Friday, December 31, 2010

So long 2010

It has become an annoying tradition that I get sick for New Year's Eve. So instead of a fabulous new years bento I am jumping on the bandwagon and doing a year in reviewor a Top 10 of 2010I can't believe another fantastic year of bentoing is coming to a close. Here's to great new things in 2011!!

This Badtz Maru was a really exciting 2010 moment because it was the first bento that I figured out how to achieve that super black look using watered down gel food color and a paintbrush.

And of course 2010 was a great year for Star Wars which continues to be one of Kidlet's faves.
Adventure Time became another fave for Kidlet which promted several bentos. This was the first attempt at  a separate background piece.

We tried out a new tiffin style lunch and Kidlet liked it a lot, especially this bento featuring one of his new tshirts!
Harry Potter was another constant in 2010. This Hogwarts Crest was so detailed that I don't think my hand ever recovered!
Kidlet studied Walt Disney and had a few bento featuring Mickey and friends

The Winter Olympics were properly celebrated with their cute little mascots
We used the tiffin a lot during summer Zoo camp! This porcupine was inspired by a friend they met at camp!

More Star Wars of course! These cookie cutters sure have gotten a lot of use in our house during 2010!
And we end with a funny little St.Patrick's Day  fellow! 2010 brought a lot of changes in my drawing and apple carving skills!

Happy New Year to all of my super readers and bento buddies! I can't wait to see what 2011 has in store for all of us!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Oh Christmas Tree......

Nothing makes me feel older than Kidlet's birthday. As of Monday, he is now a whopping 10 years old. How did that happen?! No birthday bento is brought to you by the giant kid party we had the night before and my discovery that I am not in fact 12 people.

Trying to get in the holiday spirit now! Kidlet has a soy ham sandwich shaped like a tree with little star sprinkles. On the side are grapes, blackberries, apple, and carrots.

Check out other festive lunches this week at What's For Lunch Wednesday

And here is what I have been doing lately. Kidlet's birthday cake is Wicket with his tree house hut thing. The cake is chocolate with oreo filling and covered in marshmallow fondant. Wicket is made using a tiny bear cake pan and the hut is thanks to the giant cupcake pan borrowed from a neighbor :)

And this is what a 10 year old Kidlet looks like :) I made his birthday sweatshirt with fabric markers. They are awesome, just like food color markers!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Potter Mania

Lack of bento this past week was due to complete Potter mania at our house :) Deathly Hallows *part1* came out on Friday so Thursday night Kidlet attended his first midnight showing! Normally I never would have let him since it was a school night, but one of my best buddies came from out of town so we had to! It was so much fun!

This bento is inspired by Potter Puppet Pals. If you haven't seen these videos you really should, they are hysterical!

 Puppet!Harry is cheese and food colors and sits on a Quorn chik'n patty sandwich. On the side are checkered apple, carrots, walnuts, almonds, and dried blueberries

And here is a celebration cupcake! The Deathly Hallows symbol is fondant and food coloring marker. The cupcake is pumpkin with cream cheese icing.....soo good! I got the recipe from Shannon @ The only change I made was using pumpkin pie spice instead of cinnamon and of course making cupcakes :) They were delicious!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Woodstock Bento

Well, I am sorry the news took so long, Kidlet and I have been sick this week, but the lunch bag was in fact returned Monday morning!! YAY!! :) Of course, it would be the one time he didn't finish everything inside....the smell was super *gag*. I am happy to have it back regardless :)

I have been feeling pretty low on autumn bento inspiration. Sure there are leaves.....but I felt pretty stuck! That is until I thought about Charlie Brown and Snoopy and of course, Woodstock!

Woodstock on pumpkins is cheese with food coloring and sits on a soy ham sandwich. On the side are orange slices, pomegranate, and apple leaf.

Friday, November 5, 2010

A bento tale of woe

This bento was so full of promise.....delicious leftovers just right for sending to school!Kidlet watched me fix the bento, adding in his comments of what should be included, as he perched atop a counter stool. The bento made it safely to school where it was loved and consumed!

Bento includes leftovers from Olive Garden last night! 5 cheese ziti, salad, breadstick, pomegranate, orange slices, and checkered apple.

So far so good right? Where could the woe possible come in to play? It comes in after school, when someone else's child takes home Kidlet's lunchbag and we are now wondering if we will ever see it again :( Here's hoping they send it back to school on Monday. The two round bento in the picture are brand new! I didn't even get a chance to snap a pic of their tops this morning, they are so cute. I am hoping they will be returned!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Muffin Tin Monday: Dessert Style

I missed out on the autumnal theme this week because I've spent all day baking for Kidlet's bake sale at school tomorrow. Since I was in the kitchen all day we had takeout for dinner :P but I put together some bake sale leftovers for Kidlet to take outside and share with the neighbor buddies! Please excuse the crappy picture, the sun was in a rude spot when I was trying to take this!

