Gooey and Cheesy Warm Bacon Dip

This Gooey and Cheesy Warm Bacon Dip comes together in less than 30 minutes and is the perfect crowd-pleasing appetizer!

This Gooey and Cheesy Warm Bacon Dip comes together in less than 30 minutes and is the perfect crowd-pleasing appetizer!

I made this Gooey and Cheesy Warm Bacon Dip last Sunday while we were watching the Chiefs play Miami.  Dip + Sunday afternoon football is a must, yes? ;-)

When I asked the Tall Boy what I should call this dip, his answer {as his mouth was stuffed full} was, “Mmmmmm…BACON.”

I can’t say that I blame him.  Bacon is pretty much the bomb on its own.  But paired with cream cheese, cheddar cheese and sour cream and then slathered on French bread slices — well, it just doesn’t get much better.

This Gooey and Cheesy Warm Bacon Dip comes together in less than 30 minutes and is the perfect crowd-pleasing appetizer!

I love game-watching foods that don’t take much time to put together.  As much of a girlie-girl as I am, I’m also an absolute football nut.  So I don’t want to spend my time in the kitchen preparing food when I could be in front of the television cheering on my team.

All you need for this easy, warm, ooey gooey and cheesy warm bacon dip are a few simple ingredients – and you probably have most of ‘em in your kitchen now: cream cheese, sour cream, cheddar cheese, bacon(!!), and green onions.

Just mix those bad boys together, pop everything in a baking dish in the oven, and in 30 minutes, you’ll have a crowd-pleasing appetizer that will be gobbled up in no time.

This Gooey and Cheesy Warm Bacon Dip comes together in less than 30 minutes and is the perfect crowd-pleasing appetizer!

What’s your favorite game-watching food?

Gooey and Cheesy Warm Bacon Dip

Gooey and Cheesy Warm Bacon Dip

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups sour cream (I used light)
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onion

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Combine softened cream cheese, sour cream, cheddar cheese, bacon and green onion. Spoon mixture into a 1-quart baking dish and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until cheese is bubbling and hot.
  3. Serve with bread slices, crackers, or veggies.
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Ham and Cheese Egg Bake

This Ham and Cheese Egg bake is super simple to make, is light and fluffy, and is great for entertaining or just a lazy Sunday brunch.  Try different combinations of breakfast meats, cheeses and veggies depending our your family’s tastes.

This Ham and Cheese Egg bake is super simple to make, is light and fluffy, and is great for entertaining or just a lazy Sunday brunch.

Last weekend we had a long {long} weekend, and by the time Sunday morning rolled around, I was exhausted.  We left Thursday at lunchtime to head to my college alma mater for ESPN game day {tailgating + long football game = one tired me!}.  The next morning, we shuffled over to Kansas City to spend some time with my friend Chandra {of the lovely Plaid and Paisley Kitchen}…did some shopping on the Plaza, and went to the Royals game Friday night.

By the time we hit a few more stores Saturday, drove home, grocery shopped and washed laundry, the very last thing I wanted to do was cook early Sunday morning.  But since everyone was starving and we’d eaten out enough over the weekend, I decided I’d better get something semi-healthy in our bellies.  This ham and cheese egg bake literally took me 5 minutes to mix up and pop in the oven – it’s so, so easy to make.

As a bonus: after popping it in to bake, I kicked back with my coffee and snuggled in with a book while the casserole did its thing in the oven.

This Ham and Cheese Egg bake is super simple to make, is light and fluffy, and is great for entertaining or just a lazy Sunday brunch.

Even better, you can really mix in any breakfast meats and/or veggies you’d like.  I went with cubed ham and shredded cheddar cheese, since Doodle won’t think of eating anything that might have touched a veggie.  But if you don’t live with a picky 7-year old, I highly suggest adding in some sliced mushrooms, red pepper, green onion, and/or picked jalapeno slices.

We’ve been on a Silk kick lately.  I’ve been adding it to pretty much everything I normally use milk in {my recent favorites are these Blueberry Cream Cheese Muffins, Frozen Coconut Berry Pie, and Blueberry Coconut Popsicles}.

