The Best of The Bug’s Lunchbox & #CVSAbound #Snackurday #HealthierSnacking Ideas

Best of Bugs Lunchbox

I know a lot of people love their peek into the school lunches I pack for The Bug’s when I give you a daily glimpse into his lunchbox. A combination of fresh and homemade foods and some prepackaged healthier snacks like Gold Emblem Abound Snacks from CVS/pharmacy are my ingredients for The Best of The Bug’s Lunchbox. The Best… 

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Mama Monday – Surgery, Solids & the @Cuisinart Baby Food Maker {#giveaway}

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Disclaimer:  I was provided with a Cuisinart Baby Food Maker & Bottle Warmer to review, and one to give away to a reader.  As always, all opinions are my own. Things are about to get crazy around these parts (seriously, when is it not crazy?), but luckily I have the simple and convenient Baby Food… 

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Carrot Cake & Zucchini Bread “Sushi” for #Lunchbox #SundaySupper

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Every Wednesday, I show you what’s in The Bug’s lunchbox, and today #SundaySupper is doing the same.  If you’ve see some of my What’s In The Lunchbox Wednesday posts, you’ve seen variations on these, so now here’s the recipe for Carrot Cake & Zucchini Bread “Sushi”.

What’s in the Lunchbox Wednesday 7-31-13 (Camp Edition)

Cheese & gluten free crackers, carrots, and raisins

The Bug is in camp for 4 weeks this summer, so I am back to packing his lunchbox.  Same rules apply, since the camp is run by his pre-school, which is actually housed in a Jewish Temple.  So all meals consumed on the premises must adhere to Kosher rules (laws? Sorry if my terminology is… 

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What’s in the Lunchbox Wednesday 7-24-13 (Camp Edition)

Rice cake with Laughing Cow cheese and dried cranberries, grapes, graham cracker and peanut butter sandwiches

The Bug is in camp for 4 weeks this summer, so I am back to packing his lunchbox.  Same rules apply, since the camp is run by his pre-school, which is actually housed in a Jewish Temple.  So all meals consumed on the premises must adhere to Kosher rules (laws? Sorry if my terminology is… 

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What’s in the #Lunchbox Wednesday – 3-20-13

Chocolate Peanurt Butter Cookie Dough and chopped apples on tortilla and carrots 3-18-13

The Bug started pre-school this year, so I am packing lunches for the first time.  I actually packed my lunch for most of junior high and high school, as well as for work, since I was never a fan of cafeteria food.  Well, except in college.  And no, I am not showing you the photos… 

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What’s in the #Lunchbox Wednesday – 3-13-13

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The Bug started pre-school this year, so I am packing lunches for the first time.  I actually packed my lunch for most of junior high and high school, as well as for work, since I was never a fan of cafeteria food.  Well, except in college.  And no, I am not showing you the photos… 

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What’s in the Lunchbox Wednesday – 2-13-13

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The Bug started pre-school this year, so I am packing lunches for the first time.  I actually packed my lunch for most of junior high and high school, as well as for work, since I was never a fan of cafeteria food.  Well, except in college.  And no, I am not showing you the photos… 

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Banana Nut Bread Granola Bars – January #ImprovChallenge (#glutenfree)

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“Daddy, are you hungry?”  “Yes, I am hungry.”  “Are you gonna have a baaaarrr?”  “Yes, I am going to have a bar.”  “Can I have some?”  “Yes, I’ll save you a bite.”  “Can I have the one with chocolate?”  Ugh!!

Mama Mondays 12-10-12 – Sugar Cookie Bars with The Bug

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As I mentioned yesterday, it’s Cookie Week here on Cupcakes & Kale Chips.  So for Mama Mondays, I am bringing you a really fun, easy, cookie to make with even the littlest little kitchen helpers.  And it would make a really sweet little gift from your little one.  You can even wrap it in homemade… 

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What’s in the Lunchbox Wednesday – 11-28-12

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The Bug started pre-school this year, so I am packing lunches for the first time.  I actually packed my lunch for most of junior high and high school, as well as for work, since I was never a fan of cafeteria food.  Well, except in college.  And no, I am not showing you the photos… 

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3-Ingredient Cranberry Balsamic Dressing & other ideas for leftover Cranberry Sauce

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Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! I hope you are all having a relaxing day enjoying time with family and/or friends, and feasting on amazing food!  I have so much to be thankful for.  The Hubby is incredibly patient and supportive, despite pregnancy hormones making me more moody and lazy than usual, and even more emotional.  The Bug… 

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What’s in the Lunchbox Wednesday 11-14-12

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The Bug started pre-school this year, so I am packing lunches for the first time.  I actually packed my lunch for most of junior high and high school, as well as for work, since I was never a fan of cafeteria food.  Well, except in college.  And no, I am not showing you the photos… 

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Sesame Noodles for #SundaySupper with @katieworkman100 (#glutenfree version)

