Sunday, October 4, 2015

Cookies and Crafts at IFBC

While at the International Food Bloggers Conference (IFBC) the other weekend, I had the opportunity to attend a ton of awesome sessions, but my favorite one might have been one that tied in two things I love--cookies and crafting.

I had the pick of several options, but the Krusteaz Hands-On Cookie Swap was just calling my name. I really really really wanted a cookie (this is my usual state of being) and the opportunity for fun crafting and presentation was too good to pass up.

The Krusteaz team had tons of cookies available, for both snacking and for creating some to-go crafts, which was a great chance to sample some of their new flavors.  I brought a few home (since the conference was local and I was staying at my own house and driving in) and the kids loved everything they tried!  Faith is extra partial to the lemon cookies on the far left.

The Krusteaz blogger team was on hand to showcase ideas and the darling printed flags, tags, and other goodies are from HWTM.  Take a look at some of the presentation ideas.

I am in love with the boat idea--wrap the cookies in plastic to keep them fresh, then use a cardboard open box, paper straw, and scrapbook paper to make the sail, twine plus a tag, and the presentation is perfect!

The bag idea is another cute option.  The peek-a-boo window shows the cookies, then the chevron print scrapbook paper adds a pop of color, along with a faux seal (the bag itself is sealed below the printed paper).  Once again, the tag makes the package.

The circular tin was the final idea and would be perfect for a desk (as a former teacher, I advocate cookies).  The top is covered with map printed scrapbook paper and yet another cute tag while the side circles are free cut from a different style paper.  

I'm looking forward to trying a few of these with Christmas cookies and matching papers, exactly what the seminar theme was all about, inspiration!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Breakfast for Lunch Bento

I was really excited when Chobani contacted me to ask me to create some sample lunches for them, featuring their new yogurt tubes and pouches for kids. F&B eat a lot of yogurt and are more than happy to help with blog projects.

In this lunch, we have a toasted mini-bagel, topped with strawberry cream cheese and strawberry pieces.  You'll notice form the artistic arrangement that I was trying to decide which way looked cuter.  From an eating standpoint, the small chunks are better since you get more per bite.  To go with a breakfast theme, I added a bunny-shaped hardboiled egg and some sliced kiwi, along with a Chobani Kids Greek yogurt tube in the strawberry flavor.  My kiddos like consistency.  Lunch is packed in one of our EasyLunchboxes.

Check out this lunch on Pinterest here, along with our other Chobani creations!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

What Kids Eat Wednesday

Welcome back to What Kids Eat Wednesday!

It's been a crazy week here--soccer practice, yoga, flag football, Cub Scout campout, and the girl's birthday!  I could use a vacation!  Or, at least, a nap!  We've been experimenting in the kitchen and I should have a few new recipes to share this week, and I ordered a few new bento supplies to play with too.

As usual, it's hard to just pick a few choices to share, but my other cohosts each pick three of their own and I choose four additional ones to share on Facebook all week long.  Here are a few of my favorites for this week:
Every Wednesday, you can look forward to finding the best kids kitchen ideas, bento lunches, easy healthy recipes for your family, and even learning and sensory activities for kids involving food! We will check out every link and feature our favorites the following week, if you're looking for some quick inspiration!

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Bread Heads, PlanetBox, and Bento

The other week, my friend Amy posted the cutest pirate lunch with little boy and girl pirate faces.  I really really loved the cutter and she sent me in the direction of the Fred & Friends Bread Head cutters.  With the help of my trusty Amazon app on my phone, a couple of clicks later, and the Bread Heads were on their way to my house.  Since I have Prime, they came in on Monday, so today's bento had to feature the new cutters.

I opted for the little girl cutter and made a quick cream cheese and jelly sandwich.  The face stamp acted as a sealer to make a pocket style sandwich, so no jelly leaks.  I added a hair bow pick because I thought it was cute.  Below, I used two of my silicone bow cups.  One holds a rose made out of rolled deli ham, the other holds some fruit snacks.  In keeping with the cuteness, I added my other two bow cups to the smaller compartment and filled them with blackberries, accented with daisy picks.  Lunch is packed in a Planetbox Shuttle.

