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Love Food!

Valentine Bento

I know I never post food anymore, but when the theme is love and I have so much of that in my heart for my girl, how can I not? The pita pizzas were cuter in my head. I cut a cheese heart and then baked them in the toaster oven.  Broccoli (her favorite veggie) with cheese letters and an apple heart. Apple slices. My famous (not really) quinoa salad, minus the obscene amount of jalapenos I usually put in. I freaking love that quinoa salad, especially when eaten like a salsa with some white corn chips! And, last, though you can’t see it, hidden in the silverware part of the box is 2 squares of TJ’s pound plus Belgian milk chocolate. Oh yeah.

One of the 41 valentine cards made for her class. The idea was that she would make them and I would help, but it really worked out that I made 90% of them… I end up having to print so much music for my orchestra that sheet music is our scrap paper, could that be any more adorable in a heart shape? It’s at least better than some mass produced Skull Girls (or whatever that crap is) right?


A slightly sad and mishapen heart shaped banana pancake for breakfast!

I’m really-super-duper-over-the-top-excited to show you the present I had for her this morning, but we had to rush her off to school before I could take a picture of it. It’s ok, it’s so awesome it will get it’s own post. AWESOME. I’ve been dying to give it to her for a couple weeks! Oh man, I love that present.

So aside from the wonderful-ness that is my 8-year old valentine, I am officially grinching up this stupid holiday. Bah Humbug to you and you’re pressure and disappointment and also.. BITE ME! Ok, I need to get on my bike and ride, it’s going to hit 92F here today and I don’t want to be out in that.

Have a wonderful Valentines Day (you didn’t hear that from my, you know my official position)!

Valentines Bento (and a dinosaur)

Tomorrow is the big day to show your loved ones that you care with heart shaped things! To get warmed up I made a few heart themed bentos’ last week.

Ginger muffins from Jason’s Deli, baby apple, PB+J with a heart cut out, and pineapple slices.

Heart shaped PB+J, edamame, cinnamon toast squares, and pineapple. I forgot to put the lid on the pineapple and the juices have made the case smell like pineapple wine, despite 2 hand washing attempts. I also sprayed vinegar on it because I was too lazy to soak it, no go.

Cheesy stegosaurus is resting on a soft ww pb+j sandwich (the lazy herbivore), mandarin oranges, mac and cheese with edamame, and a beautiful peach.

Bento for a Sweetie


I was in a rush to make this bento for Valentines day because we were heading out the door to surprise Ara with a day trip to the mountain.  I made heart shaped tortilla/peanut/pumpkin butter sandwiches and stacked them under a heart shaped fruit leather.  On top of the sandwich stack I added pineapple hearts.  The whole thing is surrounded by orange wedges, carrot starts, and fruit leather words. 


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How we met

us I remember seeing Alex during the year we played in the same youth orchestra.  He was an amazing trumpet player and I was too shy to go talk to him.  We even performed The Unanswered Question by Charles Ives which meant that we stood at the front of the stage together.  Still we didn’t meet.  I have the image of him etched in my mind from that night.  He stood in his tux, with his shining silver trumpet, eyes closed, posing the musical question with this beautiful, dark, haunting, liquid, tone. 

The next summer we both ended up in the very last orientation offered by the University of Arizona.  I saw him across the room during the fine arts meeting.  I thought he was cute, with his mop of dark hair and smart glasses.  He carried himself with confidence.  During a break, I found Alex sitting in the hall, reading a book.  Feeling uncharacteristically bold, I sat down next to him and introduced myself.  I don’t remember what I said, or what he said but he put his book mark (a $2 bill) into his book and we were inseparable for the rest of the orientation.  At the time I had a boyfriend and nothing happened.  We left the orientation and only spoke once on the phone during the last month of summer.  When school started we found we had almost every class together.  We sat next to each other, ate lunch together, he helped me in the computer lab, when we had free time we sat in practice rooms listening to each other play.  We had so much to talk about.  Our schedule had us at school from 7:30 am to 11:00 pm then we would talk on the phone until 2 am!  Sleep was less important than being together!  Sometimes during breaks we would take naps on the grass.  Actually, we did that even when we didn’t have a break (sorry music lit class!).  It was an amazing time.  I feel like my induction into the world of music happened with Alex at my side.  He is my best friend and one of the 2 people I love most in the world.  The second person came along after 10 years of being together.  Our surprise wonder girl, Ara.  I love you Alex!

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