Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Hubby's bento. Two slices of quiche, carrots, part of a granola bar, chocolate covered plums, strawberries, sunflower seeds under raisins, ranch cup and broccoli.
My bento has a bunny ranch cup, strawberries, part of a granola bar, a few chocolate covered plums, sugar snap peas, carrots, and a slice of quiche.
Monday, March 29, 2010
I forgot to take a picture of this box closed. Its a two tier from *ahem* Lube Sheep. I decided to use this box instead of my big plain one because the plain one is too large with a sandwich. I love my carrot hummus sandwiches! Mmmm.
Top tier has tart strawberries, and the ugly but super yummy cake. Bottom has my usual carrots, sugar snap peas, ranch, and a little cheese.
Baby carrots, chocolate covered plums, raisins, oatmeal cookies, sugar snap peas, sharp cheddar and a piggie with ranch.
Only one item in this bento is made specifically for bento. The yellow heart cup. I could have used another green mini muffin liner to keep the bento special item free. But the heart was cute. :)
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
How is going to the movies frugal? The drive in costs $8 per person. For TWO movies. Our local theatres cost about $9.50 for ONE movie. At the drive in you can bring food from home. The local theatres do not allow food from home.
Drive in cost:
$8 a ticket x two people = $16
Home popped popcorn = few cents
Treats from dollar store = $4
Water form home = free
So lets say $20.07
$9.50 a ticket x two people $19
Large popcorn $7
Large soda $5
If you factor in the drive in plays two movies and double the local theatre's tickets the cost jumps to$50. J and I are really into movies and we do have ways to keep the local theatre's costs in check but that is another post.
Lets not forget the fun factor here. How much fun is it to be wearing PJ's (okay I wear comfy clothes that still look cute) with a dog, on a bed, outside, watching a movie? Its awesome!
The local theatre doesn't give us the great stories like the drive in does. One time I was able to see people being evicted by the sheriff for sneaking people into the drive in. The little girl I let walk the dog who just loved us and kept jumping in our van (her parents were OK with it, I wouldn't be!) and trying to walk off with our dog. Ew or the time their plumbing system stopped working and they didn't tell anyone. That was gross!
I really love the drive in. Its a frugal way to go to the theatre. Its fun. And its always an adventure.
Bottom tier: carrots, pretzels, ranch and cheese. Yum!
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
One day I'll be able to find a nori punch for faces. But in till then all i can do is eyes! :)
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Big Wonka egg $3.29
Star wars cups $2.29
Transformers cups $2.29
M&M tin $1.99
The plastic egg is another bento box (and a fun one!) that is readily available in the States. I've seen this egg is every Easter section I've checked. I'm not sure if the snack boxes will be used in bentos (maybe the tiffin? It is large) or I'll use them alone. We'll see! Everyone can bento, even if they do not have access to a Japanese store.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
A better view with each animal standing up. I can't wait to use these, so cute!
J's plate has bbq chicken pizza, pretzels, grapes, carrots and ranch.
My bento had sugar snap peas, carrots, pretzels, cheese, grapes and ranch.
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Second level has sugar snap peas (under the grapes) ranch in the cup, grapes, and chocolate covered almonds.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
This bento has sugar snap peas, carrots, hummus carrot sandwich, grapes, cheese and ranch.
If i was packing this bento to travel, I would not put the ranch in a muffin liner. I do have dip cups that were not purchased in a specialty store, but they are huge.
Everything used here sells in common stores. It is possible to make fun bento lunches without buying special bento equipment. But I like the special stuff.
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Because we ate this at home I did not have to worry about packing everything in and closing the lid. My husband was happy to help eat the snack. :)
On the logistics side of it we are waiting on our dossier. We were able to pay off $3,000 of our $17,000 debt!! Slowly but surely the process moves forward.
Monday, March 1, 2010
The box is made by Farberware. Sized 820ml. Microwave/freezer safe. With tight fitting lids. (I have not yet done the water test to check just how tight) All for $2. If you wanted to make your bento a little cuter you could use the muffin cups from this post. They came from target and cost just $1. Or you could use the silicone bake ware as food cups, and the dip cups from this Dollar Tree post. Adding another $1-$2 onto the box's $2 price. I've seen cute food picks at Joann fabric (in the Wilton aisle) and at World Market. Having access to a speciality store is not necessary to bento. But they sure are fun!