For this ham and cheese egg bake, I used the DHA Omega-3 Soymilk, because it is an excellent source of calcium, it’s low in saturated fat, and it contains DHA Omega-3—a valuable nutrient that helps support the brain, heart and eyes.  Stuff like that is important to a mom. ;-)

Ham and Cheese Egg Bake

Ham and Cheese Egg Bake

Ingredients

  • 16 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups cooked ham, diced
  • 1/2 cup Silk DHA Omega-3 Soymilk
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground mustard
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Mix together all ingredients and pour into a greased 9x13 pan. Bake at 350 for 45-50 minutes, or until the eggs have set and the top is a light golden brown.
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Easy Speedy Taco Bake

Need ideas for a quick and easy weeknight meal?  This Easy Speedy Taco Bake is impossibly easy, and comes together in about 45 minutes with ingredients you probably already have on hand.

Need ideas for a quick and easy weeknight meal?  This Easy Speedy Taco Bake is impossibly easy, and comes together in about 45 minutes with ingredients you probably already have on hand.

So, I’m going to be really honest with you today.

More days than not, we eat meals like this Easy Speedy Taco Bake for dinner.  Even though I spend most of my waking hours thinking about food, photographing food and/or blogging about food, the reality is that we’re not eating gourmet meals at my house.

First of all, we don’t eat gourmet because whotheheck has time to eat like that?  I’m like most of the rest of you: I’m juggling a million balls on a daily basis and the last thing I have the time or energy for is to make something fancy in the kitchen.  Tasty, easy, and hassle-free are my main requirements on the weeknights.

And second of all, I live with a 7-year old kiddo who considers fine cuisine to be macaroni NOT made from a box, and a husband who would be perfectly satisfied with this 30-minute lasagna {every.single.day}.

So yeah, impossibly easy is what I need most nights.

Need ideas for a quick and easy weeknight meal?  This Easy Speedy Taco Bake is impossibly easy, and comes together in about 45 minutes with ingredients you probably already have on hand.

Even more, I need meals that I can make with ingredients I typically keep on hand. And for us, that’s ground beef/turkey, black beans, corn, and lots and lots of cheese. ;-)

Obviously, we gravitate most often to the Mexican-inspired meals, and as much as I love Taco Tuesdays {it’s a real thing at Casa Kitchen Meets Girl}, we like to switch things up every now and then.  And what I love about meals like this one is that it’s simple enough that Doodle can help me in the kitchen.  While I’m browning the meat, he’s busy stirring together the milk, eggs, and Bisquick.  I love that he enjoys helping me cook, and it’s a great way for us to spend time together chatting about our day.

This taco bake really is easy and speedy – you just need a few minutes to brown your meat and layer the ingredients in your baking dish.  Another great thing about it is that it’s easy to customize- like kidney beans better than black beans?  Use those instead.  Add some corn or Rotel…whatever your family likes and that you have on-hand.  You can’t go wrong with this quick and easy dish!

Easy Speedy Taco Bake

Easy Speedy Taco Bake

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground beef or turkey (I used turkey)
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 4 tablespoon taco seasoning - homemade or store bought
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 4-ounce can chopped green chilies
  • 1 cup shredded cheese, divided (I used a Mexican blend)
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups Original Bisquick Baking Mix
  • for serving: shredded lettuce, shredded cheese, sliced olives and tomatoes, salsa, sour cream

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray an 8x8 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large skillet, brown meat over medium heat until no longer pink. Drain the meat and return to the pan. Add chopped onion, garlic, water and taco seasoning. Bring to a boil, and reduce heat and simmer until onions have softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in bean and green chilies.
  3. Transfer the meat mixture to your 8x8 pan. Sprinkle with 1 cup cheese.
  4. In a large bowl, combine Bisquick, 2 eggs and 1 cup milk until moistened. Pour the Bisquick mixture over the meat mixture.
  5. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until the top is light brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. Top with sour cream, cheese, lettuce, salsa, etc. - whatever you like!
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Spiced Pumpkin Butter

Making your own Spiced Pumpkin Butter is a snap, and you can do it for just a fraction of the cost of store-bought. It’s wonderful spread on toast or muffins, or added to your coffee, hot chocolate, or oatmeal!

Making your own Spiced Pumpkin Butter is a snap, and you can do it for just a fraction of the cost of store-bought.

I might have mentioned before how much I love Williams-Sonoma and all of their cooking gadgets and (un)necessities.  And this time of year, they sell a magnificent jarred pecan pumpkin butter.  But at the rate that I can consume it, I’d need a small loan to fund myself through the season.  Not only that, but I have this thing about making things from scratch.

