Monday, October 13, 2008

Muffin Tin Monday

I'm trying something new here - - something I saw over at Sycamore Stirrings...Muffin Tin Monday. What is Muffin Tin Monday, you ask? Well, it is lunch served in a muffin tin - - sort of like a bento lunch. There are about a bazillion bento groups on Flickr, and they sure are fun to look at! I thought the boys and I would give MTM a try, just to shake lunch time up a bit, and so that I could keep putting new foods in front of my kids. Griffin will eat anything, but Camden is super finicky, so I need to keep exposing him to new things in the hopes that one day I will break him and he'll eat like the rest of us!

Each week, a new challenge is issued for MTM. This week's was "Halloween", so here is what I came up with:

Cheddar cheese cut into leaf shapes, mini pumpkin muffin, "Halloween trail mix" - Kix, raisins, and candy corn, carrot sticks and orange bell pepper strips with Ranch dip, pumpkin-shaped peanut butter & honey on whole wheat, and orange yogurt, complete with a plastic eyeball.

The verdict: The boys loved it. Camden has asked multiple times since I made these (we actually had these last week) when we get to have "the special lunch" again. As for the food - - Camden immediately turned his nose up at the bell pepper strips, but I made him take a bite of one anyway. He also wouldn't eat the yogurt, even though he use to eat orange yogurt by the gallon. Griffin did NOT like the plastic eye ball. He made me remove it immediately, and all through lunch he kept saying, "I don't like the eyeball!!" All in all, the muffin tin lunch was a huge success, and I can't wait to try another this week!

11 comments:

Margaret said...

Oh my gosh Heather, you are simply amazing!! What a great (and cute) idea!!

Lisa said...

What a cute idea!

Cheryl and Ashton said...

Wow-what a great idea. It must be as fun to make as it is to eat! Maybe Camden could plan a menu for MTM and that might interest him in trying new foods..

Jenny in Utah said...

Very very cute- and I did the Halloween one, too!!! oops!

katy said...

Heather, I took off your link (gulp) and will post it officially next Monday with a picture. I'm really sorry about the day confusion. I knew this may happen with the day change. Hope you understand. I'm glad you joined in.
xo
katy

Dee Light said...

Love your Halloween theme!!! The eyeball looks tasty.

Jen said...

I love it! What a great idea. Alex is extremely picky too, but Leah will eat anything. I'll have to try it.

Melissa said...

What a FUN idea!

kirsten said...

Very cute! I've seen these before on flickr too and thought it would be neat to try. But my challenge is I only have 12 cup muffin tins
(12 seems a little intimidating to come up with that many good ideas)
Forget the kids- I think I'd like to have someone make me one of these..your so creative!

Heather said...

Cheryl, I like your idea. I think I will try that with Camden (letting him help plan). I'll just have to make sure he doesn't fill each with chocolate chips :)

Kirsten - I only have that orange silicone muffin thing...my other is a twelve-cupper too. It is impossible to find a six cup tin! I lucked out and found the microwave muffin tin (the round one) at a thrift store for a dollar. I actually like it better than the tin ones.

Tina said...

That eyeball looks delicious..! Great idea.. Happy Halloween.

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