St Patty’s Revisit

Since we did so many St Patty’s Day projects last year (and I couldn’t finish my project for today’s post!), I thought I would show you some of those projects again. If you are looking for a fun last minute project, we have lots for you to try!

(just click the photo to see the original post with instructions)

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Make your own St Patrick’s Day shirt using freezer paper

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Make a leprechaun sundae

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Make a leprechaun trap

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Enjoy a St Patrick’s Day muffin tin meal

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I hope you found something you might want to try!

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Make sure to come back tomorrow for a special St Patrick’s Day themed Gluten Free Friday!

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Have a great day everyone!

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Lizz

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For you Pintrest fans out there, if you are loving what you see, click the link below to pin your favorite project(s):

 
Make a Shamrock t-shirt

 Leprechaun Sundae

 Leprechaun Trap

 St Patrick’s Day Muffin Tin Meal

Muffin Tin Monday – Deconstructed Stir Fry

We’ve been really busy around here lately, and have been missing our muffin tin meals.  We were finally able to pull one together this weekend, and I think it turned out really nice.  I was working on a new Gluten Free meal to post on Friday (come back for that!!), and decided to also make a totally different kind of muffin tin meal.  In the end, it ended up being like a stir fry, but with all of the ingredients staying separate…and I will call it Deconstructed Stir Fry.

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Top Row (left to right): orange slices, mixed veggies, baby carrots

Bottom Row: GF Orange Teriyaki Chicken, jasmine rice, GF Orange Teriyaki Shrimp

Middle: Gluten Free fortune cookies

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I realize now as I’m typing this that I totally forgot to put in those little baby corn-on-the-cobs!  Bummer, I’ll have to remember for next time!

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Since I’m saving the recipe for the chicken and shrimp for Friday, I will give you one tidbit.  Some of you may not know that teriyaki sauce and soy sauce are often made with wheat.  However, there are several gluten free options available, right on the same shelf as the others.  Just look for those magic words…

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And you will never know the difference; it takes the same as the regular stuff.

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We also always have a box of GF fortune cookies around, because what is chinese food without a fortune?  These may not be your traditional crescent shaped treat, but Skylar loves ’em, and I will admit they are pretty darn tasty.

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I hope you’ve all enjoyed our Deconstructed Stir Fry.  I know Skylar did!  If you want to see what the other amazing moms have made this week, check out Muffin Tin Mom’s Site.

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Have a great week everyone!

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Lizz

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Muffin Tin Monday – Halloween Revisited

As I am currently in sunny Florida for a conference, and was unable to do a Muffin Tin Meal before I left, I thought it would be fun to show you our Halloween MTM from last  year.  This way, if you were looking for some fun ideas for this year’s tin, this might help!

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This was and still is one of my absolute favorite tins we have ever made. 

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Top Row (Left to Right): Forked Eyeballs, Noodle Brains, Worm Burgers

Bottom Row (Left to Right): Spider Web Soup, Mummy Pizza, Monster Mouth

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Eyeballs – coat doughnut holes with melted white chocolate.  Add a milk chocolate chip for the pupil.  When cooled and hardened, use a tube of red decorating gel to create the veins. 

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Brains – These are simply Ramen Noodles.  I never make them as soup.  I drain the water, leaving just enough to keep them moist, add a little butter and the flavor packet.

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Worm Burgers – These were very simple.  Nilla Cookies, dark chocolate frosting, and gummy worms. 

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Spiderweb soup – tomato soup, right out of the can.  The web is made with sour cream.  Put the cream into a ziplock bag, and snip a very small piece of the corner.  Using the bag like a piping bag, make a very small circle, another circle around that one, and a third around that.  It should look like a bullseye.  Hold a tooth pick in the center of the bullseye, and pull outwards through all 3 circles.  Do this all the way around.  The end result will be a perfect looking spider web.  This is much easier to do than to explain.

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Mummy Pizza – Take half of an english muffin, and cover with pizza sauce.  Place olive slices (with a bit of green pepper in the center), where you want your eyes.  Use a mozzarella cheese stick to create the bandages.  Bake in the oven at 350 degrees until the cheese is nice and melty.  (Next time I would leave a little more space between the cheese strips in order to see the bandages better)

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Monster Mouth – This is an apple quarter with the center cut out for the mouth.  The teeth are almond slivers.  Very simple with a big result!

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Since I already posted this tin last year, I will not be officially submitting it to Muffin Tin Mom’s site.  But that doesn’t mean you can’t go check out all the awesome things going on over there anyways!

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Muffin Tin Monday at Her Cup Overfloweth

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Have a great week everyone!

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Lizz

Muffin Tin Monday – Finger Foods

For this week’s muffin tin, it felt like we really needed something simple and easy.  We decided to make a meal of all things you can eat with fingers or food picks.  It was fun to figure this one out.  Here’s what we came up with:

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Top Row (left to right): cucumbers with ranch, frozen black cherries, watermelon gummy rings

Bottom Row: GF barbeque almond nut thins, pepperoni and mozzerella picks, grapes

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Skylar ate every single bite!  Success!

