African Animal Muffin Tin Meal

Africian Animal Muffin Tin Meal

I made this African Animal themed muffin tin for a nephew. As usual at my house, muffin tin meals are popular with my older niece and nephews. You don’t need to be a toddler to enjoy a muffin tin meal.

Top Row:

  • Giraffe 3D cheese quesadilla
  • Chocolate covered animal cracker rhino
  • Cheese lions with spinach leaves

Bottom Row:

  • Mixed nuts
  • Sugar snap peas
  • Elephant Kiwi
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Sunflower Cupcakes

Sunflower Cupcakes

My nephews and I made these sunflower flower pot cupcakes as part of our 100 Summer Activities list. I had the terra-cotta baking pots for about 20 years and it was my first time to use them. We followed these directions for the sunflower but not the pot. We used these directions for the cake. My nephew crushed up chocolate teddy grahams for the soil (it is what I had in the house) and I made a simple chocolate frosting. They were very sweet but looked cute. I want to make bread in them next.

Flower Pot Cupcakes Frosted

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Shawn the Sheep Lunch

Shawn the Sheep food

The Shawn the Sheep movie will be released in the U.S. this week so of course I made a Shawn the Sheep themed lunch.

Shawn the Sheep Lunch

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Top: Pumpernickel bread almond butter sandwich, cheese, food coloring marker details, lettuce

Bottom Left: Blackberries, apple with cinnamon, food coloring marker details

Bottom Right: Black olive, cauliflower, goat cheese with black olive pieces, lettuce

Linking to:

Eats Amazing Fun Food Friday

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Constellation Dinner

Constellation Dinner Collage

My niece and some nephews joined me for a constellation themed dinner. This dinner featured Strawberry & Kiwi Salsa with Cinnamon Tortilla Chips, Star Salad, Big Dipper Baked Pasta, and Orion Brownies. I also taught each of them their zodiac sign and showed them the constellation for their sign. I don’t think that they were impressed with their zodiac signs but they seemed to enjoy the food. I don’t believe in the significance of Zodiac signs and it is difficult to see the pictures in the constellations but I think it is considered common knowledge and kids should have a basic awareness of it.

Kiwi and Strawberry Salad with cinnamon stars

Strawberry & Kiwi Salsa with Cinnamon Tortilla Chips: I used this recipe but did not use whole wheat tortillas, I also used olive oil and sugar instead of the coconut oil and sugar.

Star Salad

Star Salad: This is a simple but colorful salad that features vegetable stars – lettuce, radish, cucumber, carrots, red bell pepper

big dipper angel hair pasta bake

Big Dipper Baked Pasta: I made angel hair pasta, homemade cheese sauce (2 cup white sauce with shredded sharp cheddar cheese) and baked it until heated and slightly browned. After baking I garnished it with peas in the shape of the Big Dipper.

Orion Constellation Brownies

Orion Brownies: I made brownies using a Ghiradelli Brownie mix. After it was cooled we put sprinkle stars in the shape of Orion Constellation.

Consider having a stargazing party with a themed dinner to teach your kids about Zodiac signs and constellations.

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10 Reasons Why Adults Eat Cute Food

10 Reasons Why Adults Would Eat Cute Food

I am passionate about making and eating cute food. People often assume that all of the food art I create is made for children. Why should only kids have all of the fun? I even received the following comment on Pinterest for my Lily of the Valley lunch, “Cute but terrible idea for a kid – Lily of the Valley is toxic”. It was cream cheese and chives over wild rice. I see the point but that meal was made for an adult. Cute food does not have to be only for kids. Here are 10 reasons why adults may decide to eat cute food.


