This last week has been spirit week at school for the kiddo. I usually only do one fun lunch a week (she gets a very simple bento type lunch every day with sandwich and fruit, cheese, yogurt, etc.), but there were all kinds of fun activities for spirit week so I added a couple of extra fun lunches into the mix. The first one below was for the end-of-the-year field trip to a bowling alley, one for mustache day, and one for Disney day.
The “real” fun bento lunch was this one, just for this field trip. In this lunch:
Main A bowling ball PB&J with a crust end on top to give the bowling ball some color. Bowling pin cheese stick (with bowling pin drawn in Sharpie) Sides Blueberries with a star-shaped cheddar slice (I was going to put the word strike! but it was too long to fit) and a 10. Green grapes with two baby carrots that I carved into pins. Also included but not pictured Yogurt.
A fun lunch, but much simpler. In this lunch:
Main A set of three little mustache PB&J mini-sandwiches. Sides Strawberries with a little candy mustache, baby carrots with a little mustachioed friendly pick. Also included but not pictured Yogurt and string cheese.
Another fun but simple lunch for Disney day! In this lunch:
Main A PB&J Minnie Mouse decorated with cherries for her bow. Sides Blueberries on bow picks, cherries with a cherry pick. Also included but not pictured Yogurt and string cheese.
Once in a while, my middle kiddo (who usually gets her wonderfully balanced lunch from preschool) stays home and asks for a special lunch. So, seeing as she wants to be a sheriff when she grows up, a Sheriff Callie lunch (who is her favorite) was in order. I’ve been wanting to make it for a while but it’s too young for the older kiddo. Anyway, to the details!
In today’s lunch:
Main PB sandwich Callie. I used green candy covered sunflower seeds for eyes (lined with black food dye and finished with a white non-pareil highlight) and a heart sprinkle for a nose. The muzzle was just a little oval and the patches on her face are peanut butter (the gray parts are peanut butter with a tiny bit of black food dye). Sides Carrots with a sheriff star and strawberries with a food pick to resemble the cactus, Toby with little carrot hat. Also included but not pictured Yogurt and string cheese.
Beauty and the Beast is the kiddo’s favorite Disney movie, so today’s theme is Beauty and the Beast! I had plans to figure a way to sculpt out a Beast face out of the kiwi but that would have added a load of time to this lunch! I’ll admit that the painting was difficult because the kiwi is so juicy that the water-based food dye that I used to paint started to smudge a bit but I think it will make it to lunch. We will see! 🙂
In this lunch:
Main A PB&J “Book” sandwich and a banana with Belle carved on it Sides The Beast is painted onto a kiwi and I used a tiny bit of white edible dough for his teeth. I also included a red rose made from a strawberry on a blueberry background. Also Included but not Pictured Yogurt and mozarella
With Big Hero 6 out on DVD, my kiddos have been watching it over and over again. I personally haven’t seen it (erm, I’ve used it as a babysitter while making dinner, though!) but I caught enough here and there to make up a lunch based on the characters. So here we go, a Big Hero 6 lunch!
In this lunch:
Main Not a sandwich for once! My grandma has a recipe for no-syrup pancakes which is great for lunch, as there is no mess. They are only very slightly sweet and taste good with a little butter (although I didn’t add butter here). So a set of Baymax pancakes (so easy to make!) Sides Lol, a mini sandwich (PB&J of course)– I painted Hiro’s face on it; blueberries with a suited up Baymax made from a couple of strawberries, a bit of bread and a teensy bit of food dye– kept together with peanut butter. Also Included but not Pictured Bunny graham crackers
Today’s bento is all about Frozen’s Anna 🙂 It’s been a year since it came out and I still get an enthusiastic “ME!!!” from all three kiddos when I ask who wants to watch the movie. Their enthusiasm is catching, so today’s bento is all about Disney’s favorite little sister.
In today’s lunch
Main PBJ with carrot hair, cut with a peeler. It’s pretty hard to braid carrots, I’ll tell you, though, so I had to hold her hair down in a couple of places with some toothpicks (mainly the top). Anna’s eyes are white fondant and two hard blue candies we just got in a goodie bag from a party. I lined her eyes with black edible markers. Her mouth is fondant with a tad of pink food dye. Here is a tip on the fondant: let it dry completely before “gluing” them on to the bread (I used a bit of peanut butter), otherwise it will melt on the bread in the container. Nose and freckles made with edible marker. Sides A carved Fuji apple and red grapes with a green “frozen” heart. Also included but not pictured Yogurt
Today, I used:
Today’s lunch is Maleficent themed. My kiddos loved the film and so did I! So a much promised Maleficent lunch was in order this week 🙂 I admit that I used more “candy” on this lunch much more than I had intended… I used the edible dough again. It really does hold its shape super well and is easy to use, so it’s hard NOT to use it. And the truth is, I couldn’t find the nori that I had planned on using for everything black (her horns/headress) in this! Oops. Oh well, I have all this edible dough left over from the dog/dolphin party and it’s just an occasional treat. Anyhow, on to the lunch! Here is what was in it today.
