Is it a blessing or a curse??? I went out with the intention of buying socks and only socks. (All my socks slide down my ankle into my sneakers, and it’s really annoying… does anyone else get this problem?) BUT of course, I couldn’t come home with only socks. I ended up buying two sweaters at the Gap. Hey, they were having a Buy One Get One Free sale. So I don’t feel too guilty 😉
So I have no recollection how I ended up on this page, but I found Camilla’s blog Enlightened Cooking, where she made her own Larabars. WTF!!!!!!! You can MAKE YOUR OWN LARABAR???? I was extremely intrigued. Apparently, you can take dates, cashews, chop it up in the food processor, and mash em together, and voila! You have a larabar. No friggin way!!!
So I bought some dates and roasted cashews, put ’em in the food processor, and mashed them together. So easy!
Here is my version of the Larabar against a Hawaiian backdrop. I guess they are more like Laraballs than Larabars. They turned out great though! Not QUITE as good as a Larabar….yet! They definitely have potential. I think next time, I will buy higher quality dates (mine were really blah), and not chop up my cashews so finely. But it was such a fun activity, and I am excited to try new flavor combos, with almonds, and dried fruit pieces.
This project made me want to make out a shout out to Veggie Girl, because I know how much she loves Larabars! 🙂 Maybe she could perfect this recipe???? 😉
I don’t know if making your own Larabars is more cost effective than buying them at the store or not. For a whole tub of dates and cashews, I was only able to make a handful of these balls. I think it might actually be cheaper (???) just to buy the Larabars, because you would have to buy a LOT of dates and cashews to make a whole bar, and neither dates nor cashews are cheap. But they sure are fun to make!
A close up:
I finally worked out today, in Rachel’s super duper nice gym. It wasn’t the best run by any means, but it sure felt good to sweat and work off some of this entire week’s indulgences. I ran/walked for 40 minutes broken down like this:
3 min walking (warm up)
10 min run at my usual running pace
5 minutes interval running (changing ace every 30 seconds, incorporating a lot of sprints)
10 minutes interval walking at the highest incline (my machine goes up to 15). I change the speed every 30 seconds, from jogging to slow walking
8 minutes jogging at my usual pace
4 minutes cool down walking
This got me nice and sweaty. I also did some core work and worked on my triceps. I did my new favorite crunch: the diamond crunch, aka the clam crunch. I will have a demo of this exercise soon!
I don’t know how long we worked out, cause we were just having fun watching Ellen, chit chatting, and working out. I really wish my house came with a gym! That would be soooo nice. One day…. one day…. 😉
Rachel and I are going to work out again tomorrow. I think I am going to concentrate on my butt, legs, and core tomorrow, and less cardio. I can’t wait!
Rachel’s yummy chocolate pumpkin bread. Can you tell I enjoyed it a lot? 😉 So moist, chocolatey, cinnamony, and perfect. Rachel, you are an amazing baker.
Oh, PS – I have the recipe for the Caribbean Jerk rub for our turkey burger last night. It is so amazing, and I can’t wait to share it all with you… tomorrow! 😉
Can’t you just see how MOIST is it? daaaang.
I hope you all had a fun Black Friday. Did you find any GREAT DEALS anywhere?
I’m LOVING this four day weekend! I’m gonna watch Top Chef reruns and clean up my room. Bye all, and see you tomorrow! 🙂