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):

 
Shop LunchBots

   

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 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Here's Lunch #35: Sub Sandwich for Big Sis

Heeeeeere's lunch, Bis Sis' today! :) Crap! I just realized I forgot about her special request for a Horizon's Chocolate Milk box in her lunch today... oh well, she'll survive. lol!



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In this lunch:
  1. Cobblestone Philly Steak Buns with Applegate Turkey and American Cheese and Mayo
  2. Organic cut carrots
  3. Peeled Snacks Apple Berry Clusters
  4. Sabra Classic Hummus
  5. Horizons Cheese Snack Crackers
  6. Stacy's Multi-grain Pita Chips in our Blue Avocado Snack Bags
  7. Raspberry Danimal
  8. Entenmann's Little Bites for a Treat
And in case you're wondering, here's how it all fits: quite perfectly. :)



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

Japanese Bento Accessories Silicone Colorful Food Cup 6P

Monday, August 25, 2014

Here's Lunch #34: Mac n' Cheese

Heeeeeere's lunch! :)


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In this lunch:
  1. Annie's Homegrown Spirals with butter & Parmesan Mac n' Cheese
  2. Strawberries
  3. Organic cut carrots
  4. Trader Joe's 12 Grain Mini Crackers with Baby Bel Swiss Cheese
  5. Chips Ahoy (Chewy) Birthday Frosting Filled Chocolate Chip Cookies

* "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". :)

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! :)

LunchBots: Get 'em through Amazon or directly from their site for free-shipping!

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Other earth-friendly alternatives for fun and easy to-go meals and snacks!

    

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

Friday, August 22, 2014

Here's Lunch #33: Ham and Cheese on Bun

Heeeeeere's today's lunch - Little Sis'! :)


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In this lunch:
  1. Martin's Potato Roll Hamburger bun leftover from a get together this weekend with Applegate Cooked Ham and Applegate Muenster Cheese
  2. Shredded carrots from Trader Joe's (because I ran out of baby carrots)
  3. Stonyfield YoKids Organic Smoothie
  4. Annie's Homegrown Cheddar Bunnies
  5. Cantaloupe from Papa Spud's CSA 
* "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:



Bento Boxes and misc stuff:

  


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 

Kids' Meals #1: Homemade Chicken Nuggets and Quinoa Mac & Cheese

Kids' Meals is a new series I decided to start up. It'll basically be a "what the girls are having for lunch or dinner at home", nicely plated in my divided ceramic plates. :) Hope you like what you see! :)


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Here's Kids' Meals #1:
  1. Homemade MOMables' Chicken Nuggets with Simply Dressed Ranch Dressing
  2. Quinoa Mac & Cheese, also from MOMables!
  3. Organic carrot sticks
  4. Sweet, delicious cubed watermelon (see here on how to cut up a whole watermelon in 5 mins!)
Note: Make the chicken nuggets ahead of time and freeze in a pyrex glass dish, tupperware or even ziplock bag for later use! So much healthier than the store-bought kind - and really tasty, too!


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

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 the making of 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! :)





* I LOVE these plates. The price on them vary greatly, though, so pay attention when ordering them. The lowest I've gotten them from is right at $9 but I've seen them go as high as $24 so just be patient when ordering these. The price will eventually go back down. And it's Prime (ie free 2 day shipping)!



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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Cooking Tips #2: How to Cut a Whole Watermelon in 5 Minutes


I LOVE watermelon. It's also one of the fruits Big Sis actually LIKES, so I buy it a lot. But I only like eating it in neat little cubes 'cause I just don't like the thought (or feeling) of watermelon juice all over my face and dripping down my elbows from eating it on-the-rind and I really dislike the idea of my kids eating it that way. lol.

I came up with this way of cutting watermelon many many years ago out of sheer laziness - because I also dislike spending too much time cutting it and cleaning up after it. Prior to that, I honestly didn't buy them very often because I never felt like messing with 'em, but now I buy them with abandon, because they're so easy to cut and eat. haha! Now, I know I can't be the only one who does it this way, but I've seen lots and lots of "How to cut watermelon" posts this summer and not a single one did it this way, so I thought it was high time to share.

