Thursday, March 17, 2016

Happy St. Patrick's Day Lunch 2016

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Little Sis is like 0% Irish but she still wanted a lunch to commemorate the day. She knows way more about the day than I do thanks to one of her homework readings last week, so that's good enough for me! Here ya go, girl!

And before I show, ya, a big thanks to Bento Ninja and Creative Food for the inspiration! :)


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In this lunch:
  1. Spinach wrap with ham, muenster cheese, lettuce, tomato, avocado with Ranch dressing.
  2. Organic vanilla yogurt with sugar sprinkles and chocolate chips
  3. Sugar snap peas with ranch dressing
  4. Sour cream Pringles
  5. Rainbow fruit with strawberries, pineapple, kiwi and blueberries
  6. 2 mini Lofthouse cookies (made in a peanut-free facility!)
And Big Sis gets one, too! Her's just isn't as big. lol.


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In this lunch:
  1. Spinach wrap with turkey, American cheese, lettuce and mayo.
  2. Sugar snap peas with hummus
  3. Veggie Straws
  4. Applesauce
  5. Chocolates!

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Christine, aka happyvballgirl :)

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Oatmeal For the Whole Family

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For many years, oatmeal has been an important part of how my hubby and I like to start our day. Our two girls were oatmeal lovers, too, when they were wee little babies just learning to eat solids, but as they got older, they fell out of the habit. I've been wanting to re-introduce this great breakfast option to them and Quaker's "Bring Your Best Bowl" promotion was the PERFECT way to do just that. Instead of bringing just one bowl, though, I brought 4 - a bowl for each one of our varied tastes!

I immediately made a trip to my local Walmart. I just love going to this Neighborhood Market Walmart. It's close, the prices are great, they're open 24 hours, it's bright and clean and the employees are nice and friendly. Plus, they always seems to have what I need, whether it be last-minute back-to-school supplies at 11 pm on a Sunday night (yes, I've done that before!) or to load up on Quaker® Oats and lots of toppings to go with it on this gorgeous day in NC.


It didn't take long at all to hone in on Quaker® Oats in the cereal aisle. SO many Quaker products to choose from, but I went with the good ol' Fashioned Quaker® Oats variety.


Here are some of the toppings I brought back with me from my trip to Walmart.


And here are the toppings, all prepped and ready for action! Don't they look scrumptious?


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With the oatmeal nice and hot, cooked according to the packaging directions with plenty of milk, we were ready to "Bring our best bowl!"


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Now on to the bowls!!

LITTLE SIS': Brown sugar, strawberries and a slice of banana.

After years of watching us enjoy our oatmeal, Little Sis' interest in oatmeal was finally piqued once more. In fact, a few mornings ago, she actually asked US if SHE could try some oatmeal and you bet we were eager to let her! That's just the way she's always been, even as a baby. She liked to try new things, but if YOU asked her to try something first, she'd often say no. Now if she watched you really enjoying your food without offering her any, then she just had to have some. So funny, but it worked like a charm, especially when you threw in lots of "Mmmmmm's". :) She loves strawberries, so her oatmeal is topped with a few pinches of brown sugar along with strawberries and a banana.


BIG SIS': A sprinkling of brown sugar, chocolate syrup and chocolate chips.

This girl is a light eater and can be pretty picky at times. And she pretty much dislikes all fresh fruit minus the 3 that she'll tolerate. She especially hates strawberries. SOOOOOO, I had to make hers a little more enticing for her finicky taste buds. Much to my surprise and delight, she actually liked her bowl of oatmeal! But c'mon, what's not to like, right? 


DADDY'S: Walnuts, blueberries, strawberries and bananas.

Daddy is one dedicated soul when it comes to just about anything in life. He is especially dedicated to exercising and healthy eating. Even though I'm the one that started eating oatmeal years before him, he's now the one that eats it almost every day for breakfast, with nothing but fresh fruit, nuts and often wheat germ and ground flax seed. No sugar added, unlike the girls'. He says there's no better way to start his day. His routine is to eat a healthy breakfast and lunch (salads pretty much every day) which allows him to be a bit more indulgent at dinner and particularly during tv snacking. This man LOVES him some tv snacks and it ain't always the healthy kind! Yes, Cheetos are his weakness! There's a reason why one of the first things people often say to us is how great HE looks... never mind his awesome wife standing right there next to him! HMPH!!! Haha!! But I couldn't agree more. ;)


MOMMY'S: Brown sugar, pecans. dried cranberries and diced apples.

Mommy is... not as dedicated as Daddy. Haha. She doesn't eat oatmeal every day nor can she eat it without extra milk and a little/lot of brown sugar. But her oatmeal still packs a punch and is delicious. The pecans and apples make a great combination and add the perfect crunch and flavor. They rock my oatmeal. 


So here we all are, with our "best bowls" of Quaker® Oats.


Which one would YOU prefer?


