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Diamond Lunch

I made this lunch for myself. The diamonds are because I discovered that I had never used my diamond cookie cutters. Container: Prep Natural Glass Meal Containers Left Side: Diamonds – orange and white cheddar cut with a cookie cutter, baked asparagus and … Continue reading

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Storm Clouds Lunch

I made this meal for my Dad at his request. I seldom ask him what theme he wants. I usually make whatever I want. This time I thought that weather was appropriate since he often talks about the weather. I … Continue reading

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April Showers Bring May Flowers Meal

I made this colorful and delicious meal for myself. Container: Cloud box from Japan (set of 3) Top Box: April – carrot cut with cookie cutters, clouds – cheddar cheese cut with cookie cutters, blueberries Bottom Box: May – carrot cut with cookie … Continue reading

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Soft Cats Meal

Awhile ago, I made this meal for my friend Carol. She had recent dental surgery and needed to eat a soft food diet. I made and delivered this meal and then we both ate and visited over video. It was … Continue reading

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Easter 2021

I went to my parents house for Easter this year. Pre-Covid, we used to go to a fancy buffet Easter brunch. This year we enjoyed all our meals at home. My parents have a traditional Easter Basket bread that they … Continue reading

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Cheese Chicks Lunch

I enjoy using my cookie cutter collection. This meal was cute and easy to prepare. Container: Prep Natural Glass Meal Containers Left Side: Chicks – orange cheddar cut and imprinted with a cookie cutter, rice with roasted zucchini Right Side: Mandarin oranges

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Sweet Potato Bunnies

I made this fun meal for myself on a snowy winter day. It is a little different from most of the others in my themed potato salad series but it follows the same pattern. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side:  Bunnies – roasted … Continue reading

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Bunny Peanut Noodles

Awhile ago, I made this meal for my friend Carol. I delivered it to her home and we ate our meals virtually in our own homes. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side:  Bunnies – carrot cut with a cookie cutter, snow peas, peanut … Continue reading

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Mashed Potato Peeps

I made this Purple Bunny Peeps themed lunch for myself. I don’t eat Peeps but I think they are cute and was happy to use my Peeps cookie cutter. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Bunny Peeps – cheddar mashed potatoes with Butterfly Pea … Continue reading

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Spring Mashed Potato Wagashi

What are Wagashi? Wagashi are traditional Japanese sweets usually served with green tea. Most of the ones I made here are in the Nerikiri style. Traditional Nerikiri Wagashi are soft and smooth. They are made by hand from rice flour and … Continue reading

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Flower Ravioli Birthday Dinner

My family and friends love it when I make homemade pasta. For my Mom’s birthday I made flower shaped ravioli for my Mom, Dad, and me. All of us kept raving about the meal. It was a delight! Spinach Strawberry … Continue reading

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COVID-19 Vaccine Themed Lunch

This week I received my second COVID-19 vaccine. It seemed fitting to make a themed meal for myself to honor the occasion. I was excited to use the COVID-19 cookie cutter made by my friend Renae. She now has a … Continue reading

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Leprechaun Lunch

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I made this cute leprachaun for myself. I mostly followed this idea. To see all of my St. Patrick’s / Ireland themed food, please go to my collection. Container: Wooden box purchased in Kyoto at Bento&co. Contents: Leprechaun … Continue reading

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Saint Patrick Drawing

I drew Saint Patrick on a quesadilla! It was a fun meal for myself. Every year I think I will make a themed meal with the Saint but it never happened until now. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Saint Patrick – drawn with … Continue reading

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Pesto Pizza Shamrocks

I made this shamrock pesto pizza meal for myself. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side:  Shamrocks – pesto pizza cut with a cookie cutter Top Right: Shamrocks – orange and white cheddar cut with a cookie cutter Bottom Right: Mandarin oranges

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Cheddar Celtic Knot

I made this easy lunch for myself. The cheese decoration is supposed to be a Celtic knot. Container: Prep Natural Glass Meal Containers Left Side: Celtic knot – orange cheddar cut with a knife, rice with roasted zucchini Right Side: Pineapple, pumpkin seeds

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Camel Chips and Hummus

I made this camel chip and hummus snack lunch for myself. Container: ELB Snack Boxes Contents: Palm Tree – zucchini cut with a cookie cutter Camels – tortilla chips – flour tortillas cut with cookie cutters, (place on cookie sheet sprayed with cooking … Continue reading

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Hinamatsuri Girls Day Lunch

I made this Hinamatsuri (Girls Day Japan) lunch for myself. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Emperor – garlic mashed potato with spinach and radish details, painted with green food coloring mixed with water, Empress – garlic mashed potato with spinach and radish details, … Continue reading

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Lamb or Lion?

