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Yesterday I went to go look at the screenshots of the new MMORPG coming out soon, Hello Kitty Online and I about died of anticipation. I realize that people in the Allakhazam community will likely look at HKO with complete revulsion and disgust, but I find myself mysteriously drawn to a world of pink and flowers and Pompompurin houses. You can make farms and grow crops and pick fruit from trees. A virtual gardener such as myself cannot stay away from such a game, especially since it’s free! I used to be such a Sanrio freak as a teenager and from looking at these pictures, apparently I still am.

I woke up at 5 am this morning to cook rice and make tamagoyaki for my bento this morning and to make my first ever bento for Mr. Pikko. He usually doesn’t eat lunch or just buys food, so I never bothered to make one. But… since the Kokua Festival tickets I had planned on giving are not here yet, I thought maybe a bento would be a nice, thoughful gift to give that wasn’t costly.

This is Mr. Pikko’s bento, which has 3 little chicken drumsticks and wings. Grandma J made a new recipe last night as a test for some function she is going to and I think these are called “Lip Smackin’ Wings”. To go with the chicken, I made a round onigiri dyed with red food coloring. I had initially wanted it to be all pink, but then when the coloring didn’t mix too well, I thought the haphazard coloring came out really well. I cut out the two hearts from bell peppers and sprinkled black sesame seeds on to add more color.

In the middle is some sliced asparagus and then on the bottom area I have some pink tamagoyaki cut into sakura flowers. I added about 5 drops of red food coloring and then after it was cooked, rolled the egg into a circle shape with my bamboo sushi thing before putting it into the fridge to cool. I sliced it up and used my veggie cutters to get the sakura shape. Next to that I have some imitation crab and then a slice of orange. Behind the onigiri I put a little raspberry too! I was quite happy with the amount of food I was able to cram into this little box! The tradeoff was that I was pissed to find out that 4 of my romaine heart heads were frozen in my crisper drawer. GRRR!! What a waste!!


Here is my matching bento! It’s basically identical except I have a grape tomato hiding behind my onigiri, one less chicken piece, and kiwi instead of orange.

We’re giving the night off to the in-laws so we’re leaving work early to pick up the kids and will probably take them to eat dinner at IHOP. If you’re wondering why we’re eating at a pancake house for dinner on Valentine’s Day, it’s because for a mom of two toddlers, I’m still pretty stupid about some things. Tuesday was Free Pancake Day at IHOP and so I stupidly started telling the family about this in front of the kids. Buddy’s eyes glazed over and he starts waddling towards me chanting, “CUP CAKE… CUP CAKE… CUP CAKE…” Baby Girl starts in with her broken record repeating, going, “Mommy, I want paaaaaancaaaaake? x500” Yeah, big mistake. Never say any word that contains “cake” in front of toddlers unless you’re ready to bust them out right then and there.

It was 9 pm, but I got us all to go there only to find it was dine-in only with a half hour wait. NO CAN DO! So this is sort of a makeup for the other night. An emergency trip to Foodland for frozen pancakes had to be made.

Anyway, Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone!

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The title sounds kinda weird/gross no? Haha! Well I have done another みやざき (Miyazaki) themed bento for bentochallenge. It’s not terribly creative since it’s just nori and cheese cutouts, but I still wanted to do it as he’s another of my favorite characters from Spirited Away. When I think about it though, what character from Spirited Away couldn’t qualify as a favorite?? ^_^


As you can see I’ve used my leftover blue rice from yesterday’s 100 bento to make my fried rice. In it I put some chopped up imitation crab, my carrot fishies, sliced kamaboko, my bell pepper corals all chopped up, and the okra sliced up. I cracked an egg into it, but that didn’t go so well. My egg curse continues. As I mentioned, I only ate the sushi and hot dogs yesterday and with this bento today I’ve used up almost everything that was left. There’s just a bit of rice left.

On the right I have some leftover pineapple chicken which was a new recipe my MIL tried last night from one of her friends. It tasted great! It’s very soft, has a teriyaki flavor with a slight sweet taste. There are chopped up green bell peppers as well as chunks of pineapple.

