For the last two and a half weeks, this is a sample of some of the stuff I’ve been doing:
Experimenting with quinoa
Visiting with my Mama
Painting rooms of my house
Baking loaves of chocolate bread
Making doctor’s appointments for the kids
Mixing up green bean salads
Grilling pork tenderloin
Rummaging through salvage yards
Visiting my in-laws
Making beards for my 10-year-old, (yes, beards.)
Baking my first ever double chocolate cheesecake
Attending school plays
Shopping for jewelry (like this snake twist necklace, and I’m so freaking excited I found them online too, because I thought I’d never get the one I really wanted in gun-metal grey because the lady at the boutique told us that they never know what they’re getting in their next shipments. Hello seriously long run-on sentence. Hello, wonderful online store. Thanks for providing the coolest necklace EVAH!)
Dating my husband
Watching Cars and Cars 2 with the kiddos
Baking uh-may-zing new cookies
Trying to improve on old-school slow cooker recipes
Weeding the garden.
Eating multiple Latin pastries
Watching my middle guy’s basketball play-offs.
Watching the real deal NBA finals.
Eating spicy wings and cheesy fries with bacon and jalapenos, and simultaneously watching three hot twenty-something girls schmooze free drinks out of an old man sitting alone at the bar – who happened to be drinking double shots of vodka on the rocks with a side of Tabasco.
Doing homework. (I love kindergarten homework, by the way. Easy peasy. That’s my style.)
Re-finishing our old dining room table for outside. (Actually, mostly I watched my mom do this. I sanded a little. She did the rest. Thanks, Mom. Now we have a super-cute dining room table on our back patio. Now if we could just get rid of the mosquitos. . . .)
Washing clothes, folding clothes. Repeat. Like a billion times.
Going to the beach.
Going to the pool.
Catching up with friends.
Celebrating Mother’s day, friend’s birthdays, and anniversaries.
Drinking multiple cups of coffee.
Changing light bulbs.
Staying up too late watching quality TV, like Mob Wives. (“Joon-yuh” is such a weasel, right?! Plus, I can’t believe the cops are like, making these mobsters do time for their crimes. The nerve.)
Re-arranging pictures on my walls.
Making and eating Pasta Fagiolli. On two occasions.
So why, when I’ve still been cooking and baking away, do you get snack mix today?
Because we all get busy.
We all get tired.
We all need an energy boost sometimes and don’t necessarily feel like trying to put together some sort of complicated home-made health bar that requires the food processor and dirty dishes.
Because sometimes you just don’t feel like eating another freaking banana, or yogurt, or whole grain anything.
Sometimes you need a quick, portable snack.
Sometimes you need a bit of food that’s going to provide you with some endurance and a guilty indulgence.
And this little mix will do it all for right around 190 calories.
Like kindergarten homework.
Oh! And why call it “Hippie” snack mix? I guess nuts make me think of hippies. So does granola. Go figure. . . .
Healthy Hippie Snack Mix
1/3 cup Rice Chex Cereal
1 tablespoon Golden Raisins
1 tablespoon Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
1 Tablespoon raw walnuts
Measure, mix, eat.