Thursday, September 16, 2010

eggcellent little Chemo Duck snack bento

Another bento in honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and Gabe's Chemo Duck Program, the organization that sends fluffy duck companions to kids with cancer!

Unfortunately, I had a little trouble executing my duck element for this bento. Instead of being cute and cuddly, my duck looks rather deranged.

Chemo Duck egg bento
He's coo-coo for Chemo Duck!

This little snack bento contains:
- boiled egg, colored yellow, with a bit of carrot bill, fruit leather tongue and icing eyes
- silicone cup of raspberries
- multi-grain quackers
- cheddar cheese hearts

Coloring a boiled egg is done in just a few simple steps:
how to color an egg
1. Supplies needed: bowl, food coloring, water, boiled egg.
2. Add a few drops of food coloring to bowl and fill with water. Peel egg.
3. Gently add your (PEELED!) egg to the colored water and leave submerged until the egg reaches desired color, then remove!

My yellow ducky egg was in the yellow water for about 5 minutes. The time you need to keep the egg in the colored water depends on how much coloring you add to the water and how intense you want the color to be. I used 3 drops of coloring because I wanted a lightish yellow duck. Yellow enough to be noticeable, but no so yellow that he looked...um, too yellow.

Friends, I am so very blown away by the generous donations that have come in already for the Chemo Duck program!!!! You are all SO AMAZING! I've said many many times that you are all the best readers a blogger could ever hope to have, and you just continue to show that again and again! :) I love you guys!!

Chemo Duck helps

For more information about the Chemo Duck program, and how you can help send Chemo Duck friends to children with cancer, please see this post.

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5 comments:

Tifani said... [Reply to comment]

Your sweet duck does not look deranged. He is precious!

Kelly Polizzi said... [Reply to comment]

oh melissa, you do such a great job. I just love the duck, its so cute.

amy said... [Reply to comment]

I love your yellow egg! That's a fabulous Idea!

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

My family is the proud caretaker of a chemo duck!

My son was only 19 months at diagnosis, but the duck was a huge tool for his sister who was only a few months older than 3 at the time. Child Life sat her down and they accessed chemo duck and went through all of it, while it was happening to her brother.

She had gotten a little traumatized the week before with both parents and 3 nurses holding little brother down.

So the child life people really used chemo duck to drive home that what was happening to him wasn't painfully it was just scary. She could see it all happening to the duck, and she is a hands on learner so that sealed it for her.

She would stroke his hand and tell him, "it's ok to be scared Josh." It was very sweet. Unfortunately her brother relapsed so we have been in chemo land for 2 years, but chemo duck still gets his chemo from time to time, and he often grows up to be an awesome doctor to her dollies and his stuffed animals.

One of Josh's docs is a pediatric cancer survivor. So Chemo Duck follows in her footsteps.

So I highly recommend getting chemo duck for the family, not just the patient. It could really help a scared little or bigger sibling too.

Amy said... [Reply to comment]

I think your egg looks perfect!

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