What are you up to this weekend?
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We're going to have a busy one filled with road trips and new puppies(!)
First, we're heading south to Kansas City to pick up a new bed. Certainly, we could have had it delivered, but I'm hopelessly impatient when it comes to such things. Little Z will nap on the seat between us; we'll listen to books on tape, and eat some bbq while we're there.
After we get home, we'll turn around the next morning and make our way to the north-east corner of the state to pick up our puppies. We can't wait to meet them
Anticipating their arrival, the past few weeks I've been in full nesting mode.
Everything is clean (we even tidied up the basement), and the cats have been lectured about being on their best behavior. I've fretted over getting the perfect beds and toys for them, checked out puppy books from the library, and set up the kiddy pool in the back yard for them to splash in.
Admittedly, it feels a little bittersweet. I know Wally would have loved to welcome them home
(Lots of pictures to come)
Whatever you're up to, I hope you have a good one(!)
For the weekend, I thought it might be fun to share a few things that we've been loving this summer
Chinese Sky Lanterns (aka wishing lanterns): Find a wide-open spot, light them, make a wish, and let them go. It's fun and romantic to watch them float away
The most comfortable mattress I've ever slept on: A king-size mattress that arrived on our doorstep in a box the size of an apartment fridge. Not only is it comfortable, but if one of us gets out of bed in the middle of the night, the other can't even tell.
Related: The best pillow
A primer on making pancakes: Because there's nothing better than pancakes on a lazy Sunday morning
In want of a good raisin? The water-walking women claim there's nothing better than Dole. Although they've found themselves in a terrible quandary, they're nearly impossible to find in grocery stores and, “There's no way I'll pay five dollars for a bag online(!)” Oh no, what's happened to the Dole Raisin?
I've mentioned it before, but with the new puppies coming thought I might again. A year ago we switched our dogs to a raw food diet and haven't had a moment's worth of regret. Within a few days, their coats were noticeably shiny and softer. They're calmer, in a way that can only happen when your tummy is truly satisfied and full. There's no more cleaning up in the back yard; their poop doesn't smell at all and completely disintegrates
To read more about the benefits of raw pet food
Turkish towels: We use them for everything, including throws on the sofa and pet beds. There's one tucked in my pool bag and picnic basket. They get softer with each washing and are dry in no time.
The idea of an energy bite isn't new, but if you're someone who grabs a commercial bar regularly, and you're not already on board, these are worth a try as a homemade alternative.
I've been making them for a late afternoon snack to reach for when I'm sitting down to work, but they're also great for traveling (or summertime road trips). They're loved by kids as well as adults.
The best part is that you're in control of the ingredients and they're a breeze to make.
That said, I deployed a few, small, but (I'll argue) significant personal preferences when I set out to make energy bites. Most recipes tend toward coconut flakes and oats with a superfood like chia seeds added to the mix.
Certainly, they're great, but I was looking for a recipe idea to pass along to someone who didn't want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen and may not have all of the typical ingredients in their pantry. Kashi cereal was something she always had
Feel free to swap things up a bit; use whatever sweetener you prefer, add spices if you like, an alternative nut butter, or keep things simple and just go with this version
ps: You'll want to keep these in the fridge so they'll hold their shape
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~ Adapted from Sprouted Kitchen
Peanut Butter Cereal Snack Bites
- ½ cup brown rice syrup
- ½ cup peanut butter
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil
- pinch sea salt
- 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
- 2 ½ cups Kashi GoLEAN cereal, or something similar
- ¼ cup semisweet chocolate chips
- ¼ cup butterscotch chips
- 3 oz dark chocolate
- flaky sea salt, for garnish
- In a small saucepan, heat the brown rice syrup, peanut butter and coconut oil to combine.
- Once warm, add the salt and cocoa powder and stir to mix.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the peanut butter mixture with the cereal and stir to mix.
- Add the chocolate chips and mix again.
- Line a small tray with parchment paper.
- Rub your hands with a bit of coconut oil and form balls with about 2 Tbsp. of the cereal mixture until it is all gone. (They're delicate, be patient)
- Line them up on the tray and chill the balls for 45 minutes to firm up. They are best stored chilled to hold shape.
- Melt the dark chocolate in a bowl over a pot of simmering water.
- When the balls are firm, drizzle the chocolate over the balls and sprinkle them with flaky sea salt.
- Chill again for the chocolate to set