Category Archives: Bento / Cute Food

Fish Themed Pesto Pizza

I made this Naan pesto pizza fish meal for myself. It was delicious and satisfying. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Fish – store brought Naan bread cut with a cookie cutter, spread with pesto (I make mine with garlic, basil, olive oil, … Continue reading

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Rooster and Hens Lunch

I made this simple meal for my companion Ken. Container: EasyLunchBoxes  Left Side: Rooster – carrot cut with a cookie cutter, hens – cucumber cut with a cookie cutter, Peanut Noodles Top Right: Pistachios Bottom Right: Clementine

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Freezer Meal Gift

Last year I started a tradition of making freezer meals for my friend Carol’s birthday gift. It was well received so I decided to do it again this year. I made 4 different types of meals and gave her 15 … Continue reading

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Alligator Noodles

I made this meal for myself. The peanut noodles are a standby lunch. I made it more fun with some cookie cutters. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Alligator – cucumber cut with a cookie cutter, peanut noodles Top Right: Pistachios Bottom Right: … Continue reading

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Donkey Pizza Lunch

I made this for my companion Ken. He likes donkeys. This is the second donkey theme meal I tried to make for him. The first was rice and looked like a horse not a donkey so I didn’t share it … Continue reading

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My Cookie Cutter Collection

This is my 1000th post! It’s fitting that it is a photo catalog of all my cookie cutters. I use cookie cutters a lot! A majority of my collection is based on what I think I will use (rarely for … Continue reading

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Frog Pesto Pizza

I made this lunch for my friend Carol on a warm January day. We walked in my neighborhood before having prepared lunches in my home. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Frogs – cheddar cheese cut with a cookie cutter, homemade pesto and … Continue reading

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Snowflake Snack Lunch

I made this snowflake snack lunch for my friend Carol. I don’t enjoy driving in snow but snowflakes are a natural fun theme for this time of year in Rochester, NY. Container: ELB Snack Boxes Contents: Snowflake tortilla chips (flour tortillas … Continue reading

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Fire in Fireplace Lunch

I asked my companion Ken for theme suggestions and he said fire. I actually had a mini fire cookie cutter! I was excited to try a new theme. I think that Ken enjoyed this meal. The wood burning fireplace at … Continue reading

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Happy New Year 2020

I made this easy meal for myself. Happy New Year! Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: 2020 – Cheddar cheese (cut with cookie cutters), rice, kidney beans, salsa Top Right: Macadamia nuts Bottom Right: Mandarin Oranges

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Top 10 Bento 2019

As is my tradition, here are my Top 10 Lunches from 2019! I have enjoyed sharing my cute food for a long time. Here are my past favorites:  2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012. I made this Eagle for … Continue reading

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Snow Globe Lunch

I made this snow globe themed meal for myself. It was a delight to eat. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Snow globe: Roasted garlic mashed potatoes cooled then cut with a cookie cutter, Reindeer – carrot cut with a cookie cutter, … Continue reading

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Angel Polenta

I made this for myself the same day I made the Gingerbread Polenta Man meal for my friend Mark. The harp is a vegan version of this I made many years ago. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Angel – polenta made … Continue reading

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Polenta Gingerbread Man

I made this adorable Polenta Man meal for my friend Mark. He had an awesome smile when he opened the lid to reveal this meal. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Gingerbread Man – polenta made with broth and cornmeal (stir 1/2 … Continue reading

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Gingerbread Repository

Over the years, I have developed a love for making Gingerbread Creations. When people ask to see my gingerbread, I have shown them various blog posts but it is convenient to have all of my gingerbread in one place. I … Continue reading

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Gingerbread Village

This is the 3rd year in a row that I entered a gingerbread house in Sweet Creations at the Eastman Museum. I planned for this to be a miniature village and easy to transport but it got a little big. … Continue reading

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2019 Gingerbread Sweet Creations

For the 3rd year in a row, I made gingerbread for the Eastman Museum’s Sweet Creations gingerbread show. I enjoy seeing the variety. Here is a sampling of some of the creations that were memorable to me.  

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Rose Ravioli Dinner

I made this Rose themed meal for my parents and friend Renae’s family the weekend they went to my parent’s Lake House. Renae’s daughters were very helpful with making enough cute ravioli for 7 people. Rose Ravioli – I found … Continue reading

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Dia de los Muertos Meal

Awhile ago, I hosted a Day of the Dead themed taco meal for my friend Renae, her family, and my friend Mark. It was mostly a gluten free and vegan meal. This was actually my first time making this theme! … Continue reading

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Ireland

The last weekend in September, I went to Ireland for the weekend. My parents were there and it was a good opportunity to see them and my cousins. My Grandmother was born in Ireland. This was my second visit to … Continue reading

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Penguin Lunch

I made this lunch for my companion Ken. I asked him what theme he wanted for his first themed lunch and he requested Penguin. He enjoyed it! Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Penguin – 30 minute cheese bread, with cocoa powder, eyes … Continue reading

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Cat Cheese and Bread Lunch

I made this lunch for my friend’s daughter Natalie. She likes cats so it was a natural theme for this meal. Also, I have a LOT of cat cookie cutters. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Cat – cheese cut and imprinted … Continue reading

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Beatles Lunch

I made this simple meal for my friend Renae for lunch at my parents Lake House. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Top: Beatles – Carrots cut with cookie cutters, focaccia bread Bottom Left: Cheddar cheese, sugar snap peas Bottom Right: Pistachios

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Mickey Minnie Cheese & Bread

I made this theme at the request of my friend’s daughter Elizabeth. She ate this lunch at my parents Lake House. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Mickey & Minnie – cheddar cheese cut with a cookie cutter, focaccia bread Top Right: … Continue reading

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Cat Cheese & Asparagus Lunch

