Fall Leaves

October 24, 2012

Fall Leaves Lunch

To make this lunch I used:


Wow! Time is really flying – I can’t believe Halloween is almost here already! We’ve been getting into the spirit with goofy witches in the front yard, silly ghosts in the back, and lots of creepy and cute fun in Cora’s lunches. My bento blogger buddies are doing the same and we have a zillion great ideas for dressing up YOUR lunches. Make sure you click the button at the end of this post to hop on through. You don’t want to miss it!

In the first lunch, a clumsy witch has fallen into her cauldron (an almond butter and marmalade sandwich) while the pile of melon jack-o-lanterns and a veggie-juice bloody skull laugh at her. I made the skull by freezing our homemade veggie juice (beet, carrots, kale, spinach and apple) in a skull candy mold. It’s not really suitable for a school lunch, it will melt too quickly. So, I ended up stirring it into Cora’s coconut yogurt to give her a nice creepy swirl of color. I used mini food cutters to make impressions for the faces on the melon pumpkins and scored lines using a sharp knife. The cheese bats were made using a moth fondant cutter, and then trimming the bottom with a scalloped edge cutter.

Halloween Lunch Ideas

The second lunch is a cheese sandwich jack-o-lantern, watermelon patch of more jack-o-lanterns, ghost potato chips, ghostly string cheese and quail egg eyeballs. The ghost and eyeballs are decorated using natural food colors. Love that stuff!

The third lunch is a last minute quickie. Seriously, I only spent 15 minutes on it from conception to finish because we got a late start this morning. The ghost is an almond butter and marmalade sandwich in front of a cheese slice house with a Babybel jack-o-lantern. The cute kiwi monster with cheese monsters was inspired by Another Lunch. In the third compartment, our clumsy witch finally climbed out of the cauldron and stumbled into a vat of coconut milk yogurt (a tardy mama’s best friend!).

Don’t forget to check out the blog hop, starting with Beth’s super fun post on A Boy & His Lunch

To make these lunches I used:

Natural Food Color


Japanese Bento Decoration Ham Cheese Cutter Set 12pcs with Baran
Japanese Bento Decoration Ham Cheese Cutter Set 9pcs Animal
Decorative Bento Cutter Ham Cheese Cutter Set 15 Facial Expression
Bento Decoration Make fun with Cute Candy Eyeballs 
Cute and Creepy Lunch Ideas

CuteZCute Cat Lunch

September 26, 2012

I was so excited when my new sample of the CuteZCute kit arrived! I immediately plopped it in the dishwasher (top shelf) so I could use it the very next day. This thing is so dang cute! This morning, I couldn’t wait to dig in, but first I had to decide which cute critter I wanted; panda, frog, pig or cat. I opted for the cat – look how cute it is!

Our cute kitty has a lot of fun in store! There is a quail egg, cheese and spaghetti mouse to chase, a plum buckwheat noodle ball of yarn to dismantle and a passel of watermelon kittens to wrestle.

To learn more about the CuteZCute cutter and stamp kit, check out this fun tutorial by JeeJee from AllThingsForSale and the creator of CuteZCute, and stay tuned because I plan to use this set A LOT!

To make this lunch I used:

CuteZcute Bento Food Deco Cutter and Pastry Press Kit
Decorative Bento Cutter Animal Set with Nori Puncher
Japanese Bento Box Accessories Food Pick Animal Fork Pick 8 pcs

To celebrate Talk Like A Pirate Day a bunch of my bento buddies and I are having a big blog hop and GIVEAWAY! After you finish ogling m’ Pirate Lassy, continue on to find a scrap of map to the Pirate Booty and head off to claim yer treasure!

Our blond Pirate Girl is a Wowbutter and jelly sandwich decorated with cheese, soy paper and fruit leather. She has a nice big sword for protectin’ her treasures – a pile of Pirate Booty, black rice with an egg skull and crossbones, and fruit coins.

The skull and crossbones are made from a quail egg pressed into a skull ice mold, then adorned with picks.

Avast, Thar Be Treasure!

Every blog in the hop has a piece of the map to the bento booty treasure – a big giveaway! As you go through the hop, collect the pieces and put them in the right order to find out where to enter! You’ll probably need something to write with, because there are 39 blogs to visit, which means 39 pieces to collect! 37 of the pieces will spell the URL, and 2 bonus words will be your entries to win (yes you get 2 chances to win!)

Arrrr Here Be The Map

Veggie-Bento Bento Booty Map Piece

And Here Be A Plan

Needin’ some help organizing yer thoughts? Print this here chart to keep yer thinkin’ straight.

And Now, Away With You!

Check out Keitha’s sea-worthy wonders at Keitha’s Chaos and collect the next piece of the map!

Pirate Blog Hop Chart

To make this lunch I used:

Decorative Bento Cutter Ham Cheese Cutter Set 18 Shapes
Decorative Bento Cutter Ham Cheese Cutter Set 15 Facial Expression

Flowerlicious Lunch

September 6, 2012

Well, I call it a girl that matches the bento box, but C thought ‘Flowerlicious’ sounded much better. It’s her lunch, so what the heck!

A few months ago, I had the honor of meeting JeeJee of AllThingsForSale and she brought us an adorable Japanese girl stacking bento box. I was so excited to finally use it!

I was intimidated by the box at first, it is so ‘real bento’ and so round. But, once I got started I really liked it. The lidded container that fits in the middle is perfect for keeping juicy fruit from spilling and I was able to add an extra cup in the top. Plenty of food fits in this thing. I can’t wait to use it again!

