Category Archives: Bento / Cute Food

Birthday at Lake

This year I celebrated my birthday a little early (last weekend) at my family Lake House with my parents and 20 year old niece. When I woke, a “birthday fairy” was there overnight. The table and fireplace were decorated and … Continue reading

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Kangaroo Snack Meal

I made this snack meal for my friend’s 14 year old daughter Elizabeth. It was on a day that she helped me with some Cricut crafting. I appreciate having a crafting buddy. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Kangaroos – tortilla chips cut with … Continue reading

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Thunder Storm Potato Vegetable Salad

I made this for my Dad. When I don’t know what theme to make for him, I use weather. This is part of my on-going Vegetable Potato Salad series. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Clouds: white potato roasted, white Cheddar, radish, Lightning Bolts … Continue reading

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Hope Chest Lunch

When I was a child, I loved looking inside my Grandmother’s hope chest. It held family historical items such as a baptism gown, rolling pin from her bridal shower, the sweater and one of the socks she wore when she … Continue reading

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Dragonfly Vegetable Potato Salad

I made this meal for my Mom. The dragonfly is her cookie cutter. I made a blueberry vinaigrette but it was not popular so I need something different to represent sky and water for this type of salad. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left … Continue reading

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Bug Snack Tortilla Chips

I made this for my 20 year old niece. My niece, my brother, and I hiked up a nearby mountain. In the photo below I asked her to hold out the snack box so I could get her back, the … Continue reading

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Crab Melon Lunch

I made this crab themed fruit and cottage cheese lunch for my Mom. Container: U Konserve Contents: Crabs – cantaloupe cut with a cookie cutter Eyes – mini chocolate chips, cottage cheese, cinnamon, blueberries, brazil nuts Container: U Konserve Contents: Cheddar goldfish crackers

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Fish Vegetable Potato Salad

I made this for my friend Yuko’s husband when he and Yuko visited my family Lake House. Because he was a guest, I gave him a choice of sauces: blueberry vinaigrette that I had planned for this fish theme, or … Continue reading

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Pirate Rice Lunch

I made this meal for my Dad on a day that I made rice themed lunches for many people. I did not take enough time making this one. The other people felt that this was my best looking lunch of … Continue reading

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Skunk Rice and Beans

My friend Dennis came over for dinner and helped me with a few items around my house. When I asked for theme and food suggestions, he said rice and beans skunk. I was happy to make it! Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Skunk … Continue reading

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Boat Pizza

My 20 year old niece and I made this themed pizza for her. Boat: Pizza dough cut with a cookie cutter, tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese Hull: Black olives Water: Blueberries

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French Horn Focaccia Lunch

I made this lunch for my friend Yuko’s husband. When I asked Yuko for a theme idea, she said French horn. I was happy to revisit a theme I have only done once before. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: French Horn – Cheddar cheese … Continue reading

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11 Year Blogiversary

Today is my 11 year blogiversary! This is my 1,304th post! The traditional gift for an 11 year anniversary is steel. I decided to serve this simple meal in a metal box. Container: LunchBots Trio Left Side: 11 – Raspberries, … Continue reading

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Music Vegetable Potato Salad

I made this for my friend Yuko at the family Lake House. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Music Notes: white potato roasted, orange Cheddar, yellow bell pepper, light colored carrot cut with a cookie cutter, black bean sauce – black beans, salsa, balsamic … Continue reading

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Little Green Man Meal

I made this meal for my friend Dennis at his request. My friend Renae used her 3D printer to make the alien and UFO cookie cutters. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Little Green Man – Cheddar mashed potatoes cooled then cut with a … Continue reading

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Fun Ravioli Collection

This is my collection of cute shaped ravioli. As with my other collections, I will update when I create something new. FLOWERS Flower Ravioli Rose Ravioli Tulip Ravioli ANIMALS Swan Ravioli HOLIDAYS Pumpkin Ravioli Bell Ravioli Heart Ravioli Groundhog Ravioli … Continue reading

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Piano Lunch

I made this lunch for my friend Yuko. When I asked for her desired theme, she said piano. I was happy to revisit a theme I have only done once before. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Top Left:  Carrot Apple Slaw with Pistachios Bottom … Continue reading

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July 4 Appetizer and Pizza Dinner

