Thursday, October 4, 2012

Frankie The Koala

It's World Animal Day! What better way to celebrate than with a bento blog hop! :)

When I was a little girl, one of my all-time favorite stuffed animals was my little Koala bear named Frankie. I can't remember when I got him or who gave him to me, but I do remember that I loved him so. Frankie and I were inseparable and I loved everything about him. His cute tufts of ear fur I loved combing (it was the only combable thing on him), his short little stubby arms that stuck out just enough to twirl him around by, his cute little (big) nose I loved giving kisses to and his perfect size to cuddle with. Unlike kids today with their Build-a-Bears and their fifty zillion outfits, I had one change of clothes for Frankie: a yellow nightgown and matching nightcap that my dear grandma made for him. I thought it was the coolest thing in the world that my koala bear Frankie had PJs he could change into as I changed into mine at night.

You can imagine my delight when I ran across this book not long after Big Sis was born: "Daddy Cuddles" by Anne Gutman and Georg Hallensleben. What a precious combo Daddy-Baby make and you throw koalas in the mix and I'm just "awwwwwww"in' away.

So meet Frankie and his little Joey:


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In this lunch:
  1. Frankie & Joey sandwiches: Ham (Applegate Organics Ham of course!) and meunster cheese sandwich w/ 'tufts' of shredded mozzarella cheese cut using the new CuteZCute cutter and a mini bear cutter from Allthingsforsale.
  2. Rolds Golds pretzel sticks (nut-free!) tree w/ carrot chips and baby spinach leaves.
  3. MOMables Homemade Oreo Cookie w/ a marshmallow on top.
  4. Raspberries and blueberries w/ a cute little koala pick from Allthingsforsale. 
  5. All packed in my handy dandy EasyLunchBox - Just love it! 
Shout-outs:
EasyLunchBoxes - love my ELB's!!



My favorite Bento supplier @ All Things For Sale. It's where I got this CuteZCute cutter and picks. Just click on the pix to view/purchase now! :)

Japanese Bento Decoration Ham Cheese Cutter Set 9pcsCuteZcute Bento Food Deco Cutter and Pastry Press Kit  Japanese Bento Box Accessories Food Pick Cute Animal Fork 8 pcs  Japanese Bento Decoration Ham Cheese Cutter Face
MOMables for the fabulous, Homemade Oreo Cookie recipe tested out by MyEpicureanAdventures

Applegate for providing organic nitrate-free yet oh-so-convenient pre-packaged deli meats. Check out my FB post professing my love for them: FB post professing my love for Applegate :)

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70 comments:

Kathy said...

Wow! So cute!!

Michelle | Creative Food said...

this is AWESOME! Love your Koala!!

Caren said...

Oh, I LOVE LOVE LOVE this lunch! Totally going to have to recreate (giving you credit of course) once I get my CuteZCute. My girls will adore this!

Jennifer said...

Adorable!

Rina @ Bento School Lunches said...

Super cute, I love it!:)

Emily @ Bentobloggy.com said...

Such good Frankie koalas!

berrygirl@mommy kiki can! said...

How adorable! My daughter is in love with the sweet Koala baby! Well done!

Keeley McGuire said...

Well done!! So adorable!

Amanda said...

The Koalas are awesome!

Kat said...

Thats so cute!!! I kinda want to hug him!!

Ming@Bentomonsters said...

Awwwwww, ur Koala is super adorable. :)

Rachel B. said...

Awwwww!! I love that! Way too cute!

Dina said...

Love, love, love it!! So cute!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

The koalas are super cute. I would love for you link this post to Read.Explore.Learn tomorrow. Your book tie in is really fun.

Sarah said...

Great job...love that little baby koala poking out from momma's back!

Tracie said...

Just adorable!!! Love your koalas!

Sarah Kertcher said...

Love it!! Such cute Koalas!!

Grace @ EatsAmazing said...

Such a cute lunch! Lovely post too, I had a my own version of 'Frankie'; a cuddly cat called 'Miouw', complete with a little dress knitted by my Grandma (she didn't realise he was a boy). Still have him! Love seeing another animal made using the cuteZcute cutter too, so imaginative!

JeeJee Bento said...

LOL baby and mama koala is soooo cute :)

Mamabelly said...

So amazingly cute! Love the baby Koala :)

Diana - FreeStyleMama said...

Frankie & Joey are so cute!!! I am a new follower. Please join us at Bento Blog Network.

