Sunday, January 29, 2012


The day has arrived. She is three years old! Happy Birthday! Last year, I did great, I baked a Hello Kitty cake and piped all those nasty little frosting stars with homemade, delicious buttercream. What a PAIN in the rear, or should I say hand and wrist and elbow and shoulder.. ugh. This year, I felt awful. I ordered a cake from the local bakery. She wanted Mickey Mouse this year and I had insane visions of cakes way out of my league and while I thought and thought about the route to go, I ran out of time to do what I settled on.. a buttercream transfer of Mickey Mouse. I just couldn't get it done. I know.. no big deal. The bakery did a nice job, but I really wanted to be able to make a special cake every year for her, so next year, I'll plan early and make up for it. She loved it anyways and it all worked out. Thought I'd share pictures of both cakes.

hello kitty birthday cake 
Homemade Hello Kitty cake for 2nd birthday. 

mickey mouse 3rd birthday cake
 Bakery made Mickey Mouse cake for 3rd birthday.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

The Big 3

I just cannot believe that our little baby is going to be 3 years old tomorrow. It just doesn't seem possible. I still can barely comprehend that I have a daughter, yet here she is growing up so quickly. It's exciting and sad all at the same time. I'm going to try to do a couple different birthday bentos for her. I think she'll really like it. Here is the first one.

3rd birthday bento lunch
Number '3' rye bread and American cheese sandwich, turkey bologna, red bell peppers, provolone stars, roasted cashews, star shaped cheese crackers, raspberries, and a bit of chocolate cake (Mickey Mouse is the birthday party theme).

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

This Little Piggy

I wish I could tell you where I saw the piggy idea, but I cannot for the life of me figure it out. If you know, please feel free to comment and share the link. I have to start keeping track of where I get ideas because there are SO many good ones out there!

pig bento lunch
Homemade garlic crouton round with turkey bologna piggie and mozzarella cheese, Trader Joe's veggie straws, roasted cashews, marshmallow twist, and red bell pepper with ranch in the container.

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Friday, January 20, 2012

Orange Ya Glad?

So, yeah, I did orange already, but it was so simple, I had to go for it again with some variations.

orange bento lunch
Special K cheddar crisps, orange bell pepper w/ ranch in the container, homemade garlic crouton flowers, sharp cheddar cheese, cantaloupe, and vanilla pudding with orange mini m&m's.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Red-Y or Not..

Liking this rainbow business. If nothing else, it gives me focus and direction. Next up is red!

red bento lunchRed peppers, heart shaped toasts with salami, provolone cheese, strawberry yogurt, raspberries, and a candy cane.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Orange Ya Happy?

Reading everyone talking about 'eating a rainbow' and working rainbow weeks into the way they feed their kids is a fabulous idea. I'm sure I'll be much more disjointed about it rather than having one color a day, but should be fun either way. I think later I may try letter or number themed lunches too. I'm starting with orange because I have everything I need on hand already... seems like a good excuse to me.

orange bento lunch
Buttered toast, extra sharp cheddar cheese hearts and letters, orange bell peppers with ranch in container, organic cheese poofs, cottage cheese and cantaloupe hearts.

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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Happy New Year

Had to do something for New Year's.. a little late but better than not at all, right?

new year 2012 bento lunch
Grilled cheese w/ American and provolone cheeses, spinach and tomato salad, cucumber, turkey bologna, Trader Joe's veggie straws, and a homemade Cherry-ette cookie.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012


Finally got a new Bento box and decided to take it on its maiden voyage! Enough said...

frog bento lunch 
Spinach salad with poppyseed dressing in the container, mini grilled cheese, mini strawberry jam & mascarpone sandwich, strawberry fruit leather, red peppers, mandarin oranges, mini marshmallows, provolone, salami, and organic cheese poofs.

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