Our lovely lady is a cheese sandwich with cheese and fruit leather features, surrounded by pretzels. In the middle tier is a fruit salad with raspberries, blueberries and flowers cut from watermelon and galia melon. In the top cup is spinach ramen with two quail eggs molded (kinda) into little flowers.

To make this lunch I used:

Decorative Bento Cutter Ham Cheese Cutter Set 15 Facial Expression
Japanese Bento Box 2 tier Lunch Box Kokeshi Keisha Set

Today is Ice Cream Sandwich Day, so how can I possibly resist making an ice cream shaped sandwich (or two)?

Ice cream sandwiches
Ice cream shaped almond butter and jelly sandwiches, decorated with fruit leather scoops.

Ice Cream Lunch
The lunch is finished with mini scoops of melon and a hard-boiled egg “ice cream’ alamoding a cake slice silicone cup filled with cheese stick pieces. Ya, it’s a bit of a reach, but I’m only half unpacked, so I decided to go with it!

To make this lunch I used:


Tingaling and the Glump

July 23, 2012

Cora is so excited we just earned a new Moshling, Tingaling, the lucky cat. I have to admit, this one is a real cutie so I was looking forward to this lunch as much as she was!

Tingaling Moshling Sandwich
Tingaling is a cheese sandwich with fruit leather and soy paper accents. Her whiskers are uncooked spaghetti, and her ears are held in place with spaghetti as well.

Tingaling Moshling and Gump Lunch
Look out Tinagling, there is a Gump plum hiding in the pile of cherry lucky coins! In the other compartment are broccoli, carrots and cucumber drizzled with Ranch dressing.

To make this lunch I used:

Decorative Bento Cutter Ham Cheese Cutter Set 18 Shapes
Decorative Bento Cutter Ham Cheese Cutter Set 15 Facial Expression

As I mentioned before, chaos is reigning in the Veggie-Bento house(s) right now. I have soooo many lunches I have made, so I thought I would share a handful in a gallery

It is safe to assume all sandwiches are cheese, berry cream cheese and banana, or almond butter, jelly and coconut butter, and sides are usually hummus, yogurt, eggs, veggies, fruit, crackers or yogurt-covered pretzels. If there is a food or technique you don’t recognize, please ask about it in the comments!

Some of these pictures were processed when I was first experimenting with watermarking my images, and some are pretty obnoxious. I apologize in advance for any blinding headache they cause!

To see a picture at full-size, click the thumbnail below. To come back, just use your browser’s back button.

To make these lunches I used:

Decorative Bento Cutter Ham Cheese Cutter Set 18 Shapes
Japanese Bento Accessory Food Pick Hat 3D food picks 8 pcs
Decorative Bento Cutter Ham Cheese Cutter Set 15 Facial Expression
Decorative Bento Plate Cutters 4 Animal and Rice Mold
Japanese Bento Deco Cutter Ham Cheese Cutter Arrange Set in a Case
Japanese Bento Decoration Ham Cheese Cutter Set 9pcs Sea
Japanese Bento Accessories Ham Cheese Cookie Cutter Set of 6

Happy Birthday Lunch

July 10, 2012

Last week was Cora’s birthday, and she reveled in being the Special Girl on her Special Day. She asked for a birthday crown and sent me back, not once, but twice to make her birthday lunch better. We also had to do her hair over again a few times. Once my girl decides something is going to be special it better be SPECIAL!

I started with this lunch, with a cheese sandwich cake decorated with pinwheel picks, birthday candle pretzels with vegan marshmallow flames (turned yellow with natural food color) on the side and a fruit leather ‘Happy B-Day’ above. In the side compartments are berries decorated with a sparkly pick and coconut yogurt with a frozen yogurt butterfly.

Cora insisted that the candles should be *in* the cake, so I moved the pinwheels to the berries. That left a gap so I added a slice of cake silicone cup with goldfish crackers.

Round 2 was deemed better, but something was still missing – ice cream! Turns out I forgot about the ice cream picks because someone had absconded with them ages ago. Cora quickly rectified the situation and now we have the perfect birthday lunch!

For a fun finishing touch, I decorated the cover of her Easy Lunch Box with festive stickers

I owe a lot of thanks for this lunch (and for so much more) to the wonderful ladies who lunch, the Bento Bloggers and Friends. From Kendra, I learned to make the cake sandwich. She in turn learned it from Cristi. From Cristi and Keeley both I got the wonderful idea to freeze yogurt. I also stole, I mean, borrowed the idea for the pretzel candles but just cannot remember my source. If you recognize them, please leave me a comment. I really want to give due credit!

To make this lunch I used:



I’m not much of a fan of bombs bursting in air, but we do love independence in our house, and are so very thankful to have it! All Cora can talk about is “America’s birthday” even though HER birthday is tomorrow. (side note: I totally ordered her not to come on the 4th and right from the bat that uber-independent child tried her best to defy me. I still won out with her arriving in the wee early hours of July 5, but it was a close one!

To celebrate the day, I just had to make another lunch. This time we have a cream cheese and banana sandwich decorated with more cream cheese and berries. Alongside is a huge strawberry with the coolest tinsel food pick towering over it (I laid it on its side for transport and told Cora to prop it back up to ‘celebrate while eating her lunch’). In our slice of pie silicone cup are white yogurt covered pretzels.

The lunch is finished with pineapple and watermelon fruit stars and a hard-boiled egg kinda molded into a star (the egg was a little small for the mold).

For more 4th of July fun, visit my Fourth of July Fireworks post, then follow the blog hop linked at the end. Several amazingly talented bento bloggers joined in the fun and the lunches are so cute!

To make this lunch I used: