April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day. World Autism Awareness Day is one of only three "world" days recognized by the UN. I think that's pretty awesome. In fact, I think it's something to chirp about. ;-)
Today's bento is packed in a blue box, being that blue is the official color of Autism Speak's "Light It Up Blue" campaign.
In the back left corner is an egg chick (chirp! chirp!), next to puzzle pieces of cheddar cheese. Strawberries, carrots, olives and a little dip container round out the snack.
The puzzle pieces were made using one of the puzzle sandwich cutters from this Lunch Punch set.
The egg chick is made from a hard boiled egg that I cut in half with a jagged border (much easier than it looks and easier than I thought it would be!), then I used the yolk (with others too) to make a deviled egg mixture. Then I scooped the deviled egg mixture and shaped it a little to make a round shape and added it back into the egg white "shell". I used little pieces of black olive for his eyes and a carrot for a beak. Chirp!
My "recipe" for the deviled yolk mixture is to mix with a little fat-free mayo (I HATE mayonnaise with a passion, the ONLY time I eat it is in deviled eggs or egg salad and I use the fat free because it gives the moisture needed without the taste of mayo!) and mustard, salt and pepper. Sometimes I'll also use paprika on deviled eggs.
How will you be lighting it up blue today? Will you be wearing blue? Lighting up your porch with a blue light bulb? Paint your face blue? ;-)