Stacia and Zander both woke up with ear aches this a.m. Stacia eye was green and gooky again. Ugh. Prayers appreciated. I started the ibuprofen....and began the eye ointment again. She'd done the 3 days the doc prescribed.
Jared and Arielle had a talent show practice this a.m. I drove them to the high school. Then we waited. I did finish the last of the retreat sessions. I'm excited to have it on the screen. It seemed daunting but all that remains now is to practice and pray. I love it. Savoring God - a great theme.
We had planned a chapel dinner tonight - but with kids sick - we're home. Rodney and Windy are taking Jared to chapel tomorrow. He is running the slides.
I've been sure that we needed to mow our yard. It was tall...up to my knees in spots. We borrowed a friends mower and did that today. Our lease says that the land lord will mow the lawn....but....we live surrounded by fields and I knew the rodents and snakes were lurking. Sure enough, the neighbor had a four foot snake in her front yard....that was IT. I started to mow...but then Jared came out and finished...and Rodney came over with a weed whacker to help tame it all. It's a new yard...lush and green.
Thanks to our reader who submitted the recipe for these not-too-sweet, crunchy, toasty and truly delicious bars. We made them more natural by using canola oil instead of butter to reduce the fat, substituting a reduced amount of honey instead of brown sugar and calling for organic ingredients whenever possible. You may also want to try our vegan version: Maple and Carob Chip Granola Bars. Our reader says her kids love these bars, and we think you will too!
4 cups of quick cooking oats
1/3 cup canola oil (butter, coconut oil)
2/3 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1 cup chopped organic nuts (optional)
Other options: flax seed, sunflower seeds, raisens, craisens, peanut butter. Method
Preheat oven to 350°F. Spread oats on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, stirring a couple of times. Allow oats to cool to room temperature. Combine remaining ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Add cooled oats. Spread mixture into a 9x13-inch baking dish that has been sprayed or oiled, pressing down hard to compact it.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool completely and cut into bars.
With chopped nuts:Per serving (50g-wt.): 230 calories (110 from fat), 13g total fat, 2g saturated fat, 4g protein, 28g total carbohydrate (3g dietary fiber, 14g sugar), 0mg cholesterol, 0mg sodium Without chopped nuts:Per serving (42g-wt.): 180 calories (70 from fat), 7g total fat, 1.5g saturated fat, 3g protein, 27g total carbohydrate (2g dietary fiber, 14g sugar), 0mg cholesterol, 0mg sodium