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Edible Insect Zoo

Muffin Tin Monday at Her Cup Overfloweth

We have put over 700 miles on our minivan in the last five days and have 400 more to go in the next two days! Life has been full and there has been lots to do! Even so, we still managed to make a muffin tin today, thanks to my kids who love it so much! Of course, they love it! But, I love it, too, for several reasons:
  • In trying to be creative, I am serving them foods I normally wouldn't and I am surprised at what my little ones are willing to eat! (Namely vegetable garnishes like the tomatoes, green onions, etc).
  • I love that the small portions in the muffin tin leads to a greater variety of foods.
  • I love that it makes them feel so special.
  • I love that they thank me for their MTM each time I make one.
  • I love that it is a way to tie in what we are learning with something fun and creative to eat!
So since we will be on the road for the next couple days, I tried to make a snack type meal, so the leftovers can be eaten up on the road! Oh! And in our travels, we picked up 5 steel muffin tins (I do not like to use aluminum) at the Dollar Tree! So, we have enough to go around now! I also picked up some fun muffin cups at Michael's for 25% off. :-)

We chose our own theme this week and decided that since we have been studying Insects in our Apologia Science over the last 6 weeks, we would create an Edible Insect Snack Zoo for our Muffin Tin!





Our Edible Insect Zoo contains:
  • Ladybug Appetizers (round butter cracker, cream cheese, organic plum tomato, black olive)
  • A very fat (and full) caterpillar! (round butter crackers and peanut butter with a plum tomato head)
  • Peanut Butter Honey Bee (edible peanut butter play dough (*see recipe below), melted chocolate and almond slices)
  • Chocolate Covered Ants on a Log (Chocolate covered raisins on peanut butter and celery)
  • Beetles (Black olives)
  • Butterfly Cheese Slice with mustard
  • Dirt Cup (chocolate pudding with honey bear grahams crushed on top)
  • Beetle Juice or Bug Juice (and we decorated the cup with insect stickers)
  • Fly in the Dough cookies (Chocolate Chip Cookies)
  • Fly Swatter to keep those flies away! (Butter square pretzel and a pretzel stick held on with cream cheese)





They loved their Muffin Tin Meal! I think this one was one of our favorites so far!

Be sure to visit Michelle @ Her Cup Overfloweth to see more creative and fun Muffin Tin Monday meals!