Friday, August 28, 2015

Lunch Box Fun 2015-16: Week #5

My Epicurean Adventures: Lunch Box Fun 2015-16: Week #5. Lunch box ideas, school lunch ideas, lunches

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1. MONDAY:
Last week there were SO.MANY.SANDWICHES. Dared to be different this week, starting with Bacon Cheddar Pinwheels!! For more deets, check out the actual lunch post here. :)

My Epicurean Adventures: Lunch Box Fun 2015-16: Week #5. Lunch box ideas, school lunch ideas, lunches

My Epicurean Adventures: Lunch Box Fun 2015-16: Week #5. Lunch box ideas, school lunch ideas, lunches

2. TUESDAY:
Pizza Lunchables for Big Sis complete with Applegate pepperoni, pizza sauce and mozzarella cheese, accompanied by Peeled Snacks Apple Clusters, sugar snap peas and carrots with ranch and a protein bar.

My Epicurean Adventures: Lunch Box Fun 2015-16: Week #5. Lunch box ideas, school lunch ideas, lunches

Little Sis opted for a cheese and cracker Lunchables. This one was inspired by this awesome lunch from Peanut Blossom. With carrots and and sugar snap peas with ranch, flower-cup cantaloupe (I was feeling a but cutesy today. I don't normally feel cutesy, so I embraced it.) A Kidz Cliff Bar and a homemade chocolate chip cookie smuggling some whole wheat flour, ground flax seed and wheat germ. :)

My Epicurean Adventures: Lunch Box Fun 2015-16: Week #5. Lunch box ideas, school lunch ideas, lunches


3. WEDNESDAY:
Tortellini! Organic, from Whole Foods. With the spaghetti sauce on the side, just like Little Sis likes it. Served with grapes, sugar snap peas and ranch, goldfish crackers and Pepperidge Farms' Dark Chocolate Milano cookies.

My Epicurean Adventures: Lunch Box Fun 2015-16: Week #5. Lunch box ideas, school lunch ideas, lunches

4. THURSDAY:
Thursday was a special day because that's the day my book review and giveaway of my bento buddy Anna's new how to bento book (Happy Bento! Lunches on the Go) went live. Check it out and enter to win here. Little Sis was the lucky one who got the lunch since Big Sis already had a pizza lunchables the other day plus she's not as into tomatoes as Little Sis is. For more deets on this lunch, be sure to check out my Book Review & Giveaway post!

My Epicurean Adventures: Lunch Box Fun 2015-16: Week #5. Lunch box ideas, school lunch ideas, lunches

And here's Big Sis' lunch - a cheese and crackers lunchables very similar to Little Sis' from Tuesday. Apparently I didn't pack either one of them enough food today (between snack and lunch) because they both resorted to buying a little extra from the cafeteria. Whoospie! My bad! I guess they are growing girls with hungry appetites!

My Epicurean Adventures: Lunch Box Fun 2015-16: Week #5. Lunch box ideas, school lunch ideas, lunches

FRIDAY:
I've run out of steam and didn't feel like even thinking about packing lunch so I resorted to one of the girls' favorites: Mini Pizzas from the frozen section of Trader Joe's (Spizzico di pizza). They come in a pack of 12, so 6 each is what they get. They are ALWAYS a hit and super duper easy to throw in the toaster oven in the mornings. I make sure to let them cool off a bit before putting the lid on so they stay crispy-ish. I'm pretty sure they're room temp by the time the girls get 'em, but they don't mind one bit. Here's Little Sis' version with sugar snap peas and ranch, cantaloupe, crackers and salami and Annie's Fruit snacks. Oh and a Cascadian Farm Chocolate Chip Granola bar. THAT should be enough! :)

My Epicurean Adventures: Lunch Box Fun 2015-16: Week #5. Lunch box ideas, school lunch ideas, lunches

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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 Japanese Bento Box Accessories Food Pick Cute Animal Fork 8 pcs Japanese Bento Accessory Cute Food Pick Flower 24 pcs 



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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Happy Bento! Lunches on the Go Book Review and Giveaway

Happy Bento! Lunches on the Go Book Giveaway! ends 9/3/2015

My bento-blogging friend Anna of Becoming a Bentoholic has just come out with a "how-to-bento" book and I was super happy to review it and giveaway a copy of it here. I am so excited for you, Anna! Way to go, girl!

