Thursday, April 23, 2015

Duck Bento (2)

It has been raining on and off for the past couple of days. I don't know about you, but I always have difficulties pulling myself up in the mornings whenever it's raining and I dread starting the day. Of course, staying in and catching some more sleep is impossible unless it's the weekend.

Many times I am very thankful for my cute collection of picks as they play an important role in inspiring me on those days when nothing comes immediately to mind. I made a couple of duck themed lunches, thanks to this kind of pick inspiration, which Nikolai enjoyed on different days.

The first lunch was created with my duck shaped cookie cutter from my Wilton animal pals cookie cutter set and packed in a Goodbyn Bynto box. I got carried away and cut a small duck shaped cucumber slice with a small duck shaped cookie cutter and topped it above the rest of the cucumber slices, can you see it?

Duck kids school lunch, Goodbyn bynto

In this bento lunch:
  • Top section: Duck shaped sandwiches with mild cheddar accents and candy eyes.
  • Center: Cucumber slices and homemade granola bar.
  • Bottom section: Orange and seedless red grapes.
The second lunch was created will my small duck shaped cookie cutter. I first removed the crust from the bread and cut the duck shapes from the top slice so the mild cheddar cheese underneath would look like a yellow duck when I added the raisin bit eyes. I included the cut out portions above the sandwich. I also used the small cutter for the babybel cheese cutout and added a slice of cucumber shaped duck above the organic baby carrots. He also had fruit snacks in the center of the box with the cute duck pick as well as some seedless green and red grapes. This lunch was packed in a leak proof Bentgo box.

Duck bento school lunch, Bentgo kids

Here are the supplies that I used to create and pack these lunches.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

PlanetBox Launch Review - Mac&Cheese Bento and Robot Bento

The nice people over at Planetbox generously offered us their Planetbox Launch to try out. Since we own one of their Rover models and also a Shuttle, we now have their complete set. Earlier I had written reviews of the Planetbox Rover which can be found here as well as the Planetbox Shuttle which can be found here. Our first was the Rover and we have used if for several years now and it's still going strong. I must say that the quality of all their offerings is fantastic and they are very durable, I am sure they can last for many years to come.

The Launch capacity is very generous. It can hold almost six and a half cups of food! It comes with a tall dipper made of stainless steel and what they call the satellite dish, a six inch by four inch tempered glass dish which fits into the larger section and has a food safe grade silicone rubber lid. Adults can use this dish to re-heat foods in a microwave oven for a nice hot meal at work. One thing that I really like about this Launch is that options such as these make it so versatile.

Nikolai loves the PlanetBox sleek and slim sleeve which is made to fit, and comes with both a carry handle and a detachable strap which he slings across his body. The stainless steel Launch, the tall dipper, and the satellite dish are all dishwasher safe and exceptionally durable. You should expect years of enjoyment and convenience from them.
I've used our Planetbox Launch to pack these two bento lunches. The first features Annie's organic pasta shells and cheese with leftover honey ham bears shaped with a cutter, organic baby carrots and broccoli with some hummus in the tall dipper and grapes in a silicone cup. Annie's cheddar bunny crackers and a cute pick complete this bento.

Organic shells mac & cheese, bento school lunches, planetbox launch review
This second bento is a collection of robots. The robot sandwich was shaped with a Cute Z Cute RoBo sandwich cutter which can produce a multitude of variations. I used the crust of the bread for the wrench arms and the legs with mild cheddar cheese behind the face cut-outs and for the gears on the front. Another robot, in the form of a cupcake ring, is on the organic baby carrots next to the tall dipper of ranch dressing. A red robot pick is in with the apple and kiwi slices.

Robot bento, planetbox launch review, bento school lunches

Below is a photo of the inside of the PlanetBox Launch. The compartments are quite deep, so you can really pack generous servings. As you can see the glass Satellite dish and its lid fit nicely into the larger compartment and the tall dipper could go into either of the others.

Closed with their metal latch you can see the magnet set . They have lots of designs to choose from and you can even order a custom designed set that you design yourself.

Below you can see the Planetbox sleek and slim sleeve which is available in five colors.You can also use the sleeve for the Rover.

Disclosure: PlanetBox generously provided me with the items without cost to me. Other than receiving the items, I have not received any compensation to write this review. All opinions are my own.
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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Space Bento

This space themed lunch was inspired by my set of cute picks. I personally love this set of picks and I may have to order another set to have on hand just in case one gets lost or damaged.

I made the star and the moon sandwiches with cutters and topped them with Asiago and Colby jack cheese. His sides were apple slices, pepper slices, Annie's organic fruit snacks and Trader Joe's rocket shaped cheddar crackers. I have the cute space picks appearing randomly just for fun! This lunch was packed in a Bentgo Kids lunchbox.

Space, moon, star, bento school lunch

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