Heidi Swanson's Granola Bar

After I tasted a bit of my granola bars, I made two suggestions for myself:
1. Put the batter in a smaller pan to make a thicker bar.
2. Cool for longer and remove the granola from the pan before cutting. Maybe then I can get perfect bars without so many broken pieces.

I was looking at Heidi Swanson's site tonight and decided to see if she had a granola bar recipe. Of course she did! Check out the movie below:

I think I'll give this one a try too some time later.

Homemade Granola Bars


I have been purging through my stash of Rachael Ray magazines, tearing out the recipes I actually use or can visualize myself using, and trashing the rest. I stumbled upon this granola bar recipe that I couldn't wait to make.

I haven't tried it yet because it's in the fridge firming up, but I couldn't wait to share the pictures I took in stages. It's a wonder that I get anything cooked with all this picture taking in between!

Here goes:
Here's the dry granola mixture. I used Cascadian Farm's Organic Cinnamon Raisin Granola, pretzels, dried cranberries, and crisp rice - the generic of Rice Krispies.)

Add the granola mixture to the sugar mixture.

Pour the mixture on an ungreased cookie sheet.

Spread the mixture out evenly. Press chocolate chips gently into the mixture. (I actually put the chocolate chips on one side of the granola mixture to see which side I like the best.) Place pan in the refrigerator for 15 minutes until firm. Cut into 16 bars.

Not Today

Ok, so I tried to go do a morning jog. Really, I did. But it was just too cold and windy. Obviously I'm either going to have to modify my attire OR choose a different time in the day. I like the crisp, morning air because it's easier to breathe in and it always wakes me out of my "I'm not a morning person" mood. Even with a jacket on, I could feel the cold air whipping against me. We did one lap and ran back to the car to get back in the heat! Oh well, maybe later.

Have a great day!

Breakfast for Dinner

Tonight I decided to have breakfast for dinner. Partially because it's the end of the month and I'm trying to scrimp til payday, and partially because I wanted to prepare something myself, but didn't want to go through the trouble of thawing out anything in the freezer.

So, I went to the grocery store and decided to pick up one thing that I could turn into a meal. (Now I know it's bad to go into the grocery store with no particular purchase in mind, but I knew that whatever I bought wasn't going to cost me over $5.00 so I browsed through the store.) At last I spotted my purchase - a pack of Italian Sweet Turkey Sausage on sale. Less than $2.00 - quite a deal.

Instantly I knew that I would prepare breakfast for dinner. When I got home I remembered that I had some pancake mix and a can of pumpkin. Some time ago I had seen Sandra Lee prepare this spiced pumpkin pancake dish that looked pretty good. I'd made it before and I'd do it again (well, my modified version of her recipe).

To view the original recipe, click here.

In my version of Sandra's recipe, I used the following ingredients:

1 cup of complete buttermilk pancake mix
1 cup of water
some milled flax seed (I didn't measure)
1/3 can of pumpkin

I just mixed it together and made the pancakes. Now, I don't know the real technique to making pretty pancakes. When I make pancakes, the first one or two are always UGLY, and the rest are okay. When I add ingredients like pumpkin I notice that my pancakes usually look more like hoe cakes, but they taste great to me so who cares, right?

At any rate, my dinner tonight was one spiced pumpkin pancake, an Italian sweet turkey sausage, and a cup of milk. (I'm trying to preserve what calcium and bone density that I have.)
No I didn't eat all of what you see in the picture!

Getting Back on the Wagon, So to Speak


I don't really like running outside in my yard because it's a rough, uneven surface. (Hey landscaper's prices are pretty steep.) Today, however, I decided to force myself to do it anyways, so I grabbed my mp3 player, forwarded it to a good selection of songs and off I went (in my new shoes).

Like I said, it was pretty rough. But since I've been off track lately with the rainy mornings and all, I told myself that I would have to jog 30 minutes - regardless. So I did. There's a place in my yard that's the most uneven and it goes downhill and then when it dips back up, it takes some serious energy (for me anyways) to keep at a steady pace and to keep my balance. After about the third lap, I decided to run it a little differently. Right before I got to that place, I pushed harder going downhill so that when I turned that curve I was already past that entire section before I slowed it back down to my regular pace. I don't know if my description makes any sense, but I will say that doing that made me get around my house 32 times in 30 minutes.

