Friday, October 26, 2012
A Birthday Bento
Tomorrow is my little girl's Eighth birthday. The first week of her life was in the hospital and the second week was in a hotel because I couldn't climb the stairs to get into our house because I had a broken ankle and a c-section! She was the most beautiful thing I'd ever seen. She still is and I am so very lucky to have her in my life.
Today was pizza day at school so I made her a fruit bento to go with it. It needed to be simple because I had a huge job ahead of me in order to make her class cupcakes. Apparently she'd been telling everyone at school that her cupcakes would be 'amazing', lol. I hope that they lived up to the expectations!
In the bento: Orange slices, kiwi slices, an apple circle with a wobbly 8 cut out, pear chunks and blackberries.
Here is a shot of the school cupcakes. They were red velvet cupcakes inside jack o'lanterns carved from oranges with almond-butter frosting and chocolate stems. I made a huge mess of the kitchen making all 36 of them! The extra special bonus was the 3 liters of fresh squeezed orange juice that came from making the lanterns.
The idea for these came from something I'd seen when trying to find heart healthy Halloween foods for the Cardiac Rehab program that I'm volunteering for this semester. The original was a jack'o'lantern fruit cup. My decision to change it into cupcakes might have inadvertently created the messiest cupcakes known to humanity.