So we finally went and saw Avatar yesterday in Imax :) LOVED IT! :)
After the movie we went to dinner at Bonefish Grill - yum! So by the time we got home and I finally got around to packing Rob's bento for today, my intention was to just pack a speed bento and be done with it, but then I chenged my mind and decided to do the ladybugs as originally planned :)
The ladybugs are nothing new, but still one of my favorite cute things to add to his bento. The first time I did them, they took friggin' forever without a small hole punch. I soon after made the purchase of the small hole punch and now they're not too time consuming :)
I always think the ladybugs have to have a little greenery to munch on :)
Flower kamaboko makes another appearance here - still loving it :)
I started by putting the clementine segments into the box, then added the foil cup and filled it with macaroni salad, added the hummus and topped it w/ sundried tomatoes, then added the chex mix.
I added the salad to the bottom tier and got an egg boiling while I made the ham, buffalo chicken and provolone pinwheels and cut the red pepper flowers.
Then I decided to add the nori eating utensils :)
Once the egg was boiled, molded and cooled, I sliced it (Rob finds it easier to eat pre-sliced) and added it. I decided on the black sesame seeds later as I was about to take pictures, remembering that it seems to help keep the egg from washing out in the photos.
I *still* haven't made that lightbox :o
Then I started on the ladybugs
As I was preparing to sit down and blog, I decided I wanted to do a quick tutorial for the ladybugs - so I made another one real quick and got some pictures of the process :)
Here are the tools I use:
First, I take a sheet of nori and punch out the dots and then the face w/ the pink nori punch you see in the picture. I got the punch in this set: Nori Face Punches - I love the face punches and definitely recommend them if you're looking to do cute bento :)
Then I take my half grape tomato and dot it with honey using a toothpick: