Sunday, October 3, 2010

Muffin Tin Monday - circus style

This week the theme for MTM is "circus".

I'll be honest with you. I don't like the circus. Not even a tiny bit. I pretty much had decided to skip MTM this week because of it, but decided at the last moment Sunday evening to toss something together after all. This is what it came out like... Ethan helped. :)

MTM - circus theme!

In the back row we have a couple favorite circus food treats:
- cotton candy
- popcorn (kettle corn from our farmer's market, to be exact)
And in the 3rd spot we have the Strong Man's barbells: mozzarella cheese & pretzel sticks

In the front row:
- a creepy clown: tortilla, cheddar cheese hair, olive eyes, fruit leather mouth
- high-wire act, tightrope walkers: pocky stick, Teddy Grahams, peanut butter to "glue" and stabilize
- the Sword Swallowing event: grapes on sword picks

You may notice that my circus is animal free. :) Well, except for those tightrope walkers...but they are more the Berenstain Bears type of bears than the Stolen From Nature And Forced To Perform Demoralizing Schticks For Human Entertainment type of bears. ;-)

tight rope walkers

There are very few things that I outright boycott, and even fewer still that I not only boycott but will do so vocally. The circus is right at the top of that list. I am completely, 100%, unequivocally in the Animals Don't Belong in the Circus camp.

The last time I went to a circus was about 14 years ago. I went with my boyfriend (who is now my husband!). I went feeling very excited and giddy, but as I sat there my spirits sank. The animals in the circus broke my heart. I left feeling deflated and depressed. Probably not the effect the Ringling Brother's had hoped to bestow. My kids haven't been to an animal circus, nor will long as I have any say in the matter. It won't be much of a battle anyhow, Ethan thinks the circus is cruel. He doesn't even like to watch Dumbo. ;-) Steve Irwin taught him well. :)

If you are interested in reading about how animals have been mistreated, displaced, and even killed by the circus trade you can read about it: Animals in the Circus: A Lifetime of Misery , 10 Fast Facts about Animals in the Circus, and Circuses: Three Rings of Abuse.

If you are in the mood for a good cry, read Kiba's Story. Kiba was a beautiful African Elephant at the Nashville Zoo. My family loved Kiba. We have a painting painted by Kiba hanging over our mantel. Kiba died a premature death due to crippling joint disease she acquired from being abused as a circus animal in her younger years.

::stepping off soapbox::

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Mommyof2girlz said... [Reply to comment]

So glad you decided to still join in this week because the bears on the "tight rope" is too stinking cute!!

kris in larryville said... [Reply to comment]

The tightrope walker is too cute!

Michelle said... [Reply to comment]

You did a great job on this! The teddy grahams turned out perfect and I love the swords! And the strong man's barbells! Very creative and well done!

JDaniel4's Mom said... [Reply to comment]

The clown tight rope walkers and clown are great.

MamaGames said... [Reply to comment]

I applaud you for getting up on your soapbox for that moment. It's not easy to take that stance when everyone else seems to be pro-circus!

For my part, I weigh the decision again each time the circus comes around.

I love your little tightrope-walking, cruelty-free bears!

Caren said... [Reply to comment]

The tight rope bears are about the cutest thing I have ever seen!! GREAT job!

Island Mom said... [Reply to comment]

The bears on the Pocky Sticks are REALLY cute! I also very much enjoy the barbells.

Denise Levy said... [Reply to comment]

This is by far the cutest and most clever MTM I've ever seen!!! Love it.

SnoopyGirl said... [Reply to comment]

Super cute muffin meal! It is amazingly creative! :-)

Wendy said... [Reply to comment]

I went to the circus for the first time in decades (30 years?) this summer. I loved the acrobatics and motorcycle stunts, but the animal segments just made me overwhelmingly sad. It was something I hadn't even thought of before we headed out, honestly, and it was my main takeaway from the day. (#2: the snacks = biggest rip-off in history).

Anyway, cute, cutey, cute, cute MTM, my dear! Thanks for speaking your piece.

Michelle, Muffin Tin Mom said... [Reply to comment]

okay, now i feel guilty for even doing the circus theme....

Andrea (ace1028) said... [Reply to comment]

Adorable tin! My daughter is loving it!! :)

I went to the circus with her recently, I understand what you're saying but I also try to support their endeavors to take care of their animals. I guess it's a little bit of both for me.

Hope your lil one enjoyed!

modGIRL said... [Reply to comment]

very cute muffin tin today. LOVE reading your blog, so inspirational. can't wait to use your ideas for my daughters snacks/lunch one day.

and i TOTALLy agree with you on the animal thing. the circus, zoo and seaworld all make me want to cry. it's just not natural or fair for the animals. they deserve better:(

Dana said... [Reply to comment]

NIce tight rope rope walker. Love the barbells as well.

Java said... [Reply to comment]

Tight rope teddie bears are my favorite!

Kristie Clower said... [Reply to comment]

What a great lunch for just being thrown together. My planned lunches aren't as cute as this.
I also am anti-circus because of animal cruelty.
Water for elephant was a great book not completely about the animals but I only need a glimpse to make myself cry.

Great lunch & congrats to you (& Ethan on eating COLD chicken.)

mrs. fuzz said... [Reply to comment]

I agree with you 100%! I am also a little on the anti-zoo soap box too. Although, the zoo in the city I live in is for animals that are old or retired from circus or whatever it may be and are there to be taken care of since they can't be released back in the wild- which is cool, but still . . .

But. . . a VERY cute MTM!

Cameron said... [Reply to comment]

I love this! It's so cute!! And it looks yummy!!

emily said... [Reply to comment]

There are quite a few animal-free circuses and I think they are creative and wonderful.

As are your edible creations!

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