Thursday, April 21, 2016

Up, Up & Away Bento Lunch

Back in March, we flew back home to visit my family.  Since we took Southwest, we had the cutest drink stirrers in our drinks (hot cocoa and tea) which I wanted to save since they had the potential to be really cute food picks.  We had an awesome flight attendant who gave me a couple extra when I told him about the whole blog plan for them.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Fish Bowl Bento Lunch

Long time, no blog!

After a combo of 3 weeks of traveling and another two for a mental break, we're back and ready to share new lunch and food ideas.  Being that this blog turns 9 years old in a couple of months, a short break was just what was needed for me.  The kids and I have been planning some new ideas as we expand to some extra foods along with our bento lunches.

Today's lunch was supposed to be a little girl with sunglasses BreadHead sandwich cutters, except the bread I bought did not take the pressed design well at all.  No worries!  I kept playing with the larger shape and realized that it kind of looked like a fishbowl!

So upside down it went, then I added a small strip of blue water with a bit of a fruit roll-up and a few Goldfish crackers to "swim".  Since the main design changed, I swapped our original box for a Planetbox Shuttle.  The side options also had to be adjusted, so I added sliced kiwi with a dolphin pick and a peeled cutie orange with a whale pick.  As always, there's other random sides not pictured (yogurt, granola bars, and the like), no reason to add those in till later.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Another Yoda Bento

The awesome Princess Leia cookie cutter came in a set of 6 cookie cutters, all of which are a bit more cartoon-y versions of popular Star Wars characters.  While I had to have the set because of Leia, I'm really quite font of my new Yoda cutter too!

In this lunch, Ben has a peanut butter and jelly Yoda sandwich on white-wheat bread, cut and pressed with the new Yoda cutter.  The sandwich is resting on a two-deep layer of pretzel grids and has a mini Rice Krispy treat in the same compartment.  To the left, he has a Cutie orange and some grapes, which also underscores the need to buy some different fruits (I swear all we've had lately are grapes and oranges).  Lunch is packed in a Planetbox Shuttle.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Minnie Mouse Bento

My Disneyside is coming out lately!  We're planning a trip to Disneyland with the kids, and right now, we're all about the Mouse!  And what better way to enjoy it than a Minnie Mouse bento box?

In this bento, we have a ham and cheese sandwich on white-wheat, cut out with a Minnie Mouse sandwich cutter.  I set it on a bed of whale crackers since we do love those.  To the left, we have a baby orange (halo maybe?) with a pink Mouse shaped pick and below that is a sliced kiwi with one of my favorite Minnie picks.  Not pictured, I added a yogurt tube.   Lunch is packed in a Planetbox shuttle, which had the red park themed magnets on it today.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Bread Heads, PlanetBox, and Bento

The other week, my friend Amy posted the cutest pirate lunch with little boy and girl pirate faces.  I really really loved the cutter and she sent me in the direction of the Fred & Friends Bread Head cutters.  With the help of my trusty Amazon app on my phone, a couple of clicks later, and the Bread Heads were on their way to my house.  Since I have Prime, they came in on Monday, so today's bento had to feature the new cutters.

I opted for the little girl cutter and made a quick cream cheese and jelly sandwich.  The face stamp acted as a sealer to make a pocket style sandwich, so no jelly leaks.  I added a hair bow pick because I thought it was cute.  Below, I used two of my silicone bow cups.  One holds a rose made out of rolled deli ham, the other holds some fruit snacks.  In keeping with the cuteness, I added my other two bow cups to the smaller compartment and filled them with blackberries, accented with daisy picks.  Lunch is packed in a Planetbox Shuttle.

Above is a closer look at the Fred & Friends Bread Heads.  The face stamps are separate from the frames, so you can cut both pieces of bread first, then make your sandwich before stamping and sealing it together.  Easy to use and very cute!  I see more of these sandwiches in our future.

Monday, July 27, 2015

New Week, New Camp, New Bento

This week, Ben is off to a marine life science camp, all about the aquatic ecosystem here in Puget Sound.  Camp is from 9:00am to 1:30pm, so they have a short lunch or snack time around 11am.  Since Ben is always starving, I went with a lunch over a snack option.

Ben chose a ham, cheese, and garden veggie cream cheese wrap again, since he really enjoyed the one he had last week.  Since we were going with a smaller meal, I added a couple of cheese chunks for protein.  He chose grapes as his fruit and a couple of blueberry muffin cookies I made over the weekend for his sweet (they taste like the tops of actual muffins).  Lunch is packed in our PlanetBox Shuttle, which he decorated with the alien magnets.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Snacking-Style Bento with PlanetBox Shuttle

While we're off camping in New Mexico, I saved a couple of lunches to share!

Sometimes lunch is more of a snack too, it all depends on the time of day!

This lunch features some of Ben's favorite cheesy zucchini bread that I added ham to, which gave it a quiche idea.  He also had some grapes, a peach applesauce, and a TMNT Gogurt.  This snack is packed in our PlanetBox Shuttle.

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  Disclosure: I am a Gogurt Lunchbox Blogger.  This lunchbox was created as part of my relationship with Gogurt and I was compensated for my time and design.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Field Day Snack Bento

Last week of school for the kids at their charter and the year culminated with a field day. Since it was only a half day event, they didn't need to bring lunch, so I opted for a quick snack box in case they were hungry or had a chance to stop and eat.

Ben had made corndog muffins for a Cub Scout project earlier int he week, so we decided they were the perfect snack item.  He took two of those, along with some cheese, for protein.  Since he was outside, we opted for fresh fruit as the other item--cantaloupe chunks, topped with a piece of honeydew, cut out as Boba Fett!  We're loving how well our press cookie cutters stamp designs on melon.

Snack is packed in a PlanetBox Shuttle.  We swapped our standard magnets, with the red outdoors scene, for these cute aliens!  Perfect with Boba Fett.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

It's a Fruit Bonanza Bento in PlanetBox

One of the highlights of late spring, for us, is the fact that produce is plentiful and much better prices than all winter long.  I took advantage of the sale prices to stock up on a bunch of the kids' favorites.

I made a fresh chicken salad for Ben's lunch today, and stuffed it into mini-pretzel croissants.  It's a favorite of his and so yummy!  He also took some chunks of cheese and a mini-chocolate chip muffin, along with his plethora of fruit options.  We have blackberries, raspberries, cantaloupe, and honeydew, all of which he loves, and packed up in our PlanetBox Rover.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas Bento

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  Well, at least in our bentos, it is!  It's still a bit unseasonably warm in Colorado, but as Texans, we are NOT complaining.  As much as I like to ski, I could do without snow in my own yard.

Today, I packed up a quick snack bento, using my favorite Nordicware Christmas cookie cutters, which double as awesome sandwich presses.  A trick to using press cookie cutters on bread?  Cut everything out separately.  It only takes a few seconds more, but you get much nicer cutouts that trying to press an entire sandwich at once.

In today's snack, we have two sandwiches, an elf and a Santa, with ham and cheese on whole wheat bread.  I made a quick orange flower out of a peeled Cutie orange with a blueberry center, and added some carrots too.  Under the Lunchbox Love Christmas note, there are a couple of cookies for a sweet treat.  Lunch is packed in a PlanetBox Shuttle today.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

May the Fourth Be With You, a Star Wars Bento

It's that time of year again, and probably Ben's favorite bento of the year.  Yep, Star Wars Day!  And this year, Ben brought me a few little Lego goodies to decorate his box.  He also picked the sandwich prints and the light sabers for decoration.

Ben chose ham and cheese sandwiches on whole wheat bread, one cut into R2D2 and the other cut into Chewbacca, using our Williams-Sonoma press cookie cutters.  He added Lego Storm Troopers and some carrots around Chewbacca.  He picked an almond poppyseed muffin and added Lego Sith Troopers to that compartment, then blackberries with light saber picks in the top compartment.  For a treat, the middle square contains a single Milky Way bite (it seemed space-like to me!).  Lunch is packed in a PlanetBox Rover and the Lego guys are from various sets.

Click the button below to visit my friend Kendra over at Biting the Hand that Feeds You to check out another amazing Star Wars lunch!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Season's Eatings Holiday Hop!

It's time for a fun little bento hop again, this time helping you to prepare for all your season's eatings!

The kiddos were on board with seasonal lunches and I opted for our Planetboxes to show how much food really fits in the Shuttle and Rover. Keep in mind, the kids basically have the same lunches.

Ben took Elf on the Shelf themed ham and cheese sandwiches on honey wheat, along with a Cutie orange, some frozen blueberries (packed in a dipper for safe keeping), a couple of pumpkin cookies and some veggie straws, all packed in our Planetbox Rover.

Faith opted for Santa sandwiches, also ham and cheese on honey wheat, a Cutie orange and pumpkin cookies too.  In lieu of the veggie straws, she took carrots, and her little dipping container is filled with French dressing for the carrots instead of blueberries.  Her lunch is packed in a Planetbox Shuttle.

That said, we've got generally the same amount of food--carrots replacing veggie straws and different fillers in the dipping container, but both lunches fit in their respective boxes just fine!

Now since this is a blog hop, I invite you to click the awesome owl below and visit my friend Cristi over at BentOnBetterLunches!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

First Day of School for the Boy

Yesterday was F&B's first day of school, as we chose a different program (charter) for them this year, so they did not have to start on August 8th.  As August 8th was also Ben's 8th birthday and we were on vacation at the time, we were extra happy they did not have to start school that day. - First Day of School Bento in Our PlanetBox

He took a ham salad pocket sandwich, made on honey wheat, and decorated with his name.  I bought a Wonder Bread pocket sandwich maker at the Dollar Tree for $1 and I was quite happy with how it worked!  He also chose pretzels and a granola bar, strawberries (with an elephant fork), blueberries, and raspberries with chocolate chips in them please.  It's packed in our Planetbox Rover and includes a Lunchbox Love note, of course!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Elephant Camp Snack Bento

Another day of camp, another snack needed. And since the boy wanted his elephants, I even found a note with an elephant fact for him.

