October 2012

EEK!

It is almost trick or treating time.  Another Halloween bento and another meatless Monday.


Top Box:  Cherry tomatoes, clementine, snow peas, peanut butter and banana sandwich.

Bottom Box:  Peanut butter and banana sandwich, olives, cucumbers, homemade cheese crackers.




What I used to make this bento.


Bento box.  Daiso Japan. $

Spider silicone cups.  Ross. $$

Mini oval silicone cup.  Daiso Japan. $

Silicon cat head cup.  Daiso Japan. $

Halloween linzer cookie cutter set.  Joanns.  $$


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26 October 2012

The Letter "L" & A Linky Party

Its Friday again!  Time for some more leftovers.  How convenient is it that this weeks letter is the letter L?  Perfect for a leftovers lunch.  Also, it is the last Friday of the month and I thought I might just try something new.  I am going to host a linky party this week and see how it goes.  If you are a bento blogger scroll down to the bottom of this post and link up your leftover lunches.  This will be a fun way to see what others have done to make their leftovers look more appealing.



Left side:  Leftover linguine with mushrooms and leeks in butter sauce.

Red Lego box:  Leftover lemon chicken soup.

Right side:  Leaf shaped cucumbers and carrots,  lunch meat (ham) on a leaf pick, "L" orange slices, and olives (could not come up with a way to tie them in with the letter "L")

I opted to pack this lunch in the Lego lunch box as it starts with an L.  I am also packing a lychee nut juice box (these are found at Asian markets).


What I used to make this bento.

Lego lunch box.  The Container Store.  $$$$

Smaller Lego container.  The Container Store. $$

Leaf pick.  A Cake Shop.  $

Leaf mini cookie cutter.  $$

Leaf craft punch.  Tuesday Morning. $$


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24 October 2012

Skeleton and spooky teeth

Today's bento is inspired by my kids' Halloween costume and Pinterest.  Both of my children are dressing up as skeletons this year.  Mainly because i found cute glow in the dark skeleton pajamas. How convenient is it to go trick or treating, exhaust the kids, and just tuck them right in to bed?(wishful thinking I am sure!)  I have seen a couple of fun Halloween things on Pinterest that I thought I would take a stab at.



Left Compartment:  A fun skeleton made of vegetables!  Cucumber head, mushroom spine and hips,  bell pepper ribs, carrot arms,  snap pea legs, and tomato feet. (I found the skeleton idea here). Black olives in the corner cup. 

Top Right:  Ham and spinach tortilla pinwheels.

Bottom Right:  Fun spooky teeth apple bites (I found these here).  Apple slices with peanut butter and almond slivers for the "teeth".

This lunch is packed in my new EasyLunchbox.


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What I used to make this bento.

Easy Lunchbox.  EasyLunchboxes.com.  (set of 4)  $$$

Silicone corner cup.  Daiso Japan.  $

Skull & crossbones pick.  BevMo!  $


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23 October 2012

Well, where do I begin?  I have run into some "road blocks" with the company Happy Tiffin.  This lunch has been in limbo for a couple of days now.  So today I will share the good, the bad, and the ugly.  First, I will start with the good.  The good being this cute lunch that I made in a fun car tiffin box.


Starting from left to right:  Cucumber cars, homemade cheese crackers (more about these below), grapes,  car shaped hard boiled egg, Lightning McQueen ham sandwich, black olives, and car kiwis.


 

These are the homemade cheese crackers that I finally got around to making!  I used this recipe that I found on Pinterest.  Turns out, they were really a lot easier to make than I had imagined and they were very yummy!

Moving on to the the bad.....

I have had my eye on this cute car tiffin that is sold only by Happy Tiffin for quite some time now.  Lets just say it was high on my "super want list" of bento supplies.  A few weeks ago I decided to bite the bullet and buy it.  Oddly enough, when I tried to order it would not let me do so due to an error in the shipping calculator.  The next day I went back to the website and it was down for maintenance.  This continued for about 2 weeks (websited down for maintenance).  Perhaps, this should have been a clue to me!  Regardless, I persevered and last week the sight was back up and running.  I quickly placed my order.  Now, these car tiffins are quite pricey coming in at $22 a pop (which is why I had only been eyeing them for a while).  On top of this the shipping is outrageous at $9.34 (almost half of the cost of the product).  At the time, I was just so happy to be able to finally place my order I just gave in to the shipping cost.  Then, Saturday came and there was a box from Happy Tiffin in my doorway.  I was very excited!  I took the box straight in to the kitchen to open it and what did I see.......my brand new car tiffin had a "flat tire".  A portion of the rear tire sticker was missing.  Really?!  Ughhhhh.


(These photos aren't the best quality as they were taken with my phone.)

Moving on to the ugly....

