First up, and long overdue, I want to show you a darling card that my good chum, Joanne (aka JoJot, SnoSnot, SnoSnertie) sent to me. She knows I love da m&ms!!! Isn't this sentiment just the cutest? I've been known to sneak an m&m (or two) for breakfast. It's how I got my nickname, Big Butt Bertie. Now that I'm older, though, I need to rid myself of such terrible eating habits....well, maybe not. I mean, after all, a girl has to have a few vices! Giggle. Thanks, again, Jo! This adorable guy is going on my sidebar, too!
Okay, speaking of eating habits.....I truly have been trying to turn over a new leaf with a better diet and exercise. I've been having fun (did I really type that???) participating in a step aerobics/strength training class a couple nights a week with my friend, Lynn. She dragged me there kicking and screaming, but I finally gave in and am rather enjoying it now.
Anywhoooo, our instructor provides us with a free health magazine. In one of them, I found this scrumpdillyicious recipe for Peanutty Energy Bars. Instead of reaching for a candy bar before exercise, I power up with one of these. I even had to ask my friend, Barb, who is a nutritionist, if these were really healthy because they tasted too darn good in my book to be healthy for me! She assured me that the ingredients were healthy and that if I were concerned with the sugar content, I could probably cut back on the recipe a bit for the mixture you spoon over the bars. These are really easy to make, too, so I thought I'd share the recipe with you. The recipe is from the Peanut Institute.
PEANUTTY ENERGY BARS
1/2 cup salted dry-roasted peanuts
1/2 cup roasted sunflower seed kernels (or some other kind of nut to your liking)
1/2 cup raisins or other dried fruit
2 cups uncooked oatmeal (old-fashioned or instant is fine)
2 cups toasted rice cereal, such as Rice Krispies
1/2 cup peanut butter (creamy or crunchy)
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
Optional: 1/4 cup toasted wheat germ
In a large bowl, mix the peanuts, sunflower seeds, raisins, oatmeal, and rice cereal (and wheat germ if you're adding that). Set aside.
In a medium microwaveable bowl, combine the peanut butter, brown sugar, and corn syrup. Microwave on high for two minutes. Add vanilla and stir until blended. (side note: this is where I questioned the healthy aspect of this recipe because I felt like I was eating peanut butter fudge!!! Love that stuff!) Pour the peanut butter mixture over the dry ingredients; mix well.
For squares, spoon the mixture into an 8"x8" pan coated with cooking spray; for bars spoon it into a 9"x13" pan. Press down firmly. It helps to coat your fingers with oil or cooking spray. Let stand for about an hour, then cut into squares or bars.
Makes 16 squares or bars.
225 calories per serving
30g carb; 6g protein; 9g fat
Now, for a card I made. We're off to visit and celebrate March family birthdays a little later on today. I made this birthday card for my nephew and as a part of the Inspiration challenge on Splitcoaststampers (SCS). Unfortunately, SCS has been down for quite a while this morning so I haven't been able to upload it there. I chose this photo from the inspiration website:
I love stripes, in addition to polkadots, and drew upon that for my card. Instead of ships and lighthouses, I cut these party hats using my Sweet Treats Cricut cartridge. I used my double circle and double rectangle punches to decorate the hats. The little candles are by Rubbernecker. They also have larger size candles that coordinate with these little ones. I used SU's Bashful Blue, Brocade Blue, and Always Artichoke for my colors. The striped dp is by American Crafts.
Thanks for stopping by today, and have a SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPEALIDOCIOUSLY splendid day!