An item on our 50 Summer Activities list this summer was to make a bento lunch for their sister and deliver it to her at work. My 17 year old niece has a summer job as a field scout. She walks fields checking for weeds, bugs, and population (how many plants are growing in the field). Then she gives the report to the farmer who is managing that field. This lunch features Shepherd’s Purse a weed that happens to be pretty and a fun name. I included a birds nest because my niece found a nest in a field one day. My 11 year old nephew and I made lunches for each of us, drove them to the field where she was working, ate lunch together, then walked a field together. It was fun and educational.
Special Note: This is my 700th post! Creating content for this blog has become such a special part of my life.
Container: Book Bento Box
Contents: Shepherds Purse – celery, sugar snap peas, cream cheese over black beans, salsa, and rice, Birds Nest Cookies with peanut M&M’s, blackberries
Today is National Waffle Iron Day. We like waffles for breakfast, lunch or dinner. I did not take photos of my two waffle irons (one makes round waffles and one makes square ones) but I have two meals featuring waffles.
Left Side: Homemade waffles
Top Right: Raspberries and blueberries
Bottom Right: Cucumbers and carrots
Mini Dippers: Strawberry butter – I mixed fresh chopped strawberries with softened butter and added a little bit of confectionery sugar
This is a repeat of a recipe we have made several times – Pizza Waffles.
Top Left: Green beans
Bottom Left: Raspberries
Right Side: Pizza waffles, tomato sauce in Mini Dippers
My nephew made this lunch for himself with only a little advice from me.
Left Side: Sea Turtle pancakes (after making pancakes, cut-out with cookie cutter, eat scraps), strawberries, maple syrup (in small blue container)
Top Right: Sea turtle cucumber (cut with mini cookie cutter), carrots
Bottom Right: Sea turtle apple, on green apple (cut portion was dipped in water with lemon juice to prevent browning), apple scraps are underneath
My nephew and I made these flower pot breads with vegetable flowers and ate them as part of our dinner. I used this bread recipe. The flowers are bell pepper and carrots cut with flower cookie cutters. The flowers are held together with raw spaghetti and put on wooden skewers. Last year we used the same pots to make cupcakes.
I made this lunch for my nephew since he enjoys salsa rice with black beans and salsa. I enjoy seeing how many salsa and rice themes I can make.
Left Side: Ladybugs – cooked hot Nishiki rice mixed with a little bit of salsa and shaped by hand using plastic wrap, spinach details, black beans and salsa
Top Right: Sugar snap peas
Bottom Right: Ladybugs – strawberries with chocolate and cookie decorating sprinkles