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Mickey Mouse Bento Sandwich

16 May

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This is my first time using my Mickey Mouse set. I had to freehand the ears and forgot he has black on the top of his head too. So I didn’t quite nail the Mickey look, but you get the idea. :-).

A few more sandwich bentos

3 May

This was actually the first bento I made for Ms. Little Bubbles and her friend, the daughter of the silent auction bidder/winner.  I wanted to make her first bento from me a fun and happy one, and most little girls love Hello Kitty, so I thought I couldn’t go wrong this a Hello Kitty sandwich bento.  It was a rather simple and easy bento to make.  I added sakura apple (apples cut with my flower cutter and sesame seeds for flower accents), carrots, blackberries and white and green kamaboko.

Below are a few other sandwich bento that I’ve made the last two weeks.  Sorry… I haven’t been very good at keeping up to date.  🙂

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!

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.

Two Super Easy Sandwich Bentos

8 Mar

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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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Another Hello Kitty Bento

14 Feb

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Wow, I know, it’s been awhile since I posted a bento.  I’ve been making bentos and have been taking photos of them, but haven’t been able to get to the posting part.  😦  I’m sorry!  As a working mom, life gets crazy.  My “busy” period at work is January – February.  It coincides with flu season too, so it always makes for an interesting time of the year.  A few weeks ago, I caught a bug that knocked me out!  Man, my bones hurt.  But thankfully that flu is done and I’m back to normal, just in time for busy, busy days.

This bento was made last week, or the week before (I’m sorry, I can’t remember).  I swore that I would make a fast bento, but it looked so sad and I felt bad that I wasn’t making “cute” bentos for Ms. Little Bubbles.  So I threw in a Hello Kitty.

Again, a fast and speedy bento.  I hope to catch up with the photos I have on my phone and I have a few recipes that I want to share too.  🙂

Take care everyone and Happy Valentine’s Day.  May your day and YEAR be blessed with love.

My “Cheat” Christmas Bento

15 Dec

My "cheat" Christmas Bento

LOL!  So, I’m cheating when it comes to my Christmas bento.  This is really a simple sandwich bento with a holiday cookie in it!  Oh, and a holiday fabric on the bottom.  LOL!  But, it’s all out of holiday love.  At work we had a holiday cookie exchange and the cookie that I put in Ms. Little Bubbles bento is from that cookie exchange.  I usually don’t put cookies in her bentos, but I thought a holiday exception was in order.  Plus, I really think this is all she is going to get for a Christmas bento.  I know, so sad!  The Christmas tree fabric is from a jar of jam that I received from a friend.  It looks so good – homemade organic strawberry jam!

BTW, I wanted to thank the bento lovers out there that have added me to their blogs!  Very sweet and kind of you.  I love you too, and trust me when I say I get so much inspiration from my fellow bento bloggers!  You guys are great!

My holiday cookie exchange box. Yummy!

Contents:  Sandwiches, holiday cookie, strawberries and kamaboko

Petite Sandwich Presses

10 Dec

Petite Sandwiches

After my Christmas tree disaster, I went to an ol’ standby – sandwiches.  You always find comfort in what you know.  However, this time I thought I’d try my petite sandwich makers that have a press on them.  In theory, you should see the cute little animals on the sandwiches, but you couldn’t, so I decided to toast them.  But that didn’t help much either.  I’m wondering if it’s because I’m not using the right bread.  I’m using a wheat bread. Perhaps I should try a fancy square Japanese bread and see if that works??

Finished Sandwiches - Toasted or not-toasted? That is the question.

 

Contents:  Mini sandwiches filled with soy nut butter and jelly, strawberries and edamame/carrots sticks

Gobble, Gobble. Here’s Lookin’ At You Turkey!

22 Nov

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Okay, here is my second attempt at a turkey. I hope this doesn’t become an obsession. Although, I’m determined to get it right. The example I went off of had another layer of white cheese on the top and yellow feet. Much to my dismay, I ran out of white (swiss) cheese and didn’t know until I went to look for it. And I ran out of time to make the feet. Mr. Sweet Peas woke up early and needed some attention. It’s always hard when he wakes up before I’m ready for him. Those darn garbage trucks. They need to invent silent ones that won’t wake up the kids. 🙂

To ensure that the nori on the eyes stuck to the white kamaboko, I “glued” it with mayonnaise. The mouse eating the strawberry was added at the last minute because I had a naked spot between the apples and cutie and it bugged me. LOL.

Tomorrow is a short day for Ms. Bubbles, so I won’t be making a bento until after Thanksgiving. I wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. Be good to each other and have fun shopping!

Contents: Ham and cheese sandwich, apples and a cutie

Hello Panda!

18 Nov

Hello Panda!

Yesterday was a sandwich day, but I decided to jazz this sandwich up with a Japanese sandwich maker kit that my sister-in-law gave me earlier this year.  The kit is really cool.  It comes with a spoon to correctly proportion the food for the sandwich, a stamp to impress the panda with, and a cutter that seals the edges.  I decided to put egg salad in the sandwich, but you can put anything you want.  I used my normal whole wheat bread, but I think a truly square Japanese bread would work better as the sandwich cutter was slightly bigger than my slice of bread and thus it didn’t correctly seal the sandwich together.  To help the panda stand out, I toasted the bread.  Without toasting the bread, you can still see the panda, but it’s really faint.

As for where she got the cutter from… I’m not sure, but I’m thinking Marukai.

Panda (or bear?) Sandwich Making Kit

Contents:  Egg salad sandwich, kamaboko, carrots, and a cutie

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