The Very Busy Spider Bento / Happy Birthday Eric Carle June 25, 1929 26 Jun

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Sanrio Hello Kitty Two Tiered Bento Box
Nature’s Own Honey Wheat Bread,
Hormel Natural Choice Ham Slices
Sargento Ultra Thin Cheddar Cheese Slices &
Sugar Eyes
Blueberries & Carrots
Babybel Cheese
Mixed Nuts
Clif Kidz Organic Chocolate Chip Bar
Envirokidz Organic Peanut Butter Crispy Rice Bar

 

We decided to do one more bento for Eric Carle’s birthday and this one was for Logan. I call her my ladybug girl because she loves anything to do with nature and bugs so I only thought it fitting to do The Very Busy Spider. I wanted to do something different than The Very Hungry Caterpillar, so I picked this book and even though it isn’t as well known it’s just as great.

Pancakes, Pancakes / Happy Birthday Eric Carle June 25,1929 25 Jun

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Homemade Buttermilk Pancakes with Hershey’s Dutch Cocoa Accents
Maple Grove Farms Organic Maple Syrup
Strawberries & Blueberries
Mott’s All Natural Fruit Snacks
Calbee Snapea Crisps
Frigo String Cheese

 

My children LOVE pancakes for breakfast, lunch or dinner that’s why I thought it was appropriate to do Eric Carle’s Pancakes, Pancakes! this year.  I was going to do The Grouchy Ladybug but that’s probably more for me in the morning before my coffee.

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Flamingo Bento 20 Jun

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My Bento Meal Double Stack Bento Box with Handles by Genmert
Nature’s Own Butter Bread,
Rigoni Di Asiago Nocciolata Organic Hazelnut Spread,
Peter Pan 100% All Natural No Stir Peanut Butter,
Polaner All Fruit with Fiber Strawberry Spreadable Fruit &
Edible Sugar Eye
Nature Path Envirokidz Peanut Butter Crispy RIce Bar
Clif Kid ZBar Iced Oatmeal Cookie Bar
Bel Gioioso All Natural Fresh Mozzarella Pearls
Strawberries
Apple & Eve Fruit Smarts Juice Box

 

Today I just felt like flamingos and palm trees to kick off the first week of summer vacation. My eldest daughter already has all kids of crafts, baking & day-trips planned. I just hope her plans include her siblings otherwise let the rivalry begin.

Jumanji Bento / Happy Birthday Chris Van Allsburg June 18, 1949 20 Jun

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Sanrio Hello Kitty Two Tiered Bento Box
Nature’s Own Honey Wheat Bread,
Hormel Natural Choice Ham Slices
Sargento Ultra Thin Cheddar Cheese Slices &
Letters made from FruitaBu Strawberry Smooshed Fruit
Sliced Strawberries & Sliced Oranges
Organic Baby Carrots
Hard Boiled Egg
Mixed Nuts

 My children and I absolutely love the work of Chris Van Allsburg because he isn’t just a  wonderful children’s author but a beautiful illustrator also. He’s written famous books like Jumanji, Zathura & Polar Express just to name a few. I thought on his birthday we’d watched the movie Jumanji and I would make them a Jumanji bento for their lunch.  This was my first time using the Egg Cuber and I think my egg came out perfect.  I wanted the egg to look like the dice from the Jumanji game.  My cheeky daughter picked up the egg and counted all the dots and noticed I didn’t put six dots on the bottom of it.  I told her she wasn’t supposed to notice that.

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Monsters University Bento 18 Jun

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Sanrio Hello Kitty Two Tiered Bento Box
Nature’s Own Butter Bread,
Peter Pan 100% All Natural No Stir Peanut Butter &
Polaner All Fruit with Fiber Strawberry Spreadable Fruit
Sliced Strawberries
Mixed Nuts
Frigo String Cheese
Trader Joe’s Cinnamon Alphabet Schoolbook Cookies


Let me say thank you so much to the great people at Super Walmart for the super cute Monsters University DecoPac kit they gave me. I love Super Walmart because I can find  the whole line of Nature’s Own Bread there and other things that aren’t sold in my local grocery stores at a great price.  Where else can you find organic granola bars, fruit, Underoos, toddler snacks & motor oil all under one roof?

