Above photos courtesy Wendy Copley
I have had the pleasure of knowing my friend Wendy Copley of Wendolonia
for several years now, in fact she was among the first blogs I started following! If you don't already know Wendy, she is a crafter extraordinaire. From sewing, scrapbooking, cooking, and general crafty awesomeness, this lady does it all--and with a wonderful sense of humor, too.
Now, I know what some of you are thinking, "I don't have time to make fancy school lunches for my kids," or "I don't have/can't afford all the cute stuff to even try." These are both things I've thought myself, and I admittedly never really tried until I got my hands on Wendy's book. Full of colorful and creative kid's lunch ideas, with easy to follow step-by-step instructions, Wendy does a beautiful job inspiring beginning and pro cute-lunch-makers alike.
The book is divided into four main sections including Bentos for Busy Mornings (a perfect starting place), Extra-Special Bentos (love the ballerina slipper sandwiches!), and Bentos for Every Season. But she really hooked me with the section on Bentos for Grown-ups. I pack my kids' lunches everyday, and at least a couple of times a week I find myself out and about either having to grab a bite to eat or drive back home in between errands for lunch. So I picked up a bento box for myself!
I found this two-layered metal tiffin box at World Market
and couldn't wait to pack my own lunch. I made myself some pinwheels from the grown-up section of the book (Wendy's are so much prettier and neater than mine are here), and tossed in some peppers, cherry tomatoes, mango, apple, and cashews. I had also bought some silicone muffin cups, but since I'd used them up in the kids' lunches, I cut up some squares of parchment paper to keep my dry and fresh goodies from mixing (I also packed a toothpick to help me eat the mango pieces).
I popped the tiffin in my tote before I left for the coffee shop that day, and instead of rushing home or spending extra mula on lunch, I got to enjoy my lunch out in the sunshine without a care in the world! (I felt like a kid in the cafeteria who's mom made the coolest lunch that everyone was jealous of--even though no one probably even noticed my shiny new tiffin box.)
And what about those of you who don't have children in school/lunches to pack? How about a bento plate to share with your little ones at lunchtime? Bentos can be as elaborate or as simple as you want them to be--it's all about making food fun and enjoying mealtime.
You can take a peak inside the book over on *Amazon, and you can enter to win your own copy below!
Psst--you should also check out the interview I did with Wendy here on Maker Mama a couple years ago! And her own super-awesome blog, Wendolonia, of course!
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