Hola! Happy Wednesday everyone!
Yesterday came and went without too much trouble- with exception of the crazy storm that just had to hit when I was in the middle of the interstate. We’re going to pretend that didn’t extend my commute home by at least 15 minutes.
Other than that, I was in a good mood. And in an even better mood when I acquired this package from Annelies at Attune Foods:She asked if I’d like to try Uncle Sam cereal and I’ll have to say I was quite envious of all you kids who have already. So I said of course! Many of you already know about my mild cereal obsession, so it should come as no surprise that I’d be willing to try a new one to eventually add to the collection…
This one is probably one of, if not the most, healthy cereals I’ve tried. It’s a whole-wheat flake cereal with flax seed. That means it’s 10 grams of fiber per serving. 10 grams. That will keep your insides clean…
I didn’t waste any time using it. First thing’s first- the sweet stuff.
I made chocolate granola!
After looking over a few different recipes, I just decided to throw together my own. Seriously- granola may be the easiest thing to make ever. Because you can’t really screw it up. You just throw in whatever your preferences are.In my case, I went with a pretty sweet mixture:
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup Uncle Sam Original
- 1 cup Kashi Go Lean
- 1 cup sliced almonds
- 6 oz of chocolate chips (in my case, half the bag)
- 1/2 cup coconut (a last minute edition)
So while you’ve got all that chillin’ in a big bowl, heat on medium low about a 1/2 cup of brown rice syrup and a heaping tablespoon of brown sugar. After the sugar’s dissolved, add around 3/4 cup of peanut butter (I didn’t measure so much as guesstimate on it) and take off the heat. Once it’s all melty melty, dump it into the big bowl of yumminess. And mix. A lot. Don’t be too good to use your hands if you have to. The chocolate’s going to start to melt. And just let it- because it’s supposed to.
If it’s not the right consistency (really, that’s up to you), continue to add more cereal/oats. Since I was mostly winging it, I ended up having to add more cereal.Spread out onto a foil-lined cookie sheet and throw it in the refrigerator. It won’t look overly pleasing to the eye- but no worries. After it’s chilled an hour or so, just stick it in tupperware and keep in the refrigerator. Try not to sneak handfuls. It’s like crack. Once you start, you won’t stop.
I’m sure if you wanted, you could just press it all tightly together to make bars, but I prefer to keep it in crumbly and add to my breakfast: Fab. It honestly reminds me of a version of “no bake” cookies. I’d imagine it would be tasty with ice cream, too. Probably a good thing I don’t have any in the house at the moment.
Tonight I’m using it with my dinner. Get excited.
And before I forget…
I was passed on a few awards over the last week or so that I have yet to post on! The first was from Genesis and Megan- thanks ladies! One of the rules is to answer the question: If you had the chance to go back and change one thing in your life, would you and what would it be?
That, for me, is a pretty simple answer. There are a few things I regret- but I would never change what I did. Because no matter how you look at it, every decision I’ve made up to this point has made me who I am. Every selfish or bad choice, every hesitation or missed opportunity, each thing I should have or would have said… etc. As much as every one of these things have sucked, they’ve still contributed to shaping the person I am today. And I happen to like who I am now. I guess for every downside to the things I’ve done, there’s also an upside?
I think I’ll send that paragraph in for the plot of a Hallmark Channel made-for-tv movie. It’s golden.
Secondly, I got tagged with this little sucker by Shanna:So now I’m supposed to talk about a few things that make me happy. Which would probably be a nice change of pace since I’ve been known to rant.
*And to spare you, none of these will be workout/food related. I’m throwing that little twist into it…
1. A new pair of high heels. Yes, this is severely materialistic. But I’m not huge into accessories. I’m not overly trendy. I shop the sales/clearance rack first before even looking at the rest of a store. Rarely do I buy anything without a coupon or promotion code if I can swing it. The mall stresses me out. So please excuse my vanity when it comes to a gorgeous pair of stilettos that elongate my disproportionately short legs. Trying on the perfect fit makes me squeal like a little girl. Just ask my friends.
2. A good neighborhood bar. Sure, I like my dressy nights out with the girls every once in a while (where else will I wear my new sassy heels I just mentioned?). And sometimes I just need a place where I can dance my unrhythmatic booty off. But more often than not, I am found most comfortable and happy dressed down, sitting at a table, surrounded by my friends, beer and sports highlights.
3. Movie nights in. As I type this, I realize all my happy things contradict each other. Weird. Either way, when I’m not feeling overly social and don’t want to wear my new sassy heels, I like to dress up in my finest pair of sweats and check out the newest red box selections. Preferably, I’m sharing this experience with another person, but solo is cool, too. It’s rare for this to happen at any time other than the weekend- during the week I always feel like I have to be doing something. So when I get to (or want to stop moving), it’s just fabulous.
Whew. That was a long one. Hopefully I didn’t keep you too long from something important… like work or something… But you totally deserved the break anyways. Totally.
Have a good one!