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Adventures in Bento: Sept 29-Oct 3, 2014

on October 5, 2014

Whew, this has been a rough week. I spent nearly all of my time trying to understand my algebra class. Thankfully, though, after hours of work and the amazing help of some awesome friends, I made it through the first week with a decent grade so far. šŸ™‚ But, even though I didn’t have time to do anything like housework, I did manage to get out some cute bento lunches. And here they are.

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Monday’s lunch was fairly simple. I found some fresh baked banana bread at the farmer’s market last Friday and thought the girls would love it. However, I was wrong. It wasn’t that they didn’t like it, but they weren’t over the moon about it and by Tuesday afternoon, they were asking me not to put it in their lunches anymore. It’s all good, really, I ate it happily for breakfast all week. šŸ™‚ Besides the banana bread, I sent some celery sticks with peanut butter to dip in the small round container. You might recognize the container from my last post. It’s one of a four pack I got at the Daiso store. I also threw in a Halloween chocolate coin and eyeball. On the top tier, I cut up some strawberries and the other golden kiwi. Delaney has informed me she doesn’t care for the kiwi. I think it’s a texture thing, because it’s exactly the right kind of flavor for her. Tatem informed me, however, that she will be willing to eat all of Delaney’s portion of kiwi in the future. šŸ™‚ Lastly, there were mini heirloom tomatoes. The girls complained that the skin on the green ones was too thick, so I cut those in half to make it easier to eat them and put them in the apple silicon cup.

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For Tuesday, you’ll notice that I put several of my new toys to good use. I sent the girls with a smaller portion of banana bread that I made into a face using the candy eyes and food safe markers I got from Amazon last week. The girls thought that was the coolest thing they’d ever seen. Delaney didn’t eat any of the bread, but she was sure to inform me that she ate the eyes. šŸ™‚ To ensure the girls got some protein, I tossed in a few turkey rolls on leaf picks, and then sent some yogurt in the rectangle container. These are also from my Daiso trip and perfect for the yogurt. Each one held half a Yoplait cup, so it was easy to split between the girls. I tossed a few autumn-y sprinkles that I got at Target’s Dollar Spot on top of the yogurt. The whole yogurt thing was a complete success. The containers were easy enough to open and close, so there was no yogurt mess in their lunches. On the top tier, I put some very yummy cantaloupe balls from a melon I picked up from Trader Joe’s on a whim. It was the best tasting cantaloupe I’d had in years, so very sweet. I also tossed in some grapes and mini heirloom tomatoes. Oh, and a wee fork for the cantaloupe. (Delaney really hates to get her fingers wet.)

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A couple of weeks ago I was doing the grocery shopping with both girls and we passed the isle that holds the Lunchables. Both girls begged and begged for me to buy them. Tatem even said, “All the cool kids at school get Lunchables, it’s not fair!”, when I told them that I wouldn’t buy them. We then had a nice talk about how expensive Lunchables are and that they’re not really healthy for the girls. And, besides, I can make them something even better at home. So, I picked up Ritz type crackers and planned to make a Lunchables-like lunch. Well, Wednesday was the day. I used a circle cookie cutter and cut a few slices of deli turkey meat into rounds and put that into a silicon cup. Then I added a few round crackers. The cheese I had wasn’t wide enough to cut into rounds, so I opted for small flowers. In the other tier, I tossed in a half apple cut into slices, some grapes on heart picks, and a few blueberries in a super cute cup I got from AllThingsForSale. I also added a fruit jelly that I got from 99 Ranch for a wee treat. These lunches were in the new strawberry bento boxes I got from Daiso. They hold a very nice amount of food.

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Thursday I noticed the kitchen was pretty bare and so struggled a bit in making a good lunch. I remembered that I had some mini tacos in the freezer, so tossed a few of those in and put some sour cream in the rectangle container. Then I broke up a graham cracker to round out the tier. On the top tier, I put some frozen edamame in a silicon cup. I didn’t bother to heat them up since the girls like them cold and I knew they would thaw enough by lunch time. I also tossed a few blueberries around the edamame cup. And that was the extent of the fresh fruit I had in the house, so I opted for canned peaches and pears that I drained and rinsed and then topped with a few Halloween-y sprinkles.

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Friday’s pantry was even barer than Thursday’s, but I managed to throw something together. The girls have money in their school lunch account, and I seriously considered just having them buy lunch that day, but I want to save that option for days when I really need it. Besides, I haven’t had them buy lunch yet this year and didn’t want to break my bento lunch streak. šŸ™‚ In the main tier, I made a little man PB&J sandwich, decorated with food safe markers, surrounded by goldfish and a few coconut flavored and very properly labeled animal crackers that came from 99 Ranch. On the small tier, I put some more cut canned pears in two silicon cups and added some mini heirloom tomatoes to fill the tier out.

So, that’s the lunches for this week. But before I go, I’d like to share a story. While I know that the girls’ lunches will be seen by the kids that sit next to them, I never really think about anyone besides my girls and those who read this blog seeing these lunches. That being said, the girls have told me once or twice that some kids think their lunches are cool. However, this week I got a very nice note from one of the lunch supervisors. When I was helping Delaney unpack her lunch on Friday evening, I saw this inside her lunch bag:

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It’s just a simple note, but it really made me feel good. It’s nice to know my work is being appreciated. LOL!

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2 responses to “Adventures in Bento: Sept 29-Oct 3, 2014

  1. Jen L. says:

    What a nice note! That would have totally made my day. Can you believe I actually have a mom asking me to make her two boys lunches in addition to my three? She loves them that much!

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