Bento #11

I uh...meant for it to be simple?

I uh…meant for it to be simple?

 

This bento was thrown together in less than 5 minutes, I woke up 15 min before it was time for Aaron to leave for school so while he got ready I made the fastest bento ever. In the bottom section is my emergency instant rice (microwave for three and a half minutes, yay!) and a baby bell cheese in the center. In the top left section there are apple slices and in the top right section there are baby carrots. Not the best bento but definitely not as bad as it could have been!

After a while of red stars Aaron’s behavior has improved dramatically, thanks largely to his teacher being willing to work with us to adjust his behavior .It helps a lot that he genuinely wants to improve and be a good student. Today was actually the first red star he has gotten in nearly two weeks, he stepped on a boy during circle time. I guess he is having a really bad day because we had a playdate at the playground after school and he punched a classmate! So now he is grounded and the rest of his day consists of nap time, homework and chores. He used to be such a gentle child but since he started school his aggression has gone up ten fold. Hopefully he will continue to improve.

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Bento #10

Yummy BLT

Yummy BLT

 

This bento started out like the above picture and then had to be rearranged because I realized the ranch dressing would probably spill out of the bento cup. I switched the ranch to a cute little piggy sauce container and it all worked out.

Adjusted for less spillage.

Adjusted for less spillage.

 

So, on the far left you have a Bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich on toasted bread held together with a cute orange bento pick and resting on a bed of cabbage. In the top left corner I used a veggie cutter to cut a cute flower shape in the wax of a baby bell cheese.

In the right hand section on the bottom you have some boiled quails eggs which are great for lunches, much cuter and easier to pack and eat than regular eggs! In the top right hand corner I used a melon baller on some honey dew and used a little bento pick to break up the monotony a bit. To the left of the honey dew  arranged some baby carrots and broccoli around the piggy container that holds the ranch.

A super easy lunch and I got to eat the leftover bacon and quails eggs for breakfast!

Bento #9

bento

 

Bento 2

 

I am super excited about this bento, it’s probably my favorite out of all of the bento’s I’ve made lately. I just love how pretty it turned out!

My favorite bento ^.^

My favorite bento ^.^

 

On the far left of the bento you see my lovely and delicious sandwich which I will describe a bit later wrapped first in regular wax paper and then in a small piece of decorative wax paper then tied with twine. I let a stray blueberry fall down beside it because I enjoyed the way it looked. To the right of the sandwich you have, from the top, baby carrots, sliced mushroom and broccoli on a bed of arugula which I allowed to poke up in strategic places. In the far right section I put a plum on the bottom, bordered by green cabbage and on the top I cut off the top of a kiwi for color and surrounded it with purple cabbage. I then scattered blueberries and white chocolate chips as a finishing touch.

The sandwich was really very amazing, I ended up having it for lunch as well. You can find the recipe I used here.

 

Yum!

Yum!

 

The sandwich is arugula, prosciutto, mozzarella, green apple, honey, Dijon mustard and black pepper and it is such a nice sandwich, very light and refreshing. Making and eating it left me feeling very happy.

 

Aaron has been having a little trouble in school lately, they  use green, yellow and red stars for good and bad behavior and he’s been coming home with a lot of red stars lately, he gets mad and pushes other kids apparently. We are working hard with his teacher to help him to improve his behavior and he is making progress, which is good but it’s a frustrating problem.

 

Bento #8

Sorry that the picture is so blurry

Sorry that the picture is so blurry

 

This bento is very simple and consists largely of leftovers. On the left side of the bento I made a turkey and cream cheese sandwich, I used a cookie cutter to cut out the shape of a star from the top piece of bread and I put the sandwich on a bed of cabbage.

On the right hand side in the top left corner I have a strawberry shortcake cupcake with white chocolate whipped cream that I sat aside from the previous days baking marathon. On the bottom I have some kimbap from last nights dinner and in the top right corner  put half of a banana. I used my seaweed stamp for the face.

A small break

I took a break from bento for a day and let Aaron’s father handle lunch because I had five dozen cupcakes to make! There was a commemorative 9.11 mile ruck march on post and my husbands unit participated, at the end of the ruck march they had a barbeque and I signed up to bring a dish. I made strawberry shortcake cupcakes with white chocolate whipped cream and they were delicious. Unfortunately because they had to be easily distributed and also had to sit out for a couple of hours waiting on the soldiers to come they were not very pretty at all, I think in this case though, it was definitely worth it.

