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Monday, October 1st, 2012

I guess I had pumpkins on the mind because I inadvertently build a lunchbox full of them for my son Brendan today. This past weekend I spent quite a bit of time preparing for my oldest’s 15th birthday (it was today so happy birthday darling baby girl), I contributed over at Stockpiling Moms and quite frankly I watched football with my family! It’s a weakness I know!

Know what that means? I inadvertently didn’t make it to the grocery store. Lucky for me I always have some basic items on hand. Really most of us do without even realizing it! This box is really a great example of being able to create a lunch without buying anything special.

I found:

  • Apples and oranges – they have a fairly long shelf life and are in season right now, good to have on hand…
  • Cucumbers – which are pretty much always in my fridge, great in salads, most kids will eat them and they are super cheap…
  • Cinnamon swirl bread - I had half a loaf in my freezer (I bought it on a whim, a hungry whim and froze half right away)…
  • Cheddar Bunnies – what house with 2 toddlers doesn’t have a cheddar bunny or goldfish on hand?

I then broke out my leaf and pumpkin cookie cutters to jazz it up and added a pumpkin silicone baking cup. Then I realized I had a lunchbox full of fall flavors and well pumpkins-a-plenty! By the way this sandwich is filled with plain old peanut butter but fill with whatever you have and love such as cream cheese with fresh strawberries, lunch meats with cheese, tuna, egg salad etc! I also included a Chobani Champions yogurt for his morning snack and a V8 Fusions Juice Box! By the way, this lunch would still be good if I didn’t break out the cookie cutters. I just couldn’t resist!

This lunch is packed in a Lunchbots Trio.



Products used in this lunch (click picture for more info):

Just Had to Do It…

Friday, September 7th, 2012


I had to make these No-Bake Energy Bites…



Why? Well I had it mentioned to me by two different people (thank you Sarah and Erin), who don’t even know one another, on the same day! So they must be good, right? So I wandered on over to Gimme Some Oven’s Blog to check out this No-bake Energy Bite recipe. It looked pretty simple. I even banged it out after I had travelled all day for work, come home, cooked dinner and went about the rest of our nightly rituals. Then, once everyone was settled, into the kitchen I went maybe about 8:30-9:00pm. You certainly don’t want to bake at that hour but that is the beauty of this, it is “no-bake”!

So I dumped all the ingredients (peanut butter, honey, oats, ground flax seed, coconut, chocolate chips and vanilla) into my bowl. I almost always tweak a recipe a little bit when I make it and every time there after until I am happy with it. So for this batch I increased the coconut to 1 cup, I decreased the honey just a smidge and I stuck with just plain chocolate chips although the writer suggested trying alternates such as dried fruits, nuts etc. To be honest it is what I had in my house! Next time though I’ll try a mix of chocolate chips, pistachios and dried cranberries.

I had been warned that they could be crumbly but I didn’t have this issue. You do have to make sure your ingredients are VERY well incorporated. Then I thought I could try to shape them because well that is what I do! So I pulled out a small heart shaped cookie cutter. I pressed some of the mixture into the cutter and then pushed it though to release. It made a lovely heart. It shaped really well but admittedly it was a bit of work. After I had done about half the batch or so as hearts I decided to finish the rest as the recipe suggested… ball shaped.

Here is a little tip for you. Squeeze the mixture a bit first then just use a real light touch when you roll it. The heat from your hands is enough to make it ball up well. If you apply too much pressure it wants to fall apart. Once I had the whole batch shaped and lined up on my plate I decided I needed to do one more tweak. The bites still had quite a bit of stickiness on the outside so I wanted to fix that as I knew my kids wouldn’t like that. So I ground up some oatmeal in my food processor then I rolled and sprinkled the bites in the oatmeal to lightly coat them (powdered sugar would likely become pasty). I covered the plate in plastic wrap and popped them in the fridge as the writer suggested. This recipe does not have to be refrigerated but the bites will be firmer if cold. I preferred them cold.

I will call this one a success since the kids and the hubs enjoyed it… and well I did too! Of course I did put them in everybody’s lunch, why not? ;)


Lunches for the grown ups (in Easylunchboxes container) included:

  • Leftover baked chicken, rice and carrots
  • 2 Strawberries
  • Pretzels and green bean chips
  • and of course one heart shaped energy bite



Trevor’s toddler lunch included today:

  • A fish shaped sandwich (Nutella greek yogurt spread) cut with a cookie cutter
  • Pretzels
  • Snap pea crisps
  • Grapes (yes, on food picks)
  • Strawberries
  • Cheese flowers
  • A couple of gold fish
  • and yes, 2 energy bites


So I hope you get a chance to try them and enjoy the energy bites as much as we did!






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