You know, that thing where you tell yourself that the calories don’t count if it’s home baked versus purchased at a store or restaurant?

Mmm-hmm.  These calories soooooo don’t count.

Making your own Spiced Pumpkin Butter is a snap, and you can do it for just a fraction of the cost of store-bought.

You’re probably wondering why there are chocolate chips and a loaf of pumpkin bread riding sidekick in these photos.  That’s because I used this spiced pumpkin butter to make the pumpkin bread, and it’s pretty much the best thing ever {recipe coming soon!}.

This chocolate chip pumpkin bread is wonderfully moist and flavorful, thanks to the addition of homemade pumpkin butter!

All you need are just a few ingredients and half an hour to make gourmet-tasting pumpkin butter at home, for just a fraction of what you would pay at the store.  Then spread it on bread, over yogurt and granola, in oatmeal, or on pancakes.

Or eat with a spoon.

Spiced Pumpkin Butter

Spiced Pumpkin Butter

Ingredients

  • 1 15-ounce can pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1/2 cup spiced apple cider (or apple juice)
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup pecan pieces (optional)

Instructions

  1. Bring all ingredients to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Let cool completely, then spread on bread, over yogurt and granola, in oatmeal, or on pancakes.
  2. Or eat with a spoon.
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Creamy White Chicken Chili

This Creamy White Chicken Chili is the perfect alternative to the traditional tomato-based soup. Packed with spicy flavors, this hearty stew is the perfect way to warm up on a crisp fall night!

This Creamy White Chicken Chili is the perfect alternative to the traditional tomato-based soup. Packed with spicy flavors, this hearty stew is the perfect way to warm up on a crisp fall night!

Okay, so let’s talk about this chili for a minute.

It’s not particularly photogenic, and in my rush to get this off the photography table and into my mouth, I forgot to garnish it with the additional chopped red onion and shredded cheddar cheese that it really deserves. All that aside, I’m here to tell you that you should absolutely make this Creamy White Chicken Chili.

I first posted this recipe back in 2011, when I’d only been blogging a few months and my photography was even worse than atrocious.  I’m not sure that this updated photo is more than marginally better, but since this chili is one of our favorites, I decided to shoot it again when we ate this yummy, hearty soup for dinner last week.

I was encouraged by some initial fall-like temperatures late in the week and got a little excited: pulling short-sleeve shirts and capri pants out of my closet and replacing them with sweaters and boots and scarves.  We purchased some apple cider, made this cold-weather stew and watched football like the hardcore fall-weather lovers we are.

And…this week we’re back into temperatures in the 80’s.

This Creamy White Chicken Chili is the perfect alternative to the traditional tomato-based soup. Packed with spicy flavors, this hearty stew is the perfect way to warm up on a crisp fall night!

I’m not deterred, though. I’m going to keep making my fall foods {like this Pumpkin Snack Cake —>swiped from my grandma’s recipe box} and will those fall-like temperatures to return.

If you’re bored with traditional beef chili – you definitely need to give this chicken version a try.  And if you’re not into jalapeños, just double up on the green chilies – they add great flavor without the heat!

Creamy White Chicken Chili

serves 6

Creamy White Chicken Chili

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken breast, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 small onion (I used red)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 15-ounce cans Great Northern Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 14.5-ounce can chicken broth
  • 1 4-ounce can each, diced green chilis and diced jalepenos
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 8-ounce carton sour cream (I used light)
  • 1/4 cup half-and-half
  • garnish with sour cream, shredded cheese and chopped red onion, if desired

Instructions

  1. Heat oil over medium-high heat in a Dutch oven or large stock pot. Add chicken, sweet onion and garlic. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper, to taste. Cook and stir until chicken is no longer pink. Sitr in beans, broth, green chilies, jalapenos, garlic powder, ground cumin, and garlic salt.
  2. Bring to a gentle boil; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for one hour, stirring occasionally. Mash beans with a potato masher.
  3. Stir sour cream and half-and-half into chili and simmer for 30 minutes longer (do not allow chili to boil).
  4. Ladle chili into bowls and garnish with sour cream, cheese and onion.

recipe from Better Homes and Gardens 2011 Tailgating Magazine

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Grandma’s Pumpkin Snack Cake

This Pumpkin Snack Cake is packed full of fall flavors, and topped with a easy cream cheese cinnamon-dusted frosting!

