The Week in Bentos: February 20-24, 2012

by Wendy Copley on February 27, 2012

I’m late with last week’s bento post because I got hacked! HACKED! My husband attacked my site with a fury and we’re pretty sure all remnants of the bad guys have been purged at this point, but if you happen upon any references to Viagra or pharmacies that seem like they don’t belong here (and really, why would they), could you please let me know? Danke!

Moving right along to the lunches, Wyatt was on winter break #2 last week so I only have one big kid lunch box this week. The rest is all prescool.


Preschool Bento #230

Tuesday, Augie’s lunch was packed in our Lucky Cat lunch box (currently unavailable, but similar to this panda bento box): turkey meatballs from the freezer, Cheez-its, strawberries and peas.


Preschool Bento #231

On Tuesday, his lunch had strawberries, grapes, yellow tomatoes and tofu cut and decorated like giraffes. This was packed in our little bird bento box.


Preschool Bento #232

Thursday he had Cheez-its, grapes, deli turkey and a half a hot dog bun.

Big Kid Bento #558

Wyatt went to preschool with Augie because I had a meeting in San Francisco so I made a lunch for him too. He had Laughing Cow cheese, apple chunks, a half a hot dog bun, leftover beef from dinner the night before, Cheez-its and grapes. This was packed into the Laptop Lunch Box.

The preschool gives the kids as much time as they want to eat (they actually require that they sit at the table for about 15 minutes) and I found it interesting that Wyatt came home with an empty lunchbox this day. Normally, with his super-short lunch breaks he only manages to eat about half his lunch.


Preschool Bento #233

Friday’s lunch for Augie was: strawberries, grapes, sliced deli ham that arranged into a rose shape and some cheese and garlic croutons.

I don’t know about your kids, but my boys absolutely love croutons. I actually bought this package because Augie spotted them in the store and asked if I would buy them for a “special treat”. Heh. I had been planning to save them to entice him to eat some salad but kept forgetting about them, so when he asked if I’d put them in his lunch this morning I thought it was as good a time as any to break them out.

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  • Emily @

    Cute! Mine loves croutons too ūüôā

  • Nice lunches as always:) Your rose shaped deli ham is always so pretty!

  • I have no idea where you find the energy! I have a hard enough time keeping up with just me and my wife.

  • My girls (4 & 7) love croutons, too, but I never buy them.¬† I melt butter in a skillet, add about the same amount of olive oil & a boatload of Penzey’s sandwich sprinkle.¬† Then I just cube up bread (preferably stale, but really anything on hand) & toss it in.¬† Let it brown, stirring occasionally to prevent burning, then enjoy!¬† I never thought to put them in lunches, but I might have to now!

  • Bobbi Jo Fleischman

    I love them!  I like your photos too!  Great work!

  • Guest

    They definitely don’t give kids enough time to have a decent lunch. ¬†My 5th grader only ever gets half his lunch eaten (I think they have about 12 minutes), though he did better in 3rd and 4th grade where they did recess first and lunch after. ¬†Not as much pressure to just get outside and play!

  • Darn. I was looking for a new viagra dealer.

    My kiddos are crazy for croutons too. I rarely buy them because they descend on the box like vultures and I’m lucky they if there are any left a day later. The other day we were all eating salads and Paige said, “this salad is pretty tasty but it would be yummier with some of those crunchy squares on top”. Heehee!

  • Plume

    Add my son to the crouton lovers list too.¬† But he’s just like his momma and likes anything bread, ha.¬† And where do you get those cheese crackers, especially the alphabet ones?¬† And the Goldfish with rocket ship shapes?¬† My son¬†would so get a kick out of them but I can’t find them anywhere here (two Targets, one¬†K-Mart, and a few¬†local supermarkets).

  • ¬†The alphabet crackers are Cheez-it Scrabble Junior crackers. I’ve bought them at Safeway, Lucky and Target, but they didn’t have them the last time I went the store. You can try searching for them here:

    The rocket ship goldfish are also from the same stores. They don’t always have them, but I see them more often than not now.

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  • Romans

    Bobby Jo told me about this and I am excited! ¬† I’m so happy to have found this page all by my self! ūüôā

  • Alison

    Just wanted to leave an overall comment to say how much I love your blog!  Specifically, I appreciate the balance you have in creating lunches for your kids.  You always seems to make lunches healthy and fun in a realistic way!  (Some kid lunch sites leave me thinking Рhow DO you get your kid to eat that stuff!).  Thanks for creating such a great resource, keep it up! 

  • Plume

    Had forgotten I had asked you this until now that I’m making my grocery list.¬† Thanks for replying.¬† I don’t have a Safeway or Lucky¬†nearby, but will have to keep an eye out on Target (and any other local stores), see if they might¬†get them in one day.¬†

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