We had friends over for dinner a few nights ago and they brought some fun vintage inspired coke bottles (filled with coca-cola of course) from Mexico. They're spitting their time between San Diego and Baja. You can read all about their journey here. She jokingly dared me to come up with an alternate use for them.
I knew just what to do.
I decided to turn these mini coke bottles into flower vases by adding some fresh colorful flowers! Gerbera daisies just pack such a color punch, don't they? The vintage inspired look of the bottles, their small size, and the bold red and white colors made for a such a charming table centerpiece.
Coca-cola from Mexico tastes just a little better than the U.S. in my humble opinion. You can find these cute coke bottles full of Mexican Coke at grocery stores like Fresh and Easy here on the west coast (although the bottles are a little larger than these).
How about you? Have an alternate use or craft for these cute little coke bottles?
Just popping by the blog to share that I received these adorable lunch box notes as a gift. They are so fun! Talk about an easy and stress free way to make lunch cute for the kids.
Make silly faces on bananas or add them to the tops of apple sauce cups. I know you can think of other creative ways to use them.
You can find them at lunchboxnotes.com
For today's edition of 30 Days of Muffin Tin Meals. I thought I would share the 5 Little Monkeys Muffin Tin Lunch I made when we did a Numbers/Counting theme a few years ago.
Broccoli and sandwich "trees", orange and apple monkey face, cheese cubes on picks, banana slices, "alligator" carrot sticks, and a surprise inside the little monkey faces -sprinkles!
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*photo uses with permission, because it's mine. ;)
In this Pirate themed MTM: Spinach leaf palm tree with pea "coconuts"; Cheese (writing done with Gourmet Writers); a chocolate coin; Middle: Pikelet skulls; Banana slices hoistin' the Jolly Roger; Yogurt with "Buried Treasure"; Apple skulls.
Here is Day One's offering:
In this muffin lunch: Red grapes, mini spinach and cheese tortilla bites, baby carrot sticks, strawberries, oranges, and diced barbeque chicken
I used our FunBites Cute Food Cutter to make the mini tortilla bites. The Muffin Tin was thrifted from our local goodwill for $1
Come back tomorrow for Day 2 and more!
These two laughing Teru Teru Bozu from Tokyo Mango have been making all the rounds and I can see why. You can't help but giggle when you look at this photo. Special thanks to Rory at Chocolate Hair Vanilla Care for sharing on Facebook.
And lastly this adorable bear featured on Cutest Food is so sweet! Love the detailed use of nori on the paws and nose...He looks to be enjoying himself as he soaks up the all the sun, er...curry.
Have you ever attempted to form rice into cute shapes like these three? I would love to hear about it! Tell me in the comments below.
Airplane turkey sandwich, blueberries, spinach tortilla roll ups, yogurt with sprinkles, edamame, and sliced bananas.
I used a punch from the Lunch Punch Transport Shape Sandwich Cutter to create the sandwich. Lunch Punches make it so easy to make MTM's cute!
My friend and long time MTMonday'er Jo of A Bit of This and That did a fabulous Olympic themed Muffin Tin Dinner complete with a FREE prinatable. So fun! Pop on over to her site and check it out. She always does a great job creating themed muffin tin meals.
Now, it's your turn! Won't you join in?! I'd love to have you share.
I own a copy of the most amazing cupcake book ever written: Hello, Cupcake! (Link is to the kindle edition). And in it, you will find a bunch of fun kitschy cupcake ideas that actually are great inspiration for muffin tin meals and cute food for kids.
I made these easy marshmallow flowers using the scissor technique from the book. Just a little snip and lay them flat. I arranged five mallow halves to make a flower and added fresh blueberries in the center. A little last minute festive treat for Fourth of July, or any day of the year.
I posted on the muffin tin meals Facebook page recently asking about a lunch box I found while grocery shopping. The lunch box (or rather lunch cube) is made by sistema. The Lunch cube is part of their Klip-it-to-go series and I wanted to try it out over the summer. We of course still love our easy lunchboxes. These clear cubes looked fun and I thought they would be fun to try over the summer.
The lid, pictured top left, folds down and clips closed on one side. Then the side with the sandwich folds over, acting as the lid for the other half. Thus, making a cube. I am probably making it sound more complicated than it really is. It’s quite simple. And perfect for bento and MTM lovers. In fact, quite a few of the MTM Facebook page commenters already had the klip-it cube. I will be interested to hear what you think, if you purchase one, and how it compares.
I found mine in store at Fresh and Easy, but you can also find the Sistema Klip It Lunch Cube online at amazon (and the container store sells a variety of fun colors (although, I like the clear ones myself).
*Disclosure: there was no free product or compensation received of any kind for this post. The link to amazon is an affiliate link, for which I receive a microscopic percentage if you buy one. Microscopic.
1 winner will recieve:
- 4 six cup muffin tins
- 1 fun bites heart-shape cutter (lower right corner)
- 1 pack sweet themed lunch punches
- 1 pkg. flower stainless steel food cutters
- 1 pkg. heart and star shaped stainless steel food cutters
- Heart shaped rice mold/cookie cutter
- Bunny shaped rice mold cookie cutter
- 2 pkgs of assorted food picks
- Assorted food picks from my own stash (lower left)
- Assorted Martha Stewart paper liners (hard to find from Michael’s stores)
- 2 pkgs. teeny tiny food cutters perfect for making themed muffin tin meals and more.
1) Leave a comment on this post and tell me anything, anything at all. Be sure to leave a valid way to contact you like an email address.
