Monday, May 18, 2015

Here's Lunch: Leftover Sliders for Lunch

Made some sliders for lunch for the girls and their friends over the weekend and actually had some leftover. Well, I had no problem getting of easier today and stickin' 'em in the girls' lunches and they had no objections either! :)


 Here's Big Sis, sans fresh fruit of course. Sigh. One day, I hope. One day. ;)


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In Big Sis' lunch:
  1. King's Hawaiian Savory Butter Rolls with Applegate Turkey and American cheese, with lettuce and mayo
  2. Snack Factory's Pretzel Crisps with Laughing Cow Garlic and Herb Swiss Cheese
  3. Grimmway Farms organic baby cut carrots with Marzetti's Simply Dressed Ranch Dressing
  4. Peeled Snacks Cinnamon Apple Clusters
  5. Little Bites Chocolate Chip Muffins


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In Little Sis' lunch:
  1. BLT Slider using King's Hawaiian Savory Butter Rolls
  2. Snack Factory's Pretzel Crisps with Laughing Cow Garlic and Herb Swiss Cheese
  3. Grimmway Farms organic baby cut carrots with Marzetti's Simply Dressed Ranch Dressing
  4. Strawberries
  5. Homemade Chocolate Chip Pretzel Cookie
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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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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Saturday School Snacks

Yesterday the girls a had a 1/2 day of school to make up part of the 9.5 snow days we had in March. It's just one of very few downsides of year-round school. No lunch was served so I packed more snacks than usual. Happy Saturday school, girls! Lol.


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In these snacks:
  1. Trader Joe's Cheese stick 
  2.  Pretzel Crisps
  3. Organic whole milk vanilla yogurt from Trader Joe's with chopped Ghirardelli chocolate chips
  4. Baby carrots with Marzetti's Simply Dressed Ranch dressing
  5. GoGo squeeZ Applesauce
And as if Saturday school wasn't bad enough, it was "Bike to School Day" so we made the girls bike to school, too. Haha. But, we did arrange to meet up with their friends' family who live in the next neighborhood over and did the ride together, which definitely took the sting off of everything. We adults even got a fun coffee double date out of it, afterwards! So, in my book, Saturday school ain't bad at all! (minus the getting up early part on a Saturday). Can't wait for the full-day Saturday school we have coming up in a few weeks. :)




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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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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Tracking Back In With Mini Subs

Today is the girls' first day back to school after being tracked out for 3.5 weeks (they go to a year round school). On the school lunch menu is each of their faves: mac and cheese and corn dogs yet both wanted to take lunch. Awww. So I made them these mini sub sandwiches after seeing Kelly over at EasyLunchboxes sharing an older post of mine. How funny I inspired myself today. Haha! 

Have a great first day back, my sweeties! I'm gonna miss you girls! For reals!


Here's Little Sis' lunch, complete with fresh fruit:


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In this lunch:
  1. Mini Sub Sandwich using Nature's Own 100% Whole Wheat hot dog buns with Applegate Roasted Chicken, salami and Provolone cheese and lettuce
  2. Baby Carrots with Marzetti's Simply Dressed Ranch Dressing
  3. Fresh strawberries
  4. Cheese Its (White Cheddar)
  5. Laughing Cow Herbed Cheese and Wheat Thins
  6. Fancy Pants Bakery's Nut-free AND organic chocolate chip cookies
And Big Sis' with dried fruit:


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In this lunch:
  1. Mini Sub Sandwich using Nature's Own 100% Whole Wheat hot dog buns with Applegate Roasted Chicken and American Cheese, lettuce and mayo
  2. Baby Carrots with Marzetti's Simply Dressed Ranch Dressing
  3. Peeled Snacks Cinnamon Apple Clusters
  4. Cheese Its (Original)
  5. Laughing Cow Herbed Cheese and Wheat Thins
  6. Fancy Pants Bakery's Nut-free AND organic chocolate chip cookies
The post-lunch report: the mini subs were a HIT!! Yay! :)


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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! :)

EasyLunchboxes:

 
    

Monday, May 4, 2015

May the 4th Be With You 2015

May the 4th be with you! This Star Wars day is extra special because we have a new Star Wars fan in our midst - Little Sis. Big Sis could take it or leave it, so this post is dedicated to Little Sis and her newest obsession. Up until last December, she didn't know what the big deal was about Star Wars.

