Wednesday, October 29, 2014

$100 of Fall Fair Fun {Giveaway}

Fall is in the air and with fall comes a lot of local fairs. To celebrate fall we're giving away ways to have fun fair food at home! The winner will be able to have cotton candy and hot dogs anytime they want!! Everyone is going to want to come to your house for these fair treats all the time!


Win A Ton of Fall Fair Fun!!

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These are our favorite fair foods to make at home!

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Simply use the box below to win over this $100 prize pack. This is an INTERNATIONAL giveaway! If you win and do not live in the United States you will receive a cash prize of $100 via paypal.

What's for Lunch Wednesday, Week 231

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, October 28, 2014

How to Make an Easy Halloween Bento

It's almost Halloween and I love our Halloween themed bento boxes.  But, I also have a scary amount of special tools which makes them quite easy to create.

Gogurt challenged me to create a Halloween themed bento for them, and I added a spin to keep it easier, in case you don't have a very very large cabinet full of bento tools at your disposal.

So what's in our Halloween bento today?

The quick summary is a ham & cheese sandwich, a Count Chocula bar (from another blog project, and yum!), grapes, a clementine, a few pretzels and a Gogurt, packed in our Easy Lunchboxes.  But we also spooked it up.

We started with shaping our sandwich into a pumpkin.  If you have any Halloween cookie cutters, this is easy to do.  Just make your sandwich and cut it out.  If you don't have any specific cutters, it's fairly easy to make a pumpkin with and kind of round cutter, then just use your knife to cut a few triangles for the face.  Put your cheese on top of the meat and the orange peeks through.

Our clementine is also decorated for Halloween.  Using food safe markers, you can draw a face right onto the peel.  I also add a small cut on the backside to make peeling it a bit easier for the kids.  You don't need much, just a starter piece.

The Gogurt mummy might be one of my new favorite things.  We purchased a roll of gauze at the dollar store, then cut a piece just big enough to wrap the yogurt tube (leave room for the top to be peeled).  I used a dot of hot glue on the bag to hold the wrapping on, then two more dots to attach the eyes.

The Gogurt mummies or the jack o' lantern clementines might be really cute for a class party or treat too. They're still sealed/labeled and they probably fit in with the mostly-healthy theme a lot of schools request!

What kinds of fun things do you do for Halloween with your kids?  I'm also making mummy dogs this week (sausages wrapped in crescent roll strings and baked).

For lots more Halloween ideas, check out my Halloween tag, especially for lunch inspiration!

 Disclosure: I am a Gogurt Lunchbox Blogger.  This lunchbox was created as part of my relationship with Gogurt and I was compensated for my time and design.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Creamy Chipotle Onion Dip #TabascoHellmanns {Recipe}

Creamy Chipotle Onion Dip #TabascoHellmanns {Recipe}

When you don't live anywhere remotely near the football team you actually want to watch, tailgating kind of falls to the wayside.  I mean, it's not like I'm going to head up to Buffalo from Colorado on a weekly basis and the husband isn't much closer to going to Dallas.  So for football season, we're live streaming our games at home and enjoying snacks on the couch.  I'm loving the word "home-gating" to describe this--all the yumminess of tailgating and I don't even have to leave my couch! This week, we are trying out a recipe for Creamy Chipotle Onion Dip!

It's supposed to be a fast, easy way to bring the flavor of tailgating into your home, and we put it to the test!  Onion dip made with Hellmann’s is fired up to the next level with the addition of either TABASCO Chipotle Pepper Sauce or TABASCO Original Pepper Sauce.  Nice and spicy for my husband, but not so overwhelming that the kids and I are drinking gallons of water too.  Plus, you can adjust the spice level to fit your family's preferences.

It's also quick to make.  We went from talking about it to eating it in less than 5 minutes.  The only thing that might take longer is if you want to chill it first.

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Creamy Chipotle Onion Dip Recipe
  • 1 cup Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise 
  • 2 Tbsp. TABASCO Chipotle Pepper Sauce or 2 Tbsp. TABASCO Original Pepper Sauce
  • 1 envelope Lipton Recipes Secrets Onion Soup Mix 
  • 1 cup sour cream 
  • Mix all the ingredients together until blended well, chill until serving!
Creamy Chipotle Onion Dip #TabascoHellmanns {Recipe}

Want to try #TabascoHellmanns Creamy Onion Chipotle Dip before you make it yourself? Check out this list of local Walmart stores to find an in-store demo near you and give it a try. Pick your favorite dip delivery snack (chip, pretzel, etc.) and enjoy a sample!

