Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Croissant Sandwich

I just realized nothing "Halloween" like stuff in here :( 
When I'm busy one thing, I cannot think about the other thing! 
Today is halloween, and CC wanted to be Merida from Brave, and that involved
curling hair to paint spraying her hair. Whew! JJ was a kitty cat, nice and easy. 
And they have class parties with treats and games. I was thinking 
"I have to pack something light, and something not sugary" 
Anyway, simple ham and cheese sandwich and egg salad sandwich. 
Can you tell I was in a hurry? The picture isn't even focus :p
Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Heart Sandwich

CC wanted to buy lunch today, so I got lazy. I made this for JJ but super simple. 
A heart sandwich with strawberry jam, fresh strawberries, ham and cheese in 
flower shapes. It was still very dark because of the storm. So the picture was 
taken under the light :) 

Monday, October 29, 2012

Witch Bento

Witch Bento, Food, 魔女弁当、やきそば、魔女のおにぎり

It is Monday again! Happy Monday, everyone! 
I couldn't think of anything, then found left over pot stickers. 
That was perfect little something for lunch.
Then I decided to make a witch. Does it look like one? 
I hope so. They are simple rice balls. 

Saturday, October 27, 2012

California Roll Bento

I'm hoping I won't have to make dinner today. It's Saturday. I just don't feel like it. 
I feel pretty much like sushi. We have a really good sushi restaurant in our neighborhood. 
Although if we go, girls will race to eat tuna, and sometimes I don't get to eat any! 
I'm getting better at rolling sushi. This is fun once you know hot to do it :) 

Happy Halloween Spagetti

Today's lunch is spaghetti with pumpkin bread. I made eyes with a brownie. 
Happy Halloween! 

Friday, October 26, 2012

Star Sandwich

Hi there! I totally forgot to post this lunch, and almost time to pick up kids!!! 
Today's lunch is regular sandwich with grapes and carrots, added some hotdog flowers :) 
GOT TO RUN! See you soon! 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Snowman Curry Bento

snowman curry bento, 雪だるま弁当

I'm not wishing for snow. I'm actually enjoying warm weather last couple of days. 
It's curry today, so this is easy solution :) 
For JJ, I made mashed potato ghost again... since she couldn't eat yesterday. 
As I predicted, she said "mommy, I couldn't eat, because you forgot to put folk in it!" 
I made sure everything is packed today. 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Owl, Bat and Ghost Bento

Owl, Bat, Ghost Bento, フクロウ弁当

As I post this picture, I realized that I forgot to put folks for kids. 
Hope they can find one at the cafeteria... otherwise, they bring this back! Oh no! 

In case you are wondering what they are: from left top, rice balls, bottom left, 
ghost shaped mashed potato, right bottom, meatballs.. trying to look like a bat. 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Elephant Sandwich

elephant sandwich, snack, ぞうくんサンドイッチ

Here is today's lunch and snack. I used new elephant cookie cutter for a decoration. 
I've been trying to make heart shaped sandwich, but haven't succeeded. 
Maybe I put too much jam inside which is difficult to roll. and bread might be too thick
for the purpose. Anyway, I'm happy that turn out simple, but healthy looking lunch :) 

Monday, October 22, 2012

Penguin Bento 2

Penguin rice ball has salmon flakes inside :) Some vegetables, fruits, and 
chicken nugets. 