Shortbread cupcakes

Shortbread cupcakes

 

I was quite proud to make the shortcake cupcakes from scratch, as I usually use boxed cake. They turned out very well and were pretty simple to make and only took 20 minutes a batch to bake, perfect for mass production. While the first batch of cupcakes were baking I sliced and sugared 9 cups of strawberries and refrigerated them. By far the most difficult part of the cupcakes was the white chocolate whipped cream. You can find the recipe that I used here. I would eat this whipped cream by the spoonful if it were socially acceptable

The finished product was less than beautiful

The finished product was less than beautiful

If you would like to make this and would like to make it more attractive, I would suggest serving either the cupcake or piece of cake on a plate with a small pattern around the edge and then topping it with a generous amount of sugared strawberries and then a dollop of whipped cream about half the amount of the strawberries. If you don’t care about aesthetics I would highly suggest simply slathering the cake with whipped cream and strawberries, about one part cake to one part whipped cream/ strawberry mixture.

 

Bento #7: Starry Night or My failed attempt at being artistic.

Starry Night as Bento

Starry Night as Bento        

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The original that I massacred.

The original that I massacred.

I am not artistic, at all. That being said I had seen something similar to this on Pinterest and, having just watched the Van Gogh episode with my Doctor Who loving son, I thought I’d give it a try. I failed pretty hard so I think this is probably my last attempt at actual bento “art.” It didn’t help that even my biggest container was far to small and squished for what I’d originally planned to do.

At the very top you have spaghetti noodles that I dyed blue and yellow respectively and tried to swirl in a way that was similar to the painting. I used half of a boiled egg for the moon and American cheese cut into stars with my vegetable cutter. I used seaweed for the mountain and a chunky tomato sauce for the hills. I used chopped ham at the very bottom for the  fields and village and threw in some baby carrots for the larger houses. My son mixed it all together before eating and it made a pretty tasty cold pasta. In the smaller section I cut up an apple and used it to fill up space around my favorite part of the bento, a chocolate I found at E-Mart with Van Gogh’s self portrait on it.

So, I do not plan to do anything like this again, I think I’ll just stick to making things look cute in general.

Bento #6

Bento #6

Bento #6

 

I quite liked this bento, it’s very simple but I think it ended up very pretty.  I do wish that I could find some proper bento grass instead of just using cabbage all of the time. My son liked it really well too because of the stars, he is trying very hard to get enough good behavior “super stars” at school to go to the class treasure chest for a prize. He is also making a real effort to keep his class star on green everyday instead of having it flipped to yellow or red because of bad behavior. He is having a little trouble at school, he pushes and gets overly physical with his classmates. We are all working hard with his teacher and he very much wants to improve, he is trying his best. He doesn’t want to be a “bad guy” that hurts people, it upsets him to think that he might be so he is trying his best to get over his anger and frustration issues.

Anyway, on the left of this bento you have a simple ham and cheese sandwich on a bed of cabbage, I used one of my vegetable cutters to cut out a little star in the bread. There was a lot of space left over so I moved the sandwich to the bottom and put a cherry tomato in the top, left corner with one of my cute new bento pics stuck in. I put in a little pink piggy for the ham sandwich but also because I have been working on my color harmony a lot lately and pink tied in nicely with the overall green, orange, white, pink color scheme. In the right hand corner I put some shredded carrot for the same reason, there was an open space and it fit nicely with the color scheme.

In the right section of this bento at the bottom I have cucumber and carrot flowers and stars. I used the green bento cup for the carrot and the orange one for the cucumber and I think it looks a lot more interesting than if I’d just filled the bento container. In the top right section I have a pink bento cup filled with blueberries. I used the cup so that the blueberries stood out a little from  the blue of the bento box, it created a bit of a border. I used another one of my cute bento pics, a little white and pink bunny rabbit and I used the bread star that I’d cut from the sandwich as well. On the top left hand side I have a very nice Korean rice cake that I picked up at the store, it was so pretty that I actually built the entire bento around it. It fit perfectly into the bento compartment as well, which was a plus.