Focus and Bento


I no longer primp or take care with my appearance.  My being has become utilitarian.  When nostalgia reminds me to spend time on impressions I seek out my daughter and she shows me how to look nice.  When did her opinion become authoritative?  It wasn’t that long ago that I picked out all of her clothes and approved hairstyles.  (Yes, I did approve the shaved head, she  was beautiful)  I’ve passed the baton, but maybe in haste.  One must practice self-love to teach.


Today’s bento boxes contain Red Velvet Zucchini Waffles, Peanut Butter-Bacon-Banana Pinwheels and Cheesy Crab Bites. As I am still using up papaya, today’s smoothie is Tropical.


Ingredients:  Red Velvet Zucchini Waffle recipe with persimmons and purple carrots; Peanut Butter-Bacon-Banana Wrap recipe; Cheesy Crab Bites recipe; Yogurt Papaya Coy Candy (see “Under the Sea Bento Box”) and fresh red plum.

img_1206At the last minute, I decided to throw in some pretzel rolls.


Red Velvet Zucchini Waffles

2 c flour

1/4 c sugar

1 Tbsp baking powder

1 Tbsp cocoa powder

3/4 tsp salt

1 1/3 c buttermilk

1/3 c butter

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

red food coloring (a lot)

3/4 c shredded zucchini

Mix first four ingredients in a large bowl.  Separately, combine next five ingredients and beat together.  Add wet mixture to dry and stir until smooth and even-colored.  Fold in zucchini.  Heat and oil waffle iron and cook until edges of waffles begin to brown.


Peanut Butter-Bacon-Banana Pinwheel

3 slices crispy bacon, crumbled

1/2 c natural peanut butter

3 small bananas

lemon juice

small whole wheat tortillas

Spread peanut butter evenly over three whole wheat tortillas, covering completely.  Sprinkle with bacon pieces.  Slice banana and arrange on tortilla.  Roll and slice.  Brush bananas exposed to air with lemon juice to prevent browning.


Cheesy Crab Bites

1 can lump crab meat

1 c cream cheese softened

1 c sharp cheddar cheese

1 box Panko (Japanese bread crumbs)

Safflower or peanut oil to fill deep fryer

Heat oil.  Combine first four ingredients and mix well.  Form into 1 ” balls.  Fry in small batches until golden brown.  Makes 30 bites.


Tropical Smoothie

1 c papaya

1 banana

1/2 c fresh honeydew (garden)

3/4 c coconut milk

3/4 c pineapple juice

1 Tbsp agave

Place all ingredients in 24 oz Nutri Ninja cup and blend for 30 seconds.  Anya is still missing her thermos so I will fill the boys’ cats and save half for tomorrow.fullsizerender-1

Anya is still missing her thermos, so she will have Matcha Love again.



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