One of my Japanese language partners actually lives in Philadelphia. Over 4th of July weekend, she and her husband visited me and my parents at our family Lake House. We all had a wonderful time! USA Theme Individual Appetizer Plate … Continue reading

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Watermelon Fireworks Lunch

I made this cottage cheese and fruit lunch for myself. It was refreshing and fun. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Fireworks – watermelon cut and stamped with a cookie cutter, cottage cheese, blueberries, cinnamon Top Right: Hummus with smoked paprika Bottom Right: USA – carrot … Continue reading

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Bald Eagle Mashed Potato

I made this Eagle mashed potato lunch for my Dad. They sometimes see Bald Eagles at their Lake House. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Bald Eagle – cheese mashed potato, smoked paprika, Eye – dried blueberry, Beak – Cashew, peas Top Right: Cashews Bottom … Continue reading

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Cactus Pizza Lunch

These are supposed to be cactus in pots pizza. My Mom ate them on a day I made 6 different themed pizzas for family at my parent’s Lake House. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Cactus – pizza cut with cookie cutter, mozzarella, pesto … Continue reading

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Village Rice Lunch

I pressed my sister-in-law for an unusual theme and she said New England Village. I enjoy trying out new themes. Glass Container with Lid Houses: carrot and radish cut with cookie cutter Church: cheese cut with cookie cutter Tree: Zucchini … Continue reading

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Individual Fresh Watermelon Cake

I enjoy revisiting the same theme to do something different. Over the years, I have made many melon cakes. This is my first time making an individual one. It was easy to make and a delight to eat. I used … Continue reading

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Giraffe Pizza Lunch

I made this giraffe themed pizza lunch for my sister-in-law while we were at my family Lake House. Left Side: Giraffes – pizza dough cut with a cookie cutter, orange cheddar cheese, pesto Top Right: Pistachios Bottom Right: Giraffes – white carrot … Continue reading

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Rice Cats Lunch

My 20 year old niece and I made this fun cat lunch. Container: Wooden box purchased in Kyoto at Bento&co. Mouse: Watermelon cut with cookie cutter, mini chocolate chip Cats: Cooked Nishiki rice shaped with a rice mold, eyes & mouth – … Continue reading

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Bear Pizza Lunch

I made this lunch for my brother when we were at the family Lake House. I served additional bear pizza on a plate. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Top Left: Pistachios Top Middle: Cooked broccoli Top Right: Blueberries Bottom: Bear Pizza Top – mozzarella, black olives, Bear Pizza … Continue reading

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Flag Day Rice

For Flag Day, I made this rice American flag for my Dad. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Cooked Niishiki rice shaped with plastic wrap, Butterfly pea powder, cheddar cut with mini star cutter, roasted pepper, romaine Top Right: Pistachios Bottom Right: Strawberries and blueberries

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Niece 20th Birthday Party

My parents and I celebrated my niece’s 20th birthday a little early with her this year. I am posting this today since it is her actual birthday. It was special to be able to celebrate her birthday with her. Decorations: … Continue reading

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Memorial Day 2022

Here are some photos from memorial day at my family lake house. 6 family members were together this year. I think this is actually my first time to create a Memorial Day themed post. My Dad did the grilling, my … Continue reading

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Dinosaur Ravioli

I enjoyed this meal with my friend Renae. When I was a kid, I drew sheep. Renae drew dinosaurs. I thought it was fun to make dinosaur ravioli. I made and froze the ravioli several weeks before the meal. It … Continue reading

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Dragonfly Pesto Pizza

I made this fun meal for my Mom. It may not look like much but I am told it was delicious. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Dragonflies – pesto, pizza crust cut with cookie cutter than baked Top Right: Macadamia nuts Bottom Right: Strawberries and … Continue reading

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Llama Mashed Potatoes

I made this llama meal for my Mom. The carrots were a hit from Easter. In my haste of making this meal I added twice the amount of pepper by accident. They were spicy! Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Llama – garlic mashed … Continue reading

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Mother’s Day Gyoza Dinner

My parents came to my house for Mother’s Day weekend. I finally made a meal my Mom loves but had not made it in a long time. Vegetable Gyoza – I made my own with store bought dumpling wrappers. I … Continue reading