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Ninja Cat Bento

Ninja Cat Bento, 忍者キャット弁当

Today's lunch was Ninja Cat Onigiri Bento. Simply made rice balls in kitty cat shape, 
made face and body with seaweed. It looks like cat in costume :) 

Friday, October 19, 2012

Mac and Cheese Sandwich with Halloween Cookie

I take picture by the window normally. This morning, it was so dark! 
The thing is the sun rise is getting later. Plus it was a bit raining. 
So you may wonder what is that black round thing .. that's a halloween cookie, 
kind of like Oreo Cookie. And one side of cherry is raisins. 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Halloween Hot Dog

Halloween, Hot Dog, ハロウィーン、ホットドッグ

It is getting close to Halloween! Girls are excited, and finally both costumes are ready! Whew!
I just realized that I forgot to include a folk for this lunch, hope she could find it at the 
cafeteria. Inside this is hot dogs and mac and cheese, grapes and apple. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

My Lunch 6

lunch, bento, salmon, さけ弁当

This is my lunch today. I love salmon flakes. It is easy, and yummy. 
My new favorite is Maitake mushroom I could buy at Whole Foods. 

Shumai Bento

shumai bento, しゅうまい弁当

I've been liking this new lunch boxes. They are shallow, has divider, and sealed tightly. 
The amount is probably perfect for JJ, too. She normally eats all her lunch. 
Today is shumai bento. The other one with vegetable is for snack. I had her bring 
some chips the other day, and kindergarten teacher reminded me that's not acceptable 
snack for kindergartener. Oh well. Sometimes, I don't have enough time to pack lunch
and snack and a bag of chips helps me so much! Today, I made some effort :) 

I was having trouble packing, and realized that I used top one and bottom one opposite! 
See, it's too loose with rice balls, and too tight the other. It settled okay at the end :) 

Monday, October 15, 2012

My Lunch 5

sushi roll, norimaki, のりまき弁当、サーモン唐揚げ

I'm not very good at making sushi roll, I don't think. It is difficult to roll tight. 
When it is loose, it's difficult to eat because all fall apart too quickly. 
But I found this crab meat at Japanese market and had to try it. 
Avocado was nice and fresh, so it is actually turn out great! We had salmon for 
dinner. So I put small slice aside and made it fried salmon for lunch. 

Norimaki Bento

JJ just love sushi roll. When I made some for dinner, she didn't even ask 
what was inside and ate it all! So I packed some for lunch. To go with it, 
I made fried salmon. It turn out pretty good :) 

Friday, October 12, 2012

Sandwich again

Sandwich and Fruits, アニマルサンド

Sandwich again. 
Last night, both kids were sick and I wasn't sure if they are able to go to school. 
Then forgot to plan about lunch. Plus, I didn't want them to feel sick eating too heavy lunch. 
I think simple lunch like this is okay sometimes, right? 

This is for daddy.

I know this is not sandwich. This is Soba. This is for CC.
When kids are sick and don't have much appetite, 
Soba noodle works great. It fills and light at the same time. Often, Japanese kids or 
half Japanese kids like mine get picked on such lunch. But my daughter is very unique 
and confident. She doesn't mind showing off this "difference" in her, and proud. 
One time in the kindergarten, she was writing everyone's name in Japanese, getting 
other kids interested in different language. I am very proud of her :)

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Bunny and Chick Onigiri Bento

bunny and chick onigiri bento, うさぎとひよこのおにぎり弁当

Today's lunch is this. I couldn't make up my mind what kind of rice balls I would make. 
And also I realized that I often having trouble making two of the same ones. 
So here are bunny and chick. It look more like penguin if I put more seaweed. 
Anyway, chicken nuggets to go with it. Edamame is such a convenient item. 
It is green, and kids love it! One thing JJ commented this morning was 
"mom, that's cute, but when I open the lunch box, things are all over the place!" 
Well, that's the challenge :) 

I didn't mean to make it look mad.. just the angle.. 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Kitty Cat Wrap Sandwich

I used obento gadget today, these are kitty cat and doggy wrap. 
Inside is rolled up sandwich. 
You can buy this kind of gadget these days, but back in my childhood, there was 
no such things! But I remember my mom used color plastic wrap to do the same 
thing. And when the lunch was sandwich, somehow it was special :) 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Halloween Ghost Bento

halloween Ghost Bento, ハロウィーン弁当、おばけ弁当

It is getting close to Halloween. I made two ghost bento today. 

Happy Halloween :) 

Monday, October 8, 2012

Heart Sandwich

Jam Sandwich, Heart Shaped Sandwich, ジャムサンド、ハートサンド

I tried to make heart shaped sandwich, it didn't work very good :( 
Maybe the bread I used was too thick, or I put too much jam. 
Anyway, I was tired this morning... 

Sunday, October 7, 2012

My Lunch 4

bento, 日の丸弁当、コロッケ、きんぴら

I made this for my dinner today. I thought it would be nice for portion control. 
Although, it was a quite volume that won't work for losing weight! 

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Kitty Cat Bento

kitty cat lunch, ねこ弁当

Today's lunch for Japanese school.
Inside rice ball is salmon flakes.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Cucumber Roll

cucumber roll, かっぱ巻き弁当、舞茸

I wasn't going to make lunch today, 
because CC was buying lunch and JJ decided to bring lunchin the last minutes, 
and I packed her chili and chips. Nothing to photograph. 
Then I went to Whole Foods for grocery shopping, found MAITAKE, kind of 
mushroom I like. I bought a pack and sauté with soy sauce, Mirin, and a bit of sugar. 
Now, I wanted to pack in the box! I made cucumber roll just the sake of Japanese "ish" lunch. 
I guess I can bring this for dinner tonight for JJ's violin lesson :) 

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Salmon Cheese Sandwich

I often have to make different things for CC and JJ. Today is the case. 
For CC I made quesadillas. For JJ it is salmon and cream cheese sandwich. 
I like tuna, too. But this is a little alternatives. Just mix can of salmon with 
cream cheese. We often use it as dip for chips at the party. 

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

My Lunch 3


Today's my lunch will be garlic and hot pepper pasta with fruits! 

Sandwich and Hotdog

This is our basic sandwich, egg salad sandwich with strawberry jam roll ups. 
Hot dogs on a screw is easy to eat at lunch time.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

My Lunch 2

This was my lunch today. I found myself having fun putting this together for myself. 
Otherwise, it's always busy and sometimes I forget to eat. 
Today I had this sausage with blue cheese I tasted at Whole Foods. 
It was yummy, but actually too rich, next time I pack more vegetables and less meat. 

Smiley Faces Onigiri Bento

rice balls, おにぎり弁当、にこにこ弁当

This is our typical Onigiri (rice ball) Bento. 
I had to go to the grocery store today, and I didn't have main dish to put in the lunch. 
What we have here is ham, and fruits. Just adding fun, I made apple ladybug :)
Oh, one quick tip: soak apple in salt water for 5 minutes or so before packing. 
It won't change into yucky brown! 

Monday, October 1, 2012

Teddy Bear Curry

teddy bear curry, テディベアカレー

I did pretty good today. I had this plan to make teddy bear curry, and curry was already made. 
It was easy just to pack lunch like this. CC loves curry, so I just made sure she could 
break teddy bear to eat! (sometimes they feel bad to eat if there is a face) 
It is a good start of the week! 

My Lunch

I always wanted this slim shaped obento box, and now I got it! 
This is forth obento I'm making today, but I don't care. I wanted to try it! 
What surprised me was this is a lot to eat! 
I'm eating lunch alone, but this make is a little fun for me :) 
Happy Monday! 

Mac and Cheese Kinder Bento

Mac and Cheese, Chicken Nuggets, マックアンドチーズ、チキンナゲット

Because JJ is getting big, sometimes I feel she can handle herself well, forgetting she's only 5. 
One of the things is obento. Even opening lunch box is challenge sometimes. 
For that reason, I made a simple and easy access kinder lunch. 

Steak Bento for Daddy

steak bento, ステーキ弁当

I had this beef marinated over the weekend, thinking for dinner, turn out to be going out to eat. 
So I cooked it up for obento. Well, he'll eat it for dinner, so that's okay, right?