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Baby Shower!!

Yesterday I stayed home to take Buddy to the dermatologist so that’s why there was no bento. I ended up eating ramen by myself at the Ezogiku at Waimalu Shopping Center. I ordered Chuka ramen, not realizing this was made of mushrooms. I’d been thinking that my food allergy to mushrooms was no longer a problem, so I ate it and nothing happened. I think I’m finally in the clear! The allergist I took Baby Girl to said that some food allergies do go away, you just have to try again maybe every five years. Woohoo! Mushrooms on pizza, salad, ramen, udon, everything again! 😀

Today at work we had a very fun baby shower/farewell party for one of my co-workers. I signed up to bring onigiri and since she’s having a boy, I went with blue and yellow. I went for the “wow” factor and onigiri with faces always does that, guaranteed.

I got up at 5 am to do these because I had to cook two batches of rice. What I do is I add the food coloring to the water in the ricepot before I press the cook button. Three drops of coloring for 2 cups of rice gets me this shade of blue and yellow. I was very happy with how they turned out!! I used red shrimp flakes for the cheeks and nori for the faces. Many, many thanks to those that suggested I toast the nori before punching. That saved me TONS of time and nori!

Here’s a close-up of the lil’ guys. As hoped, I got many oohs and aahs and EEEEEKs and OMGs. Baby Girl came with me, having changed her mind about the splash party they were having at school. She ate a rather insane amount of them, around 8 or so. Kid approved, for sure!

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