Tuesday, November 30, 2010

(#138) Ayam bakar kecap

Howdy y'all ^_^ Hope you are all enjoyed the festive of Thanksgiving.
We however did not have a Turkey dinner, sadly! turned out the snow has ruined our Thanksgiving plan :( Don't get me wrong, I or I should say my kids enjoy the snow so much. Me? ..mmmm maybe ...but not much, especially when I have so many things to do but get stuck at home because I don't drive on the snow. It's way too scary for me, in that situation I have to depend on my husband.

So here's what happened, a very good friend of ours invited us for a Thanksgiving dinner over at their house, and everything was set. I was supposed to bring some Indonesian croquette and some fruit platters. Done!! I prepared everything and so excited to get together with such great people.

But Thursday morning when I got up and looked out at the window the snow is about 10cm high, it must've been  started early and it keeps getting harder and harder. We were starting to debate weather to go or stay instead.
The thing is, our friends lives almost at the top of the hill. (a very stiffed hill I should say). We do have a 4 wheel drive car but I am a bit scare to go up there in such condition. We called each other back and forth and finally decided to stayed home. Thanks GOD I already marinated the whole chicken that was supposed to be served on the previous day. So I pulled everything at the very last minutes. Despite the fact that we didn't got to enjoy a pumpkin pie but our Thanksgiving dinner was scrumptious and everything was great  ^_^ The boys and hubby had a great time playing in the snow.
These below pictures were taken couple days before Thanksgiving, some snows has melted, but then we got so much more the next day and on Thanksgiving.

Anyway, back to the bento business. I did not take any picture of yesterday's bento. I packed just a regular leftover pizza from Sunday's dinner, something easy so D can eat in the car, because his first ski lesson is started yesterday, so he and bunch for students from his school went up to Mt. Baker in the morning and Oh My!!! he had such a wonderful time skiing, he said he had a blast and skiing is his things now ..LOL ...
I packed the same thing for B by the way.

For today's bento I packed them some leftover ayam bakar kecap, it's Indonesian style grilled chicken with sweet soy sauce, I personally prefer to enjoy it with white rice but they requested some pan roasted potatoes with EVOO, garlic and herb. So I prepared just as they requested ^_^
Other than that I put some baby yellow carrots, petite green beans, baby roma tomato with bear and elephant flag to add some cuteness ^_^ Last but not least is mozzarella cheese.
I add some chicken meat to filled the gap on the chicken cup.

Some watermelon packed separately in my new triangle bento box collection, the other one is in black color (not pictured) :

And in the morning I decided to packed them some yogurt with honey for a snack time (not pictured) ^_^

Enjoy your Tuesday everyone!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

(#137) Squash and Chicken

This probably is going to be my last bento for this week, tomorrow there will be early Thanksgiving party at B's class and early release on Friday, next Monday and Tuesday.

Anyway, since last night I saw at least 3 bento-er packed squash and chicken ...lol ...
Well, squash is good and I love it, and there are so many kind of squash that I honestly do not know all of it. But I know some are more watery than others.
And last week, a good friend of mine gave me 3 pcs of good sizes squash, I am not sure what kind until I steamed it, and it tastes so good and creamy, so this is not the watery kind, definitely will be good for soup. I never cook creamy squash soup, so I need to search for some recipes.

Back to the bento, other than steamed squash and baked chicken I packed the boys steamed broccoli, grape tomatoes. I packed fruit on the 2nd tier, its apple wedges, raspberries and fresh fig.

Here is the one for D :

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Stylish Blogger Award

Have no bento to post, I only packed the boys some mac and cheese in a thermal boxes and I did not take any pictures. It was so dark yesterday all day long and today's forecast is not so promising either :(

But I got this very exciting news from EMMA'S LUNCH ... that I got this STYLISH BLOGGER AWARD .. WOW ... I must admit I get a little too giddy over this ^_^ thank you so much Emma, I am so honored to received such award ^_^

So here are the rules :

1. Thank & link back to the person who awarded you this.
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Pay it forward to 15 recently discovered great bloggers.

