Friday, April 30, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
On the left I have turkey cheese sandwich, carrots, grapes and ranch. On the right I have pretzels, yogurt covered raisins, granola and raisins.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
Strawberries, turkey dino sandwiches, cheese, grapes, nuts, yogurt covered raisins, and carrots under the dinos.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Top left bowl holds hubby's 'UnLunchable' Carrots, turkey, cheddar, and a lion cup with crackers. Top right bowl has turkey spinach roll ups, carrots, and chicken kabobs. The bottom bowl holds raisins, strawberries, grapes, and yogurt covered raisins. The side cup has crackers. And there is a yogurt container to fill out the meal! :) That is a lot of food.
Monday, April 19, 2010
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Saturday, April 17, 2010
I was so excited to see this awesome box on my door step when I came home! Look at all those stickers!
Open it up to see:
And finally, everything I bought.
The panda box is made specifically to hold Onigiri, and did not work for sandwiches. Guess I'll be making more onigiri! I've been trying to find nori face punches for months! I'm so excited to have these! And the shape cutters that are super common for bentos. The other item I've been looking for is the picks on the right. You can make balloons, flowers, umbrellas, so cute! The seller included the picks on the left. They are very useful picks, and also super cute! I'm SO happy with my order!
Friday, April 16, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
I see a lot of bento makers add apples, banana, and oranges to bento. While those are commonly found in our home, I don't particularly like them in my bento. I like to buy 1-2 'special' kinds of fruit for the Bento. Something we don't eat constantly that is more of a treat. Our treat fruit includes: mango, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries (we don't BUY those lol) pineapple, grapes (if not in season) clementines, blueberries, and cherries. Because we're also a frugal family I pick the fruit by what is on sale. Last week I was able to get raspberries buy 1 get 1 free. Those have been in my lunch all week. The week before it was strawberries. Buying 1-2 special (depending on dh's current food loves, right now its not berries) kinds of fruit keeps our bentos interesting and different without breaking the bank. Plus that is about all we can use up before they go bad! And wasting food is never frugal.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Top tier has raspberries, cucumber flowers, sugar snap peas, soy nuts, granola and raisins.
Bottom holds a chocolate bunny, cheese, raspberries, cucumber, ranch, and a few more sugar snap peas.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Top bowl has a trail mix with almonds, raisins, chocolate chips and coconut. I put cottage cheese in the small container, and half an orange. The next bowl holds two eggs, a biscuit sandwich, and a small purple container holds pickles. The bottom holds leftover stir fry in a silicone container so it can be microwaved, baby carrots, and a bottle of soy sauce.
Monday, April 12, 2010
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Now my stockpile is quite low. I have not done a serious coupon trip in weeks. And when your a stockpiler, getting down to one bottle of conditioner can make you uncomfortable. I don't want to pay full price! It was time to get down to business.
Target trip. Total before coupons and sales?$30.46
Total after coupons and sales? $8.68 + $2.05 in sales tax = $10.73 If you ignore the sales tax i paid less then a 1/3 of the items full value.
This purchase was made at Petsmart. It can kind of hard to plan coupon deals ahead of time, I matched coupons in store.
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Our picnic all packed up, and ready to go! I had my favorite Salmon wrap. Hubby had a turkey cheddar wrap. There was a lot of room left in the bottom of the tiffin still. I tucked baby carrots around the wrap halves to help stabilize them. There is also a bear cup full of ranch.
Top tier had oatmeal cookies, raisins and these creamy chocolate strawberry Japanese candies.
