Bento Fun #346 – Funny Trio Bento

Was supposed to bake some breads yesterday but was too lazy so can’t think of anything to put into the kids lunch boxes. Remembering I have some fish cocktails in the freezer, some ideas came along… yes, the thought of those cute Ooglies came flushing back!

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I was running so did not have time to cut the cocktails sausages into shapes so just used them as they are. Just have to dress them up with some cheese eyes and they are good to go! heheh And since there were no carbohydrate, I added a pear onigiri mixed with some furikaki.

The kids polished off everything except the lettuce…

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Darrius even told me that all his teachers were excited to see his lunch box everyday as they were expecting to see something fun! :lol:

 

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Bento Fun #345 – Beary Valentine’s Buns Bento

How was your Valentine’s Day celebration? It is just another day for us here as the hubby is not the romantic sort :P

However, that does not mean I can’t be all lovey dovey! I made these for Darrius’s lunch box and he was so happy he finished everything!

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These beary buns are filled with fish cocktails which is a hit with the kids. Glennedine did not have class so I only need to prepare one.

And I prepared these little cupcakes for Darrius’s class teachers…

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Hope you had a great Valentine’s Day celebration! :)

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Bento Fun #344 – Home made Crocodile cocktail bun

A few weeks ago I stumbled on a Japanese mommy’s blog whom made the cutest character buns. I was so inspired after going through some of her works and thought I should give it a go. The thing is, I have problems shaping the bread dough so gave up many times. However, the cuteness of these buns gave me the courage to try. Started with these cute cat buns… not that perfect but quite encouraging :)

So, it is time to try making other shapes and I have chosen to do the crocodiles ones which look pretty simple. The only thing was shaping the eyes… what seemingly easy but it was not! It is hard to get the sizes correct!

Anyway, I am pretty happy with the outcome…

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As my girl has classes too I made 2 sets but the items in the boxes are slightly different as Ms Diva don’t like cherry tomatoes >.< A simple kyaraben bento… only need to draw the eyes and the teeth :) And so, these kick-started my kyaraben journey for this year!

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*Re-organise the pantry*

I have a relatively big pantry but for some reasons I still feel there is not enough space! I have no idea what I stuffed in there but every level is used up.

Then one day, a friend was asking about ideas of how to reorganise her pantry and I decided to take a look at mine and thought I should do the same too! Can’t believe I have so much junks so I cleared out all the expired items (yeah, when they get stuffed really inside or under, they will be forgotten) and sorted them accordingly. I wished I can install the undermount drawer slides so I can have pull out drawers but no such luck. Therefore, I used boxes to group the items.

Anyway, pretty happy with my hard work and now it looks much better than before. At least I can easily find things around.

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Bento Fun #343 – Meat floss rolls with Teriyaki chicken

I have wanted to make a kyaraben for Darrius but I woke up late and thus ran out of time after preparing the ingredients so just packed all the food into the bento box with no deco. It is not easy to get all the kids ready on time!

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There are some meat floss rolls with a teriyaki chicken stick. Added some yellow cherry tomatoes to fill up the box. On the side there are some mixed grapes and a Fredo treat :)

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Bento Fun #342 – First Bento in 2014

Bento kitchen is finally back in business after a looong hiatus! :lol:

I have wanted to pack a cute bento using the cat buns that I baked the other day for Darrius but I can’t find a suitable bento box to fit in the buns (he wanted 2) so ended up I just packed them in a box and the other accompaniments into other boxes.

So, on last Friday I packed a proper bento but still no kyaraben yet…

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Just some fish fingers with red and yellow Roma cherry tomatoes and some grapes. Added a packet of gummies and a pack of juice.

Just simple stuff that kids like :)

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Gong Xi Fa Chai 2014!

Here wishing everyone a healthy and prosperous Lunar New Year!

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May the year of the Wooden Horse bring you abundance of love, happiness, good health, laughters and wealth!

 

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Back to school at last!

Darrius went back to school today as a 3rd grader. He was so excited that he woke up very early and got himself ready. However, I have to get his sisters ready as well so we can’t be in school earlier… but we were on time… just 10 minutes before the bell rings.

I was supposed to get some breads to make him sandwiches for his lunch but got busy and forgot all about it till pretty late in the afternoon. By then it was hot outside so decided to make some buns for him instead…

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Yeah! Finally got enough courage to try making character buns! Found these cute cat buns tutorial from some Japanese moms sites and I was so inspired! There are a few more designs I wished to try but the cats seemed to be pretty easy and straight forward…

They did came out pretty nice didn’t they? Still need to work on the shaping but I think a few more practices will definitely help a lot more :)

Anyway, Darrius was so happy that he asked to have 2 cat buns for his lunch box! He told me when I went to pick him after school ends that everyone in the class thought that he has the coolest lunch! :lol:

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Back to School 2014!

Finally the 6 weeks holiday has come to an end when Darrius returns to school tomorrow! Can’t help being elated as having 3 kids at home 24/7 is rather detrimental to my soul! lol The constant fights and bickering is driving me nuts!

Anyway, I am looking forward to share more bento creation since Glennedine will be starting kinder officially next week. I can finally use all those cute Hello Kitty and My Melody bento boxes which I bought eons ago! :lol:

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*Baking some fruity cinnamon buns*

Today the temperature will soar to 45ºC! This is Melbourne for you! Our summer is one out of the world where you get low temperature and high temperature within days!

Since we are having oven temperature, I was thinking of baking some breads! It has been a while I last bake any bread so kinda miss eating them! haha!

This summer we have lots of stone fruits and just saw some nice apricots selling at the market. Bought some and thought of drying them myself to make the fruity cinnamon buns. Just learned that we can actually eat the kernels as it is rich in laetrile b17. This is so amazing! Normally I will just throw the seeds away!

Gonna buy more apricots and dries them myself and harvest the kernels too!

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