So, without further ado...

How to Cut a Whole Watermelon in 5 Minutes!
* I timed it and it even included the "dump the rinds in the trash" AND a quick wipe of the counter top afterwards! Not too shabby! :)


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I think the picture says it all, but just in case it doesn't, here's the step-by-step:
  1. Buy a whole watermelon. Don't forget to give it a good rinse before cutting into it!
  2. Slice it in half one way. Either way.
  3. Slice it in half again. The other way. You have equalish 4 quarters now! (Or leave the other half uncut if you want to save it for later.)
  4. Take 1 watermelon quarter, a large knife and starting from one end, slice downwards or vertically, working your way across, going from left to right or right to left, you're choice. Be sure not to cut all the way through the rind!!
  5. Do the same thing but cutting laterally, this time, starting from the top and working your way down. Once again, be sure not to cut all the way through the rind.
  6. Next, from the top face of the watermelon quarter, slice it downwards, starting from the front face of the watermelon to the rump. Be sure not to cut all the way through the rind! :)
  7. Run your knife along the white rind edge, from the top face of the watermelon, going as deep as you can, but don't cut through the rind and certainly don't cut yourself!
  8. Do the same with the other face of the watermelon.
  9. Now dump it into your bowl or storage container of choice. Use a spoon to loosen any pieces that are still stuck to the rind.
  10. Repeat with other 3 quarters or simply store them uncut in the fridge for later use if you don't want to cut it up all at once. It will certainly keep longer this way in the fridge than cut up.
Now delicious, nicely cut up watermelon is at your consumption, whenever you feel like it! Eat it on-the-spot or pack it in a lunch like I did here with my Volunteering at School #2 Lunches or Here's Lunch #6: Hot Dog for ME. Either way, enjoy the fruits of your labor. Pun intended (sorry)! :)

 

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 affiliate links to the products I love and use on a daily basis. Well, I don't use ALL of them everyday but I do use at least 3 every day... you know what I mean! :) Feel free to ask me about any of 'em!

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! :)

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

   Shop LunchBots
         

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 Bento Silicone Baking Food Cup - 12 Heart Food Decorating Pick Long Pix Stix Assorted 

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Bento for Kidlet - Meatless Mondays
Tuesday's Table
Anyonita Nibbles' - Tasty Tuesdays

Disclosure: Affiliate links are used on this blog. :)

Thursday, August 7, 2014

2014's 12 Fun and Easy Back-To-School Lunch Ideas

Here's 2014's collection of back-to-school lunches. It was really hard to choose just, 12. :) Hope you and your kids enjoy them! :)


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The Lunches (starting from the top left corner and moving clockwise):
  1. Here's Lunch #22: Easy Lunchables
  2. Pizza Lunchables Using Homemade Pizza Dough
  3. My Craft Show Lunch
  4. 1st Day of School Lunches 2014
  5. Here's Lunch #18: Pinwheel Wraps for Dinner
  6. Spinach Taco Salad
  7. Here's Lunch #21: Pizza Lunchables
  8. Grilled Wraps or Burritos
  9. Big Sis' 10th (really belated) Birthday
  10. Playdate Lunchables
  11. Here's Lunch #26: Pizza Bites
  12. Here's Lunch #14: Breakfast Burritos
To see more, check out:
12 Super Fun and Easy Back-to-School Lunch Ideas 2013
Lunch Box Ideas
or better yet, just go to My Pinterest Lunch Box Fun Board to see a great visual and a really easy way to pin all of the lunches you like!

Happy Back-to-School everyone! Ours is off to a great start w/ Big Sis in 5th grade now and Little Sis in 2nd. Wishing you and your sweeties the best year yet!

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 affiliate links to the products I love and use on a daily basis. Well, I don't use ALL of them everyday but I do use at least 3 every day... you know what I mean! :) Feel free to ask me about any of 'em!

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! :)

Here are all sorts of fun bento items used in these lunches. To see a full list of my favorite bento gear and such, just visit my "Products I Love" page! :)


         

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 Bento Silicone Baking Food Cup - 12 Heart Food Decorating Pick Long Pix Stix Assorted