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Sunday, September 16, 2012

So, my num one friend from work's last day was Friday (yay Rachel!) and I was laboring over what to bake her. I made pumpkin chocolate chip muffins, no photos. They got ate. I also made these granola bars the same night but decided not to bring them into work cuz they wuz kinda weird:


I mean, not weird for me, but too weird to share at work. Based on this recipe, I added cacao nibs, hemp seeds, chia seeds, dried cranberries and currants. The nut butter was half almond - half tahini and I used a mixture of molasses and agave for the sweetener. Can you tell I'm cleaning out the pantry?
Also, random but super tasty - dinner tonight:


Raw kale salad, white beans , pumpkin covered in sriracha and nooch. When next I blog, it shall be from a new place, so... we'll see how that goes. I packed up a lot of stuff today, and one bag is only spices, ha! I also realized I have 4 different kinds of vinegar in my pantry.

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    1. Thanks, Raechel..I think between the two I was happier with the salad :)

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  2. Love your pantry-clean-out bars...not one bit weird! Peering into my pantry I think I'd end up with much the same, maybe pumpkin seeds and chopped figs and dates somewhere in the mix. They'd make superyumful Halloween treats if you ask me. ;)

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    1. Oh chopped figs would have been amazing in the bars! They make most everything better.

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  3. Ahh! I was thinking about those oat bars the other day, I used to make that recipe all the freaking time! They're really fantastic. Good luck on the move and such!

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    1. They're fantastic and easy, which is two wins in my book.

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  4. It's good to have a lot of vinegar in your closet. Everything looks so good.Good luck on your move.Take all the vinegar with you.

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    1. Haha thank you! I'll be going back for them.

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  5. Probably a good job you didn't post a picture of those muffins. I'd probably end up slavering in front of my computer more than I am already...

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    1. Yes, I deliberately didn't take a photo just for you!

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  6. I'm not a Granola Bar fan, but those are the most beautiful and delicious sounding Granola Bars I've ever seen. I don't see anything remotely weird about them.

    Good luck with your move and feel free to add a title to this post.

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    1. Well thank you. Not a crunchy granola bar fan? Or all kinds? These were pretty chewy. And no bake!
      I think I'll go without a title, thanks.

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  7. Only four vinegars? That's nothing. :) The bars don't look weird at all, but I know exactly what you mean by "too weird for other." Yup. Hope the move goes smoothly and you are happy with your next home.

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    1. Haha, well I know YOU and your ume obsession!

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  8. Oooh pumpkin muffins, yum! I definitely need to get some pumpkin muffins or bread going soon! The granola bars are beautiful and sound like an amazing combo! Gotta love pantry clearing recipes ;) Gorgeous salad, as always!

    Good luck with the move!!

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    1. Getting an early start on pumpkin, for sure.

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  9. I'm totally the same way about sharing food with "normal" eaters. Even if I think it's really good I'm shy to share it if there are any "weird" ingredients.

    Good luck with the move! Packing the kitchen is always the biggest event for me. And organizing the new kitchen is the best. Hope it all goes well :)

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    1. Yeah, even if something is tasty, a lot of omnis like to test you and even pretend they don't like it, I've found. I get a lot of guff sometimes, and it's just like, eh - I didn't need to bake anything for you.
      Packing the kitchen is definitely the craziest part for me. I'm not surprised it is for you, too.

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  10. Best of luck on the move. I agree with others on holding back if something contains too many "weird" ingredients.

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    1. Yeah, I'm not sure "other" people know what chia seeds are.

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  11. Those granola bars looks so good. I love finding a use for stuff that's been hanging around, as long as it works well (and this seemed to), and I'm not even cleaning out my pantry. I have been toying with idea of making my own granola so I can have something new and homemade for breakfast, but I haven't settled on a recipe yet.

    Good luck moving. I look forward to seeing you on the other side. (Sorry if that sounded morbid. I don't mean it that way!) ;-)

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    1. I love making homemade granola - it's just so addictive. Haha, hopefully we will meet on the upside of the other side one day too.

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  12. You are always such a good friend to the people around you. It's a good reminder for me to serve people more in that way.

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