It was a slow and quiet weekend for me. Christian is in Australia for work. He had a more exciting weekend of watching the whales in Perth. I was so jealous! He also sent me an interesting video of what life is like on a mine-site, specifically one of the ones he visits when in Australia. So when he isn’t watching the whales, he is spending his time at the mine-site.
Meanwhile, back in Düsseldorf…my life (weekdays & weekends) is pretty much on repeat when Christian is out of town: school, homework, gym, again & again. We had warm weather this weekend (low 70’s) & sunny, which is really good for this time of year. Fall normally is just rainy!
I ventured out on my own in the car (very rare occurrence) to go grocery shopping & go to IKEA. I was at IKEA a few minutes before the store opened & there was a line of people waiting to get in! I couldn’t believe it. I was in search of plastic containers but decided to buy them at the Baumarkt instead. Also, I purchased gas for the car for the very first time in Germany…hooray…wasn’t hard or scary…just like in the US!
I started packing up some of our glassware & dishes that we don’t use and anything we had the original boxes for. I am glad that I saved every piece of packing paper that came in a box or tissue paper that we received when clothes shopping.
I take granola bars for a snack during our break at school. I decided to make my own Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars from the recipe I found here over the weekend. I think they are healthier than the store-bought bars, as the only added sugar is in the peanut butter and the chocolate chips.
The recipe calls for: 1C Prunes, 1C Dates, 1/4C Warm Water, 1/2C Peanut Butter, 2C Oats & 3/4C Chocolate Chips.
You just throw everything into the food processor: prunes & dates.
Then add the water & peanut butter.
Then the oats. To mix up the ingredients, I was using the food processor attachment from our immersion blender. It isn’t really that powerful & when I added the oats it was too much for it to handle & it started smoking! I immediately unplugged it and it took a long time for it to cool down. I was so sad that I possibly broke our immersion blender because we are in soup season and we love to use that for soup making! Don’t worry though…I used the blender that evening & it seemed to work okay again.
Lastly, add the chocolate chips & spread out on a baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes at 325.
Cut them into bars & then you can store them in a plastic container.
I ate two bars after baking them. They taste healthy & are filling. I was a little disappointed that they didn’t have a strong peanut butter taste. If you want a stronger peanut butter taste, maybe use peanut butter chips.
Well, that was the weekend recap. Hopefully, you all were up to more exciting things over the weekend!