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I’m at home all morning with Baby Girl as she woke up with a fever. This afternoon we’re having my goodbye coffee hour at work, so I have to go in at lunchtime.

The OOT forum at Allakhazam is having this nut challenge in posts, so I decided to play by doing some peanut butter and mashed blackberry sandwiches. I’d been thinking about this during the week and finally today had a good opportunity to do a peanut butter bento!

I cut each slice out first; 6 gingerbread men and 6 trees. Then I put the peanut butter on both sides, then the mashed blackberries went in the middle. My very nice Aunty Cheryl sent us her yearly batch of yummy Lilikoi and Jaboticaba Jelly jars and I wanted to use it, but my blackberries are getting rotten already, so I wanted to use as many as possible. Thank you Aunty!! We had just run out of grape jelly!!

On the side I have more blackberries and then some sliced apple cut out with more Christmas cookie cutters in the shapes of angels, holly leaves, and candy canes. I should have been more creative and made the candy canes out of the skin parts and then made stripes, but I got a little lazy halfway through. Maybe next time!!


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No bentos yesterday as I simply didn’t have the time. At 9 am Baby Girl saw hubby watching “Mittsbusters” and since it involved a pool, she suddenly wanted to go swimming. Took us like an hour and a half to get ready and when we finally go there and get into the water the first thing out of her mouth was, “Ok, let’s go home now.” O_O

Poor Buddy had been completely heartbroken that we left him home (hubby can’t go outside because of an eye infection) and so I let them play in the yard with the water pool while I pulled weeds. I am slowly but surely winning the war against those deeply rooted suckers! There’s a whole 3′ x 2′ plot of gravel completely weed-free now! Before I knew it, it was 11:45 so I just defrosted some of the leftover turkey lasagna from Saturday night and they all ate that. I had some chicken salad.

For dinner I made Chinese style steamed fish and though it was the first time I’d done the sizzling peanut oil thing and the first time I’d used my fish poacher thing that had been hibernating on top of the fridge for two years, it turned out great! I’d planned on taking some for today’s lunch, but the kids enjoyed the fish so much that they ate half a side of the fish by themselves! 😀 So after some thinking during Amazing Race (yay my team won!) and Sopranos I decided on what I’m calling a salad kit.

The lettuce bowl looked pretty zzZz so I put some momi nori on it. The back of the package says to put it on salad, so I’ll see how that tastes. Seems wierd, but you never know! For toppings I went kinda nuts, adding chicken, tomatoes, and carrots. I also finally found the leftover avocado after almost needing to put out an APB on it. If Baby Girl had been awake while I searched the fridge, I guarantee she’d have said “I tink the avocado ran away from home, Mommy.” She says that about everything I can’t find. It may be a sign of things to come so I must note this down onto my “things I must remember when my daughter turns 13” list along with “bar her windows”. Anyway, not sure I’ll eat the Babybel as that would add 2 whole points to my all Core lunch.

Fruit bowl has blackberries, mango, strawberries, and kiwi. The goal of the salad kit was to fill it with lots of tasty things that would negate the need for salad dressing. I’ve tried all the Kraft Free ones like Ranch, Catalina, and Italian Caesar. They taste like how you’d expect fat free salad dressings to taste like: ass. They’re so bad I’d much rather go without em.

Forgot to mention, one of the things I did today with Baby Girl was to start a tomato garden (obviously Nexa wishes to infect me with another hobby as revenge for getting her into bentos). Of course me being me, I did first and read instructions after and found out I’d done it completely backwards. We’ll see how it goes. I couldn’t find a good pot variety of tomato anyway, so maybe it’s best this way and I can have another go next week. While at Lowes we ate shave ice with ice cream. *gleep* Since it’s pretty much syrup and ice cream, that’s probably like a 15 point item or something ridiculous. I weigh in tomorrow, so I’m crossing my fingers.

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MIL made some really yummy meat loaf last night but I found myself thinking for more than 20 minutes on how the heck I was going to make meat loaf look pretty in a bento. Much to my delight, she had a container that looked just like a bento box, so I happily borrowed it for lunch. After much thought, I settled upon making little foil dividers under the food and separated the rice, corn, and meat into neat little thirds. It still looked rather bland and colorless though, so I kept thinking more on the way home and nothing came to me until I got home and looked at it again. I needed to add more color, so the obvious choices in the fridge were green beans, edamame, peppers, or carrot flowers that I’d simmered last week.

In the end, I chopped some french green beans to look like grass, stems, and leaves and added the carrot flowers on top. It looked really cute and hubby once again proclaimed my insanity, then mentioned that I should have laid it out so that the meat loaf was the dirt, the rice was in the middle, and the corn was in the corner as a little sun. It was a great idea, but unfortunately I wasn’t about to take it all apart and rearrange it for another 15 minutes. So cute that he is coming up with suggestions for me though. ^_^

Since OOT was talking about fruit salad yesterday and I didn’t use the usual Hello Kitty bento box for food, I decided to make a larger fruit bowl for today. Chopped up and entire Fuji apple, a mango (which baby girl ate almost half of), a kiwi, and blackberries. Added a cheese wedge and done!

This comes out to around I dunno, a 4 point meal with the cheese? I was a little lax with the meat loaf because I took a really small slice and there really weren’t that many un-Core ingredients in it. Later this week I’m being taken out to lunch for Administrative Professionals Day, so I’ll be missing a pretty lunch. Hopefully I will have some leftover to be creative with!

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