L-R: Lemon Cookie wedges, Pomegranate, Peanut Butter Cupcake, Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pound Cake, Almond Poppyseed Cake, Apple Chunks

The kids all enjoyed their after dinner treat, the tin was wiped clean when I went outside to get it! 

Check out other tins at Muffin Tin Monday

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Final Halloween bento

I'm sad to see Halloween go, but at least there will be no shortage of bento inspiration with more holidays approaching :)

Lunch Friday was a Boca Chik'n patty pumpkin (face done with a paper stencil and food color spray), oranges, pomegranate, and a boo apple

Kidlet in his Harry Potter costume. Yes, I know the scar is on the wrong side. Oh well :P

And a random cute picture of Kidlet with my dad's puppy Ralph. We visited for the first time since the new addition today and Kidlet had a blast :)

Friday, October 29, 2010

CSN Review: Ginsu Knives!

I was *not so* recently given the opportunity to try out some Ginsu Knives from my awesome buddies at CSN Stores. I have always harbored a desire to own Ginsu knives. I must admit that I am easily swayed by commercials. Just watch this one and tell me you don't want to own some too!

 I didn't cut branches before cutting my tomatoes but the knives have all worked amazingly well so far!  My biggest needs were for cheese and apples, the heart of my bento work ;) The smaller paring and steak knives both worked for these purposes. Cutting through the apple skin to make intricate work was a breeze! The larger knives all chop beautifully and the bread knife even sliced through a soft loaf without squashing it.

The only downside to these knives is that if you leave them with wetness on them they will start to rust eventually. Not a huge deal, it just means I have to be slightly less lazy about my knives. If you don't tend to use, abuse, and then leave your knives you won't have a problem!

I'm really glad I gave the Ginsu knives a try because they are epic! And as always, working with the CSN team was epic also :D

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Hogwarts Crest Bento

So, quite some time ago I did a series of all the Hogwarts house crests. You may recall them here. Kidlet decided to be Harry Potter for Halloween this year so I thought I would tackle the one crest I hadn't done yet, the Hogwarts crest. My cramping hand is not thanking me for it :P

Lunch is a boca chik'n patty sandwich with Hogwarts cheese drawn on using food coloring markers. On the side are pomegranate, apple lightening bolt, and oranges.

Check out more lunch fun this week at What's For Lunch Wednesday

Monday, October 25, 2010

MTM: Halloween time!

Halloween is really coming on much too fast for my taste. We're booked solid this week with no rest, yikes! Please excuse the bad lighting, it's getting darker earlier now :P Guess I need to start dinner sooner! Check out other spooky tins at Muffin Tin Monday

 Top L-R: Spicy witches fingers *fries*, Chik'n patty sandwich with Jack O'Lantern face, Vampire Blood *ketchup*

Bottom L-R: Pomegranate with spooky apple mouth, yogurt, and broccoli

Friday, October 22, 2010

Kitty in a Pumpkin

Kidlet prefers his Halloween bento to be cute and not too spooky. This one is pretty darn cute all packed up on one of our Easy Lunch Boxes. 

Lunch contains a soy ham sandwich with kitty in a pumpkin cheese, carrots, and dip in the main container. On the side are a pumpkin whoopie pie, pomegranate seeds, and an apple bat

Monday, October 18, 2010

Spooky eggplant pasta bento lunch

Well, it's sort of spooky....maybe :) We had a huge Halloween party here over the weekend for Kidlet's friends. This was his lunch on Friday to get in to the spirit!

Kidlet's thermos has pasta with eggplant and ricotta mixed in. Side container has a spoooky cornbread with cheese tombstone, apple mouth with almond sliver fangs, green beans under the mouth, and mandarin oranges.

Lack of muffin tin monday today is due to it being rainy and gross :P So instead of a proper meal Kidlet and I had Happy Meals and watched Men in Black 2. In my defense, the meals came in HALLOWEEN PAILS. That makes it okay ;) bwahaha

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Koala Chili

Don't worry, this chili is not made from koala. There's just one near it :) Cooler fall weather means more soups! This thermos is working out really well for us. Kidlet says it's still piping hot at lunch time! Yay! I fill it with boiling water with the lid set on top while I prepare the food. Then dump the water, dry off and add in the noms.

Kidlet has a thermos full of three bean chili. On the side is a tiny apple from our apple adventures, baguette slices with cheese Koala mama and baby, carrots, and dip.

