The latest from FamilyFun:  Beware the Bagel of Doom! To make this Halloween lunchbox or party treat, slather a halved bagel with pb & j. Stick on candy eyeballs, using a dab of peanut butter as glue. Insert plastic fangs. Get ready for screams of fright and/or delight. 

The latest from FamilyFun:  Beware the Bagel of Doom! To make this Halloween lunchbox or party treat, slather a halved bagel with pb & j. Stick on candy eyeballs, using a dab of peanut butter as glue. Insert plastic fangs. Get ready for screams of fright and/or delight. 

FamilyFun favorite: Perk up a lunchbox with our Bunny Blondies, a yummy cross between carrot cake and brownies. Here’s the recipe!
BUNNY BLONDIES
Ingredients:
8 medium carrots
2½ cups flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
2½ teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1½ sticks of butter, softened
1 cup packed light brown sugar
⅓ cup sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup butterscotch chips
1 cup finely chopped walnuts (optional) 

 
Directions:

1. Heat the oven to 350°. Grease a 9 by 13-inch baking pan.
2.   Peel, trim, and finely shred the carrots (you can use store-bought shredded carrots). 
3.   In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. 
4.   With a mixer set on medium, blend the butter and both sugars in a separate bowl until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs and the vanilla and beat on medium until well blended. With the mixer on low, mix in the carrots.
5.   Stir in the butterscotch chips and walnuts, if using, then blend in the flour mixture completely. Pour the batter into the dish and spread it evenly.
6.   Bake on the center rack until the batter has risen slightly and a thin crust has formed, 30 to 35 minutes. Do not overbake. Test for doneness by inserting toothpicks into the bars 1 inch and 2 inches from the edge, and in the center. The first should come out clean, the second with a little batter, the third with a little more. 
7.   Cool on a wire rack. Run a knife around the rim of the pan, then cut up into bars.

FamilyFun favorite: Perk up a lunchbox with our Bunny Blondies, a yummy cross between carrot cake and brownies. Here’s the recipe!

BUNNY BLONDIES

Ingredients:

8 medium carrots

2½ cups flour

½ teaspoon baking soda

2½ teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon salt

1½ sticks of butter, softened

1 cup packed light brown sugar

⅓ cup sugar

2 large eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup butterscotch chips

1 cup finely chopped walnuts (optional) 

 

Directions:

1. Heat the oven to 350°. Grease a 9 by 13-inch baking pan.

2.   Peel, trim, and finely shred the carrots (you can use store-bought shredded carrots). 

3.   In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. 

4.   With a mixer set on medium, blend the butter and both sugars in a separate bowl until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs and the vanilla and beat on medium until well blended. With the mixer on low, mix in the carrots.

5.   Stir in the butterscotch chips and walnuts, if using, then blend in the flour mixture completely. Pour the batter into the dish and spread it evenly.

6.   Bake on the center rack until the batter has risen slightly and a thin crust has formed, 30 to 35 minutes. Do not overbake. Test for doneness by inserting toothpicks into the bars 1 inch and 2 inches from the edge, and in the center. The first should come out clean, the second with a little batter, the third with a little more. 

7.   Cool on a wire rack. Run a knife around the rim of the pan, then cut up into bars.

From this month’s issue of FamilyFun:  In need of lunch-packing inspiration? Smile! We’ve got you covered, with these lunch ideas from FamilyFun on parents.com.

From this month’s issue of FamilyFun:  In need of lunch-packing inspiration? Smile! We’ve got you covered, with these lunch ideas from FamilyFun on parents.com.

News from FamilyFun: Senior editor Debra is getting geared up for another year of lunch-packing for her son Joe (a budding foodie who prefers prosciutto and mozzarella to ham and cheese). So what are you packing for school lunches this year? Post a pic on Instagram with the hashtag #familyfunmaglunchie.

News from FamilyFun: Senior editor Debra is getting geared up for another year of lunch-packing for her son Joe (a budding foodie who prefers prosciutto and mozzarella to ham and cheese). So what are you packing for school lunches this year? Post a pic on Instagram with the hashtag #familyfunmaglunchie.


Smart idea for back to school: Stop buying plastic forks and spoons. Instead, pick up mismatched silverware at yard sales or thrift stores. They cost pennies, so if they occasionally go missing, it’s not a big deal. Simple—and more economical and eco-friendly than disposables!

via Organizing Tips for a Smarter School Year from FamilyFun on parents.com

Smart idea for back to school: Stop buying plastic forks and spoons. Instead, pick up mismatched silverware at yard sales or thrift stores. They cost pennies, so if they occasionally go missing, it’s not a big deal. Simple—and more economical and eco-friendly than disposables!

via Organizing Tips for a Smarter School Year from FamilyFun on parents.com

Smart idea for back to school: Switch to reusable lunch bags and bottles this year. Rinse them when you’re doing the dinner dishes, and leave them to dry on a bottle drying rack so they’re all ready to pack up in the a.m. 

via Organizing Tips for a Smarter School Year from FamilyFun on parents.com

Smart idea for back to school: Switch to reusable lunch bags and bottles this year. Rinse them when you’re doing the dinner dishes, and leave them to dry on a bottle drying rack so they’re all ready to pack up in the a.m. 

via Organizing Tips for a Smarter School Year from FamilyFun on parents.com