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Muffin Tin Monday – Backyard Fun September 5, 2011

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Happy Labor Day Everyone!  I hope you are all enjoying a day off from work.  I know we are!

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Skylar and I were talking about how we live in an apartment, which means that we don’t have our own backyard.  We talked about the sort of things you might find in your own backyard, and decided this would make a fun MTM theme.  Here’s what we made:

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Top Row (left to right): Babybel Ladybug, Butterscotch Pudding Flower, (GF) Butterfly Toast

Bottom Row: Salted Cucumber Grass, String Cheese Stem with Apple Leaf, Apple Sandwich Tire Swing

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We have made the ladybug before, but it was fun enough to do again.  I just cut out the shapes, and used a food safe marker for the black dots.

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The apple sandwich was new for us.  I sliced an apple horizontally and used a circle cutter to remove the core.  The I added peanut butter and a few chocolate chips.

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This whole meal was a huge hit.  Skylar ate almost every bite!

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If you would like to see what the other amazing moms created for MTM this week, check out Muffin Tin Mom’s site.

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Have a great Labor Day!!

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Lizz

 

Muffin Tin Monday – We’re Back! August 29, 2011

Oh, Muffin Tin Monday!  How we have missed you!

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For those of you that are re-joining us, and wondering just where we have been all this time, allow me to fill you in…My little muffin tin eater was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in June, and can longer eat gluten (found in wheat, rye, and barley).  This has seriously changed our eating habits around here, so we took the summer to get used to all of this.

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Skylar asked if we could do muffin tins again, and I think we are ready to give it a shot.  We didn’t go with a theme for this one, but just went with a few things we have been eating lately.  Some are new things and some are old favorites, but they are all tasty!

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And so I give you our very first gluten free muffin tin!

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Top Row (Left to Right):  Edamame Hummus with Edamame Crackers, Sandwich Kebobs, and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip with Chocolate Animal Crackers

Bottom Row: Salted Cucumbers, Sandwich Kebobs, Apple Slices

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Are asking yourself “What is Edamame?”  Well, it’s our favorite veggie here!  Basically, it’s soy beans.  We buy ours in the frozen veggie section at our favorite store, Traders Joe’s.  This hummus, and the crackers, were also found at Trader Joe’s.  So yummy! 

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The chocolate chip cookie dough dip was a really fun treat.  It doesn’t have any eggs in it, so it’s safe to eat as is.  If you want the recipe, we posted it *here* as part of our Gluten Free Friday segment.  The cookies are gluten free animal crackers, made by Ian’s (a great company that makes tons of kid-friendly GF foods)

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Okay, sandwich kebobs.  I thought these turned out adorable!  For those of you who are paying attention, you might be saying, wait…she can’t eat bread!  Oh, but she can eat GF bread.  This week, we used Udi’s…

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For GF bread, it’s quite good, and Skylar loves it.  She had so much fun eating all of her sandwich bits off off the skewer.  I used a cookie cutter to make round bread pieces, and stacked those with rolled up ham, rolled up lettuce, and sting cheese.

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So, what do you think of our first GF Muffin Tin?

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We will, of course be posting this to Muffin Tin Mom’s site.

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Have a great week everyone!

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Lizz

 

Muffin Tin Monday – Under the Sea May 30, 2011

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Every once in a while I have a tin idea that looks great in my head.  Then it looks great on paper.  But when I actually put it together, it doesn’t quite look like I imagined.  That’s exactly what happened with this one.  Skylar loved it and ate every single bite.  I guess that’s all that matters, right?  Well, you will all have to tell me what you think of this one…

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Top Row (Left to Right): Apple Sailboat, Celery Fishing Poles, Palm Tree Island

Bottom Row: Goldfish, Hot Dog Jellyfish, The Ocean

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I started this tin by making blue jello right in one of the sections, and letting it set.  The sailboat was made just by cutting up some apple pieces and putting them together with a toothpick.  The fishing line was dental floss.  There were a few elements of this that were new to us:  The palm trees and the jellyfish.

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I saw the palm trees somewhere on another blog, and cannot for the life of me remember where.  I will update this when I figure it out, or if it was you, please tell me!  I want to give you credit!  Anyways, these were really easy to create.  Just take some green fruit slices…

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Cut them in half lengthwise

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and pile three of them onto a toothpick.  Make sure the toothpick does not come all the way through the top one.

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Then slide the bottom of the toothpick into the top of a pirouette cookie

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Voila!  A palm tree!  I used marshmallows to stick them up (which didn’t work).  I also used an apple, and the refrigerator for the picture.  A few crushed graham crackers around the base make it look like an island!

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The hot dogs were even easier.  I don’t really have a good credit for this one, since it came from a picture sent over from a friend which she found on Pintrest. (My newest obsession!!)  Here’s how ya do it…

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Take some uncooked spaghetti, and hot dog slices

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I snapped the spaghetti in half, but you could leave them whole too.  Take the spaghetti and push several pieces into each hot dog slice.

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Hehehe!  I think they look awesome and spiky!!  Then, cook them in boiling water until the noodles are cooked.  Now they look like some sort of crazy sea creature.

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We went with jellyfish.  And they were actually pretty tasty.

