Bento, Cookies, and BBM Fun

Everyone loves getting packages. Especially when they’re somewhat unexpected packages with awesome goodies inside. And I got three! In the same week! How awesome is that?

Bento Box!

First off, I received the bento box that I won in Yvo’s Does This Make My Lunch Look Phat? contest. Seriously, the cutest little bento box ever! It’s so little, and cute, and adorable, and even though I work from home I might just have to start packing myself lunches in it. It’s just that cute.

Cookies for the Cure

Then, cookies! I love cookies! Especially when they’re as yummy as these were! (Notice the use of past tense there – Son almost didn’t get any.) These were from Sam of Becks and Posh. She volunteered to send cookies (among other “prizes”) to anyone who donated to The Race for the Cure through her donation page.


As anyone who has read my blog for a while knows, I am a huge supporter of anything to help those with cancer (especially leukemia), so it was a no-brainer for me to donate. Besides, I got cookies! Yay! Cookies!


Finally, my BBM package arrived, all the way from Europe! Look at all the cool things I she sent me!


First up, sardines packed in tomato sauce. Huzzah! These were so good… Son and I just shared them for lunch today. Toast up a slice of bread, butter it and sprinkle garlic sauce on it, then top with the sardines… yum! Reminds me of when I was younger… every now and then, my dad would open a can of sardines and we would place each sardine on a saltine cracker. Delicious memories.

Sardines in Tomato Sauce

Next, rose scented soap. I haven’t used it yet (it’s too pretty to use!) but it smells beautiful! I think I shall save it for those days that I want to feel very beautiful and elegant.

Rose-scented soap

She also packed me some salted caramel – delicious, but I only got one bite of it! Son stole it before I could have any more. This is the guy who salts anything and everything, and he loves salty sweets. This was no exception… he loved it.

Salted Caramel

Then, a La Source candle. I don’t burn candles very often, but this is as good an excuse as any to start. The candle smells fantastic – I can only imagine how wonderful my apartment would smell while burning the candle!


And then… lip balm. Oh, the lip balm. I’m one of those girls who don’t always wear make-up, but I always have to have some sort of lip balm or chapstick on. (Although Son hates it… he refuses to kiss me if I’ve just put on chapstick!) The stick I got in my BBM package now has a permanent place next to my bed – every night before I go to sleep, on goes the lip balm! I love it.

Lip Balm

Moleskines! This was one of the things in the package that I was most excited about. I’ve always wanted a Moleskine, but never actually bought one. And she gave me two! And they’re mini ones… so cute!


Along with the Moleskines, the little package of saffron was the other thing that made me dance around my apartment excitedly. (Oh, who am I kidding? The entire package made me dance around my apartment excitedly!) I’ve always wanted to cook with saffron, but could never quite justify spending that much for the spice. (Son would have a heart attack if I bought some and he saw the price tag!) Now to decide… what to make with it?


She gave me a poncho! This one did make me giggle, but it certainly will be useful. It’s the perfect size to stash in the car, for any time I happen to get caught in the rain! Especially since the rainy season is coming up… *hides from everyone not in Southern CA throwing rocks at me* 😉


Another one I was super excited about was the Scandinavian Feasts Cookbook. Obviously I cook Japanese all the time (sushi, anyone?) but I’ve really ignored the other side of my heritage. Sad, I know. So keep an eye on Fridgg… you might just see some Swedish recipes soon!


Lastly, a cheese slicer thingy! This is pretty cool, because I’ve been wanting to branch out and try more cheeses (I LOVE cheese, but have mostly limited myself to cheddar thus far), so this is a great way to force me to do so!

Cheese Slicer

(Another package I got this week was this, which I purchased from this awesome woman. I’m super excited about it… and even using one of my Moleskines to document my journey! How cool is that?)

7 thoughts on “Bento, Cookies, and BBM Fun”

  1. sam -

    oh no – the cookies are all crushed – I am sorry about that – I was hoping the packaging would be enough to keep them in one piece. The buckwheat ones are very delicate. I am glad you still thought they tasted good though.


  2. Allison -

    Sam – No worries at all! They were, for the most part, still in one piece, and even those that crumbled a little were delicious!

    Nate – That sounds like a fantastic idea.

    Lara – Moleskines are little notebooks with leather covers… they have a huge following. Lots of people love them. You can find out more on their website. 🙂

  3. Yvo -

    *shame* Almost a year later… sigh, I suck, I know 🙁 I’m glad you like it though!!! 😀
    Oh, and I LOVE LIPSYL! Not sure they have that type in your package here yet – I know they just started selling the one I use here in the US maybe a year ago? – but I LOVE it to BITS! If I knew you loved lip balm, I’d have included one of mine in there too (I really love it and promote it whenever I can lol). Your packages look awesome though 🙂
    Yay for lovely packages!!!

    Yvo’s last blog post… Special Shaved Ice and DeliManJoo at Flushing Mall

  4. Stranger -

    Hi Allison!

    Glad to see you liked the items, I figured you liked fresh food since you’re into Sushi, so it was hard finding food that would keep the whole journey 😉

    As suggested in my little manual, you really should try the swedish saffron buns, they are great.

    Take care!

    Stranger’s last blog post… Sosiale medier som politisk arena

  5. Allison -

    Yvo – I was a little hesitant about the Lipsyl at first, because I’ve always been a Chapstick girl, but now ohmygod I’m addicted!

    Stranger – Thank you so much for everything! I love it, love it, love it all. 🙂