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If you have your own delicious oatmeal combo, please feel free to share it here with me in the comment section below - I'd love to hear your ideas! And then be sure to share it with Quaker® Oats in their National Sweepstakes! They are on the hunt for America's most delicious bowl of Quaker oatmeal. Create your best bowl with 2-5 ingredients for the chance to win $250,000 and see it inspire their newest oatmeal flavor, plus get one last weekly chance to win $250! Hurry, because contest ends 3/12/16! See Official Rules.

And AFTER you've finished all that wonderful Quaker® Oats, be sure to save that canister and turn it into something fun AND useful! In a family with 2 girls with lots of hair, this headband holder is a necessity! Not only does it keep their handbands in one place, nicely displayed, it can also help you keep brushes and combs handy, while nicely concealed. Plus the kids will have lots of fun decorating it themselves!



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Christine, aka happyvballgirl :)

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Tuna Melts


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Lately, we've been trying to put some meat on Big Sis' bones. Ok, it's something we've been trying to do for a while, but even more ever since she had her yearly check up. Bottom line - put more meat on her bones. lol.

I made this a few weeks back when the girls were tracked out. We'd been eating at home a lot so one day come lunch time, I found myself standing in front of our pantry for a really long time trying to figure out what to make when I spied some canned tuna. Hmmm... tuna. Tuna... Tuna melts!! I've always loved tuna melts but it had been a reaaaalllly long time since I had one, but not sure if the girls would go for it. They have a lot of protein - perfect for Big Sis, so I thought I'd give them a try.

It was pretty easy...

tuna + mayo + a little ranch dressing + salt + black pepper

lightly toast 1 slice of bread for each serving...
spread some tuna evenly on top of the toast...
top with 1 slice of cheese (in this case muenster)...

bake in oven at 350 for about 10 minutes or until cheese is melted

remove from oven and transfer to plate

top with shredded lettuce and a slice of tomato.

eat with a fork and knife or have fun eating it with your hands like a pizza.

I was so excited that the girls devoured their tuna melts. Yay! Just love these little successes and new discoveries!


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Christine, aka happyvballgirl :)

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Friday, March 4, 2016

EasyLunchboxes Lunches for College Kids

Yes, EasyLunchboxes for College Kids. Sure, why not? :)



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Back at Thanksgiving of last year (yes, I'm playing catch up!), we hosted my wonderful family which included my parents, brother, aunt, uncle and their kids, Austin and Jenna, aka the kiddies. We still call 'em "the kiddies" even though they are in college now - one's a junior and the other's a freshman, but they will always be "the kiddies" in our hearts. lol.

After a fun-filled long weekend, it was time to send these guys back to school. Jenna, one of my more dedicated followers on Instagram, likes and comments frequently how she'd love me to pack her lunches, too, so I thought it would be funny to pack her and her bro their own EasyLunchboxes lunches to eat on the road back to school. And they'd also have a set of their own to use back at school!

These little sweeties were our kids before we had kids. When they were babies, the hubby and I were in our 20's and we just counted the days until we got to visit and play with these cuties. Many fun times were had during our countless number of visits.


Now here they are, all growed up, and showing off their lunches. :)


The totally amazing this is now the kiddies come to visit and play with another generation of kiddies and our girls couldn't love them more.


Here are the lunches I packed for the ol' college kids. I tell ya, it's still so hard to believe that they are old enough to be in college!!

Lunch box ideas, school lunch ideas, lunches

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In this lunch:
  1. Ham, turkey and cheese sandwiches on Nature's Own Butter Bread
  2. Cliff Bar Protein Bar
  3. Sensible Portions' Veggie Straws
  4. Blackberries
  5. Peeled Snacks' Apple Clusters
  6. mini Nilla Wafers
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Christine, aka happyvballgirl :)

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Homemade Egg McMuffin

Homemade Egg McMuffins. What's not to love?


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This morning Little Sis was not a happy camper. I had mistakenly told her that she could have a play date with her buddy today after school because she missed out on a super fun play date yesterday due to soccer practice. Well, I had a brain malfunction and realized last night that, Oooops! she had soccer practice today, as well! I don't know what I was thinking... she's only had this soccer practice every week for almost a year now!

Well, I broke the news to her as gently as I could but despite my efforts, the dreaded words "I hate soccer practice!!" reared their ugly head. I had some quick making up to do. Half jokingly, I had asked her if she wanted candy for breakfast to which she sadly replied, "no". How about soda? (haha). No. A poptart? Cake? Waffle? All no's. Well, what WOULD you like for breakfast? "A homemade Egg McMuffin". Wow, that was easy. I was more than happy to whip one up and let her watch her Minecraft StampyLongnose videos on her iPad while eating breakfast. Sometimes you just gotta bend the rules. :)


I'm happy to say she went to school with a belly full of this healthy breakfast, happy and no longer hating soccer practice. Whew! That was a close call!


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It was as easy as pie to make this delicious breakfast. I even made one for myself! Not a bad way at all to save the day. :)

In this breakfast:
  1. Bay's Whole Grain English Muffins, warmed but not necessarily toasted
  2. 1 organic fried egg.
  3. 2 slices of fried Applegate ham
  4. 1 slice of Applegate American cheese
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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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