I love energy or snack or healthy granola bars, but if you look at the ingredients in many/most of them – yuck! I have posted about making your own granola bars (Snack On Hearty, Homemade Granola Bars | Dan Likes This!). Here is another cool and super easy way from America’s Test Kitchen on
How to Make Your Own Energy Bars
You can also include some of these yummy healthy ingredients: Easy Ways to Give Any Meal a Powerful Nutritional Boost | Dan Likes This!
To go the extra mile, make your own fuel.
By Lindsey Slack | April 25, 2013
My boyfriend is a run-o-holic. Whether he’s running a half marathon or 20 miles, the man can’t seem to get enough. I’ve always believed that exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, which is why I’m all about supporting him in his racing endeavors. And when it comes to athletic abilities, the quality of what you put into your body affects what you’re able to put out. But it’s difficult to find store-bought energy or performance bars that aren’t filled with ingredients you can’t pronounce and that don’t taste artificial, so I got to thinking: Could I make a healthier (and better tasting) version? The answer is yes, and they couldn’t be easier.
STEP #1 GATHER IT
The great thing about this recipe is that there aren’t too many ingredients, and there’s minimal prep work involved—you don’t even have to toast the nuts or chop anything beforehand. And it’s no-bake!
STEP #2 LINE IT
Lining the baking dish with a parchment-paper sling makes lifting the completed bars out of the pan much easier. You simply pull up on the overhanging bits of paper and the bars come right out.
STEP #3 COMBINE IT
Pour all of the ingredients into the food processor.
STEP #4 PULSE IT
Pulse the pitted dates, sunflower seeds, raw almonds, chia seeds, dried cranberries, and coconut oil until they’re well mixed, about 2 minutes.
STEP #5 TRANSFER IT
Scoop the processed ingredients into the lined baking dish.
STEP #6 PRESS IT
Press the mixture down with your hand or an offset spatula from edge to edge of the pan. Make sure the thickness is even all the way across.
STEP #7 CHILL AND LIFT IT
Once you’ve chilled the bars in the refrigerator for 20 minutes, lift them up and out of the pan.
STEP #8 CUT IT
Cut the mixture into nine equally sized pieces.
STEP #9 EAT IT
Your bar is ready to grab and go; bring it with you on a run for a mid-workout refuel, or enjoy it in the comfort of your kitchen.
The whole recipe is here:
Makes 9 bars
6 ounces pitted dates (1 cup)
¼ cup sunflower seeds
¾ cup whole raw almonds
2 tablespoons chia seeds
¾ cup dried cranberries
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1. Line 9-inch square baking dish with parchment paper, leaving excess hanging over the sides to make a sling.
2. Process all ingredients in food processor until finely ground, about 2 minutes. Transfer mixture to prepared baking dish spread into even layer, pressing down using offset spatula or hand to firmly compress. Transfer to refrigerator and chill until mixture is firm, about 20 minutes.
3. Lift parchment sling out of baking dish and place on cutting board. Using sharp knife, cut into 9 bars. Bars can be refrigerated for up to 1 week or frozen up to 1 month.
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We love our pizza stone! But I always like to know of other uses for things – so why not the pizza stone to roast veggies? Cool hack from Food Republic:
Your pizza stone’s no one-trick pony in the kitchen
Hack your pizza stone into a veggie roaster by doing…well, nothing.
A pizza stone, otherwise known as a baking stone, is a useful and versatile kitchen tool every home cook should stash vertically in some cabinet where you won’t forget about it. But the high, dry surface heat is also great for roasting vegetables like you’ve never done before.
I’ve found that direct contact with the hot stone keeps things crisp, moist and perfectly cooked. Steaming is great, but you won’t get that delicious roasty char on the outside of the vegetables. Sauteeing is always quick and effective, but you risk limp veggies due to water escaping in the form of steam, which quickly makes them more susceptible to overcooking.
