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Grilled Chicken Wrap

Sandwich wraps is a fun alternative to our good old sandwich for school lunch. I find it much more filling and my kids find it easier to eat.

Filling for a sandwich wrap can vary from the protein, vegetables and dressing desired. What I have here is a marinade recipe for chicken that would work for a lot of dishes.

Box: Citron | Bag: PackIt | Banana Box

Grilled Chicken Wrap

  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 500 g Chicken thighs, skinless & boneless
  • 1/2 cup Yoghurt
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp All Spice
  • 3 Garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Pepper

Directions

  1. Mix marinade in a bowl – yoghurt, turmeric, paprika, all spice, garlic, salt and pepper.
  2. Add chicken thighs, marinate overnight.
  3. Grill chicken on high heat, cook for 2 minutes in one side. Flip and cook for another 10 minutes. Let chicken thighs rest for 5 minutes, slice and keep aside.



Easy Mango Float Recipe

Mango Float is one of the easiest, delicious Filipino dessert you can make. I grew up enjoying this delicious dessert that my Mama whips up every chance she gets hold of a sweet ripe and juiciest mangoes.

What is a mango float? Close your eyes and imagine biting into a spoonful of soft cloud of sweetened cream with generous mangoes between layers of graham crackers.

Thank you for sharing your recipe, Mama. The mango float you make still remains to be the best version I’ve had all my life.

Easy Mango Float Recipe

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Ingredients

  • 3 packs Nestle All Purpose Cream
  • 1 can Condensed Milk, 380 grams (1 1/4 cups)
  • 20 pcs Graham Crackers
  • 4 pcs ripe Mangoes

Directions

  1. Prepare a square or rectangle container that is deep enough for you to create 3 layers.
  2. Combine cream and condensed milk in a mixing bowl. With a hand mixer, whip mixture until it doubles in size or reached soft peaks.
  3. Arrange a layer of graham cracker on the container. Spoon and spread about 1/3 cup of cream mixture. Then, top with generous amount of mango slices.
  4. Repeat process up to 3 layers ending with cream mixture then topped with mango cubes on top. If you have leftover crackers you can crushed them and sprinkle on top.
  5. Chill for at least 4 hours to set completely before serving.

  • Heavy cream or Whipping cream can be substituted for All Purpose Cream.
  • Make sure cream and condensed milk are chilled (very cold) prior to whipping.
  • Freeze overnight if you want an ice box cake
  • Line container with a parchment paper, leaving about an inch of paper overhang to easily lift cake out of pan.
  • Mangoes too sweet? Begin by adding half cup of condensed milk.

Weekly School Lunch Planner v2

I’m all about getting things organized before school begins this September. Having a school lunch menu will help us parents pack healthier options for the whole family, especially if we are press for time in the morning, planning ahead is key to a smooth week ahead.

Our “weekly school lunch planner” published last 2016 has helped me for the past three years. Now, it is time to update the look! To use, simply click on the image and print.

For this first free printable, I have left the column empty for you to either (1) write child’s name or (2) label it with food groups you want to pack or (3) label according to how many packed food you sending.

Download #LetsMakeLunchFun school lunch weekly planner here

This second planner is labeled with lunch, fruits & vegetables, treats and notes.

Download school lunch menu plan – labeled

Lastly, a blank template of the above planner.

Download school lunch menu plan

I hope this planner will help you get organized in your lunch packing this school year. Love reading your messages and seeing your photos on how you are using the planner, please do continue to tag me @cuddlesandcrumbs if you post on social media.

Here’s to a more organized school year!

Check out some posts to help you with school lunch packing.

Lunchbox Review: Citron Box

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Many of you know that I pack school lunches in a variety of lunchboxes for my kids.

Citron is a Dubai-based company founded by Mommy who had a fussy eater. I was fortunate enough to meet and share a conversation with on how the brand came about, which earned a special place in our family. The brand’s mantra is “We will never bring something we wouldn’t give our kids.” Resonates to every parent!

We currently own two boxes from Citron and here are our thoughts on them.

Citron 4-compartment box

I find myself choosing this to pack my eldest son’s school lunch because it holds more food compared to our Yumbox Panino.

Purchase Citron 4 Compartment box via Mumzworld, here and use my code “cuddle10” for an additional 10% off.

Pros:

  • Latch is easy to open even for toddlers.
  • lightweight and compact
  • Leak-proof – I have packed watery sauces and had not encountered issues of it transferring to other compartments.
  • Alphabet stickers that came with the box for a more personalized look and labeling.
  • Insert tray has beautiful designs.
  • Easy to clean – inner tray is removable and fits snuggly back theouter tray.
  • A microwavable inner tray, as per described on the website. We don’t heat food in plastic containers so have not used it for this purpose.

Cons:

  • Finding a bag to fit the box can be challenging because it is bigger in size at 5 x 17.5 x 22.5 cm
  • Grease and food stain will be an issue if box is not washed after each use. I use a straw brush to clean corners and silicon lid.
  • As with other bento boxes, leaving it out to air dry overnight is a must, else you must pat it dry to be able to immediately reuse it. Thus, owning several bento box is a must.

Chloe says: I like the color. It is big and I have to move plenty stuff in my table to eat.

Kuya V says: I like it.

Citron Vert

A stainless steel box with 3 compartments which can store around 1400ml of food. My husband mostly use this box for his office meals.

Purchase Citron Vert via Mumzworld, here and use my code “cuddle10” for an additional 10% off.

Pros:

  • Lid has a silicon seal and lock clips which makes the whole box leak-proof.
  • Tons of space for food – biggest compartment can hold two cups of food.
  • Easy to clean. As with all stainless steal boxes, food smell and stain is not an issue.
  • Sturdy, durable and lightweight.
  • Affordable compared to most stainless box available in the market.

Cons:

  • Lock clips can be a challenge to open for younger kids.
  • Compartment wall has a small gap in the corner which might cause a little leak if you pack watery sauce. A saucer with lid is included which you can use.
    • Tested by packing a yoghurt and it mostly stayed in place even after shaking the box BUT a little of the water component did leak out the other side.
    • I spoke to Citron about the gaps on the corner and they replied that they intentionally designed the box that way for ease in cleaning corners and thus it really is for hygienic purpose, which I totally understand because the inner corners are difficult to clean.
  • Not microwavable.
  • Water stains will appear if you don’t pat dry with cloth after washing.

 

 

McDonald’s Mini Crew Camp

Future family goal is to own a McDonalds franchise.

For now, both kids spent 4 days at the Mini Crew Camp to learn the ins and outs of kitchen work as well as good customer service.

We won’t give out details of the fun activities that happened during camp because we want you and your child to experience it for yourself. One thing I can say is that the kids have declared it as one of the best summer activity they have done together.

The 4-day camp is a one of a kind opportunity to be part of the McDonalds crew team and learn the inner workings of a McDonald’s kitchen. My kids came home with some fun facts such as fries are cooked at exactly 3 minutes and that McDonald’s produce their own ice cubes.

Participants had a chance to be an actual McDonald’s crew during the on-floor training where they received and dispatched orders, and spoke to customers.

At the end of the camp, kids went home with an appreciation on how McDonald’s crew work daily and also gained new friends. The experience definitely is an opportunity for children (McDonald’s #1 consumer) to experience the magic behind the brand.

The McDonald’s Mini Crew Camp will be available throughout the months of July and August 2019 and will have offer one morning (11am to 1pm) and one afternoon (4pm to 6pm) session. The Mini Crew Camp will have a dedicated McDonald’s crew to take care of the children and will host a maximum of 10-15 people per session. Each iteration will run for 4 days (Sunday to Wednesday) for only 100AED.  

For more information about the McDonald’s UAE Mini Crew Camp, please visit your closest McDonald’s branch, or contact us on minicrew@mcdonalds-uae.com  

There are two timings options available for the Mini Crew Camp:

  • From 11am – 1pm
  • From 4pm – 6pm

There are 10 stores running the Mini Crew Camp across the UAE – full list below. To register,simply visit your preferred McDonald’s restaurant or email McDonald’s UAE at minicrew@mcdonalds-uae.com

  • Dubai: Jumeirah Beach; Spinneys Bur Dubai; Lulu Village, Al Muhaisnah,
  • Abu Dhabi: Al Mariah Cinema; World Trade Centre;Al Ruwais
  • Sharjah: King Faisal
  • Ajman: Ajman Club
  • Al Ain: Zakher Drive-Thru ; Shabhat Plaza

Lunchbox Review: OmieBox

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I have been packing my kids school lunches in an OmieBox several times for the past school year. Now, my kids and I can give you our thoughts on this product.

