Yesterday did not go exactly as planned for us. We were supposed to get together with my family, but a serious tooth ache and two sinus headaches trumped that hand, and we stayed home. It was not a bad thing, for in the spirit of making the best of the day two good things happened in regard to our journey. The first was the purchase of the Nintendo DS Personal trainer walking game. It is a nifty little pedometer sort of device that you wear and then upload to the DS at night to veiw your activity for the day. It comes with two pedometer thingys, and you can use it on both humans and animals. At the end of the day it tells you how you did, at what points you were the most active, classifies your activity level and gives suggestions for imporving your life. Cool Beans ! Right now the hubby and I are using it, and we will purchase another pedometer device for the son as soon as we find one.
Second thing was my creating homemade Lara Bars !
I have only had these once because of the expense of them. I keep trying to find ways to do this whole thing healthier, cheaper and just plain better. So having a free day and the materials on hand, I decided to give them a whirl. They came out VERY tasty- in fact son wanted to have more and more. Here is the recipe I used
Lara type Bars - makes 4
1/2 cup whole dates
1/2 cup dried cranberries
2/3 cups whole almonds
1/4 t cinnamon
1 T black strap molasses
enough water to bring it to a sticky ball
Simply place everything in a food processor and spoon out onto plastic wrap. Form into a log and divide into 4 equal portions. Wrap individually and refrigerate.
Today we are heading out to two woods for walking, some work and a picnic. Son is excited because the "belly berries"( mulberries to the rest of you) are fully ripe and in abundance out there. For him it will be like taking a hike in a legal candy store !