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New bento toys!

today’s cheapo bento buys:

  • 4 sheets of pretty paper to use as photo backgrounds for my bento (pikko’s idea)  8/$1 at Michael’s on clearance
  • 12 silicone baking cups to use as food dividers: 12/$3.50 at Walmart (these are usually $10)
  • 1 Dynobytes sandwich cutter: $1.98 at Walmart

i usually avoid Walmart, i know in some places Walmarts are nice and clean and well-lit and friendly…here they just aren’t.  but i had a strange feeling today that it might be worth the 50% chance that nigel would get a new ding in the parking lot (speaking from past experience) and it paid off.  i’ve been wanting those silicone cups for a while but was too cheap to buy any and i didn’t notice any new dents in the car ;)

silicone cups and dynobyte

silicone cups and dynobyte

Starry Bento

d loves pancakes for lunch and i had some new silicon cooking rings i bought at the dollar store i wanted to try out, so i made these tonight.  then i visited Adventures in Bentomaking and realized that Pikko did pancakes today too, only hers were much more creative than mine, plus she has a nifty syrup bottle :)   the silicon rings worked great for the pancakes, but were a little trickier for the eggs.  it’s hard to see the eggs in the picture, they are below the syrup cup.  i told d that if his friends make fun of his silly lunches i won’t make his so cute next time but he said they’re jealous he gets better food than the school lunches they are eating.  i think they turned out pretty well, and i had some good ideas for next time we do breakfast for lunch too.

on the menu:

  • 4 small (4″) star whole wheat pancakes
  • 1 star shaped jumbo egg, scrambled
  • 3 large strawberries, sliced
  • 2 sausage links, cut in half
  • 1 cookie, cut in half
  • 3 sour cherry balls
  • pancake topping: syrup cup for d, applesauce cup for me
bento 03

bento 03

chicken nachos bento for lunch tomorrow

this is the bento for my lunch tomorrow. it’s not cute, but it’s yummy. last time i had chicken nachos i used leftover refrigerated chicken and kept the cheese and chicken separate in a baggie, but this time i used frozen diced chicken and just crammed it all in. we’ll see which works best.  and yes, the kiwi looks sorta squished…i didn’t do that, it came that way.  i got a package of them at aldi (the cheapo grocery store) and they’re all a bit lopsided looking.

i realllllly want some cute bento boxes but think i should probably wait and see if i am still into bento after a month.  this one i just packed into a cheapo food storage box from ikea (3/$2).

on the menu:

  • 1 kiwi
  • 2 strawberries
  • chicken nachos (bite size tortilla chips, diced chicken breast, shredded cheese, salsa cup)
bento 02

bento 02

Pikko’s awesome bentos!

thanks to twitter, i ran into Pikko’s awesome bento blog today.  if you are interested in creating bento or just want to see some really amazing food art, check it out!

Adventures in Bentomaking: Bento Lunches by Pikko.

bento beginnings…

yummy bento for d’s lunch tomorrow. the one i made for him is prettier than the one i made for me, i had a smaller box and had to cram stuff in.

on the menu:

  • 1 tuna salad sandwich (whole wheat bread, tuna, onion, green onion, celery, miracle whip)
  • 4 baby dill pickles
  • rice crackers
  • 1 kiwi (this was my first attempt at artfully cutting fruit, i think i did pretty good)
  • 4 strawberries
  • 1 small Japanese Bourbon Lumonde cookie (Bourbon is the brand name, it’s not a liqueur cookie)
  • 1 chocolate chip cupcake, no frosting – we need to finish these off.
  • 4 Japanese Super Lemon candies to share with friends (these are awesome, and great fun to inflict on friends and enemies alike)
bento 1

bento 1


today’s list of bad things:
1. missed most of work because:
2. spent most of the day travelling between doctors. d always picks the best days to break himself, like today which:
3. was filled with snowy blowiness and cars in the ditch.  (not mine.  whew)

today’s list of good things:
1. i found cheap and cute bento boxes online so bought a couple to pack my lunch
2. my colors! drawing this week is in the Most liked pictures of the week column on Colors! site, which is a first for me
3. Little Fan has 99 downloads, one more and i guess i’ll make a new brush :)