Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Lunchbox Ideas


Today's all about back to school traditions over on my family blog, so I thought we could share lunchbox ideas over here!

Kensington is my child who likes the same thing in her lunch every single day...but Smith and Ashby want variety (which can be hard!).

Here are some of my go to ideas, but I would love to hear yours!!  Please comment below and share your favorite lunchbox idea.  I want my kiddos to be excited when they open up their lunch this school year :).


Instead of using bread, I'll make my Ham & Cheese Biscuit Sliders.  The only thing I change when packing this for school is that I omit the honey drizzle.


Smith loooooves pepperoni!  My Tortellini Pasta Salad has lots of pepperoni tucked inside, so it's a great little lunch.  I always pack a disposable fork but I guarantee you, my kid eats this with his fingers :).


And our Peanut Butter Rice Krispies Treats are the favorite lunchbox dessert around here :).

A few other things I do:
1. I write notes on their napkins every single day (and draw a few little pictures too!).
2. I pop popcorn for a little crunch.
3. I cut out shapes in their sandwiches that correspond to the season (hearts for Valentine's Day, pumpkins for Halloween, trees for Christmas, etc).
4. I let them make their own trail mix blend on the bulk nut aisle of our grocery store and then we bag it up for their snack at school (they like that they have their own special blend).
5. I sometimes use Nutella or vanilla almond butter for a little change on their sandwich.

Okay...what are some of your ideas???  Please comment below and share your favorite lunchbox ideas!  I want to be a little more creative this school year.

xo

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Monday, August 3, 2015

Meal Planning Monday #96


Fa la la la Monday!

I hope you had a great weekend!  Here's what's on our menu this week...

Oh how I love a Taco Joe.  I mean...it's a Sloppy Joe that married a Taco.  And it's on your table in no time!


My Salmon with Avocado Chive Mash is such a yummy way to enjoy fish.  The mash on top is super simple and really good with your salmon.


My Pesto Chicken Paninis are a great little summer supper.  They're quick, they yummy, they don't heat up the kitchen...and they're delish!


Breakfast for dinner?  Yes.  Sausage and Egg Burritos are the perfect supper when you're wanting a little breakfast.


Goat cheese and I are having a moment.  It's so creamy (like cream cheese!) and melts right into whatever you're making.  My Pecan & Goat Cheese Pasta is a little salty, a little sweet and a little crunchy...listen, it's just really, really good.

And our bundt cake this week...



I hope you had a wonderful weekend friends!


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Sunday, August 2, 2015

Bar #98: Original Neiman Marcus


Well, over the years, I have mixed and matched 33 versions of the Neiman Marcus Bar.  So, basically, I'm a third of the way through a third set of "100s" without even trying :).

Some people call these bars Gooey Butter Bars or Gooey Butter Cakes, but here in the Dallas area (home to the flagship Neiman Marcus), we often refer to them as Neiman Marcus Bars because they're so rich ;).

I didn't think it was right for me to wrap up my 100 Bars and not share the original version with you.  I've mixed and matched Toasted Almond, Salted Caramel Chocolate, Cinnamon SpiceIrish Cream, Egg NogPeanut Butter...well, you get the point, I've given you 33 versions and today, I'm giving you the original.

Enjoy!


Shopping List
1 box of yellow cake mix
4 eggs
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 box of powdered sugar (about 4 cups)
8 oz package of cream cheese, softened



Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease (I use Pam) a 9x13 inch baking dish.

In bowl, combine cake mix, 2 eggs and melted butter.  Spread in bottom of pan as your "crust" layer.

In a second bowl, beat the powdered sugar, remaining 2 eggs and cream cheese until smooth with an electric mixer.  Spread on top of crust mixture.

Bake 35-40 minutes until edges are brown and center set (it will still be slightly wobbly in the middle).

Cool on counter 30 minutes, then refrigerate 2 hours up to 2 days.


These yummy bars are gooey, rich and perfect for any occasion.



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