#24, 25, 26

Friday, October 28, 2011

"Egg Drop" Ramen, with mixed vegetables, mandarin oranges
and frozen "gogurt"

Butterfly turkey/cheese sandwich (with gummy butterfly)
grapes, fish crackers and cauliflower w/ranch dip

"Pig in a blanket" (hotdog wrapped in croissant)
mandarin oranges, veggie chips, and frozen "gogurt"

#23 Meatballs and salad (with CHEESE!)

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Meatballs with salad, grapes and coconut crackers

No, its not fun or creative, but Miss C did come home, gave me a hug and said, "Thank you, Mommy, for putting CHEESE on my salad!!!!" ((warm fuzzies)) Love that kid. :)

#22 French toast sticks

French Toast Sticks w/maple syrup for dipping
grapes, mozzarella sticks and raisins.

Nothing magical or fancy about this lunch or breakfast. Breakfast for lunch. But Miss C loved it! I would love to report that her bento came back empty, but she decided she does not like raisins anymore. At least for the moment. Toddlers! 

#21 SBJ sushi!

SBJ Sushi with piches, green pea crips, and strawberry wafers

I finally mastered the art of rolling sushi! Sandwich sushi, that is. Thanks to an amazing blog post by Melissa of Another Lunch, a tutorial on how to roll them.  I had tried making these before but the bread fell apart and it didn't seem long enough to creat that spiral effect.  Its all about squishing and flattening 2 pieces of bread together before adding the filling and rolling! 

#20 Ramen Noodles

Friday, October 21, 2011

Miss C's lunch:
Ramen noodles with vegetables and hardboiled eggs with applesauce.
its actually just 1egg  (I cut 2 eggs in  half and took the 
egg yolks out and ate the other halves for my breakfast)

My lunch consisted of leftover butter chicken (makhani), rice and stir fried green beans.

Miss C came home that day and we noticed that she ate her applesauce but did not eat a single bite of her ramen noodles. Its one of her favorite lunches. We knew something was wrong... sure enough, she ended up with a fever and sore throat that night and missed school the next day. 

#19 SBJ and hummus

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Miss C's lunch:
SBJ (sunbutter & jelly) w/a handful of candy corn
grapes, hummus (chickpea bean dip) and pita chips, and "go-gurt"

My lunch:  leftover fried chicken, grapes, hummus and pita chips.

Slacker. Yup. That's me. and an easy Pinday inspiration

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

My husband gave me 2 weeks until I get bored with the lunch thing... I'm not bored with the lunches... I just get so distracted and totally slack on blogging about the lunches. My camera is full of pictures, but they don't upload by themselves. I tried the whole once-a-week posting, and I think that just encouraged my slackerness. slackivity. slacker-tendencies. I like to make up words.

Anyway, I think I will go back to separate daily posts instead of the weekly summary thing. I will try to post 2-3 lunches a day until I get caught up next week.

Here's an easy Pinterest idea... draw jack-o-lantern faces on clementines! What an easy Halloween lunch idea!

I promise next week will be a little bit more interesting around here!

Pinday: No-Sew Scarves

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

another non-bento nor food related post...

I can cook. I can bake. I can throw parties. I can put up siding. I can design houses and buildings. But I can not sew. I wish I can, but I can't. Or I think I can't. I don't have a sewing machine and the last time I touched one was in 8th grade 16 years ago. I remember making a duffel bag. And I got an A. So maybe I can sew, but just need lessons? Sure. Another thing to add to my life. Then again, I think I'm fine with the fact that I just don't sew. Unless I get a sewing machine for Christmas... hint. hint. Oh, wait... my husband does not read blogs. Oh, well. 

I found a couple examples of this no-sew infinity scarf/T-shirt necklace that caught my eye. The "no-sew" part intrigued me.  
via Pinterest
via thediydish.com
The The DIY Dish website above had a video of instructions for these scarves.

Basically you take a large T-shirt. Cut into strips, and stretch them. The edges roll in, and, voila! no hemming!

A fabric flower would be fabulous... 

