Diana Rambles: February 2012

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Leap Day Bento

 
2/26: Leap Day-Turkey & cheese tortilla sandwich calender (edible maker), peas, frog make out of pear with Fruit Roll-Up tongue and raisin fly, LEAP made from Rainbow Sour Punch
linked to the following bento memes: Bento of the Week, What's For Lunch I link to food memes listed here. I link to creative memes listed here.
Thematic Thursday

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Hello Kitty Cookie Cutter

Back when I bought the container pictured yesterday, I also got this big Hello Kitty cookie cutter.
2/28: Hello Kitty 3- strawberry jam HK sandwich, blueberries, peas, strawberries
linked to the following bento memes: Bento of the Week, What's For Lunch I link to food memes listed here. I link to creative memes listed here.
**Featured on the Hello Kitty Blog & Facebook Page on 2/29/12**

Monday, February 27, 2012

Hello Kitty Bento Container

A few years ago I followed a blog of an acquaintance who make bento lunches for her daughter to take to school each day. I wanted to make bentos for my daughter so I bought this Hello Kitty container from our local Sanrio store. We use it quite often.
2/27: HK Container- mac & chez, strawberries, blueberries, peas, trail mix.
linked to the following bento memes: Bento of the Week, What's For Lunch
**Featured on the Hello Kitty Blog & Facebook Page on 2/29/12**

Friday, February 24, 2012

Chocolate Chip Belgian Waffle Cookies

A friend posted a pic from a cookbook on FB showing cookies baked in a waffle iron. I was feeling stressed out and was craving chocolate, so I tried it out.
I just used a Betty Crocker mix I had on hand and stuck a big glob in our Belgian Waffle Iron and they turned out GREAT! You just have to keep a close eye on it while baking. It was super soft as I tried to take it out, so I just held the waffle iron upside-down and kind of shook it out. Worked fine. I didn't use any spray on the iron. There was cookie residue after I baked a batch, so I didn't make anymore.
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Hello Kitty Bento 1

It's Hello Kitty week over at Bento Blog Network!
2/24: rice kitty, cheese, turkey, peas, blueberries, strawberries w/ HK picks
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Bento of the Week

**Featured on the Hello Kitty Blog & Facebook Page on 2/29/12**

Cat in the Hat Snack

Yesterday was my daughter's snack day at school. I came up with these 'Cat in the Hat' snacks. I think my idea was better than it turned out, but the kids loved them.
Cat in the Hat Snack

small powdered donuts (1 per hat)
marshmallows (2 per hat)
red frosting or red candy melts

In hindsight, I would have used red candy melts instead of the frosting. I also would have bought 2 bags of regular marshmallows instead of 1 reg and 1 mini.  I was in a hurry to get these done, so a few just had mini mallows for one layer. Not too pretty, but you get the idea!

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Taste the Rainbow

linked to the following bento memes: Bento of the Week, What's For Lunch

Thematic Thursday 7: Leap Year/Calendar

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Mardi Gras Thematic Thursday. I knew there wouldn't be a lot of link-ups, but the ones we did get were great!

The link with the most views this past week was Krispy Kreme Brownies from The Traveling Spoon. I am thinking this will be great to make year round!
A submission that really caught my eye was Mardi Gras Snack Bento from Kat's Bento Love. I just want to lick off that frosting!
Week 7 Theme: Leap Year/Calendar The new theme is Leap Year. Please post the direct link to anything you've created, done, or posted about that is related to Leap Year. I figure this might be challenging with food or craft, but I would venture to guess that some lessons or activities will be posted. You can post more than one, but it needs to be your content/from your blog. Older posts are OK! No giveaways please. Grab a Thematic Thursday button if you want and please visit/comment on other participants! Full guidelines on this meme can be found here.
Upcoming Schedule: 3/1 Dr. Suess, 3/8 Anything Goes, 3/15 St. Patrick's Day, 3/22 Spring

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Butterfly Stars

We love this container even though all the lunches we make in it look similar!
2/22: Butterfly Stars- mini jelly star sandwiches, strawberries, blueberries, edamame
linked to the following bento memes: Bento of the Week, What's For Lunch

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Happy 4th Birthday Custom Blog Designs

