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Today’s guest post is from Alex from Lunch with Eyeness.  She and I have been friends for over 25 years, and she is the one that originally taught and inspired me to do bento lunches.   Bentoriffic wouldn’t be around without her!  She doesn’t have a blog, but I borrowed this one from her photo album of all the amazing lunches she makes for her boys.  Thanks, Alex,  for everything!

Since Sarah has two girls, she doesn’t have a lot of reason to do boy lunches. I have two boys and they are tuff guys, not so much into cute as cool. Although it is harder to find picks and sandwich cutters that have tuff boy themes, I have found I can still make some fun lunches that don’t make my tuff boys cringe.

Sports are the easiest theme for boys. This lunch was for opening day, but the sandwich could easily be a football, golf ball, basketball – any sport. I happened to have candy baseballs, so I cut the baseball bat sandwich, but it wasn’t necessary. I carved the baby carrots by hand, just make sure you have a sharp knife and except the first couple not to look right – I make lunches in the morning and I often end up eating cheese and carrots for breakfast because I messed up the first few times I tried something.

I got the idea for the the Babybel cheese head from these cute cheese heads on Over the Crescent Moon (http://overthecrescentmoon.blogspot.com/2011/02/cute-cheese-for-boys.html). Just cut a curve down from the top half of the wax and fold it up a little for the bill. Then I used food pens to draw his face and his body on the small container with applesauce in it. If you don’t think you’re up to carving the hat, just take all the wax off and draw stitches on it!

I cut the letters out of bologna with little letter cutters – I am lucky that our team name is so short! And, again, used food pens to draw the stitches. Peanuts are a big part of baseball for us, but you could also use Cracker Jacks or plain popcorn – whatever snack your family associates with baseball. I also happened to have tiny, round, white Japanese crackers that I got at the Asian market and so I threw those in with drawn on stitches as well. Look around your pantry and you might find something that works just as well, maybe mini marshmallows or Nilla Wafers. Green grass baran and a green silicone cup round out the feel of the field.

Well, I hope you got some inspiration for fun lunches for boys! Thanks for letting me guest post for you, Sarah!
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I found out today that Miss G will be in angel in her Christmas program tomorrow.  Nothing like finding out last minute!  I guess she decided that it wasn’t important enough to tell me.  Today she had an angel shaped Wow! soybutter and jelly sandwich in her LunchBots stainless bento box. I “painted” the wings with honey and sprinkled on snowflake candy to make them white.  The halo is a snack from a friend who sent Asian treats.  If I only read Japanese, I could tell you what they are!  They tasted sort of like salty potato chip rings.  She has bread crust hair, eyes and mouth.  The BabyBel cheese has a small angel cutout and the wax leftover was placed on the sandwich for fun.  In the red silicone cup are mandarin oranges with sunflower seeds covered with red, white & green chocolate. I love them because they look like little ornaments or the vintage colored lights.  Also hidden to the far right is a long pick of fresh blueberries.

Miss A has actually been eating more of her mini sandwiches so I decided to try again today.  She got a tree and Santa’s sleigh on whole wheat with ham and provolone inside with a side of leftover Annie’s Organic macaroni shells to the right.  I put tree and star shaped marshmallow shapes on top for her treat.  She also had a mini container of mandarins sprinkled with the same sunflower seeds.  Both girls also had Lifeway flavored kefir with lunch.

OK. So posting this a day later, the sunflower seeds on mandarins was a terrible idea.  The chocolate melted & made them look nasty!  In the future I’d only put them on something that isn’t so runny or if you’re serving them right away it should be fine.

Hope everyone finds some peace and enjoyment during the holiday chaos!

Every little girl needs some pirate fun in their lunch.   Miss G had a skull & bones soybutter and jelly sandwich today surrounded by Halloween themed marshmallows for a surprise.

She had grape tomatoes, bat & skull head watermelon chunks (black sesame seed eyes), and on the right are Dominex brand Eggplant parmesan bites and a BabyBel cheese.

Little A finally went back to school today after a week of sniffles.  We’ve had the back-to-school crud here for weeks! She had pumpkin shaped watermelon on the left with green seedless grapes and blackberries.  On the right was Back to Nature brand bug shaped macaroni & cheese.  I mixed in leftover corn ,carrots, peas & edamame to get her to eat her veggies.

She also ate all her Sabra hummus with green pea sticks for dipping.

My husband also got a sandwich today (not pictured) and a bento full of fruits (black seedless grapes and blackberries) & veggies (mini carrots & grape tomatoes) for munching at his desk.  Wishing everyone a lovely fall weekend!