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So even though I wasn’t totally pleased with the final outcome of this tin, I think that the individual elements were all really fun.

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I bet the other muffin tin makers did a great job making something fun this week.  To check out their stuff, click over to Muffin Tin Mom’s site.

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Have a great week everyone!!

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Lizz

 

Muffin Tin Monday – Made With Love May 23, 2011

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This week’s muffin tin was a little different than most we have done lately. It didn’t really have a clear theme, and I didn’t shop for it. We just used what we had around the house. I told Skylar since we were making a few things she loves, and I’m making them because I love her, we would use our heart shaped muffin tin. Just spreadin’ the love over here!
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Top Row: Chocolate covered sunflower seeds, Koala Yummies

Middle Row: Corn, Brown rice

Bottom Row: Fish sticks, Ketchup

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Now, ketchup is a new thing for Skylar.  She’s never really liked any sort of dipping sauce before, but she seems to like it with her fish sticks and her smiley fries now.  So, okay then.

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Make sure you check out Muffin Tin Mom’s site to see what the other amazing moms have created for this week!

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I hope you all had a nice relaxing weekend, and are ready for the week!

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Lizz

 

Muffin Tin Monday – Drawing A House May 16, 2011

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Did you ever draw a picture of a house when you were a kid?  Of course you did!  If you were anything like me, you probably did the same thing every time: A house in the middle, flower gardens, big sun, clouds, and birds.  So pretty!

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I was thinking about this when planning our muffin tin for this week.  I feel like our tins are sort of like a picture.  So, let’s draw!

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Top Row (Left to Right): Peep Birds, Pirate Booty Clouds, Corn Soup Sun

Bottom Row: Ham and Cheese Roll-ups, Peanut Butter and Nutella Sandwich, Apple Flowers

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Skylar loved it!  She totally understood what I was doing with this one too.  And she ate really well, so bonus!

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The corn soup was so good.  I put a bag of frozen corn in a pot with one box of Trader Joe’s Corn and Roasted Red Pepper Soup.  Simmer for 75 minutes.  Trust me, it’s worth the wait.

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For the house, I cut the bread by eyeballing it.  Then I gave it a layer of peanut butter, and piped nutella onto it for the door and window.  I used the “cut the tip off of a ziplock baggie” method for that.  So easy, and it really looked like how I used to draw houses!

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We are always so happy doing and eating our muffin tin meals.  If you love them too, make sure you check out the other amazing tins over at Muffin Tin Mom’s site.

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Happy Monday Everyone!

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Lizz

 

Muffin Tin Monday – Telling Time May 1, 2011

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Tick Tock!  It’s Muffin Tin Time!!

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Or…It’s Time via Muffin Tin!

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Either way, this tin was a big hit in our house this weekend.  Skylar has been working on telling time.  This is a really difficult concept for kids to understand, so we’ve been doing a lot of practicing.  I thought this would be a fun way to, yet again, talk about reading a clock face.  So, here’s the tin:

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The odd numbers were all done out of a slice of american cheese, with my new number cutters (part of a Wilton set of letter and number fondant cutters).  (This could also be a good time to talk about odd and even numbers)  Each even number spot has that number of items. So…

2 Peeps

4 Cheddar Chicken Nuggets

6 Smiley Face Fries

8 Apple Slices

10 Pineapple pieces

12 Jelly Beans

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The hands of the clock were made from dried spaghetti noodles and string cheese pieces.

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I showed this tin to Skylar and asked her what time it was.  Her response was “How am I supposed to know?!”  I started to explain how all the cups are supposed to actually be numbers, and before I finished my sentence, she said “Hold it!” (and put her sassy little “stop” hand up to my face!) “It’s 2 o’clock!”  A success!! (time-telling wise.  Looks like we need a little conversation about manners though!)

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I’m really pleased with this one.  What do you all think?  Wouldn’t you love to have a muffin tin clock?

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Make sure you check out what the other amazing moms have made for their kid’s muffin tin meals this week over a Muffin Tin Mom’s Site.
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Have a great week!

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Lizz

 

Muffin Tin Monday – Easter April 25, 2011

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Happy (belated) Easter Everyone!  I hope you all had a wonder holiday yesterday.  For those of you who do not celebrate Easter, I hope you are having a nice Passover, or I hope you are having a nice Monday.  I think that covers it.

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This week’s theme sort of created itself, as a weekend holiday always does.  It was simple, cute, and loved by the kid.

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Top Row (left to right): Easter Egg, Grapes, Jelly Beans

Bottom Row: Ham and Cheese Flower, Bunny Face, Yogurt

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The Easter egg is a peeled hard-boiled egg that I used our food safe color markers to decorate.  The cute bunny picks came in a set with some Easter themed muffin cups (dollar store!).  I used said muffin cups to create a mini Easter basket to hold the jelly beans.  I used a strip of paper and a smidge of double-sided tape to complete it.

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The bunny face is probably my favorite part of this tin, because I love the cheeky look on his face.  His eyes and nose are chocolate chips, his mouth is a bit of fruit strip, and his whiskers are dried spaghetti noodles.

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If you want to see the other great tins created this week, go to Muffin Tin Mom’s site.

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Have a great week everyone!!

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Lizz

 

 
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