Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas Pudding Bento

We are knee deep in Christmas preparations now and it is very hectic! Kidlet has one more day of school before winter break and he is very excited. Today's lunch was a Christmas Pudding bento! Still trying to decide on tomorrow's lunch!

Christmas Pudding is a soy chik'n patty sandwich with cheese icing and dots as the berries. On the side are checkered apple, carrot, and cherries.

This is what my kitchen table looks like right now! 24 mini loaves of Almond Poppyseed Bread all packaged up for Kidlet's teachers tomorrow!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Almond Poppyseed Bread Guest Post

*waves* No lunch today but if you are looking for an amazingly delicious recipe check out my Guest Post over at The Not So Modern Housewife!

This is my go to recipe at holiday time for teacher gifts! It is quick and easy, tastes delicious, AND makes your house smell amazing. Check it out!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Potter Puppet Pals Dumbledore Birthday Bento and Birthday Pics!

There's a mouthful! Today is Kidlet's 11th birthday. 11th!! I never feel as old on my birthday as I do on his :P This year Kidlet requested everything to be Potter Puppet Pals themed. If you've never seen the videos you should check them out, they are quite hilarious. *some language warning if you have little ones around*

Lunch features Puppet!Dumbledore made from cheese and food color sitting on a soy Chick'n patty sandwich. On the side are blackberries, grapes, and carrots.

Kidlet this morning feeling very bouncy about his Birthday in his new sweatshirt!

Close up  of the birthday sweatshirt I made for him


And the final Puppet Pals themed item of the day is cupcakes he took to school with him. Peanut butter with chocolate frosting. Toppers are fondant colored with food colors

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Gingerbread Man and Tree Bento

 Continuing on with some winter theme bento, today Kidlet got a gingerbread man and a tree! I am happy every year that he grows older and still lets me pack cute bento for him! Of course now there are more rules....certain things are not okay and not always what I would expect! For now he still delights in seeing what I will pack for him and I love that!


Tree and Gingerbread man are peanut butter and honey sandwiches. On the side are carrots, striped apple, and grapes. All packed up nicely in one of our EasyLunchboxes

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Winter Mitten

I usually don't start winter themes until after Kidlet's birthday but decided to break that tradition this week :) We had Kidlet's friends at the house over the weekend for a Harry Potter birthday extravaganza. After all, it's not every day your young man turns 11!


Lunch today is packed up in one of our EasyLunchboxes and contains a mitten peanut butter sandwich with tortilla accents. On the side are carrots, grapes, and a little apple tree.

 Kidlet's birthday cake which took several days to complete. Top is vanilla cake. Bottom is chocolate with oreo filling. Wand and scarf are fondant.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Angry Birds Attack! Bento

It seems like the sun is against me making any bento lately! The pictures are turning out awful :( tsktsk mr. sun! I guess I really do need to make a light box one of these days.


Kidlet has one Angry Bird attacking two piggies (all made from cheese and food color) on top of a Biscoff spread sandwich. On the side are checkered apple, carrots, and grapes.

Check out more tasty noms at What's For Lunch Wednesday

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving Turkey Bento!

Today was Kidlet's last day of school for the week and boy was he excited! Of course he doesn't yet realize that I have a cunning plan to work him hard at home to get ready for the holidays. Mwahaha :)

Turkey is three peanut butter and honey sandwiches pressed with a gyoza press. The turkey head is cheese and food coloring. On the side are checkered apple, carrots, and grapes.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Bento from Thanksgivings Past

Tomorrow will be Kidlet's last day of school before Thanksgiving this year so I will have a new bento to add in :) For now, here is a round up of past Thanksgiving bento lunches that I have made!

The Great Pumpkin Bento probably counts more as a Halloween bento, but I think it's so pretty and fall looking that I decided to include it.

This Cornucopia Bento is very festive and fun!

And of course we can't have Thanksgiving without the Mayflower Bento


Double Pie Bento includes both real pie and cheese drawing pie!

