Saturday, January 30, 2010

Snow and penguins?

So, since I've been seeing a bunch of penguins around I decided to jump on the bandwagon. We have a larger penguin made from bread, nori, carrot beak and bologna and swiss inside, The little baby pengu is made from a dried prune, leftover swiss and carrot beak. There is dried apples, carrots, banana chips, black berries, and grapes filling in everything else. I surely felt like a penguin coming in from playing with the dog outside in the 6 inches of snow (and still coming) She had so much fun in the snow.  Hope you all are having a warm, and wonderful saturday!

Please excuse my terrible southern accent, and my goofy voice talking to the dog.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Waiting on the snow bento

Well, while the whole town was buzzing about our expecting snow storm I unwillingly drug myself to work. I knew it would be a long slow day at the salon so I packed a snack also to ward off any snicker bar temptation. No one seems to know what to do when they call for snow except fill their grocery carts full of milk, bread, and eggs and rush the pumps for gasoline at the last minute. Luckily I was ahead of the curve and did my shopping earlier this week. As we speak the snow is drifting down quite swiftly and my yard is covered in a soft white sprinkle of fluffy snow. So! onto the the food shall we? Black berries, grapes, carrots, dried apples and banana chips were the raw fruits and veggies I packed. I also threw in some ham and swiss cheese rolls and cooked up some edamame, potatoes,  and shrimp in olive oil with abit of sea salt. Nothing fancy, but delicious on a cold day. In the snack is more banana chips, and two clementines.  Hope everyone is having a great night, and I will see you all tomorrow with pictures of the snow.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

attempted egg sheet fail!

Well today I was attempting to make an eggsheet in the mircowave...and it turned out terrible. I think maybe because the plate got stuck at one point it made the edges bubble up and out and the center was almost completely void of egg.  So I rolled it up and tucked it shamefully in the corner of my bento. Also packed in some bacon chedder chicken paninis, dried plums and apples, and edamame. The bottom teir has obviously baby carrots, black berries, and grapes. I finally restocked my fridge and cabinets mainly because of the storm they are calling for in my area tomorrow ( 6-12 inches of snow!) That's a lot for my area and I'm sure we will be off work if we do actually get any accumalation. So I may be making some snow day bento! Hope everyones having a great wenesday!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Bought bento lunch

This was the lunch I bought from our local asian eatery! I thought for 5.50$ I would get a nice compact bento sized lunch. I am afraid they sent a picnic bento haha. It was aloot of food for one person. I was abit dissapointed in the Salmon rolls, they were not rolled very good and the rice was just plain steamed white rice   =( but all in all it was really great. It came with egg drop soup, 6 salmon rolls, spring roll with carrot underneath, pad thai noodles (don't you love that great pink color?) and some more rice. Took half of it home and will eat it for dinner tonight! Hope you're all having a great week!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The bento that started it all....

This box was the original reason I ever got into bento! I saw it online one day and thinking it was so  adorable I had to order it right away! Those cute little strawberries inspired my whole new addiction. I actually got my blue urura box first (I think that was just shipping issues) but I thought that bento was small. You should have seen the look on my face when this one came in! It's actually alot smaller than my other bento. Both of these teirs fit down inside the smaller teir of my Urura and other boxes. I'm guessing it's more for children, but If I pack something hearty in it it keeps me full all day. 

Monday, January 25, 2010

Pb&j bento

Not one of my typical bentos. I'm not a big bread fan, but I was craving a simple pb&j. I couldn't find any of my cutters that were big enough for a sandwhich that would fit in the box, so I just used the actual box for a cutter.  Tossed in some strawberry applesauce with walnuts and dried fruit around the sides.  The brussel sprouts were cooked in abit of bacon, so the crumbles are tossed in with them and the broccoli. I also threw in a few baby carrots.
I normally am fine with out a snack, but I worked a long shift yesterday so I threw a quick salad with tomatoes, walnuts, romaine, and avacado and some ranch in the cup.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

No bento, but a game!

Found this super cute game on the internet. It is really addictive so beware! It will open in this window, but try opening it in a seperate window so you can get the full screen.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Chicken nugget lunch

Boring chicken nugget bento, but it was nice and comforting on a cold day. I attemtped to make some of those flowers out of meats, but it was a huge fail! Also had some edamame, tomatoes, dried apricots, cheese, cherries and carrots with ranch!  Hope everyone is having a great week!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

California rolls.

