Munchkin’s First School Bento!

12 09 2011

Blue "Bonjour, les Fleures!" box with cheese mini-sandwiches cut into flower shapes and picks of jellybean tomatoes and hot dogs. Not Shown: Green grapes (added later) and Pirate Booty cheese puffs in butterfly container.

My first bento for Munchkin to take the school. It was so much fun to make and she LOVED it! The box came back completely empty…which never happens. (Well, empty of food that is, thankfully, she only managed to lose one pick) We did run to the grocery store to pick up more ingredients for her bentos this evening. So now I’m pondering what to pack for tomorrow (provided she doesn’t insist on continuing her pattern of eating in the cafeteria every other day).





I’m Baaaaack!

10 09 2011

After a very long bento haitus, I am ready to get back to bento-ing! Initially, I just burned out on doing bentos every day…and feeling obligated to take pics every day…and feeling obligated to write something every day. Then, when my munchkin started kindergarten, I thought I’d start packing her lunches, but I was honestly not feeling up to it. However, this summer, she atteneded day camp for a few months and about that time I determined to get our eating habits under control while hubby was gone (he’s in the Army and deployed to Afghanistan…and a junk food junkie). So I started packing her lunches for day camp. I honestly didn’t try to get fancy because, being a single mom working full-time, I didn’t have much time or energy to do so, but she loved them jsut the same. Unfortunately, in the afternoon, they would put their lunch bags outside with their backpacks until the parents arrived to pick them up. It was hot out…and most of the boxes I sent with her were the locking type…and I found out, the hard way, that heat makes them explode. So after a couple of weeks, all of the boxes ended up broken. Since Ichiban Kan isn’t selling online anymore, and I didn’t feel like dropping $20-30 a box, I just made do with Glad containers.

However….all that changed when I found AllThingsForSale.com. They have a huge selection of bento boxes and accessories in a great range of prices, with boxes ranging from $2 up to $25. Perfect! So I ordered enough to start rebuilding my supply. All of this pictured was $67 total (shipping is a flat $6 anywhere in the US). I am so excited and can’t wait to start bento-ing again!

From left to right: Grey Lock & Lock Set (includes two boxes, a water bottle, spoon & fork, and bag), Leaf Shaped Silicone Dividers, Mayo Cups, Heart Picks, EasyLunchboxes Set, Bluebird Box, Pink Square Box, Sandwich Cutters, PInk Checkered Box, Swirl PIcks





I am a Bento Slacker!

29 10 2008

As you might’ve noticed, I’ve not posted a bento in quite awhile (wow, it’s been a month already!). I’ve still been making bentos, but they haven’t been too inspiring. Most of them have been tossed together first thing in the morning before I run out the door, so even if they were pretty, I didn’t have enough time to take pics.

I can blame some of this on my husband who bought me Lord of the Rings: Online which has been sucking up the hours in the evening after Munchkin goes to bed that I normally used to make my bento for the next day. I can also blame part of it on the fact that my birthday was this month, plus I had Guard duty for a few days, which both meant that I was eating out for lunch on several occasions.

I’m going to get back into the swing of making some decent, photo-worthy bentos…yes, I am. Hubby gave me a bit of a bento wake-up call the other night when I was drooling over all the new and restocked goodies at Ichiban Kan. I’d filled up my cart rather nicely when he said “Why are you buying more? You’re not even using what you have now.” Ooo…ouch….he’s right. So, before I let myself buy anything else, I’m going to have to start using what I have first (and stop using Munchkin as an excuse becasuse she’s not asked for bento in ages).





Mmmmarvelous Mmmmuffins!

22 10 2008
Jasmine Green Tea Muffins

Jasmine Green Tea Muffins

I found a recipe for Earl Grey Tea Muffins at JustBento.com and just had to try it. I’m not a big fan of Earl Grey tea, so I used Jasmine Green tea instead. They turned out pretty yummy. Not very sweet though since I used regular sugar instead of the sucanat that the recipe called for. But a dab of honey on a nice hot muffin out of the oven makes it all better!

I love fall…it brings out my urge to cook and bake. :)





Bento #25 ~ Frozen Foods Are Our Friends!