Unfortunately when I drove around my house to calculate that distance (after-the-fact), one lap was not 0.1 miles, so I had to do some old-fashioned math. For those of you who love word problems, here's one for you:

It takes 455 of Libby's feet to measure 1 lap around her house. Measuring from the bottom of her sneaker to the top of her sneaker is 11 inches. Libby ran 32 times around her house in 30 minutes. How many miles did she run?

(Insert Jeopardy Theme Song Here...)

Time's up!

Did you get 2.5778 miles? If you did, you are CORRECT!!!!

Here's the solution:

1. It takes 455 of my feet to make 1 lap around my house.
2. My foot (from the bottom to the top of my sneaker) is 11 inches.
3. Multiply 455 by 11. That product is 5005 inches.
4. Divide 5005 by 12 to calculate the distance around the house in feet. You should get 417.0833 feet.
5. I ran 32 laps.
6. Multiply 417.0833 by 32. That product is 13346.67. This tells you how many feet I ran.
7. There are 5,280 feet in a mile.
8. Divide 13346.67 by 5280 to figure out the amount of miles ran.
9. That quotient is.....2.527778 miles.

And you thought you didn't like Word Problems!


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Look Mother, Look Father...Rain is Here

I did go out this morning for a very short while. It looked like it rained over in the night or early this morning, but it was not raining when I left to go to our running spot. On the way, however, it started drizzling a little, but it did stop right when we got there. Great. The temperature surely has dropped. I think I'll have to make some accommodations for this fall/winter season.

I wore my new shoes. Even though I didn't run very much, very fast, or very far today, I can already tell that I will like this shoes. That callous on my right foot was not that noticeable. I'm wondering if by lining up my foot it will help my left hip that sometimes hurts. Maybe it's be out of alignment over the last few years. Hum?

Well, there's really not much to write this morning, but I just wanted you to know that I did get up early and I did go out!

Have a great day!

Happy Feet


After my weekend session in the capital city, I decided to go to 9th Street Active Feet to get fitted for some new running shoes. My old ones were beat down, AND, I know that they weren't really right for me. It was just the ones I had.

Anyways, I went to 9th Street Active Feet, and I was immediately greeted by one of the shoe professionals. I was surprised that I didn't even have to wait. Maybe because it was Sunday. Fritz waited on me and he was really kind. I also like the fact that I could tell that he knew what he was doing and what he was talking about. He wasn't just trying to sell me anything.

First, Fritz asked me if I had any problems with my feet, ankles, hips, knees, etc or any medical conditions that he should be aware of. I know he couldn't miss that baby bunion and the scar from when I had a bone spur removed last year. Other than that, no problems (that I was aware of). He had me balance on one foot and then watched me walk a couple of times, back-and-forth. He checked out the bottoms of my feet and the bottoms of my flip flops and old sneakers. He just kept saying, "Interesting." That did make me a little nervous. Interesting good or Interesting bad? The verdict - I am a mild over-pronator. Maybe it's genetic. I wouldn't be surprised. Fritz measured my foot and was impressed that both of my feet, although narrow, are exactly the same length!

Well, Fritz came back with four pairs of shoes to match my feet. Honestly, I think he started with the cheaper pair, then the good but not great pair, and lastly the great and real pricey pair - the fourth pair was the same as the latter, but wider. He explained about the amount of room that's supposed to be in the shoe, so he gave me a size up. Wow, my foot looked kind of long there. The first pair of shoes felt so different from my old pair. They were more roomy. I'm used to a more contoured shoe. The second pair felt light as air - I almost couldn't tell I had a shoe on. It was great until I put on the third pair made for narrow feet. Oh, it was great. Fritz let me walk and run around in the store on different surfaces. He told me I could even go outside and try them out - one of my two favorite shoes on each foot. There really was no contest though. As soon as I put on the final pair, I knew he had made a sale. I purchased the Etonic Kendari SC pair in blue and white.

I hope the weather is nice out in the morning because I can't wait to try these shoes out!