Monday, October 20, 2014

Pumpkin Cake Donuts - Baked!


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Yesterday morning, I woke up to the most delicious looking Instagram post from King Arthur for Pumpkin Cake Donuts. I immediately knew THIS was what I was gonna make for my rainbow loom exchange. Rainbow loom exchange you ask? :) Well, last week, I had posted this picture of the girls and their renewed interest in their rainbow loom. Then my friend, mom of Big Sis' classmate, commented that the girls could have her son's loom, if they wanted, since it had been a year since he last touched his. Of course I jumped at the chance, because the girls had been sharing one, quite nicely, might I add, and I had actually been considering getting them a second one. Oh the wonders of Facebook! lol.


So, I replied yes, thank you and what treat can I make you in return? :) Turns out her classmate is a lover of all things pumpkin, so these were just perfect!! With that, I got up and got busy right away on King Arthur Flour's Pumpkin Cake Donuts Recipe. The awesome thing is that it's a simple and quick recipe and I just happened to have all the ingredients on hand. haha! :)


Instead of using the fine cinnamon sugar mix they linked in the post to purchase, I just made my own using my favorite ratio: 1/2 cup sugar + 1 Tbsp cinnamon. And since I didn't use fine sugar, it just wasn't sticking to the donuts like the recipe showed, so I improvised a little. I melted 1.5 Tbsp of butter, brushed a little on each donut, one at a time, one side at a time and dipped into the sugar after each coat. They turned out just great!


This recipe ended up making 16 donuts (note: only 15 are pictured here due to some mandatory taste-testing). Verdict: So moist and tasty, perfectly sweet (ie not too sugary) with just the right amount of pumpkin. Yum.


This is the pic I posted in my own Instagram Feed to tease and tempt MY followers. hee hee. It's my post popular post yet!!



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Later that morning, Big Sis and I handled the exchange while Little Sis was out at the grocery store with Daddy to pick up some treats for their Y-Guides Fall Outing last night. Big Sis was SOOO excited to surprise her Little Sis w/ the new Rainbow Loom. I think it's safe to say that she was too, don't you?


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Christine, aka happyvballgirl :)

Here are some items used in this post. To see a full list of my favorite bento gear and such, just visit my "Products I Love" page! :) Any purchases made through these links earns me a little extra cash to support my bento habit, which my hubby would really appreciate. haha! So thank you!!! if you choose to use any of 'em! :)

 

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Ghostly Mini Pizza Lunch

OMG, it seems like forever since I've posted anything - life has gotten in the way plus just got back from an awesome week-long kid-free vacay out west - woot! - but I did manage to throw this quick Halloweenish lunch together this morning, the last day before they track out for 3 weeks! Whew. Just in the nick of time.

In other news, we have a freezer in the garage that is seriously on it's last leg and we've been feverishly trying to empty it out to see if we can resurrect it by defrosting it. So today's lunch helped me do just that, too. I'm happy to say that it is now one box (of Trader Joe's or Trader Grotto's Spizzico di pizza - 12 appetizer size cheese pizzas) emptier. haha!


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In this lunch:
  1. Trader Joe's Spizzico di pizza mini pizza appetizers
  2. Organic Carrot Sticks
  3. Organic Seedless Red Grapes
  4. Utz (peanut/tree-nut FREE!) Halloween Pretzels with Laughing Cow Cheese
  5. Cascadian Farms Organic Chocolate Chip Granola Bar
PS. The EasyLunchbox lid is decorated with a Halloween Gel Window Cling I picked up at a dollar store in CA. Hoping it comes back in one piece! :)

Hopefully there will be more Halloween lunches to come, but the kids are quite likely going to be spending a few days away with their grandparents in MD next week, so it may just be a couple... or just one. lol.

