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Pink Animal Invasion

My plans for sending Baby Girl to school with a cute sandwich she couldn’t resist have been defeated by my absentmindedness. I’ve taken two trips to the market and one to Costco and in all three instances, I forgot to buy some kind of sandwich meat. Last night, I realized I could try an egg salad sandwich, then realized that she doesn’t have school tomorrow. Ha ha…


I made one anyway for myself and planned to show it to her to test it out. Everything was going well until she said she’d like to take it for lunch, meaning I wouldn’t have one. Still, I gave it to her and she carried it around for a bit, planning to take it to Grandma’s house to share with my niece. All good, right?

She comes back to me later and says she doesn’t want the whole bento, just the egg in the middle. I told her I can’t just scoop it out of the sandwich and have her take just that. She didn’t understand why not. I didn’t understand why she found the egg filling to be the best part of the whole thing, I would have thought the little pink animals would have snagged her. I mean, just look at them. I was editing the photo and my head started tilting and I could feel the “AwwwWWww!” coming out of my throat.


The animals are made out of fish sausage and nori. I made the egg salad with reduced fat olive oil mayo, so it’s not too bad health-wise.

The sammies had to be laid down flat to pack and I placed the animals on top and put the slightly see through cover on top. It fit perfectly and you could see the little guys staring out at you. Anyway, in the end, she decided to let me take it for lunch.

My sporatic blogging will be continuing for at least another two weeks. I got one of the most exciting phone calls of my life on Tuesday, so that will be keeping me busy for some of next week. Then, after that is a rather gigantor part of the project I’ve mentioned before. I’ll be sure to write notes for myself so that when I can blog about it, I won’t leave anything out!

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  • Aha! I get the message. Look forward to seeing you 😉

  • Very Nice !…

    Ciao from Italy

  • Awww they are really cute. How could she not have liked them?! Kids can be so finicky and weird. I’m amazed at your patience.

  • Nanchan

    Just stumbled across your blog thanks to your entry on the LJ bento community. I ate authentic Japanese bento as a kid and am now packing them for my own LO’s, and can’t wait to read more and follow along on your adventure!

  • Your phone calL sOundS like someThing awesome! I’ll be checking your posts religiously waiting for some kewl news!

  • Bessie

    Where did you get the cutter for the animals ? Soo cute..and how can you cut the nori into those tiny little pieces for the eyes, ears…etc ? You really give me a lot of inpiration on how to make lunch for my little girl. Thanks.

  • Bessie: I have plastic cutters that I got from Ichibankan before they closed. I think you can still get some sets from J-List.

  • Ahhh… I see what you’re pointing at there. Very clever. And very exxxxxciting!

  • These are so adorable! I would gladly take them off your little girl’s hands any time 😀

  • so cute!! I love it!!

  • wow… your blog is a keeper! I’m really astounded at your ability to make such fabulous bentos. Thank you for sharing such lovely ideas to make children and also adults meals something to talk about! I would love to know how you managed all the time to make delicious bentos. Maybe you can share some tips as my hubby and I working from home and I would love to create such meals for our 3.5 year old son (not forgetting the Big Boy as well). Looking forward to your lovely blog!

  • I love your blog and was super excited to see you on NYTIMES.COM!!! Here’s the article:

  • It’s not so easy to be a mother! But the box looks cuty

  • How did you get the sandwich to fit in the box? Whenever I try to do this, the sandwich gets mauled to pieces. Here, it seems to fit so perfectly. T_T

  • Hi Nicole, I measured the sandwich with the box before I cut the bread so that it would fit perfectly in it. 🙂

  • Mer

    This is such a cute lunch. 🙂 Makes me want those little face punch outs even more.

  • These are so Cute! 🙂 What a great idea! Thank you!

  • I agree those are cute!