Muffin Tin Monday: Halloween Showcase

Welcome to Muffin Tin Monday and Happy Halloween! I have been so encouraged reading some of the emails that came in this week about how MTM has helped your child eat new foods or how much fun you are having creating this fun family tradition.

I was so blown away by all of your Muffin Tin Meal submissions last week. You are all so creative. Here are a few of yours that caught my eye from last week.

Fakin It!: Halloween!

I will posting some more mtm favorites this week, so stay tuned.

Now, it's your turn! Have you made a Muffin Tin Meal this week? 
Doesn't have to be Halloween themed. Can't wait to see!

Chocolate Covered Ghost Strawberries

*This post has garnered a few pinterest mentions lately, so I thought I would share it again with all of my current readers in case you missed it last year. 

Aren't these adorable?  

 I think these little white chocolate-covered strawberry ghosts are the perfect Halloween treat for kids and parents to make together. If you can make chocolate covered strawberries, you (and your kids) can make these.

You'll need:
  • Strawberries
  • 1 pkg. white chocolate or almond bark
  • baking sheet
  • wax paper
  • chocolate sprinkles or chocolate chips 
Here's how:
  • Line a baking sheet with wax paper
  • Slice the tops off of your strawberries.
  • Melt chocolate as directed on package
  • Dip the pointed end of the strawberries in the chocolate and lay them, flat end down on the baking sheet.
  • Apply sprinkles or choco chips for the eyes and mouth.

Eat and enjoy!

This was one of thpse activities that just sort of happened. I knew I wanted to make chocolate covered strawberries, but the "ghost" just came together. Muffin Tin Boy got very into it as went along and was very proud of his creations. With kids, I would expect them to look anything like actual ghosts. :)

*Originally published  October 2010, Chocolate Covered Strawberry Ghosts post republished with permission.

For more fun Halloween treat ideas check out

Eighteen25's Halloween goodies 

and the these super fun halloween themed dipped oreos

Muffin Tin Monday

Welcome to Muffin Tin Monday! We enjoyed a simple evening Muffin Tin Snack while watching a movie this week.  Muffin Tin Girl actually called it dessert. I think she calls any food that's technically after dinner: dessert.

Grapes, apple cinnamon muffin, pumpkin cookie.

Muffin Tin Monday

Happy Muffin Tin Monday! This is a Muffin Tin Meal I made last year. If you hadn't noticed, I have been sharing some MTM's from the past. Last year, I found these cute Jack-o-lantern picks and cupcake liners from the Dollar Tree.

Pumpkin shaped sandwich, clementine, cheese squares,
mini-pumpkins made out of cut string cheese, and banana slice pumpkins

MTM Podcast Interview With Beyond The Bandaids

Yesterday, My friend Maegen of  Beyond the Bandaids  invited me to spend the morning with her chatting about Muffin Tin Meals, picky eaters, and more. We talked about how MTM is a great option for not only picky eaters, but moms looking to spice up the lunch time routine for their toddlers, preschoolers, and kids.

If you missed the podcast, you I have embedded the player for you. If the widget is not visible you can listen by clicking  here. Go to the episode entitled "Beyond the Bandaids and Muffin Tin Mom"

MTM Podcast: Join Me Tomorrow Tuesday October 11th at 11am

Maegen writes about health, wellness, fitness and injury prevention on her blog, Beyond the Bandaids.

She has invited me to spend the morning with her chatting about Muffin Tin Meals, picky eaters, why MTM is awesome and more. So, please join me tomorrow, Tuesday, October 11th, 2011 at 11am PDT on her blog. (Access the podcast by going to her blog Beyond the Bandaids and clicking the play button on the podcast widget) or clicking here.

If you miss the 11am live podcast, you can access the recorded version anytime via her blog.

Muffin Tin Monday: Apples Revisited

Welcome to Muffin Tin Monday!

Here's another Muffin Tin Meal from a couple of years ago. All about apples! To learn how I pulled this together click over to the original Apple Themed MTM post.

Cute Divided Paper Plates For Kids

Haven't posted a "Friday Find" in awhile. Saw these cute divided plates for kids at Wal-mart (in the paper goods section) this week. Had to share.

Healthy Halloween Snack Pumpkin Happy Face

 Here's how to make pumpkin orange slice happy faces. It's perfect healthy healthier Halloween snack! Oranges are in season year round here, so we have plenty!

Here's what you'll need:
  • 1 orange 
  •  sharp knife
  • straw
  • cutting board
  • circle cutter (or something similar, like a small drinking glass)
  • 1-2 fruit leather strips

Slice your oranges flat into circles. I can get 3-4 large circles out of 1 orange

 open your fruit leather. Using the straw punch out tiny circles

using the circle cutter, cut out a half circle

cut the half circle again to make the mouth.

To make triangles, cut the left over half of the half circle at a diagonal, like so.

You should end up with this for face pieces

 To make the winky eye, cut slits in a triangle piece of fruit leather

To assemble your pumpkin smiley faces, 
you might need to enlist the help of the power rangers. 

The kids can put the eyes, nose and mouth on themselves, 
or you can do and surprise them with a fun and healthy Halloween snack! 

To make the jack-o-lanterns from yesterday's post, just cut triangles and half circles from the fruit leather.

The Farmer's Market

Our city is home to one of the finest Farmer's Markets around. 

Sampling some fresh organic California strawberries

Last month, I spent $12 on this:

Muffin TIn Monday

Welcome to Muffin Tin Monday!

Last year's Halloween muffin tin meal. For more Halloween MTM ideas, click on over.

Now, it's your turn: