If you follow my blog at all, you know by now that I’m a huge fan of peanut butter and homemade granola bars! Combine that with dark chocolate and you have something amazing.
Sioux Falls just opened an Aldi grocery store and I am in love. You can’t beat their prices! I’ve been buying things that I normally can’t justify. I picked up a box of granola bars that I intended to pack in Stan’s lunch but boy oh, when I tasted those things, I knew they were for me! The box of 6 bars was gone way too fast so I kept it for the ingredient list and decided to come up with my own version…and I love them all the same or even more because homemade is always better, right?
My taste tester seems to agree. =)
I’m astounded all over again how much stuff we Americans have! A gadget for this and a special knife for that. I started going through closets and sorting things out and I am shocked and yes, a little embarrassed and at the same time almost mad at myself for how much stuff I’ve accumulated in just 5 short years of living here! I’m trying to become a minimalist. I decided this is a great time to go through every possession that I own and clear my life of clutter. Any tips on how you do this? =)
House searching has been quite the roller-coaster ride! Less than a week after Olivia was born we were walking through yet another house…one that I was not very thrilled about from the beginning and I was tired, hungry, and maybe just a little bit grumpy when on top of everything else, Declan messed his pants…and it was bad. Smelly and running like water down his legs because he was just getting over a bout of diarrhea. I felt dizzy and there stood our realtor. Talk about wanting to slip through a giant crack in the floor! The water in the house was turned off so I had to run for a bucket and rags and I spent the next 20 minutes scrubbing him and the floor. A humbling moment for sure.
Needless to say, a few days later when Stan made an appointment to look at another house, I opted on staying home with the kids. =) A little less stressful and I figured it’d be just another one that didn’t work out for us. An hour later he called me and said that he loved it and was going to put an offer on it that night yet…we prayed and gave it to God, like we had done with so many other houses in the past 9 months. At noon the next day, we got the call that our offer was accepted!
So it looks like the exhausting house search is over. And I couldn’t be more thankful. We are still in the paperwork process of closing the deal but if all goes well, we’ll be moving 20 minutes West to the town of Mitchell.
At this point we’re trying to decide how much renovating to do. The house is dated and we need to decide what to live with and what changes to make right up front. I’ll post pictures eventually but technically its not ours yet.
Now that it actually comes down to it, I’m getting a little sentimental about leaving our first home and the neighbors we know and love but for the most part I’m so excited about what God has for us there! I’m thrilled about the thought of a bigger town…more people to see and hopefully impact… a larger living room to host guests…and 3 bedrooms on the main floor.
Peanut Dark-Chocolate Granola Bars
- 3 cups rolled oats
- 2 cups rice krispies
- 1 cup almonds, coarsely chopped
- 1 cup peanuts
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- 1/2 tsp salt (less if you don’t like salty!)
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 1 cup honey
- 2 tsp vanilla
- In mixing bowl, stir oats, rice krispies, nuts, almond flour, and salt together. In small saucepan, melt coconut oil, peanut butter, honey, and vanilla. Pour into dry ingredients and mix until combined. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper. Press mixture into pan and press down hard with spatula to ensure that it stays together. Freeze for a few minutes while you melt chocolate.
- 10 oz Dark Chocolate
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- In microwave dish (or on stove top) melt dark chocolate and coconut oil, stirring until smooth. Pour over bars and freeze until hardened. Cut into 28 rectangles. Wrap individually with plastic wrap. Store in freezer or refrigerator until serving!