The Week in Bentos: October 1-5, 2012

by Wendy Copley on October 5, 2012

Welcome to the official start of Halloween bentos on Wendolonia! I’ve got a lot of fun stuff this week. Read on to experience the thrills for yourself:


Thrid Grader Bento #657

On Monday, Wyatt’s lunch was packed in the PlanetBox. He had a leftover lemon-zucchini muffin that I pulled out of the freezer the night before, clementine slices, canned pineapple, a few grapes and leftover steak from dinner the night before. The steak was speared onto some bone picks for a touch of cave man chic.


Preschool Bento #337

This is “B” week at Augie’s preschool so I made a feeble attempt at theming this lunch by cutting his cucumbers with a bunny cutter. That’s all I had in me, folks! I also gave him some shredded chicken from the freezer, apple slices, whole grain pita crackers, glazed walnuts, and diced canned peaches that I drained, rinsed (to get rid of excess sugar) and then re-sugared by adding some colored sprinkles on top. I totally forgot that the sprinkles freak Augie out until he came home and I found the peaches — which he normally loves — un-eaten and forlorn. This lunch was packed in our Yubo Lunchbox.

Birthday Bento #658

Tuesday was Wyatt’s birthday! I wanted to do something silly and fun for his lunch but he was not into it, so I had to keep it kind of low key. I packed his Laptop Lunches box with some bbq chicken from the freezer, peaches with sprinkles (he does like the sprinkles), apple chunks and a piece of naan cut into an 8 for his 8th birthday.


To make the 8, I used kitchen shears to cut the outside shape, then I used a small circle cutter to make the holes in the middle. All of the scraps went into the container and then I laid the 8 on it’s side and filled the center holes with sprinkles. The sprinkles were a terrible idea! Because the container I used didn’t have it’s own lid, they went everywhere in the lunch and made a big mess. This would end up being one of the themes running through this week’s lunches.


I packed the lunch into one of our larger lunch bags and included a little note for my boy along with the usual water bottle and ice packs.


Spooky Halloween Bento Lunch

On Wednesday, Augie took this super Halloween-y lunch to school. You can read more about it and enter to win a cool California olives bento kit in yesterday’s post.

Thrid Grader Bento #659

Wyatt had strawberries, leftover birthday cake, black bean dip with a few carrots stuck in it and Halloween chips. I thought I was being clever sticking the carrots in the bean dip, but it didn’t work out well at all. The carrots got smooshed into the dip and Wyatt didn’t want to get his hands messy so he didn’t eat them. The bean dip also went all over the lunch which grossed me out but Wyatt said it didn’t stop him from eating his cake and strawberries.


Preschooler Bento #339

Thursday Augie had hummus, pita crackers, cucumber slices, carrot sticks, a jack-o-lantern blackberry jam sandwich, strawberries and a clementine that I decorated to look like a jack-o-lantern with food-safe markers and a leaf pick. Augie did not like me drawing on his orange and told me that he didn’t eat it because it had “disgusting green stuff” all over it. I told him that it was just a decoration and it didn’t taste like anything, but he was having none of it. The sandwich was cut with a set of jack-o-lantern cookie cutters I got at Williams-Sonoma last year. It’s no longer available from their site, but I did find some listed on eBay.

3rd Grade Bento #660

Wyatt’s lunch was packed in an Easy Lunchbox: strawberries with a ghost pick, a salami and mayo sandwich made with the same cutter set I used on Augie’s lunch, raisins and more disastrous carrots in bean dip. The mess I found in Wyatt’s lunch box really got the message across: do not pack carrots and bean dip in the same compartment!


Preschooler Bento #340

Today Augie’s lunch had grapes, strawberries, mini goldfish crackers, and kitty and pumpkin peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

3rd Grade Bento #661

Alrighty then! Time to get a little gruesome! Wyatt’s lunch had mini goldfish crackers, a pumpkin muffin, grapes, low-sodium salami and a skull pick with strawberries…or shall I say BLOODberries?? Bwah ha ha ha!

Oh? What’s that? You’d like a closer look at that muffin?

3rd Grade Bento #661: knife stabbing muffin detail

Why yes — that is rather interesting, isn’t it? I put the muffin in a silicone spider baking cup, then stabbed it with an icing knife. Finally, I added a little sparkly red gel icing to make it extra creepy! Wyatt went completely nutso with excitement when he saw it. Totally fun!

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