Crazy Week Ahead

Get ready for the craziest week ever on Carrots ‘N’ Cake!! There’s going to be a last-time trip, fancy events, a cookbook launch, giveawaysdeals, my final Lose the Dough check-in, and a wedding. Oh, yea, and I turn the big 3-0. It’s going to be an interesting (and exciting) week!

Breakfast

I started my morning with OOIAJ made with old-fashioned oats, Mad Hectic oatmeal, dried cranberries, walnuts, chia seeds, and vanilla soy milk.

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I also drank some birthday cake iced coffee with soy milk and a splash of carmel syrup (no HFCS). So delish!

Reminder: This is the last week to get the Buy 2, Get 1 FREE deal on the birthday cake coffee!! You know you want to try it! 😉

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Cranberry-Walnut Lentil Bars

I slacked on blogging last night, but I did do some baking! This baking experiment includes red lentils, apricot preserves, peanut butter, walnuts, and dried cranberries. Why not, right? 😉

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cooked red lentils
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup apricot preserves
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350*F.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a food processor.
  3. Coat 8X8 baking pan in non-stick cooking spray.
  4. Spread batter in pan evenly.
  5. Bake for 18-20 minutes until cooked through.
  6. Allow to cool before cutting.
  7. Eat and enjoy!

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These bars turned out quite well– they sort of remind me of blondies, but with a tangy fruit flavor from the apricot preserves and dried cranberries. The red lentils add a chewy, moist texture. I’d definitely make them again.

The Early Years

Being my birthday week and all, I thought I’d share some photos from my early days.

Mom and me. I’m just a few days old.

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My mom and I were mistaken about the laundry basket. It was actually a dresser drawer.

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Happy baby! 😀

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Question of the Day

What’s on your agenda for this week?

P.S. I’m going to New York City later today!!! Gah! 😯

76 Comments

  1. I love that picture of you in the dresser drawer! These lentil bars look and sound great. I love how protein-packed they are with the lentils! How did you figure out how to bake with lentils??

    Have a great day – remember to relax this week! Sure sounds like a busy one :S

    Wei-Wei

  2. Absolutely love that picture of you in a dresser drawre!

    This week I am going to try and not lose my mind. The house is a mess, I’m worknig a lot, and my hubby is leaving Friday for a stressful work project for 10 days, so enjoying as much time with him as I can.

  3. This week is my last week of work for the summer. Then I go back in September. So it will be busy with cleaning and getting the classrooms ready for next year. Although I’ll still be there Sunday mornings during services, so I will still be “working” I just won’t be getting paid =)

  4. Hah, I love how you threw in the NYC trip in the final sentence…have fun!! I’ve never even considered using lentils in baked goods, but it’s such a great idea! Bookmarking this asap 🙂 Hope you have a wonderful day!

  5. I am certainly not going to NYC (wish I was)- to just type what Mary said again.

    Can you just rename those bars ‘everything good’ haha they sound awesome
    Katherine

  6. a bunch of random comments..
    1. i love your baking experiments! those bars sound delish!
    2. you DO have a crazy week–good luck surviving!
    3. adorable baby pics. one of my favorite baby pics of myself is when my parents stuck me inside a giant pumpkin they carved 🙂

    my week is busy though significantly less exciting than yours! 🙂

  7. Oh you are going to have so much fun in NYC! This weekend my girlfriends and I are staying in Downtown San Diego for my birthday. I can’t wait for this staycation!! 🙂 have fun!

  8. For some reason, I cannot comment on your most recent post!
    I love the Target top and cannot wait to hear about the event. Hope the html fixes itself

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