I promptly wrote the Happy Tiffin Co. regarding this defect and I actually sent them those same exact photos.  I anxiously awaited their reply but figured  they would not get back to me until Monday.  Monday rolls around and this is the response I recieved:
 
What?!!  Thanks Happy Tiffin for your awesome customer service!  At this point my blood was starting to boil and I had to take a few minutes to calm down before writing them back.   The second email I received from them was a little nicer and more sympathetic but the bottom line here is that I paid for a new non defective item and that is not what I received.  In the end I did get a little compensation.  I received a refund of 15% of the product price ($3.30).
 
Consumer alert:  Happy Tiffin = sad customer service.
 
*This review is based solely on my opinion and my experience with the Happy Tiffin company*
 
 
What I used to make this bento.
 
 
Car tiffin.  Happy Tiffin. $!
 
Lightning McQueen. (set of 4)  William Sonoma.  $$
 
Car sandwich cutter and press.  Allthingsforsale.com.  $$
 
Transportation silicone cups.  (bus pictured and car cup was used).  Daiso Japan. $
 
Red mini silicone cup.  Kitchen Collection. $$
 
Mini car cutter.  Daiso Japan. $

Car egg mold.  Tokyo Discount. $

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Anchors Aweigh

When I got home from work today, there was a box waiting for me at the door.  Yay!  My new set of Easy Lunch boxes has arrived.  Well, of course I had to promptly break them in.  As for the theme my daughter chose an anchor cookie cutter out of the cookie cutter drawer and voila a lunch was made.

Left side:  Lemon chicken soup in a boat silicone cup (my daughter loves to eat this stuff cold!), blue corn tortilla and ham sandwich, ham dolphins, and cherry tomatoes.

Top right:  Boat cucumbers and black olives.

Bottom right:  Grapes and fish shaped kiwi.

I am one of those people that don't like empty spaces in a lunch box.  However, I had to refrain from totally filling this box up as that would be to much food for my preschooler.  The beauty of the Easy lunch box is that it can grow with your child and you just need to adjust the amount of food packed inside. 



What I used to make this bento lunch.

Easy lunch boxes.  EasyLunchboxes.com.  (set of 4) $$$$

Boat silicone cup.  Daiso Japan. $

Anchor cookie cutter.  Sur La Table. $

Dolphin mini cookie cutter.  Kitchen Collection. $$

Mini fish cutter.  Daiso Japan. $

Boat sandwich cutter. Allthingsforsale.com  $$

Mini spoon.  Daiso Japan. $


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21 October 2012

Trick or Treat

We are getting ever closer to Halloween.   Every time we pass a house that is decorated for Halloween my daughters squeaks "its trick or treating time!"  We went out this weekend and checked out the pumpkin walk at the arboretum and we saw lots of different jack o lanterns.  Needless to say she is bursting with excitement.  As for little brother, well he is happy to go along for the ride.  Oh, and yes it is another meatless Monday!



Top Box:  Clementine, black olives, green olives, spider shaped pickles, pomegranate, peanut butter and tortilla pumpkin sandwiches, cherry tomatoes.

Bottom Box:  Yellow and red cherry tomatoes, candy corn on picks, spinach tortilla head stone,  black beans with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.



How to make fun candy corn picks:
 
*I broke the toothpicks and made them shorter in this bento*
 
 
What I used to make this bento.
 
Bento box.  Found at shop in China Town Las Vegas.  $$$
 
Spider silicone cups.  Ross. $$
 
Halloween cupcake stencils. $$
 
Pumpkin silicone cup.  Hobby Lobby. $$
 
Oval silicone cup.  Daiso Japan. $
 
Pumpkin stamp.  Dollar tree. $
 
Foodoodler markers.  Sur La Table. $$
 
Mini spider cookie cutter.  Sur La Table. $
 
Mini pumpkin cutter.  Amazon.  $$$
 
Skull & crossbones.  BevMo!  $
 
 
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19 October 2012

The Letter K

Today we continue with the preschool letter theme.  This week is the letter "K".  Today's bento was inspired by my daughters "K" preschool art!  It is Friday again and its time to use some leftovers.



Starting in the top left:  Leftover key lime pie with a kiwi "k".  Kabobs of  olive, leftover beef, bell pepper, mushroom, and tomato.  The kabobs are featured on a "kiss" stir stick.  (yes, they are really lips but today they are representing a kiss).  Kiwi slices and a blue corn tortilla "K" with spinach tortilla crown.  This "K" is strategically positioned to cover the pretzels which have nothing to do with the k theme.

Inspirational Art Work
 
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What I used to make this bento.
 
 
Green Lego box.  The Container Store.  $$$$
 
Pink silicone cup.  Cost Plus World Market.  $
 
Yellow mini silicon cup.  Daiso Japan. $
 
"Kiss"  stir stick.  Target. $$  (this is a set of 8 lips and mustaches)  *I cut the end off *
 
Foodoodler markers.  Sur La Table. $$
 
Letter K fondant cutter.  Michaels.  $$$$
 
Plastic crown cutter.  Daiso Japan. $
 
Pairing knife.
 
 
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