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Monday, October 11, 2010

Muffin Tin Monday: Pumpkins!

Today's Muffin Tin Monday theme is Pumpkins! Fall is my absolute favorite time of year. The air grows cooler and crisp.....there are lots of apple and pumpkin treats, and lots of fun to look forward too! I always feel good once the fall begins :D

Top L-R: peanut butter pumpkin sandwich, homemade applesauce from our apple picking adventures, and another pb pumpkin
Bottom L-R: Broccoli in light cheese, Pumpkin cheesecake square, carrots and ranch

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

I met him in a swamp down in dagobah.....

So, Kidlet is obsessed with Star Wars as you may have already figured out. I like it too but when he starts going in to extreme detail I begin to daydream about dining sets. No seriously I do. Our table is jacked up and old and does not fit in the space of our tiny apartment. But it's functional and there it stays.So anyway, Kidlet requested Yoda for his bento yesterday. WRINKLES ARE HARD. the end.

Cheese and food color Yoda sits smugly atop a soy ham sandwich. On the side are pretzels, grapes, carrots, and strawberries.

On Sunday Build-A-Bear Workshop hosted an awesome Star Wars event to celebrate their new Star Wars bear and outfits! Woo! Of course, loving both Star Wars and BABW, we were so there!

Kidlet with his bear and Darth Vader. This guys was like 7 million feet tall. Seriously.

Kidlet and bear with a Snow Trooper and a pilot of some kind. Please don't kill me for failing to know the name :P

Kidlet is so in love with this bear it isn't even funny. It plays the theme song and the lightsaber even makes action noises. Crazy!

And since you couldn't really see it in the other pics, check out Kidlet's awesome tee! Also, I don't know where his eyes go when he smiles.

Monday, September 20, 2010

MTM: Shapes

This week's Muffin Tin Monday theme is shapes! This weekend Kidlet and I took our annual trip to the Apple Orchard and brought home a whopping 34 pounds of apples! So today's french toast is inspired by my kitchen table being covered in apples :P

Top L-R: Apple-Cinnamon stuffed french toast triangles, syrup, soy sausage rounds
Bottom L-R: Apple squares, oval grapes, and banana hunks *no, a hunk is not a shape but these are sort of square and sort of pointy so whatever :P*

The great news about Kidlet getting bigger every year is that this year I did not have to lift him up to the trees at all!

In case you ever wanted to know, this is what 34 pounds of apples looks like.

Kidlet says they are super delicious!

Apple Cinnamon stuffed French Toast
1 8oz block of cream cheese
1/4 cup sour cream
2 grated apples
1 tsp cinnamon
2 TBSP brown sugar
bread slices
1 egg

1.) Grate the apples (Or if you like slice them in to chunks....Kidlet does not like apple pie type apples so I grated them)
2.) Combine cream cheese, sour cream, apples, cinnamon, and sugar
3.) Spread mixture between two slices of bread
4.) In a shallow dish, combine 1 egg and a small amount of milk. Dip toast sandwiches in to the mixture and cook in a skillet until golden brown

Monday, September 13, 2010

Luke, I am your pancake....

So, thanks to a super amazing neighbor who had a William Sonoma gift card she didn't want, Kidlet and I scored some sweet Star Wars gear :D We got the Star Wars Pancake Molds as well as an apron for Kidlet.

So for lunch Kidlet had two Darth Vader pancakes, soy sausage on skewers, syrup, grapes, and orange slices. Packed up nicely in one of our EasyLunchBoxes

The set came with three molds: Darth Vader, Yoda, and a Stormtrooper. The molds were a lot of fun but a lot of work first thing in the morning. I was very glad I had made the pancake batter last night!

Kidlet holding the pancakes in his SW apron. So cute!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Floppy Kitties Bento

When I asked what Kidlet wanted in his bento today he said "The floppy kitties from Azumanga Daioh". I couldn't have been more thrilled with the request, easy easy!!! :) For anyone who doesn't know, Azumanga Daioh is an anime.

 Floppy kitties are cheese and food color marker and sit on top of a tofurkey sandwich. On the side are checkered apple, grapes, and dragonfruit

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Muffin Tin Monday - Bhajis for Breakfast

So, yes it is Tuesday but since it was a busy holiday yesterday we are going to pretend :) Bhajis are sort of like a vegetable fritter with Indian spices and Kidlet loves to eat them anytime of day but we usually have them at breakfast! Want more MuffinTin fun? Check out Muffin Tin Monday

Top L-R: Bhajis, scrambled eggs, more Bhajis
Bottom L-R: Plain yogurt with strawberry slices, ketchup, grapes

Bhajis are so delicious and versatile. Below I give you my standard recipe but you can put whatever you like in it or leave some things out! Any veggie you can shred up that you have on hand can go in!

