My 8-year-old son, Ethan, is still talking about it. :) And so is my husband for that matter. ;-)
An after-school snack bento to surprise Ethan, just for the fun of it....
This San Francisco Giants bento holds a grilled cheese sandwich at the top end. Not just any grilled cheese sandwich, but a grilled cheese sandwich on sourdough. This is celebrating San Francisco afterall. :) Atop the sourdough sandwich is a flower. Not just any flower, it's a posey. Because Buster Posey is awesome. And cute. And let's just mention awesome again.
A bit of baseball field grass barran separates the sandwich from the goods below. At the bottom end of the bento box we have a Babybell baseball. This was so easy and fun to make with a few strokes with a food safe marker and I think it looks great! :)
I used the Betty Crocker brand of food markers for this. They are what Jenn recommends, and considering she's a bonafide cheese artist, I take her advice! :)
Beside the Babybell baseball are some fruits - strawberries, grapes, and my favorite, a chunk of green apple.
You see, I had these bento picks that are shaped like a baseball cap. Problem is, they were blue and had a "T" on them... so there was only one thing I could do. Make a Texas Ranger, aka Loser, with it.
Ha ha ha! The face is drawn on with Sharpie, which I really don't recommend, but I had to do it. The apple was too waxy or something for the food safe marker I have to work. The face on this is inspired by a hilarious little cartoon sketch Ethan once drew. It made me laugh like a hyena at the time and I thought it was the perfect expression for the Texas Loser to sport. (Ethan only ate the inside apple part and skipped eating the toxic peel!) ;-)
I understand that I may be coming off as showing very poor sportsmanship here. But here's the thing. I don't care. I actually don't care about baseball one teensy bit and the best thing about baseball and the World Series, if you ask me, is that's it's finally over. ;-) In fact, during the World Series games that I was forced to watch
Oh! And I almost forgot. These were some things I wanted to incorporate into the bento, but they didn't work.
The blue cup is grape jello with a little ship flag on it - that was to symbolize the bay of San Francisco and how all those silly boats gather out in the harbor to try to catch homerun balls, but it didn't fit! And the "Giants" were cut out of apricot fruit leather using my alphabet cutters from JList. I planned to have that on top of the grilled cheese, but the letters blended in to the golden toasted bread and weren't very visible.
Were you watching the World Series? (for the record, every single time I've written "world series" in this post I started off writing "Super Bowl" and would have to go back and fix my mistake! I'm am so far from a sports fan it isn't even funny!)
This post is dedicated to my husband, my sons, my friend Shannon who lives in the Bay Area and shops bento for me and even attended one of the World Series games (game 2, I think?) this year!.... and for Giants fans everywhere. :)