29 September 2013

Veggie Tales

Super simple Veggie Tales lunch. 


In this lunch:  grape tomatoes, cucumbers, crackers, peanut butter in the sauce cup (I decorated the cup with a little sticker), baby carrots, and black grapes tucked in to all the spaces.

The Veggie Tales cupcake picks were sent to me from a friend that found them at her local cake supply shop.


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27 September 2013

Outer Space & Aliens - Leftovers on Fridays




Top Box:  UFO and meteor shaped eggs, space craft cucumbers, a little salt in the "rocket ship" sauce container, black grapes, a mozarella cheese star, and grape tomatoes.

Bottom Box:  Dried pineapple pieces, TJ's edamame crackers, black plum rocket ship, and a leftover burrito.


To make the UFO and meteor eggs, I poached the eggs in this silicone ice tray.


Happy Friday!  Have a great weekend.


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26 September 2013

School Picture Day

Tomorrow is picture day at preschool.  I made a little lunch to remind my daughter to smile big for her school picture.



Top compartments:  Carrots, cucumbers, grape tomatoes, and kiwi berries.  A smile lip pop stem is in the compartment with the kiwi berries.

Bottom compartment:  Camera sandwich - made from Italian bread, herb roasted turkey breast, and accent detail (lens, shutter button, and flash) are raisin bread that is "glued" on with a little butter.  Trader Joe's sesame sticks topped with American cheese "cheese" complete this lunch.


I have seen some fun camera bentos for picture day this year, here a few of them.

Bento School Lunches

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Speaking of pictures, I have a new blog design.....Hurray!!!  I am very excited :-D  My blog designer was so awesome and accommodated me in anyway she could.  And trust me I am a difficult client!  If you are in the market for a blog design check her out at Forever Tulip.  What do you think of it??

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23 September 2013

Squirrel and Acorns

A little squirrel pick on top of a sandwich keeping watch over the acorns he has gathered.



Left side:  Baby carrots, black olives, grape tomatoes, and acorn shaped cucumbers.  Black grapes in a row on the side.

Right side:  Turkey and pretzel bun sandwich.  A cute little squirrel pick adorns the sandwich.



This lunch is packed in an Ugly Children's Clothing milk lunch box.


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22 September 2013



Today is the first day of fall (9/22).  Welcome to Autumn!  It has already been getting cool here.  This Fall/Winter I am going to focus more on thermos lunches.  Although my daughter does not mind eating things cold, she definitely enjoys switching things up and is thrilled to eat a warm meal a few times a week!  A question frequently asked regarding thermos lunches is "how do you pack the warm food with food that needs an ice pack?"  I put another slide show together (since the last one was a hit!) to show the packing process in our lunch bag.


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The key to packing these foods together is gradual separation.  Pack the cold stuff on the bottom next to the ice pack. I then try to place buffer items in the lunch bag (napkin and utensils), then the thermos. 





In the thermos:  Leftover chicken pastry soup. (I cut one of the noodles with a Mickey cookie cutter to tie it in with the theme).

In the LunchBots Quad:  Watermelon pieces, baby carrots, cucumber slices, and red grapes.


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20 September 2013

Leftovers on Fridays - Girly accessories

TGIF!  A quick lunch with fun picks added to make this lunch a girly lunch!  Have a great weekend.


 
Top box:  Baby carrots, yellow pepper rings, star watermelon pieces, and green grapes.
 
Bottom (tray insert):  Leftover Mediterranean pizza (my personal new favorite!)
 
 
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19 September 2013

It's Talk Like A Pirate Day!

Happy International Talk Like A Pirate Day!  To celebrate the Bento Bloggers & Friends are doing a blog hop.  Follow along and check out everyones' fun pirate themed lunches.




In this PlanetBox:  Black grapes, whale crackers, baby carrots (as the plank), skull and bones candy, pirate head turkey sandwich, and "walk the plank" cherry fruit leather.

I used pieces from a pirate themed pumpkin decorating kit that I found at the Dollar Tree to piratize the sandwich.


Now hop on over to Bento Days and see what pirate lunch Jean has made.




After ye've sailed 'round this hop, hang on to yer sea legs!  Click 'ere to board t'next ship fer another hop!


Items used in this lunch.



This is my second International Talk Like A Pirate Day lunch, check out my lunch from last year's blog hop.


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16 September 2013

I decided this flower garden bento was the perfect opportunity to break in my new natural plant based powder colors from Chocolate Craft.



Left side:  Edamame, baby carrots, green grapes, and rose shaped watermelon.

Right side:  Flower sandwiches (roast beef in one and ham in the other) on top of a few TJ's edamame crackers.

This lunch is packed in our Ugly CC milk lunch box.


THE REVIEW
Chocolate craft natural coloring is a vegan product and does not contain any artificial ingredients.  Yay for a dye free product!!!  The powders are made from beets, annatto, spinach, carrots, cabbage, turmeric, and saffron.  You can mix the different powders together to make more color combinations.  I bought the assorted powder pack.
I decided to put them to them head to head with the food markers that I have (the food markers use food coloring).  See photo below.

