the gardening tradition of putting the seeds in the ground by St. Patrick's Day.
Now, I don't mind cold, but it seems ridiculous to actually shovel through a few inches of snow to plant something.
Fortunately, I had another idea... (that, just so you know, has totally nothing to do with gardening)
Since I'd visited one of my favorite places in the world earlier this week, I had plenty of supplies on hand for a few kitchen projects (involving, you guessed it - NUTS).
I love Larabars, and from time to time purchase a case of them from Amazon. Costing, at best, slightly over $1 each (at worst, closer to $1.50), these are not cheap snacks, but they are healthy and tasty and have like 4 ingredients. There are myriad recipes online for making your own, and once I got my hands on some cheap dates (ha! cheap dates...) I decided to try making a batch.
I followed this link for its technique, and got some recipe inspiration here. I went with a twist on the Key Lime Pie flavor, instead using lemon and lemon zest for what I am calling Lemon Cream Pie.
The ingredients were:
1 cup of dates
1 cup of toasted (in the oven, 350 degrees for 10 minutes) raw cashews
1/2 cup toasted unsweetened coconut (in the same 350 degree over, for 3-4 minutes)
zest of one lemon
about 1/2 Tablespoon of lemon juice
a dash (literally, just a tiny bit) of salt
You whizz it all around in a food processor... first it looks chopped, then it turns into a paste that will stick to the sides of the bowl. You turn it out onto some wax paper, shape it into a nice flat rectangle, and chill. Then cut it up, wrap in waxed paper, and keep in the refrigerator until ready to eat!
A rough estimate of the nutrition info on these babies, per bar (my recipe made 8 of rather irregular size): 168 calories, 21 g carbohydrate, 8 g fat, 3 g protein, 3 g fiber. They are cholesterol free.