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    hello! i am karen, a full time working mom living in singapore. happily married and blessed with 2 "most of the time well-behaved" kids, they are my bento eaters and critics.

    apart from loving anything kawaii cute, i am also in love with all things vintage. check out iprelovedreloved.wordpress.com, a blog that a dear friend, judy and i jointly write about our vintage treasures! =)

    please feel free to leave comments or just say hello. you can also contact me at karen_hoh@yahoo.com

    God Bless! (>.<)

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bento 112 – beef balls ‘caterpillar’ udon and cheesy ‘sheep’ sandwich

today’s snack bentos were beef balls udon for s and, cheese sandwich for k.

the caterpillar were beef balls joined with a short trip of spaghetti noodle. those carrot flowers and cucumber were later ‘removed’, i.e. eaten by mom (me!), and there were only 2 beef balls left by the time we packed the lunch box into the school bag.  s cannot wait till recess and ate one !! =)

this was my gal’s,

it’s supposed to be a sheep but it looked like a bee, eh? i think it’s the positioning of the head and ear… maybe a little higher would be better.  i had intended to put colourful sprinkles on the cheese, but decided not to as the sprinkles colour would ‘run’, replaced the idea with mini carrot flowers.

yes i remembered, it’s  time to announce the lucky draw winner!  i have not pick the lucky draw winner of the bento gadgets giveaway yet! well, not me per se. i will use the random number generator.

… but before i do that, here are the complete list of the bento gadget facebook fans and blog subscriber lucky nos.

name  lucky nos   name  lucky nos
adelene teo 58   jazreel pay 84
angelene teo 59   karen dallstream 85
angelene teo 60   karenrieken 86
angeleyes 61   lim vienna 87
ann kilanska 62   lk fft 88
arkonites bento box 63   marcela roxana 89
briton danahue 64   may tan 90
carol hoh 65   mindi shapiro 91
channa schulgasser 66   nancy gervais 92
chantal park 67   nomie foster 93
chen meiqi 68   sam lim 94
deewi tan 69   sew pick ling 95
elaine lee 70   shanie teoh 96
emily ng 71   shay holland 97
eva lee 72   shuyi joanne 98
felucity 73   steven lai 99
fengnee lok 74   susan (arkonite) 100
fera rosalina 75   thepricklypinecone 101
fera rosalina 76   tona tuominen-ng 102
florence 77   wen lim 103
fong siew chuen 78   westlife 104
francheska m sanchez 79   witch8a 105
fsanchez85 80   wong fung ming 106
gena law 81   xelia tong 107
hien ly 82   x-wissel 108
jasmine elgersma 83   yvonne cheng 109

 

i will announce the winning nos in the next post … ooh! it’s as exciting as announcing the contest !! …….=)

bento 96 – pretty lambs

as mentioned in my previous post, i am going to prepare bento characters based on the ‘bento t-shirt’ for the next few days.

today’s the lamb,

and this is my interpretation.

in this bento, i cooked the egg white and yolk and separately. used cloud and round (one big and small) cutters to make the lamb. this was an easy charaben.

i spread a thin layer of butter on the top side of bread. my boy thought this was for his sis. yeah, this bento looked a little girlish, dont you think so? =) he insisted that i take the flower away, haha..

this is the mini version for k. her lamb had eye lashes – made with combining a star and circle punched nori.

i prepared a bento for myself too, packed from yesterday’s dinner – sambal ikan bilis (anchovies with onion) and teriyaki chicken. m-i-l steamed it for me this morning. cut mini flowers with the balance egg. one egg, three bentos. not bad eh? the red flower (apple) was recycled from my son’s bento. =) haha… also packed some slices of starfruit, apple and mini tomatoes (not shown) for a ‘balanced’ meal

bento 91 – charaben sausage buns

i missed bentoing and felt a bit ‘rusty’ already. well, kids started school this mon. i am back to bento making again! yeahhh..to that, nayyy.. to waking up early.

