Wednesday, January 29, 2014

♫♪ Do you wanna eat a snowman? ♪♫


Frozen has quickly become the favorite movie at my house.  We have seen it twice and can't wait for it to be released to DVD on March 18.  My children (okay, and me) sing the songs all day and know every word to each of them.  It's funny, because I really didn't even want to see it when I first saw the extended preview.  I am so glad I went with them, because I truly love it as much as they do.  The story is fabulous, and I feel a strangely deep, emotional connection to each of the characters.  That is rare with an animated film.  

While Elsa and Anna are truly lovely, and we adore Kristoff & Sven, our absolute favorite character is Olaf.  I mean, what's not to love about this quirky little snowman who dreams of summer.  He's adorable and kind, gentle and loyal, and just plain funny.  Josh Gadd did an amazing job of bringing this character to life.  

We are having a rare winter storm right now in our area, so I decided to celebrate our "frozen" weather with a Frozen bento.  Olaf was the obvious choice for me and absolutely delighted my children and my husband, as well.  He happened to be home today due to the weather and was able to enjoy the bento, too.  I actually made four of them, one for each of us, instead of my usual two.  I'll be honest that it took much longer to make all four of them than I am used to.  I am glad I usually only make two! 

I hope you enjoy this one as much as we did!  
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What's in the Box?
Hand-formed Rice w/ Nori, Radish & Carrot Accents
Lettuce, Carrot Sticks, Cherry Tomatoes, Baby Cucumber
California Rolls, Tri-Color Baby Bell Peppers
Grapes, Blackberries


A couple of my fellow bento bloggers have made their own Frozen lunches.  As always, they inspire me, cheer me on, and support my crazy hobby.  I would love for you to hop on over to their blogs and take a look! 

And I would like to give a very special thank you to Venia with Organized Bites for inspiring me every day and for coming up with the name of this post!  

Friday, January 24, 2014

Fifteen Minute Friday #21

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Welcome back to 15 Minute Fridays!!  I'm excited to be starting back up with my weekly link party, and hope you have those lunches ready!

If you have a fast and fun lunch that can be made in 15 minutes or less, please link it up below.  Be sure to stop by some of the other linked blogs and share some love with them.  After all, we all love comments!

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My 15 minute lunch:
What's in the Box?
Honey Ham Sandwich on Pump Swirl Bread
California Rolls, Clementine Orange
Raw Corn, Tri-Color Baby Bell Peppers

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Monday, January 20, 2014

Baked Potato Bento


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Baked potatoes are not something my family eats very often, but I recently realized that they make a great lunch, especially on a cold day.  They fit perfectly in the large compartment of our EasyLunchBoxes, and if you wrap the potato in foil, it will stay nice and warm.  You can either cut it open, prepare it and then wrap it in foil, or leave it in tact with the toppings in the box and ready to assemble at lunchtime.  Either way, especially if stored in an insulated bag, your potato should be nice and warm come lunchtime.  For mine, I made homemade bacon bits with some leftover bacon I had on hand, added a little butter and cheese and that was it.  

Baked potatoes are great in that they can be dressed however you see fit.  They are wonderful with steamed broccoli and other veggies.  They taste amazing topped with ranch dressing and chives.  Add taco ingredients and salsa for a fun and delicious spin on the traditional potato.  Try it with BBQ sauce and chopped brisket.  You can use vegetable or chicken broth in place of butter.  The options seem to be endless!  I love thinking beyond the standard sandwich lunch, and this certainly fits the bill!  
What's in the Box?
Baked Russet Potato w/ Butter, Colby-Jack & Bacon
Celery & Carrot Sticks, Snap Peas, Tri-Color Cherry Tomatoes
Clementine & Raspberries

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I love comments and would love to know what is YOUR favorite way to top a baked potato?

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Cobb Salad & Van's Multigrain Chips

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I was so excited earlier this month when I was contacted by Van's Natural Foods asking if I was interested in reviewing some of their new products.  My family has been enjoying Van's products for years, so I jumped at the opportunity to try these new items.  

Today's lunch included Van's Nacho, Nacho, Man! Multigrain Chips.  I paired the chips with a cobb salad and fresh fruit, and my children were thrilled.  Gluten-free and made with brown rice, oats, millet, quinoa and amaranth, these nutrient-rich chips eliminate all the guilt, while keeping the flavor you would hope for in a chip.  In fact, they are way tastier than your traditional unhealthy chip that is made with artificial ingredients.  My 13 year old said these were delicious and my almost 5 year old said they were the yummiest chips he's ever had!  Chips are not something I typically ever buy, so this was a real treat for them, and something I will feel good about buying in the future.        
What's in the Box?
Cobb Salad - Mixed Baby Greens, Cucumber, Radish, Tomato, Hard-Boiled Egg Whites, Bell Peppers, Smoked Turkey, Light Colby-Jack Cheese
Clementine, Blackberries
Van's Nacho, Nacho, Man! Multigrain Chips

Please check back for additional reviews of Van's new products soon!

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Friday, January 3, 2014

Bagel for lunch


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Today's lunch was quick and simple, but super delicious.
What's in the Box?
Bagel Thin w/ Smoked Turkey, Fresh Spinach & Barrel Pickles
Grape Tomatoes, Yellow and Orange Bell Peppers
Clementine, Fresh Berries

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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Favorite 13 of 2013



To celebrate the New Year, several of my fellow bento bloggers and I are posting our personal 13 favorite bentos that we made in 2013.  If you click on the name of each bento below, it will take you to the original post with more details on that bento.  Be sure to scroll all the way through, as my top favorites are a the bottom!

No. 13

No. 12

No. 11

No. 10

No. 9

No. 8

No. 7

No. 6

No. 5

No. 4

No. 3

No. 2

AND...my absolute FAVORITE bento of 2013 is...
No. 1

I would love for you to comment and tell me what is YOUR favorite bento I made in 2013?

Now, head over to the BBF blog by either clicking here or on the button below so you can see the rest of the Top 13 of 13 posts!
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