Friday, December 21, 2012

A Christmas Story Bento

Inspired by A Boy and His Lunch on the second week of the Ho Ho Holiday Hop, I decided to create a bento based on A Christmas Story for my husband on his last full day of school before Winter break. 

Since drawing on a tortilla worked well for me for the Hobbit lunch, I decided to use the same approach for this lunch. Using food-safe markers, I drew the lamp Mr. Parker won and I drew Ralphie in the bunny suit. I also cut letters out of cheddar cheese for the quote "You'll shoot your eye out!". Both tortillas were filled with turkey and a cream cheese-based spread with bacon, cilantro, and pepperoncinis.

I tried six different boxes before settling on this MyBentoMeal box to fit this food. This is a rather large bento box and gave me the space I needed to lay out the words. I placed the cheese quote and lamp in the upper divided layer and put Ralphie in the bottom layer with some sugar snap peas, cucumbers, cherub tomatoes, carrots, pretzels, raspberries, and blueberries. I wanted to make sure everything stayed in place, so I packed the box in my daughter's lunch bag since the box fit perfectly in it and delivered it to my husband at work before joining my daughter for lunch. My daughter was a little worried when she saw me carrying that lunch bag because the school was serving pizza for lunch and she wanted to get a tray. But, after I explained, she thought it was pretty funny that her dad was getting his lunch in her purple owl bag. He was really impressed with his lunch and spent so much time showing it off that he almost ran out of time for eating :)

Friday, December 14, 2012

The Hobbit Hop

A few weeks ago when I signed up for the Bento Bloggers and Friends Hobbit Hop I knew it would be a stretch from my usual style of lunch packing. I knew I needed to do some research so that I could come up with an idea. So, about a month ago my family and I watched the animated version of The Hobbit in preparation for this lunch. My daughter, who has always liked lizards, was pretty fascinated with Gollum. I guess he reminded her of some kind of reptile. She suggested that I make him for this post. When I went to the grocery store earlier today, I bought all kinds of green food (peppers, cucumbers, peas, kiwi, zucchini,  green tortellini, etc.) thinking that I would somehow come up with a way to create Gollum out of some of those items. But, in the end, I decided to simply draw him. I followed this image of Gollum holding the ring. I am pretty pleased with the way he turned out.

Drawing on a tortilla is MUCH easier than drawing on bread like I have been doing for my daughter's sandwiches! So, Gollum is drawn on the top flour tortilla; turkey, ham, and muenster are layered below the drawing. I decided to go with red and green foods to coordinate with the colors of the drawing. I packed tomatoes, cucumber slices, green pepper strips, sugar snap peas, and some surprisingly delicious (for this time of year) strawberries. A few blackberries and some Cheez-Its are tucked under the tortilla. This was packed in our Pororo stainless bento box because I needed something with a large horizontal space that would allow for overlap into neighboring compartments when the lid was added. This is a tray-like box with a really cute lid, especially for young kids.

I had planned to send this lunch with my husband, because I don't think my daughter would actually eat Gollum, but the PTA is providing lunch for teachers at his school tomorrow. So, I guess I will have this for lunch. Be sure to click on The Hobbit Hop button to visit Robot Squirrel and the Monkeys to see what kind of Hobbit lunch she has created and then keep following the links until you get back to me.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Christmas Themed Snacks and Bentos

After finally making it off the naughty list ;) I am joining another Bento Bloggers and Friends Blog Hop, this time as part of Week 2 of the Holiday Ho Ho Hop Series. So, after checking out my Christmas bentos below, be sure to click on the Hop button to see what everyone else has been packing this month.

My daughter has still been wanting to take lunches themed around the letter of the week in her kindergarten class, so I have been limited in my ability to sneak holiday items into her lunches. Most of my Christmas themed packing has been in her afternoon snacks, so I will share a few of those.

One day, she took a gingerbread man themed snack. She had raspberries and blueberries with gingerbread man picks from a Dollar Tree game, a Pepperidge Farm gingerbread cookie, a cheddar cheese gingerbread man, and two gingerbread people holding gumdrops. This was packed in a single layer of our Lego bento box.

Candy canes were the theme for another day. She had candy-cane shaped cheddar cheese, candy cane Life-Saver gummies, yogurt covered pretzels, blueberries and raspberries on candy cane picks, and a candy cane shortbread cookie above a few more pretzels.