It all started back around Christmas 2014 when the hubby finally gave up on his once revolutionary laser disc technology. He finally decided to remove it from the sound system (a moment of silence please ) and tested out his Star Wars Trilogy discs one last time, only to be bombarded with questions:

Big Sis: What is that, a giant CD?
Little Sis: Can I hold it?
Later, while watching a short clip from Episode 4...
Little Sis: Daddy, are the gold guy and that trash can good? (referring to C3PO and R2D2)
*face palm*


We borrowed the DVD set from Uncle Jason instead and off we went. Here's the girls' reaction to Episode 4's Creature Cantina. Little Sis was horrified but already hooked! lol! FYI: I insisted they start in the order that we watched them as kids. Plus, I just thought it was wiser to start with worse special effects to better. ;)


Here's Little Sis riveted by Episode 5: The Empire Strikes Back. Her eyes were this big or bigger through pretty much the whole thing.


Here are some quotes throughout the movies that cracked me and the hubby up:

Big Sis: Wait, does this movie have any kids in it? No? This is going to be so boring.

Little Sis: (Ep 4: during the part where Luke is watching Princess Leia's full message to Obi Wan Kenobi): Wait, do they have the same father? If so, that would be rreeeaaaally creeepy! 

Little Sis: (Ep 4: when Luke was telling the droids to hurry up during a shoot out scene): How could they hurry up when they're like the slowest things on earth?!?!

Big Sis: (Ep 4): What's that big hairy guy's name again?

Little Sis: (Ep 4: Right after the trash compactor scene where Luke gets drenched in the water):
Hey, how did Luke's hair get all dry already? They always do that in movies. Like in Spongebob when Plankton got a hole in his head, 2 seconds later it's gone.

After starting Ep 5: Empire Strikes back and saw Obi Wan for the first time:
Little Sis: Hey, Obi Wan looks different!
Big Sis: Yeah, he got a haircut!
Little Sis: How can you get a haircut when you're dead? That's just wrong.

Little Sis: (Ep 5: Freezing Han Solo part, all scrunched up next to me because she can't take it): Is he dead? I know he's not dead because his picture is on the cover of the episode 6 DVD. It just gives it all away. That stinks!

Little Sis (Ep 5: Fight between Darth and Skywalker): These fights are so lame!!

Little Sis: (Ep 5: When they're running to save carbonited Han on the deck): R2 is really good at dodging lasers even though he's so slow and the storm troopers are bad aimers because R2 is really slow. They should get new storm troopers that have better aim.

Little Sis: All Darth cares about is himself and his evilness. He doesn't care anything about his storm troopers. And if anyone makes a single mistake he chokes them to death. Because he's evil and weird.

So when we made made Star Wars cookies using the cutters (once again borrowed from Aunt Lisa - thank you Aunt Lisa!!) back in February during our epic string of 8.5 snow days, it was all the more special! We ate a bunch and froze a bunch for later!






Most of her subsequent purchases of toys have been... yup, Star Wars stuff. Here, the special Y-Guides daddy-daughter project she chose was to put together a Lego Snow Speeder.


Then she used her own money to buy the LEGO Star Wars 75052: Mos Eisley Cantina Set which didn't take very long at all to put together on her own.



And, one day, as a special reward for being reaaaallly good for something I can't quite remember - oh yeah, while I spent a couple days painting our guest room and caulking our bathroom during aforementioned epic snow days, the girls got a trip to Learning Express to pick out a toy. This is what Little Sis chose: A Jedi Academy Graphic novel and The Star Wars Character Encyclopedia. lol.


Ok, finally to a very special lunch for Little Sis. I surprised her with it a couple months ago and saved it for this very occasion. :) Got to use the awesome new Urban colored lids from Easylunchboxes, too!

