Well, I have been busy planning a wedding, getting wedded, and honeymooning. It's a tough life.
I took some time off for the first time in 5 years. And thank you, everyone who advised me against making my own wedding cake. Of course, I wanted to bake my own cake. Molly did it, and even gave away her recipe as a favor to the guests. In my particular circumstances,which included, but were not limited to:
- having no access to a kitchen even remotely close to the site; and
- helping my Best Woman put together flowers, which needed to be done at the last minute of course, just like food items, and
- bringing in even basic services to the site, including renting these Airstream-esque solar-powered restrooms, and
well, it may have resulted in a bald bride.
Not only did my oven remaing cold and unopened for a few months, I barely had time to make myself simple regular meals. I am obsessed with Peet's and that part of my routine did not change, but gave up coffee shop pastries some time ago. While they look purty in the case, all but the best pastries pale in comparison to freshly homemade and I won't settle for anything less than the best when I am ingesting upwards of 600+ calories. Oh YEAH, the nutrition information on most of these coffee shop chain pastries? Go on, check it out. Pathetically small amount of bang for your caloric buck.
So I am happy was charmed by the name Haute Diggity Date and took a (albeit very tiny) chance on a granola bar in a green wrapper beside the evil pastry case at Peet's and discovered 18 Rabbits bars. First they taste really good, and a texture that suggests they were made this week instead of last year. And you know how some granola bars are mostly binder studded with the good stuff such that they can press out into flat planks a la particle board that shatter upon impact?(Nature Valley, I am looking at you!) Well, these bars are mostly good stuff (everything is organic and tasty, but they even use premium local honey and Straus butter!) with very little binder.
This is the granola bar I would make myself if I cared.
But I don't, and I practically had to pencil in "breath 400 times today" on my to-do list so I wouldn't turn blue and fall over, so I basically survived on these granola bars for the last few months.* so try them!
I don't even like granola. They're that good.
And thanks to this post, I have discovered I can order boxes of 12 online, AND that there is a flavor that Peet's doesn't carry with yet another adorable name, Nibble a Sultana.
Here's looking forward to writing about my last wedding cake, just like Deb at smitten kitchen, except in retrospect, so not really just like that at all. D'oh! I torted for the first time and used a cooked sugar / meringue buttercream on a stacked cake for the first time and learned all sorts of lessons.