I finally got a mustard yellow cardigan on clearance at Target. I've been pinning mustard yellow items on Pinterest along with turquoise and purple. And I don't care if my friends think its the color of baby poop. Mustard yellow goes with almost anything!

This is the same idea, just a wider band... I think I need to use a 4X T-shirt or more layers.

Pretty easy craft... I'm thinking this would make great DIY Christmas presents for kids to make!

I promise I will have a more relevant (food/recipe or bento) Pinday next week! :)

Join me for a Pinday link-up party, and you are invited!  

Don't Yuck Someone Else's Yum

Monday, October 10, 2011

My daughter is 4 and she is one of the least picky toddlers I know. She'll eat crab, sushi, mushrooms, and olives. Most of the time rather have fruit than fries. Often, she will not finish a whole cookie and wants to wrap it up to  save later. Once in a while, we'll have a picky streak or just refuse to eat, which is normal for toddlers. In general, Dear Husband and I usually pick our battles, and food is not something we want to fight over. I don't really know if forcing children to eat is the best way to handle picky eaters. I still have this childhood stigma with white milk... When I was 5 (or younger?), I was forced to drink mine until it all came back out. And from that moment on, I cannot stand white milk. While I haaaaate white milk, I do understand the importance of milk, especially with children, so I don't make a big deal and not draw any attention to the fact that mommy drinks water while daddy and Miss C have a glass of milk during dinner. Once, I plugged my nose and drank white milk in front of Miss C. Just once. But I try not to say "ewww" or "yuck" in front of Chamryn. DH is the same. If he does not like dinner or prefer something else, he'll just eat it anyway. He tends to eat what he doesn't like first and gets it out of the way so he can enjoy the rest of his dinner.

Miss C helped me with dinner tonight. She snapped the ends of the green beans while I was making chicken makhani (or Indian butter chicken). I opened the jar (because I have never made makhani from scratch before, unlike my brother), and as I poured the sauce over the chicken, Miss C started screaming, "Oh, yuck!" I remembered a blog post about a dad who said "Yuck!" when his son dipped his broccoli in ketchup and the little boy said "Don't yuck my yum!"

We then had a little talk about not "yucking" something that someone may like. I used peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for an example. Miss C said she LOVES PBJ sandwiches. So I asked, "what if I say "Yuck! PBJ is gross!" to you, was that nice?" She didn't think so.

As soon as dinner was done, DH came home, set the table and put rice with the butter chicken on Miss C's plate. "Yuck!" *sigh*

We also have a two-bite "rule." We encourage her to take two bites, and if she doesn't like it, she can eat the other dishes that are served. If she doesn't like anything on the table, then she can drink the rest of her milk and she's excused from the table. Usually, she ends up eating the grains and sides, and rarely gets excused from the table without eating.

She goes for a spoonful of rice with a minuscule piece of chicken. Her tongue barely touches the chicken and rice didn't even reach her mouth: "Yuck."

"We don't say 'Yuck', remember?"

After trying 2 bites of the butter chicken, she still didn't like it and finally said, "I still don't like it, mommy." Okay.  She then ate up the rest of her plain rice and sauteed green beans.

We'll try the dish again, maybe next week. I am willing to bet that she's going to like it.

week #5 in lunches

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Sloppy Joe (with eye stickers)
with Snap Pea Crisps, watermelon and strawberry wafers.

Hotdog Octupus(es? octupi?) over spirals mac/cheese
grape kabobs and alphabet Cheez-Its
Miss C said "Ew!" at the octupus(es?) at first, then she found out they were made of hotdogs, then she thought it was the best thing ever!

"Fish" sandwich (with turkey and cheese) over "seaweed" (julienne cucumber)
"fish food" (raisins w/fruit snacks), watermelon "star fish", 
cheese bubbles (mozz cheese), and Rainbow Goldfish crackers 
Miss C absolutely loved this lunch. She asked for it the next

My lunch was leftover chicken fried rice. 
Fried rice is a great way to use up day-old rice, leftover grilled chicken, and throw in mixed veggies for a quick 1-dish meal!

