Category: Snacks

Ice Cream Cone Cornucopias

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Boy, have I got a fun thing for you to try! If you’re looking for a sweet Thanksgiving treat for kids or even for place settings at the kid table (although I don’t know any adults who would turn this down), then you’ve come to the right place.

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I’m here to show you Ice Cream Cone Cornucopias! Filled! With popcorn! And M&M’s!!! I came across this idea on Pinterest when looking for Thanksgiving feast desserts for my Bigs’ VPK class. They looked super easy and I have a friend who has made them and she also said they were easy.

As oft happens in my kitchen adventures…

…(to me) easy they were not. The directions call for soaking the bottoms of sugar cones in warm water for 20 seconds, microwaving the cones for 20 seconds, and bending the bottoms around a pencil (or the like) for 20 seconds. Sounds easy enough, right? I was glad I purchased two packs (of 12 cones) even though I only needed 12. I ended up using every last one (I destroyed ate mucked up about 12). So. My recommendation to you, is to A) buy more than you need just in case and B) soak the cones for longer than 20 seconds (I’d say upwards of 45).

Or, maybe it will all work perfectly for you, as it’s supposed to. 🙂 I tend to muck things up a bit.

I had to let mine dry for a few hours, due to the massive bath they took during the earlier process. Once they were dried, they looked so cute. I wanted to fill them with popcorn, M&M’s, AND pretzels (a la Charlie Brown Thanksgiving), but I only had room for the popcorn and M&M’s. And I think it came out perfectly and the pretzels weren’t even needed. I hope the kids love them.

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Here is the original post, detailing the process:

http://thecraftpatch.blogspot.com/2011/11/thanksgiving-cornucopia-treats.html#.VG6ZjY-OOrA

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Blessings!

Kristin

Thanksgiving Countdown (a “turkey lunch” and a link to Thanksgivings Past)!

I can’t wait for Thanksgiving. To me, it is equal with the joy and excitement of Christmas. I love the food, the fellowship, and the thankfulness of it all. I have been so nostalgic about my Thanksgivings growing up. I wrote a post about it last year and it captured my memories exactly. Also in that post, I shared some of my most favorite Thanksgiving recipes.

http://sprinklesinmylunchbox.wordpress.com/2013/11/15/thanksgiving-food-roundup/

Tomorrow starts the school Thanksgiving countdown for my Bigs (and Smalls). For the next two weeks, these sweet children will learn about the first Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving as a whole, and giving thanks. I love it. I can’t wait to hear what they have learned. To start the countdown, I made a turkey lunch for my big boy.

Not THAT kind of turkey. That would be sort of sad and weird – a turkey-shaped turkey sandwich. Sort of rubbing it in that poor turkey’s face that he’s being eaten.

You know?

No?

Just me?

Oh well.

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I made a PB&J and used my turkey-shaped cutter. I used my Food Writers to add details. I love that every time I make these (here and here and a few other times), they come out differently. Like real turkeys (or snowflakes if you want to get technical), they are all different. I kept the crusts and used them as sort of a hay bale (I might be the only one “getting” that). I packed seasoned corn, an orange, three little Trader Joe’s ginger cookies, and a few dried cranberries.

Have a BLESSED Tuesday!

Kristin

Halloween Muddy Puppy – a last minute Halloween dessert recipe

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Do you call it “Muddy Buddy” or “Puppy Chow”? I grew up with both names for this dessert. I like them both. I can’t decide which one I want to call it, so for now, I call it “Muddy Puppy”. It seems to work out.

Do you need a quick last minute Halloween party recipe that is sure to please? You’ve come to the right place! This recipe can be made in under 20 minutes (add a few to that to the drying phase) and contains very simple ingredients. And it’s addicting. I’m not so sure that’s a good thing though.

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Halloween Muddy Puppy

Serves: a ton

8 C Chex cereal

1 C semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/4 C butter

1/2 C peanut butter

1 1/2 C powdered sugar

Candy (I used candy corn, Kit Kats, and mini M&M’s)

*You can also add vanilla (I didn’t and it tastes fine without)

*This can be made gluten and dairy free with the base ingredients (GF Chex, DF butter) – just make sure your candies are, as well

Put the Chex in a large bowl. Melt the chocolate chips, butter, and peanut butter (microwave for 1 minute, stir, microwave in 30 second increments to ensure it’s completely melted). At this point, you could add vanilla. Pour over your Chex and stir gently. Place in a Ziploc bag and pour in powdered sugar. Shake shake shake! Spread onto a large pan, covered in wax or parchment paper. Dry and cool. Add your candy.

**Caveat: I was in a rush and shook the powdered sugar and Chex WITH my candy. It all tastes the same, but your mix would be more vibrant if you followed the above instructions, which I failed to do. Which is typical.

Have a blessed Halloween!

Enjoy!

Kristin

Spooky Teeth Lunch

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For Bigs’ lunch today, I packed [yes, another] Mummy Hot Dog, seasoned corn, popcorn, cantaloupe and pineapple, an organic yogurt squeezy thing, and some spooky teeth for dessert. These were so easy and will (I hope) make a cute impression. I cut apples to look like lips (they will need some kind of citrus juice on them so they don’t brown), spread peanut butter, and place marshmallow “teeth” on them. Easy peasy. These would be a cute Halloween snack, too!

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For my Smalls, I packed a PB&J, pretzels, dried fruit, and a banana.

The boys are ready for Halloween tomorrow and cannot wait to go trick or treating.

Have a blessed Thursday!

Kristin

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