Category: Snacks

Mummy Dog Days of Fall

My Bigs loved his Mummy Dog lunch today so much that he asked for another one. And, since I made 8 of them (as there were 8 crescent rolls in the canister), I said, “Sure!”. I doubt this is the last day I’ll be making a Mummy Dog lunch, so get ready.

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I packed said Mummy Dog, some red grapes, good quality cheese, cut into candy corn shapes, some raisins, a little packet of ketchup (not labeled blood!) for the Mummy, some cantaloupe, and a teeny slice of my Pumpkin Cake with chocolate bark for his dessert.

Have a blessed Wednesday!

Kristin

Pumpkin Brownies (and a school lunch)

Hi, my name is Kristin, and I have a pumpkin obsession. I can’t get enough of it. I’m the perfect candidate for every company and their seasonal pumpkin products. I buy into it, every time. I don’t even care what it is, I’m happy to try it, as long as it’s got pumpkin in it. And I equally love making pumpkin treats myself. I’m on week two of making homemade pumpkin goodies. And I don’t see an end in sight, luckily for me. These are for the lunchbox, you know, not all for me.

So, today, I made pumpkin-y chocolate chip brownies…less brown, more pumpkin.

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These came together SO easily. I was even able to multi-task. My bestie was in town with her daughter (Smalls’ age) and I made these while we caught up. They were DELICIOUS. We couldn’t get enough. They were delicately flavored with the teeniest bit of cocoa, and filled with warm autumn spices and pumpkin.

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I love how thin they came out, too. SO good!

http://www.seededatthetable.com/2010/11/02/pumpkin-chocolate-chip-brownies/

And my Bigs’ lunch for tomorrow came together easily too:

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I made a ham, cheese, and mayo sandwich. I also packed huge, round, red grapes, Trader Joe’s Cinnamon Apple Snack Straws, carrot sticks, and a little piece of the pumpkin brownies.

I also packed a little lunch for my Smalls. It just makes it easier to feed him, sometimes.

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He has a PB&J, cut up grapes, carrot sticks, and some organic TJ’s peanut butter crackers.

You know what didn’t work out so well for us today? Our power going out for about an hour – dinner time. Crockpot Chili…the good news about that was that it was already made and still warm. The bad news is that it was dreadfully hot in my house (and outside) and we were eating warm chili. Oh well.

Could have been worse!

Blessings to you!

Kristin

Happy October! (Lunches & a Bible Study)

Happy October! The month where I start to really picture Fall. I picture pumpkin everything (okay, I’ve been picturing that for about a month now), crunchy leaves, crisp, cool weather, boots, scarves, family walks, pumpkin patches…I could go on and on. Sadly, where I live, the weather is still a muggy 90’s. But a girl can dream!

Both my boys are in school tomorrow, so I packed two lunches.

For my Bigs:

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I packed ham and cheese kebabs, green & red grapes, pineapple, Trader Joe’s plantain chips, a squeezy yogurt, and a soft pumpkin ginger cookie.

For my Smalls:

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I packed half a PB&J, some Trader Joe’s Inner Peas, cut green & red grapes, cut cheese stick, and one soft pumpkin ginger cookie.

Kristin

PS – I’ve started a Proverbs Bible Study, where we focus on one of the 31 chapters for each of the 31 days in October. I’d love to share a verse that speaks to me from that day’s chapter.

My child, listen to your father’s teaching. And do not forget your mother’s advice. Their teaching will beautify your life. It will be like flowers in your hair or a chain around your neck. Proverbs 1:8-9

Torrential Tuesday

It’s already Wednesday…well, tomorrow it will be. And the flood warnings will have been called off, finally. It’s been raining torrential cats and dogs each afternoon. Where I go jogging normally is completely underwater. I am hoping the rains will subside and the cooler weather will move in. That *may* be wishful thinking. All this rainy weather has, however, made it look more fallish out. Even wintry. If I squint. Our house is decorated for Halloween. My boys had such a great time putting up all our stuff. I mean, my Bigs had a great time putting up all our stuff. My Smalls had a great time ripping and throwing all our stuff. I love this time of year. It really puts me in the mood to cook meals you’d typically eat this season. Tonight, we are having ham, roasted broccoli, and sweet potatoes. Yum.

My boys’ lunches have that fall time feel, as well. I do declare, this is my favorite time of year!

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For my Bigs, I packed a ham and cheese on whole wheat (with mayo), seasoned corn, “pumpkin pie” yogurt (I mix canned pumpkin with vanilla yogurt and sprinkle with cinnamon), a teeny apple, one soft pumpkin ginger cookie, and a few chocolate covered sunflower seeds (Trader Joe’s). Fun!

