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St Patty’s Revisit March 15, 2012

Since we did so many St Patty’s Day projects last year (and I couldn’t finish my project for today’s post!), I thought I would show you some of those projects again. If you are looking for a fun last minute project, we have lots for you to try!

(just click the photo to see the original post with instructions)

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Make your own St Patrick’s Day shirt using freezer paper

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Make a leprechaun sundae

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Make a leprechaun trap

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Enjoy a St Patrick’s Day muffin tin meal

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I hope you found something you might want to try!

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Make sure to come back tomorrow for a special St Patrick’s Day themed Gluten Free Friday!

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Have a great day everyone!

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Lizz

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Make a Shamrock t-shirt

 Leprechaun Sundae

 Leprechaun Trap

 St Patrick’s Day Muffin Tin Meal

 

Muffin Tin Monday – Deconstructed Stir Fry November 7, 2011

Filed under: Food,Muffin Tin Monday — Lizz @ 10:34 am
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We’ve been really busy around here lately, and have been missing our muffin tin meals.  We were finally able to pull one together this weekend, and I think it turned out really nice.  I was working on a new Gluten Free meal to post on Friday (come back for that!!), and decided to also make a totally different kind of muffin tin meal.  In the end, it ended up being like a stir fry, but with all of the ingredients staying separate…and I will call it Deconstructed Stir Fry.

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Top Row (left to right): orange slices, mixed veggies, baby carrots

Bottom Row: GF Orange Teriyaki Chicken, jasmine rice, GF Orange Teriyaki Shrimp

Middle: Gluten Free fortune cookies

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I realize now as I’m typing this that I totally forgot to put in those little baby corn-on-the-cobs!  Bummer, I’ll have to remember for next time!

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Since I’m saving the recipe for the chicken and shrimp for Friday, I will give you one tidbit.  Some of you may not know that teriyaki sauce and soy sauce are often made with wheat.  However, there are several gluten free options available, right on the same shelf as the others.  Just look for those magic words…

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And you will never know the difference; it takes the same as the regular stuff.

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We also always have a box of GF fortune cookies around, because what is chinese food without a fortune?  These may not be your traditional crescent shaped treat, but Skylar loves ’em, and I will admit they are pretty darn tasty.

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I hope you’ve all enjoyed our Deconstructed Stir Fry.  I know Skylar did!  If you want to see what the other amazing moms have made this week, check out Muffin Tin Mom’s Site.

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Muffin Tin Monday at Muffintinmom.com

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Have a great week everyone!

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Lizz

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Muffin Tin Monday – Halloween Revisited October 17, 2011

Filed under: Food — Lizz @ 9:59 am
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As I am currently in sunny Florida for a conference, and was unable to do a Muffin Tin Meal before I left, I thought it would be fun to show you our Halloween MTM from last  year.  This way, if you were looking for some fun ideas for this year’s tin, this might help!

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This was and still is one of my absolute favorite tins we have ever made. 

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Top Row (Left to Right): Forked Eyeballs, Noodle Brains, Worm Burgers

Bottom Row (Left to Right): Spider Web Soup, Mummy Pizza, Monster Mouth

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Eyeballs – coat doughnut holes with melted white chocolate.  Add a milk chocolate chip for the pupil.  When cooled and hardened, use a tube of red decorating gel to create the veins. 

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Brains – These are simply Ramen Noodles.  I never make them as soup.  I drain the water, leaving just enough to keep them moist, add a little butter and the flavor packet.

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Worm Burgers – These were very simple.  Nilla Cookies, dark chocolate frosting, and gummy worms. 

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Spiderweb soup – tomato soup, right out of the can.  The web is made with sour cream.  Put the cream into a ziplock bag, and snip a very small piece of the corner.  Using the bag like a piping bag, make a very small circle, another circle around that one, and a third around that.  It should look like a bullseye.  Hold a tooth pick in the center of the bullseye, and pull outwards through all 3 circles.  Do this all the way around.  The end result will be a perfect looking spider web.  This is much easier to do than to explain.

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Mummy Pizza – Take half of an english muffin, and cover with pizza sauce.  Place olive slices (with a bit of green pepper in the center), where you want your eyes.  Use a mozzarella cheese stick to create the bandages.  Bake in the oven at 350 degrees until the cheese is nice and melty.  (Next time I would leave a little more space between the cheese strips in order to see the bandages better)

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Monster Mouth – This is an apple quarter with the center cut out for the mouth.  The teeth are almond slivers.  Very simple with a big result!

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Since I already posted this tin last year, I will not be officially submitting it to Muffin Tin Mom’s site.  But that doesn’t mean you can’t go check out all the awesome things going on over there anyways!

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Muffin Tin Monday at Her Cup Overfloweth

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Have a great week everyone!

