Warriors Bento Box Lunch! (You could easily make this for another team too.)

In a development that completely baffles me, I have gone from being a person who has barely cared about sports for her entire life to a crazy basketball lady who is obsessed with the Golden State Warriors.

I blame Steph Curry.

I first took notice of him (and the Warriors) during the playoffs last year when Wyatt (my 10 year old) started asking questions about him. The kids at school were talking about the Warriors and he felt left out so we watched a few games. Watching Curry play is magical and as this season went on and Curry and the Warriors broke record after record I got to the point where I never miss a game where my home town team is playing. Now I am in love with the whole team and I care deeply about this year’s playoffs.

So this morning, on the heels of last night’s hard won triumph in the Western conference semi-finals (all respect to the Blazers!) I did what any basketball obsessed, bento lunch-packer would do: I made my kid a Warriors lunch!

Pictured above you can see my handiwork: cucumber sticks with cheese cut into the Golden State Warriors initials on top, blueberries and pineapple to represent the team’s blue and gold colors, cherries with basketball picks and a turkey and cheddar basketball sandwich. I packed it all into a PlanetBox Rover lunch box.

A few notes about how I made this lunch:

Warriors Bento Box Lunch! (You could easily make this for another team too.)

I cut the bread into a circle by turning the round container that comes with the PlanetBox Rover upside down and using it like a cookie cutter. I was going to use it to cut the cheese too (hee! hee!) but it was quite a bit smaller than the container so I just used a knife to cut it into a rough circle. I started off drawing the basketball lines on with a black food-safe marker but it was almost completely dried out so the lines were lighter than I wanted. I found some black gel food coloring in the cupboard and used the tip of the marker to kind of paint the lines on with the coloring.

Warriors Bento Box Lunch! (You could easily make this for another team too.)

It came out great, but the gel wasn’t completely dried when it was time to close the lunch box and head to school so i carefully blotted it with a paper towel to get rid of some of the excess.

Warriors Bento Box Lunch! (You could easily make this for another team too.)

I wanted to add basketball picks to the cherries, but I didn’t have any in my collection so I made some really quickly. I took two identical stickers and stuck them to each other with a toothpick in the middle. Voila! Instant decoration!

Warriors Bento Box Lunch! (You could easily make this for another team too.)

I cut the “GSW” letters using this excellent fondant cutter set from Wilton. They are a nice clean font and a great size for decorating bento box lunches. Highly recommended!

Craft Warriors!

And finally I want to share this photo from the Warriors craft night I had with my college buddies, Sam and Grace, on Monday! We met up to watch Steph’s come-back game and made Warriors necklaces and cheesy foam visors while we cheered the team on to victory. Super fun! And I’m not saying we’re directly responsible for the win, but they did pull ahead the more we crafted, so I feel comfortable taking some of the credit.

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When you feel like you can't do anything right, make a list of things you are good at!

Everyone goes through a time when they feel like they can’t do anything right. Right? I recently had a spell where I felt like I was failing at everything. Literally everything. I even made a mental list of all the things I was screwing up so I could rattle it off to my husband when he tried to cheer me up. If you have a list it proves your point after all and I was determined to feel badly about myself.

And then I decided that that was BS. At that point it was time for me to make a different list — a list of things I am good at. Here is what I came up with:

  • making lists
  • eating cookies
  • walking around my neighborhood
  • writing database queries
  • choosing ingredients for unusual and delicious salads
  • hugging
  • telling my kids I love them
  • taking photos
  • untying tricky knots
  • ordering the best dish on the menu at restaurants
  • Scrabble, Boggle and other word games
  • being outraged on my friends’ behalf
  • playing in the swimming pool
  • researching for vacations
  • alphabetizing
  • cooking pancakes
  • proofreading writing that is not my own
  • cheering people on
  • singing in a fake operatic voice
  • pinning things to Pinterest
  • giving people the benefit of the doubt
  • packing lunches
  • driving a little over the speed limit but not so much that I get a ticket
  • drawing cartoon-y unicorns and pigs
  • drinking tea
  • wrapping presents
  • checking Facebook
  • making cute things out of paper
  • making my bed every day
  • decorating the Christmas tree
  • empathizing
  • giving my children unsolicited advice
  • falling asleep
  • staying calm when someone is hurt
  • taking care of babies
  • using Photoshop
  • remembering all the things we need from the grocery store
  • laughing

What are you good at?

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