Tropical Bento Lunch with Tools from Target

Tropical Bento Lunch with tools from Target

Selena from How About Cookie is back with some more fun food this month!    Make sure to check out her How About Cookie blog and follow her on Instagram.    She really has some of the cutest ideas!

After a long, stubborn winter, warm weather never looked so good!   Summery items are popping up in every department at Target, and the dollar section has some adorable stuff right now.   These flamingo swizzle sticks come in a pack of 8 for $1 and are perfect for fruity drinks, but can pull double duty as bento tools.   They’re perfect as picks or skewers, especially if you’re worried about sharp toothpicks in the hands of toddlers.

Target food art supplies

The plate is the newest version of this line of divided plates that have been coming in a rainbow of colors. The lunchroom-tray look is as adorable as it is functional. Whip up this tropical-themed bento in a matter of minutes thanks to the flamingo skewers and the popular palm tree idea that has been making the Pinterest rounds.

Ingredients:

  1. skewers: honeydew, watermelon, and cantaloupe
  2. sun: carrot
  3. palm tree: kiwi, banana, granola

Selena Kohng is a mom of three by day and freelance writer and blogger by night. She started making fun food for her kids to encourage them to eat healthier, and it’s her most addicting hobby. Clearance shopping at Target is a close second.   She posts her bento lunches and food art on her personal blog, How About Cookie, and on Instagram.

Homemade Magic Shell Ice Cream Topping

Homemade Magic Shell Ice Cream Topping - Super easy to make!

You can make your own version of the popular Magic Shell ice cream topping at home. It’s super easy and only requires 2 ingredients. Your kids will think you are the coolest parent ever!

Homemade Magic Shell Ingredients

To make your own homemade Magic Shell, here is what you need

  • 2/3 cup Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1/3 cup Coconut Oil

Mix Chocolate chips & coconut oil to make homemade Magic Shell

Melt ingredients by heating in microwave for 30 seconds.   Stir and continue cooking at 30 second intervals until melted and smooth.   Once melted, you can transfer to mason jar.    Store in air tight jar for up to 1 month.

You can substitute vegetable oil or butter for the coconut oil if you prefer

Easter Food Art

Easter food art with Yogurt & Fruit

I’m excited to announce that Selena from How About Cookie has joined the All Things Target team!    Each month she will be sharing fun ways to feed your kids with food art and Bento lunches all with items you can find at Target.    Please make sure to check out her How About Cookie blog and follow her on Instagram.   She has so many fun ideas!

Make your kids Easter breakfast fun with these easter egg-shaped yogurt on top of plain yogurt.

Ingredients:

  • plain yogurt
  • green apple slices (grass)
  • chobani champions yogurt tubes for the Easter eggs (frozen blueberries and raspberries added for deeper color)
  • Jell-O Jigglers Easter Mold Kit

Jello Jigglers

Selena Kohng is a mom of three by day and freelance writer and blogger by night. She started making fun food for her kids to encourage them to eat healthier, and it’s her most addicting hobby. Clearance shopping at Target is a close second.   She posts her bento lunches and food art on her personal blog, How About Cookie, and on Instagram.

Chocolate Covered Pretzels & Packaging from Target Dollar Spot

Chocolate Covered Pretzels

I love to make chocolate covered pretzels! They are super easy and I love the sweet and salty combo. The fun thing about making these is you can dress them up to match any holiday just by using different colored sprinkles. I made some for a Valentine theme and I used sprinkles and packaging I bought at the Target Dollar Spot to make them perfect for gift giving.

Pretzel ingredients

Here are the things you need:

  • Snyder Pretzel Rods
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Sprinkles (I got mine at Target One Spot)

pretzels cut in half

You can dip the big long pretzel rod in chocolate, but I like to cut them in half, it makes it much easier for gift gifting and you also get more that way. I use a serrated knife to saw a little notch in the middle of the pretzel and then break them in half. This makes for a nice clean break.

pretzels double broiler

I recommend using a double broiler to melt your chocolate chips (on medium/low heat). Make sure you stir when they start to melt to make sure there is no scorching. I don’t have a double broiler, so I create my own by sticking a smaller pot on top of a slightly larger one. Works like a charm!

pretzels coat in chocolate

Once you chocolate chips are melted, you can begin covering the pretzels. I find it works well if a take a spatula with some chocolate and roll the pretzel until it is covered on all sides.

pretzels wax paper

Place chocolate covered pretzels on wax paper and cover with sprinkles. Let them cool and harden, should take a couple hours to be complete. You can speed up the process by sticking them in the freezer.

I like to lay my wax paper on cooling racks, it makes it easier to move them around and into the freezer if necessary.

Target dollar spot items

If you want to pass these out as gift, I recommend checking the Target Dollar Spot for packaging, they usually have some kind of cute packaging for any holiday that comes along. Here are the items I picked up for Valentine’s Day.

  • Cello Bags
  • Twine
  • Heart Tags

pretzel target dollar spot bags

Here are the pretzels all packaged up and ready to give as gifts!