The adorable little book (it's 6"x 6" in size - hee hee) really packs a punch and gives you so many fun, healthy and delicious lunch-packing ideas. Not only that, it's filled with lots and lots of additional info on:
  • bento tools - the whats and hows on using them
  • clever tutorials on how to create cute fun food your kids are sure to love
  • helpful tips on packing food, like my favorite: how to keep thermos foods extra warm
  • a variety of really cool lunch boxes available out there 
  • and even the surprising and not-so-surprising places you can purchase bento items
The book is fun and easy to flip through, young and old, especially since it easily fits in your hand. My girls and I decided to make the Mini Pizzas lunch from page 16. I hadn't used my LunchBots Cinqo in ages and I just happened to have all the ingredients on-hand, so making this lunch was certainly a no-brainer! Super easy, super healthy, fun and delicious - what more could you ask for?!

All of the lunches in this book are way cuter than the lunches I usually make on a daily basis, so it was refreshing to try something new and fun. I just couldn't resist adding the cute Super Mario Brothers mushrooms Anna shows us how to make on page 73, especially since Little Sis just LOOOOVVVES tomatoes and mozzarella. What a fun twist!

My Epicurean Adventures: Happy Bento! Lunches on the Go Book Review and Giveaway. Lunch box ideas, school lunch ideas, lunches

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With that, it's giveaway time! Enter the contest by clicking on the rafflecopter link below to win a book for yourself!

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This giveaway is open to contestants with US and Canada shipping addresses only. ONE winner will be notified and will have 48 hours to respond. If no response is received, a new winner will be selected. Anna Adden of Becoming a Bentoholic will be responsible for mailing the winner their prize. Giveaway ends at 11:59, EST, on Wednesday night, 09/02/15. Good luck!

And if you simply cannot wait, follow the Amazon link below to get a copy for yourself, along with some of the bento gear used to put this lunch together. :)

I showed Little Sis her lunch this morning and she was thrilled about it. Just loved to see that huge smile on her face when she opened her lunch. I don't normally get to see that part, so now my day has been made. :) She wanted to see the page in the book to compare and gave my work a big thumbs up, though she did note that I forgot to add in the cheese circles to the mushroom tops. lol. Whoopsie! Sorry girl.

 

When she got home from school today, I asked her how lunch was. Her eyes immediately opened wide and she told me it DELICIOUS!! ...but that it wasn't enough.  Next time she wants MORE! Lol. Well, I'll say that was a hit! Yay!

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 Accessory Cute Food Pick Flower 24 pcs 


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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Cutesy Cheese and Cracker Lunchables

My Epicurean Adventures: Cutesy Cheese and Cracker Lunchables in @Easylunchboxes . Lunch box ideas, school lunch ideas, lunches.

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I was actually feeling a bit cutesy today. I don't normally feel cutesy, so I embraced it. Why not?

I don't like to spend more than 10-15 minutes making 2 lunches since time of is of the essence in the mornings, but lately, I've been making the girls' lunches separately since Big Sis leaves for school an hour earlier now that she's a big girl in middle school. Big Sis wanted a pizza lunchable which she got, but Little Sis has grown tired of them so I knew she'd want something different. When Big Sis gets pizza lunchables, I steer Little Sis towards Cheese and Cracker Lunchables. :) Both super easy. This one in particular was inspired by this awesome lunch from Peanut Blossom. Using the cutters only added a mere couple minutes to assembling this lunch. I have to say, I rather enjoyed it and it left me with feeling super happy. Silly, huh? Plus, I had my breakfast all ready - the scraps. lol.

In this lunch:
  1. Muenster cheese with salami and Trader Joe's social crackers
  2. Carrots and sugar snap peas with ranch
  3. Flower-cut cantaloupe
  4.  A Kidz Cliff Bar
  5. Homemade chocolate chip cookie smuggling some whole wheat flour, ground flax seed and wheat germ. :)
Little Sis loved how fun her lunch looked. She added, the crackers and cheese are just going to get mixed up by me anyway, so why not just mess them up to begin with? haha.