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*THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Deadline to enter is June 30th, 2012. This Winner will be chosen on or around July 1st.
*No purchase necessary. I am so sorry, but this giveaway is open to continental US residents only. Comments on Facebook or Twitter are not considered entries.
I hope you win!
I used random.org to choose the winner.
THE WINNER IS:
Congratulations to the winner! Jamie Moore. Jamie, you need to contact me asap with your email or I will have to choose another winner. :)
Please welcome, my friend Laura of Kodomo Sushi. Today she shares a fun recipe for kid-friendly Hawaiian BBQ Sushi. Welcome Laura!
Today's recipe is for Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Sushi. I have a few tools to make sushi in a variety of shapes, but you can easily make this with just a bamboo sushi mat if you wish.
HAWAIIAN BBQ SUSHI RECIPE
What You'll Need:
- 2 chicken breasts (or 3 chicken thighs or 1 large turkey breast)
1/3 large orange bell pepper chopped (or 1/4 c crushed pineapple rinsed/drained)
Hawaiian BBQ Sauce (or teriyaki sauce)
- Prepared Sushi Rice
- Sushi Mold or Bamboo Sushi Rolling Mat
*If you're using pineapple, make sure you've rinsed and drained it really well and blotted out any excess moisture with a paper towel. If the ingredients rolled/pressed into the sushi are too wet the sushi won't hold together.
- Take your chicken and toss it in a food processor for about 30 seconds or so, enough to make sure it's finely chopped.
- When you're finished transfer it to a bowl, and add just a teaspoon (to start with) of the Hawaiian BBQ sauce. You don't want the chicken too wet, so we're only adding enough to add flavor to the meat and make it a little sticky. If you find the chicken is still too dry or doesn't have enough flavor add a little more.
- Next add in your orange bell pepper and mix well.
- Prep your mold by lining plastic wrap inside. Press in your sushi rice to cover the bottom and sides of the mold. Next fill the middle of the roll with your bbq mixture, and top with rice. Make sure you use enough rice, but not so much that you'll overfill once you press the rice down with the top of the mold.
- Use the plastic wrap to pull your sushi out of the mold once pressed.
- Now you're ready for slicing! Make sure you have a VERY sharp knife, and after every other slice wipe your knife off with a wet rag.
I like to make this using grilled chicken. Whenever we grill, especially chicken, we always grill extra so I have some to use through the rest of the week. I think the grilled flavor goes great with the teriyaki sauce that's added.
About Kodomo Sushi: My name is Laura, and I, like Michelle, am passionate about making food fun and interesting for kids to eat. At Kodomo Sushi it is my goal to make sushi kid-friendly, and show moms and dads how easily it can be made in your own home. I also feel it's a great way to culturally broaden a child's tastes, as well as get them involved in the kitchen.
It's an honor to be a guest contributor for Muffin Tin Mom! I remember in 2009 looking up fun and new things to do to get picky eaters to eat, and who's blog did I run across? That's right. MTM! It's the very first blog I started following, so to be here sharing one of my recipes today is truly a special moment for me.
One of my favorite muffin tin snacks from the past:
Red, White and Blue Cute Food!
Cherries, strawberries and watermelon in blue star cups on a white plate. Perfect for summer!
For more Muffin Tin Meals, visit the muffin tin meals posts.
Food picks and cupcake toppers make great additions to muffin tin meals. Here are 3 free Mother’s Day printable for circle punch die cuts from 3 wonderful blogs:
Tom Kat Studio has adorable pink and yellow free printables for Mother’s Day
Tulip & Turnip shares this Mother’s Day Printable in Red and Blue (pictured above).
Fresh Linen shares this free Mother’s Day printable circle tags
**You’ll need a 2 inch circle punch or a multi-sized circle cutter to cut out these circles.
**You’ll need tape, glue and toothpicks to make them into food picks or cupcake toppers.
Quick, easy and fun!
I often take to twitter or facebook when I need quick savvy advice from my readers and friends. Friday was no exception. I asked twitter if Nutella was healthy. And the response was a collective “No, but it’s yummy!” I wanted to find an alternative to peanut butter since Muffin Tin Boy doesn’t like it (what’s not to love?). Leah Seghedie of @bookieboo and mamavation.com offered up this suggestion on twitter as a possible healthier alternative:
Mix some peanut butter with yogurt and add a drizzle of honey for a creamy fruit dip.
Brilliant and delicious and healthy! (We used natural peanut butter, organic yogurt, and local pure honey). Although Muffin Tin Boy still didn’t like it, I LOVED it. Maybe you and your kids will too.
Another twitter friend suggested almond butter. I think that’s next up on the grocery list. I have been meaning to try Justin’s Nut Butters. I hear they are delicious.
These cute ceramic flower measuring cups were a part of the early Mother’s Day gift from RedEnvelope.com I could just die from their cuteness.
Easter is almost here and we are celebrating the spring season with a cute bunny lunch.
- bunny shaped mini sandwiches
- baby carrot sticks
- cinnamon granola
- flower shaped strawberry slices
- rainbow muffin liners and flat circle sprinkles for the bunny eyes and nose
I am guest posting today over at San Diego Deals and Steals with my recipe for healthy shamrock-shaped homemade tortilla chips (We made good use of those spinach and herb tortillas! ). Hope you enjoy!
***If you decide to pin this recipe, PLEASE click over and pin from San Diego Deals and Steals, and not this post out of courtesy to that site. Thank you!