"dog bone" sandwiches, Scooby bone graham crackers,
Scooby fruit snacks, grapes
Miss C asked to have the "fish" lunch again the next day, so I used the same sandwich ingredients and shaped it differently. She informed me later that she preferred the fish shape because it tasted better--as if the shape has anything to do with taste! Funny kid!

Pinday: Hallway

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

This is totally unrelated to bentos and lunches, but I really like the idea. So if you don't mind, I'll be going off on a Pinterest tangent once a week. 

A friend of a friend started up what's called "Pinday". Its a weekly post of different inspirations found on Pinterest.  I wrote about Pinterest where I found the idea of lunch organization to streamline my mornings packing lunch. I have a ton of pins... 815, to be exact. While most are dreams and random things, some boards like my "gotta cook" board has 82 pins, the "gotta make" board has 70 pins, and my "gotta bento" board has 40 pins. This "Pinday" idea is a great way to encourage myself to try out the different recipes and crafts that I have saved on Pinterest. I can't wait to share all the ideas and recipes and how they turn out.

My first Pinterest-inspired project was my hallway. We have lived in our house for almost 4 years and we barely have pictures and frames up on the wall. We have a lot of professional pictures taken, courtesy of our friend Josh (who takes our annual holiday pictures) and just recently by Jen during our trip to Florida. But we have a really bad habit of just collecting the digital files and CDs and never really print anything. So I decided its finally time to tackle this hallway and found this on Pinterest:

I have seen a similar ledge at IKEA, so during our last Chicago trip to see a Cubs Game, we stopped by IKEA and grabbed some shelves. (I love IKEA, but we'll talk about in another post.) I had a stash of black and some silver frames that I bought 2 years ago (yeah, I had been wanting to do something for a long time, just "haven't gotten around to it"), found some pictures, and printed some new ones. Here is our hallway:

 The Simpsons 
Est. 2000

We may put another shelf or hang more frames around the vinyl decal. But its a start! :) 

The link below is Angie's link to her Pinday link-up party, and you are invited!  I know I have a lot of Pinaholic blog friends that have pins and ideas that want to come to life. And the Pinday doesn't necessarily be stuff you made or done... it can just be pins that inspire you or make you laugh or your "someday".  

the rest of Week #4

Monday, October 3, 2011

I still have not decided whether or not going to a weekly summary of the bentos or the daily thing... So maybe I'll try 2-3 weeks of weekly lunches and incorporating a recipe day, "Pinday" a weekly Pinterest-inspired meme that was inspired from another blogging friend, and a random day where I can post whatever is on my mind that week. Sound okay to you? Okay. Thanks. :)

Here we go...

Wednesday Lunch: 

Spam and Rice
If you've never had Spam, don't knock it till you try it!  The whole rice and Spam thing is so Filipino. I remember having Spam and rice is a rare treat when we lived in the Philippines. Spam is also huge in Hawaii-- I've found Spam musubi online which is sort of like Spam sushi. Serious yum. We had rice and Spam the night before. The recipe is pretty simple:

Fried Spam
1 can Spam
1 egg, scrambled.

Cut Spam into 1/4" slices. Coat each slice. Spray a frying pan or use a nonstick pan to fry until edges are brown and heated through. Serve with rice (garlic fried rice preferred).

Miss C's new bento. My husband said that her lunch box came home 
with only a few bites leftover so I say it was a success.  
Mommy's lunch

Thursday Lunch: 

Miss C's lunch was ravioli with leftover stuffed chicken
salad, goldfish crackers and strawberry applesauce. 
I went home for lunch so I didn't pack mine. I think I had leftover rice and eggs. 
Miss C loved it and ate everything. She even thanked me later that night for putting cheese in her salad.
She makes me giggle. 

Friday Lunch: 

Miss C's "lunchables" with turkey, american cheese and Ritz crackers
along with melon, cucumbers w/ranch (in that cute little green container) and fruit snacks.
I had lunch with my friends so no lunch box for me.