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Adventures in Bento: The New School Year!

on August 25, 2014

So sorry I dropped off the face of the earth last year, folks!  I continued to make bento lunches for my girls, but got really lazy about taking a photo and blogging it. I’m hoping to start back up with the blog again this year, but I think I’m going to follow the example of my favorite bento blogger, Wendolona, and only post bento lunch photos once a week. 

Today is the first day of school and I woke up early to make sure I had enough time to make the girls a proper lunch. However, I didn’t take into account how rusty I am at this since I had the whole summer off, and I found it awkward. I just received a new bento book in the mail this past weekend, though, and was able to get some great ideas from it that I used for today’s lunch.  What is this great book, you ask? Well, it’s Everyday Bento by Wendy Thorpe Copley of Wendolonia!  When I heard she had written a bento book, I rush over to Amazon to order a copy. She’s pretty much the whole reason why I bento, after all. Her photos on her blog gave me the confidence to try it out myself.  I thoroughly suggest you get a copy if you’re thinking about making bento lunches for your kids. Not only does she offer 50 different bento lunches with instructions, but she also goes over food ideas and tools that you can use. And, bonus, of those 50, a dozen are adult bento ideas! I am looking to go back to work full time soon and am hoping to make my own bento lunches when I do.

I fought the urge to got hog wild on Amazon and buy a bunch of new bento supplies. One of the really nice things about bento lunches is that almost everything can be used again and again. So I really didn’t need anything. However, I did see these that are meant to make frozen pops, but I thought might be good for snacks. The girls each get a recess and I figured a snack would be good to have then. Today I put some pretzels in Tatem’s and some sandwich crackers in Delaney’s. We’ll see how well they work out. They are all silicon, so the lids don’t seem to stay on real well, which may be an issue. Tatem, being in fourth grade, can get into her lunch at recess and pick out her snack, therefore it can stay in the lunch box safe until it’s ready for eating. However, Delaney’s first grade teacher wants the kids to put all their snacks in one bucket and all their lunchboxes in another. I fear the tube in the bucket without any protection means the lid will come off and the contents end up in the bottom of the bucket. I may have to come up with a better solution. Worse comes to worse, I can still use them for freezer pops.

(photos from Amazon)

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4 responses to “Adventures in Bento: The New School Year!

  1. Jen L. says:

    I just found you and I really enjoyed looking at all your lunches! Like you, Wendolonia has been a huge inspiration to me (I look through her book often). I hope one day my lunches (I pack for 3) look as great as hers. This is my second year for Bento but this school year, I’m putting much more effort into it…of course the cute boxes, picks and cookie cutters really help. I hope you keep posting because I’ll be following!

    • knittingdodo says:

      Yay! I’m s glad to learn that someone is actually reading! It’s a little odd to think I’m writing just for the internet to see, but knowing there’s a real life person reading the words gives it more meaning. LOL!

      Oh, yes, I love Wendy’s blog. I’m not exaggerating when I say that I wouldn’t have started making bento if I hadn’t read her blog. And I still get new ideas from her all the time. My only wish would be that my kids would be willing to eat some of the things hers do. Like hummus. I cannot get my girls to eat hummus. And she uses a lot of cheese too in great, creative ways, but my girls aren’t big on cheese. It’s limiting, but not a deal breaker, so I just make do with what they will eat. :o)

  2. Jen L. says:

    I think the same thing when I see her lunches. My kids would only eat a fraction of what she offers. I really appreciated her post last week about how her oldest hasn’t been eating what she’s been packing. We are not alone! I’m also amazed with the large variety of food she offers throughout the week. I stick to the things I know my kids will eat so nothing gets wasted. None of the three lunches I pack are exactly the same but luckily they don’t vary too much. Two out of three children won’t touch the school’s lunch and the third will rarely order. But I’m not complaining. I can make a better lunch that I know will get eaten for a lot less than the school’s lunch. Too bad I’ve been spending all my savings on Bento boxes, liners, cookie cutters and picks. 🙂

    • knittingdodo says:

      My kids like school lunch, but I hate the price. It would cost me over $100 a month for them to eat school lunch! No way. Not when I can make them healthier, and cuter, lunches in ten minutes each morning.
      And, yeah, I went a little hog wild when i started buying bento supplies last year. And I have a wishlist as long as my arm at both Amazon and AllThingsForSale. However, the nice thing about bento is that everything it reusable. At least I know it’s not going in the trash.

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