Archive | April, 2012

And the winner gets…. a Panda Bento! :-)

30 Apr

Last month a mom in Ms. Little Bubbles class bid on my bento for our school’s silent auction.  Every Monday and Friday in May I feel honored to make her daughter a bento for lunch.  I love seeing how excited she is to receive her lunch and it makes me energized to make them. And I think it makes my Ms. Little Bubbles appreciate them a bit more too.

Today’s bento was a fun panda bento.  My sister-in-law surprised me with a panda mold and punch, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE them!  What a wonderful surprise. They are really easy to make, all I had to do was put rice in the mold, and punch the ears and facial features out.  And ta-da!  A panda!!  To compliment the panda, I made shoyu (soy sauce) hot dogs, added strawberries and blueberries and steamed carrots.  I’m happy to report that both girls ate everything.  Humm… now that I think about it. Ms. Little Bubbles didn’t even have a blueberry in her bento left.  I wonder if she ate them or gave them away?  For the longest time she REFUSED to eat blueberries.  hummm….

 

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Bunny Bait

10 Apr

Are you on Pinterest?! Well, if you are not, it might be a good thing because it’s very addictive.  I love Pinterest as I’m a visual person and it’s so nice to see different ideas.  Although I have to say, I do a lot more pinning than doing.  However, I took the opportunity this past weekend to make something I found on Pinterest – BUNNY BAIT.  This is so easy to make and is so good.  Probably as addictive as Pinterest!  🙂

Bunny Bait (adapted from SingForYourSupperBlog)

2 bags microwaved popcorn, popped
12 oz. bag Wilton White Candy Melt
1/2 bag Easter M&Ms
pretzel sticks, broken into small pieces
colorful sprinkles

Place the popped popcorn in a large bowl with the broken up pretzels and M&Ms. Heat the candy coating in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring after each time, until melted and smooth.

Drizzle the candy coating over the popcorn mixture and stir to coat. The pretzels and M&Ms will sink to the bottom, so make sure to get those stirred in and coated with the rest of the popcorn.

Spread out on a large piece of wax paper, top with a few sprinkles and let cool. Break into pieces and serve in a large bowl.

 

 

Easter Bento Bunnies

9 Apr

Wow, is it April already?  Easter kinda caught me by surprise.  I didn’t plan on making a bunny bento for Ms. Little Bubbles, but I was inspired by Happy Little Bento.  Sheri is talented and her bunny made me wake up to Easter and think “hey, I got the stuff to make that!” This bunny is totally inspired by Sheri!  The bunny is made from swiss cheese and the flower is made from a fruit rollup.  Totally cute and simple.

This is my second Easter bunny.  This was a last minute bunny.  I woke and remembered that I had a bunny mold that came with a bento kit my husband bought for me.  I molded my hapa rice into a bunny, made deli meat features and then nori eyes and nose.  Under the cheese is taco meat, which we used to make taco rice the night before.  Yes, I said taco rice.  To me, taco rice is the epitome of Asian Americans eating anything and everything with rice.  I have to admit, I eat rice with almost everything.  I think most people that I grew up with do.  Eggs… YEP.  Spaghetti… YEP YEP.  Taco salad… YEP!  My husband and I first discovered taco rice in Okinawa.  I have to admit, I thought it was WEIRD. And it kinda is.  But once you get past the weirdness, it’s actually very good.  LOL.  (You’ll have to comment if you think I’m crazy! LOL!)  Here is a picture of taco rice from In The Wabe

Good Ol’ Standby – Hello Kitty Sandwich

1 Apr

This is just a good ol’ standby lunch.  This morning I need to make a simple, fast and easy lunch as Ms. Little Bubbles and I had to leave early for school.  Hello Kitty is a good standby for me as it’s fast to make out of white non-hole swiss cheese and ham and I can whip it out quickly.  I didn’t have any kamaboko on hand so I made the bow from a slice of ham.  Unfortunately, the veggies in my fridge were sparse, so Ms. Little Bubbles just got fruit.

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