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Weekly Bento



Are these even bento anymore? Since I no longer use adorable tiny boxes, and I don’t make food cute anymore?

Well, more rice come’in at-cha this week; Above is the brown rice and quinoa mixture with corn, apple sticks (newest craze at TJ’s), coconut almond granola with whole almonds mixed in, and a chicken finger cut up and covered with orange chicken sauce (sauces from Panda no colors or HFCS).


After school, Ara and I made a little project to go with the history book we are reading for bedtime. We had just learned about the Taj Mahal and India so I sent her some curry rice the next day. Rice/quinoa with black beans, corn, and red curry sauce, mandarin oranges, granola, cat cookies, and corn.


The Taj Mahal had windows that opened and told you things about it! It was a show-and tell hit!


We had a taco night planned but when I opened the corn tortillas I found that they were all broken. So I made ‘mini-tacos’ and that’s what Ara had in her lunch the next day! She also had apple sticks, chocolate pretzels, a TJ’s apple banana fruit leather, and mandarin oranges. I’ve been sending her apple juices all week because we lost the water bottle that fits in the bag and carrying the stainless bottle has been so cumbersome for her. I looked on the Laptop Lunches site and found that the replacement is only $3.50! Great! Too bad the shipping is $6! Shipping is such a bummer.


I went on a tortilla making kick lately. 4 ingredients’ and no oven involved, that’s my kind of baking. Plus, Ara is seriously crazy about fresh tortillas! This lunch had a bean burrito (I made the beans too, I felt very accomplished), chocolate pretzels, orange slices, strawberry, and peas.

First Day Photo and a Week of Bento


Since I forgot my camera on the first day of school I took a picture of her after I picked her up. Evidence of a good day; one pigtail has come loose, hair is plastered with sweat to her forehead, a little lunch on her shirt, and a smile on her face.

Bento season has begun! We started off with peanut butter rolls, cow cheese, cutie orange, cat cookies, edamame, and apple sauce (no sugar).

Then, she asked for a sushi lunch! So I rolled some vegetarian California rolls with a piggie of soy sauce, apple sauce, cutie orange, cat cookies, and cucumber slices. I left out the fish because I was a little wary of it keeping temp until lunch.

Trader Joe’s sold us on these seafood croquettes with a sample in the store. So we have seafood croquettes with mango chutney (in the little box), cutie orange, edamame, and a fortune cookie.


For this lunch I used a left over chicken strip and added orange chicken sauce (Ara’s all time favorite), then the usual orange, cat cookies, edamame, and apple sauce.


Pesto tortellini with white sauce, edamame, cat cookies, orange, and chicken breast (from a cooked rotisserie chicken).


When I run out of ideas/food I can always depend on rice. This is a blend of brown Jasmine rice and quinoa with edamame and corn thrown in. A TJ’s fruit crusher (Which came back uneaten), more seafood croquettes with mango chutney, and cat cookies (for people)!

Ranch and Legos


Ara is hooked on sandwiches with meat, cheese, and ranch. Oh the dreaded ranch! We’ve been trying to switch her tastes to organic ranch sans MSG but she insists that she doesn’t like ‘healthy ranch’. I even tried the flavor packets from Sunflower mixed with Greek yogurt. No go. So… in an effort to skip the ranch I made a meat (turkey), cheese, and crackers bento. She didn’t miss the ranch! I also included broccoli, strawberry, pineapple, and baby carrots. I added lime slices for looks, she didn’t eat them.


Ara’s kitty purse needed to try on some spify shades, so we headed over to Ross after the YMCA (ZUMBA!).


Actually, our little money saver wanted to buy her room a soft rug to play legos on. Legos are her new favorite past time. She found a cute little striped rug for $10!


She also wanted to check Toys R Us for the tree house lego set (and because her money was burning a hole in her kitty purse). We had to stop on the Angry Bird’s display, of course.


Bird or Lego? Lego.


Does she have a quarter?


She does!


At home, rug in place and lego building in progress. It took us about 2 hours to build the treehouse! Well, she builds and I just use all my patience and just give little hints when she’s stuck.


Fuzzy Lego ‘helper’ AKA large cat who lays on Lego pieces.



Good times in the summer!

Puppy Love Bento


I made this bento for Ara during her last week of school in honor of the dog we helped my Father-in-law adopt. This puppy sandwich is peanut butter on ww bread with cheese, nuts, and nori facial features. His bed was supposed to sort of be dirt, I guess, ha! It’s actually mustard pretzel bits.


Also in this lunch; strawberries, assorted nuts, and roasted seaweed. Arf!


We call new doggie ‘soft face’ and she’s just as sweet as she can be! She had been at animal control for a while, passed over time and time again, but we’re glad for our sake that she was still there! We can’t wait to get out there to see her again. She is loving her new home and family.


I should probably mention this little guy too, because he caused us some heart ache! Ara and I have been going to the pet store often to look at fish for the new tank. While we’re there we almost always HAVE to walk around to admire the other animals. That’s where we ran into trouble… in the form of a wonderful animal rescue organization.

IMG_2544We stopped to admire a little Chihuahua puppy named PeeWee. He and Ara bonded and the volunteer’s had all but talked me into adopting a $200 9wk old puppy! Of course when I talked it through with Alex I realized the realities of the situation. We may want a dog in the future but when we have a secure yard. And we will probably want one a little larger and older. Taking on a tiny puppy is more than our 6 year old is ready for. It was a hard hard thing to do! Ara asked to go back one more time, she held him in her lap for close to an hour. Then she tearfully kissed his head and whispered that she loved him. She walked away like such a mature lady. I was so proud. That was a difficult thing to understand and truthfully she may not totally understand our reasons but she respected the decision. Proving that she is close to understanding that responsibility, ironically. Someday she will have her own soft face to love her! For now, she is ecstatic about having her own fish!


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