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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Funny Face Lunches

Nikolai's tests are still going on, this week they are on Tuesday and Wednesday and next week will be the last. I wonder why the school can't have it all in one stretch? They have to break it down to consume three weeks! That means every weekend we have to consider his sleeping schedule and ask him about his preparations. Of course as always, he'll tell us that the tests are easy and he does not need any preparations. He's not into watching television but he is into computer games, mainly Minecraft. We reduced his computer time when tests are scheduled and he's not too happy about that. I told him that he's lucky compared to other kids since we have never felt the need to implement the grounding rule.

The croissant in the lunch below looked like a face when I placed it in a lunch box (or was it my imagination? lol), I mean I could see the cheese and it looked like a mouth to me! I decided to add a couple of raisins for eyes to complete the look. He also had dye free choc sunflower seeds, organic orange slices and organic seedless grapes. This lunch was packed in our leak-proof Yumbox panino.

Croissant bento lunch

I've not used our mustache cupcake ring which I acquired a few years ago until now, using it in the below lunch. I used a circle cutter for the Mozzarella cheese eyes, used a paper hole puncher for the nori pupils and a raisin for nose. Alongside are yogurt covered fruit snacks, organic apple pieces, organic baby carrots and sugar snap peas. This lunch was packed in a leak-proof Yumbox.

Funny face sandwich lunch with a mustache cupcake ring

This last lunch was put together so quickly. I used a circle cutter for the 'O' mouth (more like I'm yawning mouth) and raisin eyes (I cut a raisin into half for the wink eye). Alongside is a cereal bar, sugar snap peas, baby carrots and orange slices. This lunch was packed in our Planetbox launch.

Funny face bento lunch

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


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Hot Dog Bun Bento

We went out of town and came home quite late last Sunday. We made a stop at our favorite Chinese bakery and purchased a huge collection of buns, cakes, egg tarts, etc to bring home. We saved some for ourselves and shared some with close friends. There are no Asian bakeries where we live and the closest to us is around 2.5 hours drive from our home, one way.

The hot dog bun below was from the Chinese bakery, I was in a hurry on Monday morning and Nikolai requested the bun for his lunch. Easy, just placed it into his lunchbox and I added a couple of candy eyes, raisin nose and fruit leather tongue to make it look like a dog. I was not greatly impressed by the final result and I don't think it looked like what I had imagined. Alongside are some organic grapes on a silicone cup with a cute dog pick. He also had a container of yogurt and snacks which are not pictured. This lunch was packed in his blue water leak-proof Ecolunchbox.

Hot Dog Bun Bento

Here are the supplies that I used to create and pack this lunch.


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

3 Lunches in Planetbox Rover

How's your week going? Nikolai is having his state assessment tests this week and while he is self motivated, self directed and very responsible with his studies, I suppose it's always the case that parents worry in the back of their minds that there should be something more that they could do.

I found these lunch photos in my archives and I'll combine them here into one post since I am unable to come up with titles. These are examples of lunches that I quickly put together and thought of not posting since they are so simple. On the other hand, I thought it's nice to share what simple lunches that Nikolai enjoyed at times when we were in a rush and had almost no time to pack lunches perhaps because we woke up late. That's life, right?

I have a few lunchboxes which I go to whenever I am in a hurry and one of them is our Planetbox! The main reason is: I LOVE the divided compartments! I'm able to add a little bit of this and a little bit of that knowing that Nikolai will have enough to eat at lunch time.

Tortilla pinwheels in Planetbox rover

In this bento lunch (packed in a Planetbox Rover):
  • Main compartment - Tortilla pinwheels and hummus in the small dipper.
  • Upper left - Pear pieces.
  • Lower left - Clif Bar.
  • Center - Babybel cheese.
  • Upper right - Organic baby carrots and celery sticks.
Polar bear theme school lunch

In this bento lunch (packed in a Planetbox Rover):
  • Main compartment - A polar bear cupcake ring on a sandwich for added cuteness.
  • Upper left - Cheddar crackers.
  • Lower left - Organic baby carrots.
  • Center - A bear cut out on a Babybel cheese.
  • Upper right - Seedless organic grapes.
Mini pancakes, sausages, breakfast for lunch

In this breakfast for lunch (packed in a Planetbox Rover):
  • Main compartment - Mini pancakes with a baran sheet.
  • Upper left - Sausages.
  • Lower left - Seedless organic grapes, organic pure maple syrup in the small dipper.
  • Center - Babybel cheese.
  • Upper right -Annie's homegrown organic crackers.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Spring Flowers Bento

It's spring time and also time for us to plant some new flowers and vegetables in our garden, as well as try to spruce up our yard a little. It's always fun to do some gardening with my family this time of year when the weather is perfect! You'll not find me in the garden often during summer time when it's really hot though.

Nikolai and my hubby don't mind the hot weather and I'm only there to supervise them doing the gardening, lol. I am sure they are grateful they only have to do some planting and the removal of weeds from flower pots and they are not the ones mowing and cleaning the lawn, we have groundskeepers to do those tasks.

