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, Wikipedia.com

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 Wendolonia.com. 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!

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Fantastic Foto Fridays 8.10.12

Art Appreciation – – Street Painting/Chalk Art

These things are amazing…

Source: Moillusions.com

 I have yet to see one in real life, maybe one day I can go to Larimer Square in Denver and see several artists all in one weekend! Definately adding that trip to the bucket list!

Want to see more like this one, visit my Chalk It Up Pinterest Board!

You can also check out some interesting history and facts about street painting here.

What kind of ‘art’ fascinates you?

Crock-pot Caramel

Caramel is my chocolate. If it has caramel on it, in it, or near it, I will try it….well, there are a few exceptions to that rule.

Anywho…caramel dip can get expensive or time consuming when you have to unwrap all of those individual squares. Or, if you are like me, you eat more that you end up with at the end…

Here is an easier and cheap way to indulge yourself in yummy caramel.

 (Note – This will take 8 hrs, so if you are a fiend for caramel, this may not be the way to go, just saying)

Massive Menu Monday: Recipe Edition – New Orleans Shrimp and Peppers

I love shrimp. I can eat it cooked almost anyway…

However, this shrimp dish has become my most recent favorite.

Doesn’t that look yummy?

Next time I may toss it over some long grain rice or couscous….oh, the options!

Check out the recipe here.