As autumn draws near do you find yourself slowing down or moving faster? Currently, Boulder, Colorado buzzes with the return of college kids. The youthful energy is palpable. Red shopping carts zigzag like bumper cars down the aisles of Target. The scene is reminiscent of Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish markets where quick action is required to snatch the best tuna.
Still, as I prepare our newly acquired condo as a haven for responsible executives and clean-living vacationers, I’m breathing a bit deeper. I am in awe of the mountains here. Like elegant grande dames, they rise to the sky with dignity. Steady and strong they stand even as cumulus clouds gather and lightening strikes.
Colorado's Rocky Mountains
Photo Courtesy of 123rf.com
The bounty of Mother Nature in Boulder almost makes up for the lack of LA's Japanese markets. (Although, I was over the moon to spot Pocky - Japanese biscuits coated in chocolate and other flavors - at King Soopers.) During the day, birdsongs are heard; at night, crickets chirp. Bunny rabbits have also said hello. (15 minutes away prairie dogs and horses roam, too!)
Tigers, lions and bears, oh my!
A fun peanut butter sandwich surprise for any bento lunch box.
Sitting on the porch of our condo, the famous Flatirons rock formations of Boulder, Colorado’s Green Mountain are seen. One of the Flatirons is called Bear Peak. What do bears eat? Berries and nuts! Hence, the inspiration for my Berry Nutty Bento.
Hip college kids may not appreciate the lunch box starring a teddy bear peanut butter sandwich. However, I’m confident kids of any age will love my chock full of berries Berry Delicious Muffins which are also featured in the bento box.
For more bento recipes and how-tos:
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Today’s Twitter #SundaySupper chat is all about going back to school. (Please scroll down for your invite to join the conversation.) Mommy of 2, creative cook and crafter, Tammi of Momma's Meals will host.
The Ninja Baker's Berry Delicious Muffin is moist and dense with berries which tickle the palate with pleasure. A trace of ginger lingers on the tongue. (If a stronger ginger taste is preferred, increase the suggested measurement.) Both the muffin and bento are happy-making ways to slip into any season.
The Ninja Baker's Berry Delicious Muffin recipe is inspired by Julie Richardson's Berry Long Cake with Ginger Crumb and the Quick Blueberry Muffin recipe on the back of the Norpro muffin tin package.
For the bento:
- 2 slices of bread
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter
- A handful of cranberries
- A handful of walnuts
For the topping:
- 2/3 cup Demerara sugar
- ½ cup flour
- ½ cup diced candied ginger
- 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
For the muffin:
- 1½ cups flour
- ¼ cup cornmeal
- 2½ teaspoons baking powder
- Generous pinch of salt
- 1 cup mixed berries, fresh or thawed frozen
- 1/3 cup butter, melted
- ¾ cup milk
- 2 eggs, slightly beaten
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
For the topping:
Combine all the ingredients together in a bowl. Place in the freezer while you mix up the muffins.
For the muffin:
Whisk together the flour, cornmeal, baking powder and salt.
Add the berries.
Pour in the butter.
Stir in the milk.
Next the eggs and the soupçon of vanilla.
Scoop the muffin batter into mini or regular sized tins lined with cupcake cases. Break the frozen topping and sprinkle atop the muffins.
Bake in a 400 degree oven.
18 minutes for minis, 32 minutes for the regular sized muffins.
For the bento:
With a cookie cutter, cut a teddy bear out of the bread.
Spread with peanut butter.
Place in the bento box and surround with cranberries, walnuts and muffins.
Back to School Beginnings
- Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Muffins from Killer Bunnies
- Make Ahead Waffle Casserole from Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen
- Apple Muffins from Meal Diva
- Apple Oat Breakfast Cookies from What Smells So Good?
- Toast Three Ways from Foxes Love Lemons
Back to School Lunches and Simple Suppers
- Owl Bento Box from Simply Gourmet
- First Day of School Pinwheels from Jane's Adventures in Dinner
- Quick and Easy Hot Pastrami Sliders from Webicurean
- Grilled Chicken Revamp from Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- Baked Eggplant Parmesan from Hezzi D's Books and Cooks
- Chicken and Zucchinin Meatballs from Casa de Crews
- Clean Eating Lunches Your Kids will Love from Amee's Savory Dish
- Crispy Chicken Legs from The Not So Cheesy Kitchen
- DIY Veggie Cup Noodles from Food Lust People Love
- Chicken Nuggets from Nosh my Way
- Skinny Spinach Mac and Cheese from Take a Bite out of Boca
- Chicken Schnitzle from Panning the Globe
- Berry Nutty Bento from Ninja Baking
- Spagetti and Chicken Meatballs from Soni's Food
- Chopped Shrimp Salad with Honey Lime Vinagraitte from The Weekend Gourmet
- Steak & Cheese Pockets from Momma's Meals
- Turkey Pinwheels from Peanut Butter and Peppers
Back to School Sips
Back to School Super Snacks
- Nutty Granola from Life Tastes Good
- On the Go Guacamole from Shannon at Country Girl in the Village
- Cinnamon Caramel Apple Energy Balls from Cupcakes and Kale Chips
- Playground Granola Bars from Noshing with the Nolands
- Apricot Dip from Magnolia Days
- Parmesan Garlic Oven Roasted Chick Peas from Ruffles and Truffles
- Home Made Graham Crackers from Curious Cuisiniere
- Peanut Butter and Jelly Granola Bars from Pies and Plots
- Gluten Free Apple Zucchini Flax Bread from Sue's Nutrition Buzz
- Beef and Veggie Sliders from Grumpy's Honeybunch
- Peanut Butter and Jelly Popcorn from Simply Healthy Family
- Frushi (Fruit Sushi) from Mama Bee Does
Back to School Sweets and Treats
- Open Face PB & J Cookies from Desserts Required
- Berry Topped Chocolate Silk Tart from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Peanut Butter and Jelly Paletas from La Cocina de Leslie
- Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins from Confessions of a Culinary Diva
- Love Note Doodle Bugs from Happy Baking Days
- Frozen Yogurt Mud Pies from Cindy's Recipes and Writings
Brown Butter Peanut Butter Crispy Treats from The Texan New Yorker
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Wishing you berry delicious moments to savor the change of seasons.
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