Thanks so much for stopping by and please feel free to make my day by leaving me a comment, joining my blog in the top right corner or liking my on Facebook at MyEpicureanAdventures - the more the merrier! :)

Christine, aka happyvballgirl :)

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Here are some items used in this post. To see a full list of my favorite bento gear and such, just visit my "Products I Love" page! :)

Any purchases made through these links earns me a little extra cash to support my bento habit, which my hubby would really appreciate. haha! So thank you!!! if you choose to use any of 'em! :)

   

A couple things I used (and a couple I meant to - haha) from my favorite Bento supplier @ All Things For Sale. Just click on the pix to view/purchase now! :)

Japanese Bento Accessories Sauce Container set of 4 Lovely Mayo Cup   Food Decorating Topper Party 3D Witches Hats

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Busy Life and A Sandwich with Animal Crackers and Chocolate Chips

Busy is a relative term and I know there are so many of you out there with far busier lives than mine, but life in the Taylor household has been non-stop on-the-go over the past couple months. It's been a good busy, mostly, so I really can't complain, but busy nonetheless. I haven't been posting much and even missed my 2nd blogiversary on September 6. I did nothing, nada, zilch to celebrate. Didn't even realize it until last week! lol!

Between Big Sis' 4 soccer practices, Little Sis' 3, piano lessons for both during the school week, soccer games on Saturdays and Sundays, some far, some near, and volleyball and tennis fun of my own as well as visits from friends and family and fun travels to beaches, amusement parks, family and friends and other stuff I can't remember, I often don't know if I'm coming or going or what month it even is, haha, which is why Big Sis was the only one out of 40+ kids to show up at soccer practice in her orange practice T instead of her white one at the beginning of this one. Whoopsie ! Why even change shirt colors monthly, I ask!?!

I feel like my lunches have been reflecting life. Not much time for variety and just thrown together... like today's lunch. Another sandwich. Luckily, it's what Little Sis requested today and was super easy to throw together. At least the treat is a new one for the girls! But with a couple of picks and silicone cups, it actually doesn't look half bad, and was made in about 7 mins flat!


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In this lunch:
  1. Applegate roasted turkey, Genoa salami and muenster cheese on Nature's Own 100% whole wheat bread 
  2. Parmesan Goldfish Crackers
  3. Strawberries, cut up
  4. Carrot sticks
  5. Organic Animal Crackers (from Kroger's organic food section) and Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Chips
  6. Stonyfield Strawberry yokids squeezers
I think I'll have a little time this weekend between sleepovers and soccer games to sit down with my new favorite cookbook The Best Homemade Kids' Lunches on the Planet and hammer out some yummy lunches for the upcoming week. Laura of MOMables makes it easy to plan things out ahead of time, so stay tuned for some more interesting lunches next week (hopefully)!! :)

Shout Outs:

Applegate for providing natural (and organic varieties, too) nitrate-free yet oh-so-convenient pre-packaged deli meats. Check out my FB post professing my love for them: FB post professing my love for Applegate :)

Thanks so much for stopping by and please feel free to make my day by leaving me a comment, joining my blog in the top right corner or liking my on Facebook at MyEpicureanAdventures - the more the merrier! :)

Christine, aka happyvballgirl :)

Here are some items used in this post. To see a full list of my favorite bento gear and such, just visit my "Products I Love" page! :) Any purchases made through these links earns me a little extra cash to support my bento habit, which my hubby would really appreciate. haha! So thank you!!! if you choose to use any of 'em! :)

        


My favorite Bento supplier @ All Things For Sale.  Just click on the pix to view/purchase now! :)

Japanese Bento Box Accessories Food Pick Cute Animal Fork 8 pcs 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Berry Kale Smoothie


OK, I don't know how I did it, but this one was ridiculously yummy. AND it's not an uninviting dark green, it's puce! hahaha. So much better, right?