Main PB&J sandwich with edible dough details; purple lettuce for her neck piece. Colors used for the details: White, red, and black. I used a little food dye to get the green in the irises in the eyes. Sides Green grape and blueberry salad and fresh blackberries picked yesterday from our local farm. The crow details were done in (what else?) edible dough! Also included but not pictured Yogurt
Will the Frozen mania ever stop? It’s been ZERO days since someone hasn’t sung a Frozen song, asked to see Frozen or thought a Frozen thought in this house. I am not against it, but instead ran with it for today’s lunch. Also my younger kiddo was so super sad that I only made the Elsa lunch for her sister that she asked me pleadingly for a lunch for her. So here it is, inspired by Frozen (and participating in Wendolonia’s 3 Tools, 4 Lunches series) Today’s lunch is all about Sven. The challenge with the 3 Tools, 4 Lunches was to use an Easy Lunch Box, the Ikea woodland cutters, and a edible markers. This is what I came up with!
Main Cheese sandwhich (Mozarella on whole grain white). Ok so the Ikea cutter is a moose. I know that. I believe, though, that there are certain little bits that make a reindeer silhouette different from a moose silhouette:
Problem 1: The Dewlap. The flappy thingy at a moose’s neck makes it look very moose-like, but a reindeer doesn’t have one. Solution: Cut it off.
Problem 2: The antlers on a moose look pretty even (or at least, on the moose cookie cutter). Solution: Push and prod the back antlers forward until the bread gives and stays so that the back antlers are higher than the front of the antlers.
And BOOM. Reindeer.
For details, I added some crust to the brown part of his brow (with a little hair cut into it) and used it to shape his eyebrow, which is just drawn on with black edible marker. His muzzle is also crust, with edible marker. His eye is a little piece of mozzarella, also colored with edible marker and accented with a white non-pareil for a highlight. The rest of the eye is just outlined in black edible marker. The white fur around his neck is also mozzarella.
Sides Mini marshmallows cut into snowflake shapes (just cuts straight into the marshmallow all around its circumference) and carrots!
Also Included but not Pictured Grapes and a yogurt
Catching up with some of my favorite shows last night, I was getting a bit restless for some creative time (watch shows/do something with my hands) and so today’s slightly complicated bento was born. I chose Elsa, the snow queen from Frozen because my kiddo, like every other kiddo under the age of 10 has been singing “Let it Go” for about six months straight now (I won’t even get into how we duet “Love is an Open Door.”) Anyhow, I have been wanting to do an Elsa lunch since Frozen came out, but Lunchbox Dad beat me to it, so I gotta give him credit for the great hair idea (he used Yummy Dough, though, while I used marzipan).
I must admit the hair and the eyes took the longest because the marzipan needed to be done in layers and the marshmallow is sticky to work with. It was fun to see her come together though. Next time, Anna 😀
Main PB&J sandwich, details drawn on with a foodwriter pen; eyes are cut marshmallows with blue M&Ms. The pupils are drawn on with the foodwriter, and the white highlights are just bits of marshmallow. Hair is marzipan, dyed with a little food coloring. Sides Blueberries with snowflake shaped marshmallows (used a cherry blossom cutter on a marshmallow and then drew a snowflake on top) and snowflake sprinkles; green grapes on “crystal ice” food picks. Also Included but not Pictured Applesauce, yogurt
I’ve been wanting to do a Phineas and Ferb bento for a while now, since my kiddos are big fans of P&F. For this one, I tackled Phineas and Perry the platypus.
For this bento, I did a little experiment and found out you can actually microwave a candy corn pumpkin and it becomes pliable enough to shape into a platypus beak! Just a little tip — don’t overheat the candy because it becomes MOLTEN CANDY LAVA inside and will tear the top three layers of your fingertips off as soon as you try to touch it. I’m amazed I still have fingerprints. Apparently, the difference between clay-like candy corn and Mt. St. Candy Corn Pumpkin is merely seconds. The first (and most painful) time I microwaved it, I did it for 10 seconds. Yeouch! The second time I did it for 5 and it was still too hard. Third time was a charm at 7 seconds and was much easier to handle at that point being a little hotter than warm and not fire-pits-of-Hell hot. Microwave times may vary, though, according to your microwave.
Sandwich Back to PB& Jam (Peach this time!) on whole wheat. Unfortunately, my grilled cheese Dr. Seuss was a bust for the kiddo. She just didn’t like cold grilled cheese. I don’t blame her. Hair is cheddar cheese (enhanced with some food marker); eyes are two white melting wafers with blue mini-m&ms. Side Dried blueberries with shaped white melting wafers for the eyes (topped with brown mini M&Ms) and a re-shaped candy corn pumpkin for the beak 😉
I also thought it would be fun to show you the sketches I make to plan out my bentos (sorry for the funky colors, it’s a quick phone shot).
Merida from Disney’s Brave 🙂 Sandwich face, with white chocolate whites of the eyes, blue M&M irises (with food marker pupils). Mouth was fondant and hair is made of carrots. Arrow is just white chocolate and a pretzel. Greenery is fennel greens.
And yay! It was Bento of The Week over at Bento Blog Network!