This past week has been a crazy one for me! Between Sean and Paige both getting sick and the book signings it’s been a challenge for me to answer emails and comments so I hope you all forgive me. Both of the kids are better now with just a lingering cough, which means we all can get more sleep now. :)
Yesterday, I had book signings at the Dillingham Marukai Store and the Ward Marukai location as well. After the signings I did a little shopping at the Dillingham store and found these really cute onigiri molds and today’s bento box. The molds are really neat because they are made so that the onigiri come out shaped at an angle. When you look at the onigiri the face is slanted such that it looks like it is tilted toward you. Marukai has a ton of new bento boxes, onigiri molds, and accessories that you have to check out! The buyer for the bento supplies said that there are a lot of new items that will be coming in next month as well.
Paige’s bento today includes chicken katsu, fruit, carrots, and bear onigiri. I also decorated the bento in honor of Kodomo No Hi (Children’s Day) with a small fish sausage carp. To make the bear onigiri I used a mixture of white rice and pearl barley that I cooked together. I’ve been trying to get my kids (and hubby too) to eat more whole grains and I thought that this would be a good way to incorporate it into their diet. My intention is to slowly increase the amount of barley to white rice ratio as well as try other whole grains. I really was inspired to do this by Sheri of Happy Little Bento. She makes wonderful mixtures with different varieties of rice and also incorporates a lot of whole grains too.
My first batch with 2 cups of white rice, 1/2 cup of pearl barley, and 2 3/4 cups of water.
I also wanted to share a few pictures that my sister, who lives on the Big Island, sent me. Every year the Honpa Hongwanji put on a Kodomo No Hi festival and have a bunch of activities for the kids, food booths, and entertainment as part of the festivities. My sister, Amy, coordinated a musubi decorating activity for the kids in which they got to design their own musubis.
My niece, Caitlin, helping out!
Some of the musubis that they all made at the festival.
Here’s a couple of pictures from my book signing at Barnes and Noble. I even got to meet Misty and Alex from Hawaii Book Blog too!