Monday, November 24, 2014

Here's Lunch #39: Bagel and Cream Cheese with Ham

I've been makin' em, but it's been a while since I've posted one, so... Heeeeeere's lunch! :)



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In this lunch:
  1. 1/2 Plain, 1/2 Sesame Seed Bagels with organic cream cheese from Trader Joe's
  2. 1 slice of rolled up Applegate Black Forest Ham, the girls' new favorite ham
  3. Organic Baby Carrots with Marzetti's Simply Dressed Ranch Dressing on the side
  4. Peeled Snacks' Organic Apple Clusters
  5. Annie's Homegrown Cheddar Bunnies
  6. Cascadian Farm's Organic Vanilla Chip Chewy Granola Bars
* "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". :)


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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! :)

   

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  


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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Craft Show Lunch 2014

So here I am at the:

Woke up at 6am to go set up at 7am. That's early for me! The church is about 5 mins from my house, which is one of the reasons I've been doing this show and got there at precisely 6:57am to a completely empty parking lot. I was a little perplexed because I am NEVER EVER EVER the first one to ANYTHING, but managed to not panic and then spotted the guy opening up the doors. Whew.

With that, I got my stuff moved in an set up. What do you think?


Here's a rack of miscellaneous stuff I've made over the years. My buddy Cat made the blankets on the bottom.


The mix and match EasyLunchboxes sets were super fun to set up:


And just like last year, I actually displayed a real lunch I'd make for my girls. One sweet teen asked if she could eat it. Haha.


Here's a close-up of that sample lunch and the lunch I actually made for myself to eat:


This sample lunch took me less than 10 minutes to throw together. I tell everyone it may look fancy, but it's really so simple to make and all it takes is a cool lunch box and some picks to jazz it up!


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In this lunch:
  1. Pinwheel wraps made with Applegate Black Forest Ham and American cheese, Baby spinach and tortilla roll. 
  2. Seedless red grapes
  3. Annie's Homegrown Cheddar Bunnies
  4. GoGo Squeez Apple sauce (pictured in lunchbox in a couple of pictures above)
  5. Cascadian Farm Organic Chocolate Chip Granola Bar
And mine again. This was the perfect way to show that EasyLunchboxes are not only great for kids, they're great for adults, too. This lunchbox was pretty heavy compared to the previous one!


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In this lunch:
  1. Applegate Black Forest Ham, Roast Turkey and Muenster Cheese with mayo and zesty Wickles wrapped up in a soft flower tortilla. No need for picks for me! :)
  2. Carrot sticks
  3. Peeled Snacks Cinnamon Apple Clusters
  4. Grape tomatoes
  5. Seedless red grapes
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! :)

EasyLunchboxes:

       

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

Bento Silicone Baking Food Cup - 12 Heart Food Decorating Pick Long Pix Stix Assorted Japanese Bento Accessories Silicone Colorful Food Cup 6P

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Salem Baptist Preschool Holiday Vendor Fair 2014

Well it's that time of year and the idiot in me signed up to do this holiday vendor fair again, in the midst of a 3-week track out followed up by a school holiday after tracking back in for all of one school, soccer madness and hosting 2 sets of friends this weekend. Aaaaaa! Don't get me wrong, this is a great holiday vendor fair: well-run fair, really close to home and pretty reasonably priced to participate. It just means I barely had any time to think about this, but luckily, I didn't have to think about it toooooo much. ;)


Here's a look at the main product I'll be selling, EasyLunchboxes sets, complete with 2 Little Dippers from EasyLunchboxes, 2 silicone cupcake molds, 2 skewers from BentoUSA and a handmade cloth napkin made by yours truly! I just have so much fun putting these together, but they are "mix and match" so you can have fun putting yours together!


So much color, so much fun. Seeing all these EasyLunchboxes just gets me all giddy. :)


Wow, the lighting is pretty nice up in my bonus room on my crafting table. ;)



I actually had 45 napkins left over from last year's vendor fair, but I just couldn't resist buying some new fabrics in addition to the ones I never got around to finishing last time. Somehow I was able to make 70+ new ones on Veteran's Day while my girls played with their friends who had slept over the night before. Genius plan to get other people's kids to keep my kids occupied. ;) Sometimes that backfires, but this time they were so busy playing with each other like ALL day, that I was able to whip these up. Thanks for being so good, girls! :)


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So if you happen to be in the area and have a little time to spare, stop by, check it out and say hi! Lots of vendors there and a great way to get a jump on your holiday shopping!

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! :)

EasyLunchboxes:

  

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

Bento Silicone Baking Food Cup - 12 Heart Food Decorating Pick Long Pix Stix Assorted Japanese Bento Accessories Silicone Colorful Food Cup 6P

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

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. Ah the wonders of Facebook! lol.


So, I replied yes, thank you and what treat can I make you in return? :) Turns out her son 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. Yay!


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?


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! :)

 

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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 :)

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!

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