Monday, October 24, 2011

hauntingly awful Halloween bento lunch

There are times that despite my best efforts the bento box just doesn't come together the way I had hoped. This was one of those times.


This bento lunch was hauntingly awful.

Packed in the sandwich box:
- two little sealed pb&j sandwiches
- two clementines
- silicone spider cup full of homemade pickles
- goldfish crackers
- silicone cup of cheddar cheese

There is a little fruit leather scaredy cat cut with a mini cutter for a bit of decoration and I used grassy barran to keep any moisture from the clementines off the sandwich bread. One piece of the cheddar cheese was cut into a pumpkin shape using a mini cookie cutter, with the scrappy pieces hidden under it.

Paige informed me on this day that she only likes peanut butter and jelwee sandwiches and requested I stop putting "that other stuffs" inside them. So pb&j it was. I sealed the little sandwiches using a Play-Doh toy from the kids' stash and a sharp knife.

sealed sandwich

I used the top/wide side of the cutter to smash the bread (and seal it) and used the knife to trim around. I was able to make one mini sealed sandwich per bread slice with very little left to waste. It's always fun to find regular items around the house to use for bento-ing. :)  Fun until the little sassy pants girl informs me that square sandwiches are not very cool for Halloween and what she willy wanted was another jack-o-lantern sandwich. In the words of Charlie Brown, GOOD GRIEF!

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The Mom Chef said... [Reply to comment]

OHHHHH! Play-Doh toys! We have stacks of those around here. I need to dig them out. You rock.

How do you get around the issue of crispy stuff going soggy when in the same container as fruit and veggies, even if not touching. Don't your kids have an issue with that or is it just mine?

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

I may have to pull out the play-doh box and see what is in there!

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

Mom Chef, occassionally Ethan will say something got soggy, but it is not often. I think it's usually the fault of the ice pack placement in the lunchbox, that one side of the bento box will get too cold and cause moisture to form. I try to straegically place the ice pack away from things that could be problematic...

Wendy said... [Reply to comment]

When I first looked at this box (before I read anything about it) I thought you had created a pumpkin patch! The clementines and cheese were pumpkins groing along the left side, the sandwiches were hay bales and the cauldron was some sort of spooky punch. Maybe just re-brand a little?

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

Ah, that's a nice take on it, Wendy!

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