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The crackers she had were new for us, and they were really tasty.  These almond nut thins come in a variety of flavors, and make a great crunchy snack for anyone who needs a GF treat.

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I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy tin.  To see some of the other great tins that were made this week, check out Muffin Tin Mom’s site.

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Have a great week everyone!

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Lizz

Muffin Tin Monday – Pretty Flowers

Happy Muffin Tin Monday!!

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After a crazy Saturday of Apple/Raspberry/Pepper picking, Skylar and I were determined to have a quiet easy Sunday.  We even wanted a quick and easy muffin tin meal.  We opted to go without a specific theme, but we used our silicone flower cups on a plate to change things up a bit.  So here is one of the fastest muffin (non-)tin meals I have ever made:

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Clockwise (starting at bottom left): Carrots, Cracker Jacks, Pistachios, GF Pretzel Sticks, Raspberries (freshly pick by us!)

Center: Buttered GF Penne Noodles

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There is really no explanations needed for this tin, but there are 2 gluten-related things I want to say: 

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First, I know there is some controversy over caramel, and is it gluten free or not.  Here’s my reasoning:  I read though the ingredients, no wheat.  Cracker Jacks (like many companies now) give allergen information (Including if it’s processed in a facility with allergens), and it doesn’t mention containing wheat either.  I even checked the website (*here) and they say no gluten ingredients.  So my vote is that it’s okay.

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The other thing I wanted to share is that we have finally stumbled upon a really good tasting GF pasta!  That penne we used for this meal was from Schar.  It was, to date, the best tasting GF pasta we have tried.  It tasted exactly like regular pasta!  We had gotten a sample when we got our gift basket from the University of Chicago (If you missed that post, *click here* for information on that amazing program).  I’m so happy we finally tried it!  We recently tried a Schar product that we didn’t care for, so I’m learning that not all products within a company’s GF line are created equal.

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Make sure you check out the other amazing muffin tin meals over at Muffin Tin Mom’s site

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 Muffin Tin Monday at Muffintinmom.com

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Have a great week everyone!!

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Lizz

Muffin Tin Monday – Dessert Dip

Skylar and I had the pleasure of a day without a plan this weekend.  We decided that we would watch a movie that I used to love as a kid (Does anyone remember Bugsy Malone? Gangster movie with all kid actors from the 70’s…Scott Baio, Jodie Foster…splurge guns that shoot cream…)

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Since we were doing a movie afternoon, we thought it would be fun to try a different kind of muffin tin.  Instead of a regular meal we opted for a dessert tin!

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I had seen another muffin tin that was made to be like a fondue and I’ve wanted to try it ever since (If it was you, please tell me, I can’t remember what site I saw this on!).  Skylar’s eating restrictions made this is little difficult, plus she refused to have strawberries, a natural choice for chocolate dipping.  I don’t get it, but okay.  So here’s what we came up with…

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Top row (left to right): Gluten Free Shortbread cookies and pretzels, chocolate sauce, cherries

Bottom Row: Apple slices, butterscotch sauce, bananas

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Skylar and I had a great afternoon sharing a dippy muffin tin, snuggling up, and watching all those kids get hit with cream pies.

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To see all the other cute muffin tin meals created this week, go over to Muffin Tin Mom’s Site.

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 Muffin Tin Monday at Muffintinmom.com

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Have a great week everyone!!

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Lizz

Muffin Tin Monday – Up

I asked Skylar what them she thought would be fun for our muffin tin this week, while she was watching the movie Up. (If you have not see this movie yet, you really should, it’s lovely)  She decided we should do things that are up in the sky.  Great idea!

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Top Row (Left to Right):  orange sun (with choc chip face, and GF brown rice spaghetti rays), a peanut butter nutella sandwich kite, night sky with stars

Bottom Row: Pirate Booty clouds, milk straw kite string, grape balloons

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We thought this tin turned out super fun!

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The night sky was a little different for us.  I used a piece of grape fruit leather (since it’s the darkest), and pushed in a few of these little rock candy pieces that we got at the asian food market.

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Cute, crunchy, and yummy!

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The milk straw is something that I will be posting about this week for Gluten Free Friday, so come back to check it out!

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We will be sharing this, as always, at Muffin Tin Mom’s Site.

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Muffin Tin Monday at Muffintinmom.com

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Have a great weekend everyone!!

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Lizz

Muffin Tin Monday – Backyard Fun

Happy Labor Day Everyone!  I hope you are all enjoying a day off from work.  I know we are!

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Skylar and I were talking about how we live in an apartment, which means that we don’t have our own backyard.  We talked about the sort of things you might find in your own backyard, and decided this would make a fun MTM theme.  Here’s what we made:

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Top Row (left to right): Babybel Ladybug, Butterscotch Pudding Flower, (GF) Butterfly Toast

Bottom Row: Salted Cucumber Grass, String Cheese Stem with Apple Leaf, Apple Sandwich Tire Swing

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We have made the ladybug before, but it was fun enough to do again.  I just cut out the shapes, and used a food safe marker for the black dots.

