Category Archives: Bento / Cute Food

Monkey Chips Snack Meal

I made this meal for my friend Renae’s 13 year old daughter Elizabeth. I am happy with how the cheese bananas and celery look together. I attached the bananas to the trees with spaghetti and left one at the bottom … Continue reading

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Sloth Themed Meal

I made this sloth meal for my friend Renae’s husband since I wanted to use a different cookie cutter. It was on a day I made themed meals for each person in their family. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side:  Sloth – cheddar … Continue reading

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Birthday Cupcake Lunch

I made this lunch for my friend Renae to celebrate her birthday. I also gave her chocolate bread and sliced strawberries but forgot to photograph. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Cupcake – Cheddar cheese (cut with a cookie cutter), lentils inside a cookie … Continue reading

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Elephant Snack Meal

I made this meal for my friend Renae’s 13 year old daughter Elizabeth. I asked her what food she wanted. Since most of it is a similar color, I used a fun silicone lettuce cup to add some contrast. Container: U … Continue reading

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Hug Your Cat Meal

To celebrate Hug Your Cat day, I made this meal for my friend Renae’s 15 year old daughter. Natalie was a natural choice to make this meal for since she eats a variety of food and often hugs / holds … Continue reading

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Bird Theme for Picnic by Waterfall

Awhile ago, I came up with the idea that I wanted to have a meal by a waterfall. My friend Deborah was happy to join me in this adventure. We met at the Holley Canal Falls. I made this vegan … Continue reading

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Pontoon Boat Christening Party

My Mom had a boat christening party for my parent’s new Pontoon Boat. The weather did not cooperate as we had planned. It was cold and rainy. We adapted and still held the christening ceremony and party but instead of … Continue reading

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Buddha Bowl with Tortilla Chip Buddha

In honor of Vesak day, I made a Buddha bowl with a tortilla buddha. I love this Sweet Potato Chickpea Buddha Bowl recipe! I made it several times. I make three servings at a time and eat it three days … Continue reading

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Dove Rice

I made this cheesy rice dove lunch for my Mom. She enjoyed this meal, especially the asparagus! Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Dove – cooked Nishiki rice pressed into a cookie cutter, cheddar cheese broiled on top of the rice. Eye – spinach … Continue reading

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Daffodil Dinner

In October 2020, my parents and I planted over 100 daffodils at my parents lake house. The three of us made quick work of the planting. My Dad used my bulb drill bit to drill the holes and my Mom … Continue reading

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Thistle Themed Food

I made these cute thistle pesto pizzas for myself. My Mom bought the cookie cutter for me when my parents when to Scotland in 2019. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side:  Thistle – pizza cut with a cookie cutter, with homemade pesto and … Continue reading

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Koinobori over Noodles

I made this Kodomonohi (Children’s Day Japan) themed meal for myself. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side:  Koinobori – cucumber, radish, carrot with food coloring marker details, peanut noodles Top Right:  Dried soybeans Bottom Right: Strawberries

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Mashed Carrot Camel

I made this camel themed meal for myself on the night I made a soft dinner for Carol. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side:  Camel – mashed carrots (shape made with a cookie cutter), Eye – spinach cut with mini cutter, garlic cheese mashed … Continue reading

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Cream Cheese Flowers Lunch

I made this lunch for my Mom. She likes cream cheese. I think maybe jam cream cheese with mashed potatoes is a strange combination but she did not complain. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side:  Flowers – cream cheese with raspberry jam (put in … Continue reading

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Spring Flowers

I made this meal for myself to celebrate spring flowers. Container: Prep Natural Glass Meal Containers Top Container: Spinach with toasted pecans, mandarin oranges Bottom Container: Flowers – red bell pepper cut with a cookie cutter, dried blueberries attached with spaghetti, … Continue reading

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Stamp a White Horse Lunch

White horses remind me of my Grandpa. When I was a child and we saw a white horse, he said it was good luck. He showed me the custom of stamping to get the good luck. My Grandpa is the … Continue reading

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Butterfly Waffle

I made this meal for myself. I used a cookie cutter to cut the butterfly from the center of the waffle. I also ate the waffle scraps (not in photo). Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Butterfly – waffle cut with cookie cutter, … Continue reading

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Bicycle Lunch

I made this lunch for myself. The theme was part of my continuing quest to use all of my cookie cutters. Container: Cloud box from Japan (set of 3) Large Box: Bicycle – black radish cut with a cookie cutter, black olives, … Continue reading

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Baked Eggplant Parmesan Stacks Dinner

Not too long ago, I had my friend Renae over for dinner. I am glad that we were able to spend time together and I always enjoy cooking for other people. Note: The daffodils are from my friend Carol’s garden. … Continue reading

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Garlic Lunch

Happy National Garlic Day! I made this featured ingredient garlic lunch for my mom. She is a big fan of garlic! Also she loved the roasted artichoke hearts. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side:  Roasted artichokes with garlic, cottage cheese with paprika Top Right:  Mini … Continue reading

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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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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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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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