Hey my Sparkly Firecrackers!
Thanks for your comments on my chocolate protein cake. I think my family is getting tired of me having them though, as I pretty much went through an entire jar of peanut butter by myself in less than a week. (I guess I’m not only a strawberry monstah but a nut butter monstah too. ) I’ve also been staying off the treadmill (and working out in other ways), and I haven’t used a motrin in days now. So I hope that the exercises my doctor gave me to do and being careful will help my knee get better.
Here’s what’s been going on recently in my life:
I got a coupon in the mail with the coupon books to try these fruit, nut & seed bars. When I found them in the bulk/health section of my HEB (grocery store), I almost screamed in delight. (I did do a little happy dance though. ) I got 3 of the different flavors to try. I am so excited to get them, especially since it is so hard to find a good granola/protein bar that doesn’t have milk in it. (I had a fudge bar from dairy queen the other day, and my skin really paid for it so I’m really trying to avoid milk as it and I don’t get along at all.) But when I saw that these were dairy free, the smile on my face got even brighter.
So instead I made myself some almond butter. I am such a sucker for nut butter.
I also made some more bread with one of my friends. My family just can’t go back to the store-bought kind – they love the homemade kind too much.
And to go along with the bread (and other items for dippage), I made some of my Turkish Inspired Hummus. I didn’t have any chili powder, so I used seasoned salt instead. It’s not as good as with the chili powder, but I still like it.
We also had a couple cantaloupes sitting on the island waiting to ripen, and since tomorrow is the 4th of July, I cut them both up (and they were PERFECT!) and stuck them in the fridge. I always enjoy cantaloupe and watermelon and honeydew more when it’s cold.
In addition to making goodies, I’ve also been making shots. I went to a shooting range with one of my guy friends and his dad and sister, and he and his dad taught me how to shoot a hand gun. (And then he had to proceed and take a picture of me with his phone while I was doing it without my knowing of it – I found out later. ) I didn’t really get it at first (and yes, I squealed when I shot it the first time), but my second round I finally got it and had some fun.
I’ve also been trying to finish reading Around the World in Eighty Days and Inheritance. I started Around the World in Eighty Days YEARS ago, so I want to actually finish it this summer. I also want to finish reading Inheritance soon as my friends have been DYING to talk to me about it, but they can’t since I haven’t finished it yet. So I want to relieve them by finishing it sooner than later.
Do you ever find it hard to find a granola/protein bar that fits in your dietary needs? I always have to be on the look because so many products have a form of milk in it. (Milk is not bad whatsoever – my body just can’t handle it, so I have to avoid it.)
Do you have any books you’re trying to finish this summer? In addition to the two I mentioned, I also have the pile that’s at the top of the picture that I want to read.
Ever shot a gun before? The only other time I’ve ever shot a gun was when I was 12 at my first year of girl’s camp. They gave us rifles and put us on the ground and had us aim at the targets. I much preferred the 9mm hand gun. It was much easier to handle than the rifle had been.
What are your plans for July 4th? We have some friends coming over and we’re gonna have a barbeque and play lots of games and talk and watch the fireworks that evening. It should be a lot of fun.