My mind is just such a jumbled mess right now. Last week turned out way busier than expected. Plus, pregnancy hormones are no joke y’all, because for some reason I couldn’t stop crying this morning even though I had absolutely no good reason. Also, the exhaustion. Goodness gracious it is like after being awake for six hours of the day, suddenly I can hardly keep my eyes open.
And so, since I feel like I can hardly string together coherent thoughts today (also you should see the typos I’ve been having trying to write this up), it seems like a good excuse to share with you some of my favorite things recently.
1) This article on reading when you have children. Reading is such a huge part of mine and Gerrit’s lives, and something that we want to be a big part of our daughter’s life also. But finding the time for it (along with all the other things I want to do in life) intimidates me.
2) About Time. We watched this last night and it is hands down my favorite movie I’ve seen recently. I was crying at the end, but they were such good tears. (Although I think now I just need to watch children’s movies and ridiculous comedies until my hormones go back to normal.)
3) Speaking of pregnancy, this pregnancy calendar has been my favorite thing to read these past few months. Both hilarious and helpful.
4) I hope you know by now that this is the best pizza dough recipe. It is so easy (I can throw it together in 5 minutes before I leave for work in the morning). We’ve probably had pizza at least once a week this summer with absolute minimal effort.
5) This new podcast out of The Bookshelf in Thomasville, GA. I just adore it.
6) This new recipe for breakfast bars. I’ve been feeling a little tired of my other ones, not because they aren’t good but because I eat them every day of every week. This recipe is almost the same, but changes up the flavors so that it resembles that delicious granola I posted about a few weeks ago.
These breakfast bars are combination of my stand-by breakfast bars and our new favorite granola. The only thing that makes them more complicated is that fact that you have to chop some peanuts. Also, I know there is additional sugar in here, which I think helps with the flavor. I've also made this with less brown sugar though, and while they weren't quite as good, if you want to cut down on the sugar I think that would be perfectly fine.
- 2 1/2 cups quick cooking oats
- 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
- 2/3 cup wheat germ
- 1 cup chopped lightly salted peanuts
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon table salt
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil (or other neutral flavored oil)
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a 9 x 12 inch baking dish with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, mix together the oats, flour, wheat germ, peanuts, chocolate chips, cinnamon, and salt.
- In a medium sized bowl, lightly whisk the egg. Then add the peanut butter, maple syrup, vegetable oil, olive oil, brown sugar, and vanilla. Whisk together until smooth.
- Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and stir together, making sure to scrape the bottom of the bowl to make sure all the dry ingredients are incorporated.
- Dump the mixture into the prepared baking dish, and spread out evenly using a spatula or the back of a spoon. Bake for 20 minutes.
- Remove from oven and let cool completely before slicing.