Monday, June 28, 2010

Muffin Tin Monday - Korean veggie pancakes

It's Muffin Tin Monday again! This week there will be more activity on my part. We had some family drama occur last week which left me in no mood for bento or blogging. But this week will be some fun stuff! Woo!

Today's muffin tin dinner is the epitome of laziness. The item in the first bottom left spot wasn't even made by me! It is a Korean veggie pancake....I cannot remember the name but it has zucchini and green onions in it and is DELICIOUS! Having neighbors from many different countries who like to share foods RULES!

Top L-R: Carrots with ranch, Boca Chik'n Nuggets, Apples and checkered apple
Bottom L-R: Korean veggie pancakes, ketchup, and grapes

Check out more awesome MuffinTin nomnoms at  Muffin Tin Monday

Kidlet was going insane today and trying to take me along for the ride. I needed to clean up very badly and he was wanting "fun" but had no kiddos around to play with. Pfft, cleaning with mama is fun I say! I was gathering the recycling and found some bubble wrap from a package that came this week. I laid it down in the hallway and he left me alone to clean for a solid amount of time. Of course, the noise was mind-numbing but you can't have everything!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Review AND Giveaway coming!

Those words are exciting aren't they? With the summer lull in bento making around here it's time to spice things up!

I won't tell you what I'm reviewing or giving away....let's make it a suprise! I CAN tell you that it has nothing to do with dining room tables but the results could go on top!

Panda face

Kidlet has been coveting this box for quite some time now. I finally gave in, not that we needed any more boxes....but it's a panda face! And what better way to fill a panda face than with a panda face!


Kidlet has a peanut butter panda shaped sandwich with cheese facial details. On the side he has coleslaw, checkered apple, grapes, and pineapple.


Here's a pic of the closed box, it's so cute! It's also smaller than I thought it would be which is actually a good thing because Kidlet doesn't eat much lunch. He eats a ton all other odd times of day, but not lunch. Go figure.

Want to see what else is being eaten today? Check out What's For Lunch Wednesday

Monday, June 21, 2010

Muffin Tin Monday - Lazy day

Kidlet decided that he rather enjoys eating out of a muffin tin and I have decided it's an easy way to make lazy food look spectacular!


Top L-R: Salad, Boca Chik'n Nuggets, more salad
Bottom L-R : Tri-color cheese tortellini, checkered apple and pineapple skewers, and more tortellini

Want to see more Muffin Tin Meals? Check out Muffin Tin Monday

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

TreeTrunks - Adventure Time with Finn and Jake

"Jake, I just realized that TreeTrunks is old and bonkers." -Finn 

Kidlet is currently obsessed with saying this over and over again. He now calls everything old and bonkers then breaks out laughing. 


Tree trunks is food coloring on cheese and sits on a peanut butter sandwich. On the side are checkered apple, grapes, carrots, and some purple cauliflower.
Check out what else is for lunch today at What's For Lunch Wednesday

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Lightbulb!

Kidlet started Camp Invention this week! He is very excited and has been having a wonderful time. I tear up everytime they send home the paper of activities for the day that states he is in the 4th/5th grade group.

Kidlet has a lightbulb of cheese and food color markers on top of a peanut butter sandwich. On the side are grapes, checkered apple, and carrots.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

EasyLunchBoxes review and giveaway!

I love bento for many reasons. One of them is the eco friendly factor. Eliminating the many baggie approach to kids lunches is just a bonus of bento lunch packing for us. So when EasyLunchBoxes asked me if I'd like to try out their product I was in!

I was skeptical of these containers before I received them. They look just like a set we have from the grocery store so what was the big deal about these? Well, to begin with they are BPA free which is a huge relief to many people worried about packing lunches in plastic containers. They are also extremely durable. I didn't realize how thick and strong they would be. The lid is also very strong which I find to be impressive. We can do series damage to poorly built containers. They are also dishwasher and microwave safe which is wonderful!

I decided the maiden voyage for the EasyLunchBoxes would be in a trip to the zoo! 

 For Kidlet I packed a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on whole grain oatmeal bread. I cut the sandwich in to three pieces to allow for easy zoo muching. In the side containers are carrots with a dressing container, grapes, and a checkered apple.


For myself I packed a turkey, lettuce, and avocado on a sandwich thin. On the side are carrots with dressing container, grapes, and orange slices.


The bag option for the boxes is very roomy and I was able to fit both of our boxes inside along with freezer packs and juice boxes as well!

Kidlet and I had a nice picnic with our EasyLunchBoxes after hiking around the zoo for the morning. Everything had stayed cold and well protected until lunch time!


These Polar Bears wish they were having their lunch from an EasyLunchBox too! Our zoo has a new polar bear area with a large center focusing on conservation. We saw pictures of different places in Alaska many years ago and pictures of the same places today. The difference was really astonishing. Kidlet became a little teary at the prospect of the Polar Bears not having the climate they need to thrive. This was a good teaching moment for us. We discussed the things we are doing to help the environment and how we can encourage others to do the same. A perfect tie in with our new lunch boxes!

Overall I am very pleased with the EasyLunchBoxes. They are sturdy, have great compartments and fun lid colors! The bag is roomy and kept our food super cool while at the hot zoo. 

I know what you're thinking. You love Polar Bears too. And like the Polar Bears you wish you had a set of EasyLunchBoxes too! Well, you're in luck! The lovely Kelly of EasyLunchboxes has offered to give one of you, my lovely readers, a set of them too!

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Mandatory entry:
Do you pack your lunch in an eco friendly way? Tell me how! If you don't, why not? Would you be willing to try?

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1. Follow my blog (publicly)
2. Blog about this contest (with a link to my blog) and post a link to your blog in the comments here (3 entries, leave 3 different comments saying you've blogged w/link)
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4. Tweet about this giveaway and provide a link to your tweet
5. Tell me how much you love Polar Bears

Giveaway ends 6/26/10 at 9pm EST. Winner will be chosen using random.org.

*Disclaimer: I was provided with the above mentioned lunchboxes and bag to facilitate my review. No other compensation was received and the opinions expressed are purely my own*

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Ersatz Gyoza

I forgot to post this bento from the last week of school. Too much was going on! Kidlet loves gyoza but not cold in his bento lunch so I used my press to make dumpling shaped sandwiches!


Kidlet got three ersatz gyoza made from whole grain oatmeal bread with peanut butter in the middle, checkered apple, green beans, and orange slices.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Muffin Tin Monday! Leftover Bonanza

I'm excited to finally be able to participate in Muffin Tin Monday ! Normally, bento keeps me too busy to even think about anything else. I do love bento but it is nice to have a week off ;)

I told Kidlet I was putting lunch in a muffin tin and his response to me was "Whatever. As long as I get fed"

Top L-R: Paneer Shahi Korma, basmati rice, Dal Makhani
Botton L-R: Peanut butter on celery, grapes and checkered apple, purple cauliflower/carrots/ranch dip

Friday, June 4, 2010

End of the Year Bento

Today was Kidlet's last day of 3rd grade. How did that happen?!? I am not ready for him to be so grown up! They decided to have a Luau party to celebrate their end of year so I made a bento along those lines :)


Tropical scene of cheese and food color markers sits on a soy ham sandwich. On the side are grapes, green beans, pineapple, and a little octopus pick that we found in a cupcake!

I'm going to take a tiny bento break for the next week but will be back the week after because Kidlet is going to Camp Invention and will need a bento every day for that!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Adventure Time: The Ice King

Ice King: Do you know what Ice King means?
Jake: Yeah, a big nerd!

Kidlet had a walking field trip to Dairy Queen at school today and he and his friends kept using Adventure Time quotes such as the one above :P It made me glad that I made one of his last school bento the Ice King!

Ice King is food coloring on cheese and sits on top of a peanut butter sandwich. On the side are grapes, green beans, oranges, and a checkered apple.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Blueberry Muffin Bento

Well, no bento today of course because there was no school! Tomorrow Kidlet has his grade level end of the year party so there will be pizza and no need for bento. So I give you a lovely old bento that I hadn't gotten around to posting!

Bento contains a blueberry muffin made in my awesome Nordicware pan, grapes and a kitty pick in the center. On the side are strawberries and carrots.

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