I made this as part of dinner for myself. Will March come in like a Lion and go out like a Lamb? This proverb to describe the weather in March amuses me. It was fun to celebrate the idea of … Continue reading

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Purple Flamingo Lunch

I made this lunch for myself and decorated it with flamingo shaped radish. I picked this theme since I wanted to use my flamingo cookie cutter for the first time. On a whim I colored them with Butterfly Pea Flower … Continue reading

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Roasted Cauliflower with Romesco Sauce

I made this dinner for myself. It was easy and delicious! I am glad that I enjoy cooking and can make interesting food for myself. I don’t think I had ever made romesco sauce before. I had all of the … Continue reading

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Mashed Potato Whale

I made this potato whale lunch for my Mom. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Top: Whale – garlic and Asiago cheese mashed potato cut with cookie cutter, Eye – dried blueberry, Ocean – blue mashed potato Bottom Left: Blackberries Bottom Right: Macadamia nuts

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Valentines Day Themed Food

Happy Valentine’s Day! This is my collection of Heart, Cupid, Be Mine, and XO food. As with my other collections, I plan to update when I create something new. ANIMALS / CHARACTERS with HEARTS Bear Rice Holding Carrot Hearts Precious … Continue reading

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Heart Eyes Emoji Lunch

I made this meal for myself as part of my emoji rice series. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side:  Heart Eyes Emoji – cooked Nishiki rice pressed into a round emoji cookie cutter, cheddar cheese broiled on top of rice. Eyes – radish … Continue reading

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Cupid Cheese Over Risotto

I made this cupid cheese art over baked risotto for myself. I used an imprint cookie cutter for the shapes. Container: Prep Natural Glass Meal Containers Left Side: Cupid – orange and white cheddar pressed into an imprint cupid cookie cutter, Eyes … Continue reading

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Groundhog Day Polenta

Happy Groundhog Day! I made this meal for myself on the same day that I made a lunch with polenta hands for my friend Deborah. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Top: Groundhog – polenta cooked in vegetable broth – cooled then cut with a … Continue reading

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Virtual Birthday Dinner

To celebrate my friend Carols birthday with her this year I made and delivered dinner. Then over zoom we ate together and talked. She requested the same meal as last year. I prepared the Wellington the same way as for … Continue reading

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World in Hands Bento Lunch

I made this two box meal for my friend Deborah on her birthday. I was happy to try making an earth out of eggplant! When I delivered her food, we went for a walk. It was lovely to go for … Continue reading

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Blue Potato Penguin Lunch

My Dad ate this potato and cream cheese penguin for lunch. He did not know what it was supposed to be but he said it tasted great. Both my Mom and Dad independently turned the lunch around and though it … Continue reading

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Snowflake Waffle Lunch

I made this easy lunch for myself. I also ate the waffle scraps not shown in this photo. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Top Left: Greek yogurt with sprinkles Bottom Left: Walnuts Right Side: Waffle cut with a cookie cutter, radish slices

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Mask Emoji Lunch

I consider this blog my scrapbook of the past 9.5 years. I made this lunch for myself to represent this time in history. A year ago I owned no masks and now I have many. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side:  Mask Emoji … Continue reading

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Cream Cheese Snowflake Lunch

I made this snowy lunch for myself. So far this year we have less snow than usual. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Snowflakes – cream cheese piped (imprint in potato with cookie cutter, cut corner off of small plastic bag and pipe … Continue reading

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Happy New Year 2021

I made this simple meal for myself. Happy New Year! Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: 2021 – Carrot (cut with cookie cutters), rice with peas and cheese Top Right: Mixed nuts Bottom Right: Pomegranate seeds

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Top 10 Bento 2020

I am happy to share my favorite bento meals from the year. I made this Daisy Vegetable Potato Salad for my friend Carol. This Cheese Helicopter over a blue potato sky was for myself. My friend Renae ate this Cheese … Continue reading

