29 November 2012

Leftovers Linky Party Returns

Welcome back to leftovers on Fridays.  Today I am bringing back the linky party and will continue with it every Friday.  If you have a blog please feel free to link up any posts that you have done using leftovers (it does not have to be bento). 

Today's bento is continuing with the letter P theme.  My daughters preschool lessons this week were themed "P is for pet"  and the animal shelter brought a couple of dogs to preschool for the kids to pet.
Therefore, we have a doggy bento today.



Top box:  Greek avgolemono soup (lemon chicken soup) leftover from dinner.  The soup was made with leftover turkey instead of the normal chicken.  My family loves this soup and the kids will eat it cold or hot!  The dog is made with toasted roman meal bread (the scrap piece from the  bread in the bottom box)

Bottom box: Sandwich with roman meal bread and leftover honey ham.  The doggy insert is cut from a scrap piece of pumpernickel bread from yesterday's "P" lunch.  Tucked under the sandwich is clementine wedges, yellow sunburst tomatoes, and black olives.


What I used to make this bento.
 
Hello Kitty nesting round boxes.  (set of 3)  Gift.  ?
 
Dog Lunch Punch (from the critter cutters set).   thelunchpunch.com 


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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.

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28 November 2012

The Letter P

Continuing on with the letter theme from preschool.  What happened to the letter O?  Well, I assumed that last week preschool would be concentrating on Thanksgiving, but apparently they did the letter O too.   Now, we are on to the letter P in today's lunch.



Left Compartment:  "P" sandwich with pumpernickel bread and peanut butter, pistachios, pretzels, pistachio pudding (double P!), and a P cookie.

Top Right:  Pepper rings.

Bottom Right:  Pineapple and pear chunks.


What I used to make this bento.

EasyLunchbox.  EasyLunchboxes.com

Mini dippers.  EasyLunchboxes.com

Pink spoon (packed in the box).  Daiso Japan

Paring knife.


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27 November 2012

Simple Holiday Lunch

I have been collecting hoarding various bento type items over the past month.  I thought it was time to break some in!  Here is the first of my holiday season bentos.

 
Top box:  Gingerbread man shaped pita bread, hummus, Christmas tree cucumbers, and black olives.

Bottom box:  Apple pieces sprinkled with cinnamon, clementine wedges, grapes, and yellow sunburst tomatoes.


What I used to make this bento.

Lock & Lock boxes.  Marukai.  $$$$

Christmas tree & gingerbread man cutters.  (set of 12)  Target. $$

Candy cane pick, Christmas bulb ring, and Santa hat.  A cake shop.  $

Foodoodler marker.  Sur La Table. $$


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Movember

Yes, it is Movember!  Just take a look around and you will notice lots of mustache items appearing  in stores especially during the month of November!  Why?  Well, Movember is an annual event which involves growing mustaches to raise awareness and funds for men's health issues.  For more information click here




Left Compartment:  Mustache sandwiches made with pumpernickel bread, ham, and cheese.

Top right:  Cucumbers, yellow sunburst tomatoes, and black olives.

Bottom right:  Grapes and a clementine.


There is a fun store in my town called Black Hound Gallerie they always tend to carry some oddities.  They say, "We're a funky little store that sells things that amuse, satisfy, and make people laugh".  It is always fun to check out what they have in stock.  This is where I picked up my mustache sandwich cutter.  They have tons of mustache items currently in stock.


What I used to make this bento.

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

Mustache sandwich cutter. (Fred and Friends crustache)  Black Hound Gallery. $$

Mustache stir stick (used as a food pick, just cut down to the size you need).  Target.  $

Pampered Chef crinkle cutter (not in photo).  Pampered Chef.  $$$$


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25 November 2012

Brush Your Teeth!

Can anybody guess what is happening today?

 
 
Top Box:  Red grapes and tooth sandwiches made with pumpkin butter and sunbutter.
 
Bottom Box:  Asparagus tooth brush with cucumber bristles, marshmallow toothpaste, red pepper (this resembled a rolled up tube of toothpaste to me), yellow sunburst tomatoes.
 
 
 
Another Meatless Monday!

I also packed a snack in the smallest box of the nesting box set.


Pretzels and marshmallows.  (The marshmallow kind of look like teeth to keep with the theme).



What I used to make this bento.

 
 
Paperchase nesting boxes.  Target.  $$
 
Paring knife.
 
