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10 Back to School Lunch Ideas

Three words. Back. To. School.


If you haven’t gotten the hint already, it’s back-to-school season. Along with a multitude of coloring crayons, watercolor paints and No. 2 pencils, comes the stress of planning lunches that the kids will actually eat (and not just bring home 3/4 full). Luckily, I’ve put together 10 kid-favorite recipes that are sure to leave plates (or rather lunch boxes) clean.



1. If your kids are poptart fanatics, then introduce them to Lark & Linen‘s Homemade Strawberry Poptarts. This fresh pastry is oh so sweet!



2. Leave the canned stuff at home. Send your kiddo to school with a thermos filled with something fresh from the garden. Thank you iFoodreal for this amazing Chicken Noodle Harvest Vegetable Soup recipe!



3. That’s right, homemade fruit roll-ups! Look to Willow Bird Baking‘s Straw-Raspberry Basil Fruit Leather recipe for a healthy alternative without the preservatives.



4. How about a sweet that’s energizing and healthy? This Apple Cookies recipe by Rachel Schultz is both!



5. Frozen Yogurt Covered Blueberries offer a less traditional (and fun!) way for the kids to get their daily intake of fruit and dairy. Thank you Family Fresh Meals!



6. Don’t these Homemade Hot Pockets look tasty? Thanks to Jo Cooks, frozen meals have no hold on you.



7. Save money and time by making freezer-ready sandwiches with CincyShopper‘s easy DIY PB & J Uncrustables recipe.



8. Once your kiddos try these Homemade Pizza Rolls by Tracy’s Culinary Adventures, they’ll be asking for this it everyday of the week.



9. Snack day? No problem! Five Heart Home‘s Oats & Honey Granola Bars are sure to satisfy any hungry tummy.



10. A hot lunch is easy to pack when you have Shugary Sweets‘s White Cheddar Mac & Cheese.


Welcome Back To School!



The Naked Cake

The Naked Cake is one of the hottest wedding cake trends of the season. You may ask, what is a Naked Cake? It’s a cake without frosting on the sides. This cake is incredibly stylish and chic and you’re about to see why. I’ve rounded up 10 Naked Cakes that prove you don’t need a pound of buttercream for your cake to make a statement.

Let’s start off with the basics, shall we? For beginning bakers (or a quick refresher course!), check out this helpful how-to video that  Crate&Barrel put together.



Make any day of the week a special occasion with this Two Tiered Naked Cake by Design Love Fest.


Consider serving this scrumptious Amaretto Soaked Peach Layer Cake by Yummy Mummy Kitchen next time you and the girls get together.


The Blondielocks‘ Peony Topped Naked Cake (vanilla cake recipe by Sweetapolita) combines whimsy and whirl for a delightful girly-girl dessert.


You can never go wrong with chocolate! This Chocolate Raspberry Cake by My Baking Addiction introduces a classic treat in a creative way.


I don’t even know what to say about this tea-time White Chocolate Spiced Cake with Rosewater Cream Cheese and Pistachios except to take a step back and look at it. Honestly, I don’t think I have ever seen anything so beautiful! Props to Constellation Inspiration for a job well done.


Lemon lovers this one’s for you! Doesn’t Be What We Love‘s Yellow Layer Cake with Lemon-Lavender Cream Cheese Frosting look impeccable? Yumm.


Master the art of edible flowers with Buttered Side Up‘s Triple Lemon Naked Layer Cake recipe.


This Naked Cake by 100 Layer Cake is the perfect dessert to top off your end of summer garden party.


Many thank-you’s to Call Me Cupcake for this wow-worthy Chocolate Cake with Mascarpone Frosting recipe!

Whether it’s for a holiday, birthday celebration or special occasion, Naked Cakes are fun to make –(and eat)!


National Ice Cream Day…The Best Day Ever!

Hooray! Sunday is National Ice Cream Day! Every year, the third Sunday in July is celebrated with rich, creamy frozen desserts. I can’t think of a better way to satisfy my sweet tooth. Kick back and get excited because it’s going to be the BEST DAY EVER.


Treat Yo’ Self. Take a scoop (or two, or three!) of Hint of Vanilla‘s sinfully delicious Chocolate Custard Ice Cream.



Take a cue from the classics. Baskin Robbins Mint Chocolate Chip Copycat Recipe by Something Swanky is an inexpensive take on a family-favorite recipe.



Keep it refreshing. Consider using freshly picked summer berries like Scoop Adventures did in its Black Raspberry Chip Ice Cream.



Sometimes simple is better than complicated. No-Churn Pistachio Ice Cream by The Sweet Escape is just that. It’s Quick. It’s Easy. And you DON’T need an expensive ice cream maker.



Remember to have fun! Cotton Candy Ice Cream by Home and Plate pleases the kids and looks pretty on the plate.




Impress the guests!  Dessert for Two‘s posh Chocolate Waffle Ice Cream Sandwiches recipe is certain to leave even the pickiest eaters wide-eyed.



Basic doesn’t have to mean boring. Zoom Yummy‘s perfected Easy Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream recipe shines brightest when paired with a special dessert sauce.




