Thursday, December 18, 2014

It's a Reindeer Round-Up, Cute Food Style


With only a week to go until Christmas, there's still plenty of time for cute food ideas.  Several fellow bloggers and I came up with a list of some of our favorite reindeer themed foods, to help inspire you in your own creating!


Whether you want to make Rudolph or Sven, these reindeer hash brown potatoes from Eclectic Lamb are fun to make and eat.


These adorable reindeer crackers (from my blog) are a quick after school or anytime snack!  We think a platter of them would be perfect on the kids' table.


These easy cocoa mix reindeers from Sarah at Green Lunches, Green Kids are a fun craft you and your kids can make in minutes.


Reindeer cookies sound great, but chocolate reindeer cookies sound even better!  Check out these cute chocolate reindeer from Yummy Bites by Amy.


It's not all sweets either! This yummy reindeer cheese ball from Bunches o Lunches is super simple and fast! It's great to serve as an appetizer and is a make ahead meal. Make it, stick it in the fridge and pull it out to serve just before guests arrive.


Get the kids involved too! These reindeer cupcakes (also mine) are all decorated after baking, so even the littlest helpers can join in the fun.

What reindeer treats do you have to share?  Leave a comment to help us build our list of fun reindeer foods!

Reindeer Cupcakes

Reindeer cupcakes (and cookies too) are some of our favorite Christmas treats to make!  Not only are the adorable, the decorations are just a few simple store-bought ingredients and perfect for all abilities!


What you need:
  • Prepared cupcakes, any flavor
  • Chocolate icing, we like Betty Crocker's Whipped Milk Chocolate because it's lighter colored!
  • Blue M&Ms (or green or dark brown), for eyes
  • Red M&Ms, for noses
  • Mini pretzel twists

How to make:
  • Bake your cupcakes and let them cool, preferably for several hours
  • Add a thin layer of chocolate icing to the top, smoothing it out as best you can with a knife
  • Press two pretzel twists into the icing for antlers
  • Add two M&M eyes and an M&M nose
  • Repeat until the cupcakes are finished!
You really can't get much easier than this, and the cupcakes are adorable for Christmas parties, classroom parties, Scouts, etc.  

My cupcake tip?  I store mine in a cupcake container without frosting, until we need them.  The kids ice them as they eat them, which I think keeps them much fresher tasting.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Eat, Drink & Be Merry Holiday Bento Hop

It's that time of year again, time for a Bento Bloggers and Friends blog hop of festive fun foods.  I'm enjoying the whole Christmas cuteness this year, with reindeer crackers and pressed sandwiches and fruit wreaths.  I even have something special coming up tomorrow!

But today, I'm going for a traditional Christmas bento of yummy foods.


This lunch features two Christmas tree sandwiches, ham and cheese on whole wheat bread, cut with Wilton Christmas tree cookie cutters and accented with star picks.  Mini silicone containers hold raspberries and blackberries in the same compartment to keep the bread dry.  To the right, we have an almond poppy seed muffin with a gingerbread man pick, along with a clementine orange with a teeny Christmas candy pick, both stored in silicone cups for stability.  Lunch is packed in EasyLunchboxes!

Want to see more great holiday food ideas?  Just click the button below to visit my friend Little Miss Bento for another adorable Christmas idea!


What's for Lunch Wednesday, Week 238

What's for Lunch Wednesday

Welcome to What's for Lunch Wednesday!

This weekly linkup was originally started to share bento lunches, but has expanded! Feel free to share any cute and fun food ideas for kids of all ages, food design, desserts, recipes and more!

Want to join in?

Just choose a favorite post from the last week, copy the URL of that post from your blog, and enter it into the linky below.  We love to see bentos, cute food, fun food, kid friendly recipes, etc, just something food related!

Click on the "Add Your Link" button below to add your posts to the link up.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Fruit Wreath Snack

Playing around in the kitchen today and realized that we could make a wreath out of the fruit we had on hand!  These would be an awesome individual snack or you could add extra layers/circles to make a larger tray for a group.


What you need:
  • Multiple green fruits - we used kiwi and green apple, but green grapes and honeydew would look awesome as well (or maybe in addition to the kiwi and apple?)
  • Raspberries 
How to make a fruit wreath:
  • Peel your kiwi and slice it into thing rounds, arrange them in a large circle.
  • Slice the apple into small chunks and set on top of the kiwi.
  • Remove a few apple chunks and replace with raspberries to decorate the wreath.
Optional, halve grapes and slice honeydew into pieces (use an overlapping circle to make it more leaf-like) to fill out the wreath!  

I really want to try this for a group event, wouldn't it be awesome with layers of green fruits around the outside?  Or with a bowl of yogurt or fluff dip in the middle?

Friday, December 12, 2014

Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas Bento

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  Well, at least in our bentos, it is!  It's still a bit unseasonably warm in Colorado, but as Texans, we are NOT complaining.  As much as I like to ski, I could do without snow in my own yard.


Today, I packed up a quick snack bento, using my favorite Nordicware Christmas cookie cutters, which double as awesome sandwich presses.  A trick to using press cookie cutters on bread?  Cut everything out separately.  It only takes a few seconds more, but you get much nicer cutouts that trying to press an entire sandwich at once.

In today's snack, we have two sandwiches, an elf and a Santa, with ham and cheese on whole wheat bread.  I made a quick orange flower out of a peeled Cutie orange with a blueberry center, and added some carrots too.  Under the Lunchbox Love Christmas note, there are a couple of cookies for a sweet treat.  Lunch is packed in a PlanetBox Shuttle today.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

What's for Lunch Wednesday, Week 237

What's for Lunch Wednesday

Welcome to What's for Lunch Wednesday!
This weekly linkup was originally started to share bento lunches, but has expanded! Feel free to share any cute and fun food ideas for kids of all ages, food design, desserts, recipes and more!

Want to join in?

Just choose a favorite post from the last week, copy the URL of that post from your blog, and enter it into the linky below.  We love to see bentos, cute food, fun food, kid friendly recipes, etc, just something food related!

Click on the "Add Your Link" button below to add your posts to the link up.
 

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