As I said, No Face is made out of nori and cheese. His face was quite a challenge to cut out, especially his eyes. I had to cut three versions of those before I got them right. Here is a closer picture of him:

All this Miyazaki bento has made me want to watch the movie again. Unfortunately my DVD is damaged and the PS2 doesn’t read it anymore so I have to watch it on my computer, which I don’t like much. Though maybe it’ll be better now that I have a widescreen monitor!

I started up a Guestbook yesterday, so feel free to sign it! It’s on the right sidebar. I had a lot of wonderful comments yesterday both here and on Live Journal and I want to thank all of you for the lovely things you all said. It was definitely worth the work!

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The title sounds kinda weird/gross no? Haha! Well I have done another みやざき (Miyazaki) themed bento for bentochallenge. It’s not terribly creative since it’s just nori and cheese cutouts, but I still wanted to do it as he’s another of my favorite characters from Spirited Away. When I think about it though, what character from Spirited Away couldn’t qualify as a favorite?? ^_^


As you can see I’ve used my leftover blue rice from yesterday’s 100 bento to make my fried rice. In it I put some chopped up imitation crab, my carrot fishies, sliced kamaboko, my bell pepper corals all chopped up, and the okra sliced up. I cracked an egg into it, but that didn’t go so well. My egg curse continues. As I mentioned, I only ate the sushi and hot dogs yesterday and with this bento today I’ve used up almost everything that was left. There’s just a bit of rice left.

On the right I have some leftover pineapple chicken which was a new recipe my MIL tried last night from one of her friends. It tasted great! It’s very soft, has a teriyaki flavor with a slight sweet taste. There are chopped up green bell peppers as well as chunks of pineapple.

As I said, No Face is made out of nori and cheese. His face was quite a challenge to cut out, especially his eyes. I had to cut three versions of those before I got them right. Here is a closer picture of him:

All this Miyazaki bento has made me want to watch the movie again. Unfortunately my DVD is damaged and the PS2 doesn’t read it anymore so I have to watch it on my computer, which I don’t like much. Though maybe it’ll be better now that I have a widescreen monitor!

I started up a Guestbook yesterday, so feel free to sign it! It’s on the right sidebar. I had a lot of wonderful comments yesterday both here and on Live Journal and I want to thank all of you for the lovely things you all said. It was definitely worth the work!

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When I first started getting full on into doing bento every day, one of my favorite images was from Little Yuzu’s blog in which she did some soot ball onigiri from Spirited Away. Since the bentochallenge this week is Hayao Miyazaki, I had to do one. It’s been done quite a few times on other blogs I’ve seen such as Lunch in a Box and Kitchen Cow, but as I mentioned it’s one of my favorite bentos ever so despite the unoriginality that’s what I’m eating today.

Yesterday I went home with a bad stomach ache so Mr. Pikko brought me back some pork hash from dinner at his mom’s and some kind of tofu carrot patty, which tasted really good. I decided to use that for the filling in my onigiri. The rice came out to just about 1 cup cooked rice, so this bento will be 4 points just like yesterday’s. It may look like more, but the filling takes up a decent amount of space inside.


The eyes are made with swiss cheese and I had a hard time with it because I don’t have anything circular to cut them out with that small. My first try, I used the bottom of one of my soy sauce bottles but that turned out to be too small so I used one of my thermos soy sauce bottles instead. The nori pupils were punched with my happy face punches from Japan. The stars are made from carrot, Okinawan sweet potato, and cucumbers.

I showed it to Baby Girl and she loved it but I showed it to Buddy and he immediately backed away whimpering with his scared face, so I guess big black onirigi with eyeballs staring at him is way too scary! lol

As you can see from today’s and yesterday’s photos I’m pretty bored with my plain white background and so have decided to put my numerous furoshiki cloths to use as prettier backgrounds. So far I am pretty happy with how it turns out. It adds more life to the photo, don’t you think?

