Thursday, October 27, 2011
Well today was a big day for Miss A. It was her birthday!! She was able to bring a treat for her class and she donates a favorite book to the school library. The book she loves is Birthday Monsters by Sandra Boynton. The desserts for her class have to be bought, but luckily her teachers understand my complete ADD that they let me put a little topper on the iced sugar cookies!! It is just marshmallow and powdered sugar...which is of course fondant. So to mirror her book theme we did monsters!!!
I cannot believe how big Miss A is!! What a joy and inspiration is she is to me!
I cannot believe how big Miss A is!! What a joy and inspiration is she is to me!
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Timmy Tommy Turtle was a fine little bento indeed,
with his whole grain turtle shell
He has a marbled cheese head, legs, and tail,
black olive eyes and smile.
He races on a bed of tomatoes, grapes, and blueberries,
under a green bean sky!!
(Yes I am really that corny...)
Happy Tuesday everyone!!!
Monday, October 24, 2011
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Well this weekend was a big bang for the Z Family. It was Miss A's 5th birthday party! I have always wanted to do an Alice in Wonderland themed tea party, and finally Miss A was excited too. We had it at our home and I have been collecting decorations for about 6 months. Well when you start early you end up with a whole mess of items...haha. The most I paid for a tea pot was $5. I hit all sorts of small town antique shops. I even hit thrift and consignment stores. The shops here in Dallas are sooo much more expensive so I tried to avoid that area.
|I also had another chance to grow some grass from my kit I bought online a few months back. I used them in these big cup and teapot planters I got on sale at Wal-Mart for $10! Niiice!|
|Cheshire Cat Snails Tails (tortilla rolls, with turkey, cheese, cream cheese and spinach all rolled up with a gherkin pickle held together with a toothpick!|
|We have some White Rabbit Hole Donuts (powdered donut holes)|
|Queen of Hearts Jelly Tarts (strawberry tarts, palmiers, and some other cookie called|
some sort of jamdingers)
|I made Caterpillar Button Mushrooms (mozzarella and tomato)|
|Of course it would not be a party without the Mad Hatter to stopped by and did a few magic tricks and had fun with the kiddos! This was about a 1/4 of the kiddos. We had 24 kiddos at our little shindig!!!|
It was a great party, great fun, and best of all great guests! Thanks to my family for all the set up and clean up support!!! Can't wait until next year!! Need to start planning....hhhhhmmmmmm
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Wednesday's bento lunch was Miss A's initials but also A through Z for the alphabet she recites every day twice a day if not more. Not to mention counting to 100 everyday! BOY IS THAT FUN!! ha ha! So we have A and Z ham sandwiches and salt and vinegar chips. I don't know how that little crazy gal can eat those but she loves them! We have some green beans and strawberries and there you have it!!!
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Miss A got her idea for her bento today from last nights dinner. We had rice, stir fry, and potstickers! yum! I have not done rice molds in awhile so she wanted me to do a rice mold out of her pumpkin cookie cutter. It was not enough rice so we also used the cat cookie cutter to mold the rice. We just stuck left over rice into the cookie cutter and wrapped in cling wrap and stuck in the fridge. This morning we pulled it out and she chose the ham and shapes for her faces. She also cut out cheese shapes herself, she was determined not to use a tool. Oy vey! haha. I made the turkey rolls and then we added the edamame for some protein and some grapes for dessert! Voila!
Monday, October 17, 2011
So this weekend was a first for me. Working full time, being a mom to an almost 5 year old and a 5 month old, I usually only commit to one baking project in a weekend. But this weekend was a baking trifecta, but I must admit it was fun!!!
We started off with 20 ladybug cupcakes for Miss A's soccer team Saturday morning.
Then Saturday afternoon a good friend of mine had her 3 year old
sons bday party. He wanted a Lightning McQueen cake and since I did this a few weeks ago I knew I could spit it out with little stress. I must say the car popped more then the last one because I outlined everything in black.
Then Sunday I did a bridal shower Tiffany box cake. I must say making that Tiffany blue was so much fun! I even had fun making the tiny chain for the heart charm. Next weekend is Miss A's bday party. It is the one party that I don't make her cake, my sister makes it! That way I can focus on the other party details! However...I am working with a friend for a special cake for her son this weekend...It is a superhero!! Going to be a fun week into a spectacular weekend!! But for now....let's get through the week! Have a great one!!!
