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I have been seriously slacking on my Bentos lately!! This was the only themed one I made in December.
|Posted by shimmyshimmycake on October 29, 2012 at 10:05 PM||comments ()|
October is almost over, only two more days to do some Halloween themed bentos. It always goes by too fast! Here's a quick one I put together:
|Posted by shimmyshimmycake on October 17, 2012 at 10:00 PM||comments ()|
Keepin it real, y'all!
|Posted by shimmyshimmycake on October 9, 2012 at 5:00 PM||comments ()|
"Ewwwww, gross!" was the response Bento Princess gave me this morning when she saw her lunch. It's not that bad is it?
Okay, maybe just a little gross. But kids like gross, don't they?
|Posted by shimmyshimmycake on October 3, 2012 at 10:15 PM||comments ()|
I finally used my Wilton comfort grip Frankenstein cutter I got last year for $0.50. Word!
|Posted by shimmyshimmycake on October 2, 2012 at 11:35 PM||comments ()|
|Posted by shimmyshimmycake on October 2, 2012 at 11:05 PM||comments ()|
I was in Houston last weekend and I got to swing by my favorite Bento store...Fit Japan. Check out all the cool stuff I bought to add to my ever growing collection:
Whenever I go to Houston it is usually to visit friends down in Clear Lake which is an hour car ride and an $8.00 tollway away from Fit, but I still never miss an opportunity to go. It is considered to be a 100-Yen shop, which is the equivalent to our Dollar store. Everything in the store is $2.00 (approximately 100 yen) unless it is marked with a seperate tag. Everything in my picture was $2.00 except the strawberry bento box which was only $3.00. If you've shopped around at all for Bento stuff online, you know that it costs double that price plus the shipping (usually directly from Japan)! This place is a steal!!
These are plastic and silicone dividers. In Bento language they are called "Baran". They are used to separate your food so that it doesn't get soggy.
These are the picks and sauce containers I found:
Here are the cutters:
You're probably wondering how I store all this crap. It's not easy, but I've found a pretty useful product to help me with that. It's made by Plano and can be found at JoAnns or Hobby Lobby.
What I love about the storage box is the adjustable compartments that allow me to keep everything separated. It also connects to a twin so that you can double your storage. It's been great at keeping me organized! Check it out....
Notice how there is no space left for any of my new tools? Um ya, I have obsessive compulsive bento buying issues!! Good thing I don't plan on going back to Houston anytime soon.
|Posted by shimmyshimmycake on October 2, 2012 at 10:50 PM||comments ()|
It's finally October, my favorite month! Here is our first Halloween Bento of the season:
|Posted by shimmyshimmycake on September 26, 2012 at 11:00 PM||comments ()|
Between my husband and I, we have 3 girls. All I know is girly stuff. Like princesses, fashion, jewelry, make-up, glitter, rainbows and unicorns. I know nothing about boy stuff like pirates, reptiles, and whatever else boys like (see, I can't even list anything). When my Bento Princess wanted a Pirate themed bento, I kinda freaked out. Um, we don't have any pirate themed stuff because our house is full of pink fluff and rainbow glitter. We ended up compromising with a Hello Kitty Pirate themed Bento which is as far as I go on the dark side.
(Sorry about the picture quality, I can't find my camera and had to use my cell phone. )
|Posted by shimmyshimmycake on September 11, 2012 at 10:30 AM||comments ()|
I can no longer look at or talk about Panda Bears without calling them Kung Fu Pandas. I really like that restaurant Kung Fu Panda... I mean Panda Express. Which leads to the singing of Everyone was Kung Fu Fighting. Those cats were fast as lightning. In fact it was a little bit frightning. But they fought with expert timing. It's a vicious cycle. So here is our
Kung Fu Panda Bento
Everyone was Kung fu fighting, had to be fast as lightning....
|Posted by shimmyshimmycake on September 7, 2012 at 11:35 AM||comments ()|
The problem with getting new Bento supplies from Japan is that the instructions are in Japanese. It takes a lot of trial and error before I figure out how to use that stuff. Case in point... these cute little sandwich cutters:
Looks simple, right? WRONG! I guess I thought I was suppose to put the filling in between the bread and then seal it with the face stamper. That tecnique resulted in a bear bleeding peanut butter and a bunny crying tears of Nutella. To make these cute sandwiches, you will need to cut THREE of each shape. The top two will make the cute face and the bottom one is for your sandwich filling. They are so cute in the picture but waste a lot of bread and don't hold much filling and don't turn out anything like the picture. They took forever to make and I was so unhappy with them when I was done that I didn't even feel like making anything else for the Bento. So here it is....the last Bento I will be making with these damn sandwich cutters...
