Fun School Lunch Ideas

Fun lunch idea for your kids. // cupcakesandcutlery.com*This post is sponsored by King’s Hawaiian. All opinions are my own. And I heart King’s Hawaiian.

You guys, I literally made the coolest sandwiches. They even said so themselves…My kids have been back in school for two weeks now. Which means two weeks of packing lunches. And while most days it is just plain old sandwiches, baby carrots, etc. I plan on throwing in some surprises this year.

Fun word sandwiches for back to school. // cupcakesandcutlery.comMy oldest is allergic to peanut butter so we don’t keep it in the house. We use Sunbutter as our nut-free alternative (I think I actually like this better than peanut butter…). This sandwich recipe is not earth shattering. Anyone can make a Sunbutter sandwich but I guarantee your kids will like these so much better than their usual. 

Sunbutter, banana and chocolate chip sandwiches. // cupcakesandcutlery.comSpread on your “butter” of choice. Top with sliced bananas and sprinkle on a few mini chocolate chips. (These allergen friendly ones are a really great size and I always have these on hand at home).  Easy as that. And you know how delicious King’s Hawaiian is plain. Just imagine its sweet goodness creamy Sunbutter and chocolate chips! And the banana totally counts as a fruit serving, right? 

Use a cookie cutter to make sandwiches more fun. // cupcakesandcutlery.comBut then, using just a simple cookie cutter, you can make that sandwich different and surprise your kids at lunch time. No need to oil the cutter, it will cut right through the soft King’s Hawaiian bread and Sunbutter perfectly. 

Shaped sandwiches are so much cuter. And trust me, kids like their food cute. // cupcakesandcutlery.comYou can stop there and just serve a round sandwich. Even this simple change will have the kids at the lunch tables talking. Or you can really blow minds with a super fun shaped cookie cutter

Peace and sandwiches. // cupcakesandcutlery.comOr you can make a few more letters and tell your kid what you think of them.  I think mine are pretty cool.  You only need to make sure that the cookie cutter you choose is completely open and doesn’t have any connectors on the top of it. The sandwich needs to be able to come out the top. 

Fun lunch box idea for kid's school lunches. // cupcakesandcutlery.comBased on the size of my cutters, it took about 3 sandwiches to make these 4 letters. And there is some waste (which you can totally keep in a plastic bag and serve as an after school snack). This is a once in a while type lunch. But your kids will LOVE it! You can let your kids figure out what the word is or you can pack them in numbered plastic bags to help them. These sandwiches could have also been “loco” funny, right?!

Sunbutter, banana and chocolate chip sandwiches. // cupcakesandcutlery.comI do not often send my kid’s sandwiches with chocolate chips in them.  I sent one with my older son the first week of school and that was the first thing I heard about when he got home. So that was really fun. I loved knowing that he probably had a big smile when he took his first bite of sandwich.

There are tons of ways you can make your child’s lunchbox more fun. You can check out King’s Hawaiian Lunchbox Fun Pinterest board for more fun food ideas, printables and more!

*Thank you for supporting my sponsors, like King’s Hawaiian, who let me do what I love.

Martha Stewart on a Martha Stewart Pedestal

Peach shortcake with succulents for a super easy party dessert and decorations. // cupcakesandcutlery.comThere is a time in every blogger’s life when they are reminded of their mediocracy. Sure, you get mentioned on big sites and hit a big traffic day with a viral post once in a while. You love what you do, you think you are putting out good content and you start to think of yourself as being pretty skilled, domestically speaking. And then you work with Martha Stewart. And you realize that while you know your way around a kitchen, you will never be Martha caliber. Case in point. I got an email from her company asking me to participate in a fun end of summer program.  I think, “duh – of course I’ll participate.” They asked me to make one of her delicious summer recipes that would feature their new cake stands (available at Macy’s) perfectly. I think, “Yes! No biggie.  I can do this.” So I click-through the recipe slide show to choose my recipe…each one a little more difficult or with more steps than the one before…I feel my confidence waiver. Man that Strawberry Cream Cake recipe looks good. But wait, is she making a legit cake for it? No store-bought? So I move on. And I land on the Plum Blackberry Galette

Putting together a kind of homemade ginger peach shortcake. // cupcakesandcutlery.comI’ve always wanted to make a galette, primarily because I feel like if I am going to attempt to make crust, this one is super rustic and would hide my errors. So I think, “Yes! The galette!” but as the days go on and I get closer to actually having to make it, I start to tremble slightly. Yeah, that crust still sounds pretty advanced for me. My neighbor, a baker who I had asked to spot me in my crust making, ended up with sick children and I knew that I would be completely on my own. So I decided that I would combine two of Martha’s desserts to fit my strengths. And I ended up making a Ginger Peach Shortcake, because the plums at my store looked grody and my kids won’t touch blackberries with a ten foot pole. But even that didn’t go exactly as planned. While all I did to the peaches to prepare them for the cake was add some sugar and fresh grated ginger, a tiny piece of ginger ended up landing in my eye. Martha doesn’t get ginger in her eye. Through this process I was constantly reminded of Martha’s supreme greatness. She really can do it all, and make it look easy as pie, or galette as it were. 