4. Contact those bloggers and tell them about their award. Blog Award!

And here are the 7 things about me:

1. I am married to the most amazing man on the planet
2. I am excited to go back to Indonesia again soon for my sister's wedding
3. I enjoy cooking so much, but don't like the cleaning part .. LOL
4. I like to be well prepared for anything and don't like being rushed.
5. I get nervous so easily and I hate that!
6. I am scared with dogs, especially when they are big and aggressive
7. I enjoy walking especially when the weather is nice

And now I have to pick 15 recently discovered bloggers, and here they are :
(some are recently discovered, some are not but they deserved this award)

Have a great Tuesday everyone!!!

Monday, November 15, 2010

(#136) Stir fry beef with sweet peppers

Good Monday everyone!! ... Simple bentos for my boys ...  as always ^_^

Inside the box : Jasmine rice topped with carrot leaf (presenting autumn), stir fry beef with sweet peppers (I separated the peppers cos the container is too small), and steamed broccoli.
On the 2nd tier are pineapples, apple and persimmons wedges.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

(#135) Pasta salad

Up for today's bento I packed the boys some leftover pasta salad, along with hardboiled egg, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes and yellow baby carrots. I put some celery stick for B upon his requests.
Fruit and snacks are packed separately (not pictured).

This one is for D, I used the 2 tier stainless steel boxes, as you can see I packed some fruits in the 1st tier,  and the 2nd tier contents are the same with the one for B minus celery :D

There will be no school tomorrow, and I have signed up to do Soupy Friday this week, that means I'd have a break from making bento till next week. 

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

(#134) Vietnamese chicken and croquettes

These bentos are for today, I am still making 3 identical bentos and I am having FUN ^_^ I got to enjoy this bento making hobby while I can, soon my boys will growing up and they wouldn't want me to pack them cute bentos anymore. (I do not want to think about that)

Inside the box :
Brown rice shaped like star, bear and heart,
Beef and vegetable croquettes, Vietnamese lemon-grass chicken, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes and yellow baby carrots. Fruits and snacks are packed separately (not pictured)

(#133) Yellow rice and butterfly

I finally have a chance to update my bento blog. This past week was so extremely busy cos D's birthday and my in laws are in town. I did not have a chance to make D a birthday bento on Monday, but I made a special yellow rice.
In Indonesia people have this kind a yellow rice for many big celebrations. So I hope he'll like it and notice that this bento is specially made for his birthday.

I made 3 identical bentos coz D had his buddy for a sleep over at our house.

Inside the box : yellow rice topped with butterfly made out of mini sweet peppers and carrots, egg sheet noodle, steamed broccoli, petite cucumber topped with flowered carrot, cherry tomatoes and baby yellow carrots. Fruit and snack are packed separately (not pictured)

Yesterday I went to school to drop some birthday treats for everyone in D's class, I made some beef and vegetables croquettes and strawberry rolled cake, and they are all love it!!
Too bad I couldn't stay for the ceremony, but when I came to pick up I see a very BIG smile on D's face, and I am so glad he had a great day.

Monday, November 1, 2010

(#132) Pizza and candy

This morning D is complaining that he got stomachache, so I keep him home, and I decided to keep B home as well, there's no point sending B to school if D is staying at home, especially in this wet, cold and windy weather like today.
But since I already took a picture of the bento I've prepared last night, I might as well post it here and will serve it for lunch at home.

We took the boys for trick or treat at the Columbia neighborhood and met so many good friends there, the boys were so happy and excited. They got so much candies and some other stuff like pencils, stickers, road chalks, little toys and many more.
Once we got home, as always they gave all the candies to me to be shorted, I gave them all the toys and kept all the candies. I limited the sugars for my boys so I only give the Halloween candy like 2 pcs per day, and they will only remember it for a week, soon after that they'll forget they have it. 

But I made the candy dog for today's bento to be included with the leftover chicken pizza, I also put some yellow baby carrots, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers and kiwi. 
Here is another picture :

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