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Love in Her Eyes

The other day, I was walking with the kids and Baby Girl was wearing the new sparkly sandals that Grandma J had just bought her and she was walking on tip toes. I asked her what she was doing and she said, “I’m pretending I have high heels on!” LOL!!

I saw myself on LOST last night again! Woohoo! The picture is at the end of this post. For now let’s get on to my lovey dovey bear.

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I can’t remember where I saw eyes like these, but I was doing something when I saw a cute character with hearts for pupils. That helped me with the idea for this bento with a cute pink bear with love in her eyes.

I cooked the rice and then mixed it up with ume vinegar powder, which is called hanaosushi no moto on the back of the packet. This is sold at Marukai, they usually hang packets of it from those metal poles in various aisles. Mixing it in gave it a nice pink color and a wonderful ume smell.

I’ve always wondered how the Japanese obento get their onigiri to look so smooth and I now know that it’s because they do it with fresh, hot rice and plastic wrap. I’ve never been able to get my onigiri so smooth on the outside with a mold or my hands no matter how hard I press, but using wrap to shape it seemed to make it all smush together. It was also easy as pie to make the little ears.

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To make the eyes, I started off by folding a piece of nori twice so that I had 2 creases, then I cut out a tiny half heart to make the center. After that, I cut a big circle around it, then unfolded it so that I had the two circles with the hearts in the middle. I cut a smaller circle out of that then placed the eyes on white cheese and cut around them with a toothpick.

The punch I used for the mouth, nose, and lashes can be found on From Japan with Love or if you live on Oahu, these are available at Marukai. The mouth is actually two of the little lashes laid on top of each other to make the curve longer. I hand cut the ears.

The main dish is more steak from yesterday and on the side I have tomatoes, orange slices, asparagus, edamame, and heart tamagoyaki. To do the tamagoyaki I made a small roll with one egg, pressed it into a round rectangle shape, then cut it into fourths. Then I sliced off one corner and put them together to make the heart.

While the hearts in the eyes is something that I saw somewhere, the idea is actually inspired by something Baby Girl did last night.

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We had some paper plates we were going to throw away, then decided to let the kids draw on them. These are the ones that she drew for me. I brought them in to work to put on my wall. D’awwwww!!! I really should listen to Mr. Pikko and stop yelling at her so much in the morning when she refuses to get out of bed. <3

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Last week it was a blurry face and my ass on Lost, this week I got a re-run of my butt and a side view! Woohoo!!! So funny that the scenes I thought I had the least chance of being seen in are the ones I’m finding myself in. I guess it kind of looks like I’m pretty porky in that pic, but it’s actually because of a black scarf I have around my neck. I really wish I’d worn some color. Clearly I’m going to Jack’s dad’s funeral too, otherwise why the heck else would I be wearing so much freaking black. 🙁

I’ve got two more Docubentory photos, but I don’t think I’ve used either of these boxes yet, so I won’t link to the sets. The whole collection can be viewed here.

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This is one of my onigiri boxes and I have no idea how to use it. Are you supposed to just make an onigiri the size of Pluto and put it on top?? Someone explain this to me.

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This is another onigiri box, but I just haven’t gotten around to using it. I’ll probably try using it on Baby Girl when she wants a plain lunch and just make her musubis with filling and then a fruit dessert on the bottom.

Mr. Pikko threatened to start hiding my bento boxes in the trash can if I didn’t put them away, so I shoved half my unphotographed ones back into the cabinet. D: This is taking much longer than I thought it would!

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  • the bears are adorable!! Gonna try the plastic wrap on my onigiris tomorrow – fingers crossed, as I’m making them for someone else!!

    Much clearer view of you in this week’s lost!

  • Darn it, I missed you again. Are you on next week too? Cute bear and pretty bento! 😀

  • LOVE the heart eyes — great idea! and the pale pink is so pretty (and the fact that it’s ume – yum – is a bonus). awesome v-day bento!

