Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Preschool Bento #38 - Another Egg & Fresh Fruit

Monday's chick eggs were a hit, both with my kid and his preschool friends. He asked for another one today and since he's so cute, I had to say yes.

Ben picked a chickie egg (deviled egg decorated to look like an Easter chick), some baked shark crackers, fresh kiwi, blackberries & strawberries. I do find him easy to feed.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Preschool Bento #37 - Cutest Easter Eggs Ever!

So, F&B and I were boiling eggs this morning for Ben's snack when it occurred to me that we needed to do something cute with the eggs for Easter. We do the egg mold thing frequently enough that it's not new and exciting, so I started thinking how to make something else cute.

After a few experiments (and several eaten by F&B because they are ruined eggs), we came up with these:

"Chick" eggs for Easter!!!

They are basically deviled eggs, but cuter! I boiled the eggs as per usual, sliced across the middle and scooped out the yolks. I mixed the yolks with just a bit of mayo (need to talk to my SIL to find out how she makes her yummy deviled eggs) and scooped those back in with a melon baller. 1 carrot triangle for the nose and two dark brown jimmies/sprinkles for the eyes, and it's a chick! If we weren't rushing for Ben's school, I would have tried cucumber or raisins for the eyes, but I didn't have enough time to mess with them. Next time, I think I'm going to use the bottom eggs only as the holders as the top part (the egg on the right in the double picture) was a bit flimsy. F&B ate the spoils anyhow, so it's not like anything went to waste.

Ben took his very cute chick egg to school today, along with canteloupe, strawberries, blackberries and grapes.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Preschool Bento #36 - Fresh Berries & Bagels!

Last week, I discovered the secret to grocery shopping just might be reading the sale ads and planning your shopping trips. I'm sure this is no surprise to the rest of the world, but I'm more of a run-to-Kroger-because-I'm-out-of-food kind of person. However, I tried some new stores, got some good deals and stocked up on some of F&B's favorite foods because I actually went to more than one store!

Ben had a fresh bagel with strawberry cream cheese (Aldi's bagels were much much cheaper than Kroger) and fresh blackberries & strawberries from Sprouts. I love the color of fresh berries over the frozen ones--so happy they are in season again!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Preschool Bento #35 - Cupcakes, Cars & Quesadillas

Sunday, I was craving egg salad (a friend of mine mentioned it on her Facebook and I've wanted it since), so I boiled a few eggs for myself. Since I was already boiling eggs, I opted to throw a couple extras in for F&B, figuring that Ben could take his in his Monday snack.

Monday morning arrives and the boy ate about half a canteloupe. Seriously, I cut up one and he finished half of the container on his own. Needless to say, I had to think about my fruit options for lunch since a half a canteloupe is a whole lot of fruit & fiber. I opted out of fruit for this snack, out of sheer necessity.

Ben had his car shaped egg (his choice), a homemade cheddar quesadilla, and a mini cupcake that I made on Sunday. He asked for berries or more canteloupe, but I figured it was better to wait a day for that. ;o)

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Preschool Bento #34 - Frozen Berries ;o)

This was actually Ben's bento from last Wednesday, which was also the day that Faith got her arm cast off and the pins taken out of her foot. I was busy trying to get her ready for her appointment when I realized I needed something for Benjamin.

We quickly threw together a batch of banana muffins (because muffins cook more quickly than bread) and raided our freezer stash for some berries. Ben had one of the muffins and some frozen raspberries & blueberries, which I assume were no longer frozen when snack time rolled around. The warm muffin might have helped defrost them.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Preschool Bento #33 - We Got a Pocket Sandwich Maker!

This is our current favorite kitchen gadget! My sweet friend Lynds is walking the Breast Cancer 3 Day this year and she recently hosted a Pampered Chef party to raise money for her 3Day fund (side note: PC rocks, she raised close to $400 from the party). F&B and I fell in love with this sandwich maker thingie that takes regular sandwiches and makes them similar to Uncrustables.

Since both my kids hate peanut butter with a passion but like the *idea* of uncrustables, it works perfectly for them. I really want to try it with egg salad, but I'd have to make the egg salad first.

Ben opted for a cream cheese & jelly pocket sandwich along with fresh pineapple & canteloupe. Our bread split a little in making the sandwich, but I think it is because I keep the bread in the fridge. We like Nature's Own White Wheat bread (HCFS free) and I don't think it keeps as long if not refrigerated.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Preschool Snack Bento #32 - Fresh Fruit Kebabs

Since we finally got the pineapple sliced up, it seemed only fair to slice up the nice fresh canteloupe too! Ben wasn't needing a huge bento lunch, as he had already had breakfast & lunch before preschool, but he still likes a substantial snack in the afternoons. Wednesday nights are also church nights, so dinner is around 6pm, and I need to pace the rest of the day's food or I have a little boy who wants to eat at 8:30 when he gets home.

Mr. Ben took a cinammon raisin mini bagel with strawberry cream cheese (sliced in half, it fit perfectly in his box) and fruit kebabs of pineapple & canteloupe. After I took the picture, I laid the kebabs flatter in the box and added some loose chunks of fruit to hold them in place. Ben never complains about extra fruits.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Preschool Snack Bento #31 - After the Olympics, a Buffalo Sandwich!

Because Ryan Miller *is* the MVP!!! We're big Buffalo fans here and I love Miller (and think he should have & deserved to win).

Buffalo Sabres Hockey Bento

So for our after-the-Olympics bento, Ben had a sandwich cut out in the shape of a Buffalo (for the Sabres), some fresh pineapple that Daddy finally sliced up, a few goldfish crackers and the last of the homemade brownies. I did use a bit of plastic wrap to keep the pineapple from touching the buffalo. It was good pineapple, but lots of juice. There is just enough of a gap in the lid of this box to tuck a sandwich on top.

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