New Potential Bento Find in Dollar Tree

Bento bunnies!

Found these at the Dollar Tree store. For a dollar, naturally. They were in the toys section, which I was browsing after grabbing a new nori punch. Since I only had a dollar on me at the time, I decided to pick these up instead.

The topmost items are, I guess, embossing stamps. Can’t think of a damn thing to do with them.

Second row is some little cookie/dough cutters. The uses for these are fairly obvious, and they’re what initially attracted me to this pack.

The third row, I didn’t think of a purpose for until I opened the pack and looked at them. Though they’re meant for storing Play Dough (not Play Doh) they’d make excellent sauce/small item holders.

So that’s my “I’m a cheap prick” post for the week.


Bento for Cheap Bastards

Several weeks ago, I wrote a cheap bento guide on my journal. I got a decent response, and I’ve finally decided to move it over here, and update it a bit. In short order (read: a week or so) I’ll be testing some of the containers listed and updating with firsthand data.

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New Bento, and Nori Punches at Dollar Tree

7/27/07 Bento

Bento 7/27/07


White rice


Steamed brocolli

Carrot stumps

Kiwi slices

Cabbage pancakes



In addition to a tasty new bento (which I didn’t upload for THREE BLEEDING DAYS) I also bring news of affordable nori punches.


Nori Punches


These things set me back a dollar apiece at Dollar Tree. They’re a fairly recent addition, and they’re in that funk-smelling crafts aisle I usually avoid.


Shapes aside from the lovely sun/shell combo I grabbed:


  • Apple
  • Musical note
  • Kissing couple
  • Seahorse
  • Moon
  • Candy

The same bin also contained embossers, for you weirdos who just want to half-stamp your nori.


What’s this? Meat? For Truly?

Yes, today I had meat for my bento. Not just any meat, but angus steak. My dad reserved just a tiny bit of it from his supper last night (hooray for discount sales!) and let me use it for my lunch.

Double shot of July 25th bento


Screw dessert, that’s my treat for eating everything else! Ah, but what does everything else include?

  • -Cabbage pancakes
    -Lots of romaine lettuce and carrots
    -Maki rolls with egg
    -Onigiri with nori

The funny thing about the two onigiri I took to lunch today was the… unusual property of the second onigiri. The first onigiri, the one you can see clearly in the photo, was perfect. Fall-apart-in-your-mouth, tasty, and just a little salty. All was well until I got to the second onigiri.

It had become rubberized. I’m not sure if I squeezed it to hard, or if it was too heavily seasoned, or if some crazy secondary cooking happened in the heat of the day, but it had become a chew toy. Disgusted and disappointed, I cast it out, aiming for a nearby park garbage bin. What I witnessed next was nothing short of comedy gold.

Because I had thrown with my left arm, (read: my dumb arm) the onigiri did no make it to the garbage bin. Instead, it fell short, and to my sheer confusion, rolled away. Not only had my onigiri become rubbery and stale in less than three hours, but it’s fossilization was complete enough to allow it to roll away like some comically misshapen wheel.

More photos behind the cut. Or more tag. Whatever you call a cut on WP.

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