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Out of sheer laziness and busyness, I had a bento yesterday but didn’t post about it. *gasp* In case you hadn’t noticed, I can be somewhat of a desk potato. Rest assured though, it tasted just fine anyway.


We had quite a bit left of the Costco chicken we bought on Sunday. Even though these chickens are cheap, we never really seem to fully utilize the whole bird. I really should get more into using up the whole thing whether it’s through fried rice or soup or what. It just seems like such a shame to have something so good go to waste. I will have to look up a really good chicken soup recipe and make a habit of making a batch every Sunday night or something.

I used a regular flour tortilla for this and spread out one wedge of Laughing Cow Light Swiss Cheese all over it. Next I covered it in lettuce, which stayed down pretty easily since it was sticking to the cheese. Next layer was chicken, peeled into strips. Finally I put in some strips of red bell pepper. I stuck food picks into three areas of the wrap so that it wouldn’t fall apart as I cut it.

The apple was surprisingly easy to layer nicely. I just had to lay down some support pieces underneath before putting the top ones in. I hate empty space, so I tossed in some blueberries.


I decided last night that I have really been slacking off on being artful with my lunches lately, so I’m going to try to get back to doing the cute/pretty stuff instead of just shoving my food in a nice way into a bento box. This means I will have to definitely do my lunches at night because I am the consistent reason we are always late in the morning.

I used more of the Costco chicken to make this fried rice, which has a mix of brown and white rice. It was sticking to the pan, so I poured in some shoyu then added Nori Komi furikake. I made too much, so I gave the rest to Buddy for breakfast, which he loved. I know this because every time a spoonful went into his mouth he made me watch. “LOOK MOMMY!! LOOK! AWWMM!” He’s such a cutie sometimes. ^_^

Next to the rice I tucked in a small piece of lettuce. I hate the dark green parts of romaine hearts so I usually pack it with some kind of salty meat so that I can eat it by just stuffing it in my mouth at the same time without having to taste it. That sounds so attractive, doesn’t it? It works out quite well since it fills in empty spaces, looks great, and uses up food I don’t really like.

For the red flowers I used red bell peppers with my veggie cutters. This was actually really difficult because the skin was so hard to cut through. Now that I think about it though, I really should have just peeled the skin off completely. The flowers are skin side down and I sliced off the bumpy inner sides of the pepper to create the smooth look. Oh well, bento and learn! The middles are made out of cheese. I got too frustrated cutting them out by hand so I ended up just balling it up and squishing it down. Usually I use a straw, but the kiddies are drawn to straws like I am to bento accessories. I’m lucky if I can hide one for 24 hours straight. The leaves are made out of romaine lettuce cut into the shape of leaves.


My second layer is simply sliced papaya and blueberries with a little mini fork to eat it with, since papaya can be so messy to eat sometimes. On the side I have sliced apple and a peach. Several of my peaches have bite marks on them because aside from being Tasmanian devils, my children are apparently peach vampire ninjas too. They slip in quickly when I’m not looking, bite one, then run off as if nothing happened. Sometimes I wonder about those two.

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Last night Baby Girl had her Christmas program and she was chosen to be in the finale. They assigned her to carry the ‘C’ in MERRY CHRISTMAS and we were of course quite proud of this since not every child gets to be in the finishing number. They come filing out and she’s looking looking looking for us and starts dilly-dallying until she lags behind so much that the sign now says MERRY HRISCTMAS and Mr. Pikko is laughing his ass off saying, “Our daughter ruined Christmas!” Afterwards we took his parents to their first trip to Genki Sushi, which was fun!

Having no leftovers to use for my bento I busted out my frozen Aidell’s stash of meatballs and cooked a cup of rice for onigiri. I added carrot sticks and edamame but it still looked rather dull in color so I used some of my animal food dividers, which just waste away in my cabinet. If you listen carefully you can hear them all giggling with glee at being used in a bento!

