Thursday, April 26, 2012

Seed Bars

In the last couple of weeks I've started a fast.
There are many reasons for this, personal, spiritual and health related.
Anyway, I'm not going into details on this post today (perhaps another time).
I would just like to share a recipe that I came across the other day.
Unfortunately, after much searching for the original post I cannot find it or I would have linked it here.
I did not come up with this recipe but I have made it and we like it very much so I wanted to share!
I hope that if you try it you will like it also :)


Bring 1/4 cup of honey and 1 tsp of lemon zest to a slow boil. (I would suggest over medium heat as mine was a bit too hot)
Continue boiling until it forms a thick syrup, about 5 minutes.
I added a few grinds of sea salt at this point( not in original recipe)to help cut the sweet a bit since I find honey very sweet for my taste.
Remove from heat and stir in 1/4 cup of each:
Sesame seeds
Sunflower seeds
Pumpkin seeds
Chia seeds

Spread to form a 6"x8" rectangle on parchment line baking sheet. (it was a bit of work to 'spread')
At this point I would score it into 16 pieces. If you wait to cut it like I did you will end up having to snap it into pieces.
Let set 15 to 20 minutes. Break apart into pieces.
Store covered up to 10 days.

1 bar:
60 cal
3.5g fat (0.5g sat)
7g carbs
2g fiber
4g sugar
2g protein

Monday, March 5, 2012

I like Facebook.

I like Facebook. I do.

I've read articles, and I'm sure many others have as well, about how you're not talking to 'real' friends or you're not really connecting with people because you are chatting with them online or only reading status updates. I agree that there is nothing like sitting with a true friend and actually spending face to face time together, it's the best 'friend' time ever, but these times can be hard to come by for me.

Some of the most 'real' friends I've ever had in my life live far from me,and I find that Facebook is one of the best ways to connect with them. Yes, there are phone calls, Skype, email and the most exciting and delightful....actual MAIL! all of which I use (sparingly perhaps) but I find the social media of Facebook really easy. So many people that I know and like popping in here and there to share something special, funny, uplifting, thought provoking, sometimes sad, or even to have others share in their frustration once in a while.

Maybe I'm not 'true' friends with many. I can't hear the sound of your voice when I read your status update. I don't know all your mannerisms or picture those of you that are 'hand talkers' as you describe your day, what you saw or experienced. I don't always comment or 'like' what you say....but I do read it.
Perhaps I like Facebook so much because I've chosen to stay home with my children so it gives me a small but welcome dose of being 'around' other adults.
I connect with other homeschool families, geographically distant friends and family, and people that I have recently met and found common bonds with.

One very special instance for me was hearing from a cousin. I had not seen her since she was a baby and I was a little girl. I'm so glad she was able to find me on facebook and that we were able to connect. It's wonderful to know that you have family that you may never even remember meeting, but that they are a part of you and can be a part of your life. It adds a richness, and a blessing and it is a comfort to have a way to connect easily over distant miles.

I would absolutely agree that there is nothing as wonderful as having meaningful conversation spent with a friend. To sit and share a drink together. To laugh until tears are running down our cheeks, or to cry with the same result. To be able to share that embrace or a knowing look when you overhear your children's conversations from the next room.
It's wonderful to see the sparkle in someone's eye when they share special news with you...but it isn't always possible. I still want to hear the news, I still want to laugh at the antics of other people's children, or celebrate their special achievements or to share a message of comfort to someone who needs it.

Those moments of togetherness can sometimes be few and far between and don't EVER seem to last long enough! So, I will take those moments and cherish them, but I will also enjoy my friends from afar.
I believe it is important to continue to make new friends with those that ARE around us...but I may add them to my facebook friends too!

I choose to embrace my 'friends' as a blessing to my life and love those that rejoice with me and 'like' some of the things I share. I'm so thankful to be able to keep up with what is going on in the lives of so many. Kindred-spirits and acquaintances alike. I will strive to make new friends, especially those within arms reach and make an effort to have face to face experiences while still holding on to those who are distant. I hope you do too.