8 10 2008

Whipped this up in about 5 minutes. It’s all frozen with the exception of the fruit cup. I love the snap lock boxes now. I can fit much more into it and just toss it into the microwave to heat it all up tomorrow at lunch. Yum yum!

Boneless teriyaki chicken wings with vegetable and pork gyoza, on top of a bed of vegetables and garnished with broccoli. Tropical fruit cup on the side.

Boneless teriyaki chicken wings with vegetable and pork gyoza, on top of a bed of vegetables and garnished with broccoli. Tropical fruit cup on the side.





Bento…Organized!

6 10 2008

Since my bento drawer in the kitchen was packed to overflowing, I decided to retask a 4-drawer unit that I had been using for Avon samples and supplies back when I was selling it. It worked great! The only downside is that none of the drawers are completely full yet so everything slides around when I open and close the drawers. Just another excuse to buy more…bwahahaha! >:-)

Bento Storage, Will Travel (see it has wheels!)
Bento Storage, Will Travel (see it has wheels!)
At the top are variou scookie cutters, below is a sectioned storage case for my picks, sauce bottles, may cups, punches, dividers, and furikake shakers. To the right are rice/egg mold and furikake stencils.
Top drawer: At the top are various cookie cutters, below is a sectioned storage case for my picks, sauce bottles, mayo cups, punches, dividers, and furikake shakers. To the right are rice/egg mold and furikake stencils.
Antibacterial sheets, gyoza mold, various cups, decorative brads (that I plan on using to decorate some of my plainer boxes), chopsticks and case, utensil set, and belts.
Second drawer (L to R): Antibacterial sheets, gyoza mold, various cups, decorative brads (that I plan on using to decorate some of my plainer boxes), chopsticks and case, utensil set, and belts.

 

Two-tiered boxes (with the exception of the LIberty box which will, hopefully, eventually be a second tier once I get the large size)
Third drawer: Two-tiered boxes (with the exception of the LIberty box which will, hopefully, eventually be a second tier once I get the large size)
Snap lock boxes, minus the one I used for lunch today.

Bottom drawer: Snap lock boxes, minus the one I used for lunch today.





Bentos #23 & 24 ~ More Two-For-One

1 10 2008

I’ve been a lazy photographer lately. Been taking the pics, but not uploading them here. Below are today’s and tomorrow’s bentos, with commentary.

Today’s Bento

container of soy sauce and more ketchup, yakgwe cookie.

Vegetable fried rice with egg leaves and ketchup, baby carrots, and kawame salad. In lid: container of soy sauce and more ketchup, yakgwe cookie.

 Please kindly ignore the ugly kitchen floor in this pic…one of my “backdrops” was in use elsewhere (my eco bag), and the other was in the wash (my cherry blossom shirt). I swear once I get some extra money, the first thing I’m doing is getting new tile in the kitchen. But anyway…on to the bento. It looks quasi-pretty, but was all in all, a bit of a disappointment. Cold to room temperature fried rice is not yummy at all…at least not the kind I make. The ketchup blobs were supposed to be veins on the leaves, but turned out all wrong and ended up as just…blobs. Note to anyone who bought the super-cute compartmentalized mayo containers at Ichiban Kan: they are NOT leak-proof. Thankfully, I had it tucked in my lunch bag with my bento and not in my eco bag with my workout clothes because I ended up with half the soy sauce all over the inside of my lunch bag and all over my bento…and I was being very careful not to jostle it too much for that very reason. Lesson learned. This bento was veggie-heavy due to a weekly Biggest Loser challenge I’m partaking in at SparkPeople…we’re tracking our daily vegetable servings (GO Green Team!). Anyway…onward to tomorrow’s bento.

Greek finikia cookie, frozen strawberries.

Left tier: Pork and napa cabbage gyoza, shrimp and edamame shurai, baby carrots, all on top of soma noodles. Right tier: Greek finikia cookie, frozen strawberries.

Lots of brown in this one, I know…but hopefully it will be tastier than today’s. The gyoza are not burnt, I just did a little experiment and pan-fried them in dumpling sauce which gave them a crispy, carmelized look. Finikia cookie is from the Greekfest…mmm….I could eat a dozen of these at a time. They are sooo good!








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