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Hello Kitty Sandwich Bento

Well, I had plans to post this the week my daughter finished preschool, and then summer happened. Having two kids at home all day is no joke. We had some projects around the house that needed to be tackled – a sad blue room and a boring taupe bathroom needed to be painted pink for two little sisters, we visited some of our favorite people in the world (who incidentally have the most gorgeous live oak trees in Tallahassee), and we met up with my husband’s family at the beach.

Then I blinked and the first month of summer flew by.

We will be resuming our regular schedule this week – I’m so excited to share some J.J. Cole products and an absolutely adorable healthy food board book with you – but first, let’s say hello to Hello Kitty.

When I was a kid, if I wanted Hello Kitty stuff, we had to drive up to Jacksonville to go to the mothership: the Sanrio store. It probably happened twice in my childhood, and it was magical. My daughters don’t understand how sacrosanct this little cat was to me because they see her everywhere we go, including walmart.

This bento box comes together easily, and is one of the happiest lunches I’ve ever sent my daughter.

hello kitty bento box

Ni├žoise Salad {bento for grown-ups!}

nicoise salad

This is probably my husband’s favorite lunch. It’s filling, healthy, and delicious. If you think salad won’t keep you full at lunch, try this – it’s hearty and will keep you going all afternoon.

New Baby Meal Recipe Round-Up

new baby meal ideas

Some friends of ours recently had a new baby, and we signed up to bring them a meal. I don’t think there’s much more comforting and delicious than a perfectly roasted chicken.

crispy roast chicken

Radish, Fennel, and Brie Pizza

spring recipe ideas

This pizza was totally the result of a “what on earth should I put on this dough?” kind of moment. I had a languishing wedge of brie, the green part of fennel that the recipe I used the white part for said to just throw away, and some gorgeous Easter egg radishes in lovely shades of purple, crimson, and pink.

Minion Cheese Toast

My little girl woke up on the wrong side of the bed last Saturday. I could tell it wasn’t because of anything in particular, just a case of the grouchies that everybody gets. Coaxing doesn’t work with her, but cheese toast does. Whenever she spends the night at her Mimi’s house, she has cheese toast for breakfast the next morning. It is an almost magical food for her because Mimi makes it.

I grabbed a loaf of bread, one of my recent baking experiments, cut a slice, and put it under the broiler with a piece of cheddar. While it was toasting, I cut some simple shapes out of nori seaweed (you can grab a packet at a health food store or well-stocked grocery store), and cut a circle out of provolone cheese with an inverted shot glass. You use what you have, right?

easy minion food ideas

The minion features took about 2 minutes to make, and it turned her frown upside down.