September has come to an end and Miss E completed her first month of 1st Grade! It was a bit hard during the first 2 weeks but now everything is smooth sailing again with her trotting to school every morning with the biggest schoolbag (empty),a lunch pack and fashion of the day. Now that everything is a routine for her and having met her teachers, I am all settled down emotionally and ready to start homeschooling my little son, Prince D. I would love it if it was a repeat process but my son is a different species all over and needs a bit more intervention in everything from writing to pronounciation of words. Boys are always so challenging and yes, mommy has to do it no matter how hard!
I made 3 Bento Boxes today, one for each of my family members. And I get to eat any left overs. And I believe all Bento moms do the same thing as me, just scoop up the left overs of carrots, rice and meat and throw everything into the pan and just mix it and proudly eat it! Instead of carrot sticks, I used celery sticks for the Bacon Rolls. My kids can eat both raw carrot and celery without dipping and I think that is very good of them. The celery stayed crunchy and crisp after the pan frying with the bacon. I tried to make Panda shapes for the rice balls and only realized the ears part were too small! Now I know how to accentuate the features next time, by adding a smaller rice ball on the nose and ears part... next time maybe! Prince D had a playdate and I packed the same Bento as Miss E's with some little extra so I can nibble along too. For Curry's Bento, I used left over braised pork meat with potatoes from our dinner last night. All I had to do was stir fried the celery with carrot in black pepper and salt. I haven't made a Bento for Curry for a long time as I was still juggling on how to complete 2 or more Bentos in the morning. I think left over stews or dishes will make packing Bento for an adult quicker as compared to the kids ones as they are more picky and only easy to eat food types can be packed for them to eat within a very short lunch period.
Anyone wondering how long I can do this Bento blogs? With the sky more gloomy in the autumn mornings, I have difficulties in getting my pictures the way I want. But the interest of capturing each and every Bento I packed during the whole week has not wavered a bit. Sometimes my energy level drop in the mid morning and all I can thank is the bliss of power napping in the afternoon to keep me going. I do not whine for having to do this as all I care about is I have done my best for the day as a mom :). Today's Bento are plain sushi rice with pan fried turkey burgers. We are still harvesting baby tomatoes from our little patch despite the cooler weather which dampens the reddening of some of them. Fresh strawberries and blueberries are dwindling in supply and apples, bananas and oranges are back and fully stocked at all stores. I never bothered to add lemon juice to the cut apples as I think the kids don't see the difference.