The Week in Bentos: July 25-29, 2011

by Wendy Copley on July 29, 2011

Before we get into this week’s lunches and snacks, can I ask a favor? I’m making a few changes around here and I’d love it if you could spare a couple minutes to take a survey about Wendolonia (seriously, it won’t take more than 5 minutes — tops). I would really appreciate it!

On to the boxes!


Day Camp Snack #163

Monday’s snack for day camp was a big handful of organic strawberries, whole wheat pretzels and a wedge of Laughing Cow cheese to dip the pretzels in.


Toddler Bento #133

On Tuesday, I packed Augie’s lunch in a newer single layer bento box that hasn’t seen much use yet. He took frozen mixed veggies (his daycare provider heats them for him), turkey meatballs cut into chunks, garlic naan cut into heart shapes and some mission figs.

There’s a fig tree in the backyard of our new house that’s got a ton of unripe fruit on it right now. I have no idea if the fruit will be any good, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed — especially since I found out Augie is a fig fan. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

Day Camp Snack #164

Wyatt’s snack was super simple: strawberries and garlic naan cut into stars.


Toddler Bento #134

On Wednesday, Augie took the bento box from my new blog header for lunch. He had strawberries, baked teriyaki tofu cut into giraffes and decorated with food safe markers, frozen peas, a rice ball with a nori smiley face, and more strawberries.

Wyatt had some strawberries and a yogurt tube for his snack but I forgot to take a picture.


Day Camp Snack #165

Thursday’s snack: deli turkey and pretzel sticks. You don’t get any simpler than that!


Day Camp Snack #166

This was a big day in the Wendolonia kitchen! Wyatt asked if he could pack his own snack! I told him that would be fine as long as it was healthy so he set to work and this is what he came up with. He picked the box, chose what to put in it, cut the tops off the strawberries and arranged everything in the box. He even picked out paper and took the pictures!

I think he did a great job and as of today I’m retiring from blogging and passing the family blogging business along to my elder child. I’ll continue to hold a majority share of the stock and sit on the board, but as of today the day to day operations of Wendolonia will be handled by Wyatt when he isn’t busy with his day camp-related activities.

Ha ha! JK!

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  • Laura A.

    Great job Wyatt!  I’m impressed.

  • Marie-Claire

    So lucky to have a fig tree! It’s my dream, but I live in Québec Canada so I have to wait twice a year to buy them at the grocery store. Augie has great taste, they are my favorite too 🙂

  • Way to go Wyatt! Very impressed! Abbey has decided she is on another fruit and veg strike! 🙁     

  • Jessica

    I’m wondering where you found the whole wheat pretzel sticks? All I can ever find is honey wheat twists, and they aren’t whole wheat.

  • Amy K

    We have a fig tree wedged between the back of our shed and the shared fence with one of our neighbors. The leaf pattern is simply fabulous, but do to the location, which was somewhat inaccessible until a few days ago, and the critters, we haven’t harvested a single one. I wish you luck! Within in the next few years we’re going to have to have it removed; otherwise it will destroy the shed.

    Way to go Wyatt!!

  • Deb

    Yay Wyatt! I love the bento posts and I have 8 year old twins – maybe I’ll have to have them start packing some of their own bentos. He did a great job!

    I took the survey and I have to say I usually just read posts through Google reader and as a non-blogger I don’t know how that works for you. Should I be clicking to read them on your site?

  • I think the survey took me a whopping minute, lol. But then again, I didn’t have anything to add about what to change because I like how things are. 🙂

  • Good job Wyatt! 
    I wonder if I could find whole-wheat pretzels somewhere here…

  • AmyLee Johnson

    If it is possible to be in love with a blog, I am so in love with yours!!  This is such fantastic inspiration for feeding my kids!  I will really get good use out of your blog this year as I will have half of my kids in public school and half homeschooling.

  • Rachel

    What a great lunch maker Wyatt is!  Good job! 

    Have you ever tried freezing some parts of the actual lunch instead of adding ice packs?  I’m talking about freezing grapes or orange wedges or even a small yogurt cup.  I’m just wondering, if you have, how that turned out.  I have no children, but I pack a lunch for my husband every day and, since there is a warm layer topped by a cold layer (separate containers), I was hoping to save a little space in the insulated bag by just packing the frozen fruit in the cold layer.  It’s long enough before his lunch that I feel certain they would thaw in time…

    Also, since he heats the warm layer at work (something most kids can’t do) and I am a bit wary of heating anything food – related in plastic of any kind, I pack that layer in a “glass lock” container.  It’s like a lock and lock container but the base is made of recycled glass.  

  • Thanks so much! I’m glad you’re finding it useful!

  • I get them at Trader Joe’s. I have to admit that now that you’re asking, I’m not positive that they’re whole wheat! I should check.

  • Thanks for taking the survey, Deb. As far as reading the blog — do whatever works for you! I’m just happy you like me enough to come back. 😉 I read all my favorite blogs in a reader too and only click over if I want to leave a comment.

  • Yes, I’ve frozen things a few times with mixed results. My kids don’t really like things super cold or super hot, so when I freeze things they often tell me that they were too cold to eat and leave them untouched. I’d bet you’d have better luck with a grown man though. 🙂

  • Rachel

    Don’t be so sure!  He’s the pickiest eater I’ve ever cooked for.  I actually have to “sneak” nutrition into his meals.  🙂

  • Diana Hansen

    Cute Bentos! I just found you via another bento blogger. Your smiley face star would be a perfect addition to this week’s Smiles theme Bento of the Week meme at Bento Blog Network. That blog is new and we are looking for people to contribute tips or tutorials. I’d love to feature any of your Bento Box Basics and would link to you. Thanks!

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