here are the two simple charaben buns -

a doggy sausage bun for my boy. face details are drawn with nutella, using a butter knife and toothpick. (apart from some eggs and apples, this is all i have to make a ‘charaben’ snack/ bento that morning.. )

i intended to do a hello kitty (yes, again!) for my gal but whilst peeling the bun’s ‘skin’, i saw a lamb! hmmm… although i luv hello kitty, it’s definitely a better option in the morning rush! no need to cut and paste the six tiny whiskers for the famous cat. haha..

i have so much to share, bento shopping trips in kuala lumpur and more hello kitty stuff.. but so little time. =(

bento 84 – an elephant hears 2 lions roar!

I am so disappointed with yesterday’s ‘lion’, I just had to try it again today. I made 2 to make up yesterday’s lack of creativity! =)

Well, here is the improved version, with better proportion and detail. I used two types of ham (chicken and pork). For a change, I bought chocolate chip bread.

hear me roar!!

the tools/cutters that I used:

  • Lion mane – used 2 flower cutters
  • Face – circle cutter
  • Body – fish shaped cutter, cut half
  • Leg – made a groove at the bottom with a small circle cutter
  • Tail – used circle cutter
  • mouth (cheese) and tail fur – the smallest flower plunger

an elephant and another lamb for my gal. these are easy to make, used only the round cutters – one with small curves and the other smooth.

I love to see the strawberries in sherimiya’s happy little bento blog. In the photos below are 2 of the biggest strawberries i bought yesterday. S$5 a punnet, not cheap!

my dear friends helped me buy an animal and transportation set of picks and sauce containers. i love the animal one sooooo muchhh. thank you dee and pl! hugs n kisses! =)

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bento 78 – beary udon & ‘baa baa ham’ sheep sandwich

last weekend had been a whirlwind of activities. i will try to sum it up in a short para.

we travelled by car, 300km++ to kuala lumpur (kl), malaysia to attend a good friend’s wedding. whilst there, i had my hair done, rushed to two shops for more bento stuff. well, actually 3, one closed down, what a wasted trip :( . had lunches with my dad and siblings, celebrated mother’s day/dinner with in-laws and still found time to visit a shopping mall to replenish my cereal health food. all in two short days!

we are going to kl again next week! this time to attend a cousin’s wedding.  hmm.. another trip equals more bento stuff? yes! =)

i cooked french toast and mini sausages for the kids yesterday. i had neither time nor energy to make it cute, i just hurriedly packed them into the lunch boxes. so no photos for that uninspired bentos.

after a good night’s rest, we are back to our normal routines. here are today’s quick bentos. ‘omelette’ bears and udon for my boy and another ‘ baa baa ham’ sheep sandwich for my gal.

i cooked the egg white and yoke separately.

i used 2 types of ham to get different colours.

to all who are mothers, here’s wishing you a very happy belated mother’s day! i received these gifts from my kids, sweet.. =)

please look out for tomorrow’s bento. it’s going to be a special belated mother’s day bento dedicated to you, bento-ist mummies!

i wanted to do this last week. well, better late than never!

bento 76 – koala and little lamb or dog?!

i packed fruits and veg in the kids bentos even if they don’t like it. no, they have not become omnivorous. (i wish!)

it’s just that the bento photos looked bare and not balanced without some fruits and veg. for now, the fruits and veg are just props! my kids insisted that these be taken out after the photo taking. ;(

the animals are made from fish balls, ham, artificial crab meat. koala is on a bed of fried rice, lamb on nutella spread bread.

both kids said this looked like a little dog! =) it’s a lamb, baa baa not woof woof!! what do you think?

for the first time, my kids tucked me in yesterday. sweet.. =) instead of the usual me kissing them good night, they kissed me good night. my ‘batteries’ were completely flat !

I am fully charged today and getting ready for a super busy weekend with bffs and loved ones. you know who you are ;P.

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