Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Testing gear

Two recent lunches have been testing out new (or new-ish) gear that I've gotten.  Of course the Leap Day lunch used the new soy wraps but that doesn't really seem like gear to me so much.

The first cutter was one I've actually used a few times before.  This time I used it on deli meats too and it cut better than I thought it would.  I used the bear to cut out all of the bread and meats then stamped 1/2 the bears with faces and layered it all together with some mustard and lettuce.  They formed a Ninja army... with their "katanas" they're ready to protect Monstro's lunch from marauding school children.  He's also got oranges, carrots and Funky Monkey Applemon.  (I have to say that I was NOT impressed by this flavor!)

The next one I was super excited to try.  These were part of the birthday package I blogged about earlier this week.

I used the rice spoon to form some leftover warm rice into barrels.  Then I cut down a sheet of nori into smaller strips and wrapped up my barrels.  I had a bit of a hard time with the animal cutters because I was using salami and it really wasn't smooth enough to make clean cuts.  I also tore the little cheese chicken's head a smidge trying to get it out of the cutter.  Once I had the animals cut, I just wrapped them around the nori and put them in Monstro's lunch.  It was the easiest way to make an adorable meal I think I've ever tried!  I added in some wavy cut carrots, purple cauliflower and a few slices of pear left from break fast.  For "dessert" I added in a tiny cup of Funky Monkey Pink Pineapple which is freeze dried pineapple coated in freeze dried guava dust.  It's really cool and so delicious!

I had so much fun trying out the new cutters.  I think next will be the sausage stamps and the seal from this set on something white.  So much fun! :D

Monday, February 27, 2012

Happy Birthday to ME!

My birthday was this month and my birthday gift was a bento gear shopping spree!  My goodies arrived today and I am so excited to start using them!  I've got so much fun new stuff to use I'm having brain-melt.  Of course I want to use all of them in Monstro's lunch tomorrow but I think that'd be a bit on the overkill side.

I bought everything from All Things For Sale and it arrived pretty quickly.  Here's my haul (it's dark so the pictures aren't the bestest):

Everything is so awesome, I don't even know which I'm most excited for!  I'm hoping the soy wraps go over well with Monstro.  Since he can't have artificial colors it can be hard to make a REALLY fun lunch and I think the colors in these wraps will be a great "pick me up" in his bento.  Oh, I also have to add that the sausage stamp set comes in a little acrylic box with a lid to keep them all together.  I'm really glad that All Things For Sale is stocking more kits like these.  They just posted the most amazing panda onigiri kit so that's at the top of my list for my next order.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Adorable GiveAWay

Over at Meet The Dubiens Jill is giving away an amazing bento starter kit!  And, she also leads off with an amazingly cute and HEALTHY lunch!

Go check it out, enter and then come back here to check out last weeks lunches (they should go up tonight!)