Monday, August 31, 2009
A few weeks ago I told my dad we'd only had fast food once the past week, and he looked at me amazed. That is how bad our habit was! We've cut back so much on the greasy burgers going into our mouth it is wonderful! However we slipped. Sunday's schedule was all funky from J's shift and we found ourselves in McDonald's for breakfast/lunch. It made BOTH of our stomachs angry. I think we were just used to what fast food tasted like. Cause its not good folks! Its almost like our bodies have detoxed from all that junk and they couldn't handle it this time.
We will still need on the go meals, but i hope they come from my kitchen not a drive through. As a compromise I've let up on myself when it comes to the meals. Not everything has to come from scratch, its ok to have a few convenience items on hand. Mainly pot stickers, lumpia and the occasional chicken nugget. I hope this continues to work for us. I've always said I don't want my children eating the way we do. Why is it all right for us then?
Saturday, August 29, 2009
I love the little fork and spoon sets we bought from Dasio. Four sets to a pack, and they fit nicely in bentos and tiffins! Cute cute cute!
Friday, August 28, 2009
J has garlic parmesan pasta salad, carrots, sunflower seeds, hamburger with provolone, cucumber, and grapes. The yellow dip container holds bbq sauce. My bento (in blue) holds 3 pot stickers, pasta salad, carrots, and swiss cheese cut outs. Below I have cucumber, grapes and a few generic nilla wafers. In the green and yellow container we have chocolate covered strawberries, grapes and ranch for the veggies. The chocolate covered strawberries look a little odd because I tried melting chocolate chips at first. They turned into one big glump. Instead of washing out the bowl I just added my melting chips to the bowl. Easier and still yummy.
J was eyeballing the chocolate strawberries when we went to the fair. Five chocolate covered strawberries would have cost us $5! PLEASE! He could not bring himself to buy them. I used the last of our strawberries and melting chips I already had. Far less then $5, and was hubby any less pleased? Nope! I made the pasta salad and the chocolate berries right before we left. J said the salad (butter, cheese, pepper, and garlic) didn't have enough flavor. Mhhm. I'll coat it in garlic next time! :)Pretty soothing park, crazy corgi and yummy food. That is what I call a good time.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
J's snack was prepared the night before so i could sleep in. I made my lunch right before I ate it. WAY too much food! Hummus cucumber sandwich with swiss cheese bunny and flowers. Strawberries cradling blackberries. Carrots, cucumber, and ranch. Generic Nilla cookies, cheese wheel, and chocolate covered gummie bears.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Edit: Walmart sells 6 ounces of blackberries for $2.99. We picked a total of 48 ounces of blackberries. Our 48 ounces of blackberries would have cost $23.92. Ours were completely free, we did not tend them, water them, or plant them. They are not even on our property!
Carrots, broccoli, raspberries, ranch, banana, provolone animals, ants on a log, mango, sunflower seeds and yogurt almonds as gap fillers.
Tip: Banana made the cheese in both our bentos (no photo of mine) taste like banana. Banana flavored cheese is not delicious. From now on our bananas will go in separate fruit boxes.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Race car set also priced at $15, I love that the 3 tier stacks compactly for storage.
Lovely set priced at $20. We have the 3 tier box. J uses it and he loves the tight lids.
Friday, August 21, 2009
The seller included a cute gift of a piggie sauce bottle, a pick, small fork and several pieces of food divider. The gift was just as exciting as the boxes!
When J found the seller's name on the box, Bento crazy he laughs and says 'what an appropriate name.' Mhhhm, don't know what you mean dear.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
I took all the blackberries we had left from this picking, and ran them through the food processor. After grinding them into a pulpy syrup I ran the syrup through a strainer. After being free of blackberry seeds I added sugar in till the syrup tasted sweet. I'm hoping my blackberry syrup will flavor the yogurt. I have heard of adding jam and preserves to flavor the yogurt, probably try that as well.
Cost of homemade yogurt: Free blackberries, few pennies for the sugar, Milk $1.50, few pennies for electricity, few pennies for bulk gelatin.
Sorry I can't be precise but I dont keep the prices of my bulk items.
I can tell you that half a gallon of the sale priced yogurt would cost $6.29. BIG difference. Not to mention the waste from 10/11 small plastic containers. The only trash generated with my version was the milk jug.
My top tier has sliced cheese, carrots, and thin cucumber. I forgot to add the ranch. Bottom holds kiwi, blackberries, raspberries, and mango.
This bento literally took 6 minutes, and most of that was slicing kiwi and cheese. The mango was already sliced, as was the cucumber. Had i not made a bento of healthy food I probably would have grazed all night long on junk food, or had a meal made entirely of crackers and sliced cheese.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Hubby's bento on the right top tier has mango (found in fridge, yum!) blackberries, and melon.
