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Friday, December 18, 2015

Christmas Stockings Bento

Happy Friday! Time is flying by like lightning lately, and I am so glad that today is the last day of school for this year. For the Christmas holiday we have a lovely tree that we decorated nicely, which was great fun for all of us. Hubby put out some decorations for the front of the house, so there is little chance that Santa could fly over without seeing it, and even the stockings were hung by the chimney with care.

This bento has a couple of stocking sandwiches already stuffed. Even without the snowman or the sledding, and even though it is way too warm to make use of a sweater or furry boots, the Christmas holiday season in Florida is very cheerful. I hope it is also where ever you are.

Christmas Stockings Bento

In this bento lunch (in a Planetbox Rover):
  • Main compartment - A couple of stocking shaped sandwiches. Accents are cheddar and Colby cheese with fruit leather lettering.
  • Upper left - Organic apple slices with a Christmas tree cupcake pick.
  • Lower left - Seedless green grapes.
  • Center - Yogurt covered star
  • Upper right - Holiday edition goldfish crackers.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from our family to yours!
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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Snow Globe Bento

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, only here in FL the weather is still in the 80 degrees most of the days, which makes sledding a dream land only activity. Nikolai has been fascinated with snow globes since he was a little boy, and we have collected many of them throughout the years. and lately we have to say 'no' whenever he wants to get one.

I purchased the cookie cutter/stamper from Target last year if I'm not mistaken, and I've not seen it this year. You can recreate this by using a circle or snow globe shaped cookie cutter and a snowman fondant stamper if you have one or just a snowman cupcake pick.

Snow globe bento lunch

In this bento lunch:
  • Snow globe sandwiches (stacked) with snowflakes mozzarella cheese surrounding the globe.
  • Cucumber slices and organic baby carrots with a cute snow globe cupcake pick.
  • Holiday edition cheddar crackers.
  • Organic apple slices.
  • This lunch was packed in a leak-proof Yumbox Panino.
Here are the supplies or similar that I used to create and pack this lunch.

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Monday, December 14, 2015

Snowman Ornament Lunch and DIY Lunchables

Snowman...man....man...man, was one of the words that Nikolai uttered when he was a toddler. He loved Snowmen and will get his hands on one whenever he sees them. I still remember finding an odd hand towel in my shopping bag when we got home one day. I usually get a set of towels but this was just one and it was, yes indeed, a Snowman! That little guy must have got his hands on it while sitting in the cart and nicely dropped it with my other items without me noticing. I still have that towel and every year I'll get it out and share this story with him and others.

A couple of year ago he made a snowman ornament at school and it's hanging on our Christmas tree again now. Our cute ornament inspired this lunch.

Snowman Ornament Bento Lunch

In this bento lunch:
  • I used a circle cookie cutter for Snowman sandwich and topped with a slice of mozzarella cheese. His eyes and mouth are made from raisin bits, carrot nose and the pick to make it like the ornament.
  • Top left are organic baby carrots and a cucumber slice cut into ornament shape with my small cookie cutter.
  • Top right are some pear pieces in a silicone cup with a snowman cupcake pick. This lunch was packed in an Easylunchboxes container.
Here is a Kids DIY Christmas lunchables. I have some cute cupcake picks, which add a festive feel for this time of year. I used them to spruce up the lunchables.

DIY Christmas Lunchables

In this lunchables:
  • Ritz crackers, ham slices, holiday edition goldfish crackers, mozzarella cheese slices. 
  • Cucumber slices cut into Christmas tree shapes.
  • Orange slices and seedless green grapes.
  • This lunchables was packed in his Easylunchboxes container.
Here are the supplies that I used to create and pack these lunches.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

O Christmas Tree Bento

I just noticed that the last day of school for this year is on Dec 18th. I guess I am more excited than Nikolai is, lol. We finally mailed out most of our International packages and the post office is super busy this time of year. My poor hubby had to stand in line for around 30 minutes while I sat in the car and waited for him. I am sure we'll be going there again at least a couple of times before Christmas.

This is a quick and easy Christmas tree bento which I got the inspiration from a roll-ups appetizer platter. I was looking online for appetizer ideas for Christmas eve and thought I'll shrink the platter idea and made it into a small tree which fits into a bento box. :)

O Christmas Tree Bento Lunch. Roll-Ups

In this bento lunch: Whole wheat bread roll-ups arranged to look like a tree with a bread crust tree trunk and a yogurt covered star. Alongside are organic apple slices, Greek yogurt covered fruit snacks, holiday edition goldfish crackers and cucumber slices. This lunch was packed in a Bentgo lunchbox.

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Santa Claus Christmas Lunch

Have your kids taken pictures with Santa yet? For us it is usually a pretty fun time and the event is remembered years later. Nikolai took his last week, all dressed up and looked as handsome as can be!

I made a simple Santa lunch this year using my cutter/stamper set which I purchased from Target several years ago. I also created a Santa belt babybel cheese. I had some black felt from which I made the belt and some yellow construction paper for the buckle. Along with the Santa belt and babybel cheese in the silicone cup, he has red and green Annie's Organic crackers and in the other two sections he has carrots and grapes with a Merry Christmas pick. This lunch was packed in a Lunchbots quad.

Santa Claus Christmas Bento Lunch

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

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer Lunch

'Tis the season of Christmas themed lunches and again I'll start our first Christmas bento lunch of the year with Rudolph. While looking back at previous years, I noticed the interesting coincidence that every year on December 3rd, I posted a bento lunch featuring the Rudolph theme. Perhaps it might become a tradition (though I'll make no promises), as the famous reindeer makes another appearance for a Dec.3rd lunch. You can see the other previous lunches here 

This lunch was quite simple to create, I used my heart shaped cookie cutter for the face, a couple of candy eyes, and I used a lip pop for Rudolph's red nose. The antlers are from bread ends which I free hand cut with a paring knife (you can also use a pair of scissors). His sides were organic baby carrots with a Christmas tree cupcake pick, organic apple slices and string cheese. This lunch was packed in a Bentology living bento box.

Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer Bento Lunch. Christmas

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

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Hello and welcome! My name is Rina. I am blessed with a wonderful husband and our amazing son. My goal is to present our son a variety of foods that are healthy, mixing the cultures and ideas in packing balanced lunches. I also try to present them in a fun way which led to my collection of bento boxes and accessories. Thank you so much for stopping by!



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