Massive Menu Monday: Recipe Edition – Bento Lunches

With school starting for most of you guys soon, or may have already started, (not us, for several years) I have been seeing different school related things floating around the information superhighway.

The most interesting being Bento Lunches.

“Bento can be very elaborately arranged in a style called kyaraben or “character bento”. Kyaraben is typically decorated to look like popular Japanese cartoon (anime) characters, characters from comic books (manga), or video game characters. Another popular bento style is “oekakiben” or “picture bento”, which is decorated to look like people, animals, buildings and monuments, or items such as flowers and plants. Contests are often held where bento arrangers compete for the most aesthetically pleasing arrangements.”  — Bento,

The character bentos are my favorite! They remind me of how my mom would decorate our brown paper lunch bags with her cute designs…or leave a note to bring a smile. All of my classmates enjoyed my lunches just as much as I did!

Making cute lunches for your kiddos might take a few more minutes of your time each morning…but I am sure that those few extra moments will make lasting memories and bring a smile to their faces. And who knows, a child might be more inclined to eat a lion faced sandwich over a boring square one.  🙂

I sure hope that I take the time to go this extra step with Easton when he starts school… who knows…we may just start them before school age!

If you are interested in more information on basic bento boxes, check out I found her site very informative and it definitely became a favorite right away!

For cute kyaraben (Character) ideas, check out my Bento Lunches Board on Pinterest!

P.S. Happy 2nd Anniversary to my Loving Husband!


Jell-O and Oreos

I have never really been a HUGE fan of Oreos. However, my husband loves them. I found an Oreo Pudding made by Jell-O on the shelf at the store and I thought that I would give it a try for dessert one night. It was pretty good. Then, as I was throwing away the packaging, I noticed a pie recipe on the box. It sounded YUMMY! … and that it was!

Doesn’t it look delicious?

 This guy thought so!


Definitely a dessert worth trying that calls for little effort and less than five bucks!

Check out the recipe here!

Wordless Wednesdays 7.18.12

Well almost “wordless”…

Some people say that Easton looks like his Daddy, others say that he looks like me. However, quite a few say that he is a good mixture of us both. I have to agree.

This picture does a good job of showing it, or so I think. He has features of us both. But, the Star Wars shirt and the measuring tape definately prove it. 🙂

A Promise to my Little Puddin’ Face

As I mentioned previously, my son can be a bit picky and has a “touch test” for his food.  I completely mostly blame myself for that characteristic and also the one that defines the fact that he doesn’t care to get dirty.

This morning, my husband thought it would be a cool idea to dump strawberry pudding onto his high chair tray and let him “have at it.” That he may enjoy it that way and might actually eat something that was not crunchy. I cringed at agreed. The whole time I felt uneasy and a bit disturbed that I was allowing my child to get dirty. I instantly went upstairs and prepared his bath. Keith stated that Easton didn’t absolutely have to get a bath right that moment – that we could simply wipe him down. I insisted otherwise. Keith just shook his head and let me do as I wish, because he knew there was no point in arguing. While Easton enjoyed his bath time a little earlier than planned this morning, it finally hit me…

When he was an itty bitty baby, I would rush to wipe his face or hands if he got the smallest bit of something on him. I thought that was my duty – to help him with things that he couldn’t do. I know I wouldn’t want something on my face or hands. However, now that he is a toddler, learning independence and needs to be “all boy,” I realized that my actual mommy duty was to allow him to be a kid. Kids get dirty, they eat with their hands, they put peanut butter in their hair… it is part of it.

So my promise to you, Easton, is to let you be you…hopefully, with the help and encouragement of your Daddy and me, you will find the joy in finger painting, playing in mud, and any other activity that makes you smile. Even if it requires a little extra soap or an ‘un-scheduled’ bath, I hope that those are memories that last a life time…as those most special moments are rarely planned. I love you, Easton!