What are your favorite things to dip?  I'm thinking a platter of veggies, plus some chips, crackers and pretzels would be perfect!  We tried pretzels, flatbread and carrots on our taste-test round, but we also think cucumber or broccoli would be awesome.

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Lunchbox. All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

What's for Lunch Wednesday, Week 230

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!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Big G Retro Monster Cereals Treats #retromonstercereal

Halloween means it's time for Big G Monster Cereals once again!  When I was growing up, these cereals were only available in the US.  Since I grew up in Canada, I would have to wait until my grandfather picked it up for me when he was at the grocery store in Buffalo, along with some of our favorite American Halloween candies.

This year, the Retro Monsters Cereals are back! This special retro packaging (which looks so familiar to those of us who grew up in the 80s) is available exclusively at Target and even features monster masks on the back!  This year also features Monsters snack items for you to enjoy as well--Count Chocula Treats, Boo Berry Fruit Roll-Ups and Franken Berry Fruit Roll-Ups.

F&B and I decided we needed to make our own Retro Monster Cereal Treats, so we opted for two choices--Monster Cereal Pops and Monster Cereal Squares.  The actual recipe is the same, I just pressed one set into a pan and rolled the other set into balls by hand.

How to Make Monster Cereal Treats:

3 cups Monster Cereal (1 flavor)
2 cups mini marshmallows
1.5 tsp butter or margarine
  • Melt the marshmallows and butter in the microwave until the marshmallows are soft enough to stir.  Start with 30-45 seconds and add on from there, this does depend on your microwave.
  • Mix the marshmallows and butter together until it is blended.
  • Put three cups of cereal in a larger bowl and pour the marshmallow mix over top.
  • Blend the marshmallows and the cereal together until the cereal is well coated.
Then for bars:
  • Spread the cereal mixture into a greased 8x8 pan, using a damp spatula to firmly press the mixture into place.
  • Let cool and set before slicing.
Or for pops:
  • Wet your hands and shake off the extra water, then using a scoop of the cereal mixture, roll it into balls, pressing into place with your hands.
  • Set each ball into a silicone baking cup and push a lollipop stick into the center.
  • Let cool and set, then serve.
We did Franken Berry Pops and Boo Berry Squares!  The Count Chocula is my favorite, so I didn't object to saving it for my own consumption.

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

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Sausage Gravy & Biscuits #BringHillshireHome

It's always nice when kid requests coincide with blog posts.  Mr. Ben has been craving sausage gravy and biscuits for quite awhile, as he eats it "every morning for breakfast at the hotels when we are on vacation".  But, since our house is decidedly not a hotel, there is not a daily pot of sausage gravy.

When we got the chance to check out the selection of Hillshire Brands products at Safeway, we discovered that, besides the standard Hillshire Farms labeled sausage links and smoked sausages, they also make Jimmy Dean breakfast sausages and Ballpark Franks.  I knew then that Ben would be thrilled to have his very own sausage gravy and biscuits at our house for breakfast.

Why were we at Safeway?  We were checking out their new Just for U online coupon center.  Rather than clipping coupons (which I manage to promptly lose until after the expiry date), you can load the coupons onto your Safeway card, so they are available at checkout!  Right now, they're offering coupons for Hillshire Brands (including the Jimmy Dean sausage we used).

Just click on the coupon to set up your Safeway Just For U account
and find your coupons for Hillshire Brands products

Now after you download your coupon and buy your sausage, there is one more important part.  How do you make sausage gravy?  Check out the recipe below for Ben's favorite version

Sausage Gravy:
  • 1 roll Jimmy Dean Regular Pork Sausage
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of pepper
Yes, I'm cheating and using premade biscuits!
  • Cook the sausage in a large skillet until brown, crumbling it as you go.  Do NOT drain the pan.
  • Sprinkle 1/3 cup of flour over the sausage and stir it to absorb the remaining liquid.
  • Add 3 cups milk, plus salt & pepper and heat thoroughly over medium heat.
  • Stir until the milk begins to thicken into a gravy, then lower the heat till desired thickness is reached.
  • Serve over hot biscuits (homemade or pop & bake).

While you're here, check out some other great ideas using Hillshire Brands products:
Disclosure: This post was sponsored Hillshire Brands and Safeway. I was selected for this opportunity as a member of the Mom It Forward Blogger Network.and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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