 
Now, don't go kidding yourself thinking that the boxes will be easy to find!  Of course they are not.  My Target has started carrying Paperchase items, however, did not have the nesting lunch boxes.  It seems that not all Targets have these but i am guessing they eventually will.  One of my bento friends was nice enough to pick a set up for me at her Target.  (Thanks Sarah!  Her blog is Zoe's lunch box)
 
 
 
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23 November 2012

Hoping everyone had a happy Thanksgiving day.  We had a nice one.  As with the annual tradition of Thanksgiving after I got out of bed I turned the TV on to watch some of the Macy's Thanksgiving day parade.  This was the inspiration I used to create my after Thanksgiving leftovers muffin tin meal.


Top row from left to right:  Honey ham, stuffing, broccoli.

Bottom row:  Mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce, turkey.

Middle:  Star shaped cheese.

I decided to use some fun shaped silicone cups to represent the different floats in the parade.  All of the food picks I used represent cold.  It always looks like the parade announcers are freezing!  I also threw in the Santa clause hat because he is always the finale of the parade.  The star shaped cheese is representing the star emblem of Macy's.

Linking up at:

Muffin Tin Monday at Muffintinmom.com


What I used to make this muffin tin meal.

Muffin tin.

Silicone prep bowls.  Cost Plus World Market. $$

Silicone animal cups.  The Christmas Tree Shop. $

Food picks, ice skate, & Santa hat.  A cake shop.  $

Star cutter.  Daiso Japan.  $


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20 November 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

This is the last preschool lunch of the week!  School is out till Monday.  I am going to try and do a muffin tin meal with Thanksgiving leftovers on Friday so keep a watch out for that lunch.

My daughter has been watching Charlie Brown's great pumpkin show over and over and over again!  She is so excited to see the new Charlie Brown that plays on Wednesday night (A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving)  So for this lunch I threw in a little Woodstock on top of the pumpkin.  Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving everyone!

 

In this lunch: Clementine, cherry tomatoes, snow peas, yellow sunburst tomato, bell pepper leaves, and a honey ham and blue corn tortilla pumpkin shaped sandwich.

*Notes:
 I am experimenting with a new photo editing program called picmonkey.  It is free and you don't even download it.

It was difficult to draw Woodstock on the tomato with a food marker and I ended up redrawing him with a sharpie so everyone could see him in the photo.  This tomato will be replaced with the original food marker drawn Woodstock before consumption.

I have also found it quite difficult to photograph  those pesky little tomatoes they seem to pick up glare even when there is no light!


What I used to make this bento.
 
Hello Kitty bento box.  Gift. ?
 
Pumpkin cookie cutter. (bucket of cookie cutters)  Bed, Bath, & Beyond.  $$$
 
Foodoodler makers.  Sur La Table. $$

Leaf Cutters.  Sur La Table. $


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19 November 2012

Horn of Plenty

Today's lunch is featuring the horn of plenty (aka cornucopia).  I only had a vague idea of what I was going to be using in this lunch.  Things just started happening as I was making it and voila.....it was done.  I think it turned out quite nice :-)



Top Left:  Leftover mushroom ravioli (is it weird that while having dinner tonight I was envisioning the raviolis used as a turkey body?),  ham and red bell pepper used for the turkey's head.

Bottom Left:  Honey ham pieces.

Right Compartment:  Blue corn tortilla "horn" filled with clementines, cherry tomatoes, yellow sunburst tomatoes, snow peas, grapes, and orange bell pepper sticks.

BBN's bento of the week.

Bento of the Week Winner
 
 
What I used to make this bento.
EasyLunchbox.  EasyLunchboxes.com  (set of 4) $$$$
Foodoodler markers.  Sur La Table.  $$
Pairing knife.
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18 November 2012

Turkey

Thanksgiving is coming up!  All bentos this week will be Thanksgiving themed.  Today the turkey is featured.  Another meatless Monday too.



Top Left:  Turkey shaped cucumbers, grapes, and cherry tomatoes.

Bottom Left:  Sunbutter and tortilla roll ups x 2 and pumpkin butter and tortilla roll ups x 2.

Right Side:  Turkey made from apples with sprinkled cinnamon, pear (neck), and raisins (eyes and beak).



Linking up at
Bento Blog Network


What I used to make this.

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

Mini turkey cutter.  (set of 6).  Kitchen Collection. $$

Leaf picks.  Allthingsforsale.com $$

Turkey pick.  Cake shop. $


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15 November 2012

The Letter N

It is Friday again and it is time for some leftovers!  This Friday we are continuing with the preschool letter of the week theme.  This week it is the letter N.  Per preschool the letter N is for nutrition.  I decided that in this bento the letter N should be for noodles....


Top Box:  Navel oranges, snow peas, mixed nuts.

Bottom Box:  Leftover Chinese noodles with vegetables and carrot "noodles".


What I used to make this bento.

