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Keroppi Bento (454)

Yesterday when I went to pick up Buddy from school, his teacher told me she saw me in the paper and that they talked about it during circle time. Later that night, he told me he was really happy to see me in the newspaper and to talk about it with all his friends. He had the cutest little proud smile on his face as he shyly told me all about how he saw my picture and didn’t know I was going to be in the paper and asked how I did that.

The reaction from Baby Girl was the opposite. She picked up the paper in the car after we picked her up and finds the Island Life section and is just “reading” some story like she can understand everything, holding it up like a big, important adult. Mr. Pikko told her, “Did you see who’s on the front??” She just nonchalantly says, “Yeah. It’s mom.” My bentos don’t impress her and neither do my newspaper interviews! LOL!

Keroppi Bento

This bento was really rushed and Keroppi’s color didn’t come out so great. I used a whole packet of green deco furi and that’s as green as it got. It took me a while to get the size of his eyes right and his pupils had to be cut freehand from nori because every punch I tried wasn’t big enough. I probably should have just cut his mouth with scissors too, as it looks a little too thin.

We had spaghetti for dinner last night, but since I wanted to make an onigiri, that didn’t mix too well so I used leftover steak from Sunday. I probably should have pan fried it to give it better color, but we were already running really late, so I had to just nuke it in the fridge, slice it, and throw it in.

Keroppi Bento 2

Here’s a closer look at Keroppi. I used ketchup to dot his cheeks because I didn’t have any ham to make pink cheeks. The box is lined with more lettuce from Mr. Pikko. I was really mad at how my tamagoyaki turned out, with the white stripes in the middle. I guess I’m just bad at beating eggs now, instead of cooking them. The outside of the roll looked perfect, forming a nice rounded rectangle shape without me needing to mold it at all. I’d added soy sauce to give it flavor and it also gave it a nice golden brown outside.

For snacks I brought a cameo apple and light blueberry yogurt.

It’s missing green, but without time I had to just make do with taking a photo outside on the grass. Keroppi has always been one of my favorite Sanrio characters, so it’ll be fun come lunchtime today.

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  • The highlight of my evening is seeing your bentos Pikko! I love this frog! His expression is kinda saying ” Um Where am I? Am I meant to be in here?” LOL
    I am sure your daughter is secretly proud of you – it must be hard tho as a teenager to be able to show the true feelings due to peer pressure of what is cool. I think bentos are very cool, but I’m a geek :o) I think it must be so exciting to be in the newspaper and on TV! What a claim to fame :o)

  • I really like the white stripes in your tamagoyaki, I honestly don’t know why you’re mad. I’d be really proud of myself if I could make it to look this awesome. 😀

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  • I love seeing your bentos too! I can’t even imagine mine turning out this good when I’m in a hurry! I thought your tamagoyaki was filled with something, I was anxious to find out with what lol!

  • Samantha S


    Looks great to me, and super yummy!

  • Well, if you hadn’t said you were unhappy about the egg I would have thought you did it on purpose to make it colorful and interesting 😀 Lunch looks adorable and delicious!

  • Kim

    Re your dau I think it’s just like not wanting to make “homemade” clothes vs clothes purchased off the rack or in stores. All my life my mother sewed all my clothes and all the clothes for our immediate family. When my children were “teenagers” they didn’t want my mom to sew for them as they wanted “store bought” clothes, but then in high school they realized how special it was that my mom could “copy” prom gowns and make it so special for their proms. So, maybe it’s a stage she’s going through and perhaps when her friends tell her how special you are, she will realize that. I think it’s just like Martha Stewart and her daughter. Enough said.

  • Omg, kerokero is so cute! Could you do a Pochacco one too? xD

  • sea

    Keroppi has always been my favorite Sanrio character, too. Very cute!


  • Actually, my daughter is only 5. LOL!

  • That seems to be what everyone thinks, so I guess I should just forgive myself. lol

  • It was just Kikkoman shoyu, so it was really tasty!! 😀

  • Thanks Samantha! Glad you like Kero too! 😀

  • Thanks Jenn!

  • It goes back a long way to her being embarrassed at school when she couldn’t eat her lunch. I don’t even know what happened for sure, I’m just guessing. All I know for sure is they wouldn’t let her eat the bento.

  • OMGZ I loved Pochacco too! I was going to do a Bad Badtz this morning, but didn’t quite figure it out.

  • Yay! I used to love the images with all his family. ^_^

  • jasmine McClain

    I got so excited when I saw the title, keroppi being my all time favorite I had so much stuff with him on it and I sadly don’t know where it all went. The bento is awesome and adorable! The kids…ehhh…you’re making me afraid sometimes with the stories you I think I will have my hands full when my two get talking and causing a real

  • Aunty C

    Hi! Haven’t had a chance to tell you how proud of you we all are! I saved the newspaper article and don’t worry – Baby Girl’s attitude will change and she’ll admit how proud she is of what you’ve accomplished (may not be right away, but it’s there hidden deep and will come out one of these days!). I told one of my Twilight friends about your website and now she’s all excited about making bentos for her hubby and his friends when they go hunting – better than just spam musubis!

  • I’m not familiar with the character, but I think he looks good! 😀

  • Oh my goodness – I LOVE Keroppi!!!!!! He was my all time favorite when I was growing up, and I’m so sad he’s not as popular now. I go into the Sanrio store and I’m happy if I can even find a few items with his persona. Thank you so much for making this one! He’s SOOOOO cute. 🙂 I recently made keroppi chocolates out of an old jelly mold from back in the day when Keroppi was popular. Never thought about trying a bento. Maybe I’ll try that next. 🙂