My wonderful friend and co-worker Cem has very kindly taken up a campaign to get me more Bloggers Choice Awards votes for Best Food Blog this year and I felt that for his efforts in spreading the word about my blog I owed him a personal thanks here. <3! I have to admit I’d started to get a little sluggish on my bento enthusiasm after Fan Fest and with Christmas stressing and work overload, but seeing how much effort he put into getting people to read my blog and vote for me has brought back my bento drive.

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People have been asking me WHERE I got my nori punches and the Dreamland egg thinger from and the answer is that I found it on this website. Don’t ask me how I found that link because frankly, I don’t remember. I clicked around randomly until I saw the Dreamland item, then I asked my friend in Japan to tell me if they shipped to the US. They don’t, so he offered to buy it for me and ship it to me. Each item cost 12USD. Unfortunately, I didn’t know that he was able to send it via USPS so I was afraid of how much the shipping would be if I bought more to sell, so I don’t have any extras. 😦 I was too afraid that I’d get stuck with an item that I would end up having to charge like 20 bucks for.


Today I have two onigiri using the face punches. One looks like he’s ROFLing and the other looks like a girlie wondering what he’s laughing at! I have 3 Aidell’s meatballs along with sliced tomato and rolled up Canadian bacon cut into 3 sections.


For my bottom layer I packed blueberries, some peeled and sliced cigar mango, and some peeled and cored rambutan. My dad brought me all of this plus two fresh coconuts. Unfortunately, some Big Island wildlife came along for the ride so now I have kobais in the house. I have no idea how to spell “kobai” but that’s what we call those irritating little fat fruit flies. The Big Island way of getting rid of them is to leave out a bottle of shoyu cause those stupid bugs love to fly into the bottle and then they drown in the sauce. My brother once told me that he told his roommate this and that he was given odd looks all around. Those ceased the next morning when his roomies saw that the flies had indeed done a little suicide mission into the bottle.

The box I used to pack it can be viewed here. I found a bunch of these at Marukai and they were only 99 cents for once, so if people are interested, I’ll be putting them up on the store soon for $1.99. I have different designs on blue, green, yellow, and pink boxes. Another update on my tomato garden, they’re turning orange already!!


I’m so excited!!!

I received my copy of Harumi’s Japanese Home Cooking last Thursday and will be trying out several of her recipes over the coming weeks and tagging those entries with “harumi”. She’s got a lot of great looking pictures in there and even a small chapter on bento! This excited me a lot so I’ll have to try those out first for sure.

I mentioned that I had something special planned for the football game but it didn’t turn out quite like how I wanted so I’m going to revise my plan and post pictures once I’ve settled on something I like.

The newspapers had all been saying that Colt Brennan was going to play, but shockingly, the game starts and Tyler Graunke is the starting quarterback. His first toss, interception. We were all very disappointed but then something unthinkable happened. The HOME CROWD at Aloha Stadium begins to boo him. Mistake after mistake people keep on booing him. I simply couldn’t believe it. I mean, I’m of the opinion myself that he was doing terrible, but I wasn’t going to freakin’ abandon him and BOO him. WTF Hawaii? He kept messing up and I knew after a while people were going to start chanting for Colt and sure enough, despite a decent lead in points, the crowd starts to chant, “WE WANT COLT! WE WANT COLT! WE WANT COLT!” It was mind boggling. Heaven forbid we actually SUPPORT him. I wonder if anyone booing thought that maybe the booing was what kept him slipping up? And then to make things even worse for Tyler, the third string QB Inoki Funaki plays the last quarter and makes him look like a chump. I felt so bad for him. =\ He looked a lot better last year.

I blame the papers. They all reported Colt was playing as of Friday and I’m guessing this was to get high attendance without Colt Brennan playing. Maybe that was just what they were told, but I’m pretty sure it ticked people off. It’s sad because it means people come to see him and not the team itself, but how can you not want to see history in the making?

UH’s record: 4-0!

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My two kids are going through a tornado phase right now and I’m still getting used to it. So when I asked Mr. Pikko to watch them so I could take a nap Saturday morning, I was a bit… unnerved to wake up and find that the big Costco pack of Kirkland toilet paper we had bought was busted open and used in a toilet paper fight. Also, the books on the shelf were thrown out, the mail on the table tossed about like confetti, there were tiny little papers all over the floor because Baby Girl was “playing with scissors”, and lego blocks were all mixed in between for color.

