I did make a few things in advance in case little man and I are in attendance, and one of the items happen to be these Peanut Butter Chip Granola Bars. I've made a version of these in the past, not only for us at home, but also for the farmer's market.
They are a hit at home with the husband, and last week when I didn't bring them to the market I had a lady asking where they were...so I brought them back. And, they are much healthier than the typical store bought granola bar (i.e. - you know what you are eating).
Peanut Butter Chip Granola Bars (yields 8 bars)
1/3 c. unsalted butter
4 1/2 c. marshmallows
1 c. old fashioned oats
1 c. graham cracker crumbs
1/2 c. flax seed
1/2 c. sliced almonds
1/4 c. unsweetened coconut
1/2 c. peanut butter chips
In a large saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows to melt, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. In another bowl have all other ingredients mixed together, pour into melted mixture until coated (you'll need to move quickly, as it will harden).
Press mixture into greased 8x8 pan, with buttered fingers to prevent sticking. Let mixture cool and cut into bars. Keep covered or wrap individually with plastic wrap for easy carrying.
*These bars can be changed by adding chocolate chips, other types of nuts, dried fruit, etc.
There you go - any easy granola bar you can make at home!
Oh, and last night I made a really yummy chicken, mushroom, and broccoli stir-fry...but I totally underestimated how much. There was just enough for both of us to have a small dish. Those veggies really shrink up!
In other news, tomorrow little man and I are headed to my parent's house. He's getting watched by grandma and I'm headed to two different "girl" outings. Lunch with a dear, dear friend at Soho, shopping (I'm making a beeline to Kitchen Essentials!), visiting Scratch Bakery (interview to come), and dinner at one of my favorite restaurants Bourbon Street. I CAN'T WAIT!