Super easy and delicious dessert idea. Ginger Peach Shortcake. // cupcakesandcutlery.comI stand behind my Ginger Peach Shortcake. I’m proud of it. It tasted amazing, looked pretty and is true to who I am as a blogger and person. So while I wanted to put her Plum Blackberry Galette on a pedestal, I think I’ll keep Martha up there too. It is good to aspire to be like someone else, but I think it is also important to know your own strengths and weaknesses. But it doesn’t hurt to have that little question in the back of your mind as you move through life, “What would Martha do?”

Succulents pair really nicely with bright, poppy colors. // cupcakesandcutlery.comI know many of you out there are on the same level I am in terms of cooking/baking skills. Let’s keep it simple and delicious. And then let’s make it pretty to look at.

Pale pink and gold planter with succulents. // cupcakesandcutlery.comI was very lucky that I was able to shoot this at Lauren’s house where she had plenty of cute potted succulents all ready to go. 

Gold flatware and air plants. // cupcakesandcutlery.comAnd gold flat ware for me to use. But I’m totally going add that to my wish list because, SO pretty! 

Domed Cake stands are the best! // cupcakesandcutlery.comMartha really does make the best cake stands and this domed one is lovely. I love that the white really stood out against the colorful scarves and fabric that I used. I fell in love with that peach/pink/red scarf the minute I saw it and, even better, it was on clearance! 

Easy party dessert idea. // cupcakesandcutlery.comThis easy Ginger Peach Shortcake would be the perfect last-minute dessert for a get together. I didn’t make a recipe for it, literally just sliced the peaches, tossed in about 2 TBSP of sugar and grated about a 1/2 inch piece of fresh ginger in to the container. Then I put the lid on and gave it a good shake. I let it sit overnight to develop the juices and it was ready to go.

preparing-peach-shortcake-recipeI did make my own whipped cream though. I mean, I’m not a Neanderthal. I took a store-bought angel food cake and sliced in half. Then I layered on the whipped cream, and some peaches laid out in a super cute pattern. I added the second layer and then added more whipped cream and peaches. Done. Super easy.

Bright pinks, blues and gold make a gorgeous party table. // cupcakesandcutlery.comI’m still going to give that galette a shot one day. A girl has to have goals. So thank you, Martha, for challenging and inspiring us. And for the prettiest cake stands in all the land.

*I was sent a Martha Stewart cake stand. All opinions, stinging eye and sore arm from using a whisk to make the whipped cream, are my own.

Back to School Shopping for Moms

Best white "T" from Ascot and Hart. //  cupcakesandcutlery.comWho says kids are the only people that can do back to school shopping? That was one of my favorite parts of going to school. And since I have been out of school for, oh you know, just a few years, every year when I start to get my own kids ready for fall I instantly feel like my wardrobe needs an update too. So I wanted to share with you a few of my favorite sites to shop from. 

Ascot + Hart is a go-to of mine. Even if I don’t end up buying anything, it is a site I check out pretty frequently. They add new items regularly and they are in a really great price range, not cheap but not outrageous either. And the two gals who run it are super stylish so you know they are only going to put up great pieces. That means that half the work is done for you.  Some of the items sell out so if you see something you want, snatch it up quickly before someone else does.  I’ve been looking for the perfect white t-shirt for what feels like forever! I finally found this one and it is a favorite. And of course, now it looks like it is sold out. But check back because they sometimes restock their basics and best sellers! It is a bit sheer (but not too sheer) so I just wear it with a little bralette. It’s super soft and works with so many different things.

Best shorts ever! Palm Tree shorts from Ascot and Hart. As you know, shorts are sort of new for me. Ascot + Hart has some really great ones! I love their patterns and they, most often are not booty shorts which I appreciate. These palm tree shorts (available in black) have been my fave so far this summer and I wear them all the time.  Even out of the house. You can see a pair of cute ruffled black ones I got from them too in this post.  Their customer service is awesome and shipping is fast. Every time they Instagram that they have a new piece in their store I hear my husband and wallet sigh. 

Love this kimono from @lulusdotcom. //  cupcakesandcutlery.comMy next stop is always Lulus.  While the site is probably geared towards a younger audience than myself, I can always find something that I love. This kimono is my fave (similar here)! I’ve been wearing it pretty much non-stop. I love the length and pattern and it works perfectly over rompers, jeans, whatever.