On another day, I packed raspberries and blackberries with a snowman pick, a few snowman SweeTarts, some yogurt covered pretzels, and peanut butter on snowflake shaped Ritz crackers. This snack and the one above were both packed in boxes from Target's Dollar Spot.

Santa was the theme for another snack, and she had blueberries on Santa and Christmas tree picks, a few Santa-shaped pieces of Christmas Crunch cereal in the red silicone cup at the back, sunflower seeds in the Santa container, and Santa-shaped pieces of cheddar cheese in the green silicone container. Below those snacks were a few white cheddar cheese puffs. She mentioned that she saw those in other kids' lunches and would like to have some one day. She had a lot of tearful days recently at school, so I included the cheese puffs here thinking that they might be a bright spot in her afternoon.

I did talk my daughter into one Christmas themed lunch. They were focusing on the letter F and she agreed that a Frosty the Snowman lunch would be a good idea. So, on Friday last week, she had a Frosty peanut butter sandwich decorated with a toboggan pick and cookie decorations from Wilton. I also spelled out Frosty in picks since my daughter likes her food to be linked to what she is learning in class. Along with the sandwich, she had carrots, red pepper strips, sugar snap peas, blueberries and grapes on snowman picks, Cheez-Its, yogurt covered pretzels, cheddar cheese shaped snowmen, an icing snowflake, and a little blue cup of sunflower seeds.

My husband had a similar lunch in our Planetbox. He had the negatives from my daughter's cheese with some snowflake Ritz crackers, sweet peppers, tomatoes, carrots, sugar snap peas, sunflower seeds in the blue cup, grapes, blueberries with a snowman pick from a Dollar Tree game, and a turkey and muenster sandwich stamped with a snowman cutter.

The funny thing about these two lunches is that neither my daughter nor my husband ate the Frosty sandwiches. They each took a bite of the head and ate some of the decorations but left the rest of the sandwich. They ate the other food, just not the sandwich. My daughter reported that she, "Did not want to get nasty from that black stuff." left by the snowman buttons and my husband said he didn't have enough  time. Oh well, I also had a Frosty sandwich, but I ate mine :).

Be sure to click here to continue to the next stop at Mommy Kiki Can! to see what she has to share for Week Two of the Holiday Ho Ho Hop. I am sure it is something great; her lunches are always incredibly elaborate, detailed, and fun!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Letter A Lunches for Kindergarten

For the week that my daughter's kindergarten class focused on the letter A, she wanted lunches featuring things that began with the letter A. On Tuesday, she took an Ant lunch in our blue Sassy box. She had a small ant peanut butter sandwich with six legs (They have learned in class that insects have six legs and that is a detail my daughter wanted to include.). The ant was on top of a red checkered tablecloth peanut butter sandwich with ant spelled below in picks. She also had Cheez-Its, pretzels, tomatoes, cucumber slices, carrots, apple slices, and ants on logs.

For Wednesday, she wanted an Apple lunch. And, she specifically wanted Andy the apple to match the Alpha Friends Chart her school uses. So, in our pick Sassy box, I packed an apple-shaped peanut butter sandwich with Andy spelled in picks. There was also a gummy worm crawling around the apple and a few pretzel Goldfish. The right side of the box held blueberries and raspberries, the letter A cut in cheddar cheese, cucumber slices, celery, sugar snap peas, carrots, and tomatoes on leaf picks to look like apples.

For Thursday, I had trouble thinking of something beginning with the letter A that would interest my daughter and be feasible with the supplies I had on hand. Finally, I remembered that I had a airplane cookie cutter. So, I made an Airplane peanut butter sandwich and let it fly in the blue sky of my Lock&Lock box. The clouds were made of cheddar cheese and I included Better Cheddars in an orange silicone cup to make the sun. The "yard" below included carrots, sugar snap peas, blueberries and grapes on picks, cucumber flowers on picks, and tomatoes on flower picks. The blue container held sunflower seeds. I liked the way this lunch turned out and my daughter ate most of it too.

If you are wondering about Monday and Friday of this week, you can see the Ax lunch she took on Monday here and the field trip lunch she had on Friday here.