I need to confess that this in not one of my best muffin tin meals. Things just didn’t come together the way I pictured them in my head. That happens sometimes.
An Earth made of blueberries and green grapes looked amazing in my head. My husband tried to guess what this creation was and couldn’t. Even after pointing out the Florida he was unsure. Telling him it was the Earth seemed to help, but it was still too abstract for him.
So what do you do when your Earth does work, you deconstruct it. The fruit salad Earth became fruit in a muffin tin. Some of the fruit was used to top blueberry yogurt which isn’t really blue by the way. Some went into its own cups and some was used to make blueberry jelly. (I am just kidding.) The jam came right from a jar and was spread on English muffin earthlings. I guess without eyes, a nose and a mouth the Earthlings may look a little abstract too.
I placed homemade granola in the cup between the Earthlings. It was placed there mostly because JDaniel helped me to make it. He is loves to snack on it or have it appear in a meal.
JDaniel didn’t seem to care about how the meal looked. He just dug right in and enjoyed it. Maybe on Earth Day Earthlings really want to eat their favorite foods. It doesn’t matter if they are in abstract or deconstructed forms. It seems to work that way at my house.
JDaniel adores Star Wars. He has sticker books, action figures, and even a light saber . Today is JDaniel’s 4th birthday. How could I not give him a Star Wars breakfast in a Muffin Tin!
R2-D2 and C-3PO are his favorites but, I could figure out how to do all the details R2-D2’s has on his case. I chose to do C-3PO, Yoda and Chewbacca instead.
C-3PO looks like he has been through a battle and lost part of his face. I confess I had a hard time cutting through the waffle. I kept trimming and trimming to smooth out jagged edges and finally decided enough was enough.
Yoda was fun to make with his green tortilla ears and lime yogurt face. At first I had him smiling and he just didn’t look right. Yoda always seemed to have a stern look on his face. I had to try several grape smiles to get it right. His raisin eyes had to be adjusted several times too. Yoda had piercing eyes it was hard to capture them in raisins on grapes on apples without having everything fall into the yogurt.
Chewbacca was so easy to put together. He just needed raisin eyes, a prune nose, a prune moth and apple bite teeth. Chewbacca’s fur really need to be darker but, I was afraid he would get overcooked in the toaster oven.
JDaniel loved this meal. The best part was dipping Chewbacca and C-3PO into syrup! Syrup isn’t mentioned in Star Wars as far as I know but, JDaniel sure loves it.
Tomorrow is Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras! I thought is would be really fun to construct a bacon lettuce and tomato sandwich into a Mardi Gras mask for JDaniel. It was so much fun to search the vegetable aisle at the grocery store for ingredients for this lunch. I really wanted to find lettuces that would look like feathers.
This is a little over the top! I know! I probably got a little carried away with the lettuce part of the mask. JDaniel would probably agree with you if you think so. He didn’t really like either of the lettuces used in the sandwich. I am grateful that he was willing to try them.
The other parts of the sandwich were a big hit. He loves bacon! The bacon disappeared first. JDaniel also loves grape tomatoes and tortilla bread. JDaniel wanted seconds of all of those foods. Due to there being only a little of each in the sandwich I willing obliged. If I were to do it again, I might leave off the lettuce! I could have created the feather section with a little more bacon and tomatoes cut into fancy shapes.
Along with the sandwich JDaniel got veggies straws. I thought they looked a little like confetti. Thankfully he didn’t think they tasted like confetti. He really enjoyed them. You could substitute them with carrots and celery if you want. They would be great served as stick or pieces of large confetti.
I bet some of you love to serve red beans and rice, gumbo, etouffee or jambalaya. They are all wonderful food from New Orleans. If they are not your children’s favorites you might want to serve them a BLT like this one.
I hope you have a wonderful Fat Tuesday tomorrow.
This post is linked to Muffin Tin Monday!
I made JDaniel had a ham football with Swiss cheese laces, I wanted him to have some protein in his lunch. Next he had plain yogurt dyed orange with a sprinkle and Smarties tiger paw in his lunch. If your children don’t like plain yogurt, you could serve them an orange flavored yogurt instead. Then I added a mandarin orange bowl (pun intended) to his lunch, Finally dyed cream cheese orange and spread it on bread. A Swiss cheese tiger paw was placed on the spread. Oh! JDaniel had milk in a Clemson water bottle. He loves having his own tiger paw bottle.