I didn’t go jogging again last night because of my lingering stomachache plus my legs are so sore I can barely walk right. We’ll see how I do tonight. No promises on that one since tonight I have to make #100, get more bento orders ready, and do the drawing.

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When I first started getting full on into doing bento every day, one of my favorite images was from Little Yuzu’s blog in which she did some soot ball onigiri from Spirited Away. Since the bentochallenge this week is Hayao Miyazaki, I had to do one. It’s been done quite a few times on other blogs I’ve seen such as Lunch in a Box and Kitchen Cow, but as I mentioned it’s one of my favorite bentos ever so despite the unoriginality that’s what I’m eating today.

Yesterday I went home with a bad stomach ache so Mr. Pikko brought me back some pork hash from dinner at his mom’s and some kind of tofu carrot patty, which tasted really good. I decided to use that for the filling in my onigiri. The rice came out to just about 1 cup cooked rice, so this bento will be 4 points just like yesterday’s. It may look like more, but the filling takes up a decent amount of space inside.


The eyes are made with swiss cheese and I had a hard time with it because I don’t have anything circular to cut them out with that small. My first try, I used the bottom of one of my soy sauce bottles but that turned out to be too small so I used one of my thermos soy sauce bottles instead. The nori pupils were punched with my happy face punches from Japan. The stars are made from carrot, Okinawan sweet potato, and cucumbers.

I showed it to Baby Girl and she loved it but I showed it to Buddy and he immediately backed away whimpering with his scared face, so I guess big black onirigi with eyeballs staring at him is way too scary! lol

As you can see from today’s and yesterday’s photos I’m pretty bored with my plain white background and so have decided to put my numerous furoshiki cloths to use as prettier backgrounds. So far I am pretty happy with how it turns out. It adds more life to the photo, don’t you think?

I didn’t go jogging again last night because of my lingering stomachache plus my legs are so sore I can barely walk right. We’ll see how I do tonight. No promises on that one since tonight I have to make #100, get more bento orders ready, and do the drawing.

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Yet another reason why I am mental, I dragged the family to Don Quijote (formerly Daiei, formerly Holiday Mart) to look for good items to use in my bento #100, which I thought was going to be today’s one. Well lucky thing I came home and triple counted my bentos cause this is actually bento #96! Oh well… the things I bought should hold up fine until then. But from today I will do a countdown. Three actually.

Bento Countdown to 100: 4!
Days until UH Football: 9!
Days until UFC 74: 2!

Granted our opening game is like the joke of all college football but hey, I’m still excited to see Colt throwing again and to see how the team is shaping up this year. A game against a seriously outmatched underdog makes me worry a lot less than opening against Alabama like last year. So, this is at the very least good for my nerves. I’m still nervous since losing to this team would ruin everything, but it’s just a little teeny nervousness. What I am nervous about is our season tickets. Where the hell are they??

And yes, we’re having another UFC party this weekend, so I’ll have to watch what I eat tomorrow because I know I’ll probably end up overeating Saturday night.

On to the bento! Today I have made an entry for bentochallenge! The theme this week is favorite song and although I don’t have any one single favorite song, this one that I did is definitely high up there. The sandwich the zebra rests on is a turkey and avocado sandwich on Roman Meal Honey Oat bread, so that will count as 3 points. (since I cut off the crusts) The zebra is made out of Swiss cheese and nori cutouts. I’m quite proud of him as I did all the cutting freehand. No printouts this time! His eyes and nostrils are made out of black sesame seeds.


He’s wearing a red bell pepper sweater. I wasn’t sure this would be clear so that’s why I added in the yellow zig zag. At the top are the letters HELLO carved out of bell peppers as well. This word is part of the hint to the song, so pay attention to that too! On the right side I put a KCCA salad for Mr. Zebra to eat. A close up view:


And now for the answer:

Take a guess!

