Thursday, August 21, 2014

BTS Teacher Survival Kit + Matching Decorative Clipboard

The countdown to school has already begun and we officially have 3 days left until school starts. I think were all prepared and have everything we need to start out. We have purchased all of their school clothes, shoes, lunch boxes, back packs, and required school supplies.

Throughout the year I love giving gifts to my children's teachers. Most times it's around the holiday season or for teacher appreciation week, but this year I thought it would be neat to send a little special something for the first day of school.  

While school supply shopping at Walmart I purchased some extra supplies as I do every year. The beginning of the school year is when supplies are at their cheapest, so I always pile up on everything the kids go though rather quickly (paper, pens, pencils, etc). I grabbed a extra school supply box and a clipboard specifically to make this neat little Teacher Survival Kit & Clipboard.

The pencil box was .97 and the clipboard came in a package of two for $3.77. I headed to the craft department and grabbed a few rolls of Duck Brand Designer Duck Tape. Back in June while in Bentonville, Ar. I attended a craft demonstration with Duck Brand and Sharpie. I had no idea you could create so many crafts using duck tape!!! I was instantly hooked! 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Apple Pie Egg Rolls W/Caramel Dipping Sauce

Summer is finally winding down, and back to school is quickly approaching. August has been unseasonably cooler in North Texas which has been a welcome relief. With all the rain and cooler temps (high 80's - Low 90's) I can't help but to think of fall.   

For Texas fall doesn't officially start temperature wise until late October, but apple season begins in August for most parts. We have a pick your own apple orchard, but picking doesn't begin until September, so I will be relying on store bought apples for now. Apples are one of my favorite fruits to bake with, because they're so versatile.

Last September I mentioned that I partnered with Marzetti to develop a few recipes using their products, and would be sharing them with all of you. Well, today is my last post and it's a doozie!!!!  Since fall will be here before we know it I made an easy fall inspired recipe! These Apple Pie Egg Rolls pictured above have been floating around Pinterest for quite some time now and I've been dying to make them. 

I used my own recipe for apple pie filling, and added Marzetti's® Old Fashioned Caramel Dip as a yummy dipping sauce. I think the addition of the caramel dip took these apple dessert rolls over the top!  This recipe is really simple to make. After the apple filling is cooked and cooled then comes the fun part of filling the egg rolls. 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Lunch Box Fruit Water & Yogurt Fruit Salad
+ More BTS Lunch Box Ideas

I can't believe summer is almost over! My kids will be heading back to school in 12 days. We have definitely been enjoying the lazy days of summer for sure, but I think everyone is ready to get back into a routine. We have done awesome at sticking to our dinner routine, but our lunch options are really what every one can make on their own.

With a new school year begins Back to School Lunches. My kids pack their lunch most days with a few exceptions of purchasing school lunch on their favorite days. My youngest is picky, so he only buys on pizza or corn dog day. My daughter starts high school this year, so she will have better options for buying than Carson because she isn't picky at all.

It's always hard not to pack the same thing when it comes to school lunches. During the summer I usually try out a few new recipes in the hopes that they will like them, and we can add them to our Lunch Box list. Over summer my kids got hooked on DIY Fruit Water

I purchased mini water bottles and added all kinds of different fruits and refrigerated them. My kids started taking them out of the refrigerator and drinking them all on their own. We usually pack 100% juice boxes, plain water bottles or milk boxes, but I love this idea of mini fruit waters, and so do my kids. 

Another favorite was Yogurt Fruit Salad. We had lunch at Jason's Deli and I enjoyed a yummy fruit salad from their salad bar. It was so good I asked what it was made of. I was told all it consisted of was flavored yogurt and some fruits. I went home and recreated it myself to pack in lunches. My husband even packs it in his lunch for work, so it was a big hit with everyone.