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Is it fall weather in your neck of the woods yet?  Here in the midwest, we’re finally getting some cooler days – while we were still in the 90’s at the beginning of the week, the high tomorrow is forecasted to be 58 degrees, with rain.  That’s perfect fall baking weather, if you ask me.  Especially when that baking involves pumpkin.

I swiped this pumpkin snack cake recipe from my grandma’s recipe box, although I think it’s a pretty standard/popular pumpkin cake recipe.  Popular because it’s super easy to make and so soft and cinnamon-spicy good.  Topped with an cream cheese frosting and dusted with just a bit more cinnamon, fall doesn’t get much better than this.

This Pumpkin Snack Cake is packed full of fall flavors, and topped with a easy cream cheese cinnamon-dusted frosting!

I always know a recipe is a winner when Doodle scarfs it down and asks for more – although who wouldn’t want more pumpkin snack cake is beyond me. ;-)

Bonus?  It’s a super easy recipe that mixes up in just a few minutes – it really doesn’t take much more work than opening a box mix.  I love homemade recipes that don’t require a lot of extra elbow grease on my part.  I don’t have a lot of extra time for baking and I’d really rather be eating cake than making it.  With this recipe, I have the best of both worlds.

This Pumpkin Snack Cake is packed full of fall flavors, and topped with a easy cream cheese cinnamon-dusted frosting!

And when you spread an easy cream cheese frosting over the top of this, well…all seems right with the world. ;-)

Tell me: what’s your favorite fall flavor?

Grandma’s Pumpkin Snack Cake

Grandma’s Pumpkin Snack Cake

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 15-ounce can pumpkin
  • For the Frosting:
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F and spray a 9x13 pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, salt, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine eggs, sugar, oil, and pumpkin. Add the dry ingredients to the pumpkin mixture, and beat at low speed until combined and the batter is smooth.
  4. Spread batter into pan and bake for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow cake to cool completely before frosting.
  5. To make the frosting, beat the cream cheese with an electric mixer until smooth. Add in the sugar and milk and mix at low speed until combined. Stir in the vanilla and mix again. Spread over cooled bars. Dust lightly with cinnamon, if desired.
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse

This quick and easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse is the perfect start to your day – it’s packed with protein and is an awesome way to stay satisfied throughout your morning!

This quick and easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse is the perfect start to your day - it's packed with protein and is an awesome way to stay satisfied throughout your morning!

I’m not really sure that Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse is the right title for this protein-filled snack.

But “fluffy chocolate whipped Greek yogurt layered with creamy peanut butter Greek yogurt topped with chocolate and peanut butter granola” seemed like too much of a mouthful.

Historically, I’m an oatmeal eater for breakfast, but every now and then I get bored and need to switch things up a bit.  But if I don’t have some protein in the mornings, I can be a real bear {just ask the Tall Boy}.  Greek yogurt usually fits the bill when I’m looking for something different to jazz up my morning routine.  And topped with granola?  Well, even better – especially when that granola boasts 10 grams of protein per ½ cup serving size!

This quick and easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse is the perfect start to your day - it's packed with protein and is an awesome way to stay satisfied throughout your morning!

Nature ValleyTM Protein Granola is a versatile product that can be added on top of many other foods or used as an ingredient.  For my protein-packed breakfast, I layered Greek yogurt (half spiked with cocoa powder and a bit of vanilla and the other half with powdered peanut butter) with Nature ValleyTM Protein Granola Peanut Butter ‘N Dark Chocolate.

So.Crazy.Good.

I ate this for breakfast last Monday and it actually kept me satisfied until lunchtime – typically, I’m rustling around for a snack at my desk by mid-morning.

With clusters of whole grain oats, dark chocolate pieces (!!), and a touch of peanut butter, this is a great way to add protein throughout your day.  Believe me, if you’re a chocolate and peanut butter lover, you need to give this quick and easy breakfast a try!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse

Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse

Ingredients

  • 1 cup vanilla Greek yogurt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons powdered peanut butter OR regular creamy peanut butter
  • Nature ValleyTM Peanut Butter 'N Dark Chocolate Protein Granola

Instructions

  1. Whisk 1 teaspoon cocoa powder and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla into 1/2 cup of vanilla Greek yogurt until smooth. Add sweetener to taste, if desired (I did not).
  2. Mix 2 teaspoons of powdered peanut butter (or regular peanut butter) into remaining 1/2 cup of Greek yogurt.
  3. Layer chocolate yogurt and peanut butter yogurt into a bowl or glass. Top with Nature ValleyTM Peanut Butter 'N Dark Chocolate Protein Granola - as much as you'd like! I think it would be great mixed in between the layers, also.
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Blueberry Cream Cheese Muffins

These delicious Blueberry Cream Cheese Muffins bake up perfectly light and moist, and are topped with an almond struesel.  Perfect for a weekend morning paired with a cup of coffee, or a quick grab and go breakfast.