I've made flower themed lunches in the past and thought I'll make a couple this year. You can find my previous lunches HERE.

Flowers bento lunch

In this bento lunch (packed in a Planetbox Rover):
  • Main compartment - I used a small flower cutter for the cut-out and added a cheese center which I cut with a circle cutter. The lettering was made from fruit leather using my alphabet cutter set.
  • Upper left - Alphabet wheat cookies from Ikea.
  • Lower left - Organic apple slices.
  • Center - Flower cut-out on a Babybel cheese for which I used the same small cookie cutter.
  • Upper right - Flower shaped cucumber slices with baby carrot slices for the center.
Flower stamped sandwiches bento school lunch

In this bento lunch (packed in a Yumbox Panino)
  • Main compartment contains stamped flower shaped sandwiches, a couple of marshmallows and a Babybel cheese with flower cut-out.
  • In the center are fruit snacks, top right are some organic baby carrots and bottom right are flower shaped watermelon slices.
Here are the supplies that I used to create and pack these lunches.


Thursday, April 7, 2016

Bear Bagel Bento

Lately I've been enjoying the creating of fun features on bagels and have created a cat, dog and now here is a bear. In fact, I made this before the rest but decided to post it only now since I was posting too many bear themed lunches last month. You just need a small circle cookie cutter to create the snout, use the same cutter for the ears, only cut it into half. The remainder are raisins. That is, I think a lot of cuteness for very little effort!

Bear bagel bento

In this bento lunch (packed in a Planetbox Rover):
  • Main compartment - Bear themed bagel with cheddar cheese ears, cheddar cheese and raisin snout and raisin eyes.
  • Upper left - Banana bread.
  • Lower left - Organic apple slices.
  • Center - Dye free choc covered sunflower seeds.
  • Upper right - Organic baby carrots and Annie's organic crackers.
Here are the supplies that I used to create and pack this lunch.


Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Pinwheels and Bagel Lunches

We are back from our spring break. Besides all of the fun, we did some spring cleaning and this time I donated more than half of my clothing from my closet which is quite drastic I guess, lol. I decided to change my style and get all new clothing and shoes.
Do you like Hello Kitty? It has been one of my favorite characters since childhood and I'm still collecting any cute Hello Kitty items. I've made Hello Kitty lunches for Nikolai previously and wanted to create a bagel to look like Hello Kitty but Nikolai told me "Mom, just to make a cat will do fine."

I totally understand that he's older now and his preferences have changed. I am also afraid that the days of me making cute lunches are numbered, hopefully not too soon though!

Bento lunch 1: Cat themed bagel. As always, honey works best for me as food glue. A dab on the cheeks and it glued the nori whiskers into place. Raisin eyes and cheddar cheese ears completed the face. His sides were celery sticks which he is not keen on, He came home with only a bite on one stick! Ranch for dip in the small container, Annie's organic crackers, blueberries, grapes and a cheese stick.

Cat themed bagel for school lunch

Bento lunch 2: Pinwheels, or what some call roll-ups, for lunch. His sides were Cascadian farm organic granola bar cut into half, seedless grapes, strawberries, and Chobani Greek yogurt with a spoon wrapped in napkin. I love our bentology living box which has inner leak-proof containers with lids.

Pinwheels for lunch

Bento lunch 3: Easy dinosaur bagel lunch. A couple of dino picks, dino fruit snack and dino napkin gave this lunch a title. He also had organic apple sauce with extra cinnamon (his favorite) and organic baby carrots.

Bagel for lunch with dinosaur cupcake rings

These lunches were packed in our bentology bento box.

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


Thursday, March 24, 2016

Easter Bunny Bento

I'm quite pleased that I at least managed to make a couple of Easter themed lunches for Nikolai this year. This Easter bunny lunch was fun to make and also gave me a chance to practice my apple carving. Just so that you know, I am not really good at all with carving, I have to try many times, often without success. I can visualize what needs to be done, but it only rarely ends up that way! Is it patience or practice or both?
I am so happy that we will be on Spring Break after Easter and we will be back early next month. Happy Easter and have a wonderful weekend!

Easter Bunny Bento

In this bento lunch: I used a circle cutter for the bunnies face, eyes are Gouda cheese and pupils are nori for which I cut with a paper hole puncher. The whiskers are thin carrot strips with a raisin nose and below are a couple of mini marshmallow teeth. The apple ears were the carving project. (Whew!)

Alongside are organic baby carrots with dip in the small container, organic grapes and strawberries with a pink bunny pick. Far to the right is a string cheese.

Here are the supplies that I used to create and pack this lunch.


Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Minion Easter Eggs Bento

Happy Spring, my favorite season of all! Of the many cute Easter eggs being sold in stores this year, the Minion ones are my favorite. Of course I did purchased some for Easter and they also inspired this easy lunch. I can't believe that Easter is around the corner, still so much to prepare and we decided to have a simple one this year.

