Archive | March, 2012

Hapa Musubi Men

30 Mar

Happy Friday Everyone!  Whew… I’m so happy that it’s Friday.  🙂  Yesterday Ms. Little Bubbles got happy musubi for lunch.  As you can see, we made hapa rice (brown and white rice mixed together).  It kind of makes the musubi men look like they have freckles or sun spots.  The chicken is parmesan crusted chicken that I made from chicken tenders.  No real recipe to share on this one.  Just bought a box of Shake n’ Bake and added parmesan cheese.

Tomorrow is our school gala.  I’m excited as it will be a night of fun for me and the hubs.  The silent auction for the gala ended yesterday and I think my bentos went for $300!!!  Whoohoo!  🙂  Thank you to the mommy who bid on them… I’m excited to make bentos for Ms. Little Bubbles and her classmate!

Two Butterflies Bento

27 Mar

How can we not be happy when you see two butterflies?  🙂  The first butterfly bento was such a hit, I had to make another one for Ms. Little Bubbles.  Once again I enlisted the help of my heart cutters.  However, this time I found an oval-ish shaped cutter for the body and used the quail egg nori punch for the eyes and mouth.  This is a very simple bento, but so happy.  🙂

Not much to say on my end.  I’ve been busy so the bento have been kept to a minimum.  I’m excited to say that I put in an auction item for Ms. Little Bubbles school.  Four bento in May (every Monday I think) and a special bento on the child’s birthday.  If you are from Ms. Little Bubbles school and are checking out my bento blog… BID and BID high.  🙂  It’s for a good cause (our kids) and I have so much fun making bentos that it will be great to make them for other kids too.

Hugs to all and I hope everyone is having a great day… week.. year!

St. Patrick’s Day Lucky Bento

20 Mar

Lucky 4 Leaf Clover Bento

It’s four days late, but I finally made Ms. Little Bubbles a St. Patrick’s Day bento.  I had the concept in my head for a few days, but didn’t have a chance to make it until this morning.  I’m happy to say that my green egg sheet was a success.  If you’ve been following my blog, you’ve seen my past egg sheet attempts/disasters, but this time it turned out perfect.  Not runny, not oily, just right. 🙂  (Bentolicious has an awesome egg sheet tutorial.) The clover leaves are made from a heart shaped cutter (very handy, remember I used it to make my butterfly too?).  I free form cut the stem and leaves and the rainbow, butterfly and star are bento food dividers.  (The Japanese name for them is escaping me this morning… oh, getting old!)

So, although I’m not Irish, I made Ms. Little Bubbles happy and celebrated St. Patrick’s Day.  🙂 Oh, and did I mention I used my favorite Lunch Bots box?  Love this box.  I haven’t tired their new items (as reviewed by Happy Little Bento) but I love the original box!


St. Patrick’s Day Bread Pudding?? LOL!

19 Mar

Ono Bread Pudding

Okay, this is not your typical St. Patrick’s day food or post. I’m not Irish and didn’t grow up in a community with many Irish. In fact, I didn’t even know I was supposed to eat corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick’s day until I was in my mid-20’s. I thought corned beef came from a can that I had to open with a “key” that was attached to the side. I know… sad. I’m happy to say that my awesome husband did make corned beef this past weekend and it was AWESOME. My kids were so-so about it so he had to turn the leftovers into corned beef hash, which they ate up!

So, you may ask, what led me to my bread pudding. Well, we got a free loaf of french bread the weekend before. I think we had the intention to make spaghetti with french bread, but never got around to it. I didn’t want to throw away my free bread and sat there on Saturday wondering what I was supposed to do with this huge loaf of stale bread. Well duh… bread pudding. Okay, I have to say this is the BEST bread pudding I’ve ever made. I’m not sure if it was the bread or the vanilla bean PASTE that I used, but wow… YUM. Below is the recipe I used and I encourage you to try it. It was very yummy, especially when we topped it with vanilla bean ice cream from a local creamery. 🙂

BTW, I didn’t say it was healthy. Lol!

BREAD PUDDING (adapted from

  • 1 loaf day old French bread
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • 8 eggs, beaten
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup Splenda (or white sugar)
  • 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Break bread into small pieces into a 9×13 pan. Drizzle melted butter or margarine over bread and sprinkle with raisins.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, combine eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla. Beat until well mixed. Pour over bread, and lightly push down with a fork until bread is covered and soaking up the egg mixture.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 60 minutes, or until the top springs back when lightly tapped.

Pancake and Eggs Bento

16 Mar


Breakfast for lunch? Why not? I can’t say I made these pancakes, but Ms. Little Bubbles loves them. I was trying to come up with a fast lunch to make and decided to just do a breakfast bento. The eggs are hard boiled and put in an egg press. Unfortunately, they were small eggs and didn’t fit the egg mold, so the bear has no ears and the star (you can’t see it) doesn’t have clearly defined points.

I love the green pea shaped container the strawberries are in. It is perfect and adds cuteness. 🙂 The container between the eggs is a furikake container that I used for maple syrup.

Ahhh… TGIF!! Happy Friday everyone!

Happy Butterfly Bento

14 Mar


Oh, that bear char siu bao gave me the cute bento bug. I tried to think of the simplest cute bento I could make with the limited food I had in my refrigerator. The butterfly is made from white and yellow cheese. I used my heart cutter, but cut the points off.

Again, this bento brought a smile to Ms. Little Bubbles. Which made my day!

Oh So Cute Char Siu Bao Bear Bento

13 Mar

This char siu bao bear brings a smile to my face.  It’s been a long week at work, and although it was hard to wake up this morning to make this lunch for Ms. Little Bubbles, the *SMILE* it brought to her face made me happy all day long. I haven’t had time to make cute lunches for her lately, so this was a treat for her.  The bear is made from a baked char siu bao that her uncle and aunty bought for her this past weekend.  They said it was a mini char siu bao, but it looks huge in this bento box.  I cut the ears with scissors and added cheese to the ears and nose for added definition.  As usual the eyes and nose are made from nori.  I also have carrots, strawberries and mini mochi crackers to the bento.  The bear is universal in the sense that you can make him out of any bun/roll.

Hi Mr. Manapua Man *wink* *wink*

10 Mar


This manapua man cracks me up. 🙂 He looks like a triangle and has a rather big head. Oh, and he is balding! LOL!

I made this bento a few weeks ago and I think I woke up tired and a bit stressed out because of work. So, I tried to make it as cute as possible, but am not sure if I hit it on the mark. Although, my daughter said she loved it. So in the end, that’s all that mattered.

My absolute favorite thing about this bento is the hat. LOVE my hat bento picks!

CARS Bento

9 Mar


My Little Sweet Pea will start school this fall, so I haven’t gotten into making “boy” bentos. However, with a playdate picnic planned, I made him his first bento. He was so excited.

I made him his favorite, mac & cheese, to ensure he would love his first bento. And used a bento box decked out in his favorite love – CARS!! He loooooves Cars. To say the least, his first bento was a hit. In a few months I will have to make two bentos in the morning and wonder what that will be like. 🙂

Two Super Easy Sandwich Bentos

8 Mar


My daughter asked for sandwiches in her bento for the rest of the week. My thought on this “oh! Nooooooo problem at all.” Making sandwiches is super easy.

Both of these bentos have soy nut butter and jelly sandwiches, mochi from Girl’s Day and apples. Seriously, about five minutes to whip together! The only thought I gave to these bentos was how to jazz up the top of the sandwiches. 🙂


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