Hello everyone!

Hi there! I'm Zora, from Tennessee. I've been bento-ing for my husband and myself for about, hmm, almost 3 years now... I originally started making bento after our honeymoon in Tokyo; we have always loved Japanese food, and after seeing all the different bento in restaurants, department-store food floors, cookbooks, etc. on our trip, I bought a couple basic boxes so I could give it a try.... and well, I got hooked! :) I used to take photos of our bento everyday and post in a Livejournal bento group, but quit about a year ago due to laziness and a desire to sleep a few more minutes each morning. My bento-style is just "food packed into a box" as attractively as possible within my time constraints (I actually get up and cook our bento foods in the morning before we go to work, unless I have leftovers to use), but with the help of a rice cooker with a timer function and lots of Maki's tips on JustBento I've been able to cut my 2-bento prep time down to about 30 minutes. I'd really like to get a better freezer stash set up so that I can be even faster! :) My goal is to make my bento healthier; I used to do well with that, but recently I've been putting too much junk in there! Oh, and smaller portions too. My husband and I have both put on a few extra pounds over the past couple of months so I'm hoping this will help get us back on track.