Tie dye dress and nude booties from @lulusdotcom. //  cupcakesandcutlery.comThis tie dye maxi and nude booties (available in black) are also from Lulus.  I had my eyes on these shoes for a while and finally got them. The heel is my favorite. They are super comfy and I can walk in them and not look like a fool. Buh-bye stilettos. I don’t wear these walking the kids to and from school. I’m not crazy. But they are perfect for date night. So is this tie dye dress.  Although throw on a cute pair of flip-flops and I can look extra cute a pick up. 

My fave new dress from @lulusdotcom. //  cupcakesandcutlery.comThis is, by far, my favorite dress of the summer. It is by Billabong and also from Lulus. It has a great neckline, a totally acceptable hi-lo hem and the pattern makes my heart skip a beat. I wish you could see the back detail as well! It’s somewhat racer back but done in a totally new way. LOVE! Check out my model pose, huh. You can read more about what I’m doing in that field right here. 

White and Blue dress with pink bralette from @lulusdotcom. // cupcakesandcutlery.comAnd while I am not totally in focus in this shot, you can see the other dress I have been wearing all day, every day for the summer and will continue to well in to fall. The back is open with a little tie, so the pink bralette is the perfect thing to add a pop of extra color to this dress. The hem is gorgeous with a large lace detail and I love the blue embroidered triangles. If you can’t tell, I like my clothes to be really comfortable. And all of these pieces are. They are perfect for sitting through PTA meetings. (image above courtesy of Dez and Tam Photography)

Leopard print Etnies sneakers. LOVE these with simple black jeans and white t. //  cupcakesandcutlery.comAnd my last favorite item is these leopard Etnies sneakers. THESE make walking to and from school from.  They go with tons of outfits and they are super cute. All of the items shown, with the exception of the shorts will be going along in to fall with me. It is still very much summer here so I’m not expecting to have to throw on a sweater or jacket for another few months.

I also like to check out The Oxford Trunk, Brandy Melville, H&M, and ASOS.

What are your go-to shops?

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Pretty Drink Recipe Printables

Cocktails in the pool in Palm Springs. Photo by @alexandrahedin. Image credit: Alexandra Hedin

Thanks for following along all week on my #campmixalot creative retreat to Palm Springs. Today I’m excited to share with you a printable of the amazing hand-lettered drink recipe cards Lauren created to put in the girl’s goodie bags. You should totally print these out and keep them in your kitchen. I can’t stress enough how awful Tortuga Nights sounds but how good it really is. You HAVE to try it! We will be hosting a goodie bag giveaway soon so check back! You want to win it, I assure you.

Hand painted printable cocktail recipes from #campmixalot done by @laurenv

These cards also include really pretty instructions on how to DIY your own infused vodka and also a quick how-to on the frozen melon ball sparkling wine cocktails we served. Do it.

Lauren put marks on the card to tell you where to cut but really you are just cutting the page in half one direction and then again the other. Super easy. But SO pretty! Print them out, use them and share with your friends. Tag us on social media if you post them! @cupcakescutlery @afabulousfete

Download here: camp-mixalot-printable-coctktails

See all the #campmixalot posts here:

Day 1 Recap

Day 2 Recap

Catered dinner in Palm Springs

A Fabulous Fete’s Recap

Melon Ball Mimosas

Infused Vodka Favors

And in case you are headed to Palm Springs – here are some of my favorite places to eat!

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Palm Springs Restaurants

Best restaurants in Palm Springs. // cupcakesandcutlery.comAll this week I have been sharing info about the creative retreat Lauren and I put together this summer. For the last two years, we have hosted this weekend in Palm Springs for several reasons. It is relatively close to the mostly OC based creatives that attend, it’s usually warm and sunny making pool time a necessity and the desert has great food, people and atmosphere. And I freaking love it. I’ve already shared with you my favorite places to stay in Palm Springs (a few updates coming soon!) but today I thought I would share the Palm Springs restaurants that make my stomach happy. Special note: Palm Springs has “seasons.” During low season (summer) some restaurants close. Check with each of these places before heading over to ensure that they are, in fact, open. It took me years to finally try Cheeky’s because I was never in town when it was open!

And here are my qualifications: I like to eat, I like good design and I like great customer service. These are my personal opinions and none of these are sponsored. These are the places that I eat at, time and time again.

Pancakes from King's Highway at The Ace Hotel in Palm Springs. // cupcakesandcutlery.comBreakfast is my favorite meal to eat out no matter where I am. These pancakes, King’s Highway at the Ace Hotel, might be the best I’ve ever had. For serious. This is one of my favorite places for breakfast in the desert. They are open for lunch and dinner as well, but breakfast is my fave. The food is always great, the atmosphere, with its 70′s macrame art and hipsters, is always interesting and you can always count on a good meal. The rattan elephant head on the wall is also a favorite of my kids.  [Read more...]