Mr. Zebra by Tori Amos

Lyrics:

Hello Mr. Zebra
Can I have you sweater
Cause it’s cold cold cold
In my hole hole hole
Ratatouille Strychnine
Sometimes she’s a friend of mine
With a gigantic whirlpool
That will blow your mind

Hello Mr. Zebra
Ran into some confusion with a Mrs. Crocodile
Furry mussels marching on
She thinks she’s Kaiser Wilhelm
Or a civiliaes syllabub
To blow your mind
Figure it out
She’s a goodtime fella
She got a little fund to fight for Moneypenny’s rights
Figure it out
She’s a goodtime fella
Too bad the burial was premature she said
And smiled

So you see, he’s Mr. Zebra and he’s wearing a sweater which Ms. Amos wants. 😀

If you’ve never heard the song of course you’ll think I’m nutters for liking it and that Tori Amos is clearly singing more than two bricks short of a full load, but if you listen to it, it’s a really cute and chipper song. It’s very short and is old school Tori back when she still sang with only her piano.

One last thing, a friend from Allakhazam is a finalist on Hunt for the Hunter so that she can be a guest star on the Sci-Fi show Ghost Hunters. Please vote for her! She is the first video displayed, Brittany Beaulac!

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Yet another reason why I am mental, I dragged the family to Don Quijote (formerly Daiei, formerly Holiday Mart) to look for good items to use in my bento #100, which I thought was going to be today’s one. Well lucky thing I came home and triple counted my bentos cause this is actually bento #96! Oh well… the things I bought should hold up fine until then. But from today I will do a countdown. Three actually.

Bento Countdown to 100: 4!
Days until UH Football: 9!
Days until UFC 74: 2!

Granted our opening game is like the joke of all college football but hey, I’m still excited to see Colt throwing again and to see how the team is shaping up this year. A game against a seriously outmatched underdog makes me worry a lot less than opening against Alabama like last year. So, this is at the very least good for my nerves. I’m still nervous since losing to this team would ruin everything, but it’s just a little teeny nervousness. What I am nervous about is our season tickets. Where the hell are they??

And yes, we’re having another UFC party this weekend, so I’ll have to watch what I eat tomorrow because I know I’ll probably end up overeating Saturday night.

On to the bento! Today I have made an entry for bentochallenge! The theme this week is favorite song and although I don’t have any one single favorite song, this one that I did is definitely high up there. The sandwich the zebra rests on is a turkey and avocado sandwich on Roman Meal Honey Oat bread, so that will count as 3 points. (since I cut off the crusts) The zebra is made out of Swiss cheese and nori cutouts. I’m quite proud of him as I did all the cutting freehand. No printouts this time! His eyes and nostrils are made out of black sesame seeds.


He’s wearing a red bell pepper sweater. I wasn’t sure this would be clear so that’s why I added in the yellow zig zag. At the top are the letters HELLO carved out of bell peppers as well. This word is part of the hint to the song, so pay attention to that too! On the right side I put a KCCA salad for Mr. Zebra to eat. A close up view:


And now for the answer:

Take a guess!

Mr. Zebra by Tori Amos

Lyrics:

Hello Mr. Zebra
Can I have you sweater
Cause it’s cold cold cold
In my hole hole hole
Ratatouille Strychnine
Sometimes she’s a friend of mine
With a gigantic whirlpool
That will blow your mind

Hello Mr. Zebra
Ran into some confusion with a Mrs. Crocodile
Furry mussels marching on
She thinks she’s Kaiser Wilhelm
Or a civiliaes syllabub
To blow your mind
Figure it out
She’s a goodtime fella
She got a little fund to fight for Moneypenny’s rights
Figure it out
She’s a goodtime fella
Too bad the burial was premature she said
And smiled

So you see, he’s Mr. Zebra and he’s wearing a sweater which Ms. Amos wants. 😀

If you’ve never heard the song of course you’ll think I’m nutters for liking it and that Tori Amos is clearly singing more than two bricks short of a full load, but if you listen to it, it’s a really cute and chipper song. It’s very short and is old school Tori back when she still sang with only her piano.

One last thing, a friend from Allakhazam is a finalist on Hunt for the Hunter so that she can be a guest star on the Sci-Fi show Ghost Hunters. Please vote for her! She is the first video displayed, Brittany Beaulac!

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