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Slow Weekend

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.

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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.

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You just throw everything into the food processor: prunes & dates.

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Then add the water & peanut butter.

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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.

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Lastly, add the chocolate chips & spread out on a baking sheet.  Bake for 25 minutes at 325.

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Cut them into bars & then you can store them in a plastic container.

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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!

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