Joe and I both like the convenience of protein bars, especially since he works out 5 days a week and needs to eat a lot! But we definitely hate the waste and price of bars- most are over $3 each! Plus they can have really gross ingredients.
I decided to finally do something about it by making my own. The ingredients:
Whey protein powder ($35, but will last a long time), honey ($4, also will last a while), rice puffs (about $3), peanut butter ($4), dried cherries ($5), and chocolate ($3). Btw, Micks Nuts in the West End is amazing! They sell bulk foods at awesome prices. I got a big bag of spray-free almonds there a few days ago for $3.50! They also sell macadamia nut butter, super yummy. It also has a nice, old-fashioned feel, since you tell someone how much you want of each item, they tally it up by hand, and you pay in cash.
To make the bars, I mixed up all of the ingredients and added a bit of water to make it into a paste. Then I smushed it onto some parchment paper and baked for about 15 minutes. The results were amazing!
Joe couldn’t wait for them to cool off, he just dug in. I cut the rest of it up, wrapped each in tin foil and stored them in the fridge.
I’m betting each bar cost less than $1, and I know every ingredient. I’m a convert, no store-bought bars for this girl (or for her husband) anymore!
Look at this man:
I love baking, but I didn’t have too much time in Vancouver to make bread because of the rising and whatnot. Now that I’m here, I was really looking forward to baking delicious bread! The weather is so nice for rising dough, and I was eager to get started. The one issue was that we shipped a lot of our kitchen stuff, including measuring cups, and none of it has arrived yet.
I decided to solider on and make bread sans measurers. I was expecting disaster and got… delicious bread! Seriously, so good!
I put flour in a bowl, one packet of yeast, a handful of chopped walnuts and some salt. Then I added a dollop of honey and some water. Just a bit to start, then I added enough to get the right consistency. Then the kneading! It rose wonderfully and baked up really well.
I just read about Society Collective in Peppermint magazine (more on that in another post). It’s a bag company that employs indigenous workers in Colombia. There’s more info on the social aspect of the company on their site, but I wanted to show you two of their bags. They are so cool!
I love the pattern of this one:
And the colour of this one:
I usually cut my own hair to save money and because most hairdressers have no idea how to cut my hair. I have quite curly hair, but it’s fine. Most people think curly hair is thick- not true! I have had some bad haircuts in my past, ooh boy!
My hair has been looking pretty bad lately, especially because I stopped dyeing it, so the ends were quite a bit lighter than the roots. I finally bit the bullet and found a salon online that mentioned curly hair. And not just a mention that they could straighten my curls (drives me crazy!), but that they actually celebrate curls. I went to Eco Hill and saw Carmen, who was so nice! Here is the end result:
I heard through the grapevine that this new burger place at the Queen St mall downtown was amazing, so Joe and I tried it out this weekend.
Mos Burger lived up to the hype! It’s a Japanese burger joint, and has beef, fish and veggie burgers with a twist. It’s kind of fast food, except that you order, then they make it and someone brings your food to you.