Thursday, December 13, 2012

2 fun Happy Holiday themed bento lunches

It's beginning to look a bit like Christmas. 

There is nothing like a themed bento lunch to remind me what I love about this hobby. :)  

Two cute bentos from this week...

First up, Ethan's Christmas tree themed bento:
Holiday Tree Lunchbots Trio Bento Lunch

Packed in a Lunchbots Trio he has:
- peppered turkey rolled up on a tree bento pick
- cheddar cheese, cut into ornament shapes
- a silicone cup of raspberries, with some baby carrots tucked in the side
- pretzels 

The tree bento pick is actually from a set of drink stirrers. The pick fits inside one end of this long hollow tube... I just pulled it out. It makes a perfect bento pick!

The tree shaped silicone cup came from a baking activity kit I found at Target a couple years ago. 

Next up, Paige's Gingerbread Man themed bento:
Gingerbread Man  Laptop Lunches bento box

Packed in a Laptop Lunches box:
- two mini gingerbread man shaped sandwiches (peanut butter and honey)
- pretzels
- mini gingerbread man cookies
- clementine with a gingerbread man pick 
- raspberries in a fun pink triangle shaped silicone cup

The mini gingerbread man sandwiches were cut and pressed/stamped using the gingerbread man shaped press from this set of ice cream sandwich makers. (Love these!)

Whoo! That was fun. :)

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Monday, December 10, 2012

a few bento lunches of late

Here are a few lunches that have been packed lately. 

I have been struggling in the mornings. And the effort put into packed lunches these days shows as much. 

I was worried going into this school year that adding Paige into the getting-ready-in-the-morning routine was going to be stressful. I was going from 2 kids needing to be dressed and fed (breakfast) and packed a lunch to three kids needing those things. And it was more stressful, but not too bad. 

But a few weeks ago something unexpected happened. Our littlest kiddo started school. 
His school bus comes just minutes after the big kids' bus pulls away. Having a 4th child to dress and feed in the morning has pushed me to my breaking point. While Tyler doesn't need to have a packed lunch (his school is only 3 hours long and he's home by noon), the morning hustle and bustle has done me in.

Tyler's 1st day riding the school bus. My baby! Sob!
All this to say, I apologize for my unreliable posting. It is just so difficult these days to make cute lunches and then to get my camera and set up the lunches for photographing... oh man. It's just been too rushed to manage.  I'm trying to regain my footing.  

Speaking of cameras, all last week my good camera had a dead battery and I couldn't find the battery charger. So the following lunches were all shot with my cell phone. I apologize in advance for the poor picture quality! 

EasyLunchboxes Pizza Roll bento
Packed in an EasyLunchboxes:
- a leftover pizza roll from a yummy pizza place
- Pirate Booty
- cucumber slices
- overpriced raspberries

PlanetBox Seeing Stars lunch
Seeing Stars in a PlanetBox:
- peanut butter and jelly sandwich on multigrain
- fruit leather, cut with a mini star cookie cutter
- cheese! cheddar cheese stars and a BabyBell cheese w/ star cutout from the wax
- granola bar
- Goldfish crackers holiday mix

EasyLunchboxes flower tops

Another EasyLunchboxes lunch:
- half sandwich of turkey and cheese on multigrain bred
- fruit leather flowers
- cucumber slices 
- turkey stick (husband buys these at the deli at Kroger)

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