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Totoro parts(This post was written on Thursday, but unfortunately my site has been up and down, so it’s only now being posted. My host is trying its best with a complicated server/router problem)

I love reading other Bento blogs. I love seeing what other moms (and dads) have done with their kids’ lunches, and I especially love reading tutorials. Much of the time I’m disappointed because something is a gluten-based treat and gluten doughs work differently than gluten-free doughs. My recent success with black & white buns was an exception to that rule. Well, this time I saw another tutorial posted by BentoMonsters, and it was a rice tutorial, so I figured I could actually get it made.

Totoro and SpriteAs mentioned before in this blog, G1 is a huge Studio Ghibli fan, especially a Totoro fan. Most of her lunches are packed in her Totoro Bento Box. This time I followed the tutorial closely (though I used black food coloring as we didn’t have black sesame paste), and G1 was beyond thrilled. Her whole table loved it and was taking pictures! I highly recommend this tutorial.


Totoro lunchG1’s Totoro was, of course, packed in her Totoro Bento Box. She had pasta with marinara and a sausage in her Thermos, and the rest in her Totoro Bento Box. In the bottom section was her Totoro with the Soot Sprite. In her upper section she had a couple of oatmeal cookies in a silicone heart cup as well as two mini silicone cups with green grapes.


G3’s lunch is almost all black & white. In her Easy LunchboxWhite tiger lunch she has a white tiger Chebe roll in the large section. In the smallest section she has a white tiger cupcake, and in the bottom right section she has a white tiger rice ball. In her Snoopy bento box she has an orange sliced into “smiles” with a couple of lion food picks. Finally, in her Thermos she has some hot chicken and rice soup.


PenguinsG2’s lunch is all about the penguins again. I found this cute snowman/snowflake scrapbook paper, and I’m using that as a backdrop for this lunch. Leaning against her Easy Lunchbox is a penguin Chebe roll, which she loves. In her Easy Lunchbox’s biggest section are two marching penguins made out of food coloring and a slice of mozzarella cheese. Above the marching penguins are mini silicone cups with homemade MOMables-inspired gf crackers and Havarti with dill with a couple of snowflake food picks. In the small section at the top right are some green grapes with a snowflake. Finally, in the section at the bottom right is a cupcake with Princess Celestia’s cutie mark, a sun.

This post is linked to Eats Amazing Lost & Found Penguin Linky


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PostHeaderIcon My Little Pony and Totoro in lunches

M CupcakesI believe I’ve mentioned here before that G2 is the child who most likes to bake. She loves to decorate cupcakes and cakes, and loves to show off all her baking. G3 likes to help with things, but she’s not yet at the stage of being able to bake all on her own, though she does really like to decorate – especially with fondant. Well, last night G1’s church class did cupcake decoration. She was so excited to come home and show off that she can decorate, too! I was happy to see her start to show an interest in some type of cooking or baking, as anyone with Celiac Disease needs to know how to cook in order to survive. We’ll see if she can move past cupcakes to meals at some point.

TotoroG1 doesn’t usually get the in-depth, tricky lunches, probably because she’s 15 and doesn’t ask for them. This time, though, I tried to make Totoro for her, after having previously seen some Studio Ghibli bentos.  Today in her Easy Lunchbox, she has a Totoro made out of tofu. I used 3/4 of a circle cutter for Totoro’s body, and a Pikachu head to cut his head. The decorations are made out of nori and soy paper (I’m including the Amazon Affiliate link for the soy paper, but I found it for half the price at Whole Foods), all cut freehand. In the top sections of her ELB are carrots with a heart food pick and one of the cupcakes she made. In a separate Lock & Lock container, she has some pineapple chunks and a lion food pick. She also has a Thermos of tomato soup.

MLP Rarity Sweetie BelleG2 has been working really hard at school, and also really likes having fun and being silly. While the unicorn cookie cutter I have doesn’t look at all like a My Little Pony, it was all I had to use as a template. I just found an etsy shop filled with MLP cookie cutters made using 3D printing technology. Very cool! In G2’s Easy Lunchbox today, she has 2 provolone sandwiches decorated to be Rarity and Sweetie Belle from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. In the top section on the left she has a chocolate cupcake with fudgy icing decorated with a crown and a bow food pick. On the right she has sliced apples (dipped in pineapple juice leftover from G1’s lunch to keep from browning), and in her ELB mini-dipper she has cinnamon sugar. We’ve found that apples get gooey and gross if the cinnamon sugar just sits on them all day, so instead I put the cinnamon sugar in a separate container.

MLP Rarity bunniesG3’s lunch is pretty similar to G2’s, though she’s much more critical about the fact that the unicorn cookie cutter doesn’t look like a My Little Pony. She has a Thermos filled with homemade chicken noodle soup, plus a Laptop Lunchbox with extra goodies. I put in a slice of bread with cheese decorated to be Rarity. She also has a regular-sized cupcake and a mini cupcake, both decorated with a crown and a bow food pick. She also has apples carved like bunnies, with a little heart food pick for fun.

This post is linked at What’s For Lunch Wednesday and Fun Food Friday.


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