Monday, October 6, 2008

Muffin Tin Monday- Bread and Jam for Frances

I'm starting Muffin Tin Monday this week- the grand and lofty goal is to do it every week, though I might not always play along with the correct theme. I think it's such a cool idea, and a novel way to hook kids into eating something they might not otherwise. (Ariel's eating tomato soup! Holy Cow!)

This week I wanted to use a children's book as our theme, so we read Bread and Jam For Frances this morning and made a big list of all the foods they talked about in the book. We found:
  • eggs
  • bread and jam
  • veal cutlet
  • baked potatoes
  • orange juice
  • toast
  • cream cheese and cucumber sandwiches
  • pickle
  • milk
  • grapes
  • tangerine
  • spaghetti and meatballs
  • tomato soup
  • celery
  • carrots
  • black olives
  • plums
  • cherries
  • vanilla pudding
Quite a good list to work from. The idea is not to have to do anything crazy- just stuff you already have.

With six kids around the table, I took three muffin tins and filled six cups each. It works out well to have the oldest and youngest share, then the next, then the two middle kids. They can help each other, and it also happens to be a picky eater and a good eater in each team.

Duchess and O'Malley shared a tin,

Snow White and Sebastian shared another,

and Marie and Ariel shared another.

We ate tomato soup, black grapes, tangerines, bread and jam, green beans, and cheddar cheese since I didn't have any eggs and we needed some protein.

Everyone had a great time and actually ate something. Next week is supposed to be a Halloween theme, and I may do something original if I can think of it. If not, I'll go through the muffin tin archives and borrow a good idea. :)

We all need a reason to look forward to Monday!


Kayce said...

I love that book! I was going to do that book as well... but chose The Hungry Thing instead (truth be told, I couldn't find the Bread and Jam book).

Great tin!

GodwinFamily said...

That's such a good idea. I'm sure my kids would eat the food just because it's different to eat out of!

Jenny in Utah said...

One of my favorite kids' books, too! What a cute idea!