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Mardi Gras Bento

2/21: Mardi Gras- King Cake (bagel w/ cream cheese & sprinkles), carrots & dip, pear, strawberry yogurt raisins, cheese mask
linked to the following bento memes: Bento of the Week, What's For Lunch

Monday, February 20, 2012

Pickle Dippers Bento

 2/20: Pickle Dippers- turkey, cheese & pickle on picks to dip in mustard, pears, carrots & ranch dip
linked to the following bento memes: Bento of the Week, What's For Lunch

Friday, February 17, 2012

Easy King Cake

easy king cake recipe
It's that time of year when I start craving King Cake. I am not sure why as I am not from the south, have only spent a few hours in NOLA, I haven't 'earned beads', and I've never celebrated Mardi Gras. The only King Cake I've had was a few pieces that a friend bought from our local Midwest grocery store bakery. I have NO idea if that even tasted like the real thing, but I can't get it out of my brain. Sure, I could go to that grocery store and see if they made any this year...but what is the fun in that? I did a little searching online for an easy recipe and came across a few variations, but nothing was exactly what I wanted. I decided to put my craving to rest and create my own.
Easy King Cake Ingredients
Easy King Cake (Raspberry Cream Cheese version)

2 rolls of refrigerated dough (I used biscuits)
1/2 cup cream cheese
1/2 cup raspberry preserves
baby, bean, or pecan
icing glaze
green, purple, & yellow sprinkle sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lay out your biscuits in a rectangle (20 so it was 1 row of 6 and 2 rows of 7) and cover with plastic wrap and roll into a sheet. I put down a cookie liner and used a rolling pin to roll. Microwave the cream cheese for 10 seconds and spread on the dough. Microwave the raspberry preserves for 20 seconds and spread on top of the cream cheese. Carefully roll the dough long ways. Form a circle and pinch the ends together. No babies in this house, so I tucked a pecan in the roll. The filling started to break through when biscuits tried to pull apart, but I pinched them together. Bake for 17-23 minutes or until brown on the edges. I did mine for 17 mins and it was slightly doughy on the inside.

You can use a can of pre-made icing if you want. I used the corn syrup icing recipe here. I always use Almond Extract! I usually have some in my fridge since the recipe is more than enough for a batch of cookies.

Move the cake to a plate when it comes out of the oven, spread on icing, then sprinkle with the green, purple, & yellow sprinkles.
I think it turned out well, although I wish my purple sprinkles were brighter. How did it taste? YUMMY! Although, different from that King Cake I had last year. What did I find on the first piece? The pecan! I guess that means I have to make another one. I might try experimenting with crescent or cinnamon roll dough next time.
I did have darker purple sprinkles afterall, which I used on another one I made.
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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Thematic Thursday 6: Mardi Gras

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Valentine's Thematic Thursday. We had over 90 entries and some really great ideas! I was truly inspired and tried out a few of the ideas linked.

The link with the most views this past week was Butter Cookies from Aunt Nubby's Kitchen. Her post includes a print recipe link.
A submission that really caught my eye was Felt Flower Valentine's Heart Craft from Emma's Lunch. What a beautiful creation.
Week 6 Theme: Mardi Gras The new theme is Mardi Gras. Please post the direct link to anything you've created, done, or posted about that is related to Mardi Gras. You can post more than one, but it needs to be your content/from your blog. Older posts are OK! No giveaways please. Grab a Thematic Thursday button if you want and please visit/comment on at least 2 other participants! Full guidelines on this meme can be found here.
Upcoming Schedule: 2/23 Leap Year/Calendar, 3/1 Dr. Suess

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Bed Head Bento

2/16: Bed Head- Jelly sandwich w/ candy mouth & eyes and chow mein hair held on with peanut butter, strawberries, cashews, green beans
linked to the following bento memes: Bento of the Week, What's For Lunch

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Nothing Special

2/15: Nothing Special- Couldn't think of any good name for this bento. 2 hard boiled quail eggs, cheese, peas, strawberries, blueberries, Moo Tube (Aldi brand Go-Gurt)
linked to the following bento meme: What's For Lunch

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine's Lollipop Snacks

I needed a snack to take to my daughter's Valentine's party at school this afternoon and I came across this link for Heart Lollipops from my Thematic Thursday link-up.
I think they turned out well!