31 January 2013

Leftovers with FunBites

Today's lunch is  a quick one made with my fun bites cube it and leftovers.

Top Box:  Leftover mushroom and olive pizza, leftover sweet potatoes (both cut with the FunBites cube it)

Bottom Box:   Clementine orange wedges and leftover sauteed zucchini, brussel sprouts, and onions.

What I used to make this bento.
Paperchase bento box.  Target
Heart picks.  Daiso Japan
Heart silicone cups.  Daiso Japan
FunBites cube it.  FunBites.com
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30 January 2013

Ice Skating

This upcoming week's theme at Bento Blog Network is winter sports.  I have always been a fan of ice skating.  Not only watching it on television but also getting out on the ice when I have extra time (which is really never at the present time).  It was a "no brainer" as to which winter sport I would make in my bento.

Top Left:  Clementine orange and blueberries.

Top right:  carrots and strawberries

Bottom:  Applesauce, cucumbers, peanut butter and tortilla sandwich with ice skater, and tucked under the sandwich are a few pretzels.

BBN bento of the week!

Bento of the Week Winner
What I used to make this bento.
EasyLunchbox Bright.  EasyLunchboxes.com
Mini dipper.  EasyLunchboxes.com
Silicone lettuce cup.  Bento USA
Foodoodler markers.  Sur La Table
Snow flake cupcake pick and ice skate cupcake ring.  A cake shop
Edible snowflakes. 
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29 January 2013

Happy Hummus

This is actually an older lunch that I am posting today.  Simple and cute!

Top box:  Pita bread cut into triangles, cilantro jalapeno hummus, and diced tomatoes to make the happy face.

Bottom box:  Ham, snow peas, carrots, and black olives.

Side dish:  Mango pieces and raspberries.

What I used to make this bento.
Tiffin box. 
Pink silicone flower cups. 
Butterfly side dish. 
Mini silicone cups. 

All are from Cost Plus World Market
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28 January 2013

Star Fruit and a Dolphin Banana

I have been searching for a star fruit for a while now! The other day when I finally found one :-)  Today's bento is an ocean themed bento to incorporate my star fruit.  This bento is a little "fruit heavy"!

Top left compartment:  Boat sandwiches with smoked turkey and wheat bread.

Top right compartment:  Yellow pepper rings, cucumbers, black olives, and cherry tomatoes.

Bottom compartment:  Blueberries, star fruit, and a dolphin banana.

What I used to make this bento.

EasyLunchboxes - Brights.  EasyLunchboxes.com
Boat sandwich cutter.  Bento USA
Fish food picks.  Amazon
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27 January 2013

Alice in Wonderland

Today (Sunday, Jan.27th) is Lewis Carroll's birthday.  He is the author of the well known children's book Alice in Wonderland.  To celebrate Bent On Better Lunches is hosting an Alice in Wonderland linky party. 

In the top row:  Peanut butter and blue corn tortilla sandwiches decorated with a key hole,  Mad Hatter tomatoes and sweet pepper rings, shiitake mushrooms and a blueberry caterpillar.

In the bottom row:  Chess board pear (this is the first attempt I have done using this technique from Bento for Kidlet), white rice and an American cheese clock.

I cheated a little and printed out the book cover and taped  it to the lid flap on the left.

And I could not resist writing on her milk bottle!

Linking up to:
What I used to make this bento.
Spencer bento box.  Pottery Barn Kids

Paring knife.

Foodoodler markers.  Sur La Table

Bunny silicone cup.  Daiso Japan.

Top hat.  A cake hop

Bunny fork.  Daiso Japan.

Small circle cutter.  Bento USA

Heart pick.  Dollar Tree

Toothpick (used to make the eat me sign)

Plastic nipple ring for a baby bottle (used to cut the circle for the clock)

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24 January 2013

Pasta Leftovers

Happy Friday!  Today we have a quick and simple lunch packed in our new PlanetBox.

In this PlanetBox lunch:  Red and yellow sweet pepper rings, strawberries, blueberries, homemade chocolate square, leftover pasta, carrots, black olives, and cherry tomatoes.
What I used to make this bento.
Planetbox.  Pottery Barn Kids
Crinkle cutter.  Pampered Chef
Paring knife.
Linking up at:
Bento Blog Network
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I am currently hosting a lunch punch giveaway. If you have not entered yet click the button below.  Ends 1/28/13.

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23 January 2013

V for Vroom

This week's letter is V.  I decided to do a V for vroom theme!  This theme goes perfectly with my lunch punch giveaway that is going on right now.

In this lunch there is:  carrots, grape tomatoes, pretzels (tucked under the sandwich), blue corn tortilla and turkey sandwich, and blueberries.
    What I used to make this lunch.
Green mini silicone cup.  Cost Plus World Market
Alphabet picks.  Bento USA
Stop sign cupcake pick.  A cake shop
Car lunch punch.  thelunchpunch.com
I am currently hosting a lunch punch giveaway!  Click the button below to enter.
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22 January 2013


Yes, you read that right!  I am doing a Chick-fil-a bento in honor of the grand opening of the Chick-fil-a restaurant in my town. 

Left Box:  Chick-fil-a chicken nuggets, green beans, blackberries, strawberries, orange pepper rings, and black olives.

Right Box:  Cow sandwich made with tortilla and peanut butter (the decoration was done with my foodoodler marker) and a Chick-fil-a mint.

I love Chick-fil-a and I am very excited that a "real" one has now opened in my town!  I say "real" because there is a small Chick-fil-a express at NAU (Northern Arizona University).  I was one of the crazy people that packed up the kids and went to the college campus to get my Chick-fil-a fix!  Thankfully, I will not have to hike from a far away parking space with two small kids to get there anymore. 

This bento was inspired by the Chick-fil-a cow mascot.  When we went there last week they were giving the little stuffed cow to kids at the entrance.

There is the cow!  I traced around his body to make the cow sandwich.

A behind the scene shot.

What I used to make this bento.

Hello Kitty bento box.  Gift

Chick-fil-a cow

Kitchen scissors

Square silicone cup and chicken head shaped cup.  Daiso Japan

Chicken picks.  Daiso Japan and Marukai

Foodoodler marker.  Sur La Table

Linking up to:
Beneficial Bento

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I am currently hosting a lunch punch giveaway- ends 1/28/13.  If you have not entered yet click the button below.

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Lunch Punch Giveaway

I have been using my lunch punches for a couple of months now.  I love them!  A great tool to make cute and fun lunches quickly! 

To create the elephant sandwich:

1. Center the lunch punch on your bread. (I flatten my bread first with a rolling pin)

2. Press the lunch punch down while twisting from side to side.

3.  Pop the sandwich out with your fingers.  Voila!

And here is the lunch I made.

Top Box:  Smoked turkey and wheat sandwich, green beans, grape tomatoes, and black olives.

Bottom Box:  Strawberries, blackberries, and peanuts.

If you would like to see more bento lunches I have made using the lunch punch click here.

Lunch Punch was kind enough to sponsor this giveaway.  This means that all of you have a chance of winning your choice of lunch punch set.  This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.  Enter below for your chance to win.  Winner will be drawn on 1/29/13 and an email will be sent.  Winner has 48 hours to claim prize.  Failure to respond to email will result in a forfeit. 

*Please be aware that you must be doing or have done what the giveaway entry states at the time of the drawing.  Example:  If I pick a winning entry for a comment and you have not commented you will be disqualified or if the winning entry is for liking my FB page and you have unliked it you will be disqualified (this applies for twitter as well), etc.  Also, if you are leaving a comment as "annonymous"  please leave your name in that comment so I can match that comment with your giveaway entry.  Thanks!*

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18 January 2013

Winnie the Pooh

January 18th is A.A. Milne's birthday.  He authored the books of Winnie the Pooh.  Since today is his birthday my bento blogger friends and I are making Winnie the Pooh themed lunches.  There is a linky at the bottom of this post for anyone to link up their own Pooh lunches.

Top Box:  Leftover lo mein noodles with tigger tail carrots, grape tomatoes, black olives, and a leftover sausage carved into a piglet shape. 
Bottom Box:  Blueberries in a bear shaped cup,  cucumbers shaped like the "hunny" pot with yellow sweet pepper honey, and a pooh bear sandwich made with tortilla, ham, and American cheese on top.
Today is Friday and I was determined to still use leftovers in this lunch.  However, the linky at the bottom of the post is for  Winnie the Pooh themed lunches.  The leftovers on Fridays linky will return next Friday. 
What I used to make this bento.

Flower bento box.  Home Goods.

Silicone bee cup.  Chrsitmas tree shop

Pot mini cookie cutter.  Hobby Lobby

Bear shaped cup.  Daiso Japan

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17 January 2013

U is for Umbrella

I have a new lunchbox that arrived today.  I had not intended on using it immediately but when I opened the box I knew it was perfect for the letter U lunch.

Top Left:   Peanut butter (for dipping the apple slices in) and blackberries.

Top Right:  Apple slices

Middle:  U shaped cookie

Bottom Left:  Black olives and cucumber slices

Bottom Right:  Umbrella sandwich with ham and blue corn tortilla on a bed of pretzels.

What I used to make this bento.

Planetbox.  Pottery Barn Kids (this box is currently on clearance!)

Umbrella cookie cutter.  Sur La Table

Alphabet picks.  Bento USA

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