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 Sauce Container set of 4 Lovely Mayo Cup Japanese Bento Accessory Cute Food Pick Flower 24 pcs

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Bacon-Cheddar Pinwheels for Lunch

After a week of lots and lots of sandwiches, I was determined to spice things up a bit for this week. Here was Monday's lunch featuring Pillsbury's Bacon-Cheddar Pinwheels Recipe. I prepped the pinwheels using Annie's Homegrown Crescent Rolls the night before and stored them in the fridge unbaked. Then, the next morning, I simply popped them in my toaster oven and put them in my insulated stainless steel Think Baby containers (on the left) and they were ready to go!

My Epicurean Adventures: Bacon-Cheddar Pinwheels for Lunch. Lunch box ideas, school lunch ideas, lunches

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In Big Sis' lunch:
  1. Bacon-Cheddar Pinwheels 
  2. Carrots and Ranch Dressing 
  3. Laughing Cow Cheese with Trader Joe's Socials 
  4. Peeled Snacks Apple Clusters 
  5. Sugar Snap Peas 
  6. Brother's-All-Natural Freeze-Dried Asian Pears (oops! I just realized I double-back dried fruit. oh well). :) 

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In this lunch:
  1. Bacon-Cheddar Pinwheels
  2. Grapes
  3. Carrots
  4. Trader Joe's Socials with Laughing Cow cheese and ranch for the carrots
  5. Homemade chocolate cookie (with some whole wheat flour, ground flaxseed and wheat germ snuck into it. lol)
I waited with baited breath to see how they liked the lunches and was VERY happy to see that Little Sis brought hers back crumbless, while Big Sis only left a few small pieces of hers. Yay! They were a huge success! :) Whew.

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 Sauce Container set of 4 Lovely Mayo Cup 

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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Lunch Box Fun 2015-16: Week #4

My Epicurean Adventures: Lunch Box Fun 2015-16: Week #4. Lunch box ideas, school lunch ideas, lunches

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Week #4 was our first week back after being tracked out for 3 weeks. Despite the break, I wasn't super motivated to pack interesting lunches this week, so I left it up to the girls to pick what they wanted each day, which I kinda do already, but if they didn't have a great ideas themselves, I just steered them towards super easy. ;) Little Sis chose to eat the exact same sandwich 3 days in a row and Big Sis had varying sandwiches twice this week. I'm pretty sure it's because I let them choose white bread this week. So, I almost feel bad posting this week's lunches because they were mostly the exact same sandwich, but hey, the lunch boxes came back empty! ;)

1: Fish Stick Sandwich on hot dog bun with a cute ketchup squirt bottle in our Easylunchboxes. Big Sis got tartar sauce in a container. The fish sandwich was accompanied by carrot sticks, grapes, goldfish crackers and grips mini cookies.

My Epicurean Adventures: Lunch Box Fun 2015-16: Week #4. Lunch box ideas, school lunch ideas, lunches

2. Little Sis wanted Mac and Cheese today in a Thermos and LunchBots. Ok! She also got carrot sticks, Pringles potato chips, strawberries and 2 Thanks-a-Lots Girl Scout cookies. She said her lunch was a little too light today, as it came back with narry a crumb. Sorry, girl! I'll pack more tomorrow!

My Epicurean Adventures: Lunch Box Fun 2015-16: Week #4. Lunch box ideas, school lunch ideas, lunches

3. Little Sis' turkey and muenster cheese on white butter bread along with carrots and ranch, grapes, goldfish and 2 Thin Mints in our EasyLunchboxes. She loved her sandwich SO much that she even ate the crust. AND she requested it again the next 2 days, which is highly unlike her!

