A Wrestling Addicted Mommy: “Back to School Lunchtime Ideas For The Kids” plus 1 more

A Wrestling Addicted Mommy /////////////////////////////////////////// Back to School Lunchtime Ideas For The Kids Posted: 05 Sep 2016 12:19 PM PDT wrestlingaddictedmommy.com/2016/09/back-to-school-lunchtime-ideas-for-the-kids/ Summer is officially over, and its back to school for just about everyone now. Why pack boring old lunches for the kiddos? Get creative, have some fun, and keep it healthy with these fun ideas and recipes below PLAY WITH COOKIE CUTTERS Cookie and fondant cutters are like the Swiss Army knife of lunch packing. They’re quick, easy to handle, and endlessly versatile. Use them to instantly upgrade fruits and veggies, or to add panache to an otherwise boring sandwich. With so many cute ones out there, it’s easy to go overboard, but with a little imagination, one cutter can produce multiple shapes without taking up much space in your kitchen. Three great ones to start with are a heart, a flower, and a snail cutter. Look what we could make with just a few of these basics! FLOWER-SHAPED CUTTER Make the classic shape into these cheesy owl eyes, or slice each cutout in half and layer over Nutella to make clouds. Cut the “petals” like a pie to make raindrops. SNAIL CUTTER A snail makes a great cheese sandwich, or flip it the other way for a honeydew whale. Even cooler: Cut out the middle to create a cheese letter A. HEART-SHAPED CUTTER This shape takes flight as wings for a dragonfly or birdie. CONJURE A CHARACTER If the idea of re-creating a movie or TV character is daunting, take a minimalist approach and make something symbolic that’s still recognizable. Here we used Mini Babybel cheese and grape fruit leather to make a Pokémon ball; a zigzagged slice of cheese on pumpernickel creates Charlie Brown’s shirt; and zucchini glasses with a red bell pepper lightning bolt reminds kids of Harry Potter. Sausage and sautéed zucchini show their whimsical side thanks to fun food picks. $3 for 8; bentology.net STICK IT ON A SKEWER Skewers are all the rage on Pinterest, but they can get cumbersome and pokey for pint-size palates. Use smaller, more kid-friendly alternatives, such as reusable food picks, or ice-pop or lollipop sticks, and pair them with some unexpected lunchtime fare! Stack tortellini on a bamboo pick, snip the tip, and send a side of marinara. Breakfast for lunch is always a yes! Add waffles and strawberries to a Popsicle stick. BAKE IN A MOLD It’s easy to craft butterflies, stars, flowers, and more from food—with the help of silicone bakeware. Buy a few different styles, and then whip up a bunch of freezer-friendly muffins, frittatas, and granola bites to have on hand when inspiration (or time!) is low. Here, three recipes to try. 1. EASY FRITTATAS Preheat oven to 350°F. Whisk together 6 eggs, ¼ cup milk, ¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese, ¼ cup chopped veggies, and salt and pepper. Pour into muffin cups, filling about ¾ full. Bake 18 to 20 minutes. 2. PUMPKIN-SPICE MUFFINS Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease baking molds with coconut oil. In a large bowl, whisk together 2 cups flour, 1 heaping Tbs. pumpkin pie spice, 1 tsp. baking soda, 1 tsp. baking powder, and ½ tsp. salt. In a separate bowl, mix together 1 can pumpkin puree, ½ cup honey, a 5.3-oz. container plain Greek yogurt, 2 large eggs, and 6 Tbs. melted coconut oil. Pour wet ingredients into the flour mixture; stir to combine. Transfer batter to molds. Bake 15 to 20 minutes, depending on the size; check using a toothpick. 3. NO-BAKE GRANOLA BITES Melt ¼ cup coconut oil, ¼ cup raw honey, and ¼ tsp. salt in a saucepan over medium heat. When it bubbles and foams, turn heat to low. Add 1½ cups rolled oats, 1 cup chopped nuts, ¼ cup ground flaxseed, and cook on low for 2 minutes, stirring to coat. Pour granola into the mold; press in firmly. Cool at room temperature for an hour; remove and add toppings if desired. (We dipped them in melted dark chocolate and yogurt chips and then added coconut flakes and freeze-dried fruit pieces.) Store in an airtight container. /////////////////////////////////////////// Disney On Ice is playing The Palace of Auburn Hills, Sept.29-Oct.2 Posted: 05 Sep 2016 11:31 AM PDT wrestlingaddictedmommy.com/2016/09/disney-on-ice-is-playing-the-palace-of-auburn-hills-sept-29-oct-2/ It’s that time of year again! Disney On Ice is ON TOUR and is coming to The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn HIlls, MI September 29 October 2, 2016. Disney On Ice: Dare To Dream brings us all of our favorite Disney Princesses and songs including two of Disney’s newest fairytales! The Audience will be brought along on an adventure with Rapunzel, Cinderella, Tiana and more! This is a celebration of 75 years of Disney Princesses, Dare to Dream brings the Disney fun and magic to you and your family, no matter what their age, no one is too old for Disney magic! Tickets are available for Disney On Ice: Dare to Dream at The Palace of Auburn HIlls now and can be purchased via Ticketmaster.com. Opening night tickets start at just $10 and General tickets start at just $15, don’t miss the magic of Disney On Ice!

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