When it comes to Pillsbury ready made doughs, the possibilities for using them in bentos are endless. I made these bears and bunnies using Pillsbury buttermilk biscuits. To make them, flatten out a biscuit and spoon some of the filling into the center. Bring the edges to the center and crimp together. Roll gently into a ball and place the crimped side down on your prepared pan. I used a silpat, but parchment paper works just as well. From another biscuit take small pieces to roll into balls (for the bears) or oblong (for the bunnies) shapes for the ears. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for about 12 minutes until golden.
The filling contains rotisserie chicken, sun dried tomatoes, Monterey Jack and cheddar cheeses.
Bears and bunnies before baking.
After baking and cooling, I stuck in jeweled picks for the bunnies’ noses and hat picks for the bear’s noses. If you don’t have picks, just use raisins, a chocolate chips, or something similar for the noses. Then I used the 1/2 inch sized sugar eyes and attached them with a tiny dab of peanut butter.
I bought a set of cutters off of eBay
and this bunny cutter is one of the cutters that you get along with a bear, elephant, and a few other small cutters. My sister, Amy, made the first bento for my niece which contains SPAM cut with the bunny cutters, musubis, edamame, and hotdogs.
I made this turkey and cheddar sandwich bento awhile back using the same cutter. As you can see, the cutters are very versatile.
I also wanted to say Happy Birthday to Mark! I asked him to choose a picture for me to post and this is the picture that he decided upon.
The funny things you can do on a Mac.
I made this bunny bento last week and didn’t have the opportunity to post it until now. It was a really simple bento of leftover pot roast with rice, grapes and veggies packed in the Zojirushi mini thermal lunch box
, and a small bunny SPAM musubi for Paige’s midmorning snack. Since I didn’t have much to post about, I thought I would put in a few fun pictures of the kids from the past few weeks.
Here’s Paige with a gigantic order of tennis ball sized meatballs from Buca Di Beppo
. We love the restaurant with it’s wacky decor and family style food service. The portions are huge, so be prepared to go with a huge appetite or to take home a lot of food.
Because Sean is such an animal lover, we often visit the Hawaiian Humane Society
. Sean loves dogs but since you can’t really play or pet them he settles for playing with the cats and kittens in the cat house. So last week when we came home from the Humane Society, Sean pretended that he was a kitty. We even made him foam cat ears and a tail to complete his performance.
This is a picture of Sean reading to his baby. Paige often reads to him so he likes to pretend that he’s reading to someone too.
Lastly, here’s a picture of Sean and Paige with my entry to Javapot’s contest
. She recently posted all of the entries so if you have a chance, check out all of the beautiful and fun entries!