Tons of new bento supplies!

You’ll have to forgive me but I’m so excited about some of the bento supplies I posted in the store today! I’ve been wanting to get my hands on some of these items for a while now and they’re finally here!!! ^_^ To see all of the new accessories check them out here and the new bento boxes are here.

Some of my favs this round are...

Onigiri wrapping sheets!! These are amazing! They not only wrap your onigiri but they have 2 layers so they keep your nori and onigiri separated until you are ready to eat. No more soggy nori for me!



I have been wanting to get silicon food dividers in the store forever! Why? Because they’re reusable, dishwasher and microwave safe, and they last forever!



Do you love those really cool pocket sammies? We now have an awesome pocket sammy maker.



We also got some really neat 1-tier bentos with clear tight fitting snap on lids... sweet!



There is a ton more stuff so go check it all out!

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Does corn in my fried rice count? (Bento #175)



Tonight is the Twitter corn party! Yeah... I completely forgot. I love Twitter food parties but this one just slipped my mind, lol. There is some corn in my fried rice though... does that count??

I had a bit of a break tonight because Hubs and LG are visiting some friends and I have the house all to myself. That also meant that I only had to cook for myself! I made some fried rice with andouille sausage, corn, peas, beans, carrots, onions, and green beans and paired it with some steamed edamame. Yum!

The lunch portion is packed in the Lunchbots Uno bento and I threw some fruit into the Pico to take to work for breakfast. Pretty simple, but so delicious!

I’m off to check out all of the amazing Twitter corn party entries and you should too! There are some unbelievably creative corn dishes being made!

Added to What’s for Lunch Wednesday!

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Simple chicken teriyaki bento (Bento #174)



I feel so out of touch with everyone online. Man, I don’t know how you all do it! We’ve had Hubs’ little girl here for less than a week and I can’t keep up with anything, lol! We had a simple dinner with chicken teriyaki, rice and broccoli (it was all I had energy for) so I added some fruit and a pickled plum to make it lunch.

I hope you all had a great weekend! We spent most of it at my parents’ house, which was a blast. LG got to see lots of her cousins, have 2 slumber parties, swam in the pool multiple times each day, do crafts, go clothes shopping, and generally get all around spoiled by Grandma! We were informed that Grandma’s house is better than ours because she gets chocolate milk before bed. If only everyone else in life were that easy to please, lol!

If anyone has any extra time laying around, I could use some! ^_^

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Balanced schmalanced... this fruit is gooooood! (Bento #173)



Who can have the discipline of a balanced diet with all this amazing fruit? Not me, lol! Hubs’ little girl is here so we had some mac and cheese for the first time in a long time. We also had a rotisserie chicken and some corn on the cob but the corn didn’t make it to lunch.

The rest of the lunch is pretty basic: apples, grapes, strawberries, broccoli, and some cheese. Mac and cheese and a cheese wedge, I might be regretting that later. Oh well. All that fruit will make up for it.

Well, I spent my first kid night coloring, coloring, more coloring, playing with play-doh, playing restaurant with play-doh food, and taking a walk and counting all of the kitty cats we saw. The official count was 21 kitties! We love kitties in our neighborhood! ^_^

Tomorrow Hubs and LG are spending the day in the pool and I’m jealous because I have to work all day. Bummer! :( At least I have a bento!

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Desperately in need of groceries (Bento #172)



We are desperately in need of groceries. I usually do my shopping on the weekend but we spent the whole weekend getting PADI Open Water Diver certified! The course was a lot easier than I expected it to be. Hubs and I are naturally comfortable in the water so we didn’t have any issues, just lots of fun! We’re already planning dive trips to the Florida Keys at the end of the summer. I can’t wait!

On top of all that, Hubs’ little girl (I don’t want to use her real name online so I’ll call her LG for little girl) is coming down for her summer visit tomorrow. We’re in the middle of spring cleaning so it’s a mad rush to get it done before she arrives. We have so many cool things planned once she gets here so we don’t want to have to spend any time on the house.

Today’s bento was a desperate run through the kitchen. I have a ham sammy with no mayo (we’re out) just some really awesome mustard, the last of the blueberries, two cheese wedges and pita chips. I decided to throw in some little crispy snacky things too. I don’t know what they’re called but they taste like peanut butter.

The bag is one of my latest bento bags. I think I’m finally ready to start making some for other people, lol. I have so much gorgeous fabric, I can’t wait to use it! I’m sure with LG here I’ll have little to no time to sew, but hopefully by the end of the summer I should have a few in the store!

This summer is turning out to be insanely busy but crazy wonderful all at the same time. I hope you’re all having as much fun as I am!

Added to What’s for Lunch Wednesday!

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Lunch in a pinch (Bento #171)



When it rains it pours. Hubs and I have way too much going on all at once. I’m sure we’ll survive though. I had to throw something together in about 10 minutes before work this morning so this is what I get.

I packed a tuna salad sammy, cherries, lychees, and olives in the Lunchbots Eco. Then for a snack I packed some pita chips and a creamy cheese wedge.

Time to run and try and get something accomplished, lol!