Well it is a new week. Had a crazy weekend full of baking so Monday was a nice easy lunch for Miss A. She knew right off that she wanted a pumpkin sandwich! So we have a turkey pumpkin sandwich with cheese accents and a green bean stem! We have some baby lil pumpkins, that are yellow tomatoes and we threw in some green beans and pirate booty!! Miss A just loves those air puffed cheddar corn things...Pirate Booty rocks!
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
This week has been a crazy week. Miss A has had some fall activities at school including parent teacher conferences and a visit to a pumpkin patch that fell through because of all the rain we had here in North Texas. So I only have one bento to post from Tuesday and nothing from Monday or Wednesday...:( This is a sloppy Joe mouse!! So we named him Joe of course. For those non American blog readers a sloppy joe is kind of like a barbecue sandwich but with hamburger meat. Or like a meatloaf sandwich but more saucier!! Hope that makes sense! The mouse has macaroni cheese ears, a yellow tomato nose, black olive eyes, and green picks to hold it all together in the center. We added in some cheese whiskers and filled in the negative space with yummy blackberries!!
Friday, October 7, 2011
Hee hee...Space the Friday Frontier...get it? hahahaha! That is too crafty and funny! hee hee. So why space Miss A asked this morning...honestly. I don't know! ha! We had such a beautiful moon last night, perhaps that is what inspired this pizza moon with cheese rocket ship. Also I am still on the lookout for intelligent life on earth so I thought a little alien ship would be cute as well. We have some tomato asteroids among the blueberry space. The cheerios are the asteroid belt and the string cheese...ummm..well...Miss A wanted string cheese. HA! Have a great weekend everyone!!!
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Well today was a great day because it was my birthday...I am about to get out there and enjoy the last 3 hours!! This was the fabulous bento today!! 3 little square sandwiches with the letters..M-O-M and a heart!! Also a blueberry heart in a sea of corn!! Too fabulous!! Hope everyone has a great day! See you tomorrow!!!
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Well Miss A had her first soccer practice today and it was fabulous! She loved every minute of it. We just hope she enjoys her first game on Saturday! So todays bento was a soccer ball sandwich...I am not going to lie...this was a tough one! Soccer balls are hard to represent with cheese!! Sooo ummm squint really hard when you look at it and it looks perfect! ha! Soccer ball sandwich, green beans, strawberry soccer field, and some fig newtons. Tomorrow is a big day....It's MY BIRTHDAY!! WOO HOO!!!
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Tuesday was a leftover day already!! Ha! We had some fettuccine alfredo leftover which is always great for hair! We did a ham face baby with a red bow in her hair, blueberry eyes, tomato nose, and a red babybel binky (pacifier) in her mouth!!! Haha! This week Miss A starts soccer!! It took us almost a full year to get her to play soccer!! She is super excited...so tomorrow may have to be a soccer theme...we will see!
Monday, October 3, 2011
So this weekend I had the honor of making a bday cake for my little cousin, Kaiden. In this cake adventure of mine I have many firsts and this was definitely a first. A car cake that is to resemble the infamous Lightning McQueen. Thank goodness this smiling amazing little two year old was so excited about his big day he was not critical of my mistakes!! haha! Baked the cakes on Saturday and the big 12inch chocolate decided to crack in 3 places...oy vey! Thank goodness I had some positive thoughts from facebook (thanks Tennille) that icing is glue. So after that and a glass of wine I was golden! So golden in fact I stayed up and iced and painted the car!!! Looks like I had my own paint and body shop!! I used an air brush tool and special liquid paint to spray the car. Great because you can mix colors, use less dye which is better for taste, and if you don't wear a mask you get the same color boogers in your nose as the paint!!! Great at dinner parties the next day!! haha!
I made the bottom round in buttercream and then smoothed with the viva paper towel. A professional at a cake store in Dallas suggested royal icing for the car. They said to get the look of fondant but still have icing, royal would be perfect. Yeah....let's just say I thumped this puppy with my thumb and it made a nice hard THUMP! Not to mention it cracked like humpty dumpty after he fell off the wall when we tried to cut into it!! haha! SOOOO live and learn! The decals were fondant and the wheels were chocolate donuts!!!
The logo with Kaiden's name had some issues and never dried properly. So on the spot at the party I cut another logo and affixed it to MULTIPLE other edible items in my nephews house and finally found a Ritz cracker to keep it stiff!! hahaha. Always an adventure!!!