Since it was elephants he wanted, it was elephants he had! Packed in our Planetbox Shuttle (currently available on Planetbox's website), we have a turkey and cheese sandwich on honey wheat bread, cut with our elephant LunchPunch, and decorated with a sugar eye.  To the left, there are grapes and blueberries, skewered with a variety of elephant picks, and our Lunchbox Love note shares a cool fact about elephants, just for Ben!


Friday, June 28, 2013

PlanetBox Shuttle Review & Pandas!

I do love checking out new lunch boxes, especially getting to be one of the first to receive a cool new box--this time, the all new PlanetBox Shuttle!

Just like the Rover and the Launch, the Shuttle is made from stainless steel, but is designed for small meals and snacks on the go.  We decided to try it out as a small lunchbox, just to see how much food we could fit into it.

As shown, we managed two panda sandwiches, cut with our CutezCute cutter, which filled most of the main compartment.  The smaller side holds carrot sticks and a kiwi in the tall Dipper to prevent leaks, then the empty spaces have grapes.  This one ended up being Faith's lunch and was plenty of food for her.

Like all PlanetBoxes, the Shuttle has magnet sets to change the look of the box.  We received the red Day in the Park set, but I also love the blue Aliens and the purple Butterflies.  Matching bags are also available, so we have the red Day in the Park one to match.  I'm actually quite tempted to order the Aliens for me!

The PlanetBox Shuttle retails for $34.95, which includes the stainless steel box, one set of magnets, and a Tall Dipper.  For $5 more ($39.95 total), the carry bag can be added.  I like the carry bag, simply because I love having everything coordinated.  Faith decided it made a pretty cute purse.  Plus, there is room within the bag for a napkin, silverware and a thin ice pack.

Other highlights of the entire PlanetBox line are their durability and the fact that they are dishwasher safe.  Our first PlanetBox (the Rover) has been well loved and is still in amazing shape.  Even better, I can just remove the magnets and run it through the dishwasher instead of hand washing it.  Any mom has to love lunch items that can just go through the dishwasher!

Overall, we love the new box and are very pleased with the amount it holds.  It can definitely serve as a snack box or a smaller lunchbox, which is perfect for my two.  We'd highly recommend it (along with the rest of the PlanetBox line)!

Disclosure: I received a complimentary PlanetBox Shuttle set for the purposes of this review.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Talk Like a Pirate Day Bento & Blog Hop

Arrrrr matey! It's Talk Like a Pirate Day today!  It's also unofficially "Make a Pirate Lunch Day" today too.  And there's more, a pirate lunch blog hop with a treasure at the end!  Follow through the hop, unscramble the map pieces (don't worry, they are numbered) for a chance to win some pretty cool bento booty!

So what is for lunch?  Ben has a pirate sandwich, made from multigrain rounds with cream cheese and cantaloupe jam, topped with a cheese pirate.  He's easy to make too--circle cutter for the face and hat, smaller circle for the eye, nose and polka dots, a triangle for the knot, and a hear for the mustache and eyepatch.  In keeping with the pirate theme, we've got blueberries on swords, carrot coin pieces of eight, and cookies, which are just cookies.  It's all packed in a PlanetBox today.

Now onto that blog hop ...

Every blog in the hop has a piece of the map to the bento booty treasure - a giveaway! As you go through the hop, collect the pieces and put them in the right order to find out where to enter! You'll probably need something to write with, because there are 39 blogs to visit, so 39 pieces to collect! 37 pieces will spell the URL, and 2 bonus pieces with words on them will get you 2 entries to win!

Click on the Jolly Roger to visit Alexandra at Lunch with Eyeness next!  And good luck!

Friday, August 10, 2012

First Day of School Bento & a PlanetBox

I've been coveting a PlanetBox for quite awhile now. It's pretty, it's stainless steel, you can decorate it with your choice of magnets, and it has a darling little matching bag to carry it in.

I was more than a bit excited when PlanetBox offered to send me a set to try out for the kids.  They had some serious negotiations on the bag color (turquoise won) but managed to quickly compromise on the magnet set (there was a winter/skiing set).

The second dilemma was who got to use it on the first day of school.

In the end, Ben won, since Faith has another nice new set to use that was sent specifically for her, so it seemed only fair to at least let him use the other new box.  He was really excited, and came home telling me that his teacher needed my blog address so I had to give him a card for her.

Ben had a turkey and provolone sandwich on multigrain rounds, topped with a "Second Grade Star" pattern (made from a marbled cheese.  He had blueberries, carrots and cucumber stars, watermelon with a few more stars and two mini brownie bites from the other new handy-dandy kitchen machine I bought recently.  The extra space in the box was perfect for one of his Fabkins napkins.

The verdict?  We *LOVE* the box.  Ben said  that it was easy to open and all the food stayed separated nicely, even with turning the box on its side to put it in the bag.  Of course, the next question was could I wash it so Faith could have a turn.

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