Raspberry Cream Pie Day

Raspberry Cream Pie

Today is National Raspberry Cream Pie Day. I love food days, it gives me delicious ideas for my blog. If I did not read about this day and I did not have a blog, I probably would not have made this pie. My husband, niece and nephews are glad that I made this. They loved it!

Raspberry Cream Pie Slice

This slice did not come out perfect but it was delicious. I originally intended to make this recipe but I could not find chocolate wafer cookies. So I made this crust and the filling that I originally planned to make.

Happy Raspberry Cream Pie Day!

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Back to School Basics Blog Hop and Giveaway

Favorite Bento Tools

I am joining my Bento Bloggers & Friends on this Back to School Basics lunch hop and giveaway which is open worldwide. We have awesome prizes so please hop through to collect the letters and enter the code in a Raffelcopter on the Bento Bloggers & Friends blog. Today I am sharing what I consider basic essentials for making cute bento lunches.

EasyLunchBoxes: These boxes are one of my favorite lunch boxes and I use them often. I use a bag that allows it to be carried upright without turning the lunch on it’s side.

Cookie Cutters: I use cookie cutters to cut and shape a variety of food including: bread, flour tortillas, rice, mashed potatoes, vegetables, fruit, cheese, pizza dough, and cracker dough.

Silicone Cups: These are great for adding color, separating food, holding small amounts of food, and holding food that you don’t want to heat when heating the rest of the lunch in a microwave.

Picks: I admit that I don’t use picks as often as I could but they do add a bit of whimsy and fun to a meal. My niece and nephews seem to enjoy having picks when I use them.

Back to School Basics Hop

Planned Leftovers for Lunch: This is a simple lunch made with the tools shown above. I like to plan leftovers when I prepare dinner. For this lunch when I made pizza for dinner the night before, I made some mini pizzas in cute shapes using cookie cutters. This is supposed to be a cow but I think it looks like a sheep. Some shapes work better than others but they are all fun. When I use a cookie cutter on pizza dough I have to use more flour on the dough than usual when I roll out the dough and cut it.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Contents: Homemade cow shaped cheese pizza, spinach leaves, chocolate, green grapes

Bento USA and Eats Amazing (UK) are some online stores where you can buy bento supplies.

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Raspberry Lunch

Featured Ingredient Raspberry Lunch

My 15 year old niece and I went raspberry picking at Chase Farms. It is a beautiful place for u-pick. I needed fresh raspberries to make this featured ingredient lunch. I also needed raspberries to make a Raspberry Cream Pie for National Raspberry Cream Pie day on Friday. Also my husband loves to eat raspberries.

I made this raspberry featured ingredient bento meal for my husband. I tried everything except for the muffins but my my husband, niece and nephews enjoyed them. My favorite of the recipes is the green beans. I loved the combination with a hint of garlic.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Top Left: Raspberry Orange Muffins

Bottom Left: Green Beans and Raspberry Hazelnut Toss

Right Side: Raspberry Fruit Dip (in Mini Dippers – I put on the lid after taking the photo), french bread, raspberries

I enjoy building a meal with several recipes that use the same ingredient.  Click here to see more of my featured ingredient bento meals.

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Seven Simple Lunches

Seven Simple Lunches Collage

I made these lunches on days that I wanted to keep it quick and easy. Many of these were for outings with my niece and nephews and I made the lunches from ingredients I happened to have in my house.

Pasta Snow pea Red Pepper lunch

I made this for myself on a day I went raspberry picking with my niece. I made pasta for both of us and prepared them differently. I just came up with this combination as I was prepping the lunches. It was healthy but delicious!

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Elbow pasta with snow peas, red bell pepper, toasted slivered almonds, salt and pepper

Top Right: Red grapes

Bottom Right: Plain Greek yogurt with cinnamon

Pita Hummus Lunch

I made this for myself on a day I went raspberry picking with my nephew. I ended up going raspberry picking twice this year because the first time only black raspberries were ripe. I did not take photos before I left the house so this photo was quickly taken at the raspberry farm. They had picnic tables available where we had lunch.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Mini wheat pita, hummus

Top Right: Brazil nuts

Bottom Right: Strawberries

Pasta Ice Cream Pepper Lunch

I made this for my niece on a day that we went raspberry picking. It was fast to use my ice cream cone cutter on bell peppers to decorate this lunch.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Elbow pasta with a little butter, black pepper and Parmesan cheese, red and yellow bell pepper (I cut the ice cream cone shape with cookie cutter)

Top Right: Walnuts

Bottom Right: Red grapes

Pumpernickel Green

I made this lunch for myself on a day my nephew and I went hiking. I guess that many of my favorite foods happen to be green.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Top Left: Green grapes

Bottom Left: Pistachios

Right Side: Snow peas, almond butter sandwich on pumpernickel bread

Sandwich Chips Lunch

I was running out of time on a day that my nephew and I went raspberry picking so I made him a sandwich. Since I know that he prefers non-sandwich lunches I gave him a special treat of BBQ potato chips. I try to be the Aunt that gives them fun food.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Strawberry jam sandwich on wheat bread, granola bar, Brazil nuts

Top Right: Strawberries

Bottom Right: BBQ potato chips

Raspberry Muffin Lunch

My nephew ate this lunch at home. It was leftovers from a featured ingredient raspberry lunch that I will publish next week. He is always happy to eat a muffin lunch.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Green beans, raspberry muffins

Top Right: Walnuts

Bottom Right: Raspberries

Salad Cottage Cheese watermelon lunch

I made this lunch for myself. I had some watermelon leftover and thought it would be fun to put it in a bento lunch.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Watermelon

Top Right: Cottage cheese with cinnamon

Bottom Right: Romaine lettuce with carrots, red cabbage, tomatoes, walnuts, and cheddar cheese

So although I love to make themed cute food, sometimes I just quickly throw together lunches from ingredients I have in my kitchen. Quick and easy can be attractive and delicious.

