A lifestyle blog about life and living in Southeast, Alaska.
July 17, 2016
We (the kids and I) are in the final stretch of our summer vacation down here in Washington. Everyday my kids have been in the pool and have the tan lines to prove it, or lack thereof. Loralai is a bit of a nudest these days but nothing is cuter than tan little baby buns. We have had so many great visits from family near and far. My cousin Jacy came from Colville, WA to visit us for a few days as well as her mom (my aunt) Deb from Moses Lake, WA. My aunt Jan just left this morning to head back to Sandpoint, Idaho where she has a condo in Dover Bay. It's so wonderful to catch up with my family that I miss so much and to have my kids make memories with their relatives. As my aunt Jan left she gave me a big hug and said "I love you so much, and it was so nice to talk, share stories, because we all care about each other." I hope that one day my aunt Jan comes to visit in Haines so I can show her it's beauty and catch up with her again.
My mom left for Las Vegas today to attend a conference for work and my dad is at the shooting range. I just put Loralai down for a nap and Charlie was watching the newest Paw Patrol. The quiet house got my inspired to make one of my kids favorite snacks....energy nuggets! I love these little balls of protein packed goodness. I made them a couple times when I coached for Girls on the Run and our local health foods store, Mountain Market, also sells them. They are SO easy to make and when I told Charlie we were going to make energy nuggets, he immediately perked up and paused his show. The base of the nuggets are equal parts peanut butter (crunchy is best) to oats. I measured two cups for each, added 1/4 cup honey, 1 tsp. of vanilla, 1/2 cup chia seeds, 1/2 cup chocolate chips and the mixed it up! The base of peanut butter, oats, honey, and vanilla is key and basically you can add anything to it after that.. nuts, raisins, flax seeds, etc. After they are all mixed and rolled into 2" balls you just pop them in the fridge for 2 hours or you can put them in the freezer for 30 minutes.
Equal parts: (I did two cups of each)
Oats (I used gluten-free oats)
1/2 cup honey
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup chia seeds
Mix together in bowl. Rolls into 2" balls and refrigerate for 2 + hours. Makes about 12 balls.
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