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Lizz

 

Muffin Tin Monday – Finger Foods October 10, 2011

Filed under: Food — Lizz @ 8:11 am
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For this week’s muffin tin, it felt like we really needed something simple and easy.  We decided to make a meal of all things you can eat with fingers or food picks.  It was fun to figure this one out.  Here’s what we came up with:

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Top Row (left to right): cucumbers with ranch, frozen black cherries, watermelon gummy rings

Bottom Row: GF barbeque almond nut thins, pepperoni and mozzerella picks, grapes

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Skylar ate every single bite!  Success!

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The crackers she had were new for us, and they were really tasty.  These almond nut thins come in a variety of flavors, and make a great crunchy snack for anyone who needs a GF treat.

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I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy tin.  To see some of the other great tins that were made this week, check out Muffin Tin Mom’s site.

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Muffin Tin Monday at Muffintinmom.com

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Have a great week everyone!

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Lizz

 

Muffin Tin Monday – Pretty Flowers September 26, 2011

Filed under: Food — Lizz @ 11:08 am
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Happy Muffin Tin Monday!!

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After a crazy Saturday of Apple/Raspberry/Pepper picking, Skylar and I were determined to have a quiet easy Sunday.  We even wanted a quick and easy muffin tin meal.  We opted to go without a specific theme, but we used our silicone flower cups on a plate to change things up a bit.  So here is one of the fastest muffin (non-)tin meals I have ever made:

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Clockwise (starting at bottom left): Carrots, Cracker Jacks, Pistachios, GF Pretzel Sticks, Raspberries (freshly pick by us!)

Center: Buttered GF Penne Noodles

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There is really no explanations needed for this tin, but there are 2 gluten-related things I want to say: 

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First, I know there is some controversy over caramel, and is it gluten free or not.  Here’s my reasoning:  I read though the ingredients, no wheat.  Cracker Jacks (like many companies now) give allergen information (Including if it’s processed in a facility with allergens), and it doesn’t mention containing wheat either.  I even checked the website (*here) and they say no gluten ingredients.  So my vote is that it’s okay.

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The other thing I wanted to share is that we have finally stumbled upon a really good tasting GF pasta!  That penne we used for this meal was from Schar.  It was, to date, the best tasting GF pasta we have tried.  It tasted exactly like regular pasta!  We had gotten a sample when we got our gift basket from the University of Chicago (If you missed that post, *click here* for information on that amazing program).  I’m so happy we finally tried it!  We recently tried a Schar product that we didn’t care for, so I’m learning that not all products within a company’s GF line are created equal.

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Make sure you check out the other amazing muffin tin meals over at Muffin Tin Mom’s site

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 Muffin Tin Monday at Muffintinmom.com

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Have a great week everyone!!

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Lizz

 

Muffin Tin Monday – Dessert Dip September 19, 2011

Filed under: Food — Lizz @ 10:51 am
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Skylar and I had the pleasure of a day without a plan this weekend.  We decided that we would watch a movie that I used to love as a kid (Does anyone remember Bugsy Malone? Gangster movie with all kid actors from the 70’s…Scott Baio, Jodie Foster…splurge guns that shoot cream…)

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Since we were doing a movie afternoon, we thought it would be fun to try a different kind of muffin tin.  Instead of a regular meal we opted for a dessert tin!

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I had seen another muffin tin that was made to be like a fondue and I’ve wanted to try it ever since (If it was you, please tell me, I can’t remember what site I saw this on!).  Skylar’s eating restrictions made this is little difficult, plus she refused to have strawberries, a natural choice for chocolate dipping.  I don’t get it, but okay.  So here’s what we came up with…

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Top row (left to right): Gluten Free Shortbread cookies and pretzels, chocolate sauce, cherries

Bottom Row: Apple slices, butterscotch sauce, bananas

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Skylar and I had a great afternoon sharing a dippy muffin tin, snuggling up, and watching all those kids get hit with cream pies.

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To see all the other cute muffin tin meals created this week, go over to Muffin Tin Mom’s Site.

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 Muffin Tin Monday at Muffintinmom.com

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Have a great week everyone!!

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Lizz

 

Muffin Tin Monday – Up September 12, 2011

Filed under: Food — Lizz @ 7:39 am
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I asked Skylar what them she thought would be fun for our muffin tin this week, while she was watching the movie Up. (If you have not see this movie yet, you really should, it’s lovely)  She decided we should do things that are up in the sky.  Great idea!

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Top Row (Left to Right):  orange sun (with choc chip face, and GF brown rice spaghetti rays), a peanut butter nutella sandwich kite, night sky with stars

Bottom Row: Pirate Booty clouds, milk straw kite string, grape balloons

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We thought this tin turned out super fun!

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The night sky was a little different for us.  I used a piece of grape fruit leather (since it’s the darkest), and pushed in a few of these little rock candy pieces that we got at the asian food market.

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Cute, crunchy, and yummy!

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The milk straw is something that I will be posting about this week for Gluten Free Friday, so come back to check it out!

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We will be sharing this, as always, at Muffin Tin Mom’s Site.

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Muffin Tin Monday at Muffintinmom.com

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Have a great weekend everyone!!

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Lizz