The left flower sandwich was decorated with my food markers and the right flower sandwich was decorated with chocolate craft natural plant based coloring.  Notice that the left sandwich has patches of white in the red center.  Having non-even coloring really bugs me when using the food markers on bread.  Hence, that is why I commonly use my markers on tortillas.  This annoyance does not occur with the chocolate craft powder.  I simply mixed the desired amount of powder with a couple drops of water and painted it on the flower.  Looks nice and even!  Also, note at the top of the left flower the bread started to crumble off and stick to the marker. 

Due to the natural aspect of the chocolate craft powders, the colors are not exactly dead on. However, if you experiment with mixing the colors together you can get your desired colored.  Just takes a little bit of time.  

Overall, I am really pleased with this product!  It can make your lunch colorful without artificial dyes. That in itself is a win, win!



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Disclaimer:   All product reviews are my own opinion and based on my own personal use and experience with the product.  All product information is from the Chocolate Craft website.  I received a discount when I purchased this product in exchange for this review.


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15 September 2013

Tomica Cars & A Pretzel

Another meatless Monday and I just realized it is another PlanetBox Monday!  A little lunch fun with Tomica cars.





In this PlanetBox lunch:  Mini car watermelon pieces, broccoli, cheese sauce in the car container, dried pineapple pieces, soft pretzel, pretzel salt in the Tomica car spice container, grape tomatoes, and black olives.


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14 September 2013

I received quite a few questions via my social media networks about the egg skulls in today's lunch.  So many in fact, I decided to do my first ever tutorial!



Step 1 -  Boil the eggs.  The eggs need to be hard boiled.  This takes some time.  I boil my eggs for 20 minutes.

Step 2 - Peel the eggs.  The eggs need to stay warm and pliable so you need to work fast.  I peel my eggs under running cold water.  This keeps the outer shell cool enough to peel and saves your fingers from getting burned.

Step 3 - Press the warm egg firmly into the mold. (I used this ice mold) It is OK if it cracks on the back side.  Imperfections will be trimmed off later.

Step 4 - Keep pressure on the eggs while they cool.  To do this I used the top of the bento box and used my daughters head band to secure to the back of the eggs.

Step 5 -  Cool the eggs.  To expedite the cooling step, I place my egg mold in the freezer for 5-10 minutes.

Step 6 - Gently ease the eggs out of the mold.

Step 7 - Trim excess.

Check out the How To slide show.


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I cannot take credit for this idea.  I knew I had seen eggs being molded with silicone molds before. I racked my brain and I finally remembered!  It was a guest post by Lise from Veggie-Bento titled 3 uses for silicone molds.  She did a quail egg skull last year, check it out here.
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13 September 2013

Friday the 13th!

Friday the 13th is here.  I have been waiting all year for this day to have an excuse to break out my spooky bento items.  Alas, this year it occurs in the month before Halloween :-/  Anyway, don't let superstitions keep you from having an awesome day.




In this spooky lunch:  grape tomatoes, baby carrots, green grapes, skull shaped hard boiled egg, and a cat sandwich with blue corn tortilla and ham.

My first idea for this bento was to make a Jason mask sandwich, but I decided that is probably inappropriate for preschool!  I must make some adult Halloween bentos this year!

*note- for this lunch I only used one tier of my Monbento box.

Update - I received many questions about how I made the skull shaped hard boiled egg.  Click here to see the tutorial.


Items used in this lunch:



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11 September 2013

Make Your Own Tacos with Sesame Street

 A leftovers lunch on Thursday.....say what??!  Yes that is right, this weeks leftovers on Fridays is actually taking place on Thursday due to the fact that Friday of this week is Friday the 13th!!  Stay tuned for a spooky lunch tomorrow.

For today's lunch we have a little "make your own" taco lunch made fun with a touch of Sesame Street.




Top compartments:  Orange pepper rings and green grapes.

Bottom compartment:  Leftover taco beef, rice, and black beans mixed together in the Sesame Street container.  Shredded cheese in yellow Lego container.  Black olives and blue corn tortillas x 2 finish off this lunch.


Photo with all the lids off so you can actually see what is in the lunch, but not quite as cute this way!

*I found the Sesame Street snack container at Target in the dollar spot*


Items used in this lunch:


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09 September 2013

Panda, Panda!

Time for some panda cuteness in our lunch box!!


Top Box:  Panda sandwiches - one with turkey and one with ham.   Both sandwiches are on marbled rye bread.  Grape tomatoes and dried pineapple pieces in the small panda container finish off the top tier.

Bottom Box:  Strawberries, green grapes, and panda head cucumber slices.

Bento USA has so many fun panda items!

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08 September 2013

B is for Bee

Moving on to the next letter of the alphabet.....B!  Today B is for bee.  I hope everyone has a bee-utiful day.



In this lunch:  Plum slices, edamame, "B" cookie, cucumber slices, pita bread, blue corn tortilla chips, and artichoke & kalamata olive hummus.


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