Here’s how you do it: heat the stone in the oven at 375 for 15 minutes. Place blanched, lightly olive-oiled veggies like leeks, parsnips, asparagus and even potatoes (but definitely no beets if you don’t want giant unremovable pink stains on your nice kitchenware) directly on the stone. Roast until tender and starting to turn golden-brown, turning once, about 10-15 minutes. You’ll be delighted with the results, especially if you plunk them on top of the pizza you make after the veggies.
This inexpensive and creative small garden will even fit most apartment patios! Cool design by Old World Garden Farms:
A simple crate planter made from pallets and using a straw bale for a growing medium
So you have little space, little time, little money and you still want to garden. Or maybe you would like to add a great looking focal point to your existing garden or landscape to grow something unique. Even better, maybe you know of someone who still likes to garden but can’t get out or handle as much of the physical activity anymore.
Here is a great solution to all three! Create your own Pallet Straw Bale Crate Garden. It’s attractive, simple to build, and best of all, low or no cost to make.
To build on the cheap, you can create the straw bale frame using the slats from a single pallet
With a single pallet, (3) 2x4x8′s, a bale of straw, and a bag or two of soil and compost – you can create an instant garden space that can provide fresh vegetables or flowers all summer long.
You can purchase all the materials you need for under $15.00 – or build for virtually free using pallets and scrap lumber. We made a few single bale boxes last week for our garden – and will use them along our fence row to grow our cucumbers in. You can also double the measurements to make a double bale box and plant to your heart’s content.
The straw bale crates have a lot of built-in advantages! They are easy to maintain – with little weeding ever needed. The 2’ high design lends itself to less stooping and bending while tending, and the combination straw, compost and soil make for a great instant growing medium – without the hassle of digging up the earth.
The best part of all – at the end of the season – you can add all of the contents to the compost pile –or start a compost pile right in the pallet box to have fresh compost next year when you’re ready to grow again!
Here is how we made ours:
Start by assembling 2 rectangle frames from scrap wood or 2 x 4′s.
Next – attach the two rectangles with four of your slat boards in each corner
Next – screw in additional slat boards to create the crate “look”.
(1) Straw Bale
(4) 2 x 4 x 20”
(4) 2 x 4 x 44”
(1) Pallet – for vertical boards – be sure to use untreated pallets to be “food safe”
(1) bag of compost – substitute your own for free material
(1) bag of topsoil – substitute your own for free material
***The straw bales we use measure 20″ wide, 18″ high and a little less than 46″ long. Bales can vary in length – so be sure to measure your bale to adjust the length and width of frame boards. You can also reference our previous post’s on How To Disassemble A Pallet Quickly, and How To Make Your Own Compost for more info.
Building The Garden:
Assemble 2 rectangles from your 2×4’s – screwing or nailing together 2 of the 20” pieces and 2 of the 44” pieces. Once you have both rectangles together – use your pallet boards to attach vertically to connect the two rectangles to create your straw bale box.
We cut our pallet slat boards into 18″ lengths, (we got about 2 boards for each slat) and then screwed them into the inside of the two frames to form the crate. The spacing is up to you – we put about 4” between each board for ours – we wanted the look of an “old-time” crate.
Planting The “Garden”
Next -use a sharp knife, reciprocating saw or shovel to dig out a 6 to 8″ planting hole
Simply place your plant in the hole and cover with more soil.
We like to put a layer of compost or mulch over the top of the bale to complete the look.
Now it’s easy – place the bale down inside the frame – you may need to wiggle a little and cut a little off here and there to get it to fit depending on the size of the bale.
Simply use a sharp knife or blade to cut out your planting holes – we went about 8” deep and 5” around– filling them with a good mixture of garden soil and compost. Plant, cover up, water – and the garden is in! Depending on what you plant – you can fit in 5 to 6 tomato plants, or a combination of pepper and tomato plants per bale, etc. You can plant a little closer than traditional garden rows because of the raised beds. Only your imagination is the limit to what you want to grow!
