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“Vacation” #bento for my nephew

19 Jul

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We are visiting my in-laws for the week and I promised my nephew a bento while I am home. Luckily my sister-in-law had the panda molds and punches. I used leftover dinner meats and yummy cherries and carrots for the bento. The container is a reused takeout container, making it easy for him to recycle it at the park.

What kind if bentos have you made for the summer? 🙂

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Bear costume bento

20 May

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Okay. This took a lot of brain power. My egg sheet didn’t turn out right and it doesn’t fit the rice properly, but you get the idea. I am worried that the carrot nose will come off when opened but the other elements should be okay. I have to say, my favorite element is the ladybug. Lol. But getting the nori to stick to the tomato was a challenge.

I got the bear idea from Cooking Gallery. She’s got amazing work!!

Hot dog sushi

17 May

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Quick, fast and easy… Hot dog sushi bento. I didn’t plan on adding faces, but it looked so bare. 🙂 happy faces makes the bento.

Sleeping bears :-)

14 May

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As I mentioned before (I think…???) every Monday for a month I’m making my daughters friend a bento as her mom won it at our school auction. Given the mount she paid, I’m trying to do something special. Yesterday’s bento were bears under an egg “blanket”. Under the blanket were a few pieces if chicken.

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Simple Cheese Flower Brings A Smile To This Hamburger

13 Sep

Hamburger Bento

This is a perfect leftover bento.  This past weekend we had some friends over and BBQ’d.  We have so much left over I don’t even know what to do with all the food.  I will probably have to freeze a bunch tonight, and am officially over hamburger and chili.  🙂  This is a bento I made yesterday for Ms. Little Bubbles.  It has a small hamburger slider, made with a Hawaiian Sweet Bread Roll.  The hamburger my husband made was really moist and good – he for the most part followed this recipe.  As I mentioned in another blog entry, the apples in the bento were dipped in salty water to keep them from browning.

For this bento, I have a simple tip – cut out a cheese flower, put a cute face on it (made with my quail egg nori punch) and tada – a simple cheese flower that will make your little one smile.

Contents: Hamburger slider on sweet bread, apples, carrots, strawberries, all fruit gummies.

Super Quick and Easy Sandwich Bento

9 Sep

Soynut Butter and Jelly Sandwich

I woke up this morning and prayed that I had bread in the house. LOL. I had no leftovers to put in a bento and hoped I at least had bread to make a sandwich. This bento is my super quick and easy bento. I didn’t even have lettuce, so I used gai lan (Chinese broccoli) to cover the divider. I used three cute food dividers to make the bento a little cuter, but other than that… it’s a no frills bento.

Contents: Soynut butter sandwich, cheese stars, crackers and a plum

Shoyu (Soy Sauce) Bear Egg

7 Sep

Shoyu (Soy Sauce) Bear Egg

This bento features another hard boiled egg.  But rather than using an egg mold to decorate it, I dipped it in shoyu.  This idea was inspired by Sheri, a fellow bento blogger.  I rolled the hard boiled egg in shoyu and then let it sit for a bit in a bowl as it dried.  I don’t think I let it sit in the shoyu long enough as my brown bear is not as dark as Sheri’s.  But I love the idea!  The ears are part of another hard boiled egg that I attached with tiny hard spaghetti noodles. I read in a bento book that they will get hard as the day goes on. But I’m not 100% sure. I’ll have to ask Ms. Little Bubbles if they were soft when she ate them.

BTW, the strawberries were recently picked when we went to an organic strawberry field.  They are so ripe and juicy!!  Love them!

Contents: Shoyu hard boiled egg, fried rice, carrots, strawberries and crackers.

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