OmieBox is the only compartment style lunch available in the market that is capable of storing both hot and cold food. Perfect for kids who enjoy hot meals for lunch.

Pros:

  • Tons of space, each compartment is a whole thumb deep which means you can pack a lot of food to satisfy a big appetite.
  • The handle makes it easy for the kids to carry around without the need to pack it inside another bag.
  • Leak-proof – each compartment is sealed individually, packing yoghurt is possible.
  • Insulated bowl is made of two layers of stainless steel. I pack hot food around 6am and the kids said it still is warm by break time which is around 10am.
  • A slider can give you an additional fourth compartment.
  • Utensils and juice box fit in the longer compartment.
  • Easy to clean. Seal and parts of the insulated container can be removed for a thorough cleaning.
  • The box is available in many retail stores and online shops across the UAE.

Chloe says: So pretty and I love the colors – teal (green) and yellow makes me happy.

Kuya V says: I like that I can eat warm food at school.

Cons:

  • The compartments are deep which creates a lot of movement of the food. Depending on how your child handles the box fruits like bananas might get bruised and the fun designs you made might not look the same by the time your kids open it.
  • While the slider gives you another space, you can only pack dry things in the compartment where you use it.
  • Opening and closing the box took some practice especially for Chloe.
  • The food do stay warm but you have to make sure that you pre-heat the insulated bowl and fill it with pipping hot food.
  • When the insulated bowl is not packed and the lid is not straight up, the box can tip backwards because the lid is much heavier than the bottom.
  • It is expensive compared to other bento boxes but you do get what you pay for. TIP: watch out for discount codes offered in some UAE online shops OR ask a relative residing in the US to get one for you.

Chloe says: Opening the hot food bowl is difficult, my teacher helps me though.  It is my heaviest lunch box. (Mom’s note: I get this “heavy” complain when the insulated bowl is in.)

Kuya V says: Colors are too bright (good for small kids not me) and it takes a lot of space when I put it inside my school bag. (Mom’s note: He’s 11 yrs old and wants to stay away from “childish” stuff)

I noticed a gap on the right side of our box when closed, which was more obvious on our Sunshine Yellow. So, I sent an inquiry to OmieLife team and got a reply. Check photos below.

OmieBox is available to purchase at MumzWorld & Tavola website and stores across the GCC. Retail price is AED 179.

Below are some lunches I have packed in our OmieBoxes. Follow me on Instagram for more #LetsMakeLunchFun box ideas and join our Facebook lunch packing group.

Sharjah Summer Festival

Summer in the UAE is upon us and while the temperature is rising outdoors, fun indoor activities are happening around the region. The emirate of Sharjah is going all out with a Summer Fun Fair & Festival for all ages. 

Sharjah Summer Festival is back this year from 17 July to 17 August with the aim to promote the emirate as a premiere vacation choice for families. Visitors can expect bigger and better offers with special attention given towards family leisure – ranging from summer camps, shopping discounts, hotel stay deals, and fun activities.

We recently spent an afternoon at the Expo Centre Sharjah at the family-oriented Sharjah Fun Fair.  Packed with fun indoor activities which includes a sports area, gaming zone, arts and crafts, daily live shows of My Little Pony & Hotel Transylvania, a thrilling zip line, soft play area, Cartoon Network Cinema and lots of food kiosks to keep each member of the family entertained. 

Tickets for the Sharjah Fun Fair retails for AED 30 on PlatimunList gives you access to all activities available.

Now, let us show you all the FUN we had…

Extra-large games for the littlest and biggest in the family to play with.

Gamers in the family will surely spend a good amount of time at the Gaming Zone which allows each player 30 minutes of either Fortnight, Fifa 19 or Transformers. Don’t worry about the time limit though because you can always go back.

Children under 5 years old won’t miss out on the fun with bouncy castles, soft play area, and Cartoon Network football camp. Parents need not fret because you are very much welcome to join in the fun.

