Monday, August 31, 2009

One Last Guest Blogger

We're getting back into our regular life but I had to share one last guest blog since it looks so good!

Alicia at Food for the Boys sent in one of her guys' first week of school lunches. They had pesto pasta in the thermos; and pretzels, peanuts with chocolate chips on top and cantaloupe in the other container.

I love pesto. Thinking that another grocery run might be a necessity! ;o)

Friday, August 28, 2009

More Guest Lunches & Bloggers!

We made it home from our road trip ...
to a house devoid of most forms of food. ;o)

Last night was pizza night and Ben & I hit the grocery today for real food.

Thankfully, a couple of guest bloggers stepped up with some adorable first week of school lunches to share!

Michelle at Foodie Footsteps sent in her little cutie's first day lunch. She had an entire spinach salad bento with the cutest turkey pinwheel flowers! I am so stealing the flowers. :o)

Stephenie at Life in Trixieland sent her girls' matching meals (which is the best theory in life btw, I love when I can convince F&B to take the same thing). The girls had imitation crab legs, babybel cheese, crackers, strawberries, carrots and ranch dressing. Love the crab leg idea too, I would never have thought of sending those for lunch!

Thanks so much for sending these in! Hope everyone had a wonderful first week of school.

Still want to share yours? Email me at scarino @ gmail . com with a pic (and link if you want!). :o)

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

First Day Bentos & Guest Bloggers

We are still road-tripping our way up & down I35 in Texas, so for the first week of school, I present to you some guest bloggers & bentos!

Lisa, from 24/7 Low Carb Diner, has an yummy looking taco themed low-carb bento. From her email, the muffins are a low-carb kind with taco meat, plus extra taco sides to go with:

Brandi, a friend of mine with a brand new Kindergartener, made these for D's first day lunch and snack--pasta salad with cheese & pepperonis, pickles, broccoli with ranch, and some other yummy snacks:

You can visit Brandi & D at her blog, Adventures of Lil D & His Mom, and see her little cutie on his first day!

Want to share your first day lunches? Email me pics and your blog link (if you have one and want it linked back) at scarino @ gmail . com!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Stuffed Muffin Recipe (on request)

There is not much to this one, it's one of my fall backs! :o)

You'll need some sort of corn muffin mix (you can make your own or I use Jif), plus milk & an egg, whatever it calls for.

Combine all that, per directions, then add one of the following:

1-1.5 cup of diced cooked chicken w/1 cup of frozen mixed veggies
Chopped pepperoni, mozzerella cheese, and a couple of Tbsp sauce for pizza muffins
Sauteed ground beef and cheddar for cheeseburger muffins
Diced hotdogs (about 3) and cheese of your choice for corndog muffins
Taco seasoned ground beef and quesadilla cheese for taco muffins
Leftover roast beef, cheese of your choice, and a couple of Tbsp of gravy
Ham and swiss (my favorite)

Basically, add as much or as little filler as you want. My kids prefer lots of filler so every bite has stuff in it. A tablespoon of the mixture should have a bunch of stuff in it, not just be a tablespoon of corn muffin.

Spoon it into muffin pans and bake per package directions, yield about 12 regular muffins.

These freeze very well. I bake 2-3 batches at once and toss them in the freezer for emergency meals. I put them in the fridge at night to defrost and they are pretty much done by morning, definitely done by lunchtime.

I'd love to see/share some first day of school lunches this week, if anyone wants to share! Email me at scarino @ with a pic, your blog link, etc and I'll post them during the week. :o)

Friday, August 14, 2009

First Bento of the School Year!

We're back! Canada was lovely, then Mr. Ben turned 4 shortly after we came home.

In other news, we are officially homeschooling this year, so our first bentos of the "school" year were actually for our very first homeschool field trip! We went to a local farmstead that still is done up from the 1800s. The kids got to try their hand at farm chores, then we had a picnic out there with friends.

Both kiddos had the same thing--chicken & veggie stuffed muffins, chunks of cheese, a mini granola bar (ok, real granola bar that I cut in half) and grapes.

We are also finally the proud owners of two stainless steel water bottles, so our lunches are now 100% trash free (we use cloth napkins and reusable bags too)!

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