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Independence Day Musubis

I know everyone must be wondering why I suddenly stopped making bento every day for like two weeks. Unfortunately, June is grant writing month at the office and we were pretty smashed doing writing, forms in a dozen drafts, etc. Then my kids got 102 fevers a couple days apart and I had to stay home a couple days last week. It’s been crazy to say the least.

Independence Day Musubis

Over the 4th of July weekend, I decided I wanted us to take the kids to the Ala Moana fireworks show again. It’s the biggest on Oahu and the only thing wrong with it is that you have to get there super early, sit on the concrete parking lot for hours, and then getting out is a mess. Fortunately, with the right parking plan, it isn’t all that bad. For food, I made Spam, White, and Blue musubis! 🙂

When we went four years ago, getting out was extremely frustrating. We sat gridlocked in our van for over an hour, just trying to get out of the Ala Moana parking lot. That explains why it’s been four years since we last went. This time, we parked on the other side of Ala Moana on the fourth floor, close to a ramp. It helped a lot that Ala Moana now employs security to direct traffic. The rain threatened several times, but we stuck it out and when the show started, the sky was dry and the show was fantastic. The kids loved it, so that was great.

The musubis were pretty easy, I simply made two batches of rice, one white and one dyed blue. I was thinking of making entire musubis red, white, and blue but while I was brainstorming I realized that the spam could be the red part and all I had to do was provide blue and white rice. I’m pretty happy with how they turned out!

Burger Bento

This is a bento I made last week, but never found the time to post. We had taken the kids to eat at Farrell’s at Pearlridge on Tuesday and Buddy didn’t finish his entire cheeseburger. I’d brought my leftover fries home as well, but they were too soggy to eat. I replaced them with apple fries and ate the garden tomatoes with the lettuce as a salad.

I’ve signed up for an intensive kickboxing course called KUT (Kickboxers Ultimate Training) at the Martial Arts and Family Fitness center at Puck’s Alley. It’s a nine week, six days a week course that I’m hoping will get me motivated for losing weight again and eating healthier. They provide nutrition guidance, so it’s kind of like a bento challenge for me as well, since I’ll have to stick to certain restricted foods for my lunches. It starts July 25th, so that should be interesting… and painful… and gruesome. Expect lots of whiny posts for the first few weeks while I lament the pain in my everything.

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  • adri

    wow, kick boxing, I’m rather jealous!

  • I swear to god, one of these days we are going to bump into each other! i went to alamoana for the fireworks show too. craaaazy. my parents haven’t been since they last took me when I was 12, so I decided to take them.

    and i didn’t join a kickboxing class, but i did join the pole dancing class with fit for a godess! i start the first week of august.

    we’re going to be a couple of hot gals with our new bodies!

  • @vampyra1 Would you be interested in doing one of those Foodbuzz 24, 24, 24 things together? I asked them before if you can do a lunch, they said yeah. We could do something where people bring different foods and bento boxes and then we put em together! The only thing is, I dunno where to hold it. lol

  • Cute musubi!
    Good luck with the kickboxing!!

  • Wow! Those are the prettiest Spam Musubis I’ve ever seen. Good job!

    Kickboxing, that’s pretty hard core. I’m tired just thinking about it. lol 🙂

  • Moontaj

    I’m SOOO happy you posted again, was etting worried. ^^ Though I was hoping its just because you were busy.

  • Susan

    it looks delicious =]

  • love the apple fries! hope your kids are free from illness now.

  • those musubis look so pretty!

  • Chica

    How do you do the apple “fries”? Special tool? The bentos look beautiful and I’m sure they taste just as good.

  • I didn’t use a tool, I just sliced it with a knife!

  • I don’t know If I said it already but …Hey good stuff…keep up the good work! 🙂 I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say I’m glad I found your blog. Thanks,)

    A definite great read..Jim Bean