Bhajis Recipe

1 zucchini
1 carrot
1 sweet potato
1 red onion
1 green pepper *not bell, but any kind of spicy pepper you like, or leave it out!*
1 cup chickpea flour *any kind of flour you have on hand is fine but we prefer the chickpea*
1/2 cup cold water
1 tsp cumin
2 tsp turmeric
1 tsp salt
oil for frying

Shred the first 3 veggies. Finely chop the onion and pepper and place in bowl with shredded veg. Add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine.

Drop by spoonful in to hot oil and fry on both sides until golden brown

Friday, September 3, 2010

Panera leftover bento

Leftovers are my life saver :) Kidlet and I had Panera for dinner last night so leftovers went for lunch today! Low on the cute factor but extra points for deliciousness :D

Kidlet has half of a Mediterranean Veggie sandwich *this is tomato, onion, cucumber, lettuce, peppers, feta and hummus* On the side are strawberries and yogurt with granola on top.

This is packed in one of our super awesome Easy Lunch Boxes

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Leftover Pasta bento

Ack! It's Thursday! And do you want to know where all the bento has been? In my mind because Kidlet has bought his lunch almost every day this week. But don't worry, his school has gone with a new lunch company and has MUCH better options....even 2 daily vegetarian options! Woo! Bento won't be disappearing but it won't be daily around here for a little while. I started a job training thing this week and it is taking a lot out of me. I'm hoping that once our lives settle down a bit bento can become daily again :) I'm also very sorry for being a crappy commenter lately. All my time has gone out the window :( I'm still looking at all of your fantastic creations and I love every one of them!

Now, on to the bento! Also, even though it's not Wed anymore...check out more nomnoms at What's For Lunch Wednesday

Kidlet got this new thermos so we are trying out the hot foods. I'm hoping it at least stayed semi warm until lunchtime. In the thermos he has leftover pasta bake. On the side are a checkered apple, strawberries, and a skull candy coated oreo. WHAT?! I know. But I made it! I took a chocolate class at Michael's last night and Kidlet was in bed before I got home so I promised he could take one in his lunch :) I'm just breaking all the rules this week!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Mario time!

Since Kidlet recently beat all of the levels in his Lego Star Wars game on the Wii, he has now been playing much more Super Mario Bros. I get suckered in to being Luigi except for the rare occasion when Kidlet feels like being Blue Toad. Then I get to be Mario, muwahahaha :)

Bento today is Mario made from cheese and food color on a chick'n patty sandwich. On the side are carrots, checkered apple, and blackberries.

Last night was the last night of my cake class! So sad! It's been 3 fun months learning all kinds of new things! Our final project involved covering a cake with fondant which I had never done before, I was so nervous! And of course I had to make it Mario cake!

Mario cake is Italian Cream Cake with cream cheese frosting. The decor is all fondant and the characters were drawn on with food coloring markers

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Domo invades lunchtime!

Kidlet really loved his matching bento yesterday and requested I do all of his new shirts. There are a few that I'm not sure if I can replicate but I told him I would try my best. Today's is easy! This is Kidlet's new Domo shirt from Think Geek. If you ever need anything nerdy, that's the site to go to! We love it!

Packed in the tiffin Kidlet has domo face made of cheese and food colors on a Boca chick'n patty sandwich. On the side are cherries, blackberries, checkered apple, oranges, and cheddar bunnies.

And Kidlet's shirt with lunch!

*Side note, none of these companies I have mentioned in my t-shirt bento posts have anything to do with us. I haven't received any kind of product or compensation to mention them. We just like them, so I guess they get some free advertising! :P

Monday, August 23, 2010

Hedgehogs do not share

Today is Kidlet's first day of 4th grade. This year they will switch classes for Math and Science and get letter grades! What a big change! While the thought of my boy growing up often causes my eyes to tear, I also find great happiness at seeing the sweet young man he is becoming. I know he's having an awesome day :)

Lunch today was actually inspired by a t-shirt. Kidlet fell in love with Snorg Tees over the summer so we ordered some for when school started. He has been dying to wear them! He decided weeks ago that the first shirt he wanted to wear was the Hedgehog one and he asked me to make a matching bento.

Hedgehog is food coloring on cheese and sits on a Boca Chick'n Patty sandwich. On the side are blackberries, checkered apple, carrots, cherries, and cheddar bunnies.

The lunch and the shirt together! Isn't that shirt the cutest? Kidlet keeps asking me to ask him to share the hedge so he can say no.

Have a great 1st day Kidlet!