Valentine’s Day recap, part 2

Last summer, I had mentioned how much I love the art of bento – a Japanese style of packed lunch, sometimes decorative, usually with varied foods and in a nice container.

Well, I’m not very artistic. And I’m certainly no cook.

But last week, there was only one day that Sarah was packing her lunch – the day before the school Valentine party – and I wanted to make her something special. So I did my own best-I-could bento.


It’s all made inside some Crayola container we’d gotten to hold her sandwiches each day. I made a regular ham-and-cheese sandwich, then I used two different sizes of heart-shaped cookie cutters to create the little heart-shaped sandwiches for the four corners of the box. (I ended up with almost no sandwich left over, which was a nice bonus.)

Then, I put in some green apple slices in the middle, and added two of her favorite chocolate treats – Peppermint Patties – at the top middle. Put the lid on, and it didn’t even shift around on her way to school.

She said she loved it! I was so happy. Some of her friends liked it too. She did say one kid “looked at it funny,” but poop on him! 🙂

We celebrated Valentine’s Day as a family Saturday morning with heart-shaped waffles made by my mom. Hubby and Mom had syrup on theirs; I had butter and cinnamon-sugar, and Sarah had butter, cinnamon-sugar, AND mini M&Ms. She was in heaven! Wish I had thought to take a picture.

About Joan Concilio

My name is Joan and I'm a lifelong Yorker. Throughout high school and college, I swore I was getting out of here as soon as possible. Now, a few years later, I can't think of anywhere I'd rather be. I love my town, and I hear every day from readers who love their towns, too. So please, connect with me and let's share what makes life in York County great. I'm here to help you enjoy this place as much as I do!
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