Monday, February 25, 2013

Muffin Tin Monday | The Arctic

The first stop in a series of environment themes we'll have for Muffin Tin Monday this year - the arctic!

Muffin Tin Monday - An Arctic themed meal

My muffin tin encompasses both the arctic and the antarctic. 
Top row, the northern hemisphere:
- fishing bucket & fishing pole
- ice fishing hole
- polar bear sandwich

Bottom row, the southern hemisphere:
- icebergs & a seal
- a family of whales
- penguins

A couple highlights:
Muffin Tin Monday - Arctic Ice Fishing with jello, fish candy and pretzel fishing pole

The ice fishing hole is blue berry jello, with a Swedish Fish in the bottom. This was my first time ever putting anything in jello. The gummy fish got kind of bloated looking (never a good look for a fish). Ick. My guess is that the jello mixture was still too hot when I put it in there and the fish started to dissolve. The jello is set in a mini round Lock & Lock (from this combo set).
Of course an ice fisherman needs some tackle, and so beside the ice fishing hole is a little bento mini-cup bucket and a fishing pole made from a pretzel stick and short piece of licorice string.


Muffin Tin Monday - the Arctic seal bento pick on icebergs

The icebergs were definitely the easiest element to execute for this muffin tin meal, but they just might be my favorite. :) Just cute little ice cubes. I picked up the ice cube tray that made these cute little gumdrop-shaped pieces at the Target Dollar Spot last summer.

Muffin Tin Monday olive penguins with cream cheese

Penguins! They are made from black olives and cream cheese. I can't call them Happy Feet and they won't be marching, because I forgot to add the carrot feet. Doh! I had them all cut out on the cutting board and everything too. 
I wish I knew who to credit the idea for olive penguins, but I can not find the original source for them. I saw these cute critters a couple years ago and they've been copied and remade by so many sites by now, I don't know who's idea they were to begin with. Whoever you are, good job. So adorable! 

And now, a lowlight. Worse than a lowlight, this is a full-on blooper. So much so that I axed it from the muffin tin altogether...
Muffin Tin Monday - Arctic theme - hard boiled egg igloo

Wopwop. This is a hardboiled egg, made in an Eggie. Colored with food-safe markers to make an igloo. This was my very first (and favorite!) idea when brainstorming ideas for the arctic theme and I couldn't have been more disappointed with the outcome. Not a fan of the Eggies. At all. They make weird horrible little divets and pits all over the surface of the egg. And the texture of the egg becomes very rubbery. Awful. Let's not discuss the whole boiling food in plastic debacle. Blech.

Supplies used to make this muffin tin meal:
Now it's time to see what other muffin tin makers have whipped up this week! 
A few reminders:

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10 comments:

angelicscalliwags said... [Reply to comment]

No matter how hard I try, I just can't get my muffin tins to look as cute as yours!! I LOVE this one- the patience it must have taken you!

Michelle Straub said... [Reply to comment]

I like the igloo idea! I think the bumpy surface looks very much like how snow/ice looks. But I'm sure just hard boiled eggs cut in half would work too. Mini-gloos. :)

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

mini-gloos! Ha! Cute. Yes, a regular hardboiled egg would work too and after the Eggie thing didn't work I wished I had some back-up eggs to work with, but i was out of time AND eggs!

angelicalliways - I love your muffin tins! And the way you incorporate so many activities together is very inspiring. :)

bentodays said... [Reply to comment]

Love your fishing bucket and fishing pole!

Jennifer said... [Reply to comment]

Very cute!

kewkew said... [Reply to comment]

Oh my goodness, this is just adorable. I actually think the igloo looks very cute (unless there is something we are missing by only seeing the picture). And those penguins are adorable. I love that you included the North and the South pole.
Sorry I didn't do an Arctic tin. Number 1, I had no idea what to do and couldn't make it fit with an orange tin or a D tin (the two I am linking up today) We are working our way through the colors of the rainbow and we started our D unit today. I hope it is okay to link up more than 1.
Have a great day.

Sarah said... [Reply to comment]

Fantastic theme.. so cute! Thanks for hosting!

Susan B. said... [Reply to comment]

I think your igloo is adorable - even with the little bumps. I have never had my eggies do that. Did you oil the inside of them? also I have had better luck rubbing the inside with a little evoo on a paper towel instead of using a spray oil or PAM. They seemed to release better for me.

very cute muffin tin! :)

Miranda said... [Reply to comment]

So cute!! I wish I would have incorporated more blue in mine... It looks fantastic! :)

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

Susan B. - I have used the Eggies twice and the pits happened both times. The first time was right after I bought them - like a year ago. I had forgotten why I hated them, but the second I used them again for this tin the memory came flooding back! LOL! The first time I used canola oil, just rubbed in with my finger. This time I used coconut oil.

kewkew - perfectly great! Thanks for linking up. :)

Sarah & Miranda - thank you so much. Your kind words are very appreciated. :)

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