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Pink Hearts Bento

Gleep! It’s getting so close to Valentine’s Day already! I’ve got to get my Valentine’s Day dinner shopping done this weekend, but I haven’t really finished planning out what I’m going to make past some fillet mignon I plan to buy at Costco. I saw an ad for some gorgeous chocolate covered strawberries but when I was ready to check out, I saw that the shipping cost more than the strawberries themselves. That’s when I decided to hell with that, I can just make my own.

Now you know to look for another Chocolate Misery post to add to my collection next week. At least with something like this though, you can always just eat the fruit and chocolate separately if it doesn’t work out.

Pink Hearts Bento

Today’s bento is intentionally small, as I’m trying to get back to small portion lunches after some hefty bentos earlier in the week. I’ve also come to the realization that I can eat more rice. You see, Weight Watchers doesn’t count half points, so if you are at say, 2.5, it counts as three points. So while 1/2 cup of rice counts as three points, so does 2/3rds cup.

I CAN’T BELIEVE I DIDN’T THINK OF THIS SOONER. *facepalm*

Anyway, I lined the box with more of Mr. Pikko’s lettuce, picking from one of his flowering heads since I was just going to use it as lining. I sprinkled 1 cup of rice with pink vinegar powder (hanaosushi no moto) and split it into three parts, using plastic wrap to shape three pink hearts. I added some leftover kalbi steak from last night’s dinner (read about the sauce I used). For finishing touches I put in a lady apple, three baby carrots, a mini strawberry from our garden, and a wild pink tomato.

While it looks really small even for me, I was surprisingly close to being full after I was done eating. I think this is due to my constant tea drinking, which has been a really great way for me to keep my snacking from going crazy while staying warm in my frigid office at the same time.

Weight: 148.4 lbs

Oops. Too much late night snacking!! And here I thought I could breach 10 pounds lost today. Bah!

Since Mr. Pikko doesn’t always know what to get me, I went ahead and flat out told him I want walnut square bars from See’s candy. While I do love quite a few candy bars, my hands down biggest in the world weakness is for those caramel walnut squares from heaven. I am going to ration those things out over the course of the next three months so that I can constantly enjoy them while not tacking on insta-padding to my hips.

By the way, the cute little paper vase the red carnations are in are a gift from Baby Girl. She made it in school for me and Mr. Pikko. It’s so cute and makes a great bento photo prop!

Share with me, what are your plans for V-Day and do you need to push your significant other in the right direction?

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  • It sounds so simple to make it, yet it looks simply sweet and pretty 😀

  • Small pack bento yet so filling. I love this shoot, so beautiful! Whoa … rambutan for snack is nice. The season isn’t here yet to get a good rambutan 🙂

  • Rexy

    If you decide to make your own chocolate covered strawberries, here’s a nice how-to I turned to when I was learning to work with chocolate. I didn’t have a candy thermometer, so I just tested the chocolate a little bit at a time. Hope it helps!
    http://www.seriouseats.com/2010/03/how-to-temper-chocolate.html

    For my Vday, I was going to make an angel food poke cake and give it to my coworkers.

    Your bento today is beautiful in its simplicity and color presentation.

  • Your bento looks so pretty, yet healthy at the same time! (which don’t usually correlate in my mind)

    Vday…I will be volunteering at a dental clinic all night. Not exactly the most romantic thing but who said it had to be? 🙂 but agreed..I have to push the missus in the right direction too…and subtle hints just don’t cut it!

  • Crysal

    My boyfriend and I are spending the weekend visiting the snow in Big Bear. (We live in LA so, “the snow” is a destination) We’ve rented a cabin with a fireplace and jaccuzi and don’t really plan to leave it much.

  • hegora

    what is cigar mangoes o_O i never saw that… and this bento is kawaiiii~~~~~ *^-^*

  • Demi-Plum

    Glad to hear you’re doing better today. That looked like a really yummy bento too. I have to make my v-day bento too. I’m doing two different bento challenges this year. 1) to make a bento for every major holiday (that is like celebrated with decorations and such). 2) zodiac bentos, each month I make the zodiac animal that corresponds to that month. It’s a personal challenge to help me become better at charaben. I’m excited to do them though.
    I plan to spend v-day with the guy I’m currently dating. We’re not very far along in our relationship so we’re just going to hang out which is fine with me. Let us know how your v-day goes!

  • What a lovely bento!

  • SO cute! Your hearts are perfect.

  • RCFoodie

    I’m a bit late, but the bento is adorable. Hubby is out of town this week– left on Valentine’s Day! So it was just me and my Little Helper alone– went to go eat spaghetti at a local place. It was okay, but the service was painfully slow. We both got cute charm bracelets from Brighton that were left for us though, so all went well overall.