Thursday, October 4, 2012

World Animal Day Blog Hop

Today is World Animal Day, and the Bento Bloggers & Friends are at it again with another great hop for the occasion. Each person in the hop will feature a different animal, so be sure and check them all out by clicking the hop button graphic at the bottom of the page.

The animal we chose was a duck. I know.. exotic, right? We even read one of my favorite books tonight before bed, Make Way For Ducklings. And, we decided to take the traditional flavor, orange, from the only duck dish I know (Duck a l'orange thanks to a lot of late night Food Network marathons), and apply it to some fabulous homemade granola. Thanks to Life as Mom for a wonderful recipe that we only slightly tweaked, and that will be made again and again and again! It is so delicious on some vanilla yogurt or just as is. Recipe to follow..

duck easylunchboxes bento
Brown rice (well blue actually), Goldfish crackers, Gouda & American cheeses, grapes, egg, carrots, lettuce, and homemade orange cranberry granola.

Orange Cranberry Granola
Ingredients - 1/2 c brown sugar, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/2 Tbsp cinnamon, 2 Tbsp water, 1/4 c canola oil, zest of one orange, 1/2 tsp vanilla, 1/4 c toasted wheat germ, 2 1/2 c old fashioned oats, 1/2 cup slivered almonds, 2/3 c dried cranberries
Over low heat, mix first 7 ingredients until melted down a bit and combined. In a bowl, mix wheat germ, oats, and nuts. Pour sugar mixture over and stir to coat. Spread on lightly greased cookie sheet, and bake 40-45 minutes at 300 degrees, stirring 3 times. Let cool, then toss in cranberries. Store in airtight container. Enjoy!
orange cranberry granola

Now, on to the hop! From here, head on over to One Cool Lunch to see their animal adoration in lunch form! Here's a hint.. soo wee...

bento hop
In this lunch...

28 comments:

  1. your granola sounds yummy ! love the swimming ducks.

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  2. I love your swimming ducks! So cute!

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  3. So cute!! Love your swimming ducks n fish! :)

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  4. awww LOVE the ducks-- and that granola sounds amazing!

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  5. Love the swimming ducks and homemade granola sounds so yummy!:)

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  6. Those duckies are sooo sweet! :)

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  7. Super cute ducks! Looks like a adorable painting! The pop of yellow against the blue is so lovely!

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  8. Your ducks are so cute! And the blue rice turned out amazing!

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  9. This is just ducky!!! SO cute!!!! ps - great granola recipe!

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  10. Love the ducks!! Wonder where I could find those loose granola. All I could find are bars already.

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  11. wow the blue rice looks awesome and fit well with the cute duck :)

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  12. The blue rice is so cool! Gonna try that granola recipe too!

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  13. Love Make Way For Ducklings! Very cute lunch!

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  14. What a sweet lunch! I love your blue rice!

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  15. Love the ducks and the great granola recipe! Fabulous!

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  16. cute ducks swimming in the rice pond.

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  17. Awww... the ducks look so cute. Thanks for sharing the granola recipe. I will have to try it out.

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  18. So cute!! and thanks for the recipe! Sounds yummy!

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  19. YUM! I want to try that now. Too bad I don't like eating char. That's usually what I end up with...

    Thank you for linking up with Tried-It-Tuesdays!

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    1. This is very creative! A nice way to proclaim that you love and care about animals.

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