 
 
Pink bento box with birds.  Daiso Japan.  $
 
Blue silicone cup (yellow in picture above)  Daiso Japan. $
 
Alphabet fondant cutters.  Michaels. $$$$
 
 
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Give Thanks

Welcome to the "thankful for..." blog hop.  I am thankful for many, many things.  Especially thankful for my family!  I wanted to keep my bento more traditional and thanksgiving themed.  So, today I am thankful for the Pilgrims and Indians that started the whole tradition of Thanksgiving.



Left compartment:  Female pilgrim:  Corn bread, candy eyes, raisin hair, and a marshmallow hat.  Male pilgrim:  corn bread, candy eyes, pumpernickel bread hat with pepperoni and cheese accents.  Also, pepperoni rolls and laughing cow cheese and ham roll ups.

Top right:  Grapes

Bottom right:  Indian:  cucumbers, sweet peppers, and raisins (eyes).


Now, hop on over to My epicurean adventures and see what Christine is thankful for.

 
 
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What I used to make this bento.

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

Snack cup.  (I used this to cut the heads for the pilgrims)  Dollar Tree.  $

Wilton candy eyes.  Walmart. $

Plastic face deco cutters.  Allthingsforsale.com  $$

Foodoodler markers.  Sur La Table. $$

Leaf pick.  Cake shop.  $

Turkey pick.  Cake shop. $

Pairing knife.


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13 November 2012

Octopus

The "thankful for..."  blog hop is coming up this Thursday.  I made my bento for the blog hop today and my daughter will be eating it tomorrow.  Today, I am going to share an older bento that I actually made for myself.  When I found the photo of this lunch earlier today, I realized how terrible it was.  I debated whether or not I shoud really post it.  I decided I would because everything in life is not always perfect.   I doctored up the photo as much as I could.  It is better but still bad......

 
 
Top Box:  Hard boiled egg in the shape of a fish, pickles, watermelon, and apples.
 
Bottom Box:  Octopus shaped hotdogs, rice shapes, and star shaped cheese.
 
Linking up at:
Grown-Ups Gotta Eat
 
Also sharing a snack bento that we had on a road trip to California this summer.
 
 
 
 
 
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12 November 2012

Bear Bento

I am short on time again tonight so it is another quick but cute bento.




Top Left:  Apple slices.

Top Right:  Cucumbers and red bell pepper sticks.

Bottom:  Pumpernickel bread and ham sandwich and a couple grapes tucked in the corners.

Linking up at:

Following In My Shoes


What I used to make this bento.
 
 
Flower bento box.  Marukai.  $$$$
 
Cute Z Cute animal cutters.  Allthingsforsale.com  $$
 
Bear cutter.  Allthingsforsale.com  $$

Bear picks.  Dollar Tree. $


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11 November 2012

The Letter M In A Muffin Tin

So, I decided to try something new.  Since, everyone was home on Friday because of the pink eye I decided I would try a muffin tin meal!  I also felt bad for inadvertently skipping the letter M.  Guess what starts with M......a muffin tin meal (isn't that convenient)!  I went for it and made a letter M muffin tin meal.  Now, the letter M will not feel left out :-)




Top row from left to right:  Meatballs on a mustache pick,  macaroni and cheese (my homemade version),  and Mandarin oranges.

Bottom row:  Straw mushrooms, yellow sweet peppers (these have nothing to do with the letter M but I needed a vegetable so, I stuck a mouse pick in one to tie them in),  mozzarella cheese sticks with Minnie and Mickey mouse on them.

Linking up at:
 
Muffin Tin Monday at Muffintinmom.com



What I used to make this muffin tin meal.

 
Muffin tin.  This is old and I haven't the slightest idea where I got it from!
Pink silicone cup.  Cost Plus World Market. $
Green silicone cup.  Daiso Japan. $
Silicone prep bowls.  Cost Plus World Market. $$
Mickey and Minnie Mouse rings.  A cake shop. $
Mustache stir stick (tip has been cut off).  Target. $$
Mouse pick.  Gift. ?
Sharpie marker.  Family Dollar. $


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08 November 2012

Puzzlewich

It is Friday again.  Where are the leftovers?  Well, my little girly did not even make it to preschool Thursday because she woke up with pink eye :-(  So, no leftovers today.  We are even going to miss out on doing the letter M this week (although i may just make a letter M lunch this weekend for the kids anyway).  I am going to share a lunch that has not been posted yet.  We will just refer to it has a "leftover" lunch photo.  This lunch was actually eaten on the day after Halloween.



Left compartment:  Blue corn tortilla and turkey puzzlewich.

Top right:  Black olives and cherry tomatoes.

Bottom right: Yellow sweet pepper sticks and clementine.


What I used to make this bento.

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

Puzzle sandwich cutter.  thelunchpunch.com  (set of 4)  $$


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