Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Muffin Tin Monday - AARRRR!

Ahoy there, me hearties, an' a very happy Talk Like A Pirate Day to ye!
(yes, technically I'm an hour and a half late for this in my time zone, but surely ye wouldn't be the kind o' bilgerat who'd hold that against me, now would ye? Nay, I thought not).

As ye might guess, there was only one theme our Muffin Tin Monday snack could possibly have had today!

Top Row: Spinach leaf palm tree with pea "coconuts"; Cheese (writing done with Gourmet Writers); AAARRRR - Treasure!!! (a chocolate coin).

Middle: Pikelet skulls.

Bottom Row: Banana slices hoistin' the Jolly Roger; Buried Treasure; Apple skulls.

The "buried treasure" was chopped tinned apricots, hidin' beneath a layer of plain yoghurt. The Muffin requested "pirate sprinkles". I suggested a little red sanding sugar, which met with her approval.

Diggin' fer gold!

And, The After Shot:

The Muffin wrapped one pea in a spinach leaf, dipped it in the apricots, ate it with the most hilariously disgusted look on 'er face, and then cut a deal: She'd eat all the rest of the leaves, if she didn't have to eat another pea. Aarrr, ye can't argue with that. Clearly peas be still not a favourite!

Did ye do anythin' fer Talk Like A Pirate Day this year? I know there's at least one other Muffin Tin Mum who did - go to The Muffin Tin Mom's blog to check out all this week's links!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Muffin Tin Monday - Sports

The Muffin's school athletics carnival is this week, so we decided on a Sports theme for Muffin Tin Monday. Now, this one was a bit of a challenge for us, because with the exception of dance, we're not exactly the most athletic family! But we did our best:

Top Row: Winner's ribbon made from fairy bread (banana flavoured sprinkles); Apple stars; Butterfly cookie (tenuous theme link: one might see a butterfly whilst one is outside playing sport. Oh dear, I know - but The Muffin decorated this cookie herself and really wanted it in the tin).

Bottom Row: String cheese nibblet "Tennis balls" with a tennis player pick (made with a sticker); Yoghurt; Soccer ball Vegemite sandwiches.

Here is a closeup of the Winner's Ribbon:

And here is the After Shot:

She came home really hungry and ready for this snack, and it was full of things she likes, so I wasn't surprised it all went. Not the healthiest tin ever, but you get that - we'll do better next week.

What did you do for Muffin Tin Monday this week? I'm heading over to The Muffin Tin Mom's blog, to find out...

Monday, September 5, 2011

Muffin Tin Monday - Tweedilee

Late last week, my daughter fell in love. Big time. With this bird:

This very cute puppet was crocheted for her by my mother (isn't she clever?). The Muffin thinks it is the most wonderful thing ever to grace the world with its presence (except maybe icecream. And chocolate). She has christened it "Tweedilee". As you can see, Tweedilee got her own Muffin Tin Meal this week, so I decided to make The Muffin's tin Tweedilee-themed...

Top Row: Apple slices; Tweedilee Vegemite sandwich with cheese crest & tail (coloured in with Gourmet Writers); Half a hard-boiled egg (which Tweedilee has hatched out of).

Bottom Row: Apple sauce with "birdseed" (a mixture of sunflower and pumpkin seeds); Waffles (hearts, to show that The Muffin and Tweedilee love each other); Yoghurt with "Tweedilee feathers" (purple sprinkles).

The After Shot:

This tin was great fun. I was pleased (and a bit surprised) to see that she ate the seeds up no problem at all. Granted they were covered in apple sauce, but still... She enjoyed dipping the waffles in the yoghurt and apple sauce, and then ate the rest with a spoon when she ran out of waffle. About a third of the yoghurt was left (I might try giving her less yoghurt next time, as she's left some a few times in a row now).

To see what other mums did this week, check out the Muffin Tin Mom's blog. What do your kids like snacking on?

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Happy Fathers Day!

My dad loves fishing. So it was pretty lucky Completely Planned that I had some fish cookies to take over to his place today. (I must admit it was partly because I've been wanting to make some Under The Sea cookies for a while now anyway...)

This little guy's stripes were done using the wet-on-wet technique. This isn't something I do a lot (usually pretty much just for spots), so I was quite happy with how it turned out.

Here he is again, along with some of his friends (for a better view of Crabby, see yesterday's post):

I also made another purple and teal striped design, with the black outline sanded with black sanding sugar, but I wasn't overly happy with how it turned out, so I didn't photograph it. Funnily enough, that one turned out to be Dad's favourite! Oh well...!

Hope all the dads out there are having a great day. And a big Happy Fathers Day to my dad, who I love lots. And also to Husband, who is the best daddy in the world in The Muffin's eyes (and in mine!). Because I think any grown man who is happy to attend his little girl's dance lessons, play My Little Pony for hours on end, and improvise various Disney Handsome Prince roles as required, is pretty much a Superhero.

Update:  I am linking this up to LilaLoa's Fathers Day Linky Party - you should go check out everyone else's.  And yes, I know, we totally have our Father's Day at a different time of year than the US, which means this is kind of an old post now if you've travelled over here from LilaLoa.  But you know what?  I so don't care.  My Dad still liked his cookies.  :o)

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Crabby Cookie

Over the last few days, I've been up to my ears in almond meal, egg whites and icing sugar. Yes, the macaron bug has struck again....

But I also managed to squeeze some of these little guys in:

Isn't he cute?

He has some little fishy friends, too, so stay tuned for pics of those in the next day or so...

Hope your macs are treating you better than mine are... grr...

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