Friday, August 9, 2013

Back to School 2013: AllThingsForSale (with bonus reviews and recipes)

I get a lot of people asking where I get my supplies for making lunches.  For the most part, the answer is AllThingsForSale.

They have a huge variety of fun items to make food fun.  I always have a wishlist going.

Recently, they asked me to review a couple new items - the Sakura Silicone Small Donut Mold (which you could also use for gelatin or chocolate - use your imagination!), and the Japanese Loaf Pan Bread Mold - Cute Bear Shape.

No recipe for the bread pan right now (I just used store bought pizza dough!), but good news - the bread fits into an Easylunchbox!  I can't wait to make sandwiches with it.


I decided to make Cherry Blossom Tea Donuts in the mold, using my trusty mini donut pans to bake the rest of the batter.

Mini Cherry Blossom Tea Donuts

1/2 c milk
cherry blossom tea bags
1 egg
1/2 tsp white vinegar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 c flour
3/4 c sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

Glaze
1/2 c confectioner's sugar
1/4 c water
2 cherry blossom tea bags
pink food coloring

For donuts:

Preheat oven to 350 F.  Spray donut baking pans with cooking spray.  Whisk together dry ingredients in a bowl.  Heat the milk in a microwave safe bowl or measuring cup, and steep tea in the milk for 3 minutes.

Remove tea bags and stir in the remaining liquid ingredients.  Add to the dry ingredients and mix well.  Transfer the batter to a piping bag and fill the donut pans about half full.  Bake for 12-15 minutes, until lightly browned and cooked through.  Remove from oven and transfer to a cooling rack.

For the optional glaze, heat the water and steep tea for 3 minutes.  Add a little pink food coloring. *You will likely not need all this liquid* Pour just enough tea into the confectioner's sugar to make a glaze.  (It should not be too thin)  Dip the top of the donuts into the glaze and allow to harden before enjoying.

Now for the fun part - AllThingsForSale is offering a $25 gift card to one lucky reader!  They ship worldwide, so anyone can enter.  What would you get with your gift card?  A Cute-Z-Cute cutter? Food picks? Sauce containers?  Good luck!

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106 comments:

  1. I have no idea what I'd buy with 25$... but I have about 200$ worth of stuff on my wishlist there, so I wont have any trouble finding something!!! :) Those donuts look amazing!!!! Cherry blossom is one of my fav. flavors!

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  2. We can never have too many fun cutters so I'd probably add to our stash :)

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  3. Now I want to eat donuts! That bear bread is awesome too, so cute! I'd probably spend $25 at allthingsforsale on picks, picks & more picks! :-)

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  4. Loving the bear bread pan, and need more cups love the silicone variety set. Thanks!

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  5. I am just starting to buy things for lunches, so I would say evertthing! lol

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  6. Would love to get items to make my sons lunch more fun for him!

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  7. I have a long wish list there, so I could get so many things! I really love all their picks!

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  8. I have my eye on a new bento (well my youngest does anyways lol) and more picks of course

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  9. I would love to buy myself a new bento box and need some more picks and silicone bands for this school year! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  10. My first starts kindergarten this year, and can't wait to make him some fun lunches!

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  11. Would be able to get a lot of things off my wish list!

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  12. I love that bear bread loaf pan, but I would need to buy the Star Wars molds and light saber chop sticks. They have Hans Solo in carbonite!

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  13. We are new to bentos and kindergarten this year. This would be a great start to our supplies.

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  14. I love making bentos and make them everyday (for myself no kids sadly) and would love some cutesy stuff to do it with ! :)

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  15. Funnily enough I want the sakura donut pan and the bear head mold! :D

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  16. I would get a Cute Z Cute, Decorative Quail Egg Cutter, Panda Sandwich Cutter, and a few sets of Alphabet Picks.

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  17. I would buy more chopsticks and cutters! My kids love that they can take a different pair of chopsticks to school for lunch every day of the week. It makes it fun for them too. :)

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  18. Bento Box, food picks and sandwich cutters!

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  19. I would get more boxes, you can never have too many bento boxes!

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  20. would love to get some cute fruit/veggie cutters!

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  21. I have no idea what I would get, but I definitely have ideas. I would love to get my daughter a cute bento box or some fun sandwich cutters.

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  22. It's too hard to choose ... maybe picks and boxes and cutters (oh my)!

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  23. I would so love to win this!! I currently have about $80 waiting in my cart at allthingsforsale.com that I want for my girls' back to school lunches :)

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  24. Few accessories or maybe a small bento box for me, since my husband has a mammoth one.

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  25. I would buy more Bento boxes! They make sending lunch so much easier!

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  26. So many things!!!! Boxes, straps, picks, silicon cups in more fun shapes! Anything to add fun and excitement!

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  27. I'd get some fruit/vegetable cutters and, if I had any money leftover, put it towards the cutest bento box I could find!

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  28. Rice molds,bread molds.... Cutters, so many cute things!

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  29. Would love, love, love to win a gift card :)

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  30. Cutters, picks, containers, everything!

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  31. we could really use some picks, containers and of course the cute-z-cute cutter!

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  32. I don't really have any supplies yet, so I have no idea where I'd start. Probably cutters.

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  33. It would very difficult to decide what to buy! I would probably get some utensils and that bread pan is super adorable. And those donuts look awesome. I think I just added more stuff to my ever growing wishlist!

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  34. Love the donuts, so cute. And the bear bread too. I would love to get the Japanese Loaf Pan Bread Mold - Cute Bear Shape. Little bear sandwiches sound great right now. And I'm sure my little ones will love it too.

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  35. I am obsessed with AllThingsForSale! I always have a wishlist going as well! I would love to try different rice molds.

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  36. Cutters, picks and molds! Would love to expand my collection!!

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  37. Probably more cutters and molds.

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  38. I adore the bear my daughter would love it

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  39. Awesome! I would definitely get the sakura doughnut mold.

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  40. I looove that mini donut pan! I'd also get some new silicone food cups.

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  41. I really need some picks, that aren't just holiday related.

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  42. Oh i would buy this cute Sakura-Donut-Maker....LOVE!!!! *_* Love your recipe for them!

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  43. I need more time to browse!! LOL! But those donut molds sure are nice...

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  44. I would get more bento supplies for my kids' lunchboxes :)

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  45. I just found this that website last night! i could of stayed up all night looking at ALL of their fun stuff!! i always see these cute shapes in peoples lunches and wondered where to get them! now i know!
    Not sure what i would get with the $25 gift card yet, but im sure i could find something!!

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  46. I'd like to get a new bento box, and some fun animal picks

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  47. I would get a cute bento box~ I've always wanted one c:

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  48. I have a long wish list - $25 might make a small dent in it :)

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  49. Japanese Bento Box Accessories Sandwich Vegetable Cutter 3 Stamps, the carrot shape cutter, anything to make my kids lunches super cute! :)

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  50. A cute-z-cute food cutter, sauce containers, rice molds... I am sure I can narrow my wish list down, or not!

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  51. I'll by a lot of things that I can't find here where I live...

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  52. These would so come in handy with making my wheat free kiddo lunches for school! A new bento box would probably be what I would get for him.

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  53. I would love a new bento box for my 6 years old boy.

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  54. I have a HUGE wishlist, so it might be a little tricky to pick out a couple things. And these look SO delicious!

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  55. The bread mold is in my wishlist ....i can image such cute recipes for bento

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  56. I would buy things for my son's lunches - we're starting kindergarten this year and he's a very picky eater.

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  57. I've got way more that $25 on my wish list. And that is after I spent almost $90...LOL.

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  58. I am making those donuts tomorrow in my mini donut pan, thank you!

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    1. forgot to add that I would get some foodpicks and sandwich cutter.

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  59. I don't have the easylunchboxes brights set yet! and I need another cooler bag.

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  60. I would buy some bento boxes and maybe some sauce containers. I already own a cutezcute cutter c: You can never have enough bento boxes hehe.

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  61. I'd get this bento box: http://www.allthingsforsale.com/bento-box-lunch-box/2734-mon-bento-lunch-box-blue-and-white-3760192680073.html :)

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  62. I would get some sauce containers. I need something with a lid for hummus.

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  63. can never have too many bento boxes. but everything is so cute.

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  64. I totally need some bento bags to carry my lunch to work.

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  65. BentoUSA has so many kawaii things to choose from, and if I were a millionare, I would get it all! hehe. But- if I had 25 dollars, I would spend it on a new bento box (mine is getting old) and if i have leftover money, silicone cups and deco items! (nori punch, cutters, etc)

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  66. With $25 I would get a super kawaii bento box, cutter and mold.

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  67. With $25, I'll definitely be spoilt for choice as there are so many cute things to choose from. Wish me luck! :-)

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  68. My cart is always full of picks and cutters. great recipe in the post too

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  69. Onigiri rice mold, yogurt molds they have, couple of shape cutters then I had to stop right there didn't even hit $25 because I wanted to buy everything I saw haha .

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  70. So many things to choose from.... but i'd get some cutters!!

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  71. Oh wow, I would buy Picks and muffin cups and cookie cutter, and then some!

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  72. The tea donuts look delicious!! Oshii!! Were did you get the cherry blossom mold?

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  73. Hello, I'm Perfectsakura.
    Thank you for the giveaway!
    If I am the winner I will take nori punch.
    Thank you!

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  74. Your website is so inspiring but hardly find appropriate cutters and tools in England - I love making fun sandwiches and also the bento box would be great for and bubba! xx

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  75. I don't know what I'd buy, but I guess I'll find far too much XD

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  76. Oh I'd get a set of hello kitty bento boxes!

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  77. I'd make a tiny dent in my wishlist...

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  78. If i won $25 and the giveawaya is international i would purchase for all the pandas, rilakkumas and kawaii items i found in my way xD

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  79. LOVE your bear bread and tea donuts! So clever. I would buy the bread loaf pan if I won the $25!

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  80. I love the little flowers, they are so dainty looking! My girl would love that!

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  81. I would love to get more food picks and cutters!

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  82. i would love to have more food picks, cutters and a new lunch box for my boy!

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  83. I'm just starting out so i would buy everything I could for $25!

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  84. I think I would get that lego lunchbox I've been wanting! :)

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  85. I would buy that cute sakura muffin pan. So kawaii!! Thanks for hosting such cool giveaway :)

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  86. This will be the first year my son goes to school, so I'm just starting my collection and it needs A LOT of help! That $25 could definitely help towards food picks, rice molds, egg molds, and any of the super cute cutters!!

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  87. I need the loaf pan bread mold with cute bear shape! And I still could buy the decoration ham cheese cutter face 13 pcs set! And maybe a Rilakkuma or Hello Kitty item.... *___*

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  88. I have an ongoing wish list also. I would use the gift card to buy a few things from my list :-D

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  89. Oh my! There are so many things I would like to have. However, the top of my list would be the Square Double Tier Bento Lunch Box and the EasyLunchBoxes Bento Lunch Box Pack.

    23thirty at gmail dot com

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  90. The wishlist and possibilities are endless! I believe I would get the Star Wars molds if I won a gift card, as we don't have any molds and they're so cool!

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  91. I would get some cute sandwich cutters and a few silicone cups...if I had any leftover I would add some picks in there too. All new to this bento thing...but there are so many cutre things that I would have a hard time not over spending!

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  92. There are so many to choose from that it's not an easy decision! I like the punch cutters 'cause they turn a plain sandwich into a fun treat!

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  93. I would get the Lock& Lock square with matching lunch bag and some silicone cups. Thanks!

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  94. Good question! I have so many things on ATFS that I love. Maybe a new fancy bento box or some new cutters and picks!

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