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4/25/2012

National Zucchini Bread Day

So yesterday was National Zucchini Bread day and I was going to make a loaf after I dropped off Miss V at school.  Well I got a little side tracked by some wonderful moms.

When we got home yesterday afternoon, I pulled out the Food Network Magazine from May 2011 that had a Mix & Match Quick bread section.

Step One
Choose a flavor - One cup Zucchini, shredded and squeezed dry.

Step Two - Mix-ins (choose up to 1 3/4 cups but no more than 3/4 cups of nuts) I chose one cup of rolled oats and 3/4 cup toasted chopped walnuts.

Step Three - Preheat oven to 350 and lightly butter one 9x5 inch loaf pan or three 6x3 mini pans.

Step Four- Mix 1 3/4 cup flour, 3/4 cup sugar, 1 tsp baking powder and salt, 1/2 tsp baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg in a large bowl.  Add in the mix-ins from step two.  In a medium bowl whisk 2 eggs 1/2 cup cooled melted butter or vegetable oil, 1/2 cup plain yogurt or sour cream, 1 tsp vanilla extract and 1 tsp citrus zest (optional).  Stir your fruit or vegetables into the egg mixture, then fold into the dry mixture until just combined.

Step Five - Spread the batter into the pan.  Bake until a toothpick inserted comes out clean, about 55 minutes for a standard loaf or 35-40 minutes for the mini loaves.  Cool 30 minutes in the pan on a rack, then turn out onto the rack to cool completely.

Step Six- Make a glaze.  I chose Cream Cheese.  Whisk 1 cup confectioners sugar, 3tbs softened cream cheese, 2 tbs milk and 1/4 tsp vanilla extract.






It came out really tasty!!!

4/24/2012

Lunch 4/24/2012

Here is Miss V's lunch today

Capri Sun
Peanut Butter and Grape Jelly on a Mini Sandwich thin
apple slices
strawberries
chewy granola bar
Colby Jack Cheese Stick
Simply Gogurt (frozen)
Ritz Bits
Chips Ahoy packet

Lil' Kahuna Sliders

Miss V spotted these little sandwiches in Food Network Magazine recently.  I did have to make a few substitutions.

3 KING'S HAWAIIAN® Original Hawaiian Sweet Dinner Rolls, cut horizontally in half
3 pcs. chicken thigh meat
4 oz. Italian dressing
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. dried basil
1/2 green bell pepper, cut to the size of the dinner roll
1/2 red bell pepper, cut to the size of the dinner roll
1 oz. red onion, cut to the size of the dinner roll
6 pcs. pineapple chunks
Pineapple top for garnish
Pickle and olives to garnish
3 oz. lilikoi aioli (recipe below)

Combine Italian dressing, oregano and basil, divide. Marinate chicken thighs with half of the dressing mix for several hours and vegetables with the remaining dressing for half an hour.

Grill chicken, vegetables, and pineapple chunks.

Arrange on a skewer, cherry tomato 1st, top of bread, onion, bell pepper, chicken, bottom of bread, and a cherry tomato on the bottom to hold sandwich in place. Stick into the pineapple top any style you like.

Serve with Lilikoi Aioli 1/4 cup mayonnaise 2 tbsp. lilikoi (passion fruit) preserves Whisk together mayonnaise and preserves until smooth. Makes 3 servings.

So I accidently got the mini sub rolls which worked out fine.  The second substitution was that I used chicken breasts.  I cut the breast in half and on the thick piece, I sliced that in half to make it thinner.

I couldn't find passion fruit preserves so I used Mango which was really good.  Oh and I used grilled pineapple rings.





Oh and obviously I doubled the recipe since it was our dinner.  I served the with a tossed salad and sweet potato puffs.

These were really good and will definitely be made again this summer!



4/23/2012

Lunch 4/23/2012

Here is Miss V's Lunch today

Capri Sun
Dark Chocolate Dreams and Fluff on a Mini Sandwich Thin
Chewy Granola
Bar Ritz Bits
Breakfast on the Go Packet
Fruit Snacks
Danimals Yogurt
Carrots with Green Goddess Dressing
Strawberries

4/19/2012

Lunch 4/19/2012

Today's lunch

Peanut butter tortilla wrap
Ants on a log
Carrots with Green Goddess Dressing (dip)
Capri sun
Simply Gogurt
Oreo 100 Calorie Pack
Chewy Granola Bar
Teddy Grahams Soft Paw cookie
Fruit Snack
Watermelon cubes

4/18/2012

Lunch Box Failure

Wow while I was going back and relabeling all the old entries I came across the lunch box failure post.  Hmmm...I did submit a report to the company and just realized that I never heard back from them.  Well I guess I really will not be purchasing their products ever again.

School Lunch Posts have been moved

Hi everyone,

I just wanted to let you know that I have a separate blog just for Miss V's School Lunches.  You can still follow them.  If you want to view the posts, they are located at http://punkarooniesl.blogspot.com/

Thanks
Lynn

Lunch 4/18/2012

Today's lunch

Peanut Butter and Jelly on a mini sandwich thin
Sliced Cucumber and baby carrots
Red Grapes
Colby Jack Cheese Stick
Danimal Smoothie
Chewy Granola Bar
Capri Sun
Ritz Bits
Teddy Graham Soft Paws

4/17/2012

Lunch 4/17/2012

Today's lunch

Roast Beef, Cheese, Lettuce on a Whole Wheat Dinner Roll
Sliced Cucumber and baby carrots
Fresh Strawberries
Horizon Chocolate Milk
Chewy Granola Bar
Vanilla Cupcake Goldfish
Ritz Snack Mix
Fruit Snacks
Danimal Yogurt

4/16/2012

Lunch 4/16/2012

I haven't had time to blog Miss V's lunch in a few weeks, mornings have been a bit difficult lately.

