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Fiori Pasta and Bunny Garlic Bread (343)

I have vowed to read my camera’s manual this time, but I still wanted to take some pictures anyway, so while I’m still reading, I had read enough to figure out how to snap a picture. I took some of my bento this morning, but much to my utter disappointment, I took the wrong USB cord and my pictures are stuck on my camera. Luckily I’m not completely moronic and took pictures on both cameras!

I had bought materials to make a bigger lightbox, but I’m still stuck on where the heck in Hawaii I can get my hands on some WHITE masking tape. I can find cream and blue, but no white. I’ve been to Home Depot, Lowes, Longs, Walmart, and Target. No white masking tape. I suspect it is hiding in some super secret specialty store along with the fiori pasta that I had to trade with someone on the mainland for.

I’ve used some of that pasta today, since I only took spaghetti sauce from dinner the other night. This pasta is really yummy, I’m a big fan! I put a little piece of broccoli in the middle for better color. In the other layer I have some bunny shaped garlic bread, in celebration of Easter!

Now that I’ve mentioned Easter, I can go into my rant about how much I despise the commercialization of the holiday. We were at Grandma J’s last night when I realized that today is the last day of school before Easter and I had nothing to send. Every year I tell myself I’m going to boycott the stupid goodie basket frenzy, but then I think about all the other parents that do it and I just feel bad. I found myself at Pricebusters 10 minutes later and 20 minutes after that I was forking over $76 in freaking Easter candy for 32 kids.

I didn’t do big baskets this year like I did before, when Baby Girl had a smaller class. Seriously, it’s ridiculous when the classes get this big. I found cute paper bags and filled them with a little white chocolate bunny, Easter gummies, Fun Dip, and a little carton of Easter Whoppers. Thank you, Price Busters for dirt cheap candy, I was able to get all 32 bags done for $2.37 each. I’d have raged otherwise. I suppose I should look at it as payment for the disgusting amounts of candy my children will be bringing home tonight. My hips and thighs are already bracing themselves.

At least this way I can just buy a basket and steal candy from their classmates’ bag and make it look like my own Easter basket. I know this sounds freaking evil, but if you saw the massive amount of floor that the goodie bags took up at Baby Girl’s school (about 8′ x 3′, you would understand that the last thing my kids need is more sweets from Mom and Dad. Their teeth will thank me later. The haul will be massive for her this year.

I used my sandwich cutters to make the bread. I cut the heads out, pressed the faces in, then lightly buttered them with butter spread. After that I sprinkled garlic salt on top and toasted them in my toaster over. I made 8 from 2 slices of bread and tucked in some broccoli and mandarin orange for color. Aren’t they cuuute?

I enjoy decorating eggs, so while I may be Mrs. Grinch with the baskets, I’d decorate 2 dozen eggs if I had the time and patience. I love Easter egg hunts too, mostly because the ones of my childhood at Jenn’s house were so much fun. Expect a blog about Jello eggs over the weekend!

I should note that when it comes to my kids, I love the first 2 or 3 egg hunts. When we start getting into the 10th one, I feel like just eating them or “hiding” them in the garbage can. Eventually I lose it and finally put them away, even with the little kids wailing like I’m the wicked witch. Hopefully this year Buddy will be better at egg hunting. Last year he was too slow, so an adult would point one out to him, which led to Baby Girl or my niece to dash at the egg. At this point, Buddy would go, “Awwwwww!” and make a pout face while they found more and more eggs. Silly boy.

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  • Jenonymous

    I feel for you! I wish I could help; we have white masking tape all over the place here at Home Depot (heck, even bodegas carry a few dusty rolls) and boxes of fiori pasta were just on sale, two for a dollar, at my local Key Food in Queens…sigh…

  • Have you tried Fisher Hawaii or Hawaiian Graphics for the masking tape?

    I’ve never heard of taking candy to school for Easter. When I was in school the only holiday people exchanged candy on was valentines day. For Christmas you might bring presents for your friends but we never did anything for Easter. Maybe that was because spring break always fell the same week as Easter.

  • Thanks for the tip, I’ll call Fisher today and maybe go buy some after work!

    I’ve had this goodie bag curse since the sitter’s and it carried right over to preschool. People give goodie bags for Valentine’s Day (which I skip and give just a box of those heart candies), Easter, birthdays, Halloween, Christmas. Some even give for St. Patty’s Day. Does the madness ever end?!

  • Aimee S.

    I couldn’t bring myself to get candy for our 2 year old this year. She doesn’t need it and neither does my dieting hubby. I figure there’s plenty of time for that in the future. I LOVE the bunny bread!!!

  • Check the first-aid aisle for paper bandage tape?

  • The school where I work only allows two parties per year. Christmas, we call it a Winter party and a party at the end of the year. The state of Texas has a law against parents handing out candy or any non nutritional snack to children at school. We do have Easter Egg hunts for the Pre-K classes, they get plastic eggs, with little toys in them.

    Don’t get me started on what all you’ll be expected to pay for when they are teens. It’s up to us to say NO MORE. We need to look at everything as is it necessary? is it educational? Beneficial? Healthy?

  • Samantha

    Oh, I love jello Easter eggs. And I don’t really remember taking home candy from school around Easter time, but that was a long time ago. :p

    I remember waking up in the morning for Easter and being so excited.. though I only remember having one or two egg hunts. Getting a hamster alongside my Easter basket one year was a big surprise, though. I imagine egg hunts will be a big part of Easter for my future kids, I don’t know why my family didn’t do that many!

  • Try art supply stores. They have “artist tape” it’s actually masking tape that is white (and low stick so not to stain anything) as opposed to normal masking tape that is “vanilla” in color. I had to go to a drafting/blueprint store to find a large quantity of the stuff.

  • Mo

    You could also try white electrical tape. Hardware stores have usually got it.

    Awesome bento! 🙂

  • Argentee

    Growing up, my easter baskets were half candy, half small toys. Bubble wands were always a favorite, as were fruit shaped (and scented) erasers. Origami papers too, since I started doing origami at age 6 or so and it was really hard to find them where I grew up in Louisiana.

  • How do you keep coming up with these new and interesting bentos? Amazing.

  • koicha

    Hello (new here). I was going to suggest electrical tape as well. I think artist’s tape is actually (supposed to be) less tacky than masking tape.

  • I’ve just discovered Bentos and I am so excited about them. I love what you do…..I can’t wait to get my Bento starter kit and start making them for my daughters lunch. I know I’ll be back for inspiration!

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  • Oh, I see. I was in your later post when I first saw the bunny bread, but now I can see how well this photo turned out. Since the Photoshop efforts didn’t come out nearly so well colored, I suppose the lighting is going to be the real issue after all.

  • I might have to buy a real lighting kit from Amazon, these lights I got just aren’t cutting it. ;(

  • Is it just the bulbs that are the trouble? Maybe the “daylight 100” energy saver bulbs would work.
    Also, could you use white duct tape? I’ve never seen white masking tape, but I’ve seen white duct tape at Walmarts and hardware stores, and Rite-Aid/Walgreens type places.

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