My Epicurean Adventures: Lunch Box Fun 2015-16: Week #4. Lunch box ideas, school lunch ideas, lunches

4. Little Sis' lunch, once more, with the same turkey and muenster cheese sandwich with white cheddar Cheez-Its, strawberries, carrots with ranch, crackers and salami and Chips Ahoy cookies for  treat. Once again, it came back crumbless in her Fit and Fresh Bento Lunch Kit

My Epicurean Adventures: Lunch Box Fun 2015-16: Week #4. Lunch box ideas, school lunch ideas, lunches

5. Finally, a Big Sis lunch in her EasyLunchboxes. Her lunches are harder to take pictures of because she leaves for school an hour earlier and we're usually in a mad rush and the lighting is poor too boot. Somehow the stars aligned today. Hers was a turkey, American cheese, lettuce and mayo sandwich with sugar snap peas with hummus, whole organic vanilla yogurt with a sprinkle of dark chocolate chips, Sensible Portions' Veggie Sticks with Sea Salt and freeze-dried apple crisps.

My Epicurean Adventures: Lunch Box Fun 2015-16: Week #4. Lunch box ideas, school lunch ideas, lunches

And here's Little Sis' version in her Fit & Fresh Bento Lunch Kit.

My Epicurean Adventures: Lunch Box Fun 2015-16: Week #4. Lunch box ideas, school lunch ideas, lunches

Here's hoping next week's lunches are a little more interesting! ;)

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.

Brothers All-Natural Freeze Dried Snacks for providing a healthy, tasty Non-GMO alternative for my fresh-fruit disliking 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 Sauce Container set of 4 Lovely Mayo Cup Japanese Bento Box Accessories Food Pick Cute Animal Fork 8 pcs 


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Friday, July 24, 2015

Lunch Box Fun 2015-16: Week #3

My Epicurean Adventures: Lunch Box Fun 2015-16: Week #3. Lunch box ideas, school lunch ideas, lunches

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Well, we made it through the first 3 weeks of middle school (6th grade) and 3rd grade with FLYING colors! Big Sis is doing great her first three weeks of middle school. She just LOVES it (the freedom, mostly, she says - lol) and has gotten into a good routine, brought home some 100%'s on tests and quizzes and was even selected as the Salem Pride winner for her grade, whilst dragging her french horn back and forth to/fro school every day all with very little complaint, so yes, I am a proud mama! Little Sis has been holding her own as well, despite all the "disastrous boys" in her class. lol. Now that we have that under our belts, we are getting ready for our first 3-week track out of the year. Yay! That means we'll be taking a little break from lunch-packing, but will be back to it soon enough. See  you then and here's our week of lunches!

1. Croissant sandwich with turkey, American cheese, lettuce and mayo. Along with goldfish, carrots and ranch, applesauc and a homemade chocolate chip cookie in EasyLunchboxes.

My Epicurean Adventures: Lunch Box Fun 2015-16: Week #3. Lunch box ideas, school lunch ideas, lunches

2. A BLT with carrots and hummus, goldfish, cut up plum, applesauce and a homemade cookie in our newest addition to our lunch-packing family: our Fit & Fresh Bento Kit.

My Epicurean Adventures: Lunch Box Fun 2015-16: Week #3. Lunch box ideas, school lunch ideas, lunches

3. Mac and cheese, cherries, carrots, salami, veggie sticks and Star Wars fruit snacks in LunchBots and Thermos.

My Epicurean Adventures: Lunch Box Fun 2015-16: Week #3. Lunch box ideas, school lunch ideas, lunches

4. Pizza Bites with hummus, snap peas, strawberries or dried fruit, protein bar and a treat! :) in LunchBots, ThinkBaby and EasyLunchboxes

My Epicurean Adventures: Lunch Box Fun 2015-16: Week #3. Lunch box ideas, school lunch ideas, lunches

My Epicurean Adventures: Lunch Box Fun 2015-16: Week #3. Lunch box ideas, school lunch ideas, lunches

5. Little Sis' cheese and cracker lunchables with a protein bar, carrots, plums and Star Wars fruit snacks in EasyLunchboxes. :)

My Epicurean Adventures: Lunch Box Fun 2015-16: Week #3. Lunch box ideas, school lunch ideas, lunches

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! :)

            
        

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