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Mac and Cheese Bento (367)

This morning when I looked in my pantry, I discovered five boxes of Macaroni and Cheese that expired in February, so I decided I better get started on eating it up now.Β It turned out better than I expected in a bento.


I’d have posted this a lot earlier, but have been busy with work today. Plus, at the Sony Press Conference at E3 today, Square Enix announced the title of their new MMO, Final Fantasy XIV Online! Like every other FFXI player out there, I about crapped my pants right then.

The HD trailer is available online at the official website. They had just showed the trailer for Final Fantasy XIII, so that was exciting as is. Then the guy on stage is like, “Oh but wait, we have footage from Final Fantasy 14 now!” and I swear in my head I heard the whole gaming world gasp. Anyway, I’m excited. The ZAM Network will be doing a site, so keep an eye out for that. Woohoo!

Anyway, back the bento. There really wasn’t much to it. It took me less than 10 minutes to put together not counting cooking, but even that was simple since all I did was boil noodles and fry ham steak. I let it cool for a while, then added it to the left compartment of this Sugar Babies bento box. I lined the other side with lettuce. I cut three large sakura blossoms out from ham steak I got at Costco and pan fried them until they were slightly browned. I put the scraps underneath and the flowers on the top. As a final touch I added four slices of tomato from my garden!

I had wanted to take a picture of my tomatoes since three were ready to harvest at once, but when Buddy helped me put them away, he took off all the pretty stems that I like. Boy, was I bummed. I think those are the prettiest part of the tomato aside from the color!

We went to eat at Spicy Ahi in Pearl City yesterday after I heard about it from the Bat Pat and read some good reviews on Yelp. It was definitely pricey, but the food I got was great. I went with the misoyaki salmon and ahi/vegetable tempura combo.


Baby Girl loved the salmon, so that was great. Mr. Pikko got the Butterfish and Chicken Teriyaki, but he said the butterfish was rubbery. The ahi tempura could have used a bit more flavor, but the thickness of the fish wasn’t something you could easily ignore. Mr. Pikko liked their free additional rice policy too. He got a bowl of brown rice and was pleasantly surprised by its freshness.

After that we went to Yogurtland right across the restaurant. I’ve found I really don’t like sweet frozen yogurts much and from now on I’ll only get the tart flavors. Here’s mine:


I got original tart, blueberry tart, and raspberry creme. I didn’t like the raspberry creme. I had to eat it with the kiwi, blueberries, and strawberries to offset the sweetness. I drizzled condensed milk on top.


Here’s Baby Girl’s cup. She chose vanilla, chocolate, and coconut. I made sure not to give her too much yogurt because I didn’t want her overloading. It’s a good thing too cause while we were there we saw a three-year-old shrieking banshee on a sugar high. She made yogurt soup, cause to her mixing it all up is best.


This is Buddy’s, which is just strawberry. He ate all the gummi bears and chocolate with his grubby toddler paws, then said he was done. Before I could say no, Baby Girl was scooping his out and dumping it into her soup. So gross.


This is Mr. Pikko’s. As you can tell he used to love sugary cereals as a kid and still does. He said he was full after he finished about a quarter of it, but still ate it all anyway. He got Bananas Foster, chocolate, and something else. I thought the Bananas Foster was nasty. It was like dipping overripe bananas into confectioner’s sugar and pureeing it with high fructose corn syrup.

This morning I was brought back down to earth by my little son. As I was taking him in to school a big black bumblebee came whizzing by, scaring the crap out of him. To distract him, I started cheerfully asking whether the bumblebee had said anything to him. He said no. I asked, “He didn’t even say hello?”


Well excuuuuse me. Next time I’ll keep my comforting to myself.

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  • Lol – I just love the little bumblebee story – silly mommy πŸ˜‰

  • Jessie

    I can’t believe you guys didn’t get mochi on your yogurt!! it tastes so ono πŸ™‚

  • Hi,
    I love reading your blog! So much so that I have bought a bento set with rice moulds and vegetable cutters. I hope to try something easy soon : )
    Thanks again for the inspiration!!

  • matcha_pop

    I couldn’t believe that they announced FFXIV. I’m so excited. I made sure to register on the official site, in hopes that they send beta keys to early registrants…

    Also, that yogurt looks fantastic.

  • Oh dear … my BF has been insane over the idea of a new FF MMO since we quit FFXI the first (of like, five times now) years ago. Must keep this from him or I’ll never hear the end of it >.>

  • Seems like you have a lot of expired food in your pantry!
    All the food in the pictures looks delicious!

  • Martelisia the Fluoxetine Fairy

    Was the mac and cheese still good? But what really got me was the bumblebee story. It was simply hilarious.

  • Yeah that FFXIV Online announcement, I didn’t believe at first. I thought all of it was fake. When it was told to me that it’s real, I was in shock.

    Not good to look at your site near lunch time… So hungry.

  • The mac ‘n cheese makes this bento so pretty–gorgeous colors!

  • Nice simple bento. Like the flowers of sausage

  • StarsOfCASSiOPEiA

    Such a simple and cute bento!

    Ahh, YES. I got excited about all of the FF stuff too… been trying to watch E3 on such an insane week is hard! XD

  • Mesononso

    yoghurtland! 8D If only we had such interesting stores in AUST. ;;
    Perhaps I’ll settle for a super-sized yoghurt machine, hehe.

    thanks for the update on FFXIV! I didn’t even know in was in the making. But honestly I’m a little upset it is an MMORPG. Having spent hours slaving away on lvling my taru I couldn’t bear the idea of giving her up. Especially if alot of the FFXI community decide to transfer, the economy and game is over. ><

    bleh! sorry for the long rant.
    But I do love your bentos… and PIKKO! πŸ˜›

  • We both posted about yogurtland o_0 !!!

  • I am so excited to have found your blog! I love your work and your pics are fantastic. I hope you don’t mind if I share one today. I’ll be subscribing too.

  • Kim

    LOL Kids are a trip! They seem so much smarter these days then when we were their age….or was that just me?? πŸ™‚

    Bento looks yummy too!

  • Kathy

    Would be really nice if ffxiiii would come out here, seems kinda strange that they would announce xiii before they even release the previous, but it did look pretty darn good!
    Do love the bumblebee story. Kids are great.
    And I love your food! Looks awesome.

  • It’s interesting to see each dessert, with what everyone picked in it – they are all so different! I’d probably have a mixture of everything, but my personal favourite would have to be the gummy bears!

  • I am truly amazed, you take the simplest things and make wonderful bentos out of them. Wow.