Minion Easter Eggs Bento

In this bento lunch (packed in an Easylunchboxes container):
  • A couple of Minion egg shaped sandwiches. I used potato bread which is slightly yellow in color, you can also use any yellow cheese if you prefer. The goggles are free hand cut nori and Gouda cheese. Some Cadbury eggs were added in the small container for treat.
  • Organic baby carrots and sugar snap peas with a Happy Easter cupcake pick.
  • Some strawberries.
Here are the supplies that I used to create and pack this lunch.


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Star Wars BB-8 Bento - Made By Dad

A few days ago I was looking through the pictures of lunches made by my hubby for the past two weeks. He did not take many pictures but there are a few which are fun ones. My favorite is this BB-8 bento which I think turned out cute and yet simple. One of the gifts that Nikolai received for Christmas from Santa was a remote control BB-8, with which both he and hubby frequently entertain themselves.

Hubby made the BB-8 sandwich with two circle cutters and hand cut the accents from mild cheddar cheese then added a raisin to BB-8's head. He suggested that the red covering on the Babybel cheese could be a distant red dwarf star. Included with these are watermelon chunks, organic baby carrots and slices of a Mozzarella string cheese. This lunch was packed in a Yumbox.

Star Wars BB-8 Bento Lunch

Here are the supplies that he used to create and pack this lunch.


Monday, March 14, 2016

Dog Bagel Bento

I hope everyone had a great weekend. This mama has been sick for about two weeks now and it's perhaps the worst illness I've had since Nikolai was born. I've been trying to take it easy and get lots of rest and gratefully I'm being spoiled rotten by my hubby and Nick. Lunches are still being made and packed by my hubby, mostly simple ones I guess but I think there were a few fun ones of which he took some pictures.

We were low on groceries when I made this lunch a while back, so I had to get by with what I had on hand. Grocery shopping isn't one of my favorite chores, how about you? The bagel is Thomas' brand maple french toast flavor which is limited edition (I hope that they decide to continue this flavor since it's so good) and I tell you, it smells and taste great! I added some facial details to make it look like a dog. I've also made other characters which I'll post later.

Dog Bagel Bento

In this bento lunch (packed in a Planetbox Rover):
  • Main compartment - Dog themed bagel with cheddar cheese ears, mozzarella and raisin for nose and raisin eyes.
  • Upper left - Organic apple pieces.
  • Lower left - Cheese crackers.
  • Center - Raisins
  • Upper right - Cereal bar.
Here are the supplies that used to create and pack this lunch.


Tuesday, March 1, 2016

6 Fun Lunchbox Ideas For Your Yumbox

I had made these lunches some months ago, and I thought it would be nice to combine them all in one post. As you may already know, Yumbox is leak-proof and it's great for sending apple sauce, yogurt, rice pudding, etc with Nikolai. For some reason, he loves applesauce and makes a request for it almost daily!

Bears bento lunch in Yumbox Panino

Bento lunch 1: Bears bento lunch. I used both whole wheat and pumpernickel bread for the bears faces, with raisin eyes and  provolone and cheddar cheese for ears and nose. Alongside are organic baby carrots, seedless green grapes with a bear pick and slices of mozzarella cheese.

Tortilla roll-ups for lunch

Bento lunch 2: Tortilla roll-ups for lunch. His sides were Clif bar cut into half, organic baby carrots, dye free choc covered sunflower seeds, slices of orange and organic apple . I love our square silicone cups, they work great as separators!

Bagel Face Lunch

Bento lunch 3: Bagel face lunch. I added a couple of eye picks for fun on the bagel. Alongside he had a babybel cheese, dye free choc covered sunflower seeds, cheese crackers and organic apple pieces.

French Toast With Yogurt Breakfast For Lunch

Bento lunch 4: French toast with Greek yogurt breakfast for lunch. My hubby made breakfast and I conveniently added a couple of French toast in Nikolai's Yumbox, topped with a ladybug baran. Alongside are pure maple syrup, seedless green grapes with a ladybug pick and Greek yogurt.

Simple Sandwich Lunch in Yumbox Panino

Bento lunch 5: Simple sandwich cut into half with a cute Panda pick. I always love it when a cute pick can instantly make a simple lunch special! His sides were Cascadian Farm organic granola bar, slices of mozzarella cheese, organic apple sauce, baby carrots and seedless red grapes.

Tortilla Wraps Bento Lunch

Bento lunch 6: Tortilla wraps with a couple of music note picks, a Clif bar, organic apple sauce, slices of mozzarella cheese and organic blueberries.

Here is a recap of all of this collection of lunches.

6 Fun Lunchbox Ideas For Your Yumbox

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


Thursday, February 25, 2016

Banana Bread Bear Bento

Banana bread has always been one of my favorites, and Nikolai is getting to like it as well. While it took him a while to like it, I am glad that he is on roll now and he even requested some for his school lunch. I decided to make it cute and again, it's bear theme.

Banana Bread Bear Bento

In this bento lunch: Bottom tier of his Monbento Tresor bento box contains a couple of slices of whole wheat banana bread, features of the bear are made from cheddar cheese and raisins (my glue for the features is usually a dab of honey), alongside are nitrate free salami slices. Top tier contains blueberries with a cute bear pick and pear pieces.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Here are the supplies or similar that I used to create and pack this lunch.