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Happy Birthday Hubby/Daddy!

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My DH turned entered his late, late 30’s this week *cough49cough* and since we have instituted a make a present rule, rather than buy them, the girls and I made him the above pictures to hang on the wall in his office/closet space. Everyone chose their own grouping of colors and held them out whilst I melted them with the hair dryer. It was so much fun!

Originally we were going to use cut outs of the girl’s hands and use the crayon drippings around it, but it didn’t come together so well, so that idea got canned. Literally.

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Since DH is diabetic and doesn’t like too many sweet things, we also made him an delicious birthday cake. The cake portion was made with a Betty Crocker white cake mix, that I mixed up with 8oz plain greek yogurt and 1 cup of water and a really generous splash of vanilla. I mixed it all up and baked it in two 10inch pans for around 35 minutes.  After it was cooled, we slathered the flattened bottom cake with homemade strawberry jam, slices of fresh strawberries and some whipped cream.

After the top was put on, we covered the entire thing with vanilla whipped cream, used mini marshmallows around the base for decoration and topped it off with a sliced large strawberry and some rainbow sprinkles.

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Turned out really well! 🙂 It was nommed up quickly and my husband totally enjoyed it!! See?!?!  So the cake was delicious, mostly healthy if you don’t count the marshmellows and still pretty damn healthy with them included. It doesn’t have any butter or eggs either. It was also super moist, well worth a try!

Bento – it’s what’s for lunch!

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I posted the other day about making my own sandwich thins for my girls lunch and here is the results! It’s so cute! I haven’t got a fantabulous collection of bento picks or cutters as yet, but I honestly don’t think that my girls mind!

This bento lunch contained lime jello with mandarin segments. A Freddo Frog – a chocolate treat my awesome brother and SIL sent the girls from Australia, a fruit salad made of grapes, raspberries and melons cut in the shape of a half moon. In the main second is my honey wheat sandwich thin ham and cheese sandwich and a small cup of goldfish. Not pictured in their juice box of Mango Tango Honest Kids Juice or their chobani  yogurt champions.

When this box came home from school, there as nothing but crumps. A definate winner!

Lunchbox Part Two

bento1As this week has gone on, I’ve managed to make sure than I haven’t given the girl’s sandwiches in their lunch boxes. They aren’t too fond of sandwiches to start off with, but I will admit it’s been a little challenging for me.

Last night I had a moment of inspiration! Since I was making a pasta bake, and would have left over noodles, I made a quick Mac  n Cheese and baked them like cupcakes in the oven. Next I made chocolate cupcakes with plain greek yogurt – tasty and healthy! Then things get a little different. L1 decided that carrots and peanut butter where sent directly from the devil, so I gave her some relatively healthy fruit snacks instead. Everyone got two oreos, some grapes and blueberries and a simply go-gurt. Not pictured is the banana I added for afternoon snack, the small bags of natural, lightly salted popcorn, and the honest company fruit juice pouches.

Hopefully this lunch will be a hit… I am planning on making carrot mini cake cookies and maybe some zucchini brownies for the upcoming week. Maybe even a rolled up rice krispie treat! 🙂

Tune in later for some actual crafty pics!

Making school lunch interesting!

Making school lunch interesting!

For my Tuesday post, I am showing the lunch I’ve made for my girls tomorrow. I use the Easy Lunchboxes – brights version if that matters 😉 Today I made them sugar free vanilla pudding with tiny teddy crackers, mandarin, strawberry and grape pieces and in the main compartment, a bed of iceburg lettuce, with homemade chick fil a knock off nuggets, some mini carrots and half a banana. For a snack later on, they will have a small bag of popcorn and a simply yogurt – no high fructose corn syrup added and a natural apple juice. I got the recipe for the nuggets here: Chick-fil-A Bites – they really did taste like the nuggets there!