Ok, probably not something you get asked every day. But (when time permits*) I’ve been making fun bento snacks for the girls, with groovy animal and flower shapes and sugar eyes (my friend Shannon turned me onto those adorable ocular gizmos). And those little bentos boxes endure some serious abuse before they get cracked open at Kindergarten. They’re tossed, swung, used as twin weapons, accidentally dropped out of the car, and stood upon (and that’s only the stuff I’ve personally witnessed). So what are the odds that my sweet, lovingly prepared bentos (like these two): make it to snack time in anywhere near the shape they start in? Low, eh? These are the ones I sent today, so I’ll ask the girls how things looked on the other end. But I’m picturing complete and utter chaos. In case anyone’s wondering what the heck is in those boxes, each snack today had small flower-shaped tortilla pieces, a dried apricot, an animal-shaped animal-shaped hardboiled egg with 1/4" sugar eyes and tiny salt and pepper packets, and an animal-shaped slice of provolone cheese with sugar eyes. Ro and Ree usually eat about 3/4 of the snack at Kindergarten and then devour any remaining bits in the car on the way home. And since cheese starts to get droopy and sweaty when it’s warm, I put an icepack in the bottom of each lunchbag today.
Anyhow, does anyone have any twin-proof lunch packing tips? And while we’re at it, how the heck do you peel hardboiled eggs without breaking off unsightly chunks and making it look like your cute bunny or bear eggs have mange?
* With all that’s going on around here, there are PLENTY of times when I grab a granola bar and apple or whatever happens to be in the pantry, throw it in the lunchbag, and call it good enough. Hey, at least I haven’t completely forgotten to send them with a snack. Yet.