Sleigh S’mores Kit (Easy Gift)

Sleigh S'mores Kit - Quick and easy gift to put togehter

I made these Sleigh S’mores kits to give as gifts to friends and neighbors. These are super cute and they are so quick and easy to make!

sleigh s'mores supplies

Here are the supplies you need:

graham crackers and marshmallow

Add Graham Crackers and Marshmallows inside the 3×3 box.

add candy canes

Use glue dots to attach the candy canes each side of the Hershey candy bar, to make a sleigh.

Sleigh S'mores Kit - Gift

Use glue dots to attach the clear box to the back of the candy bar (sleigh).  Tie with Baker’s Twine and add a tag.    Super simple!!

These cute treats were not my original idea, I spotted them on the Faith’s Cookie and Crafts Facebook page.  They didn’t have any instructions, so I re-created them with some instructions for you.  I love them!!

Gifts in a Jar: Salted Caramel Sauce

Salted Caramel Sauce - Great for gifting!

I love the flavor of Salted Caramel. YUM! This sauce is perfect for gifting. You can use this sauce on top of ice cream, cheesecake, apples, or pretty much anything.

Salted Caramel Ingredients

Here are the simple ingredients you will need to make this Caramel Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup light Corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 3 tbsp Butter
  • 1/2 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt

salted caramel process

Here are the steps to make the sauce:

  1. Place corn syrup in a medium pan and heat on medium heat.
  2. When corn syrup is heated (starting to bubble) add sugar and stir until well mixed.
  3. Let syrup cook without stirring until it turns a golden color.
  4. Remove from heat, add butter and stir until blended.
  5. Slowly add cream while stirring constantly to blend.
  6. Add salt and stir until dissolved.

Salted Caramel Jar

Add to jars for gifting or for home storage. For decoration, you can garnish the sauce with a little of the salt. It’s best to keep this refrigerated.

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To print the FREE Salted Caramel labels, just click the image above or follow this link to print the labels.

Homemade Gingerbread & Peppermint Play Dough

Homemade Peppermint and Gingerbread Play Dough.  FREE printable too!

Here is some fun DIY Gingerbread and Peppermint Play Dough you can make with your kids or to even put in their Christmas stockings.   You should be able to find all of the necessary supplies at Target or any other store.   To give them as gifts it you can put them in the small round Glad disposable container and attach a plastic cookie cutter to the outside.

Play Dough ingredients

Here are the ingredients you need for the DIY Play Dough:

  • 1 cup Flour
  • 2 tsp Cream of Tartar
  • 1/2 cup Salt
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • Food Coloring (optional)

Mix PLay Dough

Directions to make Play Dough (to make the Gingerbread or Peppermint scented Play Dough make sure you check the instructions below to see when you need to add the flavoring to this mixture):

  1. In a medium sized pan whisk together the flour, salt and cream of tartar
  2. Add water and oil.
  3. If desired, add the food coloring
  4. Wisk together until you have a smooth consistency with no lumps.
  5. Place the pan over low heat and stir constantly until your mixture thickens.  This step will take 3-5 minutes and you will need a strong arm.  When you have a big ball/lump, your dough is finished.
  6. Knead your dough for a minute or two.
  7. Store in a sealed container

Gingerbread Scented Play Dough

Gingerbread Play Dough

Add these ingredients into the above mentioned dry ingredients

  • 1 1/2 tsp Ginger
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Cloves
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg
  • Add 1/2 tsp Vanilla and blue, yellow and red food coloring into the wet ingredients until you have a brown color before placing on heat.

Peppermint Scented Play Dough

Peppermint Play Dough

Just Add 1/2 tsp peppermint extract and red food coloring into the above wet ingredients before placing on heat.

Free printables for play dough

I even have some FREE printable labels for your homemade Play Dough, just click the image above your follow this link to print the Peppermint and Gingerbread labels.

Homemade Peppermint and Gingerbread play dough - fun for kids!

I Turn my Target Gift Cards into Disney Gift Cards for our Vacation

disney gift cards

I love to get creative about how I save money for our Disney vacations and I found a super easy way to get Disney gift cards for our vacation. This method doesn’t take any money out of our monthly budget. Here is what I do!

Store Target gift cards

I save all of the Target gift cards I earn when I take advantage of their gift card offers. An example would be when they offer a $5 Target gift card for buying 3 hair care items. Instead of spending the Target gift cards I store them all in a bowl at home.

When I have a nice stockpile of gift cards I enter them into the Target app on my phone.    The Target app will allow you to combine all your Target gift cards into one gift card which makes it so much easier at checkout.    Using one gift card on your phone is so much easier than using 20 $5 Target gift cards.

Add Target Gift cards

Here is what you need to do:

  • Download the Target app if you don’t already have it.
  • Click on “My Accounts”
  • Click on “My Gift Cards
  • Click “Save a Gift Card” to enter your first gift card
  • Once you have a gift card saved, just choose that gift card and click “combine” to add more money to that gift card

Once our vacation draws near, I  head to Target to buy Disney gift cards with all of the Target gift cards that I earned and stored onto my Target app.    I easily end up with $50-$100 worth of spending money.

I’d love to hear if you do anything special with the gift cards you earn at Target when they have a gift card promo.   Do you spend them on your next trip?   Do you save them for something special, like Christmas gifts?   Please share!