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Carol of the Bells Dinner

I love the song, Carol of the Bells. This year it was my inspiration for Christmas dinner. When I first told my Mom the theme, she seemed confused but planned beautiful table decor. I made the menu cards and we … Continue reading

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Christmas Meals 2020

We decided on a Snowman theme for our traditional Christmas breakfast table this year. I love the snowball lights my Mom found! This was at least our second time making a citrus snowman but this year was the best. I … Continue reading

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Europe Inspired Christmas Meals 2020

I was fortunate to spend 5 days at my parents house for Christmas this year. When my Mom and I planned the meals, she wanted to have themed nights celebrating different countries. My Mom planned the tablescapes for each of … Continue reading

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Pesto Pizza Christmas Tree

I made this pesto pizza tree for myself. It was delicious! Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Tree – homemade pizza dough cut with a cookie cutter, pesto, Star- yellow bell pepper cut with a mini cutter Top Right: Hazelnuts Bottom Right: Cotton Candy Green Grapes

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Angel Carrots Mashed Potato Lunch

I continued my challenge to find ways to use my angel cookie cutters. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Angel – cooked and mashed carrots inside an angel cut-out (cookie cutter), cheddar mashed potatoes Top Right: Pistachios Bottom Right: Angels – mango cut with a … Continue reading

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Angel Vegetable Potato Salad

Continuing my popular series of themed potato salad, here are some angels. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Angels – orange cheddar, white roasted potato, yellow bell pepper cut with a cookie cutter. Face – paprika (put on with a toothpick) Top Right:  Pumpkin Seeds … Continue reading

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Angel Tortellini Lunch

I made this angel lunch for my Mom. As usual, she enjoyed the meal! Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Angels – Cheddar cheese, tortellini, cherry tomatoes, spinach, black olives, olive oil and red wine vinegar Top Right: Pistachios Bottom Right: Raspberries, blackberries

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In-Person and Virtual Thanksgiving

This year my parents came for Thanksgiving. We shared the same food and ate together virtually with my friend Carol. I delivered the food to Carol and gave her instructions to cook the main course the same time I cooked … Continue reading

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Turkey Quesadilla

I made this Turkey themed cheese quesadilla for my Dad. I was inspired by this. Body: Apple Eyes: Raisins Nose: Carrot (attached with spaghetti) Feet: Carrot Feathers: Cheddar cheese quesadilla, carrot sticks

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Gingerbread Castle

This year I made a gingerbread castle for Sweet Creations at the Eastman Museum. I used a slightly smaller board (14 x 16) and created an easier to assemble design. In the past I relied on an extra pair of hands … Continue reading

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2020 Gingerbread Sweet Creations

For the 4th year in a row, I made gingerbread for the Eastman Museum’s Sweet Creations gingerbread show. Things are different this year because of COVID-19. The museum allowed less gingerbread creations. I received a letter in August inviting me to participate because … Continue reading

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Sheep Themed Pizza

I made this for my friend Carol on a summer evening we had dinner in her yard. When I make themed pizza, I like to make several themes at once. I gave this to her as planned leftovers for the … Continue reading

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Daruma Bento Lunch

I made this salsa rice Daruma for myself for a workday lunch. Container: U Konserve Contents: Daruma – Nishiki rice mixed with a little salsa shaped with plastic wrap, cheddar cheese, radish, spinach, grape tomatoes, blueberries, edamame

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Tanuki Polenta Lunch

I made this odd looking Tanuki meal for myself. I am fond of Tanuki; the animal and folklore versions. Container: Wooden box purchased in Kyoto at Bento&co. Contents: Tanuki – homemade firm polenta cut with a Teddy Bear cookie cutter, spinach, black sesame … Continue reading

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Halloween Themed Food

Happy Halloween ! This is my collection of Halloween themed meals. JACK-O-LANTERN Cheese Jack-O-Lantern Mashed Potatoes Jack-O-Lantern Quesadilla Jack-O-Lanterns Calzone Jack-O-Lantern Pizza Jack-O-Lantern Orange Jack-O-Lantern with Fruit No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Jack-O-Lantern Potato Blintzes Jack-O-Lanterns Scrambled Eggs Jack-O-Lantern Polenta Jack-O-Lantern … Continue reading

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Frankenstein Lunch

I made this lunch for myself on the same day I made the Mushroom meal for my Dad. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Frankenstein – cheese cut with a cookie cutter, painted with food coloring and water, paprika details put on with a … Continue reading

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