20 Amazing School Lunches for Kids

We all would love to impress our children with elaborate Bento boxes, but in reality, most parents are incredibly busy, especially in the mornings, and are after lunches that are still fun, but also quick to make.I've rounded up 20 amazing school lunches for kids that are not only fun, but they are also fairly quick to make, and kids will love them.Teddy Bear Lunch.  My kids especially love this Nutella teddy bear sandwich, surrounded by a corn sun, blueberry sky, and grape and lettuce grass. The ground is made of Tiny Teddy biscuits, fruit strips, and Cheerios.Holiday Lunches.  Take a look at these 5 themed Bento boxes for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Valentine's Day, and Birthday's. Source: 5 Most Adorable Themed Bento Lunches.Turkey Lunch.   Perfect for … [Read more...]

St. Patrick’s Day Party Food!

I just love the colors that are associated with St. Patrick's Day.  Who doesn't love rainbows, glitter, pots of gold, and lots of greens!?!For your St. Patrick's Day Party this year, how about you serve up these healthier party foods that your guests will love!Menu:Rainbow Vanilla Pudding topped with Homemade Whipped Cream Shamrock Mini Pizzas Rainbow Fruit PlateRainbow Pudding adapted from Kid's Kitchen Ingredients3/4 cup sugar 1/3 cup corn starch 1 cup 2% milk 2 cups whole milk 1 egg 3 egg whites 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 teaspoons vanilla extract gel food coloring (Americolor) - red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet 1 cup heavy whipping cream 1 teaspoon powdered sugar 1 teaspoon clear vanilla extractHow-ToStir … [Read more...]

Kid Friendly Drinks That Will Rock Your Summer

The kids are almost out of school for the summer and will need some refreshing drinks to cool them off. These diverse, kid friendly drinks will certainly rock your summer. There's everything from citrus to berry flavors, using really fruit to make them healthier and special.1. Cucumber Lemon Coolers - Anja's 4 For Thought - Cooling cucumber and citrus lemon combined with fresh mint leaves that will surely satisfy. What a great way to hide a vegetable (or is cucumber a fruit?)!2. Frost Bite - Blissfully Domestic - Made with Blueberries and assorted fruit juices, this mocktail will please crowds and make your kids feel grown up, having a drink out of the cocktail shaker! [sc:adsense ]3. Pineapple Agua Fresca - Eclectic Recipes - So simple, yet amazingly delicious and refreshing … [Read more...]

7 Easy Rainbow Snacks for Kids

Saint Patrick's Day is just around the corner. Add a splash of color to your children's snack plate with these fun recipes.Fruit in all of the colors of the rainbow? Wonderful. Fruit in all of the colors of the rainbow on a skewer? Brilliant. Your kids will love this snack after school or anytime.Rice Krispy treats are a tasty treat any day of the year. When you add the colors of the rainbow something magical happens.These Rainbow Gelatin Orange Wedges take a bit of time in preparation. But, the presentation is so much fun!These Chewy Rainbow M&M Cookies are always a hit in my home. Given a choice between a plain old chocolate chip cookie or one with bright and colorful M&M's my kids will always choose the M&M cookie. Always.Wait until you see the … [Read more...]

School’s Out: Summer Menu Planning For Kids

For a lot of us the summer vacation is long, and we spend a month or more preparing in advance.  We secure places in summer camps, organize play dates, book a family vacation, and try to fill in all of those days in-between with activities to keep our little ones happy and entertained.  One thing we often forget to plan for is what we will be eating during the day.  Throughout the school year Monday through Friday we are either preparing school lunches, or sending our children off to school where they will purchase lunch from the cafeteria, but what happens when they are home every day?I have simple tips ahead from menu planning for kids this summer, as well as some fun ideas for creative lunches that the kids can help prepare.Let's start with the fun lunches I created for my kids … [Read more...]

Creative Fall Finger Foods

Spicy Maple Bacon, Pop Secret Homestyle Popcorn with Diamond AlmondsIngredients6 c. Pop Secret Homestyle Popcorn, popped 12/3 c. (6 oz.) Diamond Sliced Almonds 1 t. chipotle chile powder 1/4 c. maple syrup 3/4 c. bacon bits 1/4 c. chopped Italian parsley 1/2 t. sea salt crystalsDirectionsPreheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread Diamond Sliced Almonds on a large baking sheet. Toast, stirring occasionally, about 8 mins. In a large bowl, combine the toasted almonds, Pop Secret Homestyle Popcorn and chipotle chile powder; toss well. Add the maple syrup; toss again. Transfer the mixture to baking sheet; bake, stirring occasionally, until dry and toasty, about 20 mins. In a large serving bowl, combine nut and popcorn mixture, bacon bits, parsley and salt; toss … [Read more...]