It Tastes Like Juice

I feel so cheated.

I bought this organic "juice" at the store (that rhymes with Pesh and Beasy). Look at all the colorful fruit on the FRONT of the package. It looks like juice. It tastes like juice. It even says "USDA Organic" on it. Even the ingredients are misleading: "organic natural flavor"....what flavor would that be? I guess if you only have 10% juice, you need that flavor. You might as well call it "Organic Kool-aid".


Climbing off my soapbox now.

Muffin Tin Monday

Welcome to Muffin Tin Monday! This is the blog carnival that links up reader submitted muffin Tin Meals from across the web. Muffin Tin Mom is the official home of the Muffin Tin Meal. Summer is in full swing and I can't wait for Independence Day (in USA). It's one of my favorite holidays. In honor of this most wonderful days, I propose we do a themed week for next week's 4th of July post.

I am going to be making next week's theme (that's 7/4)
Red, White and Blue
So submit a Muffin Tin Meal with this "theme" in mind. Make it simple or get all wicked creative. 
It's completely up to you

Now on to this week's fun!

Organic baby carrots, red grapes, oranges, cinnamon raisin bread, organic whole fat vanilla yogurt
I was excited to use my thrift store muffin tin find.

Except for the carrots, it looks almost like breakfast!

Our journey towards organic food is a "baby step" process. One that I am trying not to have massive amounts of guilt about. I call it "organic guilt". I cringe if I have to buy something that's not organic just so we can stay within our means. I actually teared up a little on the way home from the grocery store. I feel like I am having to re-learn so much. And all of the sales for cheap produce are killing me. We have successfully purchased all of our dairy and meat organically. That I feel awesome about. I keep having to remind myself about the butter and cheese...and that "natural" doesn't necessarily mean organic.
Thank you for all of your tips and guidance on organics. I truly value it.

Now it's your turn. What did you make?!

Muffin Tin Meals With Seashell Food Picks

I have been waiting to show you how I used those cute seashell food picks  my friend Jen gave me earlier this month.

Organic blueberries, Italian meatballs, organic peaches,
mangoes, BBQ sauce, Tillamook brand cheese

I am on the hunt for organic cheese.

We had fun reciting: "She sells sea shells by the sea shore." over lunch.

We can now add blueberries to my son's  "things I find yummy" list thanks to Muffin Tin Meals.

Have your kids added any new foods to their diet lately?

Muffin Tin Thrift Store Find

Seriously, friends. How fantastic is this muffin tin? I purchased it for a whopping $2.00 at a local thrift store. A new addition for making muffin tin meals for sure.

I discovered some of you have this muffin tin too. Check out how Tots And Me used this same muffin tin. She is a long time MTM'er and makes delightful muffin tin meals. This week she made banana airplane and "dirt" pudding! So fun!

More Vintage Muffin Tin Goodness

 I love things that tell a "story", belongings that have a history. I love to imagine vintage linens, furniture and bakeware living another life in someone else's home. I have a lively nostalgic and wistful side of me. I've written about my love for vintage things before and vintage muffin tins are fast becoming my favorites.

So when my friend and fellow blogger, Stephanie sent me this incredible vintage tin all the way from PA, I was utterly delighted! It's in excellent condition, so I went ahead and put a muffin tin lunch in it!

It's an 8 cup mini muffin tin. Rare indeed.

And marked with EKCO 080 Chicago on it. I looked it up and found a little bit of history.

Even more lovely, was hearing Steph's story about how she found the tin in a vintage shop....story upon story upon story. Now, I get to be a part of the tin's continuing story....

Muffin Tin Monday - Muffin Tins Are For Sharing

Happy Muffin Tin Monday! Welcome to the blog link up Muffin Tin Monday. A huge welcome to all of our new participants and readers. I am so excited to have you joining in!

We enjoyed sharing this muffin tin snack over the weekend. I love putting the same foods in multiple cups, perfect for sharing and snacking. 

grapes, strawberries, organic puffed corn snacks, organic tortilla chips

Happy Father's Day!

Natalie Jennette Photography (I couldn't wait...)

It's been only a few hours and I already want to share with you the gorgeous photos that Natalie of Natalie Jennette Photography took of the Muffin Tin Kids and me. Promise, you will keep it a secret until Father's Day?

Natalie is my newest sponsor. I couldn't be more happy with her work.

She captured the essence of each of my children so beautifully. 

If you live in the Greater Southern California area, I highly recommend Natalie. And if you don't, she travels! Would you like to see more of Natalie's work and book her for a session? Visit her at Natalie Jennette Photography

Muffin Tin Monday: Organic Monday

 Welcome to Muffin Tin Monday! I am excited about this week's tin. We are making baby steps towards eating organic foods. We have already purchased organic grass fed meat, and organic fruits and veggies. I am not sure we will be able to go 100% organic. But at least at home, we are striving for as much organic as financially possible.

Can I just say that eating organic is not as easy as it seems? It's not just a choice. Between finding affordable organic produce and meat and resisting too-good-to-pass-up sales,...I need some serious guidance. Do you eat organic? How have you been able to affordability feed your family? Have any suggestions?

In this tin: organic rice chips, cheddar cheese slices, more rice chips, stonyfield organic vanilla yogurt, green grapes, organic white pears, organic blueberries, white peaches, canteloupe

Now it's your turn!!!

Friday Find: Umbrella Picks

I found umbrella picks at 2 local dollar stores... 99cents only and The Dollar Tree. Get them while they are hot!

Muffin Tin Monday: Gone Fishing

Good day friends! Today is Muffin Tin Monday I have been a busy bee and tending to lots of "end of the school year" business. I envy homeschool moms during this time - no end of the year stress for you!

 I have mixed emotions this week. I have been following the Compassion International bloggers this week as they traveled to the Phillipines to shed light on the children living in poverty there. Writing about MTM seems somewhat unnessesary in light of what I have read this week.

I do know that creating  moments of simple joy for my kids and feeding them healthy food is important. The advent of summer brings more quality time with the kids. Today we got a head start on summer by eating a "fishing themed" muffin tin snack. I have made this many a time for the Muffin Tin Kids. They love it. Dip pretzel rods in PB and "fish" for cheesy fish crackers "fish" and m & m "clams".

 Caught a fish!
 Moments of simple joy.

Muffin Tin Meal: Alphabet Cookies

Getting kids to eat a balanced meal with plenty of vegetables and fruit can be hard. But it's important to remain persistent in such a quest. Keep offering a variety of healthy options. If you never offer it, they will never eat it. So, offer it and see what happens. And don't give up after one try, or two, or even three. Leading experts say it may take up to 10 times for a child to like a new food.

Muffin Tin Meals are a great way to get kids to try new foods in a fun and interesting way.

We had: whole grain, gluten free vanilla alphabet cookies, iceberg lettuce "chips" (the kids loved eating it this way) PB and J heart sandwich, watermelon,strawberries, and ranch dip with green bell peppers (the one food they don't eat).

What did you family have to eat today?