Weekend productiveness…kind of

Mondayyyyyy…it’s here again.

Last week I mentioned I went to the fair with work and here’s my recap! I wasn’t there very long but it was still a blast! My night in pictures:

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Salt n Peppa signing autographs!

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Rain's coming!

Rain’s coming!

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When the downpour arrived, we hid out in the International building…it contains both food AND booze!

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And it’s right next to the wine slushie tent…a quick dash in the rain for pure yumminess!

wine slushieeeeeeee = best part of the fair

wine slushieeeeeeee = best part of the fair

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Betsy and Krissy 🙂

An that’s all I’ve got picture wise! It was a blast! And gyros are delicious…yes.

Now…

This past weekend I was kind of very productive… 🙂

Saturday I woke up bright and early and cleaned a lot. The place still needs work (We still have just too much stuff!) but it was so much better than before. I bought dried garbanzo beans, almonds, and wheat berries and so I had to get to soaking. I always have used canned chick peas but thought I’d give the dried ones a shot and possibly save a little money! I soaked them overnight Saturday and then Sunday, I rinsed them and the put them in a pot with water, added a little salt, boiled them for 2 minutes, then let them simmer for about an hour until they were the perfect softness…hardness? They were soft but not too soft because I planned on freezing them and read that if they are a little solid still they hold up better. I plan on making hummus with a lot of these guys!

I also soaked some almonds because I wanted to make my own almond flour! I’m trying out some gluten free recipes because Kev’s mom read that eliminating gluten from your diet can help with ADD/ADHD, which Kev has. Almond flour is so expensive! So I thought it would be at least a little bit cheaper to try and make my own!

I soaked the almonds overnight, took the skin off them on Sunday (It slides right off), ground them until they were a meal texture in the food processor, spread the crumbs on two cookie sheets and dried them in the oven for 15-20 minutes at 175 degrees F until the were dry. Then I put them in my coffee grinder in small batches to grind them into a finer texture. Perfect! I made these cookies…And they are our new favorites!! Dark Chocolate and Bacon cookies…YUMM I don’t have any pictures because we ate them too fast!

I also soaked the wheat berries (which if you have never had them, shame on you, they’re chewy, nutty goodness and full of fiber!!) And cooked them up on Sunday. I made a nice little FILLING salad with them. I mixed them with some chick peas, edamame, sun dried tomatoes, and then a quick little vinaigrette. It came out so yummy and is perfect for me to take to work this week for my lunch!

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Doesn’t look too pretty but it tastes amazing!

And lastly yesterday I made chocolate donuts per Kev’s request! It also gave me a chance to try out my new donut pan! They came out a little dry but the quick chocolate glaze I made worked a little bit to add some moisture (And I followed a recipe Kev found…so I am taking no responsibility for the dryness 😉 They also weren’t very chocolately, even with chocolate chips in them (again, the glaze definitely came into play here). At least they look delicious!

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Sorry about the crappy photos…I kind of spilled a lot of water in my purse…while my phone was in it…and some of the water got in there and yeah…it wasn’t good.  I really need to invest in a camera (or borrow/steal Kev’s ;)).

Well anyways, have a great Monday!

Question of the day:

Did you try out anything new this weekend?

~Amber