Coffee Cake for a Crowd

overnight coffee cake

Last month I needed to make a morning sweet to go along with coffee for a crowd. I wanted something easy since I was adjusting to a new job and did not have most of my kitchen supplies yet. My niece suggested that I make coffee cake. I borrowed 2 pans and creamed the butter and sugar by hand since I did not have my mixer yet. I baked one the night before and the other was prepped the night before and baked in the morning. I cut them into small pieces.

I made Blueberry Coffee Cake and Make Ahead Coffee Cake (without the icing). The Make Ahead Coffee Cake is very convenient and delicious and I have made it twice now (also for a bring and share food day at work). My co-workers said that I can make coffee cake anytime.

blueberry and cinnamon coffee cakes

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Radish Sheep Salad Lunch

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I made this sheep themed salad for myself on a day that my niece and I went furniture shopping. We ate our lunches in my car. I used “daikon“, (Japanese radish) for the sheep. It is larger than typical radish and great for using small cookie cutters.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Sheep – daikon (cut with cookie cutter), cheddar cheese, pistachio nuts, mixed lettuce

Top Right: Raspberries

Bottom Right: Triscuit crackers

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Butterfly Salad Lunch

Butterfly Salad Lunch

I made this salad for my niece on a day that she helped me go furniture shopping. We ate our bentos in the car between furniture stores.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Butterflies – melon (cut with cookie cutters), raspberries, pistachio nuts, mixed lettuce

Top Right: Butterfly crackers

Bottom Right: Butterflies – carrots (cut with tiny cutter), celery with peanut butter

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Dog Bread for Lunch

dog bread lunch

I made this dog themed bread lunch for my nephew to bring to school. He loves my homemade rolls and requested them for lunch. I enjoy making shaped bread.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Dog shaped bread (used this recipe), added chocolate chips after the bread was cooled, bone shaped cheddar cheese (cookie cutter)

Top Right:  Carrots

Bottom Right: Raspberries

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15th Birthday Lasagna Lunch

15 birthday lasagna

Last week my lasagna loving nephew turned 15. I made this lasagna lunch for him to bring to school.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Homemade lasagna with a cheddar “15” cut with cookie cutters

Top Right: Pistachios

Bottom Right: Blackberries and raspberries

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Kodomonohi Dinner

kodomonohi dinner

I made this simple Children’s day or kodomonihi dinner for my parents and me. The garnish for the main course and dessert is pie crust.

Main: Partially cook broccoli, carrots, potato, and celery. Make a cheese sauce. Mix sauce with vegetables. Put vegetables and sauce in individual baking dishes. Put panko breadcrumbs on top and bake at 375 for about 20 minutes or until topping is browned.

Dessert: Berries, Greek yogurt, cinnamon

Garnish: Pie crust cut with koinobori cutter and baked until browned, pie crust cut in the shape of a kabuto hat and baked until browned

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berry and yogurt dessert with pie crust garnish.jpg

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Dark Side of the Force Taco Salad

Dark Side Force Taco Salad

Happy Star Wars Day! May the Fourth be with you! I made this easy lunch for my taco loving nephew.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Black beans mixed with a little salsa, iceberg lettuce, Mexican cheese blend

Top Right: Cherry tomatoes and black olives

Bottom Right: Blackberries

Above the Box: Mini Dippers with Taco Sauce, tortilla chips with a hint of lime

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