Save the Monarchs Bento Lunch

Monarch Butterfly Bento Lunch |

While October is full of Halloweeny goodness and fun times, part of the fall season reminds me that it’s time for the monarch butterfly migration that goes from the northern US/ Canada down to Mexico. There are overwintering areas all the way down California and one very close by my house that we love to visit. So for us orange and black isn’t just about Halloween, but it’s also about monarch migration. So today’s bento is inspired by the fact that we, as a state, need to help that migration along. Each year, if there isn’t a place for them to roost, then they can’t make their trip down south. Planting native milkweed in our garden can help, and limiting deforestation along the coast can help as well. Hope these lovely butterflies stay for a bit and make it down to their destination!

In today’s lunch:

Main  PB&J Sandwich cut out with stamped message. Yogurt raisins. I also used edible wafer monarch butterflies as little decorations.
Sides Black grapes and mandarins
Also included but not pictured Water and a granola bar.

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Goonies R Good Enough Lunch

Goonies Bento Lunch |

It’s Talk Like a A Pirate Day! And I LOVE pirates. And what is the best pirate movie ever made? THE GOONIES. This summer, my kiddo watched the Goonies and we’ve been singing Cyndi Lauper songs since then until… well, this morning. Today’s lunch, then, was a tribute to One Eyed Willie!

In today’s lunch:

Main  PB&J Sandwich. Eye patch is made with a half of an Airhead mini and non-pareils. Letters are cut out of cheddar cheese.
Sides Strawberries with “rich stuff” food picks and coconut clusters
Also included but not pictured Water and yogurt.

Today, I used (please disable AdBlock to see what tools I used for this bento):

(Painting) Shoes Shoes Shoes

As a woman, there is some stereotypes in our culture about women loving shoes. I like shoes. I don’t think I like shoes an inordinate amount for any old human being. That said, I’ve been obsessed with shoes lately.


Not just wearing them (I like the wearing) but really, I love painting them. Making fun shoes up. Wearing silly shoes that make my feel look like zombies because… well, because I can.

So here are a few shoes I’ve painted lately. Some for me, some for gifts, some for three giggly kiddos who really wanted silly painted shoes.

My cousin wanted Peruvian shoes for her birthday because, well, she’s Peruvian 🙂

Painting Shoes |

I saw some zombie feet on Pinterest and then later found out that even Vans had Zombie feet kids’ shoes so I took an old pair of shoes and painted them into turquoise zombies. Right now, these are my favorite to wear!
Painting Shoes |

Another cousin just had a baby and she has an older little kiddo as well so I made matching kid shoes and a matching tote for mom 🙂 I briefly considered keeping the tote for myself and making another for her… but finally just mailed them off before I started using it.
Painting Shoes |


My littlest kiddo decided he wanted dinosaur feet… so dino feet it was.
Painting Shoes |

This set of shoes I painted for my eldest kiddo who dislikes skulls and zombies and crazy feet, etc. and is a gentler soul prone to loving flowers:

Painting Shoes |

I’ve made a couple more as well but failed to photograph them well and now they are… let’s just say they’ve been worn a lot and loved a lot!

So I have two other pairs of blank shoes (one me-sized and one middle kiddo sized) so I’ll probably be painting more.

First Day of School Owl Lunches

First Day of School Owl | OneCraftyThing.Com

First Day of School Owl | OneCraftyThing.Com
This last Wednesday was the first day that I packed lunch for two. My kiddos are growing up and two are in elementary school now! *sniff* For the first day of school, I made wise little owls 🙂 You’ll see that one is packed in an EasyLunchbox and the other in a Lunch Bot… because one kid eats like an adult and the other… like a bird!

In today’s lunch:

Main  PB&J Sandwich with yogurt raisins/ pistachios. I used Ritz crackers for the eyes and M&Ms for the pupils (held to the sandwich with a dab of peanut butter). One cashew for a beak. The one for the big kiddo also has half of a granola bar and extra cashews for claws.
Sides Strawberries and grapes. The flowers are made out of wafer paper; I bought these in Italy and can’t find an inexpensive alternative here in the US 🙁
Also included but not pictured Water

Today, I used (please disable AdBlock to see what tools I used for this bento):

Girl Scout Camp Rocks Bento

Girl Scout Camp Rocks |

It feels like forever since I made a bento! It has been a while; mostly because school ended in June but also because life. But today I got inspired by the dinosaur themed camp my kiddos are going to. Put on by our awesome Girl Scout unit, this is our favorite camp of the year. So I decided to go with a slightly Cretaceous theme.

In today’s lunch:

Main  PB&J Sandwich with nutty Trader Joe’s trail mix
Sides Half an apple carved with a TRex head and grapes
Also included but not pictured Applesauce, a granola bar, water

Today, I used (please disable AdBlock to see what tools I used for this bento):

Tips to Make an Ice Cream Rose

Ice Cream Rose (tips on making them!) |

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged. It’s been so busy here lately! But I’ve had tons of ideas about art and food whirling in my head and this ice cream rose was one of the things I’ve wanted to do for a bit. I saw a video on YouTube on how they had been done in ice cream shops in Asia and Europe, and said “I can do that!”  It is often that innocent and slightly delusional mood that gets me started in these projects. So… I tried it.