You will get some compression of the bale as the season progresses – the bale will slowly decompose, giving even more nutrients to the plants. Your plant and roots will thrive in the soil, compost and straw because the garden is off the ground – there will be very little weeds that develop, and should be easy with the added height to pick and maintain.
End of the Season :
If you have a compost bin already set up – you can certainly take the contents and throw them into the pile. The decomposed straw and soil mixture are great for a pile – adding a lot of carbon material. If not – use the crate box as a compost bin! Mix up the bale and contents right in the pallet box structure – and start adding some shredded fall leaves, coffee grounds, vegetable scraps , lawn clippings and more. By next spring – you will have enough compost made to use in the next bale for planting, with extra if you need it.
So how about trying a straw bale pallet crate garden this year! And if you have a neighbor or relative that loves garden but finds it difficult now – it’s a great gift to let them have their very own garden
Happy Gardening – Jim and Mary
Some ideas on why our backs hurt and some great and easy tips on how to help. Details from Lifehacker:
Not only are we killing ourselves by sitting all day, we’re probably sitting all wrong. Esther Gokhale, who has studied the posture of people in less industrialized places (where back pain is virtually unknown), shows us in this video what natural (“primal”) posture looks like for standing and sitting.
Essentially, you want to have a “ducky butt, not tucky butt,” she says in a profile of her work on SF Gate. Instead of tucking your tailbone in, stick your butt out, because good posture relies much on the pelvis.
If you don’t have time for the entire video, go to the 4:25 mark to see a sitting exercise that will help you get back into your primal posture.
Here is an interesting site. Hard to categorize it, but it is fun and interesting! I find it fascinating!
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Wow. Why have I never seen anything like this before?? This is wild!
Watch Water Bend Like You’ve Never Seen It Before
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Ever since I created the first version of this video a year ago I’ve been wanting to try it again with more water and better lighting / footage. This is a really fun project and when you first see the results, chances are your jaw will drop. The main thing to keep in mind for this project is that you need a camera that shoots 24 fps.
The effect that you are seeing can’t be seen with the naked eye. The effect only works through the camera. However, there is a version of the project you can do where the effect would be visible with the naked eye. For that project, you’d have to use a strobe light.
For this project you’ll need:
A powered speaker
Soft rubber hose
Tone generating software
24 fps camera
Run the rubber hose down past the speaker so that the hose touches the speaker. Leave about 1 or 2 inches of the hose hanging past the bottom of the speaker. Secure the hose to the speaker with tape or whatever works best for you. The goal is to make sure the hose is touching the actual speaker so that when the speaker produces sound (vibrates) it will vibrate the hose.
Set up your camera and switch it to 24 fps. The higher the shutter speed the better the results. But also keep in the mind that the higher your shutter speed, the more light you need. Run an audio cable from your computer to the speaker. Set your tone generating software to 24hz and hit play.Turn on the water. Now look through the camera and watch the magic begin. If you want the water to look like it’s moving backward set the frequency to 23hz. If you want to look like it’s moving forward in slow motion set it to 25hz.
This is a pretty cool tool to help you price those things you want to sell (or buy) on places like eBay. Take a look at Market Price – details from Lifehacker:
What is the Market Price on eBay for …
Figuring out what items are going for on eBay is a tricky process and it’s never an exact science. That said, Market Price is a webapp that makes it a little easier to figure out what your item is worth by showing you what it’s getting on eBay.
All you need to do is type the item you want to look for into Market Price and it gathers the results from eBay. It then sums up all the info you need to know in a handy graph so you can see what the item is typically going for. Market Price is still in its early stages and the search parameters are simple, but it’s incredibly helpful when you’re getting ready to sell an item. Combined with searching for “completed listings” on eBay you should be able to get a good idea of what any item you want to sell is going for.
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