1. Advanced Age – When you are old you can be young again. You’re never too old to enjoy life and eat cute food. When I was a teenager I went to a tea party at the house of my grandmother’s friend. The woman put on a cute spread and dyed Easter eggs. It was memorable to me that an older woman still took steps to make a meal fun and special. Also sometimes when a person is older they do not have as much of an appetite. You can make a cute meal for an elderly friend or relative as a way to motivate them to eat a nutritious meal.

eiffel tower toast

2. Sickness – When you are sick you need to limit your diet and most food is not appetizing. Make toast more fun. Or better yet if you are feeling sick hopefully someone who cares about you would make your toast look appealing. Grace at Eats Amazing has some fantastic toast art.

Carrot Flower in Cucumber Cup on cake plate

3. Special Occasion – There are many adult only occasions in which fun shaped food would be appropriate. Holiday meals for adults, a wedding, tea party, bridal or baby shower are a few occasions that come to mind. You are limited only by your interests and imagination. Themed food such as shaped butter can also make an occasion more elegant.

Charlie Brown and Lucy Lunch

4. Fandom Do you or someone you love have a fandom obsession? Is there a fan of Hello Kitty, Doctor Who, Snoopy, Naruto, Harry Potter, or Star Wars in your life? Fandom possibilities are endless. Celebrate your interest with themed food.

Jack-o-lantern calzone lunch

5. Something Good Inside – If you love chocolate or cheese and know it is inside a cute bundle of food will you decide not to eat it because you think cute food is just for kids? Most likely you will eat that panda shaped bread with chocolate inside or a jack-o-lantern themed calzone. You can call me weird but the night I ate this jack-o-lantern calzone, I was delighted to eat something so cute and delicious.

World Smile Day Lunch

6. Pick-Me-Up – When you are feeling down a way to turn that frown upside down could be a smile themed meal. This meal makes me smile every time I see it.

Babar Lunch

7. Kid At Heart –  Did you retain a childlike spirit? I am guessing that most people who know me would not say that I was a kid at heart but when it comes to eating cute food, I am. Cute food amuses and delights.

3D Giraffe Elephant crackers

8. Simply Enjoy It – Why not? It is a common misconception that cute food is only for children. You don’t have to be a child to enjoy whimsically shaped food.

Tanabata Fruit Cups

9. Only Food Available – You are starving and the only food available happens to be a turtle shaped bread. You want to eat fruit but will not because the watermelon and apples are cut into star shapes? I am guessing that most people would eat it anyway.

ELB Lily of the Valley

10. Your Hobby is Crafting with Food – You enjoy creating food art and do not always have a kid around to eat it. Or there are leftovers from the meal you made for your kid. Crafting with food is a wonderful creative outlet for people who do not like clutter. When you are done with your creation you can eat it.

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Super Mario Bros Bento Lunch

Super Mario Bros Food

I made this Super Mario Bros sandwich lunch for my 5 year old nephew. I ate lunch with him and was very pleased that he enjoyed it so much. The bag was dropped on it’s side and everything stayed in place except that the apple shifted. I “glued” Mario’s features on with Peanut Butter (you could use Wowbutter or another sticky spread). I thought about using spaghetti to hold the mushroom (apple) together but opted not to do it. I did not do anything special to hold the details on the star but it held.

I knew that I wanted to make a Mario sandwich but was unsure how. This was my inspiration. I copied the apple mushroom and was inspired to make a cucumber star from this lunch.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Mario peanut butter sandwich on wheat bread (sideburns, eyebrows, and mustache are the crust from the bread glued on with peanut butter, eyes are cheddar cheese with food coloring marker details, the hat is Wegmans Strawberry Fruit Strips, the “M” is cheddar cheese with food coloring marker detail)

Top Right: Cucumber stars, one with skin and inside of cucumber for eyes

Bottom Right: Apple mushroom, I used the end of a pastry tip to create the circles and removed the skin with a knife. I dipped the apple pieces in water with lemon juice to prevent browning

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Leo Bento Lunch

leo zodiac symbol

Next in my monthly series of Zodiac symbol lunches, here is Leo.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Mashed potato with white cheddar cheese molded in a custard cup, blue mashed potato piped on top in the shape of the Leo symbol, lettuce

Top Right: Frozen green peas

Bottom Right: Mandarin oranges

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