I made this meal for my friend Carol for dinner at my house. I have made many cat themed meals for her since she has a cat named Sasha. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Cats – cheddar cheese cut with cookie … Continue reading

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Jellyfish Themed Meal

I made this simple meal for my friend Mark with leftovers from this meal. Container: Prep Natural Glass Meal Containers Left Side: Jellyfish – rainbow carrots cut with a cookie cutter, lentils cooked in vegetable broth Right Side: Fish – … Continue reading

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Cat Snack Lunch

I made this snack lunch for my friend Renae’s daughter Elizabeth. It was a bonus cute meal since I knew she would not like the soup everyone else had for lunch that day. I was happy to make it for … Continue reading

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C3P0 Lunch

I made this lunch for my friend’s husband Jeff during a weekend at my parent’s Lake House. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: C3P0 – cheddar cheese cut with a cookie cutter, focaccia bread Top Right: Pistachio nuts Bottom Right: Blackberries

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Ghost Rice Lunch

I made this ghost lunch for myself on a day that I made other rice lunches and wanted an easy theme for myself. EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Ghost – hot cooked Nishiki rice pressed into a cookie cutter with plastic wrap, … Continue reading

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Photography Lunch

I made this photography themed meal for my friend Mark. He requested the theme and it was actually one I never did before! I represented photography of nature and people. Container: Book Bento Box Contents: Photographer – roasted garlic mashed … Continue reading

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Maple Leaf Polenta Lunch

I made this meal for myself to eat at work. I don’t often make themed meals just for me but I enjoy it. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Maple Leaf – polenta made with broth and cornmeal (stir 1/2 cup cornmeal … Continue reading

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Owl Lunch

I made this meal for my Mom at her Lake House. The owl has extra indentations since it was difficult to release the cheese out of the cookie cutter but my Mom did not complain. She enjoys my themed lunches. … Continue reading

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Elephant Polenta Lunch

I made this meal for my friend Mark. I like how the elephant turned out. The polenta was not smooth which gives the elephant some texture. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Top: Elephant – polenta made with broth and cornmeal (stir 1/2 cup … Continue reading

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Swan Rice Lunch

I made this easy but fun lunch for my Mom at her Lake House. She was excited to see that it was a Swan! Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Swan – hot cooked Nishiki rice pressed into a cookie cutter with … Continue reading

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Totoro Bento

I assisted my 17 year old niece with making her lunch at my parents Lake House. The concept and food were her own. I suggested the addition of the olives (I was inspired by this). We think it was cute! … Continue reading

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Capitol Lunch

I made this lunch for my Dad at my parents Lake House. My friend Renae recently gave me a Capitol cookie cutter and I was excited to use it. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Capitol Building – hot cooked Nishiki rice … Continue reading

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Cinnamon Black Bear Lunch

I made this faceless black bear lunch for myself. I don’t know why I neglect to add faces during creation and then regret it later. Regardless, it was a fun and tasty meal. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Black Bear – … Continue reading

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Sheep Themed Birthday Meal

Today is my birthday! I was fortunate to be able to take the day off from work and have my parents and my friend Mark over for a sheep themed meal. A co-worker thought it was strange that I was … Continue reading

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Race Car Lunch

I made this lunch for my friend Mark to take home to have another time. He selected the theme and seemed happy with it. I love it when people in my life request fun food! Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Race … Continue reading

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Loon Lunch

I am surprised that this is my first loon lunch! My Grandparents had and now my parents have a summer lake house so I grew up listening to and watching loons. They fascinate me. I made this meal for my … Continue reading

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Black Bean Rice Elephant Lunch

I made this black bean rice elephant for lunch for myself. I am not thrilled with the lack of color contrast but it was a tasty and fulfilling meal. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Top: Elephant – hot cooked Nishiki rice pressed into … Continue reading

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Bald Eagle Lunch

I made this cream cheese and cinnamon Bald Eagle for my Dad on a day that we went on a day trip in the Adirondacks. It was a weekend that I visited my parents at their Lake House. We went … Continue reading

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Cat Face Bread for Lunch

I made this cat face shaped bread for lunch for my friend Carol on a day that we went to the Genesee Country Village & Museum. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Cat face – 30 minute cheese bread. I made the bread … Continue reading

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8 Year Blogiversary

Today is my 8 year blogiversary!  My life is very different now than 8 years ago but I am happy and have a good life. I maintain this blog because it enriches my life. I love the way that it … Continue reading

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Hands Shaped Bread for Lunch

I made this hand shaped bread for lunch for myself on a day that my friend Carol and I went to the Genesee Country Village & Museum. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Hands – 30 minute cheese bread. I made the bread … Continue reading

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Red Panda Lunch

I made this Red Panda themed lunch for my 20 year old niece awhile ago when we went to the Seneca Park Zoo. I was inspired by this. I think that my version looks more like a fox but it … Continue reading

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4th of July Lunch

My friend Mark came over for lunch on the 4th of July. This salad was part of the meal. I did not use cilantro and I added more lime zest and juice. The stars are blue potato that I cut … Continue reading

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Zucchini Fritters Vegan Lunch

Awhile ago, I had my friend Mark over for a vegan, gluten free lunch. I mostly followed this recipe but reduced the number of green onions and did not use thyme. It was visually appealing and delicious. The only thing … Continue reading

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Baseball Themed Lunch

I made this lunch for a man I dated for a few weeks in June. He requested a baseball themed lunch and I love how it turned out! Container: EasyLunchBoxes Top Left: Baseball bat – cantaloupe (cut with a cookie … Continue reading

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Iceland

In May, I went alone to Iceland for a few days. It was a time of transition (leaving one job and starting a new one) so I planned a last minute adventure to a new place. It was fantastic! Iceland … Continue reading

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