Here's how I made it:

Berry Kale Smoothie
by happyvballgirl @ My Epicurean Adventures

1 frozen banana
1/4 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup frozen raspberries
1/2 cup frozen mango chunks
8 baby carrots
2 generous handfuls of chopped kale
1 cup cottage cheese (or greek yogurt)
about 1-2 cups of coconut water, or how ever much you need to get the consistency you like

Blend and drink! mmmmmmmmm!!

Makes about 32 oz.

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Thanks so much for stopping by and please feel free to make my day by leaving me a comment, joining my blog in the top right corner or liking my on Facebook at MyEpicureanAdventures - the more the merrier! :)

Christine, aka happyvballgirl :)

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Here's Lunch #38: Egg Sandwich and a Cupcake

Heeeeeere's lunch! :) Let me add a special note saying thank you to our awesome neighbor Megan for the scrumptious (nut-free) cupcakes. You can borrow vanilla (or any other ingredient for that matter) ANYTIME if it means I get to sample some of your homemade goodies each time!! haha! Thanks, Megan! They were delish!!

My Epicurean Adventures: Here's Lunch #38: Egg Sandwich and a Cupcake in @easylunchboxes

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In this lunch:
  1. Fried egg and Applegate Turkey (fried) and Muenster Cheese on Nature's Own White Wheat Bread
  2. Organic Carrot Sticks
  3. Cuties
  4. Annie's Homegrown Cheddar Bunnies
  5. Yoplait GoGurt
  6. A lovely and delicious homemade vanilla cupcake with chocolate frosting made by our wonderful neighbor Megan.
* "Here's Lunch" is a series of lunch posts for those days when I really don't have more to say than "Here's lunch". :)

Shout Outs:
Applegate for providing natural (and organic varieties, too) nitrate-free yet oh-so-convenient pre-packaged deli meats. Check out my FB post professing my love for them: FB post professing my love for Applegate :)

Annie's Homegrown for so many delicious and wholesome foods I love feeding my girls.

Papa Spuds - for providing the freshest fruits and veggies (and more) right at my doorstep!

Thanks so much for stopping by and please feel free to make my day by leaving me a comment, joining my blog in the top right corner or liking my on Facebook at MyEpicureanAdventures - the more the merrier! :)

Christine, aka happyvballgirl :)

Here are some items used in this post. To see a full list of my favorite bento gear and such, just visit my "Products I Love" page! :) Any purchases made through these links earns me a little extra cash to support my bento habit, which my hubby would really appreciate. haha! So thank you!!! if you choose to use any of 'em! :)

My new favorite cookbook - sooooo many awesome recipes perfect for kids and adults alike:

        

My favorite Bento supplier @ All Things For Sale.  Just click on the pix to view/purchase now! :)

Japanese Bento Accessories Sauce Container set of 4 Lovely Mayo Cup  

Friday, August 29, 2014

Here's Lunch #37: Cheese and Cracker Lunchables and a Muffin

Heeeeeere's lunch, Little Sis'! :)

One sad little antecdote to add: I asked Little Sis "Do you want Rich crackers or this other kind" to which Big Sis chimed in "Little Sis, do you want RITZ crackers?" which made me sad because it was Big Sis who started calling them "rich crackers" when she was little. Sniff, sniff!!

My Epicurean Adventures: Here's Lunch #37: Cheese and Cracker Lunchables and a Muffin in @easylunchboxes

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In this lunch:
  1. Golden Rounds Crackers by Trader Joe's (no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives!!) with Applegate Roast Turkey, Genoa Salami and Muenster Cheese
  2. Orange Cutie
  3. Yoplait GoGurt
  4. Homemade Chocolate Chip Muffin, using MOMables' Blueberry Muffin Recipe
* "Here's Lunch" is a series of lunch posts for those days when I really don't have more to say than "Here's lunch". :)

Shout Outs:

MOMables - for sharing so many delicious and healthy recipes with us!

