The Week in Bentos: March 14-18, 2011

by Wendy Copley on March 18, 2011

This was a light week of lunches, but there was still a lot of interesting stuff going on with St. Patrick’s day and my field trip to school.


Monday Wyatt stayed home sick from school, so I didn’t pack a lunch for him.


Toddler Bento #97: March 15, 2011

On Tuesday, Augie’s lunch held: sliced deli turkey, frozen mixed veggies, grapes and mandarin orange wedges.

My son's lunch

I went to school and at school lunch with Wyatt. You can read all about that here (with more pictures!).


Toddler Bento #98: March 16, 2011

Augie’s lunch on Wednesday was not the most photogenic one I’ve ever packed. He had salmon leftover from dinner, but after I packed his lunch he decided he didn’t like the topping so I scraped it off. This ended up making it look like cat food. I also packed rice, strawberries (the first of the year from the farmers’ market) and grapes.

First Grade Bento #428: March 16, 2011

I packed Wyatt a pre-St. Patrick’s Day lunch on Wednesday: a whole wheat dinner roll, grapes, Scrabble Cheez-its, strawberries, and a pot of cheddar cheese gold at the end of  a food marker tofu rainbow.


1st grade Bento #429: March 17, 2011

Wyatt’s actual St. Patrick’s day lunch was basically a repeat of the day before. I’m a firm believer in the notion that if you have a good idea once, it’s OK to repeat it again and again. The lunch held: mandarin orange wedges, grapes, a bun with a leprechaun drawn on with food-safe markers, strawberries and another food marker tofu rainbow with a pot of gold fish crackers at the end.


1st grade Bento #430: March 18, 2011

Today Wyatt’s lunch was packed in the Easy Lunchbox: turkey Star Wars sandwiches (I think that Yoda is the best one I’ve made yet!), a mandarin orange, grapes and strawberries, more Scrabble Cheez-its and a small brownie  in the little tub for a special treat.

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  • Hillary

    Where did you find the sandwich stamps??? LOVE THEM

  • They’re cookie cutters from Williams Sonoma:

  • Denise

    I like the oblong silicone cup and can’t find them. Any hints?

  • I got mine at a local Daiso store, but I’ve only ever seen them once — the time I got mine! I’ve been twice since and haven’t seen them. Super frustrating.

  • Navy Doll

    I just gave you a shout out on my blog! I love reading “The Week in Bentos”

    Thanks for the ideas!

  • Dear Wendy, you are an inspiration!! I hopped over to your blog a few days ago from my buds Whitney and Heather’s rookie site, and I became mildly obsessed with your beautiful bento lunches. I, too, wish I had time for my crafty paper and fabric projects, but the raising-two-small-kids thing does tend to get in the way…. Plus, I despise packing lunches. After studying your FAQ’s and lovely photos of your boys’ lunches, I became inspired and decided to make my least favorite task into a fun, crafty activity, too! I took the plunge and walked into Daiso yesterday for the first time. Holy cow. I was in hog heaven. How did I not know about this mecca before?? This new “hobby” is truly like scrapbooking with food! I’m hooked! Thanks so so much for guiding me through my first two lunches…. see below!! -Jessica

  • Jessica, those are awesome! I’m so glad you’ve been able to pull some inspiration from our lunches.

  • I looooove your rainbow tofu! So pretty!

  • ginger

    Hi! For the star wars sandwiches, did you cut the layers individually or make the sandwich then cut them? Which way works best with the cookie cutters?

  •  Hi Ginger — I always cut the layers individually. I’ve found the sandwiches don’t cut very well if I try to do all the layers at once.

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