S’Mores Season Isn’t Over Just Yet

I love me a good S’Mores dessert, not necessarily the classic graham cracker, Hershey’s and marshmallow by the fire but any variety of the standard trio. I decided to make a parfait cup using graham cracker crumbs, chocolate pudding and mini marshmallows and chocolate chips. This can be made just about anywhere, no campfire needed. I did opt to heat the top marshmallows for some extra gooeyness because why not?


Berry Bread Pudding with Vanilla Ice Cream

1 loaf brioche bread, cut in cubes
1 cup milk
¼ cup cream cheese
¼ cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp cinnamon
½ pint blueberries
½ pint raspberries
Powdered sugar
3 scoops vanilla bean ice cream


Preheat oven to 350° F. Heat skillet over medium heat then add milk, butter and cream cheese. Whisk together until cream cheese and butter are melted and milk is hot. In a large bowl whisk sugar, eggs and cinnamon together then toss bread in the mixture to coat. Add milk mixture next and toss quickly (so bread doesn’t get too soggy). Pour bread back into skillet then sprinkle fruit on top. Bake skillet in the oven for 20 minutes or until a knife comes out clean and it is cooked through. Allow to cool slightly before adding powdered sugar and ice cream.

*Used in a Stargazer Cast Iron Skillet

Healthy Back to School Bento Boxes!

I know the struggle of creating healthy, transportable, kid-friendly snacks and lunches that won’t take up a lot of time – or cost an arm and a leg. Here, I broke down 4 easy ideas for your next grocery run including cost breakdown per lunch! If this is helpful information, I would love to continue a Kid’s Bento series with loads of fresh ideas. Happy Back to School!

Box #1:
1/2 cup quinoa, cooked ($3.99/lb = $1 per lunch)
1 hardboiled egg ($2.99/dozen = $.25 per lunch)
Shredded carrots ($1.99/bag = $.50 per lunch)
Fava beans ($1.69/lb = $.30)
Red grapes ($.99/lb = $.25)                     BOX TOTAL: $2.30

Box #2:
Pepitas and dried cranberries ($5/lb pepitas, $3 bag of dried cranberries = $.50, $.20)
Crispy snap peas ($2.29/bag = $.57)
1 fig, halved (5.49/lb = $.60)
5 Protein Balls (recipe below) = Roughly $1.50

Blend 1 cup pitted dates, ½ cup shredded almonds, ¼ cup chia and ¼ cup peanut butter in a food processor until crumbly and sticking together. Form balls with hands, store extra in the refrigerator.     BOX TOTAL: $3.37

Box #3:
3 slices Canadian bacon ($5.99 for 8 slices =$2.25)
1 Persian cucumber ($1.09/lb = $.27)
¼ cup seasoned almonds ($1)
3 chocolate wafers ($.50)             BOX TOTAL: $4.02

Box #4:
Whole What Pita Bread ($2.99 for 5 = $.60)
2 Kinder chocolates ($1.29 for 4 = $.64)
1 Babybel Cheese ($4.39 for 6 = $.73)
Elbow pasta with marinara (recipe below) ($1.50)

Cook 1 cup elbow pasta until al dente. Stir in ½ cup marinara sauce and cherry tomatoes. Sprinkle parmesan cheese if desired.   BOX TOTAL: $3.47


Mini Eclair Parfait

I love when a dessert is easy to make but is still eye catching and delish. This eclair parfait uses only crushed graham crackers, vanilla pudding (or you can substitute for vanilla yogurt), and chocolate pudding.

4-6 graham crackers, crushed
1 cup vanilla pudding
1/2 cup chocolate pudding