Friday, September 30, 2016

Great Apple Ideas for Fall #SoFabSeasons

Do apples just scream fall to you?

Here in the PNW, we're all about fall apples, and the local farmers' markets are full of locally grown apples.  We've been enjoying great apple snacks here (take a look at the Caramel Apple Pudding Parfait from a few days ago) and we're sharing our recipe along with others in a collection of amazing apple themed posts from the Social Fabric community. If you're out shopping this weekend, I'd recommend picking up some fresh apples and trying out these amazing recipes!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

31 Days of Fun Halloween Food

Halloween is probably my favorite time of the year.  I love decorating, I love fall, I love the temperatures, and I really love any and everything pumpkin.  I also love making (and eating) awesome Halloween themed foods.

We do all sorts of fun foods at the house for Halloween and I couldn't resist the idea of a 31 Days of Fun Halloween Food.  It's just one idea a day, so mix them up and see how many you can get!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

My Lunch is Looking at Me! Bento Lunch

Last night, after cooking dinner and still having the oven on, I decided we needed to bake something.

Our friends at Krusteaz had sent us a great back-to-school package, including some of our favorites (including the Meyer Lemon Pound Cake which tastes just like the one you get at the coffee shop, but that was eaten immediately).  We also had a box of the Pumpkin Spice Supreme Muffin Mix, so figured that would be great for a quick breakfast.  Fifteen minutes later, the whole house smelled like pumpkin, and I decided to make breakfast for lunch boxes.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Quick Bentgo Snack Box

The boy had a Scout event on Saturday morning.  The plan was to be done by lunchtime, but he's kind of always hungry, so I figured he might need something to eat.  I asked him if I could send something fun and he agreed, as long as it was something cool like Star Wars.  I can do that!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Caramel Apple Pudding Parfaits

I think it's safe to say that it's fall here in the PNW.  I finally had to shut all the windows at night because we were all waking up shivering in the morning.

But fall in the PNW also means it's apple season and we've been enjoying a whole lot of apple treats. Since the kids also love parfaits, I decided to switch out our typical yogurt and fruit parfait for a more fun dessert pudding parfait.  We used chunks of green apple, along with tiny chewy caramel bits, vanilla pudding, and some whipped topping for an extra yummy dessert.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Leftovers to Lunches: Roast Chicken, 3 Ways

The other night, I made a whole chicken in the InstantPot for dinner.  Seriously, this is my absolute new favorite kitchen appliance.  It's fix it and forget it, but it doesn't take crockpot long to cook!

The chicken cooked in about 45 minutes, and was perfectly done.  I sautéed it a little on the bottom first to get the crispy skin, then sealed it and made my sides.  We also ended up with quite a bit of leftovers, so I knew it would be perfect for a leftovers to lunches post, especially in a variety of meals.

So, what are we doing with the leftover chicken?  We came up with three great lunches ideas, plus a kettle of chicken soup with the remaining bits of chicken.  (Hey, it's rainy in the PNW, soup is necessary!)

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Sweet & Simple Snack Bento

Wednesdays are going to be our crazy day this year.  It never fails--even with only a few activities, they all end up on the same day.  The girl has yoga from 4-5pm, both kids have cross-country from 5:15-6:15pm, and the boy has Scouts from 7-8:30pm.

But, on the good side?  I will have an excuse to play with some snack bentos!  Smaller than a total meal, easy to eat on the go, and, if you have preschoolers, these might work for your lunches too. 


© Shannon Carino 2007-2016, Design by Custom Blog Designs
Graphics by Missy B Designs, Fonts courtesy of Fonts for Peas