Random Monday

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* On Saturday night, my son burst into tears at the dinner table because I put the meat, cheese, and sauce on his taco IN THE WRONG ORDER. Clearly I am a menace to children.

* My dishwasher has started making this horrible, high-pitched, screechy noise. It’s like what a dog whistle would sound like if I could hear it. It’s like that ear worm thing in that Star Trek movie that had me sleeping with my pillow wrapped around my head in 7th grade. It’s like only marginally less painful than driving an ice pick into my eye. In short, it’s a little annoying.

* A big thank you to the lovely Helena, who made me happy when she noticed I didn’t write very much last week. I have been doing a lot of thinking about school-y stuff. To everyone in my vicinity, it probably looks like I am zoning out and playing on Twitter, but I am THINKING and it’s HARRRRRD. If all my internet buddies knew how much affection I feel for them, they would probably take out restraining orders. Melanie, Tressa, Applie, Celtic Muse, Kristy, and the Donna were all very tolerant last week and put up with all sorts of moaning and pestering from me. Melanie, in fact, wrote a whole blog post  at Four Squares to answer my questions, for which I am VERY grateful.

* I have about perfected my Granola Bar recipe. I’ve been trying to tweak it so increase the health factor and decrease the crumbly factor. A crumbly granola bar is just annoying. Not unlike getting your sauce in the wrong place on a taco.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

In a large bowl, mix together:

  • 6 cups rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups oat flour
  • 1 cup flax meal
  • 1/2 bag mini chocolate chips

In a separate bowl, whisk together thoroughly:

  • 1 can canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 eggs

Pour the liquid ingredients over the dry ingredients and stir to combine. Line a sheet pan with parchment and press the granola bar mixture into place. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes. Let cool slightly, then remove from the pan and cut into bars. These freeze great, and frequently show up at breakfast. Sure, they have chocolate in them, but it’s not much; and the benefits of getting all that pumpkin and flax down their little beaks outweighs any guilt I might feel about chocolate for breakfast. I am planning on decreasing the sugar level over time, but I have to be Sneaky and Gradual about it.

Have a good week, peeps!

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6 Responses to “Random Monday”

  1. MNKristy Says:

    I’ve already contacted the authorities.
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  2. Cathy Says:

    Thinking is always hard.

    I may have to try those granola bars. They sound good.

    We had that happen to our dishwasher a while back. Turned out not to be much. My husband unscrewed the little apparatus in the bottom of the dishwasher with a screen on it and there were quite a few items stuck in there including a twist tie and a broken piece of glass. After cleaning it, it moaned and screeched a few more times and never made the noise since.

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  3. Connie Weiss Says:

    That recipe sounds great!

    THanks for all of your help over the weekend!
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  4. Michelle Says:

    I’ve been thinking too. I get hung up on doing things the “right” way. I know better, but it takes over anyway. I forget to trust my instincts.

    Those sound good! With all the healthy stuff we eat, I never say no to chocolate at breakfast. I made breakfast cookies this week, and my firm argument is always, “It’s still way better than a poptart.” Heck, those cookies are way better than anything you can buy in a box.
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  5. Tracey - JustAnotherMommyBlog Says:

    Thinking IS hard. You should limit how much you do it.
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  6. Helena Says:

    Thinking seems to take up most of my waking AND sleeping time. It IS hard! And good. And it makes things happen. And it inspires us. And it makes us TIRED. And it’s bigger than us and also separate from us, and if we weren’t thinkers, well we’d be nibbling the lettuce at the back of the garden with our shells on. Which might seem appealing right now! (And this is not meant to be a slight on snails. They may, in fact, be planning world domination as I write this…who knows?)

    Deb, I can’t wait to see everything your thinking brings 🙂

    So glad to see you back! Howevermanydays it was, it was too long!
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