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Noah’s Ark Bento Lunch

3 Tools Wk 6 Eclectic Lamb

I am happy today to participate in the 3 Tools, 3 Bloggers series at Wendolonia. Each of us used the EasyLunchBox, Animal Picks, and Wilton Noah Cookie Cutters in our lunch. Visit Wendolonia to see how each blogger used the same tools.

I made the obvious theme with these tools since it is a theme I have considered for a long time. This was a meal I actually made for myself. It was fun to eat and delicious. I did not add sweetener to my cocoa cream cheese. It complemented the cinnamon sugar animal crisps in this meal.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Naan bread Ark with a mixture of cream cheese and unsweetened cocoa powder (I used a toothpick to draw lines on the ark), blueberries

Top Right: I used the Noah Cookie Cutters to cut the animal shapes from a flour tortilla. I brushed on some olive oil, sprinkled on a mixture of cinnamon sugar and baked them at 375 until crisp (about 5 minutes but watch them closely).

Bottom Right: Carrots and sugar snap peas

Linking to:

Eats Amazing Fun Food Friday

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Lunches for Hike at Nature Preserve

Nature Lunches Collage

I made these lunches for my nephews and myself on a day we hiked at a nature preserve. One of my nephews wanted a Canadian Goose themed lunch. The other nephew wanted a beaver dam lunch. I used the opportunity to make a dragonfly themed lunch for myself.

I used a lot of the same ingredients to make these lunches somewhat easy to make. The goose took the longest of these three lunches. The beaver dam was easy to make but I made it earlier so it could set. I packed it with an ice pack. It was still a little messy to eat but the kid did not complain.

Dragonfly Lunch

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Contents: Dragonfly shaped cheese quesadilla (2 on top of each other), snowpeas, blueberries, pistachios

Beaver Lunch

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Contents: Beaver shaped wheat sandwich with strawberry jam (food marker details), yellow bell pepper, beaver dam (I used this recipe without the peanuts and tried to shape them to look like a beaver dams. I made 1/2 a batch and everyone ate the extras for dessert).

Canada Goose Lunch

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Contents: Pistachios, snow-peas, pumpernickel and wheat bread sandwich with peanut butter (neck) and strawberry jam (body), white details (cream cheese)

It was a beautiful day for a hike and these lunches made it a little more special.

My blogiversary giveaway is still going on. If you did not yet enter you have until (tomorrow) Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. EDT.

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3 Year Blogiversary Giveaway

Giveaway Collage

Edited: The giveaway is now closed. I will notify the winners.

It is that time of year again! I am celebrating my 3 year blogiversary with a giveaway in appreciation for my readers. During my trip this year to Japan, I went shopping for these prizes. There is one prize for a person with an United States of America address and one prize for a person with an international address (outside of the U.S.A.) The international prize is a smaller (lighter) one but I think a good one. I bought the same cookie cutters for myself since I liked them so much.

3 Year Giveaway USA

Items in the USA prize:

  • Frog bento box
  • Stars egg molds
  • Cutter set to make box with bow
  • Cutter set with various small shapes including rabbit and bear
  • Small silicone cups (pink, yellow, green)
  • Medium silicone cups (pink, green, yellow)
  • Bear, cat, and rabbit small silicone cups
  • Sweets picks
  • Cat and dog picks
  • Cutter and stamp set (bear, rabbit, and elephant)
  • Mini cutters (dog, car, fish)
  • Spoon and fork cookie cutters
  • French house picks

3 Year Giveaway International

Items in the International prize:

  • Red, yellow, white, blue and green picks
  • Vehicle picks
  • Animal picks
  • Cookie cutters (hedgehog, deer, squirrel, rabbit)

How to Enter:

  1. Please submit a comment telling me if your address is in the U.S.A or international (outside of the U.S.A).
  2. Make sure that I have your email address with your comment.
  3. For an additional entry please subscribe to my blog by email and tell me in your comment that you subscribed.

Important!! Please read the Terms and Conditions of this giveaway!
Prizes cannot be shipped to P.O. Boxes. Winner will be randomly selected by a random number generator and notified by the email submitted with your comment. Entries that do not fulfill the mandatory requirements will be deleted. Winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest are in no way associated with this giveaway. If you’ve chosen to subscribe by email for an additional entry, you must still be doing so at the time of the drawing or you will be disqualified, and I will draw again. I do not share or sell information and will use any information only for the purpose of contacting the winner. This giveaway ends Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. EDT. (Edited: The giveaway is now closed)

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