Next he has carrots, ranch, and broccoli. Below that he has chicken, gyoza, lumpia, and cheese.
Then coconut bread, and a small container of trail mix.
My bento has mango covered with blackberries in the top tier. Below that is cheddar, carrots and chicken. Not pictured is my lumpia and gyoza. I stuck mine in the toaster oven to heat before heating. J had his cold even though it went in the microwave safe container. And i gave him my chicken when he got home, too full!
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Top tier cream cheese cucumber salad (found out its better warm!) sliced carrots, and chicken. bottom blackberries, strawberries and mango. Dh's bento was made the night before so I could sleep in and I forgot to get a photo of it!
Monday, August 17, 2009
I'm SO excited about the new stuff!
The hand cutter comes with the cheese heart already built in. It will probably be featured often here it fits a piece of provolone well and I like the image. Kind of like a symbol of my love, and energy by creating the bento. :)
Step four: Pick out dog treats and snap in half the ones for little dog's kong. His kong is not stuffed as hard as big boys because he gives up if its too difficult.
Step five: stuff little dog's kong full but not packed. Smear the big hole with peanut butter, then place a treat in the center of the peanut butter.
Step six: PACK the big dog's kong full. Not so full that the treats won't wiggle, but packed enough to keep the treats firm. Smear the end of his in peanut butter and place in his treat.
Step seven: Separate the dogs to prevent fighting over the balls. Give to happy wiggly dogs.
Friday, August 14, 2009
I am going back to bed!
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
When we went to Costco we looked for more dried ravioli, but they didn't have any. I'm way bummed, next time its in I'm coming home with two bags! Since we were there anyways hubby and i looked for easy bento food. We bought a 5 lb bag of mini carrots for $4.79. Two pounds of mini peppers for $3.99 to make this. I'm not a huge fan of peppers but the cheese stuffed ones look very yummy. We also bought 30 oz hummus for $4.85. Hummus is expensive and my homemade stuff never tastes right. Non-bento items were purchased too but the best deal was 2 pounds of deli provolone for $6.69!
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Today J will grill all the chicken, and the steak for our dinner. Some of the cooked chicken will go into the freezer but the rest will be used for lunches all week. Having cooked chicken makes packing lunches very fast and easy. I can pack it as is or put the pieces in wraps and salads. Not to mention $1.69 lb is far cheaper then the $7-$8 we pay for honey turkey from the deli! Half an hour of preparing marinades and meat yesterday will yield today's dinner and more then a week's work of lunches.
Monday, August 10, 2009
The blue bento box on the left was $3, and the pink one beside it was $3. The blue box is a 3 tier, with chopsticks in the first tier. It needs a belt to keep it closed. The pink box is also a 3 tier but it snaps closed. The pink box in front of that is a 3 tier, and it needs a belt as well. The small green box, and the blue oval box (my favorite, its in french!) both snap snugly shut. Next to the green box is 2 boiled egg molds, they came in a pack. I was hoping for the set with a car mold but was quite pleased to find any! In front of those is the pink star rice mold, and the blue heart rice mold. In front of those is a very cute set of picks with an animal theme. To the right is a chopstick holder that matches my first bento box. Next to that is a set of 6 plastic food cups, one is hiding. Below there is a bunch of sauce containers. My dad liked them for backpacking and I was happy to share with him. One package is way more then we need!
Dasio is a fun store, I really enjoyed my time there. Defiantly a regular stop when we are in the area from now on. I think the total was around $23. (I tried to remember to put the receipt aside so i could be exact but those things melt into nothing around here!) I spent my personal money because I feel guilty about how much I've spent on bento items. The blog is keeping me accountable! But since it was for bento items I'm including it, bringing the total to $99.14. Amazing! Almost everything I'm pleased with. Only a few things were a let down. The two large animal bowls, the blue cups, and the jelly bean dip containers. About $5 worth of stuff. Our two original 'bento boxes' probably wont be used often, but they still function fine as tupperware. Honestly I'm quite pleased with my purchases, just amazed at how much I've managed to spend.
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Bob holds a pig in a blanket, (gross but hubby wanted it) cheese triangles, sunflower seeds, dip for the carrots. Lion holds cherries and carrots. The snack container holds crackers. They made fun of him at work for the lion containers like we knew they would. J could care less, he thinks its funny. About half of this was eaten, the rest went into our tiffin lunch. All 3 containers came from the dollar store. I used the bob the builder box so J could reheat the hot dog at work.
J's snack from a few days ago:
Bob has triscuits, cherries, munster, and dried mango
Strawberry shortcake has cheddar, mango, grapes and generic ritz.
I can not believe how much fruit and vegetables we're consuming. Even when we use our juicer everyday we dont go through this much fruit. Mmm fresh juice sounds good too.