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Muffin Tin Monday

on May 18, 2009

I have seen posts relating to the MTM blog carnival in several places, but most recently at Chronicle of an Infant Bibliophile, one of the blogs I follow. The idea is simple – serve a themed meal in a muffin tin, then post a link to the blog entry concerning it at Her Cup Overfloweth if you want to be part of the carnival. I don’t know whether this is meant to be just a fun thing to do or whether it’s to try and encourage children to eat.

Froglet always has trouble staying in one place long enough to finish a meal (or even get halfway through it), so today I thought we might give MTM a try. This week was Choose Your Own Theme, rather fortuitously as it was such a last-minute decision to do it and I haven’t done the weekly shop yet! So the theme I’ve picked is: Homemade.

Our muffin tin contains both Froglets meal and my own, as it’s rather a large tin. Homemade brown bread with nuts in, homemade kumquat marmalade from our little tree, homemade snickerdoodle cookies – rolled in cinnamon sugar by Froglet – and homegrown salad: cress, baby nasturtium leaves (because the nasturtiums are still tiny), marjoram and oregano. Like I said, it was a last-minute thing!

Surprisingly, the salad was Froglet’s favourite item. He wolfed down the marjoram, oregano and nasturtiums, exclaiming”these taste funny!”, then asked for more. I had to explain that we couldn’t take any more leaves off the nasturtiums as it might stress them too much, if they aren’t already stressed. I only took one leaf off each plant.

As a method of getting him to concentrate and eat, it was unsuccessful, but he certainly enjoyed seeing all the things we had made and grown ourselves on his “plate”. We will be doing this again, and if you have little ones maybe you’d like to join in too!

For lots of different themes, pop over to Her Cup Overfloweth and see what other mums have done.

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6 responses to “Muffin Tin Monday

  1. Bran says:

    Welcome to MTM! My kids always get so excited about it.

  2. Thanks for joining us! I love you theme idea-way to make it work for you!

    We enjoy MTM for both the fun amd the chance to eat new foods in smaller portions! IT’s how my kids learned to love celery!

  3. I’m glad you had fun with it too! My little guy won’t stay still either. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I put him at a chair at the table. We always eat with our plates on the coffee table surrounded by books, blocks, toys, sticker books. Whatever works! I’m also shocked lately that he can be reasoned with: “Oh, want me to read that book? OK, just have this bite of chicken and I’ll read it.” I didn’t expect the bribing to start at 18 months. Loved your theme.

  4. Great theme! I’d love to have some of the marmalade.

  5. libby says:

    Love your theme!!! Wish I’d thought of it.

    Libby

  6. yoongz says:

    This is a fun idea 😉 i may try it at some point in time – not just now – brain can’t cope at this time.

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