Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Thriftee gear lunchbag review

I won this Thriftee gear lunch bag in a giveaway by Cristi at Bent on Better Lunches

My eldest daughter looked at all the cool T-shirt designs and chose this cool tie dye design. You can also send in your old T-shirt to be made into a lunch bag.

It has a water resistant food safe lining and is machine washable and dry able. These bags can be used for other things beside lunch ( e.g. For a gym bag or taking things to the beach.)

It is approximately 12" tall, 4" deep and 12" wide. It can hold a substantial lunch including water bottle.

They also now make backpack style bags.

The standard lunch bag doesn't have pockets but the backpack style does. I think the addition of pockets is a good feature.

Here is the lunch I packed in this today in a Hakoya bento box.

It's held up really well to kid abuse and Washings.

All opinions are my own and I was not compensated in any way for this review.

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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Lovecraftian Cthulhu Lunch

This Cthulhu lunch is for me as I don't think my kids would get it quite yet! Although they think Cthulhu is cute.

Cthulhu Bento

From H. P. Lovecrafts Cthulhu mythos. We have Yog-sothoth the great cosmic entity made of asparagus and stuffed olives.

Then a rather cute Cthulhu quesadilla, made of spinach tortilla and cheese on a bed of forbidden rice.

Then devils reefs at Innsmoth from greens and grapes and blueberries.

Finally a chocolate creature from the deeps made from Party People ice cube tray and Wilton candy melts.

Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn. (In his House at R'lyeh dead Cthulhu waits dreaming) Well actually he is just waiting in this PlanetBox for me to eat him.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Brown bear bento

Following on from yesterday's Grumpy cat I thought I would do the same technique but simplified.

  I got the inspiration from my daughters bento bag available at Allthingsforsale.com

I had everything out and my 9 year old wanted to make them so these are her creations ( see i told you they were easy)

Using a circle cookie cutter about 3.5" cut out two slices for each bear from dark rye. From white bread with oval cutter about 2 x 1" cut a muzzle for each bear. Cut the same hole in the face piece and insert the white bread. Use oval cutter to cut out ears and trim in half. Eyes and nose are shape-N-amaze dough.

Assemble in box with filling of choice these have jam or cheese.
Boxes used include a hakoya, monbento and ziploc box.

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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Grumpy Cat Bento

I am sure you all know Tardar sauce other wise known as Grumpy cat.

Here is my tribute to her.

Grumpy Cat Bento

This was made using circle and oval cutters on wheat, white and dark rye bread. Eyes, nose and mouth are Wilton sugar dough Shape-N-Amaze.  Inside is cheese. Served with salad of spinach and arugula, grapes, tomatoes. Other tier is blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, pirates booty cheese snacks and cheese "NO" cut free hand with an exacto knife.

Served In a Hakoya Bento box.

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Flower bento

So usually I make lunches for my kids. Today I decided to make myself something even though I work from home, I deserve a yummy pretty lunch too right?

 So whipped together from last nights leftovers with an egg for protein is this.

 Leftover rice, with furikake not sure exactly what is I that (sesame, seaweed, prawn etc) flowers cut out from leftover golden and chiogga beets and purple sweet potato.

 Other half has a fried egg cooked in a metal flower cookie cutter and the rest of the beets and sweet potato.

 It was yum and better than the usual sandwich I usually need up grabbing and taking up to my desk.
So do yourselves a favor remember grown ups can eat pretty food too.

 Used in this lunchLunchbotsduo, flower cutters


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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Sandwich faces easy lunches

Always an easy standby when I have run out of ideas is to give the sandwiches faces.

These are raisin cinnamon bread with jam.

The eyes are Wilton sugar eyes. Mouth cut out with small oval cutter.

The babybel I just cut out the wax with a straw and insert the eyes.

Also included Wonderful Pistachios, Rilakumma Cookies, Strawberries, Grapes, Tomatoes, Watermelon and kettlecorn.

The notes are by Lunchboxlove

One is in a monbento box the other in a mulberry mybentomeal box.

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Ninjago sandwich bento

My son loves the Lego Ninjago series so here's a quick Ninjago sandwich.

White bread with cheddar cheese. Eyes using americolor marker and mozzarella cheese. Babybel red ninja and fruit.

Packed in a Trudeau fuel box.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Turtles everywhere bento

My daughters favorite animals are turtles and tortoises. So here are a few I'll let her decide which they are.

The first is cut out of bread using a cutezcute cutter upside down and added head and tail. Nori details. On a bed of butter lettuce, tomatoes and grapes.

The next is a half a babybel cheese on strawberries and last but not least a homemade cookie on bed of kettlecorn.

I added this nicely appropriate card from Lunchboxlove

All in a monbento box.

Products used in this lunch.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Keyboard Cat bento

Keyboard cat does it purrfectly...

I am sure alot of you have seen the Wonderful Pistachios add that ran awhile ago with the internet Meme Keyboard cat. This is my take.

My kids love Wonderful Pistachios so they are a nice addition for a lunch treat to get some extra protein in.

Keyboard cat bento

This lunch includes a keyboard made of a tortilla with keys drawn on with americolor food marker. Underneath is a cream cheese sandwich.

Keyboard cat is made from French toast (from HEB) cut with a CuteZCute cutter (these are the most wonderful cutters and can be used for all sorts of creative food) Inside is jam. I used sugar eyes and a Nori nose. The paws are more french toast.

In with the cat are grapes, tomatoes and musical food picks from Daiso. There is another layer to this bento unshown with Strawberries, more grapes and savory snack.

The card is from Lunchboxlove .


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Saturday, May 4, 2013

May the forth be with you bento hop

It's May the Fourth. Other wise known as Star Wars day. I am participating in a Star Wars themed bento blog hop.I have three kids so I had to do three different Star Wars themed bentos.

The first for my girl twin is a Wicket the Ewok bento.

Star Wars Ewok bento

Wicket is made from A Dark rye and white bread jam sandwich. With blue corn tortilla hood. His spear is a matcha green tea pocky with a cut grape on top. The forest of Endor is made from broccoli. The other side has fruit with Yoda because he is the light side of the force. Darth Vader is saying "come to the dark side, we have cookies!"

The next for my boy twin is a Yoda bento.

yoda bento

Yoda is made from a folded flour tortilla with cheese and an Easter egg c
container I got in the sales. With grape hands and a matcha green tea lightsaber. Underneath is a cheese sandwich. Again the dark side has cookies (I am almost sold on the dark side, the willpower is not strong in this one)

Last but not least for my eldest daughter. I made a Bantha bento.

bantha bento
The Bantha is made from dark rye sandwich with cheese horns and mouth. Bantha fodder is fruit.

Now I know you want to see even more Star Wars lunches so just hop on your speeder bike and zip on over to Healthy eating starts at Home to see what creation she has in store for you by clicking the red picture below. Then once you have finished the hop for even more click on the green picture. May the force be with you...
May the 4th Be With You Blog Hop

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Boxes used in these. Are a monbento two tier black bento box. A disposable tupperware, and a Trudeau fuel. Other products used below.