Above is a closer look at the Fred & Friends Bread Heads.  The face stamps are separate from the frames, so you can cut both pieces of bread first, then make your sandwich before stamping and sealing it together.  Easy to use and very cute!  I see more of these sandwiches in our future.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Taco Bar Buffet

While I was looking for dinner ideas a few weeks ago, the husband mentioned we hadn't had tacos in awhile.  I realized he was right, so we planned for a taco night.  But when I was looking in the freezer, I discovered a couple of packages from Hormel I forgot I had gotten, so instead of taco night, we did a full scale taco bar!

Since there are four of us, and three of the four of us (not me) don't mind leftovers, I opted for three varieties of tacos--beef, chicken and pork.  I started with a single packet of the new Hormel Taco Meats, shredded and seasoned beef, warmed up in a skillet for one round of tacos.

I knew we wanted vegetables to go with dinner, so for meat number two, I made fajita chicken with peppers and onions.  I ordered a ton of meat awhile back, so those were already preseasoned and frozen, no secret recipes.

And, since there are 4 of us, there was no reason not to make my favorite too.  I love the Lloyd's Pulled Pork, so I put a package of that in a casserole dish with some extra barbecue sauce.

We cooked all three, added hard and soft taco shells, cheese, salsa, guacamole, and sour cream, along with some other veggies and chips, and everyone made the tacos of their choice.

And, despite all that food?  We really didn't have much leftover!

Disclosure: I have received product and information from Hormel Foods in exchange for being a Hormel Foods Extended Family Blogger. No other compensation was received and all opinions expressed within the post are my own.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Strawberry Box Bento

I have been back and forth on needing this strawberry box for ages.  I want it, I don't want it, I need it, I need another box like I need a hole in the head, etc.  I finally decided that YES, I do want it, but the last time Faith and I were at Daiso, it was sold out.  Luckily, my friend Kendra from Biting The Hand That Feeds You came through with one for me that she had extra!

Since I now have the strawberry box, I had to use it!  What's for lunch today?

Faith picked a turkey and cheese sandwich on honey wheat bread, which I cut out into a kitty shape with one of our Cutczcute cutters and added a cute hair bow pick.  I placed the sandwich in the top tier and added some pretzel nuggets in with it.  The bottom tier, I saved for fruit and cut up strawberries into a silicone flower cup, then placed grapes around it to hold it in place.

I'm needing a grocery run in the next couple of days, so I'm trying to use out what we have in the house.  It's less creative, but I really want to finish up a few things before we open anything new.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Pizza Hummus Bento

I spent this past weekend in Seattle, checking out the International Food Bloggers Conference! Since we live so very close, it was a must-do event for me.  The food was amazing, as one could expect, and there were tons of new products to sample.

I fell in love with the new Pizza Hummus from Sabra. They had samples for bloggers to take home and try, then since I live locally, they sent me home with some of the extra since I could refrigerate it right away.  Of course, single size hummus is perfect for bento lunches.

In this lunch, we chose pita crackers, pepperonis, and chunks of mozzarella cheese to go along with the Sabra pizza hummus.  I also added carrots for more dipping items, and we realized celery sticks would be perfect too.  In terms of fruit, I'm down to strawberries or kiwis, so the kids chose strawberries for today.  Lunch is packed in one of our EasyLunchboxes.

But with kids, you know what the main question is.  Did they like it?

The Reports:

Faith:  I really liked it.  It had all the delicious flavor of pizza but a nice, soft, smooth version.  I really liked it with the carrots and the crackers and even with the extra pepperoni and cheese.

Ben:  I also liked the size and how it was in the separate little cup, so you could put on what you wanted instead of having it mixed in with the other foods.

Being that lunch was empty, I'm calling it a win!  We'll be sampling some other new products soon, so stay tuned!

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