Turkey Bento is very fun!

This Woodstock Bento is very festive with fall colors!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Angry Birds Bento

So, I have never actually played Angry Birds but Kidlet has and he loves it. He has been wanting a bento with his favorite silly birds in it for a while and I finally got it together. Of course, as I went to pull out a piece of cheese from the drawer I discovered that the cheese I usually draw on *swiss slices* is not there! My only choice was gouda slices and let me tell you, never again! I guess it was too waxy or something because it did not want to take the food coloring. So Gouda, take note: You are delicious but you caused me so much strife...I don't know if we can ever be friends again :P


Kidlet has a soy ham sandwich with gouda Angry Bird, carrots, and checkered apple.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Ghostie Bento for Halloween!

Oh hai. Remember me? :D Happy Halloween everyone! I have been sadly lacking in bento material lately but I pulled it together to make a lunch today. It's nothing spectacular but Kidlet was happy :)

Kidlet has two ghostie sandwiches that are soy ham and cheese with sugar eyes. On the side are cheese crackers and a Jack-O-Lantern apple all packed up in one of our EasyLunchBoxes


Kidlet was The Doctor, Matt Smith style for Halloween. He is in love with his sonic screwdriver.


Candy Graph! Kidlet got quite the haul this year. The TARDIS bag he is holding up really was bigger on the inside ;) I made it from felt and hot glue and it held up really well!

Friday, September 2, 2011

I wear a fez now. Fezzes are cool.

A tribute to the current Doctor with a bow tie and a fez! Every incarnation of the Doctor brings something new in terms of style and Matt Smith as the Doctor loves bow ties and funny hats!


Kidlet has bowtie and fez made from cheese and food colors sitting on top of a peanut butter sandwich. On the side are checkered apple, carrots, and grapes

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Exterminate! Exterminate!

We are continuing the week with more Doctor Who love! Today's lunch involves a Dalek, one of the recurring villains on the show. I decided to be lazy and just leave it in sketch form but I think it still works


Kidlet has a Dalek cheese on a soy ham sandwich, pita crisps, grapes, carrots, and checkered apple.

Monday, August 29, 2011

You're not the TARDIS, you're a bitey mad lady

So Saturday night brought us a new episode of Doctor Who and the first episode Kidlet got to watch as it was happening. I didn't let him watch until the end of the last season and so we had a few months to play catch up and he loves it! I was worried about it being too scary for him still but I was wrong....he is braver than I am!


Kidlet has a TARDIS cheese on top of a soy ham sandwich. On the side are grapes, checkered apple, and carrots.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Panda in a cupcake

Thank you for all of the sweet comments yesterday :) It's nice to not feel outraged alone sometimes. Kidlet had another great day of 5th grade and we are happy to have a weekend ahead of us! This is actually a lunch from Zoo Camp that I never got to post.



Kidlet had a soy ham sandwich with panda in a cupcake made from cheese and food colors. On the side are carrots, checkered apple, hard boiled egg, and grapes

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Hello Grade 5!

I can't believe that my little boy got on the bus this morning for his first day of 5th grade. I know I wonder this every year....but seriously.....how did that happen!?!



Kidlet's first day lunch is a soy ham sandwich with cheese paper, carrots, and checkered apple.


Despite a rough day before, Kidlet loves 5th grade so far! He has a great teacher and wonderful friends! His shirt says Voldemort can't stop the ROCK! It's from the Harry and the Potters concert we went to over the summer!


And check out his awesome backpack! Harry Potter all the way!

Monday, August 15, 2011

You otter enjoy this...

Kidlet requested an Otter bento mid week for Zoo Camp. They went on a little boat ride and saw otters playing. So cute!


Bento contains soy ham sandwich with cheese otter and water, carrots, grapes, cherries, and seashell apple.



Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Purple Narwhal

On the first day of Zoo Camp the kids always pick what animal their group will be. Last year, Kidlet was in the Green Group and they chose to be the Sloths. On the second day of camp I made him a sloth bento of course! So this year I was very excited to find out what animal I would be making on the second day of camp! His group color this year is purple and.......they chose to be the Narwhals.

My reaction to this news looked something like this: ?!@#(@&$&#^ I have no idea what made someone suggest a Narwhal or what made them all vote for it....but they are the Purple Narwhals and naturally Kidlet felt I was up to the job of representing this in bento form.


Here we have a Purple Narwhal made from cheese and food color sitting on top of a soy ham sandwich. On the side are cherries, checkered apple, and carrots.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Hey, where's Perry?

Kidlet started Zoo Camp this week. It's his second year and he is really loving it! The bonus is bento lunches of course. That and now that he is in the older group he gets to spend the night on Thursday at the zoo!

When I asked him what he would like to see in his lunch he said "A Platypus.....Oh! Perry!" 


In his three tier tiffin Kidlet has a soy ham sandwich with Perry the Platypus cheese, carrots, checkered apple, cherries, dressing container, pistacios, and pita crackers.

And since we've been gone for so long, here's a taste of what we've been doing this summer:


We saw Harry and the Potters perform in a free library concert! If you haven't heard of them, check them out. They make up very amusing songs about Harry Potter! :)



Kidlet was in the wedding of my buddy :) Here he is with the bride looking all cute in a tux with bowtie and chucks.


And of course what summer is complete without swimming lessons?! Kidlet finally hit his swimming stride and breezed through two levels in one week!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Amazing Giveaway at AllThingsForSale

*coughs* So....yeah :) Sorry for dropping off the planet for a bit there. It's been a crazy summer break so far. I am hoping to have some new content for you starting next week! Woo! In the meantime, I could not go without mentioned this AMAZING giveaway that is going on over at AllThingsForSale.

They are giving away a set of Lunch Punch sandwich cutters (which I have been drooling over for a long time!) as well as a bunch of bento accessories!

So head over to AllThingsForSale and enter now!! Look at all the cute stuffs!!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Muffin Tin Monday - Memorial Day style

Kidlet is thrilled to be out of school for the summer, even if I am making him do math worksheets :P Don't feel too bad for him, he likes it! When he handed me his finished sheets and I told him I would grade them later he got extremely excited and said "Will you do the percents?!? And give me a grade card at the end of the summer?" Silly kid. I obliged and will be tracking his progress. If he keeps A's on his summer work he will get a treat before school starts! Check out other tins today at Muffin Tin Monday



Top L-R: Red white and blue layered jello, potato salad, mexican grilled corn
Bottom L-R: Soy hot dog half, cherries, soy hot dog half

Not too exciting as far as muffin tins go, however, CHECK OUT MY JELLO!! I've seen layered Jello before but figured it would be a big hassle to make. Not so! It was super easy and Kidlet could not get enough of it's silly wigglyness.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Doctor Who's cutest little villain!

With this bento we say farewell to grade 4! Kidlet is thrilled to be on summer vacation now! We've been watching Doctor Who episodes lately and when Kidlet saw this Adipose creature in one episode he wanted it for bento. He also wants the plushie they make of it, it is a funny little villain. We'll ignore the irony of a fat blob creature in a bento lunch :D


Very simply today, Kidlet has Adipose cheese creature on top of a soy ham sandwich. On the side are potato salad and cherries.

While we say farewell to grade 4 we are also saying farewell to some bento gear! The above box has been hingeless for about half the year now....it's one of my favorite's but it must go. We have a few boxes that are in great condition that need a new home, thinking about a giveaway or series of giveaways in the near future.....


Here's a before shot of our out of control bento bin. Organized shots will be coming soon!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Picnic bento

I've been a bit run over by end of school happenings this week. Every morning Kidlet likes to tell me just how many days are left.....only one now. He made me cry a little in the car when he said "In August I will have my very last first day of elementary school" WHAT?!? He's gotten very good at phrasing things just the right way to make me weepy.