 

Ever since I made the Kai Lan bento, Miss G has continued to ask me to make it.  I asked her who her 2nd favorite character is, and she said Rintoo.   Rintoo is Kai Lan’s little tiger friend who is loud & playful.  I used a kitchen glass upside down to cut his face and a small circle cutter to cut his ears.  The stripes are the heel of the bread handcut with a knife.  He has fruit leather eyes and mouth with vanilla yogurt covered raisin bits for the pupils and his snaggletooth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Along with Rintoo, Miss G has flower carrots on the left, the pig container contains ranch dip and the bamboo shaped watermelon chunks.  The watermelon actually looks like upside down bats…note to self for Halloween!   On the right are seedless green grapes with some fun decorative picks.

Miss A gets Annie’s Organic macaroni shells on the bottom covered by corn off the cob, three little colby cheese bears and leftover chicken breast pieces.  The middle bear has black sesame seed eyes.

Which way to the fruit?  Quartered seedless green grapes with watermelon arrows and a blackberry in the middle.

Mr. Working Man gets his usual sandwich and a giant bento of fruits & veggies to keep him healthy. Included are watermelon chunks (some hidden), seedless green grapes, mini carrots, blackberries on toothpicks, 2 medjool dates and a Babybel cheese in the middle.

It’s been well over a week since I’ve made a decent meal for my kids so thank you for being so patient as we recover from our ailments!  The girls are both back for their half days of preschool this week.  Little A, who is 19 months, is either finishing her whole lunch or barely eating.  She adores school so sometimes she’s just distracted.  She has definitely decided for now that she does not like sandwiches so I have to be very creative with what to feed her. Miss G on the other hand only wants peanut buttter & jelly or turkey & cheese on whole grain bread every single day.  Yesterday she requested a butterfly.  I used a plastic cookie cutter (SUPER simple), cut the body out of strawberry fruit leather & stuck candy heart decorations on the wings with honey.  The antennae are decorative picks.

Miss G’s favorite fruit as of late is pluots.  They’re a hybrid of a plum & apricot mixed.  They look like a wild plum.  There are a few different varieties, but our favorite kind is the dapple dandies.  They taste like a slice of candy.  If you haven’t had one, they are a must try in any variety.  Her fruit container has half of a pluot sliced underneath, heart shaped strawberries, raspberries and blackberries.

Miss A got leftover Annie’s Organic spiral macaroni with edamame mixed in, Babybel cheese hearts on top with 2 of the candy heart decorations on top. On the left side in the silicone sheep are cashews and above are mandarin oranges, blackberries and raspberries.  The girls both had Lifeway kefir pouches and apple sauce as well.

Well, it’s sort of overcast anyway.  This bento was sent to me from a friend who found it on http://www.cutefoodforkids.com.  So this is my version for Miss G today.  The smiling cloud is handcut from an apple with royal icing eyes and a dried apricot mouth.  Underneath are raspberries and below the cloud is a sliced pluot (plum/apricot hybrid).  On the right side is a PB & J umbrella with fruit leather & sprinkles on top.  Below are Choco Boy biscuits for a treat.  Lots of sugar in this one.  She also had an applesauce and kefir for lunch.

Little A went to school for a half day today too.  She doesn’t care much for sandwiches so I gave her left over tortellini cut into pieces on the right side of the heart.  The left side is leftover corn off the cob and a BabyBel cheese on top.  The blue square is full of grapes, watermelon, blueberries and pinepple bits.  I use WasteNot Saks which I bought on http://www.etsy.com instead of ziploc bags and put her green bean crisps in there.  She also had an applesauce and a kefir today.

The girls won’t be in school tomorrow so no fancy lunches from me.  Wishing everyone a relaxing, safe Labor Day weekend!

Thursday I was in a rush so both girls had a hodge podge of things in their lunches.  The main theme was elephants.  I just got a new Lunch Punch that I used for Miss G’s bigger sandwich that has a mother & baby huddling underneath.  I included a BabyBel cheese with a heart cut out.

The heart bento has peaches on the right side and on the left are dried cherries and Funky Monkey brand dried crunchy pineapple pieces.  She also had an applesauce pouch and an Orange Lifeway Kefir pouch.

Little Miss A is still very excited about school, and it’s a bit new for her so finding what she will eat is a bit tricky.  She hasn’t been much into the sandwiches, but I included 2 very small elephants PB & Js for her on whole grain.

The heart bento for Miss An included Annie’s Organic macaroni shells on the right with colby jack butterflies on top.  The left side had halved grapes on the bottom, dried cherries mixed in with watermelon butterflies.  She also had an Orange Lifeaway Kefir and an ice water.


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