All this mess was of course enough to make my brain explode, but I think there is a good side to me having to clean the house on a daily basis. For some reason this weekend I lost a lot of weight. I was 125.7 this morning! Or maybe it’s more sleep? Well, whatever it is, I’m happy. Carry on kids!

I’m really unhappy with my bento today as it was done in a rush and simply don’t like the way it’s put together. Mr. Pikko was all cranky with me this morning for taking a long time so I’ll definitely have to do this at night all the time now. I’m sick of rushing in the morning anyway.


On the left I have a dog shaped onigiri with a dog shaped slice of turkey with a nori face on top. I have the onigiri mold and cutter to make both these shapes along with the bunny and bear shape available in the store right now. Under the doggie I have two slices of fish cake made by my MIL and given to us before she left. Next to that I have two Aidel’s teriyaki pineapple chicken meatballs cooked in Mr. Yoshida’s sauce. Then I have corn in a Miffy cup and an orange bell pepper stuffed with Laughing Cow Light Swiss cheese, something I’ve seen others do that I’ve wanted to do for a while.


I’m not sure why this pic came out so blurry but this is my fruit layer, which has slices of white peach, grapes, and some blueberries. It’s a funny thing about these blueberries. I am not a blueberry fan. I love all berries but have never really taken to these much. So when I took the kids to Costco on Friday, for some reason Baby Girl wanted them in the worst way. She asked me I swear, at least 50 times to buy her a pack of blueberries, insisting she loved them and that she promised to eat them. Since her word as a toddler is about as good as a year-old-expired coupon, I said no at least 50 times.

Finally though, she cracked me and I bought one. I figured I could give them a try again and lo and behold, I did like them.

And I would eat them in a box.
And I would eat them with a fox.

Yeah, it’s like Green Eggs and Ham in real life. Scary stuff. I’m eating them in a box but thank goodness I don’t really have a fox to eat them with. Or I do, but he always eats at work. Anyway, that’s why they’re in my bento today. I haven’t been able to stop eating them all weekend.


I used my pink Feel at Ease box today with the matching side container that I found in Little Tokyo in July. I have edamame in that container. The fruits were bulging out so I had to use the furoshiki in the background to tie it up tight.

I am happy to report that Hawaii won against Louisiana Tech last Saturday. It was a nervewracking game that I had such a hard time watching because I was sooooooo nervous. So much hangs on every game and to have it be that close and have so many mess-ups was very hard for a fan to watch. UNLV this weekend will probably be even harder to watch. I have a great idea for our next football bento, so stay tuned next home game for that.

As I mentioned last week, I started my Live Journal documenting my costume making effort for the Final Fantasy XI Festival coming up in November. Doing this has really got me interested in sewing again and this weekend I bought a pattern for a blouse and some materials to make my own shirts. If anyone else out there likes sewing or scrapping, I found some good coupons for shipping at Joann.com from CouponChief. They also have a good one for free shipping on baby and maternity clothes from Old Navy. I always forget to check coupon sites before I go shopping so I definitely need to make a better effort in that area. “Free shipping” are magical words to a cheapass like me.

I really wish I could stop the outlines from appearing around every single image but bleh, if that’s the price I have to pay for the nice green border, so be it.

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I think I mentioned before that character bentos were killing me. Too bad I didn’t remember that earlier when I started on today’s bento, which was done for this week’s bento challenge. The theme this week is favorite Pixar characters so I chose Mike Wazowski from Monsters, Inc. I debated doing Boo as well, but after finding a picture of her I decided that much cute in a bento might kill people.


Mike is made out of cigar mango skin, thus the title “Mango Wazowski”. He is lying on a slice of yellow peach with some bing cherries to keep him company. There is mango on the other side so I’ll definitely eat him. His eye is made out of sliced Baby Bonbel cheese with a nori pupil and mouth.

