When I took a hiatus in March, I did not expect it to last this long. Apparently when you take a break from blogging, it is really hard to get back in the swing of writing again. But I do miss blogging. I missed having my own online journal, a place where I can always check back on bentos I packed, restaurants I visited, cakes I baked and food I cooked. So even though the thought of shutting down this blog ran through my mind a couple of times, I just could not do it. I could not erase 7 years of blogging :P . So I am back again! Hopefully I will be able to continue this blog for as long as I can.

And here is my first bento for the school year!

This year will be a nut-free and citrus-free year for C. It will be a challenge for me because I will no longer be able to rely on my ever-reliable Nutella or peanut butter sandwiches.:P Today’s bento contains cheese and jalapeño sausage , flaxseed crackers, carrot sticks with Ranch dip in the piggy container and grapes.

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Bento #217 @ kookyculinary.com

Another great use of leftover rotisserie chicken is to make chicken salad. Today’s bento contains a croissant stuffed with chicken salad and lettuce. Also included are star-shaped pepperjack cheese, oranges and chocolate for dessert.

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Bento #216 @ kookyculinary.com

Not the prettiest bento but it is definitely one of C’s favorite – BBQ Ribs! Today’s bento contains leftover ribs, caesar salad and garlic bread. The container at the top contains her snack – mini saltine crackers and mango.

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Bento #215 @ kookyculinary.com

Leftovers make great bentos especially pizza! Sometimes when I am super lazy, I order the school lunch pizza but that costs me about $5 for 1 slice! That is a little painful when I can get a whole pizza for about $10 outside but once in a while for convenience sake, I do it. But if I have a choice, I would avoid it. So if C really wants pizza for lunch, I try to make sure I get a pizza for dinner the night before. That way, we can all enjoy pizza for dinner and still have enough for lunch the next day. For this lunch, I also included carrot sticks, celery sticks and a few gummy bears for a treat. The yellow container contains ranch dressing for the vegetable sticks while the white container contains garlic sauce for the pizza.

Have a great day!!

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Serious Biscuit & Serious Pie @ Seattle

February 26, 2014
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Yes, it’s artery-clogging and has a zillion calories but it is oh so yummy!! The above is called “The Zach” and it consists of fried chicken, bacon and a fried egg sandwiched between 2 biscuits and then smothered in black pepper tabasco gravy. This is definitely not a biscuit for the faint-hearted. Don’t worry, I […]

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Bento # 214 – A slider bento

February 24, 2014
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I love Hawaiian rolls and I usually get them when I make BBQ pulled pork. BBQ pulled pork sliders on Hawaiian rolls are the best. Unfortunately I ran out of BBQ pulled pork before we finished the rolls. So instead of pulled pork slider, I made ham and lettuce sliders for lunch. The size of […]

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Minion Rice Krispies Treat

February 17, 2014
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When C was little, she loved cakes & cupcakes for her birthdays. But somewhere along the way, she grew up and decided that she doesn’t like cakes anymore. So when we were discussing what to bring to school for her latest birthday, cakes were definitely out of her list. After wrestling back and forth between […]

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Bento #213 – A Valentine Bento . . .

February 14, 2014
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Happy Valentine’s Day!!! Hope everyone is getting & giving lots of love today. I think C has been really spoiled with bentos ‘cos yesterday she told me exactly how she wanted her lunch to be like. It has to be filled with lots of hearts for Valentine’s Day. So today’s bento contains heart-shaped french toast […]

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Bento #212 – A snacky bento

February 12, 2014
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Sometimes all C wants for lunch is just snacks and that’s what we packed for bento today. A simple lunch of Ritz crackers, salami, Babybel cheese, grapes and sweet potato chips.

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Bento #211 – Nothing beats BBQ day!

February 5, 2014
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Having lived in the South for many years, I have a fondness for all things BBQ. Unfortunately, I have to find great BBQ around where I live. So I try to make them at home whenever we can. In today’s bento is one of those that I make regularly at home – pulled pork. It […]

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