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  • Adorable pink bear! I wanna hug it. The heart eyes and heart tamagoyaki are really great! Love notes from your kids are so sweet … and thanks for sharing some tips Pikko 🙂

  • I just love this shade of pink! And the smoothness on your rice is impeccable! Great work! Your background looks very artistic too! :o)

  • Did they tell you to wear dark clothes or anything? I’m a costume designer and, when I looked at that picture when you first tweeted it, my original thought was that they wanted everyone in black and white for a reason (like why they use black and white animals alot, black vs. white clothes on Jacob and the Man In Black, etc.)

  • I’d be proud if my butt was one of my best features.

  • leslie

    I thought I saw you in a shot with Jack! At least now I know I’m not going to join Hurley in the funny farm. Phew! I think the pink bear is absolutely adorable. Wish I had beautiful expressive eyes and long lashes like that 🙂

    I have one of the lube sheep onigiri boxes (mine is red). I filled the bottom (wasn’t hard, it’s tiny!), and then put 2 onigiri on the divider part and then put the top on. The onigiri were back to back so to speak. Hope that helped a little.

  • What a sweet bear! I love the heart eyes! I saved LOST this week so I will have to rewind to see if I can see you! It must be fun to find yourself in the episodes 😀

  • What an adorable bear 😀 I need to try and make something cute like this one day… When I have lots of time 😛

    I have the same onigiri box, and I do what leslie wrote, put two “big” (I have two moulds, one big and one small) onigiri on the top, and nori in the bottom (I don’t like soggy nori).

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  • Too cute to eat! Well, almost. I’d have to stare at it a good while, though, before I could bring myself to bite off an ear. 😉

  • Sara

    I love the bear! Great idea for the eyes. I have same lube sheep box, I have used it with a sandwich cut into half to form two triangular pieces, then stacked them upright/back to back. (I did have to cut off the crust to make it fit.)

  • amaineko

    Hi,

    i have this blue onigiri box, too.

    You can make 2 normal size onigiris (with an onigiri maker) and put them inside..the second box is for other things..here an example from me: http://img301.imageshack.us/img301/378/bento.jpg

    ^_^

  • The dragonfly box. I have ones that size. I’ve put bagel sandwiches in the top section before, as well as regular sandwiches. Sometimes I’ve even put non-soggy fruit up there like small apples, oranges or bananas. Onigiri boxes – not just for onigiri anymore! 😀

  • Cynthia

    I spotted you in Lost! The episode was a bit dull though… Where were Locke/Sun/Lupedis? When will Sun and Jin be reunited??? Man… I hope they will solve some questions the next episode.
    Love the bear, she looks yummie!

  • I’d never have guessed that wrap makes it so easy to make your own shapes. D:

  • Thanks Susan! You don’t have to keep watching just for me, lol! (but thanks!)

  • You should smell it. Oh so good!!

  • Yeah, she may not love my bentos, but at least she loves me. 🙂

  • Glad you like the background! I think the smoothness is probably from the vinegar too.

  • Not dark clothes, just no blue or green.

  • I dunno about “best”. Maybe “larger” is a better term. D:

  • Hmm, okay. I’d always assumed it was for one gigantic one. lol

  • Thanks Jenn! Don’t blink, you’ll miss me, haha!

  • It doesn’t take much time with the saran wrap, really!

  • I did stop to smile before I ate her, but I did eat her. Om nom nom!

  • How do you guys keep it shut? I can’t see how a strap would work…

  • Cool, thanks amaineko!

  • Hehe, true. Thanks for the ideas!

  • Man, I want to see them reunited too!! 🙁

    “I had our kid!”

    “Awesome, where is she???”

    “Oh, I left her back home so we’ll probably never see her again.”

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  • OMG!!! Bear is too cute~!!!

    I recently got your book! Amazing stuff can’t wait!
    And I’ve seen that Dragonfly Bento Box before, at Daiso!

  • Another brilliant work.