What I’ve been doing…

A fair amount of cooking is what I’ve been doing. Yesterday I tried my hand at homemade granola bars:

I was very pleased with how they turned out (mainly the fact that they stayed together after cutting them & removing them from the pan).

I searched for about 30 minutes online for a decent recipe for homemade granola bars, until I found one at Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures that seemed easy enough. I did change it a bit, substituting maple syrup for the honey (I’m a weirdo who doesn’t like honey), and adding in milled flax seed, pumpkin seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg & allspice. I also baked mine for 25 minutes, and used greased parchment paper to line my pan.

After that, I made The Pioneer Woman’s BBQ Meatballs for last night’s dinner:

And some mashed potatoes to go with:

Thanks to the granola bars, I had a rather good breakfast this morning:

Rounded out with the most important breakfast component:

I actually didn’t need my 10:00 snack this morning, although I ate it anyway. 12:30 lunchtime is a long way from 6:45am. When we were at the grocery store yesterday afternoon I saw that Hy-Vee had more Fage.

I bought 5 containers. If I hadn’t already over-spent on my $40 grocery budget, I would’ve bought all 11 that were on the shelf. If there are any left on Saturday, when I go shopping again, I will indeed clean them out!

Because a coworker of Jay’s was coming over to tinker with our furnace this evening, I made a quick dinner:

Another frittata. This time, I tossed in the leftover orzo from last week, as well as some Canadian bacon & more potatoes. When I went grocery shopping, I picked up a loaf of garlic-rosemary bread that I thought would go well with pasta or something (I was a little disappointed to discover it was heavy on the rosemary & too light on the garlic), so I sliced it up for tonight.

And yes, that is real butter, and a lot of it on that slice of bread. My dessert was a cup of cocoa. And the bambino decided we needed to watch “Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade.” Which, of course, I’m perfectly fine with.

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