Friday, April 9, 2010
Upper left hand corner blue 3 tier box. Hubby uses this one pretty frequently, its plain so its a nice box for a man box. Below we have 2 egg molds. I use this infrequently but I still consider them a good buy. Next to those is a green side car. We used this box a lot but seem to have lost it. Below we have 2 onigiri makers. I hardly ever use these because J likes the one that makes small cubes. The jungle picks are below. These are fairly long picks and come in handy. Top row is a 2 tier pink box that snapped closed on the sides. It was cute and I liked it but eventually the lid broke. Next is a pink 3 tier box I hardly ever use, I'm not really a pink person. Below that is the blue one tier box I love but have not used recently. Still a good purchase. Now the cups I use almost every time i bento. Those things were an excellent buy! Next to those is the chopstick case for my dragonfly bento. I never use this, I prefer the small chopsticks that sit in the bento. Below that is small plastic sauce bottles. We use these occasionally but both J and I prefer the bigger ones we've acquired since.
Out of all of that just a few things are being frequently used today.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Like the bento fork? I had completely forgot about that. Along with the wiener cutter.
This picture shows almost all of our bento boxes. I think J's blue two tier is the only one missing. 18 boxes for two people? A little excessive maybe, but i can assure you the number will go up before it goes down. There are so many different types, and designs of boxes that I can't resist. I have my eye on a sandwich box as a matter of fact. The $10 shipping is keeping me away so far.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
I had also made banana muffins that day. I used my mini muffin pan and a cake pan for the rest of the batter. Hubby loves banana muffin batter in a cake pan, he calls it banana cake. I used the mini muffin pan because it packs nicely in the smaller tier of a 3 tier bento box.
Using the two ingredients i wanted to include for both (muffin, and chicken) i came up with two different lunches. My bento has strawberries, hummus, carrots, and the marinated chicken. Bottom holds muffins, raisins, a oatmeal cookie split in half, and I used part of a granola bar to stabilize everything. Hubby didn't want any strawberries, this batch is a little tart for him.
J already had this bento at work. He didn't need a huge meal. I packed the chicken, cheese and grapes in the bottom section. The top section has two muffins, sunflower seeds, rasins, and almonds to stabilize the lunch.
Monday, April 5, 2010
Extra sharp cheddar cheese, (I'm lactose intolerant and this cheese does not upset my system) Wheat thins, (stocked up when on a good sale) salmon, strawberries, carrots, and a ranch cup.
I ate this bento right after I made it. If I was making it a head of time I'd have to use a different box. The Salmon has a strong smell I wouldn't want to flavor the other items.
Sunday, April 4, 2010
View of the box closed.
When you removed the top lid, we see this cute lid.
Here's the whole box, plus the red belt it came with.
This box cost $8.99. There was a line of silverware, bowls, and stationary with it.
When I was checking out the cashier told me how quickly they had sold out before. Then she asked me a surprising question. 'This is SO cute. What do you put in here? Noodles?' I was a little stunned but i chuckled and told her no, bento is a fun and sometimes elaborate lunch. I told her to google 'Bento' and 'Lunch In a Box' the cashier seemed pretty excited so maybe we'll have a new bento fan.
I wish the weather was better! I really want to pack my new bento box, in my new lunch bag.
Saturday, April 3, 2010
I gave her a simple 3 tier box to start with. Its basic and easy to learn on. Two silicone containers to keep her food separated. One hard plastic container. A dip jar. Two sauce bottles. Five different food picks, and a small fork and spoon set. Super basic stuff to get started.
The fun thing about buying (or being given a gift) from a seller if you get a variety of stuff.
If she had bought these items she would have purchased 1 pack silicone cups, 1 pack hard cups, 1 pack dip jars, 2 packs of sauce bottles, 1 pack silverware, 2 packs of food picks. And she will be the only one making a bento. That a lot of stuff for one person. My way she gets a variety kit, instead of a bunch of the same item. Of course her set was a gift. Now i need to help her use it!
Friday, April 2, 2010
This bento was packed as a sidecar/snack to some leftover pasta but J decided not to pack the pasta. It was not designed to be a whole meal but hey its his choice. But as it turns out this lunch was delayed a few days and will hopefully be eaten today with another smallish bento. All worked out fine.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
It will also fit a two tier bento, and side car with a little extra room.