  Sorry for the lack of posts. I was terribly ill yesterday I'm guessing I got a stomach bug off my sick goddaughter earlier this week. So for lunch today even though I am home I decided to make a bento to share with everyone. We have california  rolls again, string cheese, soy sauce, brussel sprouts, carrot chips, cherries a mini jelly sandwhich ( I needed something sweet!) and some light ranch in the cup. Not anything fancy, but definitaly yummy.  I can't decide weather or not I like the more elegant style bento or the cute style. I boderline on both I guess. I really like the cute elements, but than again the nice neat elegant bento really appeal to me. I guess I will just have to mix it up. Sorry there hasn't been much variety lately. Since Hubs can't eat raw fruit and veggies I try to buy things that I can use before they go bad. I had gotten some mung bean sprouts, but they spent two days in my refridgorator and turned into mush. I don't know why they went bad so fast. Is that normal? Hope you guys are having a great weekend!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

5 Minute sushi bento.

Applause is in order for this amazing feat. I managed to whip up a bento in 5 minutes while changing clothes, brushing my teeth and getting myself together for work. Spent the morning again at the hospital. Baby was discharged Thanks for the get well wishes. Came home to change and wasn't going to make a bento but I was up to the challenge. So here we have the 5 minute sushi.   Not the best filled box ever, but cut me some slack it only took five minutes.
     There is california rolls made from precooked than frozen rice. I really like to cook a batch for the week, wrap it up in saran wrap while it's still warm and freeze it.  Two minutes in the microwave bring it right back to life. Some cherries, string cheese, carrots, edamame, and ranch are hanging out in the rest of the lunch. I do like edamame, but if I eat too many beans they start to taste a little weird so I am working myself into them slowly.

Thanks Angi for the award!

Angi over at Bento Junkie left me this award. It says list 10 things that make you happy, than pass it on to 10 blogs that make your day!
  1. My hubs makes me breakfast almost everyday!
  2. Talking to my mom.
  3. Cooking anything new
  4. Jack Johnson's music.
  5. Fuzzy socks
  6. New bento boxes (Duh!)
  7. My family get togethers
  8. Having good health
  9. My amazing friends
  10. Warm towels

Now for 10 blogs! (in no particular order.)
  1. New2Bento
  2. lilys kleiner bentoservice
  3. lian mama bento
  4. I am running out of blogsss... So I will edit this later! Most blogs have been tagged by this award already :P! Hope everyone has a great night, and keep the people of Haiti in your thoughts.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Salmon Lunch bento

Sorry for the lack of updates, I have had a crazy schedule the past couple of days.  This was a rushed lunch bento. I spent all morning in the hospital with a sick baby (My goddaughter) and her mother. I dropped by the house to throw this together before work.  We have Salmon, and broccoli in the top teir. Edamame, carrot chips, ranch and cherries! It was super yummy. The Salmon was awesome! I let it marinade overnight in olive oil, white vinegar, garlic and some McCormick all purpose seasoning. Then let it roast in the oven for about an hour.  Hope everyone is having a great week!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Lunch bento 1.9.10

lunch bento with brocolli,shrimp,cheese, wontons, edamame, and corn.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

sushi lunch (yes you can be jealous =p)

As promised, here is my lunch of the day! I am pretty proud of how this came out, I really like how it all came together.  So here are way to many photos!

Smoked salmon, shrimp (prawns)  and my ice cube tray molded rice

My poor fishy...He gave me the stink eye the whole time I made lunch.

Done sushi. Okay...The shrimp went nuts. I couldn't get the bend out of them so they wouldn't lay nice and flat...the first one was too far gone lol.

And finally the finished product. Top teir has my smoked salmon sushi and lone shrimp sushi (or sashami? i have no idea what the difference is.) Corn, and edamame. Bottom teir has carrot flowers, corn, apple bunnies and mixed dried fruit. Hope everyone has a great day!


I need your help! I have tried several different ways to eat tofu, and I just cannot do it. I am not trying to go vegeterian or anything, but rather introduce some healthier protien into my meal. Tofu is just yuck to put it bluntly. So, I was wondering if you any of you had any recipies or ways to fix tofu in your favorite fashion so I can try it. I would appreciate any help/links/recipies etc!  Lunch post following shortly.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Bento on Good morning america featured on Yahoo!'s front page news


Just thought I'd share this with everyone. It was featured on Yahoo!'s front page today. Congrats to Kai!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Comfort foods

Chicken nugget, mac n cheese, brocolli, and corn. Comfort food on a cold day!

Friday, January 1, 2010

I'm back!

I missed you all! Sorry the holidays had me on a slight break, but I am back and with new bento gear! Hope everyone had a great new year.  Two lunch bentos first, than some of my new stuff!

We have miso soup in the small container, terryiake tofu, shrimp and some stir fry noodles. The top teir has dried apricots, carrot chips, apple wedges, and some garlic and herb cheese. I also found some soy bean edamame? and ranch in the cup.

Bento for today. Edamame, crab rangoons, and some shrimp on skewers. Bottom teir has fruit cocktail, apple wedges, and a cheese. Boring, but light and tasty after the heavy eating holidays.

My new bento boxes! They came in a set of three with matching belts.

I got this bag to go with my bunny bento, and it's the perfect size for a bento and a bottle of water.

Mini forks and spoons. I am in love! I am super clumsy with chopsticks and these are small enough to fit right down into the bento.

Then I got this as a free gift with my purchase and I adore this little container. I've been taking my oatmeal breakfast with me in it along with fruits and things. The air tight lid is great for messy foods.

Anyone set any new years resolutions?  I decided that I am going to try to be a dedicated blogger, and post hopefully 5 days a week at least. Please forgive me if I don't, to err is only human. ;P   See you all tomorrow!