Saturday, April 24, 2010

from the archives

I was reading through the comments on the bento goodie GIVEAWAY (don't forget to enter!) post and was struck by this one from Melissa who wrote:
"I made an attempt to bento today, using our crayola sandwich boxes.
They got animal crackers, a granola bar, a nutrigrain bar, a cookie,
peanut butter on crackers, and some fruit snacks. I somehow managed
to fit all that into one sandwich box, and then a sandwich in another box.
They seemed to enjoy it, so I might have to do it more often!"


Do you know the sandwich boxes she's talking about? They are sort of shaped like a piece of bread and you can find them for sale everywhere. I see the Crayola ones at Publix in the bread aisle. I don't have Crayola ones (I've resisted, but I've wanted them!)(and I'm probably going to cave in after writing about them), but we have Wonder Bread ones (I'm a sucker for polka dots), and have collected some character-themed ones from Target's Dollar Spot and also a couple from Dollar General. (Okay, it sounds like a I have a ton of them, but really it's only about five. Okay, yeah, five does sound like a lot too, but remember I have four kids and my husband and I eat too. LOL) :)

Anywho, the reason this caught my attention is because I used to pack little bentos in those sandwich boxes all the time. :) You can really make a bento box out of just about anything. This is a bento I made for my daughter a couple years ago. She would have been about 15 months old at this time:
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I used a banana cut in half as a barrier to contain fishie crackers to one side, sandwich pieces on the other side (no idea what was in that sandwich, probably pb&j), two mini silicone cups held raspberries and organic yogurt covered raisins (cut in half).

There was no fancy gear involved, but the bento came together just fine anyway! :)
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5 comments:

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

Hey that was my post! I feel special now. LOL.
We got those boxes at walmart a couple of years ago. We also got a sort of clear green one there with a dinosaur on top just last week.
I made one yesterday that fit half a sandwich, peanutbutter on crackers, a nutrigrain bar, and some carrot sticks. Plenty of lunch for my five year old before school.
The one from that post was for dinner at our oldest daughter's track meet. lots of food, kept them occupied the entire time we were there.
That Dora one is cute. We have seven crayola boxes and the dinosaur box, so we probably don't need any more. Family of six, but still.

Tifani says... said... [Reply to comment]

So glad you posted this! One of my favorite "bento" boxes is a Strawberry Shortcake container that was in the dollar spot at Target.

The Planet Pink said... [Reply to comment]

I've seen those boxes at the Target dollar spot too. We have a Hello Kitty one. :-)

Shannah said... [Reply to comment]

I brought my pink heart box just like this to work today. Found it and the "dyno box" at Walmart. I've never thought to use it bento style but I did fill it with a small salad in place of a sandwich.

Jenny said... [Reply to comment]

We have a pink Crayola box and a red/blue Cars box. They come in handy for much much more than sandwiches!

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