All Good, Dude.

That is what my youngest son used to say to me all the time.  It always gave me pause.  But, today’s post….that says it all.

In thinking about healthy eating which most of us usually do at this time of year.  I’m back into my Protein Shake every morning about 9 a.m.  Mine is a Shaklee Shake, Chocolate with almond milk and 1/3 C. of frozen Blueberries and a bit of my frozen, chopped kale from our garden.  I put up a ton of this stuff this past September – I should be using it or I’ll gross Paul out with a Kale Soup – he’d never forgive me.

shaklee drink

Amazingly this drink holds me till sometime in the afternoon and it allows me to eat just half a sandwich or some soup for lunch instead of the full deal with chips.  Darn, I love potato chips but it really is the “death of me” weight wise.  Yesterday I went to my Shaklee Associates house for a talk to remind me to eat less.  It’s a good thing to do although I hate spending time re-listening to the spheel.  I used to go to skin care talks to remind myself to cover up the kids from the sun also; lot of good that did, Paul is a surfer, Ruth goes to a tanning salon and Jesse is a bike rider.   For me, if I make the effort to take the time to listen it usually sinks in for a bit.  I can be a numskull at times.

I just love clusters of granola and came across a pretty simple recipe the other day in The Best of America’s Test Kitchen.  I didn’t want to buy the Magazine as I’m still mad at them.  I had applied for a job there as a Test Chef and got through two phases of the Interview process and then they dumped me with no explanation.  I hate that, you get your hopes up, in my case you tell everybody and them wham……Carla who?  This recipe is good…..other people are publishing it as theirs at the same time so who knows whose recipe it is.  Now it’s mine, Marji’s, my daughter in law Kelly’s and Marji’s moms.  Marj came over the day I made it and found it on another site that night.  I sent it to my daughter in law she immediately sent back a photo of my grand daughter patting it down… there.  It’s delicious.  I made it simple, no fruit.

1/3 C. Maple Syrup

1/3 C. light brown sugar

4 tsp. vanilla

1/2 C. vegetable oil

Whisk in bowl till blended well.  Add:

5 C. oats

1 C. Chopped Almonds

1 C. Chopped walnuts

Then add sesame seeds, chia seeds, poppy seeds or whatever else you have hanging around.  I added some carmalized sliced almonds also.

Press down in parchment lined baking sheet (press hard) and bake at 325 for 45 minutes, turning the pan occasionally.  Let cool an hour, break into chunks.  Then you can add fruit or not.

oat granola

This is the other part of the “all good dude”.  We went up to Portland, Maine last night to meet friends for Beer and Dinner.  First, the beer place was a place my friend Marji had mentioned on her blog…Navare Res Bier Cafe.  I googled it and then looked at it on a satellite photo as I couldn’t find it on the map.  It is inside a block of 4 streets.  We parked at a garage (last time with that one, 4 bucks an hour), took the back exit and there across the parking lot was a factory type building with a downstairs entrance…..very cool.  Dark, noisy, bar with lots of people, very noisy, bustling with energy, all young!  Awesome place.  The beer menu was huge…..not being a beer drinker I ordered something different, a smokey one that I didn’t write down the name, sorry.  Very different.  It tasted like smoked cheese flavor – craving a pickled egg with it.  They did not think I would like it when I ordered but since I don’t normally drink beer my expectations were less than beery.  We got a 5 cheese platter to nibble on with our friends.  Fun time, wonderful staff at this place, automatically felt “at home” which I kinda do anywhere anyway.  After a few brews (I limited myself to the one) off we went to Shultz and Herr for a wonderful German dinner.  We all had something different – what a smorgasboard.  Fabulous.  The guy I sat next to in the Beer Bar showed up with his brew.  It was like family!!!!  Fun night.  This combination for an evening is super – if your from around here, give it a try but do get a reservation at Shultz & Herr’s as they are fast becoming popular.

Now for my protein drink………and walk.




One thought on “All Good, Dude.

  1. Marji says:

    My sister in law made the granola too! Mmmmm smokey beer and cheese, All good, Dude is right.


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