Thursday, April 17, 2014

Peeps Peeps and More Peeps!

The original Peep prototype cupcake

It just wouldn't be Easter without a few Peeps!

The kids and I are getting set for our favorite Easter dessert, Peeps cupcakes!

Each year, we make a batch of these to share with friends and each year, the experiment gets more and more creative.

Ben with a batch of Peeps chick and bunny cupcakes

What is a Peeps cupcake?  Well, it started out as a simple cupcake with a Peep on top, but we've taken to adding coconut grass, jelly bean eggs, and a Peep for a true Easter basket look.  One of these years, I'm going to figure out a way to make a basket handle for these, maybe chocolate?

Thanks to Peeps, we got a package to try out some of their great flavors this year, including:
  • PEEPS® Party Cake Flavored Marshmallow Chicks
  • PEEPS® Large Marshmallow Bunnies 
  • PEEPS® Chocolate Dipped Marshmallow Chicks
  • PEEPS® Chocolate Dipped Mousse Flavored Marshmallow Chicks
  • PEEPS® Chocolate Mousse Flavored Marshmallow Bunnies 
  • PEEPS® Chick in a Hollow Milk Chocolate Egg 
  • PEEPS® Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Chicks 
  • PEEPS® Peepsters®
  • PEEPS® Rainbow Pop
  • and the classic PEEPS® Marshmallow Bunnies and Chicks
I can't wait to experiment a little more with a few new recipes, along with our standard Peeps cupcakes.  Maybe my own Peeps pops?  Chocolate drizzled Peeps?  S'mores Peeps?  Rice Krispy Peeps?

Stay tuned for the newest version.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

What's for Lunch Wednesday, Week 203

What's for Lunch Wednesday

Thanks so much for joining in last week, if you did, and looking forward to seeing all the fun lunches this week!

Want to join in?

Just choose a bento (please, just one bento or post or link) you've made from the last week you want to share, copy the URL of that post from your blog (you may need to click on the title to get it), and enter it into the linky below.

Click on the "Add Your Link" button to add yours and follow the steps, it's simple, I promise!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Introducing Betty Crocker Watermelon Cake & Frosting! #BiteIntoSummer

It doesn't take much to convince us to try out a new cupcake idea! And, with Colorado elevation being somewhat difficult to bake in, we have no complaints at trying a good mix out too.  F&B and I were quite happy to sample the new Watermelon Cake and Frosting Mix from Betty Crocker.

Since spring is right around the corner and summer’s not far behind, it's the perfect time to sample the all-new Watermelon Cake & Frosting -- available only at Target!

And what could be cuter than water melon cupcakes?  The mix is the perfect shade of pink for watermelon with adorable flecks in it as pretend seeds.  To top it off, the green icing made an adorable pretend rind.

Even better?  They are really good!  We wondered how watermelon cupcakes would taste and they met with approval from both kids (and me too, but I just like cupcakes).  We're really excited to check out the other summer flavors, and we'll be buying more of the watermelon one too.

Want to try it too?  Check out this link for a coupon for the mixes!

Disclosure: The information and prize pack have been provided by General Mills through Platefull Co-Op.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Announcing the 47th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest #BakeOff

Do you know any talented home cooks or bakers?  Or are you amazing in the kitchen at coming up with your own unique ideas?

If so, it's time for the 47th Pillsbury Bake-Off® Contest!  Talent and creativity in the kitchen could land you a spot to compete for $1 million and other prizes this year in Nashville.

Original recipes may be submitted online at now through May 8, 2014. The Bake-Off® Kitchens will evaluate all eligible entries and choose the top 100 recipes to compete at the 47th Pillsbury Bake-Off® Contest Finals at the Omni Nashville Hotel on November 3, 2014.

For more information and official rules, please visit!

Disclosure: The information and samples have been provided by Pillsbury through Platefull Co-Op.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Faith's Fairy Bento

Since my boy had a fun puppy themed lunch the other day, my girl had to have something special too.  I actually adapted one of her ideas from our Girl Scout bento class to make her sandwich, with her favorite fairy cutter.

Faith has a ham and cheese sandwich on whole wheat, cut with a Lunch Punch fairy cutter.  I added a heart pick wand, a bow pick in the hair, and switched out the star cheese piece to be on top.  She also took a granola bar, carrot sticks, and some strawberry slices with flower picks to round out her meal.  Lunch is packed in one of our EasyLunchboxes and includes a Lunchbox Love note.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Fiber One Caramel Sea Salt 90 Calorie Snack Bars #Fiber1atTarget

Usually, the kids are my taste testers for new products, since this blog is mostly about their lunches and food choices.

However, sometimes a product comes along that I just have to try, because the flavor is too good to pass up. This week? It's the new Fiber One Caramel Sea Salt 90 Calorie Snack Bars.  Caramel and sea salt are just too yummy to pass on to 11 and 8 year old who will not appreciate it as much as I do!

Looking for a tasty way to get essential fiber in your daily routine? Fiber One Caramel Sea Salt 90 Calorie Snack Bars give you a delicious way to indulge without the guilt! Satisfyingly sweet and savory, these bars are a flavorful snack to feel good about! Right now, they are available exclusively at Target, but only for a limited time.

But the more important point, how did they taste?  I loved them.  I tried them for an after the gym snack, paired with a cup of yogurt and the combo was perfect.  I always come home hungry from the gym, but I don't enjoy eating a large meal afterwards.  The bar was a great compromise along with my yogurt for extra protein.

I also might have hid the box on the top shelf of the pantry behind the cereal because certain small people in my house to not go for the "This is Mommy's snack" theory without complaints.  Despite nearly every blog project being for them, they are not happy about the odd me-project.  I'm still not sharing.

Disclosure: The information and samples have been provided by General Mills through Platefull Co-Op.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

A Puppy Lunch for Ben

Another fun Target find today, a second sandwich cutter!  This one is a puppy wearing a ball cap with a cute little bird with him.  Ben wanted it for lunch today.

Ben took a bologna and cheese sandwich on whole wheat (because he's on a bologna kick right now, I try to buy the healthier version to console myself), cut into the dog and bird shape.  He also took a granola bar, carrot stick, blackberries and strawberries.  Lunch is packed in one of our EasyLunchboxes and includes a Lunchbox Love note!

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