Tuesday, October 14, 2014

5 Easy Bento Lunches

This post is inspired my best friend, who has been trying hard to build a lunch her little picky eater will eat. She has been looking at the bento lunch posts here and at my Pinterest board and decided to try it out. When she posted her lunch "fail" on Facebook, I felt for her. She wants to make a lunch that her daughter just MIGHT eat but feels, as many of us do, that fancy bento lunches may be just to difficult or time consuming.

I took a look at my bento Pinterest board and found some easy bentos that anyone could easily create.

Here they are: 5 Easy Bento Lunches
(Keep in mind these lunches are made by a bento amateur and are made for a pregnant woman, so may contain larger portions than you would make for your child.)

"Lunchables" Lunch

This lunch was inspired by lunches made by my friend Christine at My Epicurean Adventures. She makes her own "lunchables" for a quick, easy and healthy lunch.
Lunch includes: turkey & cheese pinwheel rollups, baby carrots, cucumbers, crackers and dip

Pumpkin Lunch

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Rubbermaid lunch Blox Review

This post is NOT a sponsored post. I have not received any kind of compensation for writing this post and all thoughts are 100% mine.

During this back-to-school season, I saw that Rubbermaid had the lunch Blox lunch boxes available. In the past I have reviewed bento-style lunchboxes and these lunch Blox looked like a version that may be  more easily accessible to consumers. With a Rubbermaid manufacturer's coupon in hand, I headed to my local stores to find them. In August the only place I was able to find them was at Target. By September Walmart also had them. The pricing of the lunch Blox depends on the size - there are larger entree boxes, mini entree boxes, salad boxes, sets with cool packs, etc. Since I was thinking about back-to-school lunches, I decided on an entree box and a salad box. The entree box was about $15 on sale and the salad box was $7 on sale. 

Entree Kit: 1 large container with 2 smaller containers, 1 medium container,
2 small containers, 2 ice packs
Salad Kit: 1 larger container, 1 3-section insert, 1 small container,
1 ice pack

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Looking for Guest Bloggers!

I'm looking for guest bloggers for Halloween through the Christmas season while I am on "maternity leave". I would love any seasonal or healthy recipes and/or tips. Please contact me if you are interested. I look forward to working with you!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Back-to-School Big Brother Bento (Guest Post)

Today, we have a special guest blogger with us. Since it is back-to-school time, my friend Christine from My Epicurean Adventures is here with another fun and easy bento lunch. Last year, Christine made a fabulous toddler lunch for us, you can check it out here. As always, I am so happy to have her as a guest. Take it away Christine!

I'm excited to be doing another guest post for my buddy over at Scarlett's Excellent Adventures. She's doing a series of back-to-school posts and I was honored to be included. Thanks so much, Scarlett!

So here's a lunch I made for her son who is getting ready to be a big brother soon! It's not an easy job, but I bet he is going to be a great one. Congrats to you guys! :)

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Blogger Bookshelf Series Guest Post

I am happy to be a guest on A Rose in the City today, talking about something I don't get to talk about much here - my books! A Rose in the City is hosting a Blogger Bookshelf series, and I am honored to be a part of it. Check out my bookshelf tour, and while you are there see what other blogger's bookshelves look like.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Cook With Me! Tomato Jam

Since we are in full swing with tomato season, let's stay on the theme and start canning some tomatoes for winter!

As always, feel free to email me photos about how your canning experience went using the letter icon to the right. We welcome novice and experienced canners! Have fun!

Monday, August 18, 2014

What's Cooking? Tomato Tart

Last week's Cook With Me recipe was the tomato tart. I was so excited to make this, because it looked absolutely mouth-watering in the book. Being pregnant, I decided to substitute the goat cheese with cream cheese, since I wasn't sure if goat cheese was pasturized, and I didn't want to chance it. The cream cheese really worked as a substitution. I was concerned it would make the tart too sweet, but it was the perfect complement to the ricotta.

How did we like the tart? It was fabulous! It tasted like a light, homemade pizza with a puff pastry crust. Yum! Though my husband thought that I could have put more tomatoes on it, and once I tasted it, I agreed. This is such a great way to showcase the season's tomatoes, so load it up! The dish was pretty quick to put together and it was a nice, light meal for summer. It would also be a lovely, easy and classy addition to any backyard picnic.

If you made the tomato tart (or will be making it), let me know how you liked it and post a pic to my facebook wall. I look forward to hearing how you liked it!