Monday, January 24, 2011

Muffin Tin Monday - Riding On A Merry-Go-Round

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This week's Muffin Tin Monday theme is Big and Little, Short and Tall. Well, whenever I think about basic opposites like that, I always get the song from Disney's The Sword In The Stone stuck in my head... "In and Out, Thin and Stout, that's what makes the world go round!" Etc etc.

I sang this a lot to Little Z when she was little, and sometime between 18 and 24 months she would sing "Up and down, up and down, Riding on a merry-go-round" to that tune. So now I think of merry-go-rounds when I think of opposites!
So I opted for a Merry-Go-Round Muffin Tin Meal! With some bigs and littles, shorts and talls!
Clockwise from top: Banana and blueberry kebobs, Raisins, Carrots, Hotdog and cheese kebabs,
Colby Jack cheese stars, ketchup, Zucchini fries, Pretzel sticks, Ranch
Center: PBJ Star sandwich
I used animal picks to make it more circus-y and Merry-go-round-y, but also to add some size fun. The circle caddy is a party tray thing my mom was getting rid of. Woot!

Big: Elephant pick (with zucchini fries,) big star sandwich, whale pick (with hot dog kebabs) [Okay. It's really a dolphin. Pretend it's a whale.] Also I used big muffin cups. Big banana slices (compared to the blueberries, anyway!)

Little: Little muffin cups. Little kitty (with the cheese stars,) dog (pretzels,) and turtle (fruit kebabs) picks. Little raisins and little blueberries. Little star cut out of top slice of sandwich.

Short: I used short muffin cups (the ones without clown feet!) Short carrot sticks. And a variety of short animal picks.

Tall: Giraffe pick (with the carrots.) Tall muffin cups (with clown feet.) Tall pretzel sticks. Tall zucchini fries (left-over from my Blogger's Night Out dinner Saturday night! I'll post about it soon!) And, of course, tall fruit and hotdog/cheese kebabs! I got the skewers from my Blogger's Santa Swap partner, Ver! They were perfect for this, since they're extra long!

Pointing out the 'little' blueberries. And the 'tall' skewers.
After jabbing the animal picks into her sandwich,
she gets started!
She didn't go for the kebabs at all, which was kind of a surprise. She did take the cheese and hot dogs off, but only ate the cheese. She ate the sandwich and the pretzels too. Nothing else. Kind of surprising, but then she ate very little the rest of the day, so just not an eating day today. Kind of like a reverse growth spurt. She goes through a few days of low appetite, then starts chowing down again full-time.

Muffin Tin Monday at Her Cup Overfloweth


  1. I love your tins! They are always so imaginative and you go further everytime... you connect it with a book or a song... its too cool! :)

  2. I love the small star within the big star sandwich. Very cute and creative! Looks like it was a fun tin. :)

  3. The song is wonderful. I love your merry go round. Great tin!

  4. I like how you took the theme and made it your own... Plus - zucchini fries??! They look so yummy - I really hope you're going to post the recipe! :o)

  5. That is fantastic and looks so yummy!

    ~Rockabye Butterfly~

  6. That's just so cute! I love the kebabs.

  7. wow. that is some meal!esp. love the big star/little star sandwich.

    first time here via MTM and i'm sure i'll be back!

    ~ anna

  8. Your lunch is awesome! Cute colorful and so expressive of this weeks song. Love the video too my dear! Happy Monday!

  9. I love your idea! I need to do more kebabs; I think I'll do that for an after-school snack today.

  10. I love how you did the hot dog and cheese that is so cute and your shape sandwich come out really good I did a similar thing and you can't tell what it is lol. I would have never thought to use that tray I have the same one great idea

  11. I HAVE one of those containers, what a great idea!!! I could also do a lazy suzan thing with it in the middle of the table for the boys to pick out from and turn around to each other!! THANKS For the idea!!!


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