Oh-My! I’m so behind! Short pathetic back story.. then I’ll get to the good stuff!
So, bento lunches for my daughter’s second year of Montessori – 2013-2014. A couple things changed that year. First, I switched regularly between the plant box and the yubo lunch boxes. I enjoyed the variety! Second, after Christmas, Keri politely asked me to stop making her lunches so “cute” – she wanted plain / normal lunches. Ha. She refused to let me use any cookie cutters – so all the sandwiches are incredibly boring! She also wanted more hot lunches rather than cold lunches. So.. okay. A few changes had to be made along the school year. But, I passed my NCLEX (nursing board exam) in September, and became a psychiatric nurse in October 2013. By law, I had to work full time for the first six months. So, from October 2013 – April 2014, I worked full time on the weekends – man, it was hard! I thought it was perfect at first.. I work 16 hours on Saturday (7am – 11:00pm) and do it all over again on Sunday. Physically, I worked 32 hours, but got paid for 40 (called the Baylor shift). It drained me! I was completely exhausted and drained by Monday, so Monday lunches were often very boring because I hadnt been to the grocery store all weekend due to working, and I was exhausted! And on Friday’s, Keri eats pizza – so no bento lunches on Fridays. And, to top it off, I started graduate school in January – so from January 2014 to April 2014, I was working full time AND going to graduate school part time (2 classes) – Ouch! Those few months in particular were the hardest, by far. Then.. school was kinda over!
Okay – there was the backstory. So, this post is just going to show case the best bento lunches I made throughout Keri’s 2nd grade school year. Enjoy!
This first lunch is from 09/11/13 – puppy dog lunch. I took biscuits, cut the dough into shapes of dogs, used black beans for the eyes and nose, and inserted a hot dog as the mouth. There are also cut out cheese bones, and homemade potato chips in here as well. For the fruit, it is peaches and grapes. I loved how cute this lunch was!
This next lunch is from 09/17/2013. The sandwich may seem plain, bu I love the colors here and the little details – from the chicks, the hearts, carrot chips, and the homemade strawberry oatmeal bars.
The next three pictures are in the month of October.. Halloween! I was pretty creative this month – I wasnt at school yet, and was able to concentrate more in cuteness. I love a lot of Halloween ones, but these three are my favorites.
First one is on 10/01/2013 – The first Halloween lunch of the year! (Btw – Halloween is my favorite holiday, which is why I go so all for Halloween bentos!) This is the Frankenstein lunch. They are actually square chicken tacos (so.. take a tortilla, put in chicken and cheese, shape it in a square and hold it with a toothpick.. and tell the child there is a tooth pick in there and not to eat the toothpick!) – love this lunch! (The green circles are cut up cucumbers and green yogurt).
The next Halloween lunch is from 10/02/13. This is the ghost lunch! I have a thing for ghosts – I love them! I actually did a few ghost lunches, but this is one of the originals, and Keri’s favorite. It is a ghost cheese quesadilla, homemade ghost sugar / cinnamon chips with fruit salsa in the circle, ghost cheese sticks, ghost marshmallow, and ghost yogurt. Love ghosts!
The last Halloween lunch I’ll show you was from Halloween itself, 10/31/2013. Yippie! Tried to make this one fun and to emulate trick or treating – the fruit is suppose to be “candy” – get it? Loved this lunch!
Moving on.. to Christmas! Have two bentos to show you from Christmas.. and I’ll stop there, b/c as I said, from January to April, the bentos are quite boring due to the issues listed up above (sorry!!). This one is from 12/02/13. Love the white and red colors! And, I adore the mini little circle sandwich bites – I think they are so cute cut up this way.
The last lunch is from 12/09/13. This is the Christmas tree lunch. I wanted the pirates booty to be like snow – then you got the mini Christmas tree sandwiches, and the veggie straws as grass. Then of course the cute little fruit in red / green colors.
Check out the rest of the bento lunches on my Pinterest board: Bento lunches for Keri