It ain’t easy.

What I learned from making ice cream roses:

  1. If it’s moderately warm outside, then either I have to go REALLY fast, or do this in parts. My first few attempts were no bueno because I took too long shaping the petals. For my best rose, I ended up doing it in parts; the middle petals first, put it in the freezer, then a couple hours later the next set and so on. Technically, this took me a few hours to make, but only working in 3-5 minute bursts. I went along with my day for the rest of the time.
  2. Use the right tools. I bought an ice cream spatula thing for this but it was bulky. Instead, I ended up using a cheese slicer at the suggestion of someone else on the internet. I liked that it was thin and could make thin slices in the ice cream. I think there are better ice cream spatulas out there for this too… something small.
  3. Oh yeah. The ice cream should be firm. REALLY firm if you want thinner petals which are more lovely but harder to place. I used Hagen Daaz ice cream for this but any firm ice cream should work.

Would I make this again? Eh, I don’t know. I would because I like to make pretty things (and I like to master technique), but seeing as they melt the minute you’re done, I don’t know how practical it would be to make them for, say, a party.

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A Girl Scout Treat

The oldest kiddo is in Brownies and due to a bit of experience making lunches, I was chosen to lead the meeting on healthy eating. It was fun! We set up three stations to make some healthy treats and earn our healthy snacks badge. The girls were very enthusiastic being a part of the fun.

Our first station was to make guacamole from scratch. A very simple recipe of mashed avocado, a lemon, some tomatoes, minced garlic, and salt and viola! Simple guac.

Girl Scout Easy Snack Bentos |

Girl Scout Easy Snack Bentos |

We had intentions to make mini pizzas out of naan, but somebody (um, me!) forgot the sauce and cheese, so instead, we cut up the bread for dipping in our guacamole.
Girl Scout Easy Snack Bentos |

For dessert, we decided to make raspberries stuffed with chocolate chips:

Girl Scout Easy Snack Bentos |

Girl Scout Easy Snack Bentos |

The girls were really excited about their bentos, especially since EasyLunchboxes sponsored our little event and gave each girl a set of three EasyLunchboxes for their lunchboxes.

Girl Scout Easy Snack Bentos |

And a final shot of the bento (with naan pizza!) There were also tortilla chips on the side.

Girl Scout Easy Snack Bentos |

Our Brownie Troop sends a sincere thanks to Kelly at EasyLunchboxes for her generous donation! Thank you!

In this lunch:

Main Mini-naan with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese (naan pizza)
Sides Guacamole and raspberries filled with chocolate chips
Also added (but not pictured) tortilla chips

That day, we used:

Spiderman Leg Cast

I have three kiddos… I was just waiting for someone to break something. And the little guy complied. He slipped on a blanket running in our living room and fractured his foot 🙁 He did well in the walking boot but ultimately couldn’t put much weight on that boot, so in order to convince him that he was getting the most awesome thing ever (AKA a cast) we told him he was getting a super-boot, like superheroes wear. So when we found out he needed a cast, we knew we would paint it and set off to figure out what superhero.

It was a short search. Spiderman it was. And he wanted him hanging from a web. So I complied with a Mini Marvel Spiderman. Ultimately it only took about 15 minutes and some acrylic paint and being patient through the wiggles of a three year old.

Here it is, the Spidey-cast:

Spiderman Leg Cast |

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Easter Bunny Bento

Easter Bento |

Ahhh the Easter bunny. I’m practically FORCED to make a bunny lunch for Easter, by the virtue of only using this cutter once a year 😉 So here it is, a different take on some frolicking bunnies and Easter eggs.

In today’s lunch:

Main 2 PB&J Sandwiches made with an inexpensive cutter I got from the Dollar Spot at Target
Sides A mandarin with a rabbit head cut out (I used a knife and eyed it although if you are unsure of your rabbit head, score it with the knife first before you cut); protein nut mix with Jelly Belly jelly beans
Also included but not pictured Yogurt, a banana, and water

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Crazy Hair Day Mermaid

Crazy Hair Day at School: The Little Mermaid |
I’m not sure who made up crazy hair day at school but I’m wondering if that person was thinking that crazy really refers to how it makes parents crazy the night before. The request this time was: “Can I have a mermaid for crazy hair day?” I always try to pick crazy hair themes that are easy to dismantle so that the wearer can get comfortable after wearing it at school so long. So the kindergarten kiddo and I looked on the crafty mom bible, AKA Pinterest, and we found some fishtail braids made into mermaids for crazy hair day. We saw this one and thought about how to make it happen.

But last night, I was without Cricut to cut out the mermaid and without time to freehand one. So after a few more crazy hair day searches, I saw someone had used a cut-out of the Little Mermaid as the body. So off I went with an obviously easier solution. The pin above uses a fishtail braid, but I am not great with braids, so I went with a simple, plain braid, tied with a simple green hair tie. I put some hair wax on the ends to make the fins and some lime green hair chalk to “dye” it green. I printed Ariel on some photo paper (which was nice and heavy-ish and stood up well) and taped it to a long bobby pin which I then stuck in the braid. I then sprayed it with hairspray and sprinkled it with glitter. Yay for a successful crazy hair day and a happy kindergarten kiddo.

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