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Today is a lesson in an empty fridge and making a bento quick.  B's birthday party is Saturday, and I am putting off shopping til afterwards, so their is room in the fridge for the cake and party food. 
On top with have tamago, cucumbers, green peppers and carrots.  Tamago is the easiest thing in the world.  It is a rolled Japanese sweet omelet..  A super simple recipe can be found here.  Once again, the veggies are ade more fun with a cookie cutter.  This time I stuck the green peppers  into the leftover bits of carrot I had after  I cut the stars out.  Waste not, want not!  (The  leftover bits of green pepper were mixed into the tamago.)
The bottom tier has onigiri  adorned with food marker and nori, cheese shapes on a pick, animal crackers,  a carrot full of soy sauce ad a container of ranch.  The onigiri are made with leftover rice, I just sprinkle it with a bit of water and nuke until warm!  The food markers, while seeing a bit pricey for 3.99 for four, have been invaluable for adding a quick bit of cuteness!  

On another, more annoying note, B had his empty lunch box stolen again.  That is two so far.I refuse to send him to school with his actual Japanese bento boxes until something is done about this.  I have informed the principal that if I see anyone at his school using a box like his blue bear one, I will personally haul that child to the office and I will wait until the parents show up.   I want to see the type of parents that wouldn't realize that their elementary school child was packing their lunch in a box that the parents did not purchase that has return to B written all over it.  I will not be responsible for y actions thereafter, my boy has come home in tears twice now because of this.  Hell hath no fury like this mama bear pissed off!



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Sep. 14th, 2007 01:19 am (UTC)
Here from Bento Lunch
Who the heck would steal your kid's lunchbox? Thats just messed up. Have the teachers/school done anything to help him find it?
Sep. 14th, 2007 01:30 am (UTC)
Re: Here from Bento Lunch
The teacher sent a memo to the other teachers to keep an eye out for it. The principal insists that none of the students are thieves, though if that were the case and the kid just grabbed the wrong one by mistake I am pretty sure it would be returned after two weeks. grrr, it is frustrating!
Sep. 14th, 2007 01:37 am (UTC)
Re: Here from Bento Lunch
*frown* Its kind of irritating that the principal has deffended this twice.
Maybe he could leave his box with the teacher after he eats his lunch, and get it after classes are over?
Sep. 14th, 2007 04:18 am (UTC)
I love your blog and all your wonderful bentos! I have a three year old daughter who I am trying to get to eat healthier and have decided that bento is the way. Thanks for the inspiration!
Sep. 14th, 2007 06:19 am (UTC)
Re: Wow!
I would venture to say that B's lunches usually consist of 1/3 veggies, and he them all! he is 7 and used to be so anti veggie it would frustrate me until I started doing this. My 2 year old is still not completely convinced that veggies won't kill him, but he is more likely to eat them if presented bento style.

Sep. 15th, 2007 02:44 am (UTC)
I can not believe his box was stolen again! Are there no adults monitoring? I don't get it! Poor guy. I got our order from you and it is FANTASTIC!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! Thank you soooo much for the extras! You rock and I will be a repeat customer for SURE. Let me know if you ever make a Penguin, even like Bad Badtz Maru....something like that would be rad. I also was wondering where you find food markers?
Sep. 15th, 2007 02:51 am (UTC)
I went and spent $5 on a plastic file box and a padlock and gave it to the teacher today to store their lunch boxes in when they go out to recess. The principal wouldn't let them keep lunches in the office, so I decided to solve the problem myself. I'd love to see a kid try to sneak a huge plastic bucket into his backpack, that has the teachers name emblazoned all over it (her idea, said they would take it more seriously if it was school property.)

I'm glad you love it! I got the food markers where they have the baking items and cupcake liners at Wal-mart, and I have seen them around holidays in the baking aisle at the grocery store. They come in a pack of 4 colors,blue, green, yellow, and red. I'll let ya know if I do make a penguin, i would have to sneak it past hubby he has a penguin phobia (weirdo lol).
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I am a freelance writer and mother of two hungry boys. I am also the wife of a freelance artist, so thrift is definitely the goal in our house! Bento is a great way to have a healthy, thrifty, and most of all fun lunch.

I also sell handmade bento sets at affordable prices. Please visit my Bento Baby Etsy store.

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