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Letter E Lunch

I made this simple lunch for my husband on a day that I made a different shaped bread meal for someone else and I also wanted to make him a shaped bread meal. With a lack of ideas, I decided … Continue reading

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Head Heart Hands Back to School Bento Lunch

I made this learning with the head, heart, and hands themed lunch for my 12 year old nephew. The order is counterclockwise because I knew that my nephew would prefer more fruit than vegetables. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Head (thinking): Angel hair … Continue reading

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Hit the Books Back to School Lunch

I made this “Hit the Books” themed lunch for my 15 year old niece on her second day of school. She is a great student so she does not need the subtle reminder in this lunch. But it was fun … Continue reading

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Green Lunch

This was a simple but satisfying lunch that I made for myself. My inspiration was fresh asparagus from my mother-in-laws garden. This container was perfect to showcase it. Container: LunchBots Trio Top Left: Campanelle pasta with a little olive oil … Continue reading

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Cow and Goat Sandwich Lunches

I made these simple lunches for 2 of my nephews on a day that I made an elaborate dinner for them. Cookie cutters made these sandwiches quick to make. I let them have Popchips because they prefer eating something other … Continue reading

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Birthday Bento Lunch from Niece

When my 15 year old niece asked me what I wanted for my birthday this year I said painted clothespins to use as clips or a cute bento lunch. My thoughtful niece made both for me! I was delighted to … Continue reading

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Minion Bento Lunch

My friends 9 year old daughter loves Minions so when I asked her what theme lunch she wanted, naturally she requested a Minion theme. We were both very pleased with how this turned out. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Minion quesadilla … Continue reading

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Cow Onigiri

I know that this may not look like a cow but my 15 year old niece enjoyed this lunch and I had fun making it. I tried to copy the cow from a book I bought while in Japan this … Continue reading

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Lunch with Dill

This is another lunch in my featured ingredient series. The ingredient dill is used in each recipe in this lunch. I have a lot of dill in my herb garden this year. I am enjoying looking at it from my … Continue reading

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12 Butterfly Themed Lunches

The girls in my life enjoy butterfly themed lunches. But I think that any gender can enjoy a butterfly themed meal. For most of these lunches I used butterfly cookie cutters. As long time readers know, I have a large … Continue reading

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Taco Salad and Quesadilla Lunches

I made these two lunches for my teen nephews to take to school. They have similar ingredients but are different. They could be made for the same person on 2 different days or as I did for 2 different people … Continue reading

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Garage Sale Lunch

My town has a day in the July when there are town wide sidewalk sales, garage sales, and yard sales. My niece and nephews enjoy searching for treasure at these sales and I agreed to drive them around and walk … Continue reading

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Guest Post at Student Bento

I was happy today to guest post over at Student Bento. I wrote an article about ideas to use pasta, flour tortillas, rice, homemade bread, and potatoes in your lunches. It includes some of my favorite lunches. Please go check … Continue reading

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Back to School Basics Blog Hop and Giveaway

I am joining my Bento Bloggers & Friends on this Back to School Basics lunch hop and giveaway which is open worldwide. We have awesome prizes so please hop through to collect the letters and enter the code in a … Continue reading

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Seven Simple Lunches

I made these lunches on days that I wanted to keep it quick and easy. Many of these were for outings with my niece and nephews and I made the lunches from ingredients I happened to have in my house. … Continue reading

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Noah’s Ark Bento Lunch

I am happy today to participate in the 3 Tools, 3 Bloggers series at Wendolonia. Each of us used the EasyLunchBox, Animal Picks, and Wilton Noah Cookie Cutters in our lunch. Visit Wendolonia to see how each blogger used the … Continue reading

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Lunches for Hike at Nature Preserve

I made these lunches for my nephews and myself on a day we hiked at a nature preserve. One of my nephews wanted a Canadian Goose themed lunch. The other nephew wanted a beaver dam lunch. I used the opportunity … Continue reading

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3 Year Blogiversary Giveaway

Edited: The giveaway is now closed. I will notify the winners. It is that time of year again! I am celebrating my 3 year blogiversary with a giveaway in appreciation for my readers. During my trip this year to Japan, … Continue reading

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Lunches for the Zoo

My husband and I took our nephews to the zoo. Of course I made themed lunches for each of us. They were quick to make with cookie cutters. The only template I had to make was for the flamingo. My … Continue reading

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Lunch with Cuddle Palz

This week I had my niece, 5 nephews and my sister-in-law over for lunch. Since I had recently received the new CuteZCute Cuddle Palz I thought it would be the perfect time to use the set for our crowd of … Continue reading

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Tanabata Bento Lunch

In celebration of the Japanese holiday Tanabata, I made this lunch. Last year I hosted a Tanabata Dinner Party for my niece, nephews and my husbands young cousins. Tanabata is a Japanese star festival. According to a folktale, Hikoboshi (star … Continue reading

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Tennis Bread Lunch

I wanted to use my tennis racquet pasta in a different way so I made this lunch. I used homemade French Bread dough to make tennis balls. The pasta racquets with peas makes a cute side dish. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left … Continue reading

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Rhubarb Lunch

This lunch may not look pretty but some of it was delicious. For this meal I tried something new for me, I made savory food with rhubarb. This is a continuation of my series of featured ingredient lunches. I have … Continue reading

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Make Your Own Puzzle Pizza Lunch

My nephews and I used Grands biscuits to make individual pizzas. We made one of them in a puzzle shape using this to create this make your own pizza lunch. It can be a small meal or a hearty snack. … Continue reading

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14 Fourth of July Themed Meals

Since I was a child I loved holidays and celebrations. Making cute, themed food is a fun way to celebrate and mark the event. This year I enlisted my niece, nephews, and husband to eat these Independence Day / Patriotic … Continue reading

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Science Museum Lunch

I made this lunch for my 12 year old nephew. We spent the day together and visited the Buffalo Museum of Science. My drawing of the atom is not perfect but my nephew did not care. He gobbled it up. … Continue reading

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Airplane Bento

I made this airplane themed bento for my 9 year old nephew. I picked this theme because it is the theme of the week at the Bento Blog Network. Also I was happy to use my 3D Airplane cutter again. … Continue reading

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Hummingbird Lunch

This lunch came about because I wanted to use my hummingbird cookie cutter. I have had it for awhile and never used it. I ended up with this simple and delicious lunch of a cheese quesadilla over salad. Container: EasyLunchBoxes … Continue reading

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15 Flower Themed Bento Lunches

I love flowers and of course making cute food out of healthy ingredients. Recently I was feeling up to the challenge to make flowers out of savory food. In the 15 meals presented here, I showcase 13 different flowers made … Continue reading

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Potato Butterfly Bento

I made this bento for my 15 year old niece. I am somewhat new at mashed potato sculpture but I enjoy it. It seems to be very versatile. To make the mashed potatoes I added a little butter, milk, and … Continue reading

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Potato Snoopy Bento

I made this meal for my 12 year old nephew. He enjoyed it very much. Since this nephew does not eat a lot of vegetables I asked him what to use for the background. I was surprised but pleased when … Continue reading

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Toast Art Lamb

This is my first time making what I consider toast art. I have used toast stamps before, here and here. I made this breakfast for my Dad because the theme this week at Bento Blog Network is Toast. This bento … Continue reading

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Pig Bread Lunch

Continuing in my series of shaped bread lunches… I made this simple but fun meal for my 9 year old nephew. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Top Left: Green grapes Bottom Left: Brazil nuts Right Side: Bread pig (made with homemade french bread … Continue reading

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Bread Football Lunch

I made this meal for my 12 year old nephew. He loves bread, football, and pistachios so this was a natural choice. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Bread football (made with homemade french bread dough), cheddar cheese sticks, snow peas Top … Continue reading

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Japan Travel and Bento Roundup

Here is a roundup of my Japan travel and inspired bento articles. It was such an amazing trip and I enjoyed making bento and sharing my photos with you. See the links below for details about each location and bento. … Continue reading

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Kyoto Travel and Bento

This is my last Japan travel and inspired bento article but I will share a compilation post to put all of the links in one place. My Mom and I rented a house in Kyoto from Japan Experience. It was … Continue reading

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Osaka Travel and Bento

This is the next to last article in my Japan travel and bento series. My Mom and I spent time in Osaka at the beginning and the end of our trip. At the end of our trip my friend who … Continue reading

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Nara Travel and Bento

The city of Nara is next in my series of travel photos and bento inspired by my trip to Japan. My Mom and I visited Nara as a day trip from Kyoto. I laughed out loud at the results of … Continue reading

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Soccer Bagel Lunch

I made this lunch for my 9 year old nephew. He requested bagels and a soccer theme. I was happy to work within the restraints. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Homemade bagel with poppy seeds (I made a soccer ball stencil … Continue reading

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Star Wars Bento Hop

May the fourth be with you! I am joining my Bento Bloggers & Friends on this Star Wars themed bento lunch hop. Please use the button at the end of this post to continue on to all of the other … Continue reading

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Dance Around the Maypole Bento

In celebration of May Day I made this cute dancing around the maypole lunch for my 15 year old niece. She loved it! I mostly followed these directions to dye the pasta. Other than dying the pasta (which was a … Continue reading

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Arashiyama Travel and Bento Lunch

This is a continuation of my series of travel photos from my trip to Japan and bentos inspired by my experiences. When planning our Kyoto portion of our trip, I knew that I wanted to visit the Monkey Park in … Continue reading

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Ikebana Experience and Bento

This is next in my series of travel photos from my trip with my Mom to Japan. The bento lunch was inspired by an Ikebana class we took. This bento did not come out as beautiful as it did in … Continue reading

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Travel to See Mt Fuji and Bento Lunch

This is the third article in my series of travel photos and bentos inspired by my trip to Japan. My Mom wanted to to see Mt. Fuji. We knew it is often covered by clouds. Since we had a Japan … Continue reading

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Ugly Duckling Lunch

I like the idea of representing stories or songs with food but I think that I have only made a few. This Ugly Duckling themed lunch based on the story by Hans Christian Anderson has been on my to-do list … Continue reading

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Eight Easter Lunches

I love working with a theme. Here are 8 Easter themed bento lunches. I included many common symbols of Easter: eggs, lamb, chicks, basket, cross, and bunnies. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Easter Egg Rice (Nishiki rice packed with plastic wrap … Continue reading

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Okayama Travel and Bento Lunch

This is the second article in my series of travel photos and bentos inspired by my trip to Japan. My Mom and I stayed at the Hilton in Osaka and took the Shinkansen (Bullet train) to Okayama for a day … Continue reading

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Hiroshima Travel and Bento Lunch

In March my Mom and I returned from a 2 week trip to Japan. My plan is to make bento and share travel photos and memories. I am not yet sure how many articles will be in this series but … Continue reading

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Treat Yourself with Van’s Natural Foods

I was so excited when Van’s sent me some products to try. It was such a treat to try these. Of course you can eat these products by themselves right out of the packages but I came up with a … Continue reading

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Snail Bread Bento Lunch

In my never-ending quest to shape cute things out of bread, I created this simple snail. I used a basic french bread dough and added some cinnamon to the piece I used for the body. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Salad: Lettuce with … Continue reading

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