And yummy Salvage Bars to boot.
Yesterday was one of those days you just want to savor for a little while. It was nearly perfect. I woke up really early and went ahead with my morning chores. After days of rain and being cold, I was pleasantly surprised by temperature. The sun was coming up and everything was green. Beautiful. As I approached the barn I caught sight of a mouse slipping through the crack under the door. For some reason I had the image of Mrs. Mouse wanting to know where he had been all night. Then my second thought was to feed Ms. Kitty less so she takes care of Mr. Mouse. After days of rain the hen house was a mess, but the new roof seems to be holding up just fine.
I managed to get a lot of house work done before church. The Max even decided to join The Girl and I. Felt very happy about that. Church was awesome. Lunch with Grand and Pop was delicious. Got home and spent the afternoon fighting with the lawn mower. I came to the conclusion it was having a panic attack. First week of May I’m getting a riding lawn mower. Just about the time I was cranking the mower for the hundredth time, the landlord pulls up to check the cows. He comes over to me and begs me to stop mowing and he would have someone come over Wednesday to mow. I love this man. He said he couldn’t stand to see a lady having to work so hard. He should see me on processing day. But I wasn’t about to turn the offer down. God blessed me with such a wonderful landlord.
The kids played for hours outside. The weather was good, we had music playing that we all liked, everyone got along, life was good. Life was great. It’s not always easy and some days are hard, but every now and then you get a special day and I got mine. I really needed it. The kids really needed it. We ate left overs from lunch and spent the evening relaxing. The kids go back to school today. So the craziness will resume, but we had a little break. I finally even got to make salvage bars and chunky monkey. The Girl was pleased. I hope everyone got that much needed break.
1/4 cup toasted wheat germ
1/4 cup shelled sunflower seeds
1/2 cup shelled peanuts
1/2 cup raisins
2 cups quick-cooking rolled oats
2 cups puffed rice cereal
1 cup crunchy peanut butter
1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Mix the wheat germ, sunflower seeds, peanuts, raisins, oats, and puffed rice in a large bowl. In a separate bowl that fits your microwave, mix the peanut butter, brown sugar, and maple syrup; microwave on high for 2 minutes. Add the vanilla extract and stir until well blended. Pour over the dry ingredients and fold in until everything is evenly coated.
Grease an 8-inch-square baking pan and transfer the mixture from the bowl. Cover the surface with waxed paper and press it down firmly. Refrigerate until completely cool. Cut into eight 2×4-inch bars.
I got the Chunky Monkey recipe from my sister. It’s now The Girls favorite. Enjoy.
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter or sunflower seed butter
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups quick oats
1/2 cup crispy rice cereal
3/4 cup chopped dried banana chips
3/4 cup cup dark chocolate chunks or chocolate chips
Place an 8-inch by 8-inch square of parchment paper into the bottom of a pan of the same size.
Stir together the oats, crispy rice cereal, walnuts, and banana chunks in a large mixing bowl. Set aside.
In a medium saucepan, melt the butter then stir in the brown sugar, honey, and peanut. Bring to a boil. Once it’s bubbling hard, let it boil for 2 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the vanilla. Be careful, it will bubble up crazily when you add the vanilla!
Immediately pour over the dry ingredients and gently but quickly stir it in thoroughly. Turn it into the parchment lined pan right away and press into the pan evenly. Sprinkle the chocolate chunks or chocolate chips over the pan and let stand, undisturbed, until the chocolate looks shiny, about 5 minutes. When the chocolate looks very shiny it should all be melted and can be spread evenly with an offset or silicone/rubber spatula. Let stand until the chocolate has firmed back up.
Run a knife around the edge of the pan to loosen any chocolate that stuck to it, then turn the large block of granola bar onto a cutting board. Flip it chocolate side up and cut into bars of your desired size. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week… not that they’ll ever last that long!