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Archive for March, 2012

Being alive

“When we were children, we used to think that when we were grown-up we would no longer be vulnerable. But to grow up is to accept vulnerability… To be alive is to be vulnerable.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle

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No-Bake Peanut Butter Crunch Bars

While trying to eat right, I am constantly in search of foods I can still enjoy in flavor and volume to please my palate, my tummy and my figure.  This snack is so far my favorite and I just had to share it with you guys.  Follow the recipe below with a side of 2 tbsp. (chilled) old-fashioned creamy peanut butter.  What I do is dip my crunch bar into it and mm mmm mmmm!  Did I say mmmm?  Makes 24 bars.  129 calories, 3g pro, 23 g car, 1g fiber, 4g fat.

Thank you Woman’s day magazine for this recipe!

For an easy on-the-go treat, try these slightly sweet bars that are full of texture, thanks to crushed whole-grain flake and puffed rice cereals, unsalted peanuts and dried cranberries.
Active Time: 10 minutesTotal Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Recipe Ingredients
2 cups slightly crushed whole-grain flake cereal (we used Kashi)
2 cups whole-grain puffed rice cereal (we used Arrowhead Mills)
1 cup dried cranberries
1⁄2 cup unsalted cocktail peanuts
1⁄2 cup reduced-fat creamy peanut butter
1⁄2 cup packed light-brown sugar
1⁄2 cup honey
1 Tbsp unsalted butter
Recipe Preparation

1. Line a 13 x 9-in. baking pan with nonstick foil (let the foil extend about 2 in. above pan at both ends).

2. Mix cereals, cranberries and peanuts in a large bowl.

3. Mix peanut butter, sugar, honey and butter in a 2-qt saucepan. Bring to boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly; simmer for 1 minute.

4. Immediately stir into cereal mixture, tossing to evenly coat. Coat hands with cooking spray, then use them to spread and press the mixture in prepared pan. Chill until firm, about 1 hour.

5. Holding foil by ends, lift from pan onto a cutting board. Carefully cut lengthwise in 4 strips and then cut each strip in 6; remove foil.

Enjoy!


The four-legged human

“Dogs never talk about themselves but listen to you while you talk about yourself, and keep up an appearance of being interested in the conversation.” ~ Jerome K. Jerome


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