Tuesday, January 4, 2011

11th day of Christmas: eleven Pipers piping

It was this eleventh day of Christmas, with eleven pipers piping, that had me the most stumped. I was really drawing a blank on what to do with it until Margot, a member of the Another Lunch Facebook Page, joked a few days ago that her Piper was a "small, blond, bobbed-haired princess". Tee hee! Hello, inspiration! :)
That made me think of some other cute little Pipers I know. Piper was even on the very short list of girl names I had in mind when I was pregnant with my fourth baby!

So with that in mind, today's bento is full of cute little Pipers, including one blond bobbed-haired one (wearing a princess tiara no less!). :)

11th day of Christmas, eleven pipers piping

In this 11th day of Christmas bento lunch:
- turkey sandwich topped with 9 smiling Pipers
- veggie straws
- strawberries with 2 more Pipers
- a few chocolate cookies piped with icing ;-)

When it came to the "piping" part of the bento my mind kept turning to those iconic Hostess cupcakes and the curly-cue icing. I didn't want to go buy cupcakes for the bento, and while I've seen some amazing recipes and tutorials online for making homemade versions, they are way more labor intensive than I desired. I rummaged up a little pack of chocolate covered cookies and used some leftover cookie icing to pipe on some swirls. :) Yum.

The various Pipers in the box are decorated with bows and flowers of fruit leather and cheddar cheese. Princess Piper in the center sports a bobbed-hair do of cheddar cheese and her tiara is made using just the top piece of the Princess Lunch Punch sandwich cutter. If the crown fits...wear it! :)

This piperific lunch is packed in an EasyLunchboxes container. :)

This is part 11 of a 12 part bento series on the Twelve Days of Christmas! :)
See also:
10th day of Christmas: ten lords a leaping
9th day of Christmas: nine ladies dancing
8th day of Christmas: eight maids a milking
7th day of Christmas: seven swans a swimming
6th day of Christmas: six geese a laying
5th day of Christmas: five golden rings
4th day of Christmas: four calling birds
3rd day of Christmas: three french hens
2nd day of Christmas: two turtle doves
1st day of Christmas: a partridge in a pear tree
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Alysa said... [Reply to comment]

those are adorable pipers! how did you make them? Do you have a little people cheese punch or something? Not by hand, I hope. Also what's in with the sandwich?

Uniflame said... [Reply to comment]

This looks adorable. Which nori cutter did you use for the Pipers?

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

Sorry for not writing in those details! I was in a big rush, headed out the door to see about having my laptop fixed!

The Piper heads are American Swiss cheese. The faces are cut using a nori type cutter... I'll try to find a link for them. I got mine on JList awhile back but they don't have them in stock now.

Alysa, It's a turkey sandwich. :)

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

Ah ha! Finally found a similar set on ebay - http://bit.ly/i6gg5t

Uniflame said... [Reply to comment]

Thank you so much! Now I know which ones to look for ^^

jessicah said... [Reply to comment]

So cute!! Till I scrolled down and read about the icing piped on cookies I was thinking they were hostess cupcakes, and was trying to figure out if those were really huge strawberries/pipers, or somehow miniature cupcakes! :)

EasyLunchboxes (Kelly Lester) said... [Reply to comment]

Having a COW over how cute this is!!!!! Who was the lucky one who actually got to eat this masterpiece???

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

What a great idea, all of the Pipers are adorable :D

Margot said... [Reply to comment]

I love this, for obvious reasons but also because it is just so darn cute. I will have to get a Princess Lunch Punch now. Thank you for this!

Shaie said... [Reply to comment]

Hi! I was looking at the link you left for the cheese faces and it's no longer there. I was wondering if it's one of those expression face punches? If so did you just cut the cheese super thin? I can't find anything else that would make those faces.


Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

Hi guys - for more info on the cutters I used to make the faces check out this post:


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