Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Bento Snacks for Starving Children

Oh yes, F&B are apparently starving to death and needed to eat yet again before we headed off to evening martial arts classes. Poor starving children have such a rough life, you know!



For snacks, which may as well have been a lunch, the kiddos had mini pitas stuffed with ham and cheese, vanilla yogurt with dried cherries and a few chocolate chips, carrots, cucumber, and cantaloupe.

Maybe this can stave off hunger for an hour or so?

Monday, May 30, 2011

Sandwich Kebab Bento

F&B have always been quite insistent that food just tastes better on a stick. So today, we put that theory to the test and ended up with sandwich kebabs. I have a fair amount of kebab sticks in colors and shapes, so the longer ones worked much better for this project.



Faith has a couple of sandwich kebabs (leftover fluffy roll, ham, and monterey jack cheese). I think they look pretty cute! To go with that, she has cucumber and carrots, fresh cantaloupe, and a homemade granola bar. And apparently, yes, these do taste better than regular sandwiches!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Flower Lunchbot Bento for Faith

Just a fun little bento for Faith today, while I figure out what to buy at the grocery store and bake this week. I bought a really big honeydew last week, so we seem to be eating that in most bentos this week.



Faith has a ham and cheese sandwich on Nature's Own multigrain rounds, topped with a couple of cute cheese flowers, and veggie chips on the side. The right side holds honeydew, a homemade granola bar, carrots, and some cucumber flowers. It's packed in a Lunchbot Duo today, and the picks were made by me, using Perler beads (the tops pop off so I can switch toothpicks).

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

What's for Lunch Wednesday, Week 52

What's for Lunch Wednesday

Welcome to "What's for Lunch" Wednesday, Week 52!!!

Thanks so much for joining in last week if you did and looking forward to seeing all the fun lunches this week!

Want to join in?

Just choose a bento you've made from the last week you want to share, copy the URL of that post from your blog (you may need to click on the title to get it), and enter it into the linky below.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a bento!

And, it is a bento. Feeling to be in a bit of a creative slump bento-wise lately, but I do have to feed the kids. They seem to expect three meals per day, you know.



We had some cute little rolls left over, so Faith has a ham & cheese sandwich on one of those, with chive cream cheese of course. To go with that, she has veggie straws, carrots, honeydew, a couple of frozen blackberries, and a Nutella cookie (it's cut in half to fit in the box).

Simple and to the point!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Monday, Monday Bento

I've got nothing catchy for the title. It's a bento, it's Monday, there's nothing outstanding that leads to a different title for this post.



Faith has pinwheel sandwiches--ham, chive cream cheese and butter tortillas, rolled up and sliced. To go with that, there are carrots with ranch dip, honeydew, and vanilla yogurt with dried cherries, all packed in a 4-square Lock and Lock box.

In other non-bento news, there are Nutella cookies on my counter and they are quite yummy. They may make a bento appearance this week, assuming they last that long.

Friday, May 20, 2011

It's Raining, It's Pouring Bento

It's raining, it's pouring, and I'm not going to the grocery store in this weather, so today's bento was a mixture of food that was still in my fridge. We're pretty much out of sandwich fixings, so I needed a quick alternative and there was one large bagel left in the bottom drawer.



The kids each had half a cinnamon crunch bagel with strawberry cream cheese, a boiled egg, cantaloupe, honeydew, and the cinammon pear sauce I made the other day. It's a rather breakfast like bento, all packed in an EasyLunchbox, even though it's technically lunch.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Mini Pita Tacos Bento

Occasionally, I find bentos are a great place to experiment with leftovers and things that sound really good in my head, hence the mini-pita tacos. We had just a wee bit of turkey taco meat leftover on Monday night, maybe enough for one full sized grown-up taco, so I decided to try repurposing that into something for the kids.

I had a few remaining mini-pitas that seemed perfect for the occasion, so I warmed up the meat, stuffed in a bit of cheese and some meat, and we had tacos. Faith decided we need to top with shredded cheese so they would look better. I think she's right!