Today's lunch includes:
Ham, Cheese, and lettuce on a Whole Wheat Dinner Roll
Horizon Milk
Chewy Granola Bar
Red Grapes
Strawberries
Ritz Bits
Fruit Snacks
Danimals Yogurt
Vanilla Cupcake Goldfish

4/13/2012

Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

I orignally found this recipe on Pinterest.  Here is a LINK to the orginal recipe.  I did change a few things and my changes are below.

2 cups cooked rice, I used Mahatma
3 cups of cooked chicken, I like to roast mine in the oven
6 slices of Swiss Cheese
12 or so slices of ham, chopped up
2 cans of Cream of Chicken Soup
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup sour cream
2 tbs dijon mustard
10 saltine crackers crushed
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dried parsley

Preheat oven to 350

Spread the cooked rice in the bottom of a 9x13 pan

Place the 3 cups of cooked chicken on top of the rice




Next layer the six slices of Swiss Cheese over the Chicken


Next layer on the chopped ham


In a large bowl mix the soup, milk, sour cream, and dijon mustard until combined

Pour over the ham

Next in a baggie crush up the crackers and spices.

Sprinkle the crumbs over the soup layer.

Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly.



This came out really well!!!  I think the only thing I would change would be to use bread crumb instead of the crackers.

Lunch 4/13/2012 Pizza Friday Snacks

Today's Pizza Friday Snacks

Capri Sun
Chocolate Covered Pretzels
Red Grapes
Apple Slices
Simply Gogurt
Chewy Granola Bar
Teddy Graham Soft Paws Cookie
Florida Natural Fruit Snacks
Cheese Crackers

4/12/2012

Lunch 4/12/2012

Today's lunch

Grilled Chicken, lettuce, tomato and cheese on a small roll
Apple Slices
Colby Jack Cheese Cubes
Capri Sun
Chocolate Covered Pretzels
Pineapple Chunks
Fruit Snacks
Chewy Granola Bar
Cheese Crackers

4/11/2012

Lunch 4/11/2012

Today's lunch

Grilled Chicken, lettuce, tomato and cheese on a small roll
Capri Sun
Apple Slices
Simply Gogurt
Fruit Snacks
Cheese Crackers
Diced Peaches
Chewy Granola Bar

4/10/2012

Lunch 4/10/2012

Today's lunch

Capri Sun
Grilled Chicken on a small roll
Pineapple Chunks
Snap Peas
Chewy Granola Bar
Colby Jack Cheese Stick
Fruit Snacks
Breakfast on the Go packet

4/09/2012

Lunch 4/9/2012

Today's lunch

Peanut Butter and Strawberry Jelly on Whole Wheat
Capri Sun
Chocolate Covered Pretzels
Chewy Granola Bar
Fruit Snacks
Strawberry Danimal
Apple Slices
Carrot Slices

4/05/2012

Lunch 4/5/2102

Today's lunch

Peanut Butter and Jelly on Whole Wheat
Capri Sun
Strawberry Danimals
Teddy Grahams Soft Paws Cookie
Chewy Granola Bar
Cheese Crackers
Space Goldfish
Colby Jack Cheese Stick
Red Grapes
Carrot Slices

4/04/2012

Lunch 4/4/2012

Today's lunch

Peanut Butter and Jelly on Whole Wheat
Apple slices
Sliced Cucumber and Carrots
Capri Sun
Colby Jack Cheese Stick
Strawberry Danimals
Breakfast on the Go packet
Gripz cookies
Fruit Snacks

4/03/2012

Lunch 4/3/2012

Today's lunch

Peanut Butter and Jelly on Whole Wheat
Horizon Strawberry Milk
Sliced Cucumber and Carrots
Apple Slices
Simply Gogurt
Colby Jack Cheese Stick
Florida Natural Fruit Nuggets
Chocolate Covered Pretzels
Breakfast on the Go Packet
Chewy Granola Bar

4/02/2012

Bowling Ball Cake scene

Miss V was traumatized a few years ago when I ordered a GIRL bowling cake and didn't look at it when I picked it up.  When it was cake time and opened the box, it clearly is not a girl on the cake.  Since then she asks that I do not order a cake from the grocery store.  I have learned how to make a Monkey Face cake and a pair of flip flops for the past two years.  This year since she turned 10 we said she could have a BIG birthday party and she chose bowling with a few of her friends.

Then began the search for bowling cakes.  One of my friends sent me lots of cute idea and Miss V said she liked the most elaborate cake scene...I explained that I don't have that kind of talent.  Her response was cute "But Mummah, I have faith that you can make this, you are the best!"  With that comment, I couldn't let her down.

So I did the best that I could and it came out pretty good.  If you ask her it is the coolest birthday cake EVER!

So here is the process...pretty simple.  A batch and half of rice krispy treats, Wilton Sports ball pan, premade fonant, canned white frosting, and food coloring.













I also made a batch of cupcakes and cookie bowling pins.


Happy 10th Birthday Miss V!!!



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Lunch 4/2/2012

Here is Miss V's lunch today

Dark Chocolate Dreams and Fluff on Whole Wheat
Colby Jack Cheese Stick
Vanilla Horizon Milk
Strawberry Danimals Yogurt
Fruit Snacks
Chewy Granola Bar
Teddy Graham Soft Paw Cookis
Space Goldfish
Carrot Slices
Red Grapes

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