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Three Little Pigs Bento from Yum-Yum

I know a lot of people (like 375 or so of you) are anxiously waiting for me to get off my lazy ass and finish with the giveaway. I’m happy to report that I only have around 150 more entries to log before I can draw numbers. Hopefully I’ll be able to post something on Sunday or maybe even, *gasp*, tomorrow.

I have no idea how people like Bakerella or The Pioneer Woman do their giveaways, since they get thousands of entries. Can someone enlighten me? Currently, I log every entry in on Google Docs with an assigned number.

Since I couldn’t sit very well yesterday, I decided to make myself useful and so in addition to the kitchen cleaning I mentioned yesterday, I also made the bento that will appear in the May 25th issue of Marukai’s newsletter Irrashai. I also took the time to work on another video which will be used to help promote Yum-Yum Bento Box’s release. The Marukai bento and this one are very similar in that both feature piggie onigiri. I was able to get better angles this time, but there are still some areas that need work.

Like me lifting things up out of the camera’s view and saying something like, “See, like this!” (-_-)

I also need to work on the sound. I bought a lavalier mic, which seemed to work, but it was still hard to hear myself during the intro. You’re probably going to have to turn up the volume pretty high to even hear me. Just don’t forget to turn it back down after. The folks at my publisher have been giving me advice on how to do things, but unfortunately, until I have a kitchen that has an open counter, these ghetto angles will have to do. I have an idea of how I want to do things once that happens though.

As you could probably tell, I bought a new camera. I ended up getting the Raspberry Kodak Zi8 and though the battery doesn’t even last as long as my card will record, I love it. It’s the size of my phone and I can whip it out anytime and take a video of the kids. The only problem is that it has a loud chirping beep when you start recording, which is really not good if you’re trying to take surprise video of your kids, who then start acting like total freaks instead of the cute angels you wanted to capture.

I thought I cut things down considerably, but sheesh, it ended up being a 8 minute video… I’ll try to work on that as well. I probably talk too much. Anyway, feedback is welcome as usual! Should I not talk? Do you want music again? Is the video just flat out too long? Should I go back to wearing make-up? The dang light I use (750 watts) makes me sweat like a maniac, so I didn’t go past foundation.

You can’t see it, but I’m actually wearing a Yum-Yum Bento Box apron!

Three Little Pigs Bento

This is a photo of the bento once it was done. I made it identical food-wise to how Maki originally designed it. This is one of many cute charaben you’ll find in Yum-Yum Bento Box. I should note that this is the first time I’ve ever made a charaben identical to a cookbook. In the past, I’ve always simply used books for inspiration or recipes. It was actually pretty relaxing not to have to worry about the arrangement at all. Also, I made the chicken rolls for dinner and it was a hit with everyone except Baby Girl, but that’s not surprising at all. I can’t even get her to eat rice lately. Her dinner last night was boiled egg whites with shoyu. (and one pig’s nose, ears, eyes, and mouth)

While it was interesting and fun to make this bento exactly like the book version, this isn’t the only way we intend for people to use the cookbook. Everything is interchangeable. If you want to use a recipe from one bento, a character from another, and side dishes from a third bento, that’s definitely a great way to go. Take this Three Little Pigs bento for example. You can plop any leftover dish into the spot where the chicken roll is and you’ve just made it that much easier to pack!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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  • SY

    I think the comments on their blogs are probably already numbered (next to the comment – usually on the left-hand side), so it’s just a matter of entering the total number of comments into the random number generator and then finding the corresponding number of the comment. Does that make sense? Maybe there is a way to do that for your comments section?

  • I think most bloggers that do giveaways use random.org. You enter the number of entry you have, the number of winner you want and they give you numbers at random The person who wrote the comment associated with the number wins (like comment 278 wins, or something like that.)

  • I do use Random.org to choose the winners, it’s logging down who is what number that gives me the trouble.

  • Fantastic job on the video! It is a tad soft, but aside from that you are well on your way to becoming the Martha Stewart of bentos! 😀 I like the way you had everything all set up and ready to go. Great haircut too! 🙂

  • Hey, great video! I love to view your bento instructions. And I think it’s a great way to make the Yum Yum Cookbook more popular! The sound is not the best, you are right, but I think time and experience will help you 😉

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  • amaineko

    Hi,

    with this soundproblem..there are many videoprograms, with them u can raise the db ^^

  • great job! Now if I could just get off my lazy bum and make more science vids. Sheesh.

  • Some things I noticed (besides the softness of the video) since you asked.
    – i like how natural you are on camera, but you were blinking a lot in the intro
    – perhaps you can move to a larger table top where you can set up a light? seems to me it’s still dim. i think it would be better if the camera was shooting from the front instead of the side because your left hand kept blocking the box when you placed items.
    – 8 mins is too long i think, i didn’t finish watching.
    – speech is fine especially since you’re teaching us
    hope this helps! thanks for working so hard for us! videos are great.

  • Not sure what blogging software you use, but I know their comments are already numbered. Maybe you could find a plugin or something for yours that will do the same.

  • So adorable! The video was very informational, thank you.

  • Christine

    I think the video was a good length, you showed enough and you talking helps to understand what isn’t necessarily understood without anything being said. Once again thanks SOOO much, this was really enlightening!

  • Courtney

    yay! another great video! I will definitly have to give this one a try, it’s too adorable 😀

  • congratulations! you don’t talk too much, it is a great video and i learned new methods. Thanks!

  • Jennifer

    OMG. I so know what you’re talking about when you say you lift things out of the camera view and think that people can see it. I do that too. (And last week when I was doing a speech for school I found myself pointing at the computer screen in front of me instead of at the projector screen when trying to point something out. Oy.)
    I haven’t gotten a chance to watch your video yet, though. I’m going to watch it when I get home so I can turn the volume on something louder than whisper. LoL.

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  • I will definitely look into that, thank you so much!!

  • Thanks for the nice comment about my hair! I liked it at first, but now I don’t think I like it anymore, lol.

  • Hopefully a bigger kitchen will help. I need a taller tripod too..

  • I actually did try to raise the sound with the software, but it was already at max. 🙁

  • Any video making tips you have, I’m all ears!

  • Thanks very much eula!!

    I think I actually blink like that all the time because I wear hard lenses. I definitely see ways to cut down on the time.

  • I will definitely look around, Sunny. It would be such a big help.

  • Hi Jessy, I’m glad you liked it!

  • That’s great to hear Christine!

  • Let me know how it goes Courtney!

  • Good to hear, fossettes. Just curious, what did you learn?

  • Hahaha, that sounds like something I would do!

  • Melissa

    That is really cute! Did you put anything in the pigs?

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