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Back on the school train this week for a 4 day week.  Today I used the Lunch Punch train cutter for Miss G’s sandwich.  The wheels are fruit leather, and the cat is the train driver.  She has watermelon pieces, strawberry hearts and small honeydew melon trains below packed in her LunchBots Uno.

Miss A had her first day back to mom’s morning out.  She has a fruit heavy lunch with plums, pineapple, watermelon and raspberries and blueberries clockwise with an apple shaped sandwich for lunch packed in her sistema bento.

I also spent some quality time at the community pool over the weekend with the family.  We had a chance to try out our new picnic sized bento box from BentoUSA.  It was great for family sized snacks without the runny mess!  Hope everyone had some quality downtime to recharge over the weekend.

Things I used to make these bentos:

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The kids and I walked to the park last night after dinner, and we saw an alligator sunning itself on the bank.   The girls were thrilled to see it, and I was definitely not.  Miss G talked about it all night, and asked me to make her sandwich a GIANT alligator like the one we saw.

I tried crinkle cutting some cheese for the teeth, but it didn’t really look right so I cut a bunch of awkward triangles & just stuck them in the sides.  He looks like he needs a good orthodontist 🙂  I crinkle cut the carrot sticks & included applesauce and Kefir with her lunch.  The eyes are royal icing that I bought on line.

Alligator in the local lake

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.


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