Friday, February 19, 2010

TGIF!!! bento

Oof, what a week! So glad to see the weekend is here, along with some sunshine!

My big boy's bento for this great Friday:

On the top is garlic parmesan toasty bread cut into dinosaur shapes and Goldfish crackers. The bottom holds a small clementine orange, a silicone cup of little purple grapes, a Baby Bell cheese, and a checkered apple.

The checkered apple. Oy. Here's what I have to say about that:
- I don't foresee doing many of these
- it is easy, it doesn't take long, (this wedge took about a minute), but I can't multi-task and make these. And I'm ALWAYS multitasking.
- you don't want to know how many wedges I went through where I messed up the checkered pattern by cutting off the wrong square of peel (there's a reason why there's only one wedge in the box)
- the checkered pattern looks much nicer on these lighter colored apples than they do on dark red apples.
- my kids think they are really really cool.

The dinosaur bread was cut using a Dinobytes sandwich cutter. These are really nifty because you can get some cute shapes without having a lot of excess waste being cut away. :) The box I used was a Sassy Mealtime box with the inner boxes removed.

Have a great weekend!
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The Planet Pink said... [Reply to comment]

yeah, I won't be making a checkered apple anytime soon. Looks cool though!

Jenn @ BentoForKidlet said... [Reply to comment]

I love the dinobytes cutter it makes sandwiches so much fun!

Love the comments about checkered apples, it's so true that the hardest part is remembering to remove the right boxes! I have had many a funny looking apple pattern :D

faithfulma said... [Reply to comment]

So cute, the kids are so over the PP&J. Glad I ran across your site. With 4 kids aswell I'll be checking back for more great ideas.

“Happy Saturday Sharefest”

Shannon said... [Reply to comment]

So how do you make the checkered apple? Just cutting stripes both ways?

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

Yes, Shannon - score the peel going horizontally and vertically. Then lift the sqauares of peel away to make the pattern.
I want you to try it and then report back on how difficult you thought it was to make the checkerboard. I would have NEVER guessed it would be so tricky! I couldn't believe how many times I would make a mistake. Everytime I messed up I'd eat the apple wedge. I ended up eating the whole apple, minus this one LAST wedge that finally made it into the box. LOL

Ang said... [Reply to comment]

How do the parts that are peeled not turn brown?

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

Hello Ang! To keep a cut apple from turning brown you can dip it in fruit juice. The ascorbic acid (otherwise known as Vitamin C) will prevent browing! Lemon juice is a popular choice, but apple juice or any other will work too. I just pour a teeny bit of juice in a saucer and flip all sides of the apple in it and it's good to go. :)

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