Today is April Fools Day and the scheduled theme for today is The Joke's on You!
When I first planned this theme I thought I'd do something like the ole meatloaf cupcakes with mashed potato frosting gag, jello worms, and the like. I was looking forward to watching my little ones puzzle over their odd food offerings.
But I changed my focus. I'm going with Autism today. April is Autism Awareness Month. And one week ago the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) released a startling statement: 1 in 50 school children have autism. And that's no laughing matter.
This month I'm going to be focusing on Autism Awareness, and like I did in April 2010, it will be a month of puzzle shaped food and autism awareness messages! Autism is no joke. But it's not all doom and gloom either. Having an autistic child has had a monumental impact on my life - a positive one! I'm really excited to share about autism this month on the blog. :)
On to the muffin tin! It's puzzle time!
- puzzle shaped pieces of cantaloupe and honey dew melon
- pretzel twists
- frozen organic strawberry yogurt puzzle piece
- roasted chickpeas & pistachios in a blue silicone cup
- puzzling sandwich
- natural applesauce with blue sprinkles
The melon and sandwich were cut using sandwich cutters from the Lunch Punch puzzle set and the frozen yogurt puzzle piece was made with a silicone muffin pan.
The nuts are in a blue cup and the sprinkles are blue because blue is the official color of Autism Speaks "Light it Up Blue" campaign, which kicks off tomorrow....
"Each April 2, Autism Speaks celebrates Light It Up Blue along with the international autism community, in commemoration of the United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day. Light It Up Blue is a unique global initiative that kicks-off Autism Awareness Month and helps raise awareness about autism. In honor of this historic day, many iconic landmarks, hotels, sporting venues, concert halls, museums, bridges and retail stores are among the hundreds of thousands of homes and communities that take part to Light It Up Blue."
We will be lighting it up blue, how about you?
Supplies used to make this puzzling muffin tin meal:
Okay, on with Muffin Tin Monday!
Time to show off the fun muffin tin meals you cooked up this week!
New to Muffin Tin Monday? Check out the MTM information page to read all about it. The schedule of themes can be found there too. :)