(it's okay to) play with your food

This is something I like to call bento on a plate. It probably doesn't even qualify as 'real' bento but whatever. (This is just a grape jam 'hedgehog' sandwich with a raisin eye, teddy grahams, clementine sections, salami, edamame, and cut-up string cheese.)
And in case you're wondering what I do with the rest of the bread (no, I don't throw it away!) I usually end up eating my own sandwich, which looks something like this. Ha.
Lately, my most-used cookie cutter set is this one from IKEA. The wilderness edition, I guess. Forest friends? It's pretty cute.
 Sometimes we eat quesadilla dinosaurs who walk on raisin rocks underneath a colby-jack sun.
 Or have a edamame/peanut butter cracker flower with a fruit leather squirrel for a snack.
But all that matters is that she eats it. :) I've been playing with cute lunches for a couple of years, since Lo is stuck in that picky-eater phase. I definitely make more of them now that the weather is sunny and we're heading out on picnics and playdates more often. And I love reading bento blogs; my very favorite is written by my pal Wendy, so if you like this kind of stuff, you should def check out Wendolonia.

9 comments:

  1. Ha! I eat a lot of sandwiches with negative space myself! I'm finding your plate bentos inspiring. We need to do a bit more of that around here. Also your Ikea cutters? Aaaah! Too cute. I *need* that squirrel.

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  2. SO so cute!! Can you come pack my lunch for work everyday? I would love a hedgehog-shaped PB sandwich. :)

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  3. Aww, so cute and fun! Can I drop by for lunch?

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  4. omigod. a hedgehog sandwich? awesome.

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  5. So cool...I need those cookie cutters!

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  6. Those lunches are just awesome. Plainly and simply awesome. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. super cute, looks so fun and i need to see if my ikea still has these cutters!

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  8. Fun, thanks for the Wendolina link, looks like lots of inspiration. I have those IKEA cutter, too. I've only used them for cookies, though!

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