Ok… the teeth. Extreme close-up. The teeth are sesame seeds cut in half applied with some extra sticky rice and a pair of tweezers. Mr. Pikko came into the kitchen while I was applying the teeth because I was moaning and groaning about my back. When he saw me slicing sesame seeds in half with my X-Acto knife he said I was insane. I wasn’t going to even post Mike because I didn’t really like how he turned out, but he insisted that Mike looked fine. I realize that mango does not go well with nori and sesame seeds but give me a little leeway here.


For the smaller layer I put a little portion of yakisoba from the freezer, sliced fishcake, and oh! What a surprise! Meatballs! Haha! I’m not packing a salad or anything else because tomorrow I’m going to some work picnic and I have to help setup and cook food. I’m going to eat this before we leave so that when it’s time to eat lunch I’ll be moderately full already. Sadly, this layer is 5 points all by itself, so I’ll have to stick to all core foods at the picnic and at dinner.

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I think I mentioned before that character bentos were killing me. Too bad I didn’t remember that earlier when I started on today’s bento, which was done for this week’s bento challenge. The theme this week is favorite Pixar characters so I chose Mike Wazowski from Monsters, Inc. I debated doing Boo as well, but after finding a picture of her I decided that much cute in a bento might kill people.


Mike is made out of cigar mango skin, thus the title “Mango Wazowski”. He is lying on a slice of yellow peach with some bing cherries to keep him company. There is mango on the other side so I’ll definitely eat him. His eye is made out of sliced Baby Bonbel cheese with a nori pupil and mouth.

Ok… the teeth. Extreme close-up. The teeth are sesame seeds cut in half applied with some extra sticky rice and a pair of tweezers. Mr. Pikko came into the kitchen while I was applying the teeth because I was moaning and groaning about my back. When he saw me slicing sesame seeds in half with my X-Acto knife he said I was insane. I wasn’t going to even post Mike because I didn’t really like how he turned out, but he insisted that Mike looked fine. I realize that mango does not go well with nori and sesame seeds but give me a little leeway here.


For the smaller layer I put a little portion of yakisoba from the freezer, sliced fishcake, and oh! What a surprise! Meatballs! Haha! I’m not packing a salad or anything else because tomorrow I’m going to some work picnic and I have to help setup and cook food. I’m going to eat this before we leave so that when it’s time to eat lunch I’ll be moderately full already. Sadly, this layer is 5 points all by itself, so I’ll have to stick to all core foods at the picnic and at dinner.

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This morning as I was watering the plants, I was ecstatic to find two string beans growing on Baby Girl’s plant!!! We’re so thrilled!! Even though I know she doesn’t like green beans, she’s very excited about giving them to Grandma to cook for her dinner. I’ll post a garden update tomorrow. The watermelon plant is doing awesome too. My tomatoes are unfortunately quite sickly and yellow. Damned leafminers. Grr!!

My friend went to Japan last month and I’d asked him to keep an eye out for these cute nori punches I wanted from eBay. The shipping was something stupid, like $16. A cheapy girl like me is incapable of paying so much shipping!!! Anyway, he and his girlfriend brought it by the other day and he gave it to me as a gift. Infinite thanks to you Shawn!!! Even more awesome, turns out his girlfriend is into bento too. I’ve used it in today’s bento and I totally love it already!! This will be sooo valuable for making kids bentos! As I mentioned earlier this week, the bento challenge theme is “stars”. So without further ado, my starry bento:


Two onigiri with the nori punch faces plus two meatballs to go with it, pierced with a starfish food pick. In the green cup I have some sanbaizuke pickles. Off to the side are star shaped sweet potato and bell peppers. I had to put the bell peppers because the purple stars were real hard to see, plus I wanted more color.

Someone commented in a previous post that the Aidell’s meatballs are very salty. I do agree they’re quite spicy and rather salty, but I’m one that puts soy sauce on plain rice and chucks salt on my food like crazy, so I apologize if I’ve caused people to try something with too much sodium! I’ve still got buttloads of meatballs to use up, so expect to see meatball bentos for a while! My deadline to use them is July 9.

I’m back down to 130.8 as of this morning, so this 4 point lunch should be ok. Can I break the 130 barrier this weekend??

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