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It was water day at school for Miss G so I decided on a shark.   I hand cut the shapes which was a lot tougher than I thought. I decided to make a cartoon shark instead of the real thing since it’s a whole lot easier to improvise.   I used provolone cheese for the teeth & eyes and the nose & eye center are black sesame seeds along with grapes, blueberries and grapes.  Not shown is a Berry Kefir pouch.  If I’m in the mood, I also make a fun lunch for my husband too.  I just did a smiley face with black sesame seeds on his turkey, cheese & spinach sandwich.  The LunchBots container is filled with his fruits & veggies.

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Parenting Magazine published this a while back, but I save it as inspiration for new ideas.  Those of you who want to try things and need a great visual, this is great “how to” link for you!

http://www.parenting.com/gallery/bento-lunch-boxes

I had not one piece of bread in the house today so it was a good day to improvise.  Luckily I keep a bag of Jolie Ravioli in the freezer.  I found these at Whole Foods.  The kids love them and they’re pretty healthy too.  These are cheese  & broccoli ravioli in awesome shapes (cars, bears, rockets, dinosaurs, hears and stars).  Little G also loves carrots with ranch dip, and today I made cherry flowers with some fun green pea looking crackers that my lovely friend P sent from the Asian market out in California along with the cute koala crackers.  Thanks, P!

Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!

Anyone can do this.  I had never heard of the word bento until 2005 when I moved to Portland, Oregon for a short spell.  I didn’t know what a bento was.  More traditional bento is Japanese in descent.  It usually includes a takeout container or small box sized portion of a variety of foods like rice, fish, vegetables and meat.  Again, this is traditional bento.  My dear friend in San Jose, CA piqued my interest in the bento idea while she was posting fabulously fun meals for her boys.  I have two little girls that aren’t always the best eaters so I wanted to try some fun encouragement of my own.  I also wanted to Americanize my bento using regular ingredients already in the house so that my kids would eat it.  After a ton of interest from friends on Facebook,  I decided to attempt to teach others how to do the same.  And since imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, copy away my friends!  It’s how I learned.  Please let me know if you have questions, suggestions, positive feedback or recommendations for me.  I appreciate it!

Today’s lunch is a fancy shoe cookie cutter with pink sprinkles on it (apply honey first).  Leftover Annie’s whole wheat macaroni shells, strawberries, blueberries (with gem picks) and strawberry mushroom biscuits for a treat.

I also made my husband a turkey & provolone bagel sandwich with spinach and stuck some royal icing eyes on for fun.

Mommy woke up late this morning so Miss G has a PB & J hippo sandwich with royal icing eye, a hippo biscuit for a treat and raspberries, blueberries and edamame for lunch today. 


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