Thursday, March 17, 2011

St. Patrick's Day bento lunches! 2 (count 'em two!) of them!

(said very sheepishly, head down, eyes embarrassingly glancing up).

Long time no see. I've missed you. :)
Really, I have.
I do have an explanation for my (terribly, unexpectedly) long hiatus. But I'm sure you don't want to be bored with my life's details. ;-)

On with the bentos!

Ethan's bento is in the tried and true 4 square Lock & Lock box. It's not so fancy. It was early. I haven't adjusted to the time change. My husband was out of state for work. Actually, I might have still been asleep when I put this together.
Ethan's request was to not "make up any weird green foods". Apparently last year's St. Patrick's day bento was a little too greeny and weird for him. ;-)


Clockwise from top left: cereal bar and granola bar (both cut in half and stacked to fit in the space), Granny Smith apple (she's Irish, right?) and green grapes on St. Patty's food picks, and baby carrots.

I took out the two inner boxes on the right side to make more room for the apple slices and grape picks. The apple slices were dipped in Honest Kids pink lemonade to keep from browning. He also had a smoothie to have along with his lunch. :)

On his way to school this morning, picture taken right before I took him into the yard to spray his hair green. That's a leprechaun kiss on his cheek. ;-)

And now for the second St. Patrick's day bento...for my lil lassie, Paige.


I was short on inspiration for this bento, until I saw this cute paper in my stack. The rainbows caught my eye first but then I saw the mushrooms and that made me think of those tricky little green bandits too. :)
So here we have a mushroom shaped peanut butter & jelly sandwich, a couple leprechauns dancing a jig under it in a field of green grapes. To the side are some blueberries, shamrock-shaped cheddar cheese pieces, and some almonds in a shamrock-shaped silicone cup. Oh, and some green veggie straws.

The gummy ring in the corner? Well, I was thinking that was a Blarney Stone. But then I was second guessing myself and googled...and well, what I was thinking was a Blarney Stone really isn't. I read some silly book a couple decades ago which described a stone that was worn by water (such as in a river) to have a hole in the middle - and this stone would give you luck and protect you from mean fairies. (Yeah, LOL). Anyone know what the heck I'm talking about? Or what that stone is called? Or the number of a good psychiatrist? :p

Anywho, here's my sweetie pie girl on her way to preschool. I think she sees a leprechaun behind the bushes. :)

Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone!!

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Laura Alison said... [Reply to comment]

glad you're back! cute lunches :)

jessicah said... [Reply to comment]

Yay! Glad to see you back. I checked 2 weeks ago just to make sure I wasn't missing posts by accident, but then was happy to see your post on FB today. :)

shanna said... [Reply to comment]

I can say with confidence that "we" (your followers) missed you way more than you missed us. Glad you're back.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

YAY!! I'm SO glad you're back!!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

YAY!! I'm SO glad you're back!!!!

Carolina said... [Reply to comment]

I'm very happy to hear about you! You're back! :D
See you soon... :)

Cowboy Ninjas said... [Reply to comment]

TOTALLY missed you. So glad I saved your book mark to my Google home page - Hurray! The luck of the Irish is with me today as I saw your return. Hope all is well and continues to be. :)))

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

Yay! It's good to see you back :D Lunches look very tasty and fun!

Mama G said... [Reply to comment]

so happy to have you back in blog land!! :)

Kelly Polizzi said... [Reply to comment]

Melissa!!!! I must have checked your blog a dozen times in the past few months JUST incase i happened to miss a post on your wonderful blog. Welcome back, you were missed!!!

erin said... [Reply to comment]

Beautiful Bentos and adorable kids!

Happy St. Patty's!

mrs. fuzz said... [Reply to comment]

Yay! SO glad you are back. We all need a little hiatus every now and then and even though we were desperate for your cute bentos, it is very understandable! :)

Cute kids and I love the mushroom sandwich!!

Nielson Shmielson said... [Reply to comment]

Yay!! I'm so excited you're back!

The Jennings Family said... [Reply to comment]

Glad you're back! Cute lunches and very cute kids!

mermaidprincesa said... [Reply to comment]

Missed your lunches!

mermaidprincesa said... [Reply to comment]

Missed the lunches!

frosty said... [Reply to comment]

SO glad to read from you!! How does the apple in pink lemonade work? I mean... can it pass a super picky 'my apple was brown' boy? :)

Becky A said... [Reply to comment]

So glad you're back! the mushroom is adorable...

frosty said... [Reply to comment]

PS- Take a hop over to my blog if you feel so inclined. I have switched up my focus a bit.

אילאיל זיו said... [Reply to comment]

So happy to see you are back!
I have missed you!

Jackie said... [Reply to comment]

You're baaaack!!! I'm so glad!!! I was starting to feel like a stalker - constantly checking the site for new posts. We sure did miss you. And then some.

Pagemaster said... [Reply to comment]

I am so happy to "see" you again! I have missed you. I am glad your little monkeys had a nice St. Patrick's Day. i have no idea of any tales about a good luck stone with a hole in the middle, but it sounds like it would be a fun story and tradition.

Kariane said... [Reply to comment]

So happy you're back. I was getting worried and hoped all was well. By the way, cute lunches, sleeping or not!

Sarah said... [Reply to comment]

So happy to see you back! I hope all is well!

Karen said... [Reply to comment]

we actually would love to know how you've been. Hopefully all is well. But, thanks for coming back to inspire creativity in us (what little there is after doing all the jobs a mom has to do!) :)

Dina said... [Reply to comment]

Welcome back!

Lauren said... [Reply to comment]

happy to see this post! we missed you!

Faltus said... [Reply to comment]

ohhh my god I am getting hungryyy :d !!

Appleshoe said... [Reply to comment]

Hello, I'm a bit late, but those stones are called "Holey" stones or Oden stones, Wonderful blog, I'll be back to visit again soon.

Kelly said... [Reply to comment]

I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your posts. I discovered you a couple of weeks ago, and went back to the beginning and caught up. Yours is the only bento blog that has food that appeals to my son, a 4 y/o picky eater. I got so many ideas, and started his bento lunches last week. I wouldn't have had the faintest idea where to start if I hadn't seen your blog first! Keep up the good work!

Melissa Wright said... [Reply to comment]

Haha! The gold coins are a great touch and the mushroom-sammich is GENIUS (and absolutely adorable). The little green shamrocks and leprechauns, are those gummies?

Brandie S said... [Reply to comment]

I think the stone related to faeries you are thinking of is called a hag stone. They don't actually protect you from them, but a hag stone will let you see them. It is a big deal to find a hag stone in some parts of the world.

Thank you for the wonderful posts :)

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