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Shannon @ Mollys Lunch Box said...

Awwww!!!! I LOVE this! I had a koala stuffed animal too and loved it till there wasn't much left of it. I think it might still be at my parents' house. :)

Glory said...

Love the koalas. Great use of the CuteZcute cutters. Even for the body!

feeling a little lunchy said...

Love the koalas!

karen said...

Awwww! One of my favorite books from when John was itty bitty! LOVELY!!!

Anna Adden said...

I think your Koalas turned out great! LOve it.

Keitha said...

Your koalas are so cute! Love the book connection.

Jenn @ BentoForKidlet said...

Awww this is soo cute!!! Koalas are so fun :D

happyvballgirl said...

Very cool! Will do!! Thanks so much, Deirdre! :)

happyvballgirl said...

Thanks, Kathy! :)

happyvballgirl said...

Thanks so much Michelle!

happyvballgirl said...

Awesome Caren! Love to hear that! Let me know how it turns out! :)

happyvballgirl said...

Thanks, Jennifer!

happyvballgirl said...

Thanks a bunch, Rina! :)

happyvballgirl said...

Thanks Emily!! :)

happyvballgirl said...

Aww, thanks girl!! :)

happyvballgirl said...

Thanks Keeley!

happyvballgirl said...

Thanks Amanda!! :)

happyvballgirl said...

Hee hee! Aww, thanks Kat! :)

happyvballgirl said...

Thanks Rachel! :)

happyvballgirl said...

:) Thanks Ming!!! :)

happyvballgirl said...

:) Thanks so much Dina!

happyvballgirl said...

Hee hee! Thanks Sarah!

happyvballgirl said...

Awww, thanks Tracie!!! :)

happyvballgirl said...

Thanks so much, Sarah! :)

happyvballgirl said...

Awww, thanks Grace!! So cute to hear about your Miouw. Aren't grandmas just the best?!?! :)

happyvballgirl said...

It's all thanks to you and your cutters, JeeJee! :)

happyvballgirl said...

Aww, thanks a bunch, Nina!

Lau-raw said...

WOwww!! I super love your Koalas!! and the little one is incredible cute!! I will have to make some Koalas soon! My son will love them! Thanks for sharing your creativity! :) Oh, and btw, say your daughters that I send them a "Hello" from Mexico :), and of course for you too! ;)

SnoopyGirl said...

Your bento is adorable!

happyvballgirl said...

Thanks, Diana! And thanks for following me. Already followin' ya!

happyvballgirl said...

Hee Hee. Thanks so much Shannon. i think that's where Frankie is, too. Gotta go look for him next time I'm back home visiting! :)

happyvballgirl said...

Awww, you noticed. Thanks Glory!! :)

happyvballgirl said...

Thanks Erin!

Sarah Felder said...

Love this! It's adorable!

happyvballgirl said...

Awww, thanks, Anna! :)

happyvballgirl said...

Thanks Keitha! The book tie-in made me think of you! :)

happyvballgirl said...

Thanks Karen! Yeah, what an awesome book, huh? I love Mommy Cuddles too. :)

happyvballgirl said...

Thanks, Jen! Had fun making this one! :)

happyvballgirl said...

Thanks so much SnoopyGirl! I loved Snoopy growing up too. Snoopy and Woodstock - the original dynamic duo! :)

happyvballgirl said...

Thanks a bunch, Sarah! :)

happyvballgirl said...

Aww, thanks so much, Laura!! The girls loved your 'hello from Mexico' and say hi to you and your son and would like to know how old he is! Big Sis also wanted me to let you know that she still loves your treasure map pizza! haha!! :)

JDaniel4's Mom said...

Thank you for linking to Read.Explore.Learn. I am going to share this post on the Read.Explore.Learn. Facebook page this morning.

happyvballgirl said...

My pleasure! Thanks so much for sharing my post, Deirdre! :)

Diana - FreeStyleMama said...

Perfect choice for your favorite Bento of the Week!

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Rebecca said...

So cute!! I especially love the little baby!!

happyvballgirl said...

Thanks so much, Diana! :)

happyvballgirl said...

:) hee hee. thanks, rebecca!

Diana - FreeStyleMama said...

Congrats for getting featured at Bento Blog Network. You've been pinned & tweeted!
https://twitter.com/FreeStyleMama/status/261873423523905537

happyvballgirl said...

Thanks so much Diana!!! I'm so excited! :) THanks so much for hosting. :)