My Epicurean Adventures: May the 4th Be With You 2015! Star Wars Day lunch in @easylunchboxes

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In this lunch:
  1. Applegate Ham, Salami and Muenster Cheese sandwich on Nature's Own 100% Whole wheat bread
  2. Light Saber Grapes
  3. Cheese stick
  4. Trader Joe's 12 grain mini crackers
  5. Smart Food White Cheddar Popcorn
  6. Cascadian Farm Vanilla Chip Granola Bar
Be sure to check out my Star Wars Day lunch from 2013, back when Little Sis had no clue about the awesomeness of Star Wars and called Yoda Yomi.


She's getting ready to start Star Wars Episode 3 now and just cannot wait for Christmas. Yes, for the fun of Christmastime itself, but right now, mostly because that's when the new Star Wars movie comes out. lol! And she's decided that she's DEFINITELY going to be a Jedi for Halloween and already got her light saber yesterday. :)

May the 4th be with you!!

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Christine, aka happyvballgirl :)

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Crock Pot Cream Cheese Chicken Chili

Today was one of those days that screamed CROCK POT to make dinner. Busy day with a busy evening of soccer, so I needed something quick and easy. I went to my Pinterest - Yummy Stuff Crock Pot Recipes Board and perused it for something different and something yummy. I ran across  Rita May's recipe for Crock Pot Cream Cheese Chicken Chili and decided that this was the one. Instead of one whole chicken breast, I threw in two. Instead of Rotel, I used Muir Glen's Organic Unsalted Diced tomatoes and because I didn't have canned corn on hand, I just used frozen Cascadian Farm's Organic Corn. Everything else was as is, per recipe.

It was super easy to make and I have to say, reeeaaaaaaallly yummy AND pretty. Do you think so, too?


Little Sis, the hubby and I had ours on soft corn tortillas while Big Sis had hers in burrito form with a little spinach, rice and cheese, too. Oh wait, I had one of those, too. OOH! I have to share with you that the other day while eating some plain Greek yogurt the other day, it dawned me that it tasted just like sour cream, so yesterday I decided to do the ol' switcheroo on the girls and just flat out replaced sour cream with Fage 2% plain greek yogurt and they never even noticed the difference. Yay!!! Love that they are getting a little bit of extra protein now!

Here's a look at the soft corn tortilla version. The chicken chili was topped with chopped spinach, cheese and fresh tomatoes. Though Little Sis did not like the looks of the black beans in it, her eyes got wide opened and she let out a long mmmmmmmm after her first bite. She quickly devoured hers and promptly asked for a second. I guess it's a winner in her book! The much pickier Big Sis reallly wasn't happy about the beans so after eating about half, we let her pick the rest of the beans out. She, too, finished her burrito with the help of some Trader Joe's organic white corn chips. That's a win in my book. :)


The hubby's version had diced jalapenos and fresh cilantro as well. We all had a side of broccoli. Tonight the girls' had theirs steamed with some butter and a little salt to change things a but a bit from our usual steamed and salted. It was soooooo good, that Little Sis asked for seconds on that, too! I guess she was hungry after soccer practice! And Big Sis finished hers without much prodding, so yay again! :)


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So the next time you need a quick and yummy dinner, pull out that crock pot and throw this one together! You won't be sorry!

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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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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The Best Homemade Kids' Lunches on the Planet: Cookbook Review and Giveaway

The Best Homemade Kids' Lunches on the Planet Cookbook Review and Giveaway. Ends at 11:59pm on Thursday 4/23/15

I've been a MOMables fan for many years now and when I saw its founder, Laura Fuentes, was coming out with a cookbook, I was more than excited. As often as I get my recipes online, I'm kinda old school in that I prefer cooking using actual cookbooks. I just love flipping through pages, looking at pictures and picking out something yummy to make. I couldn't wait to get my hands on this one! And then Laura asked if she could send ME one to review and I was thrilled beyond belief! OF COURSE, I said! It was my absolute honor. :)

