Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Melt my bento-lovin' heart

Mark, the 8 yr.old, just said, "I think we should do bento lunches again. Like 3- no, 4 days a week?"

aww, that's all it took.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

I {heart} U. and autumn

Nothing like blogging makes you realize how fast the days whiz by. You log in and see - It's been almost two weeks since my last post? a month before that?? a year?! haha.

anyways... life certainly is full, but about all I can handle lately to document is snapping a cell phone shot of the latest bento before it bounces out the door... and then not get back here to the blog to post any...

This bento lunch is from Thurs Oct 6... a day both M and I stayed home sick and it was made to cheer us both up. and it worked. Bentos are powerful things!

The details... Packed in a Lunchbots Uno ... sealed sandwich with leaf cheeses, an icing owl, jerky beef, carrots, ants-on-a-log celery, Hershey kisses, red grapes, strawberry, yellow cherry tomatoes.

Saturday, October 08, 2011


A little snack for the road trip to the scout camp-a-ree (or whatever it's called) today that the husband & M are headed to. It's 120 miles of empty country between here and there, so I know food is called for ;)

In the Lunchbots box: owl sandwich (cheese, chocolate chips and candy corn for features), grape tomato pumpkins, pumpkin marshmallows, strawberry, and jerky.

Posted to the Bento of the Week 3 Theme: Pumpkins for a little blog fun. :)

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

The back story...

I started bento-ing, in the sense of a take-away boxed lunch, sometime after Christmas break for my first grade son. After christmas break is when I started sending a packed lunch- and at some point it morphed to bento. Sending lunch was a result of realizing the answer to the question "what did you have for lunch at school today?" was NOT the same as "what did you literally eat out of what they served at school for lunch today" . So the first half of first grade, (and what about kindergarten??) when I thought "what was for lunch today" was a list of what he ate, who knows how much he was eating. The pivotal conversation day? - he'd only eaten the peaches.

It had been a constant, seven year battle to get Mark to eat enough-literally, his whole life. I don't know where my head was that I was thinking he went to school and just started magically started eating all of what they were serving?? So, I had to bite the bullet and make it a priority to send a lunch *ev*er*y*morn*ing* . Bento was a natural attraction and it made it fun for me to pack and appealing for Mark
to get more calories/better nutrition than the easier route of school lunch.

I had known of bento for some time, thanks to the wonderful world wide web :D, but more as a curiosity/interest and an art form (seriously, google bento and surf the images!) It wasn't in my realm of considering it as something I'd do on any kind of regular basis. But coinciding with beginning our packed lunch routine (surfing to find an alternative to sandwich idea, probably) I clicked on this blog: anotherlunch.com and it jelled with what I was doing for Mark, and started us on our bento journey.

I did not take any pics until the lunch of April 27, when I'd posted on Facebook that I'd made onigiri for the first time, pictured above. That lunch consisted of jerky bites in a silicon cup heart, cookie dough protein bar cut in half, strawberries with leaf picks, red grapes with panda picks, steamed carrot flowers and the onigiri with fruit leather features, all packed in a Lock & Lock brand square box. He would have had milk or yogurt packed alongside.

The rest of our bento story will be continued...

Ciao! ~Kristin

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Is it September...or February?

A little of lunch love for M's bento lunch today...

In the box-, uh, pokeball... rice ball onigiri, beef sausage bites, strawberry... carrots, cheese-filled celery, grape tomatoes, red grapes... greek yogurt with sprinkles.

Grace, ~Kristin

Friday, August 19, 2011

Thank you, Sonoma Bento

Earlier in the summer I won this cool little set from Sonoma Bento's blogiversary... 'twas my first 'real' bento box :) . Above you see its debut.

Mark treats it like an unfolding treasure box- very fun to see. Took me this long to post since the pics were in my camera and not my phone. HA.

Note to self: Refrain from ever again saying 'I never win anything'. Yay!

Ciao! ~Kristin

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

present - living - be

Something my friend Terra said "Living = enthusiastic response in the positive" in explanation of using it as a one word affirmation has been running through my head ever since.

Scrapped with Rachel Young Designs:
Water Colored Craftiness
So You Think You Can Chevron Paper
Lovely elements
Lovely alphabet (recolored)
With You Elements (clouds, stitching)

extras - CD Muckosky Random Type, Lookie Here, & Painty Fancy Spot.

tfl :)