Farmhouse Friday

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A farmhouse with wood paddle cutting boards go hand in hand in my opinion. The majority of our kitchen is white. White cabinets with classic white subway tile. If you know me much, that’s no surprise. Wink. I do love me some white goodness. A lot. Yet, I also love having the added warmth of some natural wood scattered throughout. You may ask, so how does that work? Well, one of the main ways I do this is with these oversized paddle cutting boards. They are functional and beautiful. Win and win. Honestly, natural wood looks lovely in a home full of warm colors as well. So whether you’re a white lover or into warmer tones try adding these pieces to your kitchen collection. I think you’ll find them to give just the right amount of natural beauty the space needs. Thanks for coming by The White Barn Farm weekly “Farmhouse Friday.” See you next week!

 

A Mac Fam Favorite-“Energy Bites”

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Do you ever just need a little extra boost of energy part way through the day? Or how about an idea for a healthy snack to offer your kids when you’re on the go? Or what about a quick, fulfilling snack for yourself once the kids are in bed and you have a sweet tooth but don’t want to eat that 1/2 gallon of ice-cream…again? Well here’s the snack for you! It’s a favorite around these here parts.

“Energy Bites” or as my husband calls them. “Energy Balls”, but I just couldn’t get myself posting that at the top of my blog for some reason. Lol. And now I just made it more awkward I’m sure. Okay moving on, here ya go… try them, they are so good! You can’t go wrong with what you mix together as long as you keep the main binding ingredients. (binding; meaning that which holds the balls together: I use Applesauce and Bananas and crunch Adams peanut butter)

Step one-Get your Kitchen Aid ready and then Add the following (NOTE**measurements are approximate- literally I just toss ingredients in and let ‘er fly):

Mac Energy Bites

*Oats  2 cups

*Flaxseed 3 T

*Peanut butter 1/2 C

*2 mashed bananas

*Applesauce 1/2 C (we usually have those squeezable apple sauce pouches from costco so I have the kids squeeze in 1-2 of those. Easy!)

* Raisins 1 C

*Protein powder (we use chocolate organic plant based protein from Costco)

*Powdered Peanut Butter (optional- we get this from Costco as well. They like us there)

*Pure maple syrup 2T (sweetens- optional)

*Honey 2 T (sweetens-optional)

*Chocolate chips (optional; Warning! okay, so this changes the “healthy” part a bit)

Mix all ingredients in Kitchen Aid until it’s a thick dough.  Add a splash of water if additional binding needs to happen. You want the balls to stick together. I then lay out parchment paper and put bite size portions on it. We gobble up at least a 1/2 dozen right off the bat and then I freeze or refrigerate the rest to grab when needed. Yum! Give it a try and let me know what you think.

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