So, I tried Jo-Ann's Power Bar recipe this past weekend, and had one on my way to the hospital this morning. I warmed it just slightly in the microwave, and carried it with my coffee out to the car. It was the perfect on-the-go breakfast, and that's really all I have time for these days. And, I stayed full until nearly 10 a.m. - which is pretty awesome, considering the fact that I ate breakfast at about 5:30 a.m. - so I'd say the recipe was success.
Of course, I can't cook anything without modifying the recipe. So, the original is here: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Jo-Anns-Power-Bars/Detail.aspx and I modified it by replacing the applesauce with mashed bananas, and I replaced the mixed fruit with blueberries. I also added 4 tablespoons of ground flax meal, omitted the vegetable oil entirely, doubled the cinnamon, replaced the sunflower seeds with almonds and added some nutmeg. Oh, and I doubled the recipe, to make thicker bars. I'll definitely make these again.
I spent some time this afternoon talking to my handsome oldest son, Joshua, who is in Korea at the moment. He is an air traffic controller, and he should be home some time in April of 2009. We miss him very, very much, but I have to confess that I'm glad he's having adventures while he's still young and unencumbered! He should have some good stories when he finishes this tour! When I get to missing him too much, I remember what it felt like to be young and to want to see the world and experience life. Josh is doing exactly what he ought to be doing, and I try very hard to keep that in mind. But, boy, am I ever going to be glad when he comes home!
So, if you have a few minutes this week, call your mom - I can tell you that it certainly made MY week to get that call!