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Everyday Bento
The mice eat the cheese and the cats chase the mice! Adding some playful cats and a handful of cute strawberry mice to your bento box makes lunchtime special. A chunk of tasty Swiss cheese riddled with holes helps achieve that classic cartoon effect.

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  • How to make a bento box. Cat And Mouse Bento - Step 1
    Step 1

    Cut the Swiss cheese into a triangle shape. If your cheese doesn’t have many holes, you can use a small metal measuring spoon to scoop out small divots of cheese for a quintessential “cheesy” look. Put the cheese in the silicone cup and place it in a corner of one of the tiers of the box.

  • Step 2

    To make a strawberry mouse, hull a strawberry and cut it in half lengthwise. Cut two small horizontal slits at the wide end of the strawberry. Insert sliced almonds for the ears. Attach icing eyes under the almonds, using a dab of honey as glue. Finally, cut a small circle from the fruit leather for the nose and attach it near the tip of the strawberry. Repeat this process to make two more mice.

  • Step 3

    Slice a few strawberries into 1⁄4-inch (6 mm) slices and arrange in a double layer next to the cheese. Place the strawberry mice on top.

  • Step 4

    Cut the flatbread to fit inside the second tier of the bento box. Slice it into four equal pieces and place in the box.

  • Step 5

    Stack two slices of turkey and fold them in half. Cut a four-layered cat shape from the stack. Repeat three times. Place one cat on each of the four slices of bread.

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