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If you can’t tell by all of the breakfast muffins on my blog, we really {really} like eating muffins.  I typically make them on Sunday mornings, so that I can indulge in one and send the rest to work with the Tall Boy for breakfast throughout the week.

The cream cheese in the batter keeps these muffins nice and moist, with just the right amount of fluffiness.  If you like blueberry muffins with just a hint of lemon flavor and a nutty-struesel top, these are for you!

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For these muffins, I used Silk Unsweetened AlmondCoconut Blend.  And even though this is a sponsored post, I mean it when I say I love it.  Like really puffy-heart love it.  I’ve been using it for everything lately, including baking and other sweet treats like this Frozen Coconut Berry Pie and Blueberry Coconut Popsicles.

I’m predictable in my breakfast routine in that I eat a bowl of steel-cut oats nearly every weekday.  And historically, I’ve made my oats with water rather than milk {watching those calories, you know}, but for just 35 calories per 8-ounce serving, I’ve been using Silk to jazz up my mornings.  It makes my oats so much creamier and less boring.  Plus, since I’ve been trying to make better eating choices lately, I really love that Silk products are dairy-free and gluten free.

My kiddo loves it, too.

These delicious Blueberry Cream Cheese Muffins bake up perfectly light and moist, and are topped with an almond struesel.  Perfect for a weekend morning paired with a cup of coffee, or a quick grab and go breakfast.

This recipe makes 12 muffins, and the almond struesel on top is the perfect pairing with the AlmondCoconut Blend I used in the batter.

Blueberry Cream Cheese Muffins

makes 12 muffins

Blueberry Cream Cheese Muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 3-ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 cup Silk Unsweetened CoconutAlmond Blend
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • For the struesel:
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400. Place muffin papers in a 12-count muffin tin.
  2. Toss blueberries with 2 tablespoons flour; set aside.
  3. Combine remaining flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl and set aside.
  4. Cream together the softened cream cheese, lemon juice and vanilla until smooth. Add in the milk and butter and mix until just combined. Add eggs; mix to combine.
  5. Add the flour mixture slowly, mixing until just combined. Carefully stir in the blueberries by hand.
  6. Divide batter evenly between 12 muffin tins.
  7. To make the struesel:
  8. Combine flour, sugar and almonds. Cut in the butter with a fork until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Top muffins with struesel before baking.
  9. Bake at 400 for 18 to 20 minutes.
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Easy Lunch Box Ideas: Back to School

Easy Lunch Box Ideas for Back to School

It’s only the second {full} week of school for us and I’m already struggling to think of fun and healthy lunch box ideas.  And truth be told, many days I’d sacrifice either the “fun” and maybe even a “healthy” lunch as long as it’s something Doodle would actually eat.  But if I can pack a lunch that encompasses all three of these things, then I’m really in business.

I have a tendency to pack the same items every single day.  And Doodle isn’t much help unless he’s presented with a list of options.  So, I put one together for both of us.  And maybe you, too?  Just choose one from the main course category, two from the fruits and veggie category, one snack or treat, and a drink.  Easy!

How to Pack a Lunch Box in Four Steps

{If you want to print this list, right click on the image above and then click save. Then just open it in a program like Word and print.}

Doodle has been obsessed with these little milk containers from Horizon Organic.  I spotted them the other day at my grocery store, and they come in 2%, vanilla, chocolate, and Doodle’s favorite: strawberry.  He’s been like a machine chugging these down.

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If you’re packing perishables, make sure to include an ice pack. I also love to tuck in little notes – you can find some great ones here.  And if you’re still looking for a few other ideas, here are some of our favorites:

These little Pepperoni Pizza Muffins are packed with pepperoni and cheese, and are the perfect lunch box food or after school snack!
Pepperoni Pizza Muffins

Forget those boxed bars and make your own - these Funfetti Granola Bars are a fun twist on boring old granola!
Funfetti Granola Bars

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Strawberry Cheesecake Fruit Dip

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