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Tribute Bento for Avatar the Bunny

First of all, Happy New Year to all of you! Sorry I haven’t been posting much, but the holidays grabbed me by the ears and made me go do all these things like wrap gifts til 2 AM and bake cookies until I was ready to drop dead.

Plus, we had the house painted and during the days they were prepping the house, they began to sand down the existing paint down, causing dust to come in the windows, causing me to have fits of panic. I was at home with Buddy since he had no school and ended up taking him out almost the whole day for a couple days during Christmas and New Year’s week. He’s exhausting and expensive when not in school!!!

Avatar the Bunny Bento

It’s kind of odd that at the start of last year I did a tribute bento to my old pet cat Mochi, and this year I find myself in the same situation for another white animal…

Yes, my son’s rabbit, who he very strangely named “Avatar”, died at around 5 or 6 PM on New Year’s Eve. Isn’t that just tragic? Dying just hours before the Year of the Rabbit? We think it was either due to the loud booms or from him eating avocado leaves earlier in the day.

The bento has in it some leftover Yoshida’s sauce chicken, cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, takuan, cucumber pickles, onigiri with kamaboko ears, and sweet potato flowers. The purple stuff in front of Avatar is some purple kale that my mom left here after New Year’s. It’s gorgeous stuff, I’ll have to ask her where she got it.

We’d let him and the other bunnies roam around and relax in the yard that whole day and they seemed to really enjoy it. He ran around the yard nibbling at weeds and grass and napped under the trees.

Avatar the Bunny

Here he is, looking all cute and content and stuff. He wasn’t the most personal of our bunnies, but he was a nice bunny and we liked having him around. Poor guy… We’ll miss you Avatar!

Teenage Chicks

Here we have our two pet chickens, Pikko and Sweetie, standing next to our basil bushes. They’re looking pretty nice with their brown feathers coming in. They still cheep, so I’m not quite annoyed with them yet. Once they start clucking, it will test our relationship a bit. You can see pictures of when they were little baby chicks on Flickr.

As you can see, lots of stuff has been happening for us! I have so many things lined up, including giveaways, cookbook reviews, and product reviews so keep an eye out for those! Thank you to everyone who gave Yum-Yum Bento Box as a gift for Christmas!

My resolution for this year: Re-join Weight Watchers and get myself back down to around 130. All this naughty eating over the last year has brought me back up to around 160, which is worse than it was when I joined WW the first time around!

My other resolution…… to not spend any money on bento gear. Sounds ridiculous, I know, but I have to cut down and since I already have more than I can use, I have to cut that out. Of course, I can still use J-List credit to buy myself things. Heehee, yay for loopholes. >:) I almost blew it when me and Baby Girl went into a Sanrio Surprises store. I swear they’re stocking twice the usual amount of bento stuff and it nearly killed me to not buy the Hello Kitty mayo containers.

Two tough resolutions, but I hope to succeed!

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  • RIP Avatar! I had a black bunny once, named him Phinneas. I had to give him to another family to take care of when I moved. He lived a long bunny life.

    Those purple potato flowers are gorgeous! Need to prepare that purple sweet potato for bento stash.

    Good luck in your resolutions, I am back on the calorie counting bandwagon too. Can’t say I have quite the resolve to stop buying bento stuff though. 🙂 Happy New Year!

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  • I am so sorry to hear about your bunny. I love the bento you made though. Good luck with your resolutions 🙂

  • Demi-Plum

    I’m very sorry such a special member of the family passed away. It’s never easy to lose a pet. Your bento is a really nice tribute to him and I’m sure he would appreciate it. It looks very yummy too.
    I must say I did give one of your books, but I gave it to myself. It’s my first bento book and it’s really wonderful! I love all the ideas you have in there and I’ve already tried making some of the recipes. They’re really great! I’ve also been following your blog as well and found it to be very cute and interesting.
    I’m hoping to lose a little weight this year myself as well, probably like any other woman out there. I hope increased exercise and more knowledge about bento making will help make a difference. I know it kept the “freshman 15” off me last year and even helped me loose a few as well. I’m very excited to see what you will do this year and how creative you’ll be! And I can’t say I won’t buy anymore bento stuff, I’m starting to build up a nice stash, but I still lack the flat bento, my last of the types and I plan on getting it to help me become more proficient in charaben! I hope you have a wonderful new year~!

  • @SonomaBento We bought a standalone freezer the other day, so I’m excited to actually have room for a bento stash!

  • Thanks Uniflame!

  • Hi Demi-Plum, thanks for buying my book! I’m so happy that you like it! I’m hoping to buy a bike to get to work faster and get more exercise. It would sure beat the 25 minute walk!

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  • Demi-Plum

    I wish you good luck with your bike! I’m sure if you did it once you can do it again!

  • koolchicken

    I’m sorry to hear about your bunny. 🙁 it’s really hard losing a pet, I hope your kids are handling it well.

    As for the chickens, you get used to it. I live on Kauai and I don’t hear the chickens at all. It funny to listen to the tourists complain though, “I thought roosters only crow at dawn, not all night!”

  • What a nice bento-tribute. I’m sorry to hear about Avatar. The purple kale in the front really is beautiful. We get it around here in the late fall – pretty much gone by now.

  • @koolchicken I grew up with chickens, so I totally know that roosters have no idea that they’re “supposed” to crow only at dawn. LOL

  • I tried looking for seeds to grow, but was kind of disappointed to hear that it needs cool weather to turn out sweet.