Beat the afternoon slump! Espresso works as a great pick-me-up. That’s why Mocha Fudge Ice Cream by Things We Make is every girl’s go-to afternoon munchy.




Be bold! Drizzle and Dip‘s bright, punchy Red Velvet Cake Ice Cream commands attention.




Life’s better together. Why not mix and match your favorite flavors into one glorious dish? Many thank-you’s to Minimalist Baker for the inspirational Raspberry Ripple Coconut Ice Cream recipe!



Happy National Ice Cream Day…The BEST DAY EVER!


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Lemon Raspberry Bars

Raspberry Lemon Bars on BHG Delish Dish

These Lemon Raspberry Bars have a small back story.  It starts with me being terribly sick of winter.  I live in Chicago, and because it was 1 degree yesterday I truly need some sunshine in my life.  I have been complaining quite a bit on my blog about this, and my desire to move to the West Coast for constant sun is growing everyday.  Yellow always tends to brighten my mood, and anything with lemon brings a smile to my face (and makes me pucker like none other- that rhymed!).

I searched BHG’s site for a recipe that could lift my downtrodden winter spirits and stumbled on this recipe for Raspberry Bars; I was hooked.  I adore raspberries.  They are tart yet sweet, and perfectly juicy.  Paired with lemon, they are irresistible.

Raspberry Lemon Bars on BHG Delish Dish

These bars have three distinct layers of flavor: a delicious crust, raspberry jam filling and a fresh raspberry and lemon cream cheese topping that is baked like cheesecake.  When the three layers come together, there is an explosion of flavor in your mouth that makes you happy dance immediately.

I only made a few slight changes to this recipe:

  • I doubled the amount of raspberry jam on the crust.  I really wanted the raspberry flavor to be distinct.
  • I used all cream cheese instead of adding in the goat cheese.
  • I halved the recipe which my waist line thanked me for.
  • I used lemon oil in place of lemon peel.  I recently discovered lemon oil, which gives the strong flavor of lemon without all the grating.  It is much stronger than extract so don’t try to use it as a substitute.  It’s a great time saver for me that I am loving more everyday.

Raspberry Lemon Bars on BHG Delish Dish

These bars are absolutely fantastic.  I ate quite a few, and even ignored the falling snow and decreased temperatures right outside my window for a while.

Red Velvet Raspberry Cupcakes

Red Velvet Raspberry Cupcakes on BHG Delish Dish

Awww love is definitely in the air.  Can you feel it?  If you can’t, then these Red Velvet Raspberry Cupcakes are sure to get you in the loving mood.

Red Velvet Raspberry Cupcakes on BHG Delish Dish

Red velvet is the quintessential flavor for Valentine’s Day.  The perfectly red color is cupid’s favorite, and its dash of chocolate is a sweetheart’s dream.  I knew a month ago that I definitely wanted to make red velvet cupcakes for the holiday but with a fun twist.  BHG, of course, provided the perfect recipe.  Finding these Red Velvet Raspberry Cupcakes in their recipe collection was a dream come true.

I didn’t plan on making one single change to this recipe because I adored it as is.  The only thing I did was add a pinch of red food coloring to the frosting to create a fun pink color perfect for Valentine’s Day.

Red Velvet Raspberry Cupcakes on BHG Delish Dish

These are simply darling.  The cupcakes are perfectly moist with the whisper of chocolate flavor I love in red velvet.  And the cream cheese frosting is fantastically fluffy with a hint of raspberry flavor which takes it over the top.  I used a fun piping tip for the frosting to dress these up for the sweethearts in my life.  Then each cupcake got its personal cherry (really raspberry) on top.

Red Velvet Raspberry Cupcakes on BHG Delish Dish

The results were just what I wanted for the holiday.  Make these for the ones you want to feel loved on Valentine’s Day, and they will feel exactly that.

Friday Finds 1.23

YOU GUYS. Today is National Pie Day, a.k.a the best and only food holiday worth celebrating. If you’re a regular reader, you know that I’m a huge pie fan. In any form, basically. I joke (not actually joking) about having pie for my future wedding dessert. So I thought I’d peruse some of my favorite blogs and find the best pies for you to help your celebrating!

I’ve had this Crack Pie from Averie Cooks for a while now and every time I see it can’t wait to try it out! With an oatmeal cookie crust and so much butter, this pie is perfect for an intense sweet tooth!

This summer, I dedicated a whole post to the amazingness that is s’mores desserts. Sally’s Baking Addiction brings in the big guns with this crazy-delicious S’mores Brownie Pie. Yum-o.

Key Lime Pie always reminds me of my dad (one of his faves)! Your Homebased Mom‘s version of The Perfect Key Lime Pie looks absolutely incredible!

Why is it that anything in miniature always tastes better? I cannot wait to try Krafted Koch‘s Mini Blueberry & Meyer Lemon Cream Pies! Adorable and delicious!

Bakerita has brought us the mother of all desserts in this Raspberry White Chocolate Cheesecake Pie. This treat could work at Christmastime, but did anyone else think Valentine’s Day when they saw it? I would love to share this treat with my Valentine!

Have the best pie day ever, Delish Dish! Let me know how you’re celebrating in the comments!

With love and pie,



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