My sandwiches are ugly and it took me 30 minutes to assemble this. Going back to bed now....
Not feeling the love today,
|Posted by shimmyshimmycake on September 7, 2012 at 11:25 AM||comments ()|
My girl is learning all about the oceans at school and we've been watching lots of Discovery shows on the Great Barrier Reef. Today's bento is all about the ocean.
|Posted by shimmyshimmycake on August 29, 2012 at 9:15 PM||comments ()|
Tomorrow is my daughter's 6th birthday and I am a *terrible* mother because I did not make her any cupcakes to take to school. She kinda gets the short end of the stick when it comes to her birthday since it always falls on either the first or second week of school. I would feel really bad about sending cupcakes to school during the first week and don't want to get on the teacher's bad side by being "that" parent. Not to mention all the rules that go along with sending cupcakes.....so I've just never done it. I also don't invite her classmates to her birthday parties because who wants to get a birthday party invitation the first week of school?!? We don't even know these kids yet and we're already inviting them to parties? Um, NO. I always feel like it's just a bit too much to ask of these strangers at the beginning of the school year.
To keep from being labeled as the "worst mother ever" according to my daughter, I made her this birthday bento for her lunch tomorrow. I hope it will put a smile on her face, even though I didn't make cupcakes.
|Posted by shimmyshimmycake on August 28, 2012 at 9:05 AM||comments ()|
My 1st Grade Bento Princess
Proud Momma Rachel
|Posted by shimmyshimmycake on August 27, 2012 at 9:10 PM||comments ()|
Second day of school bento:
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Back to School means back to Bento making in our house. I've been looking forward to the first week of school so I can create some fun lunches for my princess. Here is her first day of school bento:
|Posted by shimmyshimmycake on August 8, 2012 at 11:25 PM||comments ()|
I have a new favorite tool to make Bentos with: Wilton Color Mist food spray. It's food safe and you can color so many things with it, not just cakes and cookies: bread, cheese, crackers, chips, pastas, potatos, etc. I originally bought some for a cake I was making a long time ago and I completely forgot about it until I recently cleaned out my cake supply cabinent. I decided to give it a try on some potato chips and the color held really well without sogging out the chips. Here are some tests I did on a piece of white bread I cut into 1" hearts:
I put a piece of uncolored bread in the picture too so you could see the intensity of the color. Color Mist is a food coloring just like you would use for dying Easter eggs or icing, so be careful to cover surfaces you don't want getting dyed in the process (including your hands).
Wilton Color Mist comes in just about every color you can think of. So the next time you are trying to come up with ideas to add some color to your Bentos, give this product a try!
|Posted by shimmyshimmycake on August 8, 2012 at 11:10 PM||comments ()|
Here is another Bento we made for camp. It is our Pinkalicious themed Bento:
|Posted by shimmyshimmycake on August 8, 2012 at 10:55 PM||comments ()|
My 5 year old has been at a different camp every week this summer. The last 2 weeks she has been at the Daugherty Arts Center camp. She has been bringing home the neatest projects and it't really opened up her creativity. We've been making Bento lunches during camp and I wanted to share a few of them with you over the next couple of days (ok weeks by the time I get around to posting them):
Here is the Olympic themed Bento:
|Posted by shimmyshimmycake on December 15, 2011 at 12:35 PM||comments ()|
Snowman Lunch Bento
Tis the season for colds and flu....my little one has been missing a lot of school lately so I havent been able to make very many bentos this month. I made her this when she was sick one day.
I used my bear shaped rice mold and hand molded the nose. I used a red pick for the nose and bone picks for the antlers. Note to anyone making bentos...Basamati Rice SUCKS to make bentos. Just trust me, don't use it. I really hope my little one gets to feeling better soon. Only 3 more days of school left before Christmas break!
I am hoping Santa brings me a new camera for Christmas. Do you hear me SANTA?!???