Thursday, December 18, 2014

Santa Bento

Today is the last day of school before the year end break and this will be my last Christmas themed bento before the holidays. I have several winter themed lunches and those will be posted next year in January when we get back.

I have made a couple of Santa bentos previously, one of them with a strawberry hat. This time I used thin slices of apple instead, and a flower cutter to make the beard and eyebrows. I free hand cut the furry part of the hat from the same provolone cheese, used raisin bits for eyes and a cherry tomato for the red nose. The ball at the top of Santa's hat is a marshmallow.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Santa Christmas Bento School Lunch

In this bento lunch:
  • Main compartment: Santa sandwich, cereal bar with Christmas tree pick.
  • Top left: Holiday themed cheddar crackers with a Merry Christmas cupcake pick.
  • Bottom left: Grape tomatoes and a Christmas tree shaped cucumber.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Gingerbread Man bento

Yesterday we made a visit the school to enjoy the Young Inventors Fair in which Nikolai and the other students in the gifted program exhibited their latest ideas. Nikolai submitted a device for capturing the energy in ambient noise and converting it for use in charging batteries. There were so many other great ideas, some very simple, but quite elegant solutions to problems, others of a truly grand scale and every bit as clever. The kids are all so talented!

What would be a gingerbread cookie is in this example a sandwich made with honey wheat bread. Where there would be icing I used provolone cheese. I used bits of raisin for eyes and fruit leather for a scarf, holding them in place with a dot of honey.
He is not too keen on bell peppers lately, but I included a couple of pieces anyway hoping that he'll give them a try again.

Gingerbread man Christmas bento school lunch

In this bento lunch:
  • Gingerbread man sandwiches (stacked)
  • Organic persimmon slices and gingerbread man pick
  • Cucumber slices and red bell pepper slices.
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Monday, December 15, 2014

Candy Cane Christmas bento

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a nice weekend. Nothing else is quite like a grade school production of Charlie Brown's Christmas for getting in the holiday mood. We truly enjoyed the one presented by the combined efforts of the drama club, choir, and band at Nikolai's school last week.

This was a fun lunch for me to make though it took me a little more time than many of my other lunches. The carving of the apple was a challenge as I am not very steady with cutting small details. The candy cane sandwiches were made with a cutter and some fruit leather cut to make stripes. A small candy cane shape was also cut into the outer covering of a babybel cheese and the cut out portion was cut into pieces to make the stripe design.

This lunch was packed in a Fit and Fresh bento box, and this is the last week of school before the holidays.

Candy Cane, Christmas bento school lunch

In this bento lunch:
  • Main compartment: Candy cane sandwiches and babybel cheese in a silicone cup. Rice crackers.
  • Top left: Cucumber sticks and grape tomatoes with a candy cane cupcake pick.
  • Top right: Apple slices
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