Get yer Energy!

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These bars, I won’t lie, do a great deal to make you feel energized. Plus they are packed with fiber, antioxidants, protein and a little sweetness. They are no bake and taste too good to be true. Careful you don’t over do it because light on calories they are not! Store them in the fridge or freezer, and make small 1×1 squares…to prevent feeling overloaded on the calories.

Energy Bars
Ingredients:
11/2 C. Rolled Oats
1/4 C. Flax Seed/powder
1/8 C. Chia Seed
1/4 C. Sunflower Seeds
1/8 C. Pumpkin Seeds
1/2 C. Cashews
1/2C. Almonds (I used slivered)
1/2 C. Agave
1 C. Peanut Butter or another type of
Nut Butter (I used half peanut/half
almond butter.)
1/2 C. Chocolate Chips
1/4 C. Chopped, dried, cranberries
1/2 tsp. Cinnamon

Directions:
Combine all dry ingredients. Add agave and coat well. Mix in peanut butter and combine well. In an 8×8 inch pan lined with parchment paper (make sure you allow the parchment to extend the sides of the pan) spread out and press mixture evenly. Allow mixture to set up for at least an hour and remove mixture from pan, using the excess parchment as handles. Cut bars into desired size (I do recommend 1×1 squares). Cut the parchment paper into squares large enough to cover bars individually and stack bars and store in fridge.

You really can’t go wrong with homemade anything, but homemade energy bars sort of take the cake, given they are so expensive to buy on a regular basis.

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From weekend to Tuesday…oh bother

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We came home yesterday from our snowboarding trip to Copper Mountain, with a very cranky cupkeiki.
She started running a fever late afternoon, slept and slept and then around 8:00 I got the latest mom fashion look of the season: hot cocoa on everything. Fun. And the fashion looks didn’t stop for either of us for a while. Super fun. This morning, I’m overly exhausted and searching for some sort of redeeming activity to shake off the last few days entirely! Maybe if my cupkeiki is up for it, we will bake and cook all day…or lay around and sleep.

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This morning I’m loading up on Chia, and granola with some banana chips. I’m totally hooked on adding chia to my morning tea. I’m thinking that I may need to write up post on it completely.

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And this is sort of how I feel, like I could just hide behind things for a few days. Last night, I too ran a fever and had the aches and sore throat I’m guessing accompanied my cupkeiki’s symptoms earlier in the day, but hopefully we are both on the path to better.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Treasure

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Today has been absolutely beautiful out, so we went for an hour long walk with our magnifying glass, to look for interesting things. About a 1/4 of the way into the walk my cupkeiki started running down the sidewalk yelling that she was in her “treasure cave” and she was finding treasure with her “magical glass” as she calls it, because magnifying glass really is a tricky word.

Make dinner out fun, and easy!

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On Valentine’s Day we decided to do a silly thing and go out for dinner despite not having a sitter or a reservation. We decide to leave early, and try a new place to us, Austin’s in Old Town. We had a 45 minute wait, which went by easily with the Clothes Pony shop a few doors down! As my cupkeiki played in their toy area, I checked out the “food” area. They have lunch boxes, cups, plates…all cute and trendy but what really caught my eye were the Jaq Jaq Bird Chalk Mats! $20.00 for a fun designed placemat that can be rolled up, taken anywhere and comes with chalk! We got it for my cupkeiki and gave it a test while we waited another 10 minutes for our table at the restaurant. It worked out perfectly! As we sat down with a drink and waited, my cupkeiki drew away. When she had coated every inch of the mat I went over it with a few baby wipes and set her loose on it again! I also noticed that a portion of sales is donated toward efforts to end child trafficking!

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Dinner was amazing too! We got coconut shrimp as a starter (which took me right back to this little shrimp stand in Hawaii that I loved!) for an entree I ordered pork tenderloin with whipped potatoes and roasted carrots with snap peas; it came with a soy sauce glaze and was so good I ate the entire meal and left full and happy! My manimal ordered a New York strip steak cooked medium rare, it was done perfectly! We had a great time being together as a family, the ambiance was perfect, and my cupkeiki got a thrill watching the carriage rides go by every five minutes or so!

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DIY Hearts and Polka Dots

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While my cupkeiki napped today, I took a little me time and played with the nail polish. I decided purple and red were appropriate for this week, and that gold is always a great addition to the two colors. I decided to go with the trend of “one nail painted different but complimentary to the others.” Then using a toothpick, I made polka dots on the purple nails and did my best at drawing a heart on the single red nails. I went over it all with a top coat to even out the layers and give it some extra shine.