We got competitive at the Sports Zone playing 4-way volleyball, table tennis, air hockey, and football table.

The EPIC 6-meter-high, 60-meter-long ZIP Line that was a hit for both kids and parents. My son went for it twice.

Zip Line not thrilling enough?! Then maybe the steep soft slide will satisfy that much needed adrenaline rush.

Explore your creative side at the Craft Cube area.

Chill out and enjoy the movies at the Cartoon Network Cinema.

or watch daily live shows of Hotel Transylvania and My Little Pony. Meet and greet with your favorite characters are held after each show.

We obviously had to fill our tummy after all the fun, food kiosks are available to satisfy your hunger.

While waiting for the food, we spent time taking several photos at the quirky instagrammable dining area.

FUN does not come close to describing the afternoon we spent at the fair. My kids jumped from one activity to another and back for more again. We, the adults joined in on the activities too which makes it more memorable for the kids because they got to see us have fun and be a kid again with them. 

Just one of the many events happening across the emirate to celebrate the Sharjah Summer Festival, we highly recommend that you spend the afternoon at Sharjah Fun Fair the one-stop-shop for entertainment for every member of the family.

Sharjah Fun Fair

Location: Expo Centre Sharjah
Timings: 4pm to 11pm
Ticket price: AED 45 at the venue | AED 30 online via PlatimunList| Special rate for Waffer & FAZZAA card holders. Tickets allow access to all games and activities. 

Ramadan after 10 years

This is our 11th Ramadan as an expat family in Dubai. Each year we have  learned and appreciated how it can be special for us too.

Looking back, our first Ramadan here was very different. A lot of things freaked me out – no place to buy food; we might get deported if we eat; we can’t go out during the day. Crazy!

Below are some questions we often get asked. This has also been some of my worries when we first moved here.

What is Ramadan?

Ramadan is considered the holiest time in the Islamic Calendar.
It is a time for prayer, reflection, and religious devotion to cleanse past sins and do good deeds. For 30 days, Muslims wake up before dawn to consume their first meal, called Suhoor; they then refrain from consuming water & food during the day; breaking of fast happens at sunset which is called Iftar.

Here is a link to a short video produced by Tani of Our Big Dubai Adventure & Zeyna of Mummy on my Mind, explaining what Ramadan is to our kids.

Are you allowed to eat?

Yes, non-Muslims are allowed to eat at home and outside BUT we should be respectful to those who are fasting by not eating and drinking publicly during the day. Kids are allowed to drink and eat in public but we prefer to do this discreetly.

Can you still buy food or dine at restaurants during the day?

Groceries, food delivery, and some restaurants are open during the day.

To accommodate tourists and residents who are not fasting, malls and some establishment have designated covered area for people to eat. Base on experience, adults are allowed to consume food at the food court by 1pm.

Our friend, Foodiva has compiled a list of restaurants open for daytime dining during Ramadan.

Do you have to wear an abaya when going outside?

No. Everyone is requested to dress modestly – shoulders, chest, and knees should be covered. We have always observed dressing modestly all through out the year. 

Are establishments (restaurants/malls) close during the day?

No, it’s business as usual even on Ramadan. Although, plenty has changed timing operations. My husband’s company has shortened working hours. Malls stay open until past midnight.

Do kids get a school holiday during the month?

No. They do however have shortened school timings during the month. School timings start an hour late and end an hour earlier.

Do you need to act differently during the day when out?

Not really, we go about our normal schedule like any other day. It is, however, important to be mindful and remember that Ramadan is a Holy Month. Everyone is asked to dress modestly and behave appropriately – keep music levels to a minimum and of course, no public displays of affection.

Our impression and experience of Ramadan has changed, I can say that this has become one of our favorite time of the year.

To witness first hand the kindness happening around us during this month is a blessing itself. You will often see people distribute meals in time for Iftar, children with their families filling up Ramadan Fridges with water and food that is free for anyone to take. To see people gather around the mosque to have Iftar together is a sight that just fills your heart with love.

Suhoor and Iftar shared with friends we have considered family is a gathering that we will always cherish. 

I am extremely grateful that my kids get to grow up here in the Middle East. Living here has taught us to celebrate all religions, all culture, traditions and to respect each persons beliefs.

Ramadan Kareen!