I made these bentos for my girls because we are patiently waiting to go see Monsters University which comes to theaters this Friday.  We just watched Monsters, Inc. on Father’s Day (for the 400th time) just as a refresher and because it is one of my all time favorite Disney movies.  This will be Logan’s second time to the movies. Her first time was right before her fourth birthday when we took her to see “Wreck it Ralph”.

Ice Cream Sandwich Bento 15 Jun

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Lock & Lock Rectangular Lunch Box
Nature’s Own Honey Wheat Bread
Hormel Natural Choice Ham Slices &
Sargento Ultra Thin Cheddar Cheese Slices
Babybel Cheese
Cantaloupe
Homemade Mini Banana Muffin
Earth’s Best Organic Sesame Street Crunchin’ Crackers

 

I made this bento for my preschooler as a joke because she keeps asking me to pick up ice cream sandwiches at the store but I keep telling her they aren’t on sale so I made these and put them in her lunch.  She didn’t find it funny!

Mustache Bento 13 Jun

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Nature’s Own Honey Wheat Bread,
Hormel Natural Choice Ham Slices &
Sargento Ultra Thin Cheddar Cheese Slices
Frozen Yogurt Hearts made with a mold bought from Ikea
Cantaloupe Melon Balls
FruitaBu Grape flavored Smooshed Fruit
Frigo String Cheese

 

My eldest daughter and I were grocery shopping together and she spotted Flix Candy Lip Mustache Pops and we had to buy them.  I bought one for each of the children except the baby which worked out great because their was only three to choose from.  When the children are done with them I put the pops in a bowl and pour boiling water on them and just let them sit for a while and what ever residue was left on them just melts off.  I keep the  handles to use in the future for fun and quick bentos.

Where the Wild Things Are Bento / Happy Birthday Maurice Sendak 6/10/28-5/08/12 13 Jun

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Sanrio Hello Kitty Two Tiered Bento Box
Nature’s Own Honey Wheat Bread & Biscoff Spread
Organic Baby Carrots & Blueberries
Trader Joe’s Cinnamon Alphabet Schoolbook Cookies
Frigo String Cheese

 

When I was little I use to love this book and now my kids love this book too and the movie probably because they are “Wild Things”.

Beach Bento 7 Jun

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Sanrio Hello Kitty Two Tiered Bento Box
Nature’s Own Honey Wheat Bread & Biscoff Spread
Blueberries
Mott’s All Natural Fruit Snacks
Trader Joe’s Cinnamon Apple Snack Sticks
Frigo String Cheese

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Sanrio Hello Kitty Two Tiered Bento Box
Nature’s Own Honey Wheat Bread & Biscoff Spread
Blueberries
Trader Joe’s Cinnamon Apple Snack Sticks
Frigo String Cheese

We have had beautiful weather this week so I hope people start heading back to the shore.   It hasn’t even been a year since Hurricane Sandy ravaged New Jersey and it is open for business.  Govenor Chris Christie has done an excellent job trying to get the Jersey Shore open by summer.  I have no doubt that in time the shore will be back to what it once was if not better.


Farm Bento 7 Jun

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Sanrio Hello Kitty Two Tiered Bento Box
Nature’s Own Honey Wheat Bread, Hormel Natural Choice Ham Slices,
Sargento Ultra Thin Cheddar Cheese Slices
Apple Slices
Trader Joe’s Cinnamon Apple Snack Sticks
Babybel Cheese
Plum Kids Peach Organic Fruit Shredz

 

I decided to try out my Tovolo Ice Cream Sandwich Molds that I purchased from Williams Sonoma a long time ago and never used.  They came out super cute and were really easy to use.