Rainy day blues (Bento #225)



It rained all day long yesterday and the sun refused to poke his head out of the clouds so I could get some good lighting, lol. Not only was it a gloomy day but I’m sick again. It feels like I’ve been sick this entire month. This one is the worst so far and it refuses to go away. I’ve been battling fevers, coughs, tonsils the size of golf balls, and massive headaches for 4 days now. I’m ready for it to go away, lol.

I managed to get myself to the grocery store yesterday for some essentials and picked up a rotisserie chicken for dinner because I’m getting a little tired of chicken noodle soup. All I had to do last night was cook the brussels sprouts and cheesy potatoes. Then making a bento for hubs was super easy. I owed him a good bento for taking such good care of me while I’m pathetic :)

I’m going to drag myself upstairs and go back to bed.

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Thanksgiving Weekend Sale!



It’s that time of year when the leaves change colors, the air gets crisper, and masses of people make a mad rush to the mall! To join in on the fun we’re having a Super Thanksgiving Weekend Sale!

Every item in the store is 10% OFF!

As if that wasn’t good enough, every order will receive 2 free gifts! One of the gifts will be a bento box and the other is a super top secret surprise :)

The sale will end Monday evening Nov. 28th. No coupon codes or minimum purchases are required.

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We spent ours surrounded by family, friends, and fantastic food. I hope we are lucky enough to have such a wonderful time next year too.

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Getting back to normal... right? (Bento #224)



I’m pretty sure I said that life was supposed to be getting back to normal. Seems like that was just wishful thinking, lol! On the bright side, what I’ve been super busy with is dinners with family, birthday parties, and getting ready for the holidays. All of which are a lot of fun so I guess I can’t ask for much more than that.

I used Izumi’s gorgeous bento box again and filled the bottom with vegetable fried rice topped with sakura shaped sweet potato slices. The sakura cutter came from her too! The top tier has some rather odd looking mini sausages, carrot sticks, tomatoes, and sauteed zucchini. I was excited about the mini sausages but they turned out a bit bumpy and weird, they still taste good though. :)

My contributions to Thanksgiving dinner this year are going to be an apple pie and roasted brussels sprouts. What are you guys making?

Added to What’s for Lunch Wednesday!

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Wrapped casserole and a salad (Bento #223)



I’m not sure I’ve fully expressed how awesome the printed wax papers Izumi sent me are! I used 2 strips to wrap up a not-so-pretty bit of casserole. Now I can just pull it out, put it on a plate, and throw it in the microwave without fear of messing up my salad. Brilliant!

Since the casserole didn’t really match the curvature of the box I threw in a Babybel cheese to hold it in place. The rest of the bento is pretty self-explanatory but I will say that I brought along a banana and a little bit of dressing.

I’m now on a mission to find pretty printed wax paper locally. Wish me luck! If you know of any place to get some please tell me :)

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Getting back to normal (Bento #222)



It feels like months since I last posted a bento. My life is typically very busy but the last few weeks have been crazy. One of the brightest spots was getting Izumi’s (Soul Soup Soap) wonderful package. I was chosen for one of her giveaways and the package she sent was amazing. She really took a lot of time and care putting this together. Thank you!

Today’s bento has a few of the goodies that Izumi sent: the gorgeous sakura bento, matching sakura wrapping cloth, adorable strawberry paper cups, and printed wax paper! I’m so happy to have some pretty wax paper! I know you can’t see the design too well here, but I’m sure I’ll be using it a lot, it’s beautiful.

I filled this wonderful bento box with rice, pickled plum, southwest chicken, purple cabbage slaw, carrots, pear, kiwi, olives, and a little pickled ginger.

Added to What’s for Lunch Wednesday!

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Sometimes, you just need some stripes (Bento #221)



Before I started making this bento I knew I wanted stripes and strips all over the place. Sometimes you just need some stripes! I have striped zucchini slices, a striped Babybel cheese, strips of carrot, strips of pork chops, and the pasta is penne so I’m counting that as stripes too.

This has to be a short post because I need to get back to work. I hope everyone is having a great week!

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Slow cooking comfort food (Bento #220)



I love Sundays. During the week my dinners have to be fast and simple and I never have time to make something like kale. Today I was able to simmer this kale with a little browned bacon for a few hours before dinner. It doesn’t make the house smell the greatest (lol) but it’s totally worth it.

While I sent Hubs out back to grill the pork chops I made some mashed potatoes and we ate them topped with some Branston pickle. For lunch I packed up our dinner leftovers and added the most adorable little pear, zucchini slices, a Babybel cheese, carrot sticks and a few pieces of fresh fruit.

This is looking to be quite a busy week for me, but it will end will end great. Next weekend is our yearly family reunion and I always look forward to going. It’s full of family history, crafts, food, food, and more food! It will be a fun end to a hectic week.

Have a great week!

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Warm autumn colors (Bento #219)



The cool weather is starting to crop up more and more often these days. We are still getting hot and humid afternoons but the nights and mornings are delightfully cool. Here in mid-south Florida we don’t see many fall colors. Palm trees don’t tend to turn orange and red, lol. So I’m getting my Fall colors bento style.

The majority of this bento is delicious fried rice. Hubs says my fried rice is one of his favorite things to eat. I think he must be buttering me up for something. Hmmm. I wonder what he wants? :)

Along with the fried rice is a cup of soboro, persimmon and kiwi wedges, a few celery sticks, and a cauliflower.

Have a great Friday!

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Chinese take-out done up bento style (Bento #218)



I was rummaging around in the kitchen yesterday trying to figure out what to make for dinner but just couldn’t decide. Hubs even came in to help look around. Then, as if it were destiny, we both turned around and in unison said, “Lets do Chinese take-out”! Brilliant!

I always get the spicy mongolian beef (our fav restaurant does it brilliantly, it’s truly amazing, but it’s been kind of gross at other places) and Hubs got the spicy Florida orange chicken. This is a picture of Hubs’ bento with his orange chicken, a krab rangoon, radish, egg, kiwi, tomato salad, Babybel cheese, and some brussels sprouts to fill in the gaps.

I threw my bento together this morning and completely forgot to take a picture. D’oh! Oh well.

Have a great day!

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Truly simple grilled chicken bento (Bento #217)



Can you tell I need to do some grocery shopping? My bento stash is running so dry that I resorted to adding a mini Hershey bar to fill up space in this bento! I am usually against adding dessert or candy because I eat too much of it as it is. ^_^ But, since this bento is for Hubs it’ll be fine. Tee-hee-hee.

The top half contains some unbelievable juicy grilled chicken, wild mushroom couscous, and sauteed carrots. The bottom half has a radish, Babybel cheese, a campari tomato, edamame, green olives, and of course the Hershey bar.

I hope you all had a wonderful Halloween! We spend ours at my parents’ house passing out candy and glow bracelets. This year we passed out a ton of glow bracelets! They are always a big hit with the kids. We saw some fantastic costumes, ate way too much food, and had a great time hanging out with all of the friends and family that came.

Happy Bento-ing!
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