Peanut Butter Pumpkin Power Bars

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I know my children aren’t the only ones clamoring for snacks every 2.5 seconds. And after school? Ravenous. No way are they making it to supper, but no way am I filling them with junk! These Peanut Butter Pumpkin Power Bars are a hit with my clan, and I feel good about feeding them something tasty, not too sweet, and filled  with good-for-us (oh yes, I eat my share) ingredients.

 

Do you cook with pumpkin outside of the fall/winter holiday season? You totally can! Pumpkin offers lots of superfood benefits year-round:

-Pumpkin is a good source of fiber and a great source of Vitamin A.

-Pumpkin can reduce the fat in some of your favorite recipes, sweet or savory.

-Pumpkin can also be stirred into jarred or prepared sauces to reduce sodium per serving.

-Pumpkin can be used as a substitute in your favorite recipes to reduce calories, or as an add-in to boost fiber and vitamin A.

-Leftover pumpkin can be portioned and stored in the freezer so it ready whenever you want it.

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Be sure to visit the Pumpkin Can website where you can share your favorite #PumpkinCan fact via Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest for a chance to win weekly prizes.

What are your favorite uses for pumpkin outside of the season, or do you just eat pumpkin pie year round? (No shame in that!)

 

 

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Day in the Life ~ April 2014

Find other Day in the Life posts here: 2013 and 2014

3:01 AM ~ Yep, the preggo bladder calls. And I don’t even mind this time because it reminds me to check out the lunar eclipse. Clearly I don’t have a good “middle of the night” camera, but it was really cool! Did anyone else see?

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I went right back to sleep, and was next awakened by Miss 1, who was ready to be up and at ‘em at 6:00. Mama wasn’t, so we snuggled in bed for a while. Beautiful start to the day!

We both faced reality at 6:38, and got up to get the day started. I got the diffuser going with some peppermint and lime essential oils to wake me up, sorted various clean towels and washcloths left on the counter last night, drank a glass of water with lime.

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7:00 ~ The troops are coming up and out of the basement and bedrooms. I fixed french toast with some leftover French Bread from last night’s supper, and chatted with Miss 10 about her Easter/Spring party at school on Thursday. I was pretty sure I’d signed up to help, but couldn’t remember with what, and just the day before I had scheduled her an orthodontist appointment at party time. Mom fail!

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7:50 ~ There were sweet goodbyes (The photo isn’t much, but we have all out meltdowns if the bigs forget to hug the littles before they leave the house ~ I’ve had to chase them down on more than one occasion!) and some dramatic screaming and crying over whyyyyyyy we can’t wear a tank top to school when it’s 24° outside. Loads of morning fun around here, friends.

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8:05 ~ I sat with my breakfast and emailed the school (my hubby, the teacher, and the secretary) to let them know why a sad, teary student joined them today. That’s always humbling. Email turned into facebook turned in to skype chatting with friends. Man, that time flies!

8:40 ~ Cleaned up the morning kitchen mess and started the dishwasher. A certain little Miss was not adjusting well to the day and really realllllllly wanted to “hold you,” so we sat.

wpid-20140415_094613.jpg9ish until 11ish ~ I got some email and other work done, then got caught up in the Valor party.  Long story short: Valor is a VERY popular Young Living essential oil that has {gasp} been out of stock for a few months because of a blue spruce shortage (as I understand it.) YL was finally able to find a partner farm in Canada that met their high standards, and they brought Valor back for members for ONE day so that everyone would have a chance to buy a bottle.

I know. It’s sounds crazy that there was such hoopla. I bought mine because it stopped my hubby’s snoring. And then we ran out. And then he started snoring again. And I really like it when he doesn’t snore. ;) That’s minor, though. I know people and stories from people who have used Valor in their daily regimens for their autistic children, for their own depression, etc. Serious stuff, friends. (If you’re having an “I need that!” moment, never fear. Valor is part of the Premium Starter Kit and is still available for purchase.)

So anyway, it was a crazy morning online, but I learned a lot about Valor and why people love it so much!

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While I was busy “working” {ahem} the little people entertained themselves with water play. Better than fingernail polish play, I say! Plus, they were right where I could see them, and my floors got cleaned out of the deal.

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11:45 ~ Lance came home for lunch. I whipped up a quick taco salad with taco meat from the freezer. Fed the kids some peanut butter sandwiches, and worked on the kitchen again. (Amazing how motivated I am now to keep the kitchen decent looking! Also, it helps that the kids are RIGHT THERE at the bar while I’m working. It was the pits being separated from the action for so long.)

12:30 ~ Nap time. Mission accomplished, and I didn’t even fall asleep! :)

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12:45 ~ I fixed my own taco salad and sat to eat in quiet. Any other moms out there enjoy your meals BY YOURSELF sometimes? Goodness.

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2:30 ~ Miss 1 was up and had her antenna ears on. She heard the box at the front door before I knew anything was there. Happy package! Another batch of Quick Reference Guide for Essential Oils (that I give to anyone who signs up for wholesale membership with the Premium Starter Kit because you can’t use your oils if you don’t know how or what they’re for!) and some EO class sheets. (I wish I could do an intro class for all of you in my living room. But I can’t. So… if you’re interested, email me and I’ll put you on my list for the online class I’m creating with a friend. It should be ready in a couple of weeks!)

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2:45 ~ I busied myself preparing name bars for our every other week Azure Standard drop in a neighboring town. I’m the drop manager, so the littles and I left early (3:15) to hang out and wait on the truck. Suckers make waiting easier.

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We finished the drop at 4:20 and headed to where any self-respecting All-American family should have gone yesterday.  ;) Funny story: I decided to go through the drive-thru instead of parking in one of the stalls. Mr. 3 was NOT happy about that decision and told me I was doing it wrong. In my multi-tasking haste to snap the photo, I inched up in the pay line and realized that I didn’t even order our drinks! Ha! So we had to get out of that line and circle back through.

“See mom. I told you you did it wrong.”

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5:00 ~ After dropping a member’s order at another member’s house, we got home in time to change a diaper, take a potty break, unload the car, and head to the ball field for a scrimmage.

Sandwiches “for the road” prepared by Miss 10. Mama is thankful for the help!

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I knew it would cool off when the sun went down, but I really didn’t anticipate being there for over two hours. Hooo-wee! We were cold.  Miss 10 gave up first and headed home, then the littles and I followed at about 8:30.

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8:45 ~ The nightly bath/teeth/prayers/bed scramble, tonight without daddy, who is at a track meet. Blergh. I wish I enjoyed this more! The littles took a bath, after dumping their sand-filled shoes on my bathroom floor. I got them jammied up, and Miss 1 went to bed easily after her book and snuggle song.

The big three took turns in the showers, I helped brush some more teeth, and they headed off to bed.

9:30 ~ I just sat down with the last piece of chocolate chip cheesecake (my hubby’s requested birthday treat) when he walked in from the track meet, in time for prayers before the kids went to sleep.

We debriefed on the day. I scrolled through facebook, did some virtual assistant work, decided what could wait for tomorrow.

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10:15 ~ Bath time for Mom. Epsom salts with lavender and lime EOs (I’m on a lime kick!), and my current (fascinating!) read: Healing Oils of the Bible. Put that one on your “to read” list, for sure!

11:00ish ~ Finally. Good night.

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