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Making a buzz

Posted on: August 1, 2011

A passion of mine for the past couple of years is to do small things to save the honey bees.  We use as few pesticides and toxic things in our yard as possible, we buy our honey from local bee farms and most of our garden is planted to attract pollinators. Honey bees and other pollinators like butterflies are disappearing at an alarming rate.  What you do directly effects the food you eat!  Did you know that one in every three bites of food we eat is attributed to honey bee pollination?  Honey bees pollinate over 100 fruits vegetables and nuts.   Can you imagine a world without bees?  Haagen-Dazs has a wonderful website to explain what each of us can do to help with this epidemic.  Please visit: Help The Honey Bees

So, again the cute heart shaped bento is among the bunch that I got from http://www.Japanistic.com from their Elph & Epha collection.  I put the fruits & veggies separately so the moisture doesn’t ruin the sandwich.  In the “Bill” heart shaped bento are flowers made of organic blueberries & 2 raspberries for the center.  On the bottom are carrot & celery sticks cut with a crinkle cutter and the yellow sauce container has ranch dressing for dipping in it.  The beehive was cut by hand out of whole grain bread & took a couple of times “remodeling” before it looked a thing like a beehive.  The layers and letters are cut out of fruit leather.  The tiny bee is a small egg shaped cookie cutter with fruit leather stripes & eye, and the wings are small bread scraps cut by hand.  I also used the small egg cutter to cut the opening to the hive and replace with the same shaped bread heel.  Phew!  This one took me much longer than most because it was my first attempt at my own design.  Happy Monday, everyone!

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