These are the (very very very overpriced!!) dates that I used. Note the
utter genius at work here: contains pits. Fun. Anyway, I put two (pitted!) dates into my mini food chopper, which didn’t like that idea too much. I wound up chopping the dates by hand, and just grinding the almonds. As it turns out, one bag of almonds was too much for two dates, so I added another two dates, and I didn’t even bother chopping those — I just used my hands to incorporate them with the almonds, and that seemed to work just fine.
I wanted to make one bar, but since I had too many almonds, it turned into two… after refrigerating it overnight, wrapped in plastic wrap, I cut it in half.
It didn’t exactly taste like a Jocalat… for one thing, my (completely unscientific) proportions were off. I think one additional date, plus some elbow grease, would have sufficed. As it was, it was extremely sticky! And I’d also add some unsweetened cocoa powder next time, because the chocolate flavor kind of got swallowed by the sweetness of the dates. However, it wasn’t an abysmal failure, so… yay?
A few bits of edible randomness… naturally.
Since the berry season is over, I have to make do…
…with sugar-free seedless raspberry preserves.
All stirred up with Kashi Honey Sunshine and vanilla yogurt… it was fine, but I really do prefer fresh berries!!
And in another burst of creativity (ha ha ha, coming from one of the least creative people on the planet), I whipped up some double chocolate pancakes, using whole wheat pancake mix, Splenda, unsweetened cocoa powder, and sugar-free chocolate chips.
In the microwave, of course. Then I figured that I might as well just go for triple chocolate, and topped it with sugar-free chocolate syrup.
You may or may not notice some disparity in the picture quality in this post… that would be because some pictures were taken with my brother’s camera, and some were taken with mine, which appears to be working. I had gotten so used to his camera, though, which does take better pictures, that I was considering buying a new one anyway. Not right away, because I’ve been spending too much money lately, but maybe in a few months. And then I was going to get a waterproof casing for the camera I have now so that I can take it diving with me. But. Canon makes casings for almost all of their cameras, and they are waterproof up to 130 feet. There are only three or four cameras which only have casings that are waterproof up to 9.8 feet. (What?) The PowerShot SD300 is one of those. Guess which type of camera I have.
Now that that’s established, this picture is just to prove that when I say I’m addicted to something, I mean it:
Do you think I have enough sauteed eggplant?! In my defense, they were on major sale, and they’ll be long gone before the expiration date rolls around. In fact, I think I ought to go buy some more. :p
And speaking of buying things, I was in dire need of a new insulated lunch bag. (Why are they called “lunch” bags?! I know they’re most likely to be used for that, but still.) Apparently it isn’t the season to be buying that, because I had a very difficult time tracking one down! But I finally did unearth this little treasure:
It folds up into this little neat package! Isn’t that cool? (Yes, I am very easily amused. I never denied it.)
Far too much time yesterday was devoted to stressing out over grains… I knew I wanted wheat berries, but they just take too long to cook, and so I was pondering the other grains I have at home… I kept vacillating between (quick-cooking) barley, quinoa, bulgur, and millet. It’s incredibly stupid to spend so much time on making such a decision, but I guess that’s what happens to indecisive morons like me! In the end, I went with the bulgur. If you had seen the expiration date on that box, you probably would have fainted… but I figured if it turned out to be bad, I could always trash it and start over with something else. It was fine. Actually, it was more than fine; I haven’t had bulgur in a couple of years, and I don’t know why — it’s good! (It tastes pretty similar to kasha, which I’ve always liked… except that it’s less of a pain to cook.)
On to some Verbal Vomit… I finally got through to my endocrinologist (he said, “We must stop meeting like this!”), and to make a long story short, it’s not very likely that my skeleton will crumble to dust because of this. Which makes me glad, because my sister (who takes this medication) told me that the only difference she noticed after she started it was that she had a lot more energy. Isn’t that all I ever wanted?! I am actually struggling mightily against the urge to read everything I can get my hands (cursor?) on re: this medication, because I know that I’m going to “accidentally” find a whole slew of people who claim that it made them gain weight… which will convince me that I will, too, and I don’t need any additional paranoia, thank you very much.
Words cannot even begin to describe how freezing cold I was all day today. There are very few things that make me feel completely, inhumanly miserable; being insanely cold is one of them. I could hardly get any work done because if I wasn’t huddled over my little space heater, even my internal organs were encased in ice. Look, it’s 65 degrees outside. If it was 65 degrees in your house, you’d turn on the heat. So why is the air conditioning going full-blast?!
Another mini-rant (well, okay, two): I still have so much work to do. I’ve hardly done any of it. I must have some sort of death wish. And Sunday night / Monday is Yom Kippur. Holiest day of the year or not, it is my least favorite day of the year. Oh, don’t get me wrong, the fasting part doesn’t bother me (duh)… it’s the “sit-in-shul-and-pray-all-day” aspect of it that I can’t stand. I am ADD when it comes to such things. Even when I was a little kid, my teachers always complained to my parents that I did not stay in my seat. I just can’t sit still for so many endless hours!! From the moment it ends, I am dreading next year’s Yom Kippur… and somehow, I have a sneaking suspicion that this is the totally wrong attitude with which to approach it. Hmm.
Either way, I really do need to get something useful done, and soon. Agh.
Have a beautiful weekend!