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Stealing a snowy moment and finding the perfect snack recipe

Stealing a snowy moment and finding the perfect snack recipe
Meet Pepper, our Jersey Giant. She loves me, but not snow.

Every morning at sunrise I head out to the chicken coop to unlock the door and give the girls fresh water.  It’s a mundane task but, unless it’s raining buckets, it’s one I look forward to.  I get to watch a new day dawn, enjoy the pure silence that only comes before the world wakes up, and my girls are always happy to see me.  They don’t love the snow, though.

This morning, I found a new set of tracks in the fresh powder that fell overnight.  They looked like tiny cat tracks, but the stride…I could lie lengthwise between footfalls.  I didn’t, though.  That would be weird.  I’m 5′ 7.5″, which means this thing was cruising.  So I Googled.  Did you know cats can run up to 30 MPH?  Anyway, whatever it was, as long as it doesn’t eat chickens or five-foot-seven homeschooling moms, I’m good.

Back inside, I reviewed my day.  I’m reeeeallly trying to make homemade food a priority around here, which sometimes means assembling carrot-cake cupcakes while administering a spelling test.  I’m also learning that accomplishing this goal means that without a menu plan, all food-making efforts are in vain.  Any unplanned attempts typically end in tears (mine) and pizza (Little Caesars’).

So every week I diligently sit down and map out a menu plan, all meals and snacks included (maybe I should share them when I have the kinks worked out?).  Menu planning is not one of my favorite things, but I’m learning that a ritual of Chai Rooibos tea and Pandora make the process almost acceptable.  Note to self:  add chocolate to ritual.

Note the un-ball-like shape. I’m embracing imperfection.

Anyway, I found an online recipe for the perfect no-bake snack balls over at Taste’s Better From Scratch.  I started trying these recipes about a year ago, because they sounded like such an easy win.  Expert tip:  not all snack balls recipes are created equal.  Some mixed up well, then refused (like me as an angsty teenager) to be molded.  Others were molded, then crumbled on contact.  Still others tasted like…fish.  Too much flax?

So you can imagine my skepticism when I happened upon these Healthy No-Bake Granola Bites.  Still, nothing ventured, nothing gained.  So I mixed up the ingredients, which include ingredients like oatmeal, peanut butter, honey and, evidently, just the right amount of flax seed.  The moment of truth, I plunged my hands into the sticky mixture (as an aside, I absolutely loathe touching food, so this speaks to my level of commitment) et voila!  Lovely little spheres.  I popped them in the freezer for about 30 minutes to firm up, then let the fam at them.

Even my husband loves these cute little things, though he suggested a bit less honey (whatev).  A hit all around, and they came together in about 10 minutes.  Highly recommend.

So that’s about it for today.  Oh, we survived the watermelon-sized pothole debacle of 2018 and are once again a two-car family.  So glad to have my minivan back.  Bet my angsty teenage self never thought she’d hear me say that.

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