She has three of the mini-pita tacos, topped with cheese as requested, some pretzel sticks & blueberry pomegranate crisps, carrots & cucumber, cantaloupe & strawberries. It's packed in a 4-square Lock & Lock for simplicity (simplicity being I had just washed the container and it was conveniently sitting on my counter).

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

What's for Lunch Wednesday, Week 51

What's for Lunch Wednesday

Welcome to "What's for Lunch" Wednesday, Week 51!!!

Thanks so much for joining in last week if you did and looking forward to seeing all the fun lunches this week!

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

More Elephants for Ben

Another lunch from the great Blogger breakdown of 2011! This one was for Ben, as evidenced by the plethora of Peanut decorations. I even found a different elephant cookie cutter to use!



Ben had a turkey and cheese sandwich on multigrain rounds, topped with a marble cheese Peanut with a white cheddar ear and sugar eye. To go with that, he had some carrots, one of the apricot-chocolate chip granola bars I made, strawberry-flavored Greek yogurt with real strawberries sliced in, and cantaloupe. It's packed in one of our EasyLunchboxes.

Notice how there are only 2 Peanut picks instead of 3? The third was sacrificed to our garbage disposal, which actually clogged the disposal and somehow my dad was able to fix it. So yay on not having to buy a new disposal, but boo on losing a Peanut.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Muffin Tin Monday - Breakfast Time!




Faith has an early doctor's appointment this morning. Nothing like getting to drive to downtown Dallas for a 9am appointment, considering we live in the North Dallas suburbs. However, this clinic does not hold office hours at the closer hospital, so Children's downtown it is.

Because we're leaving early and I know I've got to get ready too, I prepped muffin tin breakfasts tonight. They are in the fridge and color coded, so the kids can just grab their own and eat, while I stumble out of bed and attempt to focus on showering at some unearthly hour.



The kids have homemade apricot-chocolate chip granola squares (I know, but it's just a wee bit of chocolate and there is no additional sugar in those), a boiled egg, blueberry Greek yogurt, cantaloupe, strawberries, and homemade pear sauce that I made Sunday afternoon (also no added sugar, just cinnamon).

Check out Muffin Tin Monday for more fun tins!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Quick Bento for Faith

Are we back? Is Blogger really working?

Hoping so, I have posts to share and things to do! And I really don't want to migrate the entire blog over to another service, that just sounds difficult.

As for lunches, I've got a few to share, a fun book review, and hopefully a good cooking experiment (after we make it, of course). But until all that happens, I'm sharing one of Faith's lunches.



We had leftover mini buns, so we used those for sandwiches. She has turkey and cheese on one of them, along with veggies straws, freshly sliced strawberries, carrots & cucumber. It's packed in a 4 square Lock & Lock container with only 3 of the insets. The sandwich was slightly too large to fit in the 4th box but fit perfectly without it.

The picks are the ones she and I made for her birthday using Perler beads. The flower itself pops off, so we can reuse it on a different toothpick if we need to! The tutorial for these is here and they are quite easy to make. I think we're going to branch out into other designs!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

What's for Lunch Wednesday, Week 50

What's for Lunch Wednesday

Welcome to "What's for Lunch" Wednesday, Week 49!!!

Thanks so much for joining in last week if you did and looking forward to seeing all the fun lunches this week!

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Hot Dog Bento for Faith

For today, we're keeping it pretty simple. I had hot dogs and buns leftover from barbecuing, but not enough for a meal, so we're using them in the bento today. Combining that with a few other leftovers and Faith has a full lunch and I've got more fridge and pantry room!



Faith is having the aforementioned hot dog and bun (which she is oddly enough not complaining about, even though she keeps changing her mind on whether or not she likes hot dogs), a few veggie chips, a few blueberry pomegranate crisps, cantaloupe and pineapple.

With this, I am done that bag of crisps, that bag of chips and the container of sliced fruit, so it was a good combo for using out the leftovers!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Snack Box Bento for the Park

We're finally back to the bentos. My parents were here for Easter, then the last week has just been crazy, so it was time for a self-imposed bento break. Sometimes, it's nice just to take a break. I even stayed mostly off Twitter, FB, etc, so it's been kind of nice.

Anyhow, we're back. F&B have been loving the gorgeous weather and we have a darling park across the street from our house. Today, they needed snacks and water bottles because all that playing is hard work.



Both were the same, but the photo happens to be Ben's. He has "Canadian" cheese, crackers, pineapple & cantaloupe. After taking the picture, I decided sending a cute koala pick to the park was not in my best interest, so he had a little plastic fork pick that comes 100 for $1 at the dollar store instead.

We already had a Peanut mishap last week as one of our tiny Peanut picks ended up down the garbage disposal. :o( I need to order more, the boy needs his elephants.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Star Wars Bento for Ben

Since I have now learned that May the 4th is Star Wars Day, the only appropriate bento for Mr. Ben was a Star Wars themed one.  May the Fourth be with you!

We already made Star Wars cookies to use, and I also made him a light saber this afternoon, so all is good in the boy's world.


Ben has a roast beef and cheese sandwich in honey wheat pita halves, topped with a Yoda cheese. The cheese did not really take the face impression well, but not too bad. He has one of our Star Wars cookies too and some veggie straws. The smaller containers hold cantaloupe and pineapple, along with blueberry Greek yogurt. It's all packed in one of our Easy Lunchboxes, so that works well for yogurt.

Oh, and if you're wondering why all the Yodas? The others don't have as distinctive a shape, so if the patterns don't impress correctly, it's pretty much an unidentifiable blob. Yoda it is!

What's for Lunch Wednesday, Week 49

What's for Lunch Wednesday

Welcome to "What's for Lunch" Wednesday, Week 49!!!

Thanks so much for joining in last week if you did and looking forward to seeing all the fun lunches this week!

Want to join in?

Just choose a bento you've made from the last week you want to share, copy the URL of that post from your blog (you may need to click on the title to get it), and enter it into the linky below.

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Monday, May 2, 2011

The Kids Cook Monday - The Best Cookies Ever


Now that my parents have returned home, life as settled back to normal, so expect bentos and more this week! Today, however, it's time for The Kids Cook Monday, in which we made the best cookies ever.

Why are they the best cookies ever? Because they have anise in them which results in a lovely licorice taste. And I remember making them with my mom & grandma as a little girl, so it's extra awesome to see F&B making them with my mom. The best cookies ever are actually a Polish cookie called "Piednicki" which I can't swear I spelled right. They result in a great dough for cutout cookies, we made mostly Easter ones, with a few Star Wars ones mixed in for Mr. Ben


This would be a Yoda cookie, after icing and sprinkles.


And a sheet of Star Wars cookies, the cutters are from Williams Sonoma
Photo from my iPhone, so the flash is bad


A note about the recipe, you may want to *half* this, half batches make about 7 dozen, we make full batches for Christmas and can end up with anywhere from 14-18 dozen, depending on the size of the cookie cutters.

10 cups flour
4 cups sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 lb lard (this can't be shortening or butter)
5 eggs
1 cup sour cream
5 drops anise oil, minimum

Beat eggs with anise and sour cream
Mix together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, then make a well in the middle.
Crumble lard, then add egg mixture and mix well till dough forms.

Roll out dough, and cut with cookie cutters.
Bake at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes, till edges are lightly browned.

If desired, mix powdered sugar with boiling water to make a glaze, then add sprinkles!

It's been busy around here, so a quick synopsis of what else is going on:
Visit my review blog for a chance to win a Yoplait Greek Yogurt Price Pack.
This is one of my favorite crafts ever, made for my mom about 6 years ago, it hangs in her kitchen.
And F&B and I are planting a taco garden, check out our Growums review on MomTrends.


 

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