Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Lazy Lunch and Flower Cake

So, it's a lot harder to force myself to make bento in the summer when I don't have to. Confession : We've been eating easy mac for lunch. Kidlet makes it :P I make the salad. So by school year standards this is a lazy lunch for me. But, by summer standards it's amazing :P

Packed in one of our Easy Lunch Boxes   Kidlet has a Boca Chick'n patty on a sandwich thin, carrots with container of dressing, and a checkered apple that fell over. On the side are cheesy veggies and yogurt with granola on top.

I finished my 2nd cake class of the summer and we decorated our final cake tonight. I've really been having a lot of fun in this class. We learned to make a lot of different royal icing flowers this time.

My finished cake! I am really happy with the way it turned out. I chose not to do the basketweave because I had a hard time not sticking my hand in it when we practiced. I opted for a swoopy bottom decor instead.

The inside of this cake is chocolate with and oreo filling. The neighbor kids approved!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Muffin Tin Monday - Eggplant time

I often get comments on what a good eater Kidlet is. It's true, he will eat a large array of things but he didn't come that way. I think it's a misconception that kids will only eat certain things and that is it for life. Sure, he's had his food ruts like every other kid. But I keep feeding him good stuff and he likes most of it now. Also, sometimes I feed him vegetables and I don't tell him what they are. What? Like you don't :P

I told Kidlet I was making eggplant sticks and he went "blech" at me. So when dinner time came around I gave him Italian Crispy Sticks. And he loved them. I didn't tell him it was eggplant until he was done with seconds. Bwahaha.

Top L-R : Crispy Eggplant Sticks, pasta sauce, farfalle with pasta sauce and parmesean
Bottom L-R : Carrots with ranch, blackberries with cool whip, and a turtle shell apple

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Eggplant Crispy Sticks Recipe:
1 Medium eggplant cut in to 1 inch sticks
1/2 c. panko
1/2 c. grated parmesean cheese
1 tsp salt
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1 tsp garlic powder
1 egg, beaten

Set oven to Broil

Mix panko, cheese, and seasonings in a bowl.

Dip eggplant sticks in beaten egg then in the panko mixture.

Spray lightly with cooking spray and set 4 inches from top of oven set on Broil for 4-5 minutes on each side.

Eat with pasta sauce!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Cake Class fun

So, I took the first session of Wilton cake classes last month and now am in to the second. They have completely redone the curriculum and I must say I like it so much better!

This is the first cake I made in class. It's not actually lopsided it's just a funny camera angle lol.

Then we learned how to fill and frost cupcakes. Mine are triple chocolate with marshmallow filling

Our final class fell on the release date of Eclipse so you know I had to use my new skills to make a Twilight cake! So fun! The pic on top was put on using piping gel transfer method.

This is Hershey's Perfectly Chocolate Cake with cherry pie filling in the center. It tasted amazing!

I had a great time in my level 1 class and am excited for all the things we'll be learning this month! We've already started gumpaste flowers! Yay!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Sgt.Serge KungZhu Bento!

So, I have made a ZhuZhu Pet bento before but in case you don't know about them, a ZhuZhu is an electronic hamster. They are super cute and have now come out with a more boy targeted set called KungZhu which features military and ninja hamsters. Kidlet and his friends have been dying for them and I was lucky enough to win a set from Sara The Savvy Shopper!

This is Sgt.Serge the KungZhu pet! He looks a bit more formidable in bento form. His cute little hamster self is just difficult to be intimidated by because he makes a little cooing noise when you turn him on haha.

Sgt Serge is made out of food color marker on cheese and sits on a soy ham sandwich. On the side are the usual suspects of grapes, carrots, and checkered apple.

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The best part of the KungZhu sets is that they attach to the other ZhuZhu pet sets! The pink ones at top are our ZhuZhus and the red and grey battle arena attached right to it! This has been endless amounts of fun for Kidlet and his friends. Of course I have to keep taking the baby ZhuZhu away because they like to put it in the battle arena and let it get pounded. *sigh* boys.

Here's Kidlet and a neighbor buddy letting Moo the ZhuZhu go down the training field!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Yum-Yum Bento Box Review!

I was recently given the opportunity to review the new book Yum-Yum Bento Box: Fresh Recipes for Adorable Lunches. I have always been a fan of Crystal Watanabe and Maki Ogawa 's work but I must say this bento cookbook exceeded my expectations!

Whether you are a bento novice or a seasoned pro, there is something for everyone in this 141 page bento lunch cookbook. I particularly enjoyed the photo walkthrough of some bento supplies in the beginning of the book.

The Author's have used a variety of ingredients and methods throughout the book, ensuring that there will be something for everyone regardless of taste preferences or abilities! I found all of the instructions to be clear and easy to follow.

For everything from smiling rice frogs to a simple summertime sandwich bento, Yum-Yum Bento Box: Fresh Recipes for Adorable Lunches is an excellent resource for fun bento ideas and inspiration! I have really enjoyed reading this book and look forward to trying my hand at some new skills!

*Disclaimer: I received a copy of the above mentioned book to facilitate my review. No other compensation was received and the views expressed above are purely my own*

Monday, July 5, 2010

Muffin Tin Monday - July 4th Style

Okay, so I know I said this same thing LAST week, but this week I really do have some awesome posts in the works! Woo! To be fair, last week turned in to an Asthma-related disaster with Kidlet who couldn't breathe and a middle of the night ER visit. Yuck. Luckily he is feeling much better now!

Today's Muffin Tin was for our 4th of July cookout. We celebrated today since Kidlet was a sickieface yesterday and I was exhausted after spending the night in the ER.

Top L-R - Corn, Morningstar Farms Soy Riblet, potato salad
Bottom L-R mini Pickles, blackberries and strawberries with coolwhip, grapes and a checkered apple

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Along with our barbeque today we had parfaits of angel food cake, berries, and cool whip. Yum!

Amusingly enough this is the only use these glasses ever get since no one in my house drinks alcohol.

Kidlet and his friends had a fun time with sparklers!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Winner Time!

So, yes this has taken me five million years, but we have a winner for the EasyLunchboxes set! Woo!

Congrats!!! I can't wait to see what you'll be making for lunch in these!