Tuesday, November 8, 2011

preschool lunch: down on the farm bento

Moo! said the spotty cow, as the newly hatched chick and bunny family looked on. :)
moo cow bento box
In this farmtastic bento box there is a cowmooflaged boiled egg, ham and cheese half-sandwich on whole wheat, purple grapes, a few gnarly pickles and some Annie's organic bunny snack mix. The "moo!" letters are provolone cheese and cut with my mini sized alphabet cutter set.

An egg! Yep, that's what that cute cow is!
how to make a cow shaped boiled egg

I used my Tovolo ice cream sandwich press to mold a boiled egg into a cow face, then colored the black spots on it with black food coloring. I wasn't getting nice covering with my black food marker, so I actually used Wilton black food gel and painted it on with a clean paint brush. That might sound crazy (and possibly, it may be) but it was actually really fast (and fun!). Much quicker than using the food markers, actually. The goofy eyes are candy icing decorations and I used a teeny straw to poke in holes for nostrils. :)

Are you new to shaped eggs? To learn more about the process, you can check out my tutorial: how to make shaped eggs. :)

Supplies used to make this bento:

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Alysa said... [Reply to comment]

That is so adorable!!! <3

aud1inok said... [Reply to comment]

You are such an inspiration! I made peanut butter & jelly sushi rolls for my DD today. Also put some of the raspberries and cheese bites on fancy picks. She was so excited and asked what would Fancy Nancy say if she saw it? Thanks for the ideas for making packing lunches more enjoyable.

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

Aw, I love the Fancy Nancy comment! That is so sweet! :D

Keitha said... [Reply to comment]

Wow! Your cow is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! I love to use egg molds. I will have to try out the ice cream molds on eggs.

mbug said... [Reply to comment]

love love love the cute cow hehe. is the ice cream mold the same concept as the other egg molds. stuff the egg in and squish in the fridge over night?

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

mbug, yep, that's it! You need to keep the plunger part pressed in until the egg cools, I used a really thick rubberband.

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