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Butterfly Pasta Bento (428)

I spent a large part of my weekend working on the new blog layout and fixing up old blog posts, stamping old photos, re-sizing photos, and pulling my hair out over Internet Explorer compatibility. Right now I estimate that layout wise I’m about 50% done and as for fixing up my horribly unorganized categories, that’s probably at around 10%. Eventually when I’m done, each archive and category page should have thumbnails and set excerpts. Funnily enough, I had no idea that excerpts even existed before I started all of this.

Butterfly Pasta Bento

Today is when I’m supposed to start Weight Watchers, but I haven’t signed up just yet. I made this bento this morning to start myself off on the right foot. I had to boil the egg and potato and pasta, so with all the cooking involved, this took me about an hour.

In the bottom tier I have garlic shrimp with whole wheat pasta tossed with shelled edamame and corn. I topped the pasta with sweet potato slices cut with a food cutter set available on J-List. I lined the other tier with green leaf lettuce, then added a small wedge of corn, three small slices of avocado, a baby carrot cut into carrot coins, a fish shaped boiled egg, and three little grape tomatoes.

Butterfly Pasta Bento

Here’s a closer look at the potatoes so you can see their beautiful purple color. My dad sent a bunch of them for Christmas and I boiled it this morning with my eggs. It made the shells turn brown, but none of the eggs cracked, so it was all good. I packed it in a green bento box that I picked up at Don Quijote one night while shopping. I can’t remember what I paid for it, but it’s only $3.80 at J-List, which makes it a nice starter box if you’re already ordering some accessories to start bentoing.

I don’t know how to make whole wheat noodles more “bendy”. I boiled them for what seemed like forever (thus the long bento prep time) and they still don’t curl well like normal noodles. Are they simply incapable of doing so? Is there some trick to it?

My dad came over for the weekend to see Buddy for a belated birthday visit. He wanted to get him a cake, so I took him to Safeway. Before he got out of the car, I said, “SMALL cake!” I thought he wasn’t going to be able to find a small one, but he came back holding the cutest little box. Inside was this adorable 6″ thing:

Thomas Cake

I wish I’d thought to put something into the pic for scale. Anyway, the kids got a little excited and wouldn’t stop putting candles in, so now Buddy is apparently 20 years old.

Thomas Cake with Candles

I cut it into fourths and had my last giant piece of cake for a while. I’ll miss you, Safeway cakey goodness! I’ll eat you once in a while, I promise! This little cake was just perfect for three adults and two kids. No leftovers! Woohoo!

Someone commented last week, asking how I made my little photo stamp. To give some information, I use Photoshop CS3. I took the image you see in my logo and added a text layer on top.

Stamp Example

Then, I added a Stroke effect. To do this, you double click the text layer (not on the words) which will bring up the Effects menu.

Effects

Click the checkbox for “Stroke” and then click on that option to bring up the options for that effect. I selected the color green, then made the stroke size 4 px. This added the green outline to my text in white font.

To add this to my photos, I open the .psd file of the stamp and drag the two layers over to the photo. All done!

Let me know what you guys think of the new header!

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  • Love the new header 🙂 Your pictures always look so great – I keep telling myself that I’ll make a lightbox, but I keep procrastinating on it.

    I’m trying to get back on track w/ WW myself – joined in Oct, but the week of Xmas and New Years threw me off track. Can’t quite get myself to go for the whole wheat pasta so I just do the Barilla Plus when I do have it. Saw a new pasta in a grocery ad that has a serving of veggies per serving, but haven’t gone to get it yet – so curious about that – have you seen it?

  • Love the new look of your blog!
    BTW, happy new year to u!

  • Hey! You redecorated! Nice. The bamboo motif is pretty and very different from your previous layouts. Congratulations on the transition I know that it’s very time consuming task.

    The bento is fabulous as always. The purple potato butterflies. Wow. I love those Okinawan sweet potatoes, both to look at and eat!

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  • Your photos are always very nice to look at! I love the butterfly pasta bento! My kids would love this so much! They are now starting to like many kinds of food ever since I turned their lunchboxes into bento boxes!

  • Hi there 😉
    Your new Layout looks great! I love the bamboo 😉
    As for the bento, it is beautiful as always. I don’t have luck in getting purple sweet potatoes. They are sold out every time I can look for them >.< It's such a pity! But a s butterflies they are really beautiful. The picture is great!

    And the birthday cake, too. Newer seen such a nice Thomas cake ^-^

  • I don’t think I’ve seen your earlier layouts, at least I don’t remember them, but I think the current one looks great! 🙂 Not too distracting from the bentou photos — which is good! 🙂

    And the bentou itself looks gorgeous, as always! Nice colour touch with the purple butterflies! 😀

  • Love the new look so far. I had a green bento box like that, it’s a great size and that’s a great price. I got mine back when Ichiban Kan was still selling online. Buddy will probably remember this cake forever. Kids seem to remember the ‘out of ordinary birthday cakes’.

  • Dana

    Tasty looking bento (as usual), and a thumbs up on the website redesign!

  • Those purple butterflies are totally an eye catcher! Love the bento, so beautiful and vibrant 😀

  • A very delicious looking bento!! Buddy’s cake is adorable too!

    I like the new header a lot as well as your little stamp mark 😀

  • The layout looks great! I love the butterflies they’re adorable. I am also glad to see how cute the boiled eggs turn out. I look forward to breaking in my molds early next week. @Tammy/Kashmirkat – I have tried some of those veggie pastas and they are quite tasty. Then again I have a penchant for different tasting foods.

    On a side note do you know a good online site to buy Picnic size boxes from? My local Asian Market is not currently stocking the ones I liked!

  • beautiful bento! the purple sweet potato butterflies gives it a special touch i think! 🙂

  • This is beautiful! I love the butterflies – I’ve never seen purple sweet potatoes here in the UK.
    Good luck with Weightwatchers – I’m also trying to lose weight, I started with bentos to keep me interested and planning healthy lunches.

  • I love the butterflies! So pretty.

  • Thanks for the input – I can’t wait to try it. The grocery store I went to over the weekend didn’t have it yet, so I’ll have to keep looking…

  • Bento looks yummy! I’m liking the new theme too! Keep up the good work.

  • I love your colourful bento! and the website design too!

  • Good luck with WW too! Are you doing Core or Flex?

  • Happy New Year shoppingmum!

  • Time consuming is right, yeesh! I totally broke my site last night, but now things look ok except for the dang Foodbuzz ad, which is giving me a lot of problems. 🙁