Wednesday, November 20

♥The Life and Times of a Kawaii Fat Chick♥

Mr. Blog, please brace yourself for a bit of fangirl action going
on up in this bitch tonight because I met
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We went to the show at The Waiting Room this week and it was every bit of wonderful that I could ever wish for. I got to see many of my friends and cool famous people as well! Everyone who performed was enjoyable and I got to let myself have a good time without any worries of work, kids, etc.

Captain and I 
My friend and I just being our goofy selves. I already gave her the heads up that I would be poaching her superior photos for my blog. *psst!* Her smartphone has flash~ Modern technology, what a wonder. photo 123_zps39313fca.gif

I lost alot of my photos since I didn't have it on night setting. My old phone fails me again. 

Jimmy Hooligan was a blast. Really cool and did a great show. I want to go back and see him again in December for sure.

 I cannot explain the embarrassing amount of panic I had getting to hug this man. I adore his voice, love his music, and admire his drive. Plus, he is so damn sexy. (I kind of think he resembles someone I am rather partial to as well...) I thought I was surely going to act like a fool. I actually try very hard to not get so excited over artist/bands like this anymore after my disappointment in Kansas a few years ago. I believe that it is better to keep myself ignorant to how much a famous person can potentially be an asshole, despite my external understanding of how stressful such a life can be and how tough managing so many fans could become. But I could not stop myself this time. Afterwards I cried because I was so happy he was so chill about it all. The terror of learning another person I idolize was possibly a total douche melted and I was left with that warm and fuzzy feeling you get from the experience. Bless his heart for putting up with my shenanigans.

I hugged White Jesus, y'all~ photo 007_zps4ac0f77f.gif

Thursday, November 14

My Bento Stash; Part One

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There have been quite a few requests from others to see the items I use to create my bentos, Mr. Blog! So I think we should give the public what they are asking for since I don't get this much attention often~  photo 437734tyh1217hto-1_zpsf0388743.gif

First of all, you don't NEED these snazzy and super cute utensils to bento. All you have to do is be creative! But they really do help, especially if you want to do kyarabento! Kyarabento is the super cute ones with little characters, hence the word kyara/キャラ, as the prefix in this situation. I started off doing much of my work with a tiny pair of scissors and tooth picks for my details. What I would suggest for a bento start-up/budget kit would be as follows;

 photo 0127_zps3bc7be9a.gifTiny Scissors
 photo 0127_zps3bc7be9a.gifRegular Sized Scissors
 photo 0127_zps3bc7be9a.gifTweezers
 photo 0127_zps3bc7be9a.gifWooden Toothpicks
 photo 0127_zps3bc7be9a.gifReusable Containers
 photo 0127_zps3bc7be9a.gifVarious Sized Plastic Straws

My Cute Food & Bento folder on Pinterest is by far the largest one I have and this is for a reason. Inspiration and ideas! I hoard those images like a mad woman obsessed with cutesy edible things. Wait, I am a mad woman. And I am hoarding. Anyways! It may seem difficult at first, Mr. Blog, to come up with your own ideas but emulating those other designs actually got my creative juices flowing in the bento area. As I figured things out I began branching out on ideas and alternate methods, making the entire process much more entertaining and way less tedious.

I'm not going to get much deeper into bento itself as the internet has a pretty wide list of information to glean on the topic. Instead I am now going to show you my current vast cabinet of bento making cutes. photo 231_zps345df61d.gif

Behold~ My stash!
Sandwich cutters always save time and make things cute/interesting fast~ 
They are pretty easy to find at Walmart, where all these came from, and a priced around  3 USD for each one. The only exception in my photo is the far left one. That one cuts and seals the contents inside the bread and was about 5 USD.  

Cookie cutters are a nice way to add shapes and variety quickly without having to hand craft every piece. I use them for everything from veggies to actual cookies.  
Egg molds are a pretty common bento item. I bought these at the local asian food market. They are pretty simple to use and I have found other items besides eggs to smoosh into them with similar results! Some of these are rice, chicken or tuna salad, and sweet potato chunks. 
These are molds specifically designed for rice smooshing, also known as onigri. I use them alternatively as cookie cutters from time to time as well. 
To the left is an actual nori/seaweed cutter. This is actually designed for the crafting of bento and can be on the pricey side even when purchasing online. I feel that it was well worth the effort though since I do not have to cut out faces all the time anymore with the tiny scissors. To the right is just your regular everyday cheap paper punch. They work just as well. I keep my "bento paper punches" separate from any actual paper crafting though for obvious reasons. They nori punch was around 20 USD and the paper punch was 1 USD. Utilize the paper punches if you can find cute ones!  
Now, Mr. Blog. This is a rather sophisticated bento tool here. This is the Cute Z Cute! And I LOVE it. I use it for many, many things. Toast, sandwiches, eggs, cheese, cookies, rice, the list goes on for miles. I even use the facial features as tiny punches for circles and lines as free form designs. This bad boy was 20 USD but I haven't regretted the purchase yet~
Above from left to right is; 1. microwave donut mold 2. red cosmetic travel containers 3.tiny drawing condament bottle 4. Mio bottles (emptied) and 5. metal cookie cutters

The donut mold was ordered from J-List (I actually linked J Box here because that is the all ages version of the website. J-List is the same site with an "adult" section included) and just a cute little whim that I got when ordering some designer food picks and baran wrappers for my stash. I'm pretty pleased with it as it is designed to go into the microwave! It came with a (japanese) recipe to use for the batter but I usually make a 3-2-1 cake mix and that works out just fine.

The travel cosmetic containers and the Mio bottles are for mostly sauces and salad dressings. Mio caps snap on and off if you take the plastic wrap away.

My little mustard bottle has a tiny opening so it makes for a great tool to draw with on foods. I usually fill it with barbecue sauce since that stands out the best on most foods and I do not care much for just plain ketchup.

The metal cutters are a nice alternate to the little plastic ones since I can cut through raw veggies with these better. You know what that means? Cute cucumber salads~ photo 098_zps23aaee31.gif 
This strange looking critter above me is apparently a pie mold. I found it at the thrift store for .97 cents and was mostly enamored that it was star shaped. I love star shapes best! I had to use my Google-fu to figure it out and I haven't officially used it to make pocket pies as of yet. The side is used to cut the proper sized shape to insert into the press and the tiny star on the side is to allow for an air vent in the crust. I CANNOT WAIT TO USE THIS!!!

So, as you can see, my collection is becoming greater and greater as I piddle around and find nifty things. This is not all my items, I have so many I split everything up into different posts to occur in the future. Otherwise this post would be massive and I would surely drag it out like a rambling moron. I hope you enjoyed digging in my cabinets, Mr. Blog. Would you be interested in seeing how I use these things? Would tutorials be something for me to work on? Let me know! I always have wanted to try my hand at some instructional blogging.

Bonnwí~ photo 002_zps57332b88.gif