I brought this bento to school for Kidlet on Family Picnic day. It holds oranges, grapes, checkered apple, grapes,cherries, gyoza shaped egg salad sandwiches, Trader Joe's honey wheat pretzel sticks, and colored bell peppers. Kidlet was sulky during lunch and when I asked what was wrong he said "You always put dessert in the middle......WHERE IS DESSERT?!?!" Ooops :/

And despite his insisting on growing up all the time....he still looks pretty adorable when he falls asleep on the couch during a rainstorm.



Friday, May 13, 2011

Annual Field Trip Lunch- Harry Potter Style

So today was Kidlet's school field trip. This year they went to a local metro park to learn about plants. This of course means that he needed a completely disposable lunch, which of course grinds on me especially when they are teaching about conservation. Phooey. I mean, if they have to carry the lunches there why is it so hard to carry them back?

Anyway, Kidlet and his friends are REALLY in to Harry Potter right now. So much so that he actually asked his Grandma for chores when he went to her house so he could earn money for a wand. Kidlet has never been one to ask for more chores so this is serious love. You can see other Harry Potter lunches I have made here.


Today Kidlet has a cheese sorting hat on top of a soy ham sandwich. On the side are blueberries, strawberry, orange bell pepper, and blackberries.

Here it is closed up. In order to make the bento disposable I used a cherry tomato container. Not thrilled that it probably got trashed instead of recycled but what can you do? Alongside bento Kidlet had a chocolate soy milk and some cheddar bunnies.



And like last year's field trip, Kidlet had to have his paper bag become a little more fancy. This year he got Harry Potter drawn on with colored pencils. Last year he had R2D2.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Kit Fisto bento

Happy Star Wars day everyone :) May the 4th be with you....he he. Kidlet rattled off a long list of characters he'd like for bento but finally settled on Kit Fisto. He found this cute little character of Kit and asked me to reproduce it in his lunch today!


Kit Fisto is cheese and food coloring and sits on a soy ham sandwich. On the side are grapes, checkered apple, and orange slice.

Of course I also had to make some cute little chocolate Darth Vader cookies. Recipe can be found over at Bake at 350.

Friday, April 29, 2011

A royal bento

Kidlet won't let me put princess crowns in his bento, so this was the closest I could get to making a royal wedding bento for him ;)


Kidlet has a boca chik'n patty on an english muffin, decorated with a cheese flag. Also included are cheddar bunnies, pistacios, oranges, checkered apple, and pears

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Are you free?

This one may require a little explaination. One of our favorite shows is Are You Being Served? I used to watch it as a kid and it's fun to watch it now with Kidlet. If you're unfamiliar, it's a British comedy that takes place in a department store. During one episode they are having a German week and only selling German goods. The gimic doesn't go over well and only Mr.Granger manages to sell anything, strumpfs! Which means stockings/socks! If you've never seen this show you should give it a try, it's hilarious.


Kidlet has a peanut butter sandwich decorated with cheese. On the side are checkered apple, orange, and grapes.

Kidlet even got his own pair of fuzzy strumpfs in his Easter basket over the weekend!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Bunny roll bento

The sun has finally peeked out today! It's still pretty chilly out but hopefully the sun will start to warm us up! This is Kidlet's last bento for the week since they have the day off tomorrow! I found the instructions for these adorable bunny rolls at Lunches Fit For a Kid and just used my favorite quick dinner roll recipe!


Kidlet has a bunny shaped roll, Morningstar Farms veggie "sausage", checkered apple, red and yellow peppers, grapes, and a container of dressing

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

E.B. from HOP

If you haven't seen the movie HOP yet you should put it on your list! It is super cute! More storms this week means more lighting issues. Come on spring weather, help me out! Check out other noms today at What's for Lunch Wednesday


Kidlet has E.B. made from cheese and food colors on an egg shaped peanut butter sandwich. On the side are grapes, bunny apple, sweet yellow peppers, and dip in a container