While my Bigs is in school, we’ll be meeting up with a friend. I like to pack lunches for the boys when we do that. It saves time and money.

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I need LOTS of snacks to keep my Smalls busy while us adults are trying to maintain a conversation. I packed a peanut butter and pumpkin butter (Trader Joe’s) sandwich, some Inner Peas snacks (TJ’s), one soft pumpkin ginger cookie, a few chocolate covered sunflower seeds (TJ’s), some applesauce,  a banana, and a pumpkin cereal bar (TJ’s).

Hoping your Hump Day is a good one!

Kristin

Pumpkin-tastic Lunch

I made another trip to my local Trader Joe’s this weekend. I love that place. I just do. I’m the conductor of the Trader Joe’s bandwagon. Do bandwagons have conductors? Drivers? Either way, that’s me. I love Trader Joe’s. I got some really fun pumpkin stuff! I can’t wait to use it in my Bigs’ lunches.

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For his lunch tomorrow, I packed a TJ’s pumpkin waffle (toasted) with cream cheese and TJ’s pumpkin butter. I also packed seasoned corn, one soft pumpkin ginger cookie (recipe in previous post), applesauce, and some TJ’s baked green peas (Inner Peas).

I think he’ll like it!

Hope you’ve had a grand Monday!

Kristin

The Ghostess with the Mostess

My unfortunate run of cooking this week has been hit AND miss today. Dinner was a just okay. I made chicken. Nothing special. What is wrong with me?! If only I had the same passion about cooking as I do baking!

I gotta get back on track with cooking dinners that are both complete AND edible, so my family doesn’t starve.

I did make something really yummy earlier today, that I served with tonight’s chicken. I also was hoping to put it in my Bigs’ lunchbox tomorrow, but alas, he did not care for them.

Vegetable Macaroni and Cheese Muffins:

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http://www.produceforkids.com/meal-planning/mac-n-cheese-muffins

My Bigs can sniff out a green vegetable like a hound dog. These “muffins” had broccoli, carrots, and onions in them. A trifecta of deliciousness, if you ask me. I was really hoping Bigs would love them and want to enjoy one for lunch tomorrow. Oh well. My Smalls enjoyed them. He doesn’t love noodles, but he’s crazy about savory food…broccoli in particular. He ate about a pound of broccoli today. And enjoyed the noodles because of the broccoli. I even convinced him (no convincing needed, actually) to eat broccoli as his prize for going twosies in the potty. Funny kid.

Anywho, because Bigs did not like these, I had to come up with another lunch.

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I made a turkey, cheddar, and mayo sandwich. I shaped it like a ghost and added candy eyes. I also packed seasoned corn, plum slices, a honey zucchini muffin, two TJ’s ginger cookies, and some dried blueberries.

I made the muffins on Monday. They are delicious – whole wheat, honey, zucchini. What’s not to love?

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Another great recipe from 100 Days of Real Food. Although I think I didn’t grate my zucchini small enough, my Bigs doesn’t seem to mind these. Maybe because I call them “Army Men Muffins”. I never thought I’d be the parent to HIDE vegetables.

Here’s the recipe:

http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/2010/06/25/recipe-zucchini-bread/

My Smalls has school tomorrow too (and his “school” pictures, so cute!!). I made him a special lunch:

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I turned a PB&J into a pumpkin shape and used my Food Writers to add some details. I also packed banana chips, two ginger cookies, and some dried blueberries. I hope he knows what his sandwich is!

Blessings,

Kristin

Raisin’ the Roof!

Happy Tuesday (I hope it is for you, anyways)! This Tuesday was a pretty happy one for me. My Bigs had a great day in school and worked on writing capital “B’s”. I went jogging with my Smalls and there was a breeze (it’s the small things). I made a delicious dinner (my dinner track record of late hasn’t been so great) and I’ll even be sharing one of the recipes soon. I also made a Cinnamon-Raisin Quick Bread (by Lisa Leake, 100 Days of Real Food). It was a happy Tuesday.

Here is my Biggy Bigs’ lunch for tomorrow:

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I cut one slice of the quick bread and sandwiched it with cream cheese. I also packed one slice of ham, rolled up, and some pieces of cheese, seasoned corn, homemade fruit snacks, and some Sun Drops (colored, chocolate-covered sunflower seeds). I am betting my Bigs will love this lunch. I love the colors of it. So cheerful!

The bread was a breeze to make – it’s not named “quick” bread for nothing!

I love 100 Days of Real Food recipes. They are clean and mostly easy. A win-win!

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The house smelled heavenly while this little loaf was baking. Cinnamon and raisins go so well together in taste AND in smell.

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Yum-o.

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If you’ve got an hour, some whole wheat flour, honey, cinnamon and raisins (and a few other basic ingredients), TRY THIS.

