Several of you seemed interested in how the Bento-esque lunch endeavor plays out, so here is Round Two! We learned after the first day that you cannot put dry and wet things in the same container – if you have pretzel sticks in there and something else that puts off moisture….you get soggy pretzels. Lesson learned! Also the paper cups do a crummy job with wet things. Bento makers use paper cups that are wax-coated. Apparently those hold up better. I didn’t have any, but I did remember that we had a few silicone muffin cups. So I dug those out and we tried that.
For the most part these worked LOTS better. Adam still isn’t wild about this type of lunch….but like I said, he doesn’t eat much of whatever I put in his lunch. Alex and Andy seem to really like it though. I think we will invest in some supplies – I have found two places that carry a wide selection of the cutesy stuff (yes I know about laptoplunches.com – but that isn’t really what I wanted….). A store called jlist.com has TON, but make sure you stick to the bento section – I don’t know what else is on there, but it has an over 18 side?!? And then good ‘ole ebay had quite a bit. We’ll see what we end up with.
Here were the two lunches I sent the other day…
One of them had something else he wanted to take, so he had a smaller container…we also learned that mango is only really good the first day – it gets mushy fast. Most of this is the same as before, except the pretzels are in a baggie, we used some sliced ham, and I cut some cheddar cheese into little sticks. I want to get some of the tiny shape cutters so they can have cute cheese!
And now for a crafty item…..another thank you we made at class. I loved the patterned paper SU had with these large flowers in outlines….but I figured why buy it when I could just get the stamps and make as much of it as I want on my own. So that’s what I did…..8 mos ago. I am just know getting around to actually USING the stamps! That’s terrible, isn’t it?
supplies: 5th Ave Floral; Kiwi Kiss patterned paper SU; Not Quite Navy, Kiwi Kiss, and Baja Breeze inks; Not Quite Navy cardstock; Pure Luxury White Cardstock Pure White in layering and base weights; SU twill; and white satin from Michaels.
Ok, off to make a photo collage for Alex’s homework.