Bento Lunches In The Heart of Montana


M.I.C...See you real soon K.E.Y....

Posted by Kathleen on October 27, 2010 at 10:09 AM Comments comments (0)

Because we like YOU!!  OK, I have seriously dated myself but I just couldn’t help it.  Since our Disney trip this summer the Princess has been all Disney all the time.  So when she asked for Mickey again in her bento today I was happy to oblige.


It has been my goal not repeat bento designs this school year and while I have been pretty successful thus far today’s lunch come fairly close to some others.




So today’s lunch features our good friend Mickey again (what can I say she loves him) on a bed of rice and meatballs round out the bottom tray.  The top tray has carrot sticks, sweet snap peas and on top of the carrot sticks are the “magic eggs”  The yellow yolk egg is just a boiled egg, but the white star shaped egg is egg white with a mozzarella “yolk”.  The little Mickey container has a bit of ranch. 


Today lets take a look at the amount of landfill waste in this bento.  There is none.  Most bentos don’t use disposable containers, wrappers, or other things that will end up in our landfills.  So not only are the cute, but they are environmentally friendly…that’s a win win.



Come back to Montana Bento next week for a chance to win some Color Mist by Wilton.  If you’ve followed my blog for any amount of time you know this is my go to coloring for cut sandwiches.  Also next week the “secret” behind the totally awesome shaped egg yolks.




Posted by Kathleen on October 26, 2010 at 10:37 AM Comments comments (0)

Do you remember the Minion bento?  I nested the little minion in what turned out to be a hidden Mickey sandwich and while my daughter liked the Minion, she squealed with delight at the hidden Mickey so you can imagine her delight when she opened her bento box and found this:




I have mentioned in the past how her Princess make-over completely changed her outlook about her broken lip and we are now another Disney obsessed family. So today’s bento features the King of Disney himself, MICKEY.  Her lunch is actually very simple (except for those eggs…we’ll have a tutorial about those eggs next week along with a surprise giveaway) a bologna and cheese sandwich with Mickey (made from pasta sheets) some left over pasta and fancy boiled eggs.  The heart eggs are just regular boiled eggs but the yellow yoked eggs actually have no yolk at all…the yellow is cheddar cheese and corn.



Posted by Kathleen on October 18, 2010 at 10:58 AM Comments comments (0)

The Princess is beside herself with anticipation of the new Disney movie Tangled.  So when she found out that Rapunzel was now greeting people at Disneyland she renewed her request for a trip to Disney on Christmas day as both her birthday and Christmas present – being sure I understood…”just one present for both things, get it Mom?”  Well we just can’t make that trip happen for her but I put this together for her lunch today.




Typically when I make her sandwiches using pasta sheets I cut the shapes out the night before but last night I didn’t do that so everything had to be cut this morning.  I wish that I had time to perfect the attachment of the spaghetti hair to the sandwich and boy do I need to work on my faces BUT I think she’ll be happy when she opens her lunch today.  I did send a side car of spaghetti sauce :-)


On a non Bento note most of you know that my daughter was born with a cleft lip and palate.  They have been repaired but the Princess is still keenly aware and hurt by people, especially children, staring at her face. 


This summer we went to Disneyland and Jessica had a make-over at the Bibbidi Boppity Boutique.  That make-over transformed her day.  She walked tall an proud the rest of the day, holding her arms out to her side like a princess.  Every time a cast member called her Princess she beamed with pride.  On that day she just knew that everyone was looking at her because she was a Princess, not because her lip was broken (as she calls it).  If you ask her today she will tell you that she HAS a Fairy God-Mother. 


So when Disney started their Let The Memories begin campaign Jess asked if we could send her picture in and she was delighted when it made it to the website.  Then when she noticed that TWO people liked her photo she was amazed…when 30 people liked her photo she was on cloud nine…people like HER.  Her lip matters not.  Thanks to many many people Jessica’s picture now has 1700 likes.  If you have a moment can you please go to her picture and “like” it too?

Click Here to see Jessica's Disney Memory


This isn’t a contest, there is no trip to Disneyland, she doesn’t win a prize.  But she does WIN.  She wins every time she looks at the picture and sees the “likes”, she wins the knowledge that people see her, and her face and like HER.  It has been an amazing journey for her from an orphan to a Princess.  And while your looking at Jess' life changing memory - take a moment to look at all the others as well.  It really is such a nice website and Disney has out done itself letting us all participate.



Posted by Kathleen on October 11, 2010 at 12:11 PM Comments comments (0)

One of the more common reasons to avoid packing bento lunches for children goes something like this….”you are so creative, I could never come up with those ideas”….so lets talk a little about inspiration and creativity.  I’m not particularly creative, most of the bentos I make are inspired by something….I’m an imitator :D 


Bento themes come from everyday life.  I love it if I can make a lunch that relates to something the Princess is doing that day…


Swimming at Day Camp….





Fishing at Day Camp…..




Other ideas come from the Princess herself… the day she wanted a tree in her lunch.  Those days are bit harder for me as I have to figure it out on my own.  Sadly this is the result of the tree request….




Other ideas come from movies – a minion from Despicable Me….





And last night we watched Wall-E….



Inspiration can be found all around us.  Look around.  What inspires you?  What makes your child smile?  Start small….maybe just a cut sandwich…your child’s heart will smile.