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):
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
One Crafty Thing… if you’ve ever wondered what the name was about, it’s about doing one thing, just one crafty thing whenever you get the time. I’ve been out of time lately, so the bentos have been few and far between (the lunches are being prepared, just “plain” lunches though — sandwiches that look like… well, sandwiches). But lately I’ve been getting more inspired. It’s Superbowl season and it’s here in my hometown this year, so it’s been EVERYWHERE! So after being bombarded with football everything for weeks, I suddenly had the bright idea to make a football bento (admittedly, it’s like thinking up a Mickey Mouse lunch in Disneyland, so sue me!) Anyhow, I made this for my youngest kiddo (preschool kiddo!) and he loved it.
In today’s lunch:
Main PB&J football cut with a simple circle cutter and using crust for laces Sides Almonds painted to look like footballs and mandarins with football post food picks Also included but not pictured Cheese stick and water
We’ve finally caught up to the masses and have started reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (I tried when the kiddo was younger but she wasn’t into it). Now my kiddo LOVES it, especially since I’ve been reading it out loud in bad, fake British accents. Anyhow, been dying to celebrate my love for Harry Potter for ages now, and now that it has the context of being a book she knows, my kiddo is in love with her lunch today.
In this lunch:
Main PB&J Harry made with a breadhead sandwich cutter/sealer with glasses, face features, and scar all outlined with a little bit of food dye. Sides A green grape snitch on trail mix and raspberries with a crust-made Sorting Hat. I tried to keep this in Gryffindor colors, too. Also included but not pictured Yogurt and a bottle of water
I’ve been meaning to make a Doctor Who lunch for a while for my kiddo. Today, I stepped it up a bit and made it Doctor Whooves! Because ponies! The kiddo and I love us some My Little Ponies and this was enough for some great lunch fun 🙂
This is the fan video of Doctor Whooves where the fandoms (and the stars) aligned:
One of my favorite little detail of this lunch is the super cool steampunk clockwork gear sprinkles. They’re adorable and were perfect for this Time Steed lunch. I got them from the amazing collection at the Geeky Hostess and they have extended my readers a DISCOUNT! Use code “ONECRAFTYTHING” at the Geeky Hostess’ shop to save 20% off your order!
In this lunch:
Main Triple stacked TARDIS and Doctor Whooves sandwiches. The TARDIS cutter I got from Amazon (link below) and the Doctor Whooves cutter I got from Etsy. Both are outlined with food dye (I used a brush to place the dye). Sides Green grape trees and trail mix with some fun gear steampunk sprinkles Also included but not pictured Yogurt and a bottle of water
I love October because that’s a time when all the spooky lunches come out. Today’s lunch? A boneyard. I’ve bought a treat last week at the store and have been waiting to use it! It’s the Cheetos 🙂 I don’t ever buy them but as a little treat, once in a while when they’re not bright orange, I’ll get them. This time, I found them in skeleton parts which I wish would’ve looked more like skeletons but eh, my kiddo loved them anyhow.
This is probably the third time we use the OmieBox. Overall impression: I like it, it’s a good box and allows for generous portions. Still bummed I can’t somehow attach a drink to it (besides a juice box) so that it can be self-contained but I found a lunch bag in our stash that’s big enough for it and a water bottle.
In today’s lunch:
Main A skull and bone shaped pair of PB&J sandwiches. I got the cutters at Williams Sonoma, but can’t find them there anymore 🙁 Sides Green grapes with skeleton food picks I picked up one year at Target, bone-shaped Cheetos, an apple carved into a skull, covered with food fresh to keep from browning
Today was the first day of October and to celebrate, a simple pumpkin lunch. Also, a celebration of the return of the mandarins! So happy it’s starting to really feel like fall here in California.
In this lunch:
Main Triple stacked pumpkin PB&J sandwich with trail mix nuts around it. I used some tiny cutters to make the face (a triangle and a strange cloud-like cutter that I found in my supplies but I don’t know where I got it!) Sides Green grapes and a mandarin Also included but not pictured Yogurt and a bottle of water
Today, I used:
It’s the first day of third grade! I have to admit, it snuck up on me. We went abroad this summer and we’re still jetlagged so really, I feel like this minute it’s 3 in the morning. But alas, the kids are in school and the bigger kiddo is in third grade. CRAZY. I wanted to remind her that she has someone fun waiting for her at home, so I did a dog lunch for her today. We just got a puppy and the kids are insanely excited about her. So here’s to another year of bentos!
Main PB&J puppy shaped with with circle cutters and triangles for ears. The brown stuff is Nutella; the eyes are Wilton large eyes. The nose is a blueberry. Sides Blueberries and a 3rd made out of cheddar. A chocolate chip protein bar I shaped into a dog bone. Also included but not pictured Applesauce and water.
My big kiddo is a lover of camps. She loves the activities, she loves the camaraderie, she loves everything. Last week she went to a day camp that needed a lunch everyday. I didn’t bento every day, but I did do it a couple of times. The camp’s theme was books so I had a little fun with that theme. I also put in a robot lunch, just because I have been wanting to do another robot lunch for ages.
In the robot lunch:
Main A cream cheese robot sandwich with a string cheese decorated with cheddar gears. Black sprinkles in his eyes. Sides Hard boiled egg with a cheddar wrench. Grapes and blueberries Also included but not pictured Yogurt and graham crackers
And a bookworm lunch!
In the bookworm lunch:
Main PB&J sandwich bookworm made with a circle cutter and holding a cheddar cheese book. Eyes are candy eyes. Sides Hard boiled egg, green grapes. Also included but not pictured Yogurt.
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.