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Second round tofu (Bento #170)



I still had some orange-ginger tofu to use for lunch but I really wanted to at least make it look different. So, I made some tofu onigiri and packed all kinds of other things in my 3-tier sakura bento. It has tons of different flavors: apples, carrots, cucumber, green olives, edamame, pickled plum, kamaboko, and a mean Babybel cheese.

It’s been a long time since I made a mean cheese. I need to do it more often!

I can’t wait for this weekend! Hubs and I are working on getting SCUBA certified! We have to do our academics during the week and we have our certification dives this weekend at Crystal River. We are both so excited! I just hope we pass! Lol!

Hope you’re having a great week!

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Orange ginger tofu (Bento #169)



I am loving only having to make a bento for myself! I took Sunday afternoon to cook some rice and orange ginger tofu just for my lunches. This tofu is so good. Poor Hubs doesn’t know what he’s missing!

To make the marinade I heated the juice and zest of one orange, chopped ginger, chopped garlic, soy sauce, mirin, and some brown sugar in a small pot to get all the flavors to come out. I marinated the drained and pressed tofu slices in it for about 30 min, took them out and grilled them in a pan, removed the tofu, then strained the marinade into the pan, added some sesame seeds, and let it simmer to thicken up a bit. I strained it because I thought the ginger would get a bit overpowering.

It tastes great to me, but lately my taster hasn’t been right. Ever since I got really sick back in January, foods haven’t been tasting right. So who knows, it could be gross, but to me it’s great, lol!

The rest of the bento is pretty basic: rice with furikake, a pickled plum, cucumbers, grapes, and apple slices.

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New utensil sale



It’s been a long time since I put one of the travel utensils on sale. These are one of my favorites!

The case for the chopsticks measures 7.5" long and has the green plaid on the front and matching green on the back. The case does not have a hinge, the top slides off of the bottom piece. The chopsticks have grooves cut into the food end to make picking up food easier.

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Super fruity (Bento #168)



I know, I know, this isn’t really a balanced lunch. But what can I say? The fruit this time of year is so good. Plus, I still need to make up for the lack of fruit in the winter.

For dinner last night I made some chicken with a mushroom/red wine sauce so that is the bulk of the non-fruit part of today’s bento. The rest is pretty self-explanatory, except maybe the little red Babybel cheese.

Hubs doesn’t need a bento for the rest of the summer! Yay!!!! Now they’re all mine!!!! Mwuahahahaha! Poor old Hubby is going to have to fend for himself. He’ll survive... I think.

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Bento from Momma's house (Bento #167)



Hubs had to work late so we went to my parent’s house for dinner and are going to stay the night. That means I got Momma’s cooking! Lucky for Hubs there was enough left over to make him a bento from Momma’s house.

He has leftover meatloaf, mashed potatoes, green beans, creamed peas, snow peas, a campari tomato, a sweet red pepper, dried figs, dried apricots, cherries, and some garlic stuffed olives. I love raiding Mom’s fridge.

We have a new student working in our lab this summer which is usually a little stressful, but we got lucky and he’s pretty cool. Of course I’m not at all biased... the first day he was here he walked past my desk and said “Ooh, cool bento box” to which I proceeded to jump up and down in excitement that he knew what a bento box was, lol!

Here’s to hoping a great and exciting summer to everyone!

Linked to What’s for Lunch Wednesday!

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Summer fruit love (Bento #166)



I love the fruits of summer! For lunch I packed Hubs a lychee, blueberries, and nectarine slices. I’m so happy to have lychee again. The bulk of the bento is a fresh salad, steamed broccoli, a Babybel cheese, rice cooked with vegetable broth, and a few slices of turkey sausage.

I’m so jealous of Hubs’ bento I think I’m going to go make one for myself too!

Have a great week!

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Blah dinner means blah lunch (Bento #165)



I was not in the mood to cook dinner last night. Nothing sounded good, I haven’t been to the grocery store since last weekend so it was slim pickins, I wasn’t inspired, and I just didn’t feel like cooking. I should know better by now and not attempt to cook under those dire circumstances but I did it anyway.

I ended up making some baked lemon-pepper chicken, couscous, and zucchini fritters. The chicken was really tender but just didn’t taste very good. The fritters were bland, cakey, and horribly boring. The couscous was a boxed flavored mix that I tried for the first time, and guess what, it was kind of nasty.

*sigh*

The moral of this story... Takeout!

For lunch I packed the blah dinner with some green olives, fruit, nuts, a Babybel cheese, and some tomatoes. I suspect Hubs will bring home a box full of blah dinner but missing all the other stuff, lol.

Here’s to hoping for some good cooking ahead!

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Soboro and snacks (Bento #164)



Michele over at Bento for the Picky Child made soboro and I couldn’t stop craving it! So last night I made soboro with onions and an egg scrambled in at the last minute. Ahhh craving satisfied!

For lunch I put the leftover soboro and some zucchini on a thin bed of rice and sent along a smaller snack pack with fruit, nuts, a Babybel cheese, and some dried cranberries.


I finally changed the sale in the bento store, lol! I think the last one was up for almost a month. Sometimes life just gets in the way. I’m also planning on re-vamping a few pages on the site... when I can find the time. Anyway, back to the sale, for a minimum of a week (tee-hee-hee) the really cute shaped sauce bottles are 10% off.

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