Friday, August 20, 2010

Muffin Tin Monday - MTM ABCs!

This week's Muffin Tin theme is ABC/Alphabet. I decided not to wait around until the last minute this time, and I stayed up too late last night, so I decided today is my lazy-stay-at-home-make-up-for-lost-sleep day. So I had time for a fancy lunch! I wanted to use things I already had in the pantry/fridge, since last time I had to buy muffin mix, biscuit dough and pretzel sticks. I had thought about doing ABC/XYZ in the 6 muffin cups, and use Apples, Banana, Cheese or carrots, then pretzel stiX, make Yam chips, and sliced Zucchini, maybe with a viniagrette dressing. I had thought about using crackers and pretzel sticks or straws to make letter 'signs' where I use PB or cream cheese to 'glue' on a letter cut out from the food in each cup. Then I smacked some sense back into myself reconsidered, and remembered that I don't have any yams or zucchini (Phew!)
So I decided on just ABC, but to do 2 things per letter, like a Big A and little a. Which of course reminded me of the Seuss alphabet book!

Big A, little a, what begins with A? Apple airplanes, Almond animals, A... a... A.
Big B, little b, what begins with B? Banana buttered bread with Beans, B... b...B.
Big C, little c, what begins with C? Carrot coins and Cheesy cat. C... c... C!

Aa - I started with the animal sandwiches. I used almond butter (and honey. I don't like the almond butter on bread, but the honey really helps. In fact, I haven't found anything I like the almond butter on, but I love licking the knife!) I decided on a barnyard theme, and used a pig, plus mini duck and bunny from an Easter set. I would have fit a cow in there too, but Little Z saw what I was doing and wanted to help, so she pressed out her shape, then ate it!

I actually did the apples last, since I didn't want to bother with treating them with lemon or apple juice to prevent browning. I cut it horizontally into slices, but it was already going bad and had brown around the edges. It was also a little mealy, so I just used one slice for the picture, and she wouldn't eat it. (She didn't like the slice she had cadged off of me already.) I ate a little of it, but it wasn't worth it.

Bb - I just used peanut Butter on Bread, then sliced up 1/4th of a Banana, then cut those banana coins in half and arranged them to spell a 'B.' I decided on beans for the other B, and she loves them frozen, so it was crazy easy.
Cc - I cut half a carrot into coins (she doesn't eat carrots much lately, so I didn't want to make too many.) Then I used a cat cookie cutter from the Farm set on a slice of Colby Jack cheese, but it looked really blah. Then I had the brilliant idea to use sprinkles to make a face! I have a sprinkle assortment, and was going to use the round ones for eyes and long tube-y ones for whiskers, but the whisker ones were mostly gone and the ones left looked pretty short. So I used a steak knife to hack out some whiskers from the cheese instead! (I used PB to glue on the eyes and nose, since I still had some on the used butter knife! Cream cheese would have been a better choice, taste-wise, but too much of a hassle!)


  1. I just realized... we never ate the rest of that banana. Ewww... I wonder where it is...

  2. This is wonderful. I love the book you used and your lunch.

  3. How cute are you?! Love the little story :-)

  4. Love the little text under the first picture :)

  5. Cute idea...hope you find the banana!

  6. I love the book-based lunch! Good job, very cute. :)

  7. Love the way you used Dr. Seuss's book and made your own lines. ABC is my favorite book, in fact we are going to read it for nap time right now. Great muffin tin

  8. I've always loved that book, and your muffin tin fits right in with it.

  9. My kids love that book and would LOVE this - so fun and creative.

  10. Very creative tin! Great way to tie the meal to the book!

  11. Great tin. I like Almond butter with arrowroot cookies, carrots, celery, lemon & poppie seed muffins. Just to give you a few ideas. :) My children just like to eat it from the spoon.


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