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The #SundaySupper crew is proud to again be sharing our interpretations of some of the amazing recipes from The Mom 100 Cookbook by Katie Workman.  I could not participate the first time, but since I heard about the first even, I picked up my own copy and began perusing it.  Katie is all about providing… 

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Kid-Friendly Guacamole

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So I know that I already included this recipe with the Mexican Black Bean & Quinoa Burgers, so I suppose this post is sort of a cop out.  But, you know, sometimes life happens… And summer happens… And wine happens… And ice cream happens… And potty-training happens… And this is all within the past week… 

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Slow Cooker Root Beer Pulled Pork for #BeatTheHeat #SundaySupper

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It’s a heat wave here at #SundaySupper this week, and we are all giving you recipes to #BeatTheHeat.  Just because it’s summer, and has been over 97° for almost a week straight, and you’d rather be at the beach or the pool doesn’t mean you don’t want to enjoy a meal like this… I do actually… 

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Mexican Black Bean & Quinoa Burgers with Homemade Guacamole for Kids in the Kitchen #SundaySupper

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The theme for this week’s #SundaySupper is Kids in the Kitchen, and I’ve got some Mexican Black Bean & Quinoa Burgers with Homemade Guacamole for you.  I was excited about this theme, as it is such a great way to get kids to try new things, and a great activity to do together for both… 

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Things that make you go MMMMMMonday! June 11, 2012

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Never a dull moment in this household.  Friday started out with a lovely brunch for the volunteer “Grandmas” who watch the kids while a group of moms at my church sit and chit-chat for two hours on most Friday mornings.  I brought these muffins, plus a delicious crumb cake that I have to perfect, but… 

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Strawberry Banana Coconut Smoothie (GF and Vegan) – Mom’s Crazy Cooking Challenge

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Crazy Cooking Challenge Day is one of my favorite days of the month in the blog world.  I like to see everyone’s take on the same theme.  The Crazy Cooking Challenge from Moms Crazy Cooking is a monthly blog  hop where all of the participants post a recipe that they have made from another blog, based on… 

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Chicken Souvlaki Dinner with Tzatziki and Tomato Feta Salad – Recipe Swap with Noshing with the Nolands

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Take some tasty chicken and veggie skewers… A little homemade tzatziki… And some tomato feta salad… Put it all together… with a scoop of humus and a few pita wedges… And you have a meal worth of any great Greek or Mediterranean restaurant, right in your own home. Looks amazing, doesn’t it?  Tastes even more… 

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Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie – Improv Cooking Challenge

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AAACK, this post disappeared.  Well, not exactly, but I screwed something up.  So I’ll just try to repost some of the pictures and the awesome recipe, because it has been one of my most popular.  You don’t care about the fact that I whined about how busy I was and my entry into the Improv… 

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Peanuts & Cracker Jack Cupcakes

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OK, pretty soon we will be back to our regularly scheduled at-least-somewhat healthy recipe posts.  But I have one more birthday party goody to share with you, since a Pinstripe Cake is not nearly enough.  I mean, my blog is called Cupcakes & Kale Chips, so we had to have some cupcakes.  I mean floury,… 

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Yankees Pinstripe Cake (a.k.a. Reverse Blue Velvet Cake) and dedication to your teams

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So I had the coolest idea for The Bug’s birthday party.  As you probably saw, we did a baseball party.  And, really, it was a Yankees party. The Hubby and I watch the Yankees all the time, but he will put on other games sometimes, if there is no Yankees game on.  I don’t.  I… 

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Happy Birthday to The Bug – a little ice cream, some Mexican food, and a super fun baseball party!

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Hi!  I am The Bug, and I just turned 2! As with everything else in this family, most of the celebrating revolved around food.  Mommy made these yummy Chocolate Coconut Salted Caramel Cupcakes to bring to my friends at the church.  Plus she wanted some for herself, since they are gluten-free, and she couldn’t have… 

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Chicken & Broccoli Grilled Cheese (including a gluten-free option) – Mom’s Crazy Cooking Challenge

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Yay!  It is time for another Crazy Cooking Challenge from Moms Crazy Cooking.  To be honest, I was a bit disappointed when I saw that the assignment was Grilled Cheese.  I have really been trying to stay gluten-free, and haven’t been super-crazy about the gluten-free breads.  But this challenge prompted me to buy some, and give… 

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Foodie Penpals – April 2012 #foodiepenpals

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I am happy to again be participating in Foodie Penpals this month.  Foodie Penpals is a fun program started by Lindsay at The Lean Green Bean to connect foodies (both bloggers and just plain foodies) to exchange yummy treats once a month.  It gives you the opportunity to connect with some new folks, try some… 

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Balsamic Ketchup… on fries… and tots… and burgers… and eggs… and carrots and peas and cauliflower?!?!

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The Bug needs this shirt… Or this one…   Or maybe even this one… (all shirts and images from Cafe Press) You see, while he is a very good eater, there are some times that he is very picky.  Except when you cover something in some sort of sauce, or give him a little “dip… 

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