Ack – my weekend has flown by! Aren’t I always saying that, though? I hope everyone got the chance to do what they needed and wanted to do.
I once again had a day where I was so busy that as I write this, I hardly remember the thoughts and feelings I had this morning! Well, except for the thought and feeling of “Figgy Oats. End of story.” I also remember that I made a really big blooper (as usual). But first – thanks to everyone who gave me the baking powder lesson! I figured it had something to do with that – but as mentioned, I don’t know much about food science. It is interesting, though! And I wanted to put to use my newfound knowledge, and again waited to add the baking powder last.
Well, I forgot the flax egg. Good one, Jess. I’m surprised they still worked. Honestly, confusion only set in when I was wondering why the batter seemed so “loose,” and also was a little disappointed that adding the baking soda last didn’t work and make them as cakey as last time.
Strangely, they still worked and tasted amaze. I topped them with some earth balance, a “melted” mashed banana with some more chopped dried figs, walnuts, and unsalted almond butter. I tried a little bit of this almond butter from the co-op…and I am just not a fan of raw, unsalted almond butter plain. It’s not so bad on waffles or in oats or (as you’ll see shortly) muffins – but I think I have more deserving jars to spend money on.
Jump on in, the Rain Forest Nut is great!
It was sort of another gloomy morning so I almost passed on going to the barn to see Teddie today, but after going grocery shopping and it still only being shortly after 9:00, my mom and I decided we had nothing better to do. The weather looked like it was getting better, and I really did want to get in a good work with him after yesterday.
While shopping, I noticed how much more inexpensive it is to not eat meat. My mom spent $20 on some bread, meat, eggs, fruit anda couple veggies. I spent the same on a boatload of fruit and veg, refrigerated aisle goods, and a couple of grain & beans. We still share everything, just a neat comparison. And not to mention a can of beans at less than $1 is way more inexpensive. And dried beans even moreso! What can I say, I prefer convenience and BPA.
We left shortly afterwards for the barn, and once we got home checked how our garden is doing.
I’ve got some plum tomatoes starting, and the spaghetti squash seeds that I planted are actually growing like crazy! I wasn’t sure they would, since they were just seeds from a squash I ate. Not sure why they wouldn’t, I guess. Other things from seeds (spinach, corn, lettuce, zucchini) are also growing pretty well. We even picked some buttercrisp lettuce leaves for use in lunch.
My mom had hardboiled some eggs when we were just killing a bit of time before going to see Mr. Pony, and offered one up to me. I passed initially, but when I saw her making egg salad my indecision as to what to have for lunch went away, and I followed suit. I mashed together:
- 1 hardboiled egg
- spoonful of greek yogurt
- chopped sundried tomatoes
- fresh garden chives
- garlic salt
and put it atop some of the garden lettuce and a slice of tomato, of course between a slice of toasted whole grain bread. (The new loaf with sesame seeds! Yum!)
And then the baking extravaganza set in!
I loosely followed a recipe I made up a while back (the almond butter & jam bran muffins) but changed it way up. It’s interesting to see how I would have made something like this a while back, and what I would do now. I was skeptical of these hot out of the oven, but when I tried one cooled with some fig jam, they really impressed me! Next time I’d add a bit more nut butter and maple syrup, though. Will have to do up a recipe post then!
And yes, I utilized my newfound knowledge and added the baking powder last.
And last up were more granola bars! My mom and I already finished the last ones. Well, almost – there’s one left. But still – goes to show how hot they were, right?! I think I perfected the date-maple ratio and timing – these turned out perfectly moist, although I don’t think I pressed these ones down quite as firmly, since they seem a little more fragile. I also used apricots instead of figs, macadamia nuts rather than walnuts, and added a little more wheat germ, some chia seeds, and used the puffed millet I picked up the other night.
Another round of winners! If you haven’t yet, give Mae’s original recipe a peek! I think I’ll probably have to try it as-is soon, I just love using dates in granola bars 🙂
The verdict? Love! They’re so chewy and fun! Brandi is always inspiring me with her wheat berry salads, but I went a bit astray and took inspiration from a Whole Foods recipe for a Wheat Berry Waldorf salad.
Simply prepped the wheatberries, and then added in half a chopped gala, golden raisins, cinnamon, dried parsely, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, spoonful of greek yogurt, drizzle of honey, and cracked black pepper. I chose to serve it over some romaine with some chopped walnuts with some pan-fried BBQ seitan. Dee-rish! And I’m glad I had the sturdy romaine leaves to wrap it up in – it posed to be relatively tricky to eat, otherwise!
The apple-BBQ sauce that I have and brushed the seitan with ended up being a great match, too. And I think this may be my best seitan yet 😉
On an unrelated note, why is everyone googling healthy exposures + ___________? I hope it’s all the same person, how else would someone know the name “healthy exposures”??!
The Teddie Chronicles – week one complete!
I’m so glad I ended up going out today because Mr. Pony was wonderful! I’m also glad my mom came along – she sort of gives me the push I need to just do something. Case in point – I wasn’t planning on riding, but her response was “Yes ya are.” heh. It’s a good thing. Teddie was in a much better mood, and I could tell right off the bat. Came running up to me, and stood quietly for being tacked and lunged perfectly. It’s nice to have a horse that is a gentleman on the lunge and doesn’t pull or run around like crazy. Actually, and I quote “We are not out for a leisurely stroll in the park, trot on, please!” followed by asking my mom to deliver the lunge whip. That was all the motivation he needed.
It’s amazing how horses only need to know you have a whip or crop to be that much more willing to oblige! (don’t worry, whips/crops aren’t meant for beating a horse into submission, anyways. At least not anywhere I go.)
I hopped on and just walked around for a few minutes before hopping off. Still taking it slow, I know, I know! Oh well. He was good and I was happy, so he’s earned tomorrow off from work. This is probably more work than he’s done in the past 6 months total, I don’t want to sour him.
Something funny my mom said to him while she was holding him: “Stop! You’re like a two year old child throwing a tantrum because I took away your binkie!”
He loves having something to mouth/chew on – which we’re obviously trying to get him out of the habit of. He’s much better when he’s working in hand than the beginning of the week, but just standing for grooming and tacking he’s still got a lot of lip action.