Applegate for providing natural (and organic varieties, too) nitrate-free yet oh-so-convenient pre-packaged deli meats. Check out my FB post professing my love for them: FB post professing my love for Applegate :)

Thanks so much for stopping by and please feel free to make my day by leaving me a comment, joining my blog in the top right corner or liking my on Facebook at MyEpicureanAdventures - the more the merrier! :)

Christine, aka happyvballgirl :)

Here are some items used in this post. To see a full list of my favorite bento gear and such, just visit my "Products I Love" page! :) Any purchases made through these links earns me a little extra cash to support my bento habit, which my hubby would really appreciate. haha! So thank you!!! if you choose to use any of 'em! :)

My new favorite cookbook - sooooo many awesome recipes perfect for kids and adults alike:

    
   

My favorite Bento supplier @ All Things For Sale.  Just click on the pix to view/purchase now! :)

Japanese Bento Accessories Silicone Colorful Food Cup 6P 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Here's Lunch #36: Sandwiches on Sticks and a PB&J

Heeeeeere's lunch! :)

My Epicurean Adventures: Here's Lunch #36: Sandwiches on Sticks and a PB&J in @lunchbots

In Little Sis' lunch:
  1. Sandwiches on Sticks using Applegate Turkey, Salami and Muenster Cheese on Nature's Own 100% Whole Wheat Bread
  2. Stonyfield YoKids Organic Smoothies
  3. Snack Factory's Pretzel Crisps with Laughing Cow Swiss Cheese
  4. Organic cut carrots 
  5. Driscoll's Organic Strawberries
  6. Krispy Kreme Cruller 
Adventures: Here's Lunch #36: Sandwiches on Sticks and a PB&J in @easylunchboxes

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Big Sis said she just couldn't bear another deli sandwich (lol) and opted for a PB&J sandwich instead. I agreed since they're easy enough to slap together. :) I made hers AFTER making Little Sis' (who is allergic to peanuts) was completely packed and put away. I also didn't put these on sticks because I put too much PB&J in them. oops! All the yummier, I say! Anyway, in Big Sis' Lunch:
  1. PB&J Sandwiches JIF Natural Peanut Butter and Cascadian Farm Organic Blueberry Jelly Spread on Nature's Own 100% Whole Wheat Bread
  2. Stonyfield YoKids Organic Smoothies
  3. Snack Factory's Pretzel Crisps with Laughing Cow Garlic & Herb Swiss Cheese
  4. Organic cut carrots with Simply Dressed Ranch Dressing
  5. Peeled Snacks' Apple Berry Clusters
  6. Krispy Kreme Cruller 
* "Here's Lunch" is a series of lunch posts for those days when I really don't have more to say than "Here's lunch". :)

Shout Outs:

Applegate for providing natural (and organic varieties, too) nitrate-free yet oh-so-convenient pre-packaged deli meats. Check out my FB post professing my love for them: FB post professing my love for Applegate :)

Peeled Snacks for a healthy fresh fruit alternative (for Big Sis)

Thanks so much for stopping by and please feel free to make my day by leaving me a comment, joining my blog in the top right corner or liking my on Facebook at MyEpicureanAdventures - the more the merrier! :)

Christine, aka happyvballgirl :)

Here are some items used in this post. To see a full list of my favorite bento gear and such, just visit my "Products I Love" page! :) Any purchases made through these links earns me a little extra cash to support my bento habit, which my hubby would really appreciate. haha! So thank you!!! if you choose to use any of 'em! :)

My new favorite cookbook - sooooo many awesome recipes perfect for kids and adults alike. Get lots of great lunch-packing ideas here!:



Bento Boxes:
EasyLunchboxes & LunchBots (free shipping directly from their site or get 'em from Amazon):

 
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My favorite Bento supplier @ All Things For Sale.  Just click on the pix to view/purchase now! :)

Japanese Bento Accessories Sauce Container set of 4 Lovely Mayo Cup Japanese Bento Box Accessories Food Pick Cute Animal Fork 8 pcs Food Decorating Pick Long Pix Stix Assorted