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The apple sandwich was new for us.  I sliced an apple horizontally and used a circle cutter to remove the core.  The I added peanut butter and a few chocolate chips.

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This whole meal was a huge hit.  Skylar ate almost every bite!

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If you would like to see what the other amazing moms created for MTM this week, check out Muffin Tin Mom’s site.

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Have a great Labor Day!!

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Lizz

Muffin Tin Monday – We’re Back!

Oh, Muffin Tin Monday!  How we have missed you!

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For those of you that are re-joining us, and wondering just where we have been all this time, allow me to fill you in…My little muffin tin eater was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in June, and can longer eat gluten (found in wheat, rye, and barley).  This has seriously changed our eating habits around here, so we took the summer to get used to all of this.

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Skylar asked if we could do muffin tins again, and I think we are ready to give it a shot.  We didn’t go with a theme for this one, but just went with a few things we have been eating lately.  Some are new things and some are old favorites, but they are all tasty!

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And so I give you our very first gluten free muffin tin!

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Top Row (Left to Right):  Edamame Hummus with Edamame Crackers, Sandwich Kebobs, and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip with Chocolate Animal Crackers

Bottom Row: Salted Cucumbers, Sandwich Kebobs, Apple Slices

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Are asking yourself “What is Edamame?”  Well, it’s our favorite veggie here!  Basically, it’s soy beans.  We buy ours in the frozen veggie section at our favorite store, Traders Joe’s.  This hummus, and the crackers, were also found at Trader Joe’s.  So yummy! 

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The chocolate chip cookie dough dip was a really fun treat.  It doesn’t have any eggs in it, so it’s safe to eat as is.  If you want the recipe, we posted it *here* as part of our Gluten Free Friday segment.  The cookies are gluten free animal crackers, made by Ian’s (a great company that makes tons of kid-friendly GF foods)

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Okay, sandwich kebobs.  I thought these turned out adorable!  For those of you who are paying attention, you might be saying, wait…she can’t eat bread!  Oh, but she can eat GF bread.  This week, we used Udi’s…

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For GF bread, it’s quite good, and Skylar loves it.  She had so much fun eating all of her sandwich bits off off the skewer.  I used a cookie cutter to make round bread pieces, and stacked those with rolled up ham, rolled up lettuce, and sting cheese.

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So, what do you think of our first GF Muffin Tin?

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We will, of course be posting this to Muffin Tin Mom’s site.

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Have a great week everyone!

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Lizz

Muffin Tin Monday – Under the Sea

Every once in a while I have a tin idea that looks great in my head.  Then it looks great on paper.  But when I actually put it together, it doesn’t quite look like I imagined.  That’s exactly what happened with this one.  Skylar loved it and ate every single bite.  I guess that’s all that matters, right?  Well, you will all have to tell me what you think of this one…

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Top Row (Left to Right): Apple Sailboat, Celery Fishing Poles, Palm Tree Island

Bottom Row: Goldfish, Hot Dog Jellyfish, The Ocean

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I started this tin by making blue jello right in one of the sections, and letting it set.  The sailboat was made just by cutting up some apple pieces and putting them together with a toothpick.  The fishing line was dental floss.  There were a few elements of this that were new to us:  The palm trees and the jellyfish.

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I saw the palm trees somewhere on another blog, and cannot for the life of me remember where.  I will update this when I figure it out, or if it was you, please tell me!  I want to give you credit!  Anyways, these were really easy to create.  Just take some green fruit slices…

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Cut them in half lengthwise

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and pile three of them onto a toothpick.  Make sure the toothpick does not come all the way through the top one.

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Then slide the bottom of the toothpick into the top of a pirouette cookie

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Voila!  A palm tree!  I used marshmallows to stick them up (which didn’t work).  I also used an apple, and the refrigerator for the picture.  A few crushed graham crackers around the base make it look like an island!

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The hot dogs were even easier.  I don’t really have a good credit for this one, since it came from a picture sent over from a friend which she found on Pintrest. (My newest obsession!!)  Here’s how ya do it…

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Take some uncooked spaghetti, and hot dog slices

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I snapped the spaghetti in half, but you could leave them whole too.  Take the spaghetti and push several pieces into each hot dog slice.

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Hehehe!  I think they look awesome and spiky!!  Then, cook them in boiling water until the noodles are cooked.  Now they look like some sort of crazy sea creature.

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We went with jellyfish.  And they were actually pretty tasty.

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So even though I wasn’t totally pleased with the final outcome of this tin, I think that the individual elements were all really fun.

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I bet the other muffin tin makers did a great job making something fun this week.  To check out their stuff, click over to Muffin Tin Mom’s site.

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Have a great week everyone!!

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Lizz