I love coming home to packages on the doorstep. Last week after I returned from vacation, I was pleased to see a box from the people at LARABAR. I opened the box and saw a few treats, but put them aside as I busied myself with unpacking and preparing for work.
Sunday morning, after my morning run, I rushed to shower and get ready for church. As I was heading out the door I grabbed a bottle of water and (surprise!) a LARABAR. The ALT bars are high in protein (10g each) so it was the perfect post-run snack.
On this particular day, I chose the Pumpkin Spice. It had a great pumpkin taste, but what I really liked was the hint of spice with each bite. Like all LARABARS, I could really taste the ingredients. I didn’t feel like I was eating an over-processed snack bar.
The bars are gluten and dairy free, as well as kosher and vegan. The variety I received included Peanut Butter Cookie, Lemon Pound Cake and Cinammon Apple Crisp.
I can’t wait to try them all.
Thanks, LARABAR, for the high protein snacks! These are really going to be great as I continue to get in shape.
Necessary Legalities: I was provided the product, however all opinions expressed above are my own.
Yesterday over at the Dadconteur I read a post about some delicious zucchini tots that he and his wife made. It only took one little picture of the tasty morsels before I was obsessively thinking about them. Next thing I knew I was jotting down a grocery list and tiptoeing out a few minutes early so I could stop at the market on my way home.
The recipe is pretty simple- zucchini, shredded cheese, breadcrumbs, onion and egg. I substituted parmesan cheese for the cheddar as I am being cost conscious and wanted to buy something I knew I would use again. Plus, you know, I love parmesan cheese.
I was happy to break out kitchen tools that I rarely use, like my cheese grater and mini muffin pan.
Making the tots was pretty easy. The only step I didn’t do that well was getting the moisture out of the zucchini. I got some out, but not enough.
The tots didn’t turn out as brown as I had hoped, but they were still really tasty. Also, the zuchinni were really small, so I only yielded about 10, which is fine for my little family of two.
I served them with bunless burgers I made on grill. Regan really enjoyed the first one, but then she got all weird and wouldn’t eat anymore. Hey, more for me, I say! I even enjoyed a few at lunch today.
I loved them and would definitely make them again. Next time I might even add shredded carrot in addition to the zucchini.
After going to bed popping my collar on Sunday night, I woke up on Monday feeling somewhat blue. I don’t know what happened between 11pm and 6am, but I just couldn’t shake the overwhelming feeling of sadness.
I got out of the bed and got dressed for the gym. My clothes and gym bag were already in the car from the night before. I was totally looking forward to breaking a sweat and shaking off the sads.
I attempted to wake Regan up but she was not having it. Child was in the deepest of sleeps. I had lights and tv on. I rubbed her. I called her name. I pulled the blanket back hoping the chilly air would awaken her. Nothing worked. I grabbed a spray bottle and sprayed her face with water. Isn’t that inhumane? I felt so guilty.
The water did the trick and she slowly started to stir. After I swear what was ten minutes, she finally was awake and sitting up. She gave me a little smile and told me she had to tinkle. I hustled her to my bathroom, still thinking I could make it to the gym. She sat down and tinkled and then had (what she calls) a long poop. She took forever.
She bobbled to her bathroom and took her time removing her nightgown. I rushed through washing her up and brushing her teeth. She continued to move slow.
I hustled her to her bedroom and got her dressed with a quickness. I found myself being snappy with her trying to rush her. I felt bad.
I went to my room to turn the tv off and saw the clock. There was no way I could get her to school, drive to work, work out, shower and get dressed and make my dentist appointment at 915. I was defeated. And then I cried.
I cried because I was sad for no reason. I cried because I really wanted to work out and I didn’t get my way. I cried because I hod gone through the trouble of preparing myself for the gym for naught. And I cried because I had woken my baby up when she clearly needed the sleep.
I sent her downstairs and set her up with some fresh melon and chocolate milk while she watched tv. Then I went upstairs and hopped in the shower to prepare for the day.
Determined to try again the next day.
Saturday I stopped in to Bed Bath and Beyond to pick up some tea for the Keurig (coupons, yo) and somehow I was drawn to the slow cookers. Now, I have a crockpot and it works fine. But it’s bigger than what I need and it doesn’t have a timer on it, so I really, really needed to get a newer, smaller, self timing crockpot.
See what I did there? I talked myself right on into getting a shiny new slow cooker. I put the tea back and used my coupon on a small appliance instead.
I brought it home and started looking for a new recipe to try out. I realized I had the ingredients for Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs and Sunday dinner was made.
It was pretty easy to throw together. I used boneless thighs and mixed the wet ingredients (ketchup, soy sauce and honey) in a bowl. I poured the mixture over the chicken and garlic and set the timer on low for 4.5 hours.
I headed out to a movie…and then I came home and discovered the power was out.
I wasn’t sure what time the power went out, but the cooker was cool to touch. I tested the chicken and it seemed done. Nevertheless, I cooked it on low for another hour once the power was restored.
The results were pretty tasty. Not too saucy, but very flavorful. Regan liked it a lot and actually finished her plate.
I would make this again. I might even do it with chicken wings next time. The sauce was finger lickin good!