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Star Grilled Cheese

I made this simple but fun grilled cheese lunch for my Dad. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Star – push cookie cutter into cooked grilled cheese, sourdough bread, sharp cheddar Top Right: Black beans, corn, salsa Bottom Right: Blackberries

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Cow Pancakes

My Mom and 19 year old niece made these pancakes when at my house. Cows – Pancakes cut with cookie cutter, Nutella and fresh whipped cream Calves – Pancakes cut with cookie cutter, fresh whipped cream Droppings – Chocolate chips … Continue reading

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Heart Grilled Cheese

I made this simple but fun grilled cheese lunch for my Mom. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Heart – push cookie cutter into cooked grilled cheese, sourdough bread, sharp cheddar Top Right: Cherry tomatoes, feta cheese Bottom Right: Blueberries, mango

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Butterfly Mac and Cheese Bento

I assembled this meal for my 19 year old niece. My Mom made the Mac and Cheese. Container: Wooden box purchased in Kyoto at Bento&co. Contents: Mac & Cheese, rainbow carrots, broccoli

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Rice Tulip Lunch

I made this simple lunch for my Mom on a day in March when my parents helped me get settled into my new house. I moved in January, it is taking longer than I want to make this my home … Continue reading

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Easter 2022

We had a wonderful Easter. It was my first major holiday in my new home. My parents and 19 year old niece came to my house for the weekend. My friend Carol joined us for the Easter main meal. My … Continue reading

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Easter Egg Mashed Potato

I made this cute Easter themed meal for my Mom. She was delighted to see it. Container: U Konserve Contents: Easter Egg – cheese mashed potato with pesto and dried cherries, lettuce, Rosemary Macedonia Almonds, Bunnies – melon cut with an imprint … Continue reading

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Alligator Snack Meal

I made this snack meal for my friend’s 14 year old daughter Elizabeth. It was on a day that she helped me with some Cricut crafting and installing of wall decals. I appreciate her skillful help. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side:  Alligators – … Continue reading

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Tulip Ravioli Dinner

I made tulip shaped ravioli for my parents and myself. My dining room is not yet complete. At the time of this meal, I still didn’t have a table. But it is enjoyable to eat in this room. Tulip Ravioli – … Continue reading

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Tulip Tortilla Chip Salad Lunch

I made this meal for myself on the same day I made this meal for my friend Deborah. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side:  Tulip chips – tortilla chips cut with a cookie cutter, brushed with olive oil, sprinkled with garlic – bake in … Continue reading

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Bee Hive Mashed Potatoes

I made this Bee / Honey themed meal for my Mom. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Bee Hive – mashed potatoes cut with a cookie cutter, cheddar broiled on top, peas Top Right: Bees – melon cut with a cookie cutter Bottom Right: Plain Greek … Continue reading

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Rhino Pizza

I made this meal for my Dad. I added radish since he enjoys them. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Rhinos – cheddar pizza cut with a cookie cutter, black sesame seed eyes Top Right: Celery, radish, hummus Bottom Right: Strawberries

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Pesto Shamrock Potato Meal

Happy St. Patrick’s Day. I made this Pesto Potato Shamrock meal for my Mom. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Shamrock – homemade pesto on top of mashed potato cut with a cookie cutter, mashed rutabaga Top Right:  Pistachios with shamrocks drew with … Continue reading

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Shamrock Ravioli

I made Shamrock ravioli for a meal with my parents. I came up with the idea of adding Irish Whiskey to our cheese sauce. It was delicious! Shamrock Ravioli – I used my favorite pasta dough, and added some spinach powder … Continue reading

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Irish Hat Pizza

I made this pesto pizza lunch for my Mom. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Hats – pizza dough cut with a cookie cutter, pesto Top Right: Shamrocks – cucumber cut with a cookie cutter, black olives Bottom Right: Orange

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Cardinal Pizza Lunch

I made these cute cardinals for myself. I am calling them pizza but they are just tomato sauce on pizza dough. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Cardinals – pizza dough cut with a cookie cutter, tomato sauce, Eye – dried blueberry Top Right: Rosemary … Continue reading

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Lace Tortilla Chip Salad Lunch

I made this for my friend Deborah on a day she came over to see my new house and have lunch. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side:  Lace chips – tortilla chips cut with a cookie cutter, holes punches with a straw, brushed … Continue reading

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