Friday, August 29, 2014

How to Make Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Apples (And a Bento!)


Ben is just a little obsessed with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and was quite thrilled to discover that, as part of my Gogurt Blogger project, he was going to get TMNT Gogurts and the collection of Gogurt holders with the turtles on them!  I was even happier when the team asked if we could create a TMNT themed bento to go with the yogurt and Ben was more than happy to help.


Besides the TMNT Gogurt, we opted for a homemade pocket sandwich (cream cheese and jelly) and apples, both dressed up like turtles as well.  He also had a few strawberries, some string cheese, and the remainder of the goodies I used for the turtle masks.


Want to make your own Ninja Turtles apples?

All you need is a green apple, a piece of Fruit by the Foot Flavor Mixers (this will give you two colors to work with), and candy eyeballs.
  • Cut your apple in half, brush the open side with a bit of lemon juice or Sprite to prevent it from browning.
  • Open up your Fruit by the Foot and cut a piece that is a couple of inches longer than the width of the apple.
  • Carefully peel the Fruit by the Foot in half to separate the colors (it actually pulls apart easily).
  • Wrap each piece around an apple half, tucking the ends together underneath.
  • Place your candy eyeballs on top of the Fruit by the Foot and press them down, they will stick!
  • Put your TMNT apple in your lunchbox and add some other goodies, we wrapped our sandwich the same way!
Stay tuned for Ben's birthday cupcakes, also TMNT themed!

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.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

What's for Lunch Wednesday, Week 222

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, August 25, 2014

Spam Musubi with Hormel

The husband has been craving sushi lately and I absolutely love making it.  It's like all the creative aspects of food rolled into one neat little package, so very therapeutic.  Really, it is!


We've done California rolls, tuna and salmon rolls, and just the other day decided that it was time for some Spam musubi.

What is Spam musubi?  It's sort of a Hawaiian style sushi, made with rice, nori and fried Spam, all pressed into a nice neat block and served.  There are many varieties, including adding items like scrambled egg to it, but I went with just a basic version to keep things simple.

How do you make it?  With a musubi mold.  It's a small rectangular mold that is about the shape of a piece of spam and has a press for flattening your rice and meat.  Besides that rice and meat, the only ingredient left is nori.  I cut my sheets in half width-wise to fit my mold.


Just lay the nori flat on the counter and center your musubi mold on it.  Put a good dollop of rice into the mold and use the press to flatten it.

In the meantime, fry a slice of Spam till the outsides get crispy, flipping it to cook evenly.  Set that on top of the rice in the mold and use your press to flatten even more.

Remove the mold and wrap the nori up and over the rice. Dab your fingers with water and get the nori just a little damp and it will stick together to seal.  Cut and serve!

In case my directions are confusing (and they probably are), check out the much better directions for Spam Musubi on the Spam site from Hormel!

Disclosure: I have received product and information from Hormel Foods in exchange for being a Hormel Foods Extended Family Blogger. All opinions expressed within the post are my own.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Betty Crocker & Hershey's Team Up for Dessert! #NewFromBetty

I've often lamented about baking at 6500 feet.  I have mostly gotten the hang of it, after being here 3 years, but it took awhile.  We spent a lot of time defaulting to mixes with high altitude directions.  And I still grab those when I'm in a hurry, since they are easy and definitely work.


This week, the kids and I made and sampled the new Betty Crocker Hershey Desserts. These mixes come in three yummy classic Hershey varieties--Reese's Peanut Butter cups, Heath toffee, and S'Mores, and are available at Target stores.

We opted to make the S'Mores bars first, since Faith is still not a peanut butter fan.  They really do have chunks of marshmallows in them, which made F&B happy, along with a tasty crust, which made me very happy.  They were also simple to make, no surprise directions or add-ons or steps.


These cookies and dessert bars are sure to be the summertime sweet treat your family will love, we definitely did.  We are looking forward to making the Reese's Peanut Butter Cup variety next, and sharing it with friends.  Who says no to sharing desserts?

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

Friday, August 22, 2014

Marvel Superhero Bento Lunch {Gogurt Lunchbox Bloggers}

Because we always love new blog projects, I'm excited to share that this year, we are Gogurt Bloggers!

Well, officially, I am, but my sous-chefs are quite happy about the project, especially when Ben discovered Gogurt has Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Marvel Superheroes and Disney's Phineas & Ferb yogurts.  I can't quite object to anything with Perry the Platypus on it.

What does this mean?  I'll be getting to create some awesome lunches that incorporate Gogurt into your kids' lunchboxes.  And Ben got his TMNT yogurt and some neat cases that keep them chilled.  So all is quite well in our house.


Our first creation was actually a lunch for Ben's Cub Scout Day Camp.  This was before I discovered that there are Marvel Avengers Gogurts.  I feel the need to remake this lunch with a Captain America Gogurt since it would match so much better.

Ben has a ham and cheese sandwich on honey wheat, cut with Spiderman and Captain America press cutters, so it's just slightly smaller than a single, whole sandwich, but much cuter.  He also has a kiwi and grapes, with a Green Lantern accent.  I was later informed by a sarcastic son that it's a different kind of comic.  Some children.

He chose some honey wheat pretzels for his treat and a Berry Blue Blast Gogurt, which I froze to keep it chilled for lunchtime.

Lunch is packed in our EasyLunchboxes and included extra icepacks since camp was outside.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

What's for Lunch Wednesday, Week 221

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, August 19, 2014

Extra Cute, Extra Easy Panda Bento Lunch

With back-to-school posts being a big item in August, I wanted to be sure to feature some easy to make lunches!

While I adore things like the Disney series I did a few years ago, they just aren't practical for daily lunches.   Most days are much more simple than that.  The post below?  This is a more-typical lunch that is still quite cute without crazy amounts of work or special tools to make, just one cute cookie cutter and a few cute food picks.


This lunch features a chicken salad sandwich on whole wheat, topped with a panda cheese cutout.  This one is made with a CutezCute cutter, a favorite of mine.  Dollar stores, craft stores, etc, have tons of cute, inexpensive cutters.

To the right, there are veggie straws and strawberries/raspberries, accented with a couple of panda food picks.  Check out cupcake picks at the dollar stores or craft stores also for ones that match your favorite lunch themes.

How long did this take?  Only an extra 30 seconds, if that, to cut out the panda and add the food picks. Finding the panda picks probably took me longer, but I own a scary amount of decorative picks.

Not pictured, lunch included yogurt and an apple for snacks, but those did not have pandas on them.

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