When the school year started, like 9 months ago - lol, we were faced with an incredibly hectic schedule thanks to piano lessons and 7 soccer practices during the school week between my 2 girls. I was really needing to get organized to stay on top of things and was determined not go insane and not to make hitting fast food drive-thru's a habit. This cookbook has been the answer to all that and more. I rarely read cookbooks cover to cover, but this one I couldn't put down until I had done just that. Laura offers so many great tips on how to plan, organize, prepare (and often how to store) delicious and healthy meals for kids (adults love them, too!). For a while, I brought it with me everywhere I went, especially the after school carpool lane, when I had some down time to really dig into it. :)


The recipes are not only ones that kids will eat, they are healthy, too, which is a must. She offers a variety of ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between - like snacks, treats and drinks, too! Plus the ingredients used are easy-to-find, often items you already have-on-hand and the recipes themselves are no-nonsense. Yes! Exactly what I was in need of!

I decided to get the girls involved too, since this is, after all, for them! During piano lessons one day, I had them each peruse it for recipes they wanted to try while the other one had their lesson. Little Sis chose breakfast burritos and that's Big Sis on the right pointing at blueberry bread, among many other things.


I can't say enough good things about this cookbook. In just a short time of owning it, it quickly became one of my most-used and favorite cookbooks! Here's just a little sampling of the recipes I was able to whip up.

1. Hawaiian Puff-Wheels, page 87, made with bacon instead of ham. These were a HUGE hit with the girls, myself, their friends AND their mom! Send this in on the girls' first day of school last year and they gobbled them right up.


2. My favorite of all Homemade Chocolate Syrup, page 186, because Big Sis LOVES chocolate milk and I have no more worries about high fructose corn syrup, preservatives or nuts! Plus I can control how sugar it gets, NOT the companies that produce them!


3. Mini Quiches, page 125, made using pie crust. Perfect for adults and kids alike. Pretty, too, don't you think?


4. Glazed Cake Donut Muffins, page 43. Yum. is all I have to say.


5. Breakfast Burrito, page 36. Made ahead for busy mornings! A huge plus, because Little Sis could eat one every day if ya let her!


6. Blueberry Bread, page 163. You had me at blueberry. And bread. ;)


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7. Cornbread Muffins, page 169. Quick, easy and oh so yummy with the touch of honey that's added.


Here are some other favorites not pictured:
Read Chicken Nuggets, page 120
Neighborhood Meatballs, page 104
Peaches and Cream Wafflewiches, page 62
Ricotta and Jam Pancake Sandwiches, page 51

And I'm still dying to try: Lunchbox Falafels, page 115 (and many more)


GIVEAWAY DEETS

I did say this is a giveaway, right? Well, simply leave a blog comment on this post telling me which of these recipes you'd like to try first and enter to win one of your very own! Winner will be chosen using random.org. Check back here on Friday 4/24/15 to see if you've won!

This giveaway is open to contestants with US shipping addresses only. Sorry everyone else! ONE winner will be notified (so leave me whatever way you'd like for me to contact you whether it be an email, facebook profile, g+ profile, etc ESPECIALLY if you are commenting as anonymous! LOL) and will have 48 hours to respond. If no response is received, a new winner will be selected. Laura Fuentes will be responsible for mailing the winner their prize. Giveaway ends at 11:59, EST, on Thursday, 04/23/15. Good luck!

For more information on the amazing Laura Fuentes, please visit her at her website: LauraFuentes.com.

Feel free to stop by and like our Facebook or Instagram pages, though it's not a requirement at all to win. :)

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Updated 4/24/15 10:15 AM to announce winner:
Updated 4/26/15 10:22 PM Haven't heard back from first winner, so I drew a new winner, comment #25:


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SHANNON QUALLS!!
Congratulations!!

Thanks so much for playing, everyone! To get a copy for yourself, just click on the picture below or follow this link to purchase one at Amazon: The Best Homemade Kids' Lunches on the Planet Cookbook.


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! :)

        

Check out this fun post about Fun with Jars and Labels to store your homemade chocolate syrup in!


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