Hey loves! Want me to mess with your minds and throw you for a loop?
I didn’t post last night because, frankly – I didn’t feel like it. And I’m posting now because…well…I’ve got two more hours before I leave for the barn, I’m waiting for my black bean cutlets to finish baking and, frankly because I feel like it. That’s what blogging’s all about, right? I am making it my mission to have a stress- free June. For some reason, I’ve realized I’ve been a little bit uptight lately.
Not sure why, though I am dealing with some pretty shotty situations, and I guess they were bothering me more than I’d initially realized. But, no more! I woke up to waffled and Jigs yelling at me for being late to give him his breakfast, did some yoga, baked some bars and black bean burgs, and now am just chillin with my fan, my comfy bed, the radio, and a really cute picture of Teddie and I.
Where am I going with this? I’m not sure, so I present to you scattered somethings. If only it was Saturday or Sunday, so I could be a little more poetic.
Some more things I did yesterday:
Maybe it’s just a fact that everytime I have a bar I am so nicely sent for a snack, I won’t feel like blogging. Feels like that’s happened a bit lately! Anyways – Kardea sent me four bars to try, and this is my second to last – Banana Nut. I was excited and scared to try – banana can so easily taste too artifical. But this was good! It wasn’t quite like any banana bar I’ve had before – it wasn’t super banana-y, but had a pleasant hint of it. I did enjoy the nuttiness, though – and as I say about all the Kardea bars so far, they have a great texture. As I’m also always saying, though – I wish they didn’t use soy protein. Hint, hint, nudge, nudge, Kardea 😉 Pretty pleaseee? These bars are surprisingly not overpoweringly sweet, given that the first two ingreds are sweeteners, for anyone concerned.
And after looking at the website, I realized this was my last Kardea bar. I’m a little sad now. Favorite? Definitely chai spice. Yum-o!
After an awful day at work yesterday, I came home with thoughts of the remains of my wheatberry salad for dinner.
I could just taste it.
I shuffled all over the refrigerator for it.
It was no where.
My mom must have finished it.
The irony? My mom rarely finishes “my” food. I don’t care if she does – I guess she just feels bad or something. She’ll eat it, but always leave some. I figured she’d have some for lunch, actually. I guess some was all. Oh well – I’m glad it was that good! Her excuse was that she thought I didn’t like it because of the beets.
At least I had some leftover dressing. And I used her last hardboiled egg. Schnoopsies.
And here’s how this morning went down, in a nutshell:
That white stuff? It’s not kitty up-chuck, I promise.
In attempts to perfect a ‘nola bar base, I tried some new things this morn’, but still Mae influenced. Another A+ for effort, maybe an A- in taste.
Do you ever have plans to add certain things, and then remember when it’s too late?
That was me. I wanted to add chia seeds and milled flaxseed, but totally forgot. I also wish I’d made them a hair sweeter.
In the meantime, puree 5-6 dates with 2 T. water. Next time, I’d use maple syrup. I was afraid this time it’d be too sweet.
I broke into my jar of Teddie for this. I didn’t want coconut or mocha pb to conflict with the figs!
You shouldn’t have any problems with it sticking until you’ve done a few. That’s okay – just wash your hands and keep going. You can even leave your hands a little damp.
Make sure you spray your pan, by the way. And when they’re out of the oven let them just sit a bit before attacking them to get them out. They’re better when they’re cool, anyways. And will hold together better. If you like a crunchier bar, let them bake longer.
I also made some black bean cutlets with the last of my black beans. I kept these ones pretty simple because I just wanted to get them in the oven.
To the black beans, add 1/4 c. rolled oats, 1/4 c. vital wheat gluten, salt, pepper, dried basil, and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. Stir at first, and then knead until strings form.
Form into cutlets. You could probably get anywhere from 2-4, or even make them as balls.
I could have taken a better picture, I know, I know.
But it was 10:30 am. I didn’t feel like eating a black bean burger.
Now, I’ve got some goodies to munch and a pony to see!
What’s your favorite granola bar flavor?