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The Friday Five – School Lunch ideas and recipes

The Friday Five - Back to School | Squirrelly Minds

Real school lunch roundups by 100 days of real food / Printable school lunch planner by Organized Parent / Free back to school lunch ideas Ebook by The Attune Foods Daily Digest / 1 month school lunch infographic with shopping list from Lifehacker / Easy chicken pot pie muffins by Spoonful

Hey everyone, how was your first week back at school? Did your kids like the lunches you packed?
I feel pretty lucky (and my mom must too) that I was never a picky eater as a child. I didn’t like mushrooms or raw tomatoes. That’s about it. But I know there are tons of picky eaters out there, or kids who get bored of their lunches, so it’s nice to be able to mix it up and make lunches healthy, delicious, and exciting.
This week’s Friday Five has a few lunch ideas (100 days of real food has incredible lunch box ideas!), printables, and recipes to ensure your kids enjoy lunch time as much as possible!

What’s your favourite lunch to pack for the kids?

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Eat | Fig Icebox Cake Recipe

Fig Icebox Cake Recipe | Squirrelly Minds
Late August/early September is one of my favourite times of year. Why? FIGS! While we have three baby figs growing in our yard (had our first fig this year) my parents have 5 masssssive fig trees or three different varieties. Fig picking is a big deal at their house.

Fig Icebox Cake Recipe | Squirrelly Minds
We always end up with tons of fig jam to last us through the year, which is enjoyed on top of toast for breakfast. I decided to try something a little different this year though and put it into a cake – an icebox cake that is.
Fig Icebox Cake Recipe | Squirrelly Minds
While it requires a little bit of extra time due to the refrigerating, this cake is super easy to make, and can be made up to 3 days in advance. Bonus, it’s not overly sweet (I’m getting pickier and my teeth more sensitive in my old age) yet full of delicious figgy goodness.
Fig Icebox Cake Recipe | Squirrelly Minds

Fig Icebox Cake Recipe

Fig Icebox Cake Recipe


  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cups mascarpone cheese
  • 1 cup fig jam
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Approx. 20 graham crackers
  • Several figs (halved) for garnish


  1. Line a loaf pan with plastic wrap, ensuring there is plenty overhang
  2. In an electric mixer, blend together the cream and cheese until smooth and firm. Add salt and gently gold in the fig jam until it is just incorporated.
  3. Spread a 1/4 inch thick layer of the fig spread on the bottom of your pan. Top with a layer of graham crackers (you may need to break them to fit). Continue this layering process until all ingredients are used up. The fig spread should be the last layer on top.
  4. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until at least 8 hours.
  5. When ready, flip the cake onto a platter. Remove the plastic wrap and smooth out any wrinkles it created with a knife. Top with cut figs and serve immediately


Based off a recipe from Food & Wine
Fig Icebox Cake Recipe | Squirrelly Minds
The one downside to this cake is how EXPENSIVE mascarpone is. $15 for a 450g tub. Holy cannoli! I have made a similar recipe using cream cheese, and aside from not being as smooth, it tasted just as delicious. Actually to be honest I liked it more! But I would recommend leaving it at room temperature to avoid minimal lumps. That’s the only downside to using cream cheese. It doesn’t look as pretty (and prettiness is important).

If you like fig desserts, I have a couple more recipes for you to check out:

What’s your favourite fig recipe?

Eat | #Pinmakeeat 7 – Tested Pinterest Recipes

Pin Make Eat #7 | Squirrelly Minds
Oh no.
You know how I’ve been so good at my pinmakeeat challenge, testing recipes from my Eat board, making 1 or more a week? Well….I sincerely failed this month.
As I’m sure you’ve noticed, I haven’t been posting on my usual M-F schedule. This month has seen a few changes with my having to pick up an esl teaching job, taking me away from Squirrelly Minds and, sadly, painting, which also delays getting the print shop up and running. It’s also resulted in us making quick and easy recipes with whatever we have on hand, so no – we haven’t been the best of chefs.
My current job is only for another week and then I go back to the regular school year (that is if our strike is resolved by then….) so hopefully I’ll have more time to dedicate to the blog, the print shop, and pinterest recipe making!!!

I’d love to know what pinterest recipes you’ve been experimenting with!

Eat/Print | Back to School Series with Confetti Sunshine and Coco Cake Land

Back to School Series with Confetti Sunshine and Coco Cake Land | Squirrelly Minds
We’re back at it with day three of Back to School Week! And today we’re moving from DIY’s to a drool worthy recipe (with a DIY) and a fun printable!

Back to School Series with Confetti Sunshine | Squirrelly MindsOh dear Sara of Confetti Sunshine always has incredible printables, and today is no exception! Check out this fantastic Back to School Printable Poster – perfect to take a snapshot of your child on their first day back.

Back to School Series with Coco Cake Land | Squirrelly MindsOkay, apple pie donuts. Need I say more? Anything Lyndsay of Coco Cake Land whips up makes me want to board the next ferry and stalk her in Vancouver to eat all her delicious cakes. These apple pie donuts would be a perfect send off for the first day of school.

Back to School Series | Squirrelly Minds
We have another day of Back to School DIY’s! Check back tomorrow, and look through and see what we’ve already made for you:
Tan of Squirrelly Minds – Printable Math Game
Rachel of The Crafted Life – Colour blocked pencils
Lidy of Hello Lidy – DIY sequin planter
Sara of Confetti SunshineBack to School Printable
Lyndsay of Coco Cake LandApple pie donuts
Joy of Frock Files – coming tomorrow!
MJ of Pars Caeli – coming tomorrow!

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