Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Getting better...

...at packing bento lunches, I think.  For Timothy's lunch tomorrow, we're trying the Mickey Mouse box again.  I asked his teachers how he did with it the first time.  They said it was easy getting into it, but trying to figure out how to put it back together wasn't easy.  I knew that Timothy would have some issues putting it back together, because it is rather finicky about how it wants to fit.  However, I think with time and practice, he'll remember how to put it together, so his teachers can help him.  At least, that's my hope.

Anyway, here's his lunch for tomorrow...


Top Box - 1/2 clementine with raisins, goldfish crackers, pb&j roll ups
Bottom Box - carrots and celery with ranch in the snowman cup, string cheese, pretzel grids, 1/2 clementine

I say I'm getting better at packing bento lunches because I'm starting to realize all the things that I can make or use to fill up the box to keep it from shifting and making a mess.  Now, bentos aren't about how much you can stuff in a box.  It's about WHAT you put into the box.  Is it healthy?  Yummy?  Fun to eat?  All of these things rank right up there on the healthy, yummy and fun lists for Timothy.  We're trying celery with ranch tomorrow.  Celery with pb hasn't been a hit yet, although I've enjoyed eating what he doesn't finish.  :)

Also, I think bentos are about having a compact meal without a lot of leftovers.  I usually end up sending separate containers of things for Timothy to eat for lunch, but I think all he's going to need for tomorrow is this box, a juice cup and he'll be set.  That's nice to know.  Less to wash tomorrow evening! 

Blessings,
Missy

***Update Dec. 1 - I added this bento lunch to Bentolunch.com's  What's for lunch Wednesday blog.  Shannon herself does some amazing bentos!  Check out all the fun bentos from other families! :)

3 comments:

Stretching My Imagination said...

Coming in to visit from What's For Lunch Wednesday...

I agree, it's all about the healthy and eye-appealing ideas that can come into a bento. I've found myself looking much more at the aesthetics, as well as the balance of ingredients as I work on my bento (I'm an ultra beginner!). The snowman cup is so cute. Trial and trial again on how to get the food to be enjoyed, I guess.

Missy said...

Thanks for stopping by! Know where I got the snowman cup? Dollar Tree - it had gum in it! I got a package of 6 of these snowman cups for a buck and thought they'd make good ranch cups. Seemed to work OK for lunch. :) I want so badly to be able to make all the cute things for my son's lunch, but I think they'd be lost on him at this age (he's 3). Right now, bento making so totally for my benefit and fun. Gives me something to think about and do. My husband is serving in Afghanistan, so I needed something fun and creative to do while he's gone. Bento has totally fit for me. I look forward to making bento lunches for him when he comes home! :)

Meredith said...

cute lunch!!! I love Dollar Tree! I'm going to have to look for those tins...That's where I found my snowmen and gingerbread men picks (it was a game). I'm amazed too how many blogging moms I meet of 2 boys...and the same ages in fact. I commend you for being a military wife and your husband for serving our country. God bless you and keep him safe until he returns home.