There is no white sugar in it – only honey. It’s made with whole wheat. It’s hearty. It’s good hot, cold, or toasted. What’s not to love?

Here’s the recipe:

http://www.parents.com/blogs/food-scoop/2014/09/04/health/100-days-of-real-food-could-you-do-it/?socsrc=pmmfb1409067

Have a blessed Wednesday!

Kristin

Homemade Uncrustables Lunch

I am happy to report that Bigs’ behavior was better today, but unhappy to report that it soured after I already included a lunch dessert in the lunch I just packed for him. As I sit here typing this, and also browning onions for our kielbasa dinner, he is in timeout, thrashing about his room, screaming, and stomping on the floor. I think I felt another gray hair pop up.

Since I already packed him a lunch dessert, I am hopping he earns it back.

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I made a homemade PB&J Uncrustable. I have this little tool that pinches off the crust (and makes it into a square). I love this tool since it doesn’t waste a lot of the bread (only a thin part of the crust). It’s called the Wonder Sandwich Sealer N Decruster. I think I got it at Target on clearance a while back. Anyways, I pressed down the edges with a fork to further seal in the PB&J. I packed my homemade fruit snacks, Goldfish crackers, carrot chips, and three mini homemade chocolate chip cookies. It’s like a little (and healthier!) Lunchable.

I really hope his behavior allows him to enjoy his Lunchable as a whole, versus having an empty cookie spot.

Hope springs eternal!

Kristin

It’s a Lunchbox Party!

So yesterday, I got busy in the kitchen. I made three things, that when put together, would make quite a party in the lunchbox!

I started with homemade fruit snacks.

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I’ve made these many, many times before. They are easy and healthy. MUCH more healthy than store-bought fruit snacks (which I won’t judge if you eat them – we do sometimes too!).

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They only have a few ingredients – frozen (or fresh fruit), honey, orange juice (I use concentrate with water), and gelatin.

Here is the recipe (feel free to use the fruits you love!):

http://www.thankyourbody.com/homemade-healthy-fruit-snacks/

My Bigs loves these. My Smalls doesn’t adore the squishy feeling. The taste is so much cleaner than the over-processed ones.

I also made pizza rolls. I didn’t follow any recipe, but made it up as I went along. These were also very easy, only using four ingredients, as well.

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Crescent rolls, pizza sauce, Italian cheese blend, and mini pepperoni. That’s it!

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I rolled out the crescent rolls and used a rolling pin to flatten them. I spread around a few tablespoons of pizza sauce, sprinkled some cheese, and scattered some mini pepperoni. I then rolled up the dough, like I would cinnamon rolls.

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I placed the rolls in the fridge for a while, so they wouldn’t be too gooey when slicing them.

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Once chilled, I sliced them and put them in a greased cake tin and baked for about 20 minutes.

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My house smelled like a pizzeria! They came out golden brown, ooey, gooey, melty, cheesy, saucy, and pizza-y.

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I think they’ll be a hit.

And lastly, I made mini chocolate chip cookies. I love any size chocolate chip cookie. These were fun to make. I didn’t even mind rolling up a thousand little cookies.

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These are the perfect size for small hands and lunchbox treats!

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I can’t wait for my Bigs to be able to have these in his lunchbox (good behavior is the key to getting these).

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They are DELICIOUS – slightly chewy, soft, a bit underdone…and best of all, adorably little.

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Get in my belly, a thousand of you!!!

Here is the recipe, if you are interested (and why wouldn’t you be?):

http://www.cookingclassy.com/2014/07/chocolate-chip-cookie-bites/

Blessings,

Kristin

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Love a cookie jar full of homemade goodness!

Pass the dip!

Tomorrow is my Smalls’ first day of “school”. It’s really a pre-preschool, one day a week. He’s so excited about his big boy Mickey Mouse backpack. It’s every bit of 90% his height. It’s too cute. It’s my first official time packing him a “school” lunch!

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For him, I packed a PB&J on a whole wheat bun, cut into quarters. I also packed an applesauce squeezy fruit, some Trader Joe’s dried flattened bananas that I rolled up, some yogurt raisins, a few dried apples, and some goldfish crackers. I think he’ll love it. My hope is that my baby birdie will eat more than just a few bites.

And for my Bigs:

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I made a “dippy” lunch. He has half a cinnamon raisin bagel and some carrots to dip into some natural peanut butter, some yogurt raisins, rolled up dried flattened bananas, and an applesauce. I think (hope) he’ll get a kick out of the “interactive” part of his lunch!

Have a wonderful Thursday tomorrow!

Kristin

The LORD is near to the brokenhearted And saves those who are crushed in spirit.              – Psalm 34:18