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Bento #12

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Sorry it’s been so long! My computer was having trouble but on the plus side, I have a back log of bento’s to upload!

For this bento I used my veggie cutter to cut out cucumber flowers and I threw in one peach flower as well on the left hand sided. I also sliced some peaches and put a cucumber flower in with them to tie it all together. For the right section I fried an egg in a flower shape (though I’m not sure you can tell against the background of white rice) and cut a hotdog in half almost all of the way through, I left a little bit attached at the end. Then I bent it over to make a heart shape and used one of my bento picks to hold the loose ends together.

This is a super easy bento that only takes about 10 minutes to make, altogether.

My son has been wanting to eat lunch at school a lot, which makes me super sad because I really love making lunch for him but